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Those toys are back in town: Woody and Buzz join pals old and new for a fourth movie, dreamed up by two generations of Pixar talent

In 1995, a 15-year-old aspiring cartoonist named Josh Cooley walked into a movie theater in his hometown of Livermore, Calif., bought a ticket to a much-buzzed-about new animated film called "Toy Story" and had his mind forever blown to infinity and beyond.

"I had always wanted to be in animation for as long as I could remember," Cooley says. "But it was unlike anything I'd ever seen."

The first feature film to be entirely computer-animated, "Toy Story" was unlike anything anyone had ever seen, and the movie's success would kick off a beloved trilogy and set the template for all of Pixar Animation Studios' smashes to follow.

Now, 24 years later, that onetime would-be cartoonist whose career path was shaped in part by Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear has inherited the keys to the toy chest as the director of "Toy Story 4."

"Toy Story 4," in theaters

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