Screening Series: ‘Big Hero 6' actors and directors look ahead to ‘Toy Story 4'

Actors Ryan Potter, Genesis Rodriguez and T.J. Miller, as well as directors Don Hall and Chris Williams, describe their personal connections to the animated world of Disney’s “Toy Story.”

Legions of Pixar fans heard news this month that the animation studio plans a fourth installment of the blockbuster “Toy Story” franchise, to be directed by John Lasseter, the chief creative officer at Pixar, Walt Disney Animation and Disneytoons.

Among those fans are the filmmakers and cast members of Disney Animation’s latest movie, “Big Hero 6.” In this clip from the Envelope Screening Series, co-directors Don Hall and Chris Williams and voice actors Ryan Potter, Genesis Rodriguez and T.J. Miller talk about their high hopes for “Toy Story 4.”

“I actually think it’s awesome because [Lasseter] is an amazing filmmaker, and to have a boss that’s a filmmaker is sort of the best thing ever,” Hall says. “And I do like that he’s able to kind of pull back and still make a film in addition to being in charge of Pixar and Disney creatively.”

Potter, who voices the main character in “Big Hero 6,” says, “‘Toy Story’ was such a huge part of my childhood that I almost don’t want to rob another generation of kids of having their own ‘Toy Story.’”


Costar Rodriguez (the voice of Honey Lemon) adds, “I’m a huge fan, so this is going to fill a huge void for me. I’m so excited.”

And as in “Big Hero 6,” T.J. Miller chimes in to provide some comic relief. He deadpans, “I was so excited because I refused to see ‘Toy Story’ 1, 2 and 3, largely in the hopes that there would be a fourth ‘Toy Story.’ And now I can kind of see ‘Toy Story 4' and work my way back through 3 and 2 and 1.”

For more from the cast and filmmakers, watch the full clip above.

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