Toy Story 3 Director Lee Unkrich and Writer Michael Arndt were interviewed on Fresh Air with Terry Gross. In the transcript they give some amazing advice on what it means to be creative. Lee also explains how the idea for the story behind Pixar’s third Toy Story film came to be:
Years ago, my wife Laura and I were moving from one apartment to another and packing everything up. And about a month after we moved to our new place, Laura asked me if I’d seen her beloved stuffed animals, her childhood stuffed animals.
And I said: What box were they in? And she said, well, they weren’t in a box. They were in a garbage bag. And my blood instantly ran ice cold because I realized exactly what had happened: I had thrown all of her stuffed animals away in the dumpster behind our building.
So I feel terrible to this day that that happened, but I do hope that by immortalizing that moment in the movie, that they somehow have been immortalized themselves.
Lot’s more good stuff in the interview.
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