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Toy Story, the toy store that inspired the Pixar franchise, closes after 86 years

Toy Story, the toy store that inspired the Pixar franchise, closes after 86 years

The store where the Pixar creatives went for the famous animated film will close its business.

Toy Story, the toy store that inspired the Pixar franchise, closes after 86 years

Jeffrey’s Toys, the store where the Pixar team brainstormed ideas for the first Toy Story movie, will close its doors for good. The store, based in San Francisco, which inspired the film saga dedicated to the world of toys, will close its business by February.

After eighty-six years, Jeffrey’s Toys will close its last store, having previously managed seven locations in the San Francisco area. The co-owner of the shop, Matthew Luhn, cited several factors that led to the closure, including unsustainable operating costs, local safety concerns and the market shift toward online shopping. Luhn grew up in the store his family ran before embarking on a career in animation, working as a screenwriter and story director on films such as Cars, Ratatouille and Monsters, Inc.

Role in Pixar productions

Matthew Luhn recalled the fundamental importance of Jeffrey’s Toys in the creative process of the Toy Story films:“During Toy Story we would have my dad come over to give us ideas. And when we were doing research for almost all the Toy Story movies we would always go to Jeffrey’s Toys. My dad would just close up the store and say ‘Play, have fun and let me know if you need anything. something'”.

Toy Story

Toy Story

A contribution that proved decisive for the success of Toy Story, which over the years has become a multimedia franchise that includes toys, TV programs, comics and video games. The saga is mainly made up of four Toy Story films and the spin-off Lightyear: The True Story of Buzz.

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