Toy Story 3.5 is coming next year

While no one at Pixar is even hinting at a fourth installment, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich has confirmed that Cars 2 will be preceded by a short film featuring Woody, Buzz, and the gang.

If you've seen Toy Story 3 — and judging by the $109 million opening weekend, Pixar's best ever, there's a good chance you did — you know that it ends with a perfectly sweet, perfectly closed-ended finale. When talking to MSN, Unkrich revealed the following:

"Well, I really tried my best to end the story of Andy and his toys and bring that story to a close in a really nice way at the end of this film. That being said, we know that people love the characters, love Woody and Buzz, and would hate to say good-bye to them completely. I don't know that there would ever be a [Toy Story] 4. We don't have any plans for one — but we are trying to find ways to keep the characters alive. We have announced we're going to do a short film in front of Cars 2 that uses the Toy Story characters. We're going to keep them alive; they're not going away forever."

Cars 2 is scheduled to be released on June 24, 2011.

(Via Dark Horizons)