Toy Story 2: the film that was about to be lost due to an incredible mistake

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Toy Story 2: the film that was about to be lost due to an incredible mistake

“Toy Story” is one of the most beloved children’s franchises worldwide (photo: Xataka)

The seventh art throughout history has given the world of entertainment and popular culture endless productions that have transcended everyday life. From the actors who give life to all kinds of charactersthe plots of different cinematographic genres, as well as the affection that a title can have for materialized ideas, have marked generations for life.

Contrary to what is sometimes thought, the stories behind the great Hollywood productions are not limited only to the heated love stories, epic battles or comedies that can be seen on the big screen. But behind the scenes of each film is an experience in itself.

Who has not heard of the lack of chemistry between some supporting actors in certain films or of scandals regarding their producers or companies. But what we will tell here is very different, because eliminate a film almost entirely shortly after its release already announced is something that happened to one of the top entertainment houses in the world: Disney and Pixar.

The popular house of the most popular mouse on the planet has one of the least known but most shocking stories. It all started during the recording of one of his most important films in history: toy story 2

The characters have transcended the screens over the years and have become an icon for generations (Photo: File)
The characters have transcended the screens over the years and have become an icon for generations (Photo: File)

It was around the year 1998 when someone at the Pixar studios in Richmond, you inadvertently executed the “remove” option on your computer and in just a few seconds he almost completely lost all Woody and Buzz Lightyear files, including the work of all the production staff.

Perhaps today it would be difficult to think that a mistakenly pressing an option could not be reason enough to lose a lot of hard work, since many of the new technologies have all kinds of ways to back up a file, be it photos or videos. .

Currently there are all kinds of backups made by smartphones, including digital “clouds” that Google or Apple have for free or pay. But for that year none of that existed and no matter how rigorous the protocols were to take care of the entire process of a filmit was much easier that everything could be lost with just one mistake and that there were no digital backups or second copies, since it was considered that the information could be leaked or sold.

Oren Jacob, associate technical director of toy story 2, told in an interview TNW I was looking for a specific scene of Woody when the meltdown started.

The film was very close to being released when the fateful mistake happened (Photo: File)
The film was very close to being released when the fateful mistake happened (Photo: File)

And it is that, to ensure that everything related to one of the most famous cowboys in history was in optimal conditions, Jacob tried to see the complete image on the computer, but when an option appeared that marked an error, indicating that the directory did not existed, he realized that the content of the film was compromised or that the device no longer worked.

At first he thought that some button had been moved that he was not aware of or did not understand if it was just a technical error that could have a solution, but his astonishment and fear grew when he noticed that little by little more scenes, character attributes and items began to appear. disappear to the extent that the entire product marked as not recognized or as if it had never been, despite the fact that the film was already announced and even the advertising company started a few days later.

“About 150 people are working on the animation, modeling and assembly of what they hope will be the next great success of the animation studio of the creator of other great classics such as The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty and Enchantment (2022 Oscar winner for best animated film) however, one of those 150 people runs an rm –rf on their computer; not knew it but had just caused the loss of 90% of the production of toy story 2, the sequel to one of the most important, successful and commercially speaking sagas was among the top 5 products that have generated the most income for the mouse company in its history, according to the magazine ForbesOren said.

Buzz Lightyear and Woody in "toy story".  The cowboy started with 596 animated variables, manipulable zones to create movements and expressions (Photo: Pixar/Disney)
Buzz Lightyear and Woody in “Toy Story”. The cowboy started with 596 animated variables, manipulable zones to create movements and expressions (Photo: Pixar/Disney)

But although the tragedy had already happened, all was not lost, because Galyn Susman, a company worker who had just had a baby, appeared almost like a miracle.

Due to her maternity leave, the woman was working from home and therefore Pixar had given him a complete team that had with a backup of the entire movie, so she could continue her activities from home.

Also, Galyn periodically received updates on the film, so the production team went to the mother’s house, took the equipment to take it to the company and when they turned it on they realized that it was almost completely updated. yesThey just had to get to work, order the files and start the machinery so that they could finish as planned one of the most endearing children’s stories in history.

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