‘Toy Story 4’ Breaking Pixar Tradition, Will Not Feature New Short Film

When Pixar fans line up to check out the lauded animation house’s latest offering this week at the multiplex, they’ll have to enjoy the experience without a classic dose of pre-show magic. Slate reports that Josh Cooley’s “Toy Story 4” will hit theaters without a preceding short film, a break in a tradition that has stretched back 23 years.

Funnily enough, the first “Toy Story” — Pixar’s first feature film, released in November of 1995 — did not feature a short film as its opening act, though John Lasseter’s “Tin Toy” (first made in 1988) was later attached to the film in home video release. Starting with “A Bug’s Life,” however, each Pixar feature released in theaters has kicked off with a new Pixar short.

There have been some major highlights, too, including Oscar winners like “Geri’s Game,” “Piper,” “For the Birds,” and “Bao,” which picked up the
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