NEW YORK (AP) – Talk about having a friend: â€œToy Story 4â€ has become the first franchise to earn two animated film Oscars.
The Disney and Pixar collaboration won the Academy Award on Sunday for best animated feature. The franchiseâ€™s third installment â€œToy Story 3â€ took home the trophy in 2011.
â€œToy Story 4â€ continued to the tell the story of Woody, voiced by Tom Hanks, who this time unexpectedly reunites with his longtime friend Bo Peep. Woody is ultimately faced with the decision of how he wants to live his life as a toy.
Its signature song â€œI Canâ€™t Let You Throw Yourself Awayâ€ by Randy Newman is nominated in the best original song category. He also wrote the song “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” for the first installment and â€œWe Belong Togetherâ€ for the third.
The series – which started off as the first feature-length film to be fully computer-animated – is credited with changing the ways animated films are made, spawning other creative endeavors at Pixar that would later lead to â€œMonsters Inc.,” â€œThe Incrediblesâ€ and â€œRatatouille.â€
â€œToy Story 4â€ beat out â€œMissing Link,â€ â€œI Lost My Body,â€ â€œHow to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden Worldâ€ and â€œKlaus.â€