Pixar’s Toy Story 3 made an absolute mountain of money, but due to a tiff between Disney and the studio in 2004, we almost got a very different sequel focused on Woody and the gang.
Though we all know and love the version of film that was eventually released, which focused on Andy’s old toys being donated to a nursery, Disney’s short-lived Circle 7 production studio was developing its own sequel after the companies parted ways for a few years. It was in that awkward phase before Disney bought Pixar and the plug was pulled on Circle 7 in 2006.
The unproduced version had a very different focus, and would’ve found Buzz Lightyear malfunctioning and sent off to Taiwan for repairs. But when Woody and the rest of Andy’s toys feared he might be destroyed because he was broken, they mounted a rescue mission to save him from destruction.
Virtually nothing remains of that unmade version of the film, but thanks to concept artists Jim Martin and Shane Zalvin, we finally have a peek at some key art from critical scenes (such as Buzz on what almost seems like his deathbed) and several design sketches for other international toys Buzz would’ve met in Taiwan.
Check it all out below and enjoy this trek into an alternate universe that could’ve been.
(Via Comic Book Movie)