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Toy Story 5 backed by Pixar leadership

Toy Story 5Pixar produced the third Toy Story animated film in 2010.

It was one of the year’s most anticipated releases because it was published eleven years after the second edition.

Because the bulk of the intended audience had grown up by that point, many people considered the finale to be heartbreaking because they saw it as the end.

Toy Story 4 deceived people who thought the movies were finished when it debuted.

While some people liked it, others questioned if it was genuinely essential.

When Pixar bragged about Toy Story 5, fans recognized it wasn’t the end of the narrative.

The news

Toy Story 4 by Pixar was released in theaters in 2019 to largely mixed reviews.

Although audiences and reviewers appreciated the film for concluding the series, many people think Toy Story 3 was the finest way to do so.

Toy Story 5 is currently in production, according to Pixar.

Many people began to doubt if the sequel was genuinely necessary at this point.


Peter Docter, a Pixar executive, is aware of the outrage and, instead of keeping silent, has stepped out to defend the choice to approve Toy Story 5.

According to the Chief Creative Officer, the majority of Toy Story 5 is still up in the air, which means fans may be caught off guard.

“The thing we’ve been really trying to do, and this has been the case for a while, is we’ve been looking at them a little bit like, okay, we’re not planning for the future,” said Docter.

“When we made the first Toy Story, we had no idea there would be a Toy Story 2. We’re just trying to make this movie.”

“But that in making the movie, it takes you places, unexpected places, which is what I love about the creative process.”

“If I knew exactly what I was doing when I started making a movie, there’d kind of be no point in making it,” he continued.

“I discover so much along the way. I think it’ll be surprising. It’s got some really cool stuff that you haven’t seen before.”

The statements of Peter Docter provide some light on Pixar’s motivation for Toy Story 5.

Rather than changing the last film’s ending or aiming to generate money, Pixar intends to take the series in a new direction.

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Is it necessary?

After Peter Docter’s statements, some individuals are doubting the necessity of developing Toy Story 5.

Many individuals believe that Toy Story 3 and Toy Story 4 wrapped up the narrative in a way that satisfied everyone.

With the news, many people are claiming that Toy Story 5 is nothing more than a Disney money grab rather than a creative production.

Lightyear, a Toy Story spinoff picture that did not perform as well as planned at the box office, has an impact on the fifth episode’s emotions.

Despite having a special place in many people’s hearts, fans wonder if the animated film series really needs a fifth installment.

“I am so annoyed they are making Toy Story 5,” tweeted one fan. “Stop manipulating children into watching your joyless cash grab and let the classic remain a classic.”

After the tragic loss of one of the original film’s voice actors, another user commented on the casting, saying:

“Curious if they’ll replace Don Rickles for Toy Story 5. Given how cynically cash-driven this venture is, most likely.”

“No offense to the late great Jim Varney who was replaced after he passed, but it’d be hard to get another person to do justice to Mr. Potato Head. He’s too iconic.”

“Toy Story 5 is in the works at Disney. It should have ended with Toy Story 3,” tweeted a fan.

Why it’s controversial

The Toy Story trilogy has become one of the most anticipated films throughout the years as fans anxiously awaited the return of their beloved talking toys.

Despite this, many people thought Andy and Woody’s arcs were over after the third and fourth films.

Pixar’s efforts to expand the series risk undermining the emotional effect of the first two films.

Even if a reunion of Buzz Lightyear and Woody was wonderful, fans would never forgive Pixar for separating the franchise’s two main characters.

Disney World union likely to reject the new contract offer

Disney World: A huge theme park complex called Disney World brings the Disney magic to life.

It truly is a world unto itself, with four theme parks, two water parks, several hotels, and a broad variety of food and entertainment options.

Every square inch of Disney World, from the iconic Cinderella’s Castle to the exhilarating roller coasters, is bursting with wonder and magic that draws tourists of all ages.

However, as workers evaluate a new contract offer, the workforce is stirring in the background.

What’s happening?

On Thursday and Friday, 32,000 Disney World staff members will vote on a management contract offer.

The workers include:

  • Performers
  • Restaurant and shop workers
  • Bus, tram, and monorail drivers
  • Front desk workers
  • Hotel housekeepers

Approximately 40% of the workforce at Disney World is made up of full-time contract workers.

The park currently employs about 75,000 cast members, including full-time, part-time, hourly, and salaried workers.

The employment rates at Disney World are similar to those from before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Salary change

A five-year compensation adjustment that would see employees’ yearly salaries rise by at least $1 per hour is being offered by Disney World.

As a result, by 2026, employees will be paid about $20 per hour.

The business also said that within the first year of the arrangement, 46% of the cast members will receive raises of more than $1/hour.

According to Disney spokesperson Andrea Finger, the offer was particularly enticing because it promised yearly raises for the term of the five-year contract.

She said that the majority of workers will earn rises ranging from 33% to 46% overall.

Additionally, the new offer immediately compensates bus drivers and housekeepers more than $20 per hour.

On the other hand, culinary staff members often start at $20 to $25 per hour, depending on their role.

