'Toy Story 5' Books 'Finding Nemo' Director to Take the Helm
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Andrew Stanton known for directing 'Finding Nemo' and 'WALL-E' has been confirmed to sit behind the lens for the upcoming fifth installment of Pixar's iconic 'Toy Story' franchise.

AceShowbiz - Buckle up, "Toy Story" fans! The iconic Pixar franchise is gearing up for its fifth installment, and it has enlisted one of its veteran visionaries to direct. The studio is hard at work on "Toy Story 5", with a familiar face taking the helm.

Longtime Pixar director Andrew Stanton, known for his work on "Finding Nemo" and "WALL-E", will direct the new film. Pixar CEO Pete Docter confirmed the news during a recent "Inside Out 2" screening, where he also shared updates on other upcoming projects.

The announcement that Tim Allen will reprise his role as Buzz Lightyear also has fans buzzing, though confirmation about Tom Hanks returning as Woody is still pending.

Stanton has been deeply involved with the "Toy Story" universe from the beginning, co-writing the script for the original "Toy Story" and its subsequent 1999 and 2019 sequels, as well as helping develop the story for "Toy Story 3" and executive producing the "Lightyear" spin-off.

The "Toy Story" series is celebrated globally, praised for its groundbreaking animation and heartfelt storytelling. The original "Toy Story" (1995) set a high bar with its perfect Rotten Tomatoes score, and "Toy Story 2" (1999) is frequently cited as one of the best sequels ever made. "Toy Story 3" (2010) brought the trilogy to a touching conclusion, winning an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. "Toy Story 4" (2019) continued this trend, delivering a fitting epilogue to the saga.

Andrew Stanton's directorial portfolio extends beyond "Toy Story". He made his directorial debut with "Finding Nemo" and later directed "WALL-E" and "Finding Dory", both of which earned him Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature. His keen ability to blend humor, emotion, and adventure ensures that "Toy Story 5" will resonate with both longtime fans and new viewers.

While plot details for "Toy Story 5" are still under wraps, fans can expect the return of the film's beloved characters, including key members of the "Toy Story 4" cast. Produced on a total budget of $720 million, the "Toy Story" films have grossed more than $3.3 billion worldwide, solidifying the franchise as a monumental success in animation history. As anticipation builds, fans are eagerly awaiting what surprises Pixar has in store for this beloved series.

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