Don Rickles‘ death continues to be so sad as we come to realize what a comic legend the world has lost.
And now, reporting is coming out that the comedian, who died on Thursday at the age of 90, had not yet recorded material at Mr. Potato Head for the forthcoming Toy Story 4 movie set for release in 2019.
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Rickles had a long, incredible career in comedy, of course — and yet for a generation of kids coming up on the original 1995 Toy Story, this was how they got to know the biting, witty man.
And now, with the release set to be directed by John Lasseter and Josh Cooley for its 2019 release, Rickles had been all set to complete his lines with the voice for it as he had for the first three installments.
It just didn’t happen in time.
Of course, there are a few notes: first, the plot of the film is uncertain, so it’s not clear how big of a role Mr. Potato Head (and Rickles) would have held.
And second, there’s also the possibility that editors could cut together Rickles’ voice from earlier films with existing, recorded dialogue to get him in the movie without having him re-record.
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That’s been done before — most notably with Paul Walker in Furious 7 after his sudden death.
Guess we’ll see come June 2019 when Toy Story 4 gets released — and while it’s a very, very long way off, we’ll obviously be thinking of Rickles when we watch it regardless of what they decided to do as tribute for him.
[Image via Disney/Pixar/WENN.]
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