Toy Story (franchise)

Toy Story is an American media franchise owned by The Walt Disney Company. The franchise centers around toys that, unknown to humans, are secretly living, sentient creatures. It began in 1995 with the release of the animated film of the same name, which focus on a diverse group of toys that feature a classic cowboy doll named Sheriff Woody and a modern spaceman action figure named Buzz Lightyear.

Toy Story
Created by
Original workToy Story (1995)
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company
Print publications
ComicsList of comics
Films and television
Film(s)Main series:
Spin-off film(s):
Short film(s)
  • Lamp Life (2020)
  • To Fitness And Beyond (2021)
Animated series
Television special(s)
Theatrical presentations
  • Disney on Ice: Toy Story
  • Disney on Ice: Toy Story 2
  • Disney on Ice: Toy Story 3
Musical(s)Toy Story: The Musical (2008–16)
Video game(s)List of video games
Toy(s)Lego Toy Story
Theme park attraction(s)

The Toy Story franchise consists mainly of five CGI-animated films: Toy Story (1995), Toy Story 2 (1999), Toy Story 3 (2010), Toy Story 4 (2019), and the spin-off prequel film within a film Lightyear (2022). A fifth film was recently announced. It also includes the 2D-animated direct-to-video spin-off film within a film Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins (2000) and the animated television series Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000–01). The first Toy Story was the first feature-length film to be made entirely using computer-generated imagery. The first two films were directed by John Lasseter, the third film by Lee Unkrich (who acted as co-director of the second film alongside Ash Brannon), the fourth film by Josh Cooley, and Lightyear by Angus MacLane.

Produced on a total budget of $720 million, the Toy Story films have grossed more than $3.3 billion worldwide, becoming the 19th highest-grossing franchise worldwide and the third highest-grossing animated franchise. Each film of the main series set box office records, with the third and fourth included in the top 50 all-time worldwide films. The franchise has received critical acclaim from critics and audiences.[1][2][3][4][5] The first two films were re-released in theaters as a Disney Digital 3-D "double feature" for at least two weeks in October 2009 as a promotion for the then-upcoming third film.[6]

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