Toy Story 4: The Toy Story franchise has probably been one of the most popular animated series franchise following the first movie which hit the screens long back in 1995. With Woody and Buzz Aldrin becoming household characters for the 90’s kid as well as a host of other people, it is not surprising that the excitement surrounding the release of Toy Story 4 is huge. Directed by John Lasseter, the director of Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 2 (1999), and co-directed by Josh Cooley, the story of Toy Story 4 has been reported to be penned by Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich, who conceived the story for the first film in the franchise.
“We love these characters so much; they are like family to us. We don’t want to do anything with them unless it lives up to or surpasses what’s gone before. ‘Toy Story 3’ ended Woody and Buzz’s story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time, we never even talked about doing another ‘Toy Story’ movie. But when Andrew, Pete, Lee and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we had to make this movie—and I wanted to direct it myself.”
Toy Story 4 Plot
The plot of Toy Story 4 will focus on the toys Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and their friends after their former owner, Andy, gave them to a young girl, Bonnie. The story will involve the gang helping Woody reunite with his love interest, Bo Peep.
For those unaware, Bo Peep is a porcelain figurine attached to Molly’s bedside lamp inspired by the heroine of the famed nursery rhyme; a beautiful, sweet-natured shepherdess accompanied by a single figure merged to resemble three sheep, who serves as Woody’s romantic interest of the films. However, she did not return in Toy Story 3 due to uncited reasons, except in flashback footage, as she had apparently been sold over the years like a few of the other characters, to Woody’s sadness. The upcoming movie although is slated to feature Bo Peep as one of the central characters with the toys embarking on a journey to get her back.
Toy Story 4 Cast/Voice
- Tom Hanks as Woody
- Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear
- Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head
- Kristen Schaal as Trixie
- Patricia Arquette
- Laurie Metcalf as Andy’s mom
Apart from these, there have been speculations revolving around Annie Potts who is slated to make a comeback in order to voice Bo Peep.
Toy Story 4 Release Date
Toy Story 4 was originally scheduled for theatrical release on June 16, 2017, but on October 8, 2015, the release date was delayed to June 15, 2018, allowing Pixar to give the original release date to Cars 3. On October 26, 2016, the film was delayed to June 21, 2019, while the June 15, 2018, date was taken by The Incredibles 2, which was further along in production at the point the decision was taken.