Toy Story 2 is debatably the favored Toy Story movie when considering all Pixar’s Toy Story films (like it’s actually debated online, and people generally prefer it to the original).
But we were almost completely deprived of this film without even realizing it, and potentially completely deprived of the Toy Story films to come after the second. Pixar’s Toy Story franchise includes Toy Story (1995), Toy Story 2 (1999), Toy Story 3 (2010), and Toy Story 4 (2019).
In a Tweet by @chrisalbon, we learned about the importance of making sure you always keep a backup of your work. He revealed to us that Toy Story 2 was accidentally deleted, and their backups were not working. Luckily, a woman working on the film who was out on maternity leave, had a copy of the film on her computer at home and saved the Toy Story saga from potential devastation.
Fast forward 23 years, and that same woman is now the producer for the 2022 film, Lightyear.
“Someone at Pixar deleted all of Toy Story 2 and the backup hadn’t worked for a month, and the only reason we saw that movie was because someone on maternity leave had a copy of it on her home computer. Her name is Galyn Susman and she is now this producer for the new Lightyear movie!”
Someone at Pixar deleted all of Toy Story 2 and the backup hadn't worked for a month, and the only reason we saw that movie was b/c someone on maternity leave had a copy of it on her home computer.
Her name is Galyn Susman and she is now the producer for the new Lightyear movie!
— Chris Albon (@chrisalbon) February 15, 2022
This is a true example of Disney magic in the flesh.
Lightyear (2022), starring Chris Evans and coming to theaters June 17, 2022, will follow Buzz Lightyear during his hero story, and will give us the full back story of how he came to be and why he’s such a cooler toy than Woody (in Andy’s opinion). Fans have anxiously been waiting to see just how Buzz went to infinity and beyond, and to see Buzz’s real hair.
Lightyear will be Pixar’s first film released in theaters since 2020 after Turning Red (2022), Luca (2021), and Soul (2020) all went straight to streaming on Disney+.
We know one thing is for certain, that we can say thanks to Galyn Susman for Toy Story 2 and Lightyear.