Disney Circle 7 Animation (partially lost production material of cancelled direct-to-video sequels; 2004-2006)
In January 2004, Pixar announced they would not be renewing their agreement with Disney, due to rising tensions between the two companies. While Pixar left to find different distributors, Disney bought the rights to the Pixar characters and created Circle 7 Animation. The company was formed to make direct-to-video sequels of Pixar’s movies. Circle 7 Animation had a total of 3 films in production. However, they didn’t get very far in production with their projects, as Michael Eisner (then-CEO of Disney) was kicked out, and Pixar was bought by Disney for approximately $7.4 billion. Thus, Circle 7 Animation was shut down on May 26th, 2006. When the studio closed, Circle 7 Animation had 168 employees.
Toy Story 3
Not to be confused with Pixar’s 2010 sequel film of the same name, Circle 7's Toy Story 3 would've focused on a malfunctioning Buzz Lightyear who is shipped off back to the original Buzz Lightyear factory in Taipei, Taiwan. But as it turns out, the Buzz Lightyear brand has been recalled, so Woody and the gang ship themselves to Taiwan to rescue Buzz.
In an earlier draft, written by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner (of Disney's Teacher’s Pet fame) involved Andy visiting his grandmother’s house, with Woody and the gang end up getting involved in a murder mystery case.
Monsters, Inc. 2: Lost in Scaradise
Monsters, Inc. 2 would have focused on Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan wanting to celebrate Boo’s birthday. However, Boo has moved, so Mike and Sulley go on a mission in the human world to search for Boo.
Years later, Pixar started production on a prequel film to Monsters, Inc. entitled Monsters University. Although it's been theorized/rumoured that Monsters, Inc. 2: Lost in Scaradise was reworked into Monsters University, there has been no concrete proof that this was the case.
Finding Nemo 2
Not to be confused with Pixar's 2016 sequel film Finding Dory, Finding Nemo 2 (code-named "NEMO 2") would've focused on Nemo reuniting with his long lost twin brother "Remy." Marlin (Nemo and Remy's father) then gets captured and sent to an aquarium called "PLANET BLUE," so Nemo, Dory and Remy have to go and rescue him. Unlike Circle 7's other planned films, no concept art for Finding Nemo 2 has surfaced as of now.
Very little video footage of these projects was ever released, most likely because Circle 7 Animation was shut down before they could produce any more video material. The only images to have surfaced of these projects are multiple pieces of concept art. It is unknown if Disney still has these scripts, as Pixar has stated that they will never look at the scripts.
Currently, Monster's Inc. 2: Lost in Scaradise is the only Circle 7 film to not have its script become publicly available.
At an unknown time, artist Shane Zalvin released artwork for many character designs he had created for Circle 7's Toy Story 3.
On November 24th, 2010, artwork and details on the production of Circle 7's Toy Story 3 were revealed by screenwriters Bob Hilgenberg and Rob Muir on their blog, both of whom had worked on the script. Days later on December 7th, 2010, the blog uploaded another piece of art by Rick Sluiter, along with more insight into what they thought of the "Pixaren't" label that the studio had received. At a certain point, these blog posts were removed for still-unknown reasons.
On October 14th, 2018, a day after the Finding Nemo 2 finding, Lost Media Wiki user Veggiefinder discovered that a "REVISED DRAFT" for Toy Story 3 dated December 8th, 2004, was available to purchase for $15 on scriptcity.com, a website for buying and selling Hollywood scripts and stageplays. The finding remained unnoticed until September 5th, 2019, when Lost Media Wiki user YoshiKiller2S found out about Veggiefinder's finding. After finding out about the discovery, YoshiKiller quickly purchased the script and has since shared it with the public via Google Drive.
On December 10th, 2019, Lost Media Wiki user YoshiKiller2S contacted former Circle 7 Animation screenwriter Jim Herzfeld and inquired about him possibly sharing his draft of Toy Story 3. Jim Herzfeld quickly responded and gladly agreed to share his script with YoshiKiller, Yoshi then made it public the next day via Google Drive.
On August 11th, 2020, Jim Herzfeld sent YoshiKiller2S a new piece of concept art from Circle 7's Toy Story 3. This piece was a colourized version of an already existing piece of concept art by Jim Martin, depicting the toys on a makeshift vehicle escaping the Taipei 101 building daycare.
- Animated Views' article on the history of Circle 7 Animation. Retrieved 17 Jun '18
- Jim Hill Media's article on Circle 7 Animation's formation. Retrieved 17 Jun '18
- Slash Film's article on the history of Circle 7 Animation. Retrieved 17 Jun '18
- Los Angeles Times article on the forming of Circle 7 Animation. Retrieved 17 Jun '18
- Los Angeles Times' first article on the closing of Circle 7 Animation. Retrieved 17 Jun '18
- Los Angeles Times' second article on the closing of Circle 7 Animation. Retrieved 17 Jun '18
- I09's article on Circle 7 Animation's version of Toy Story 3. Retrieved 17 Jun '18
- Joblo's article on Circle 7 Animation's version of Toy Story 3. Retrieved 17 Jun '18
- I09's article on Monsters Inc. 2: Lost in Scaradise. Retrieved 17 Jun '18
- Shane Zalvin's Toy Story 3 design section Retrieved 18 April '20
- "Toy Story 3 Disney's Circle Seven Style" on Bob and Rob's Blog Retrieved 18 April '20
- More 'Toy Story 3', Circle 7 Version on Bob and Rob's Blog Retrieved 18 April '20
- The entire script for Finding Nemo 2. Retrieved 07 Sept '19
- Listing for the Toy Story 3 script on scriptcity.com. Retrieved 10 May '19
- Google Drive link to Bill and Cheri Steinkellner's draft of Circle 7's Toy Story 3. Retrieved 05 Sept '19
- Google Drive link to Jim Herzfeld's "Recalled draft" of Circle 7's Toy Story 3. Retrieved 11 Dec '19