Employees will begin receiving a salary raise on October 1 that is retroactive to the day the most previous contract expired.

It would provide full-time employees one-time, pre-tax bonuses totaling more than $700.

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Union stance

Union leaders advise members to decline the raises, regardless of how tempting they may be.

The union claims that members were obliged to vote because Disney presented its proposal as the best they could.

This is not the case since there is a preliminary agreement and offers are frequently put to a vote by rank-and-file union members.

But as of now, all indications point to the offer being rejected.

The six union locals included by the agreement demand that its members, who they claim now make 75% of the contract’s $15 per hour minimum pay, receive an immediate 20% rise ($3 per hour), plus an extra $ 1 hour increase each subsequent year.

The Service Trades Council Union, a combination of six union locals dealing with management, is led by Matt Hollis.

“The unions have been clear from our very first bargaining session that a dollar in the first year is not enough,” said Hollis.

“A dollar does not afford Disney workers with the ability to keep up with the skyrocketing rent increases.”

“And a dollar does not afford Disney workers with the ability to continue to purchase basic necessities, such as food, gas, and utilities.”

What workers are saying

Jonathan Pulliam is a worker at Disney World who started there in 2018.

He has dressed up as a variety of Disney cartoon characters, including villains and Star Wars characters.

Pulliam acknowledges that despite his love for the job, he can no longer support himself on his $15.85 per hour wage, which works out to more than $550 per week.

“Me loving it, that’s not enough to pay the bills,” he said.

Apartment rent regularly reaches $1,800 per month, claims

Without living with his sister, Jonathan Pulliam would not have been able to make ends meet.

“I’d probably be living in my car,” he said, recalling his annual childhood trips to Disney World with his family.

“I know several who are living in cars because they can’t afford to pay rent.”

“It’s a tourist area. Everything’s expensive.”

“I’m filling my car three times a week,” Pulliam continued. “I would love to ask these execs if they could get by on $1 an hour more.”

“It’s disheartening. They don’t have to decide [whether] … to eat or get gas.”

Jonathan Pulliam shared the bafflement of others when he learned that former Disney executives were departing the company with big compensation packages.


Since August, talks have been going on about the new union contract.

No date has been set for the strike deadline or the strike authorization vote, despite widespread confidence that the rank-and-file of the unions will reject the offer.

If union members reject the present offer, the union leadership believes Disney will make a better one.

Disney indicated that more discussions aren’t completely out of the question and that the outcomes of contract votes frequently trigger new rounds of talks.

“While Disney insists at the bargaining table that this is the best offer, we know Disney can do better, and Disney knows they must do better,” said Matt Hollis.

Additionally, he emphasized that employees who receive raises of more than $1 an hour occupy jobs for which the business struggles to recruit and retain employees.

Bob Iger set to bring more creativity to Disney

Bob Iger reportedly met with employees at Disney headquarters on Monday.

His appearance marks his first since surprising the media by returning as Disney CEO last week.

The meeting

On Monday, Bob Iger discussed several corporate issues, such as Disney’s current hiring freeze and its focus on the Disney+ streaming platform.

The prodigal Disney CEO underlined his goal upon his return to the company: creativity.

Speaking at a town hall meeting at Disney’s headquarters in Burbank, California, Iger told employees the hiring freeze would remain in place for the time being.

Hiring freeze

Earlier this month, former Disney CEO Bob Chapek announced a hiring freeze.

Chapek’s time as CEO was brief, but it was also hectic.

Still, Bob Iger said the company should keep the freeze, especially with Disney’s challenges.

Additionally, Iger said the length of the hiring freeze will be a factor in assessing Disney’s overall “cost structure.”

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The announcement of Bob Iger’s return comes at a difficult time for Disney, which faces many challenges in its media empire.

One of the company’s challenges is a competitive price that has been consistently sluggish in 2022 and a streaming company that loses money as it grows.

According to Iger, Disney’s streaming success is measured by several metrics, but the most critical factor was growth in 2021.

Since then, the focus has shifted to the “bottom line” and how much the company is losing and when it will be profitable.


Instead of chasing subscriptions with aggressive marketing and content expense, Iger says the company needs to start chasing profitability.

Disney would have to closely examine the cost structure of all of its businesses to achieve profitability.

However, Iger emphasizes that the company must focus on creativity.

“A number of you who worked with me know that I’m obsessed with it,” said Iger, referring to Disney’s creative muscle.

“But I’m obsessed with that for a reason. It is what drives the company.”

The returning CEO made it clear that it’s not about what Disney creates.

Rather, it’s about how “great the things are that we do create.”

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Bob Iger wasted no time making his mark on Disney.

Shortly after the announcement, he overhauled the company’s content distribution structure.

He also announced that Kareem Daniel, president of Disney’s media and entertainment distribution unit, will be leaving the company.

On Monday, Bob Iger tweeted a photo from Disney headquarters, saying he was grateful and thrilled to be back.


Bob Iger lays out his priorities for Disney as he returns as CEO