Richard Kaufman wrote:I wouldn't say that Josh Whedon "wrote" Toy Story.
Official credits are tricky. Like, for example, how Joss wrote every line of dialogue in Speed
, but didn't get any credit for it whatsoever.
His contributions to Toy Story were quite significant. In his own words, "It was not a polish; it was a rewrite and with animation youre writing with every visual."
It's worth reading this interview
in which he talks about a number of projects he's worked on (including all of the above mentioned movies). But here's the info about Toy Story:
And then you got the Toy Story call.
And they sent me the script and it was a shambles, but the story that Lasseter had come up with was, you know, the toys are alive and they conflict. The concept was gold. It was just right there.
I went up to Pixar ... and wrote for, I think, four months before it got greenlit, and completely overhauled the script. There was some very basic things in there that stayed in there. The characters were pretty much in place except for the dinosaur, which was mine. I took out a lot of extraneous stuff, including the neighbor giving the kid a bad haircut before he leaves. There was a whole lot of extraneous stuff.
So you spent four months on Toy Story?
I spent about four months on it before we got the green light. When we got the green light and the script was approved and they were putting it together, I walked away, started doing other things, then came back a couple months later.
They had shut the movie down. I went up to Pixar, and they actually said, Listen, were having to shut down for a while because were having story problems. Many of you are going to be laid off, and Joss is here to fix the script.
So we sort of went back into the trenches and made sure we had everything we needed and nothing we didnt. And then, you know, as is always the case with animation, I spent another couple of months on it and then it got reworked somewhat from there. I think one of the last things that was added certainly it was after my time, and its the thing I most wish I could take credit for was the crane-worshippers.
The little 3-eyed aliens.
I think I spent more time explaining that I didnt come up with that than anything else.
How much time altogether did you end up investing in the project?
More than six months. It was not a polish; it was a rewrite and with animation youre writing with every visual. Every shot is up on a board somewhere, so youre writing in great detail. Its a very fluid and complicated process.
Also, later on, regarding the writing credits on Toy Story:
Then more than a year later John Lasseter called me and said, I want to give all the animators who worked on the story credit on Toy Story. And I said, Sure.