Toy Story 3 seemed to wrap up the Toy Story trilogy quite well: Andy went off to college, leaving his toys with a new owner in a heartwarming scene that felt like we were saying goodbye to the beloved toys for good as well. Fans and critics alike agreed the third film had the perfect ending. But it also just happened to become the highest grossing animated film of all time (until a certain little film called Frozen came along) and, of course, it was announced that there was going to be a Toy Story 4. So what do we know about Toy Story 4 so far? Read on to find out.
All that’s known about the plot so far is that it centers on the romance between Woody and Bo Peep. You may remember that Bo Peep was noticeably absent from Toy Story 3 – it’s hinted that she was given away, thrown out, sold in a yard sale or broken. Plus, the filmmakers thought it wouldn’t be a good idea to have a character made of porcelain in a children’s nursery or anywhere near an incinerator, so it makes sense that she was cut from the third film. So it looks like Toy Story 4 will be reuniting somehow, though further details have yet to be revealed.
The release date
As of the time of writing, the film has an official US release date of June 15, 2018. The release date has already been pushed back once (the original date was June 16, 2017), so there’s a chance it could be pushed back again.
Who’s in it?
Woody, Buzz and Bo Peep are all confirmed to be in the film, as well as Trixie the dinosaur and Mr. Potato Head. No other characters have been confirmed so far, though it’s very likely that a lot of characters from previous films will appear. It’s pretty much guaranteed that Jessie and Bullseye will be in it, along with Mrs. Potato Head, Rex, Slinky Dog, Hamm, Sarge, the Aliens and Barbie. It’s likely that Bonnie Anderson, the toys’ new owner, will be in the film and if her toy Trixie is confirmed to be in it, you can expect some of her other toys, such as Buttercup, Mr. Pricklepants, Dolly and Peas-in-a-Pod to be in it as well. Given the way Toy Story 3 ended, it’s unlikely that Andy will be in it, though you never know.
Who’s making it?
John Lasseter, who directed the first film and worked with two co-directors on the second, is returning to direct this fourth instalment with co-director Josh Cooley. Randy Newman, who composed the score for the first three films, is working on the music for the fourth film. The film’s story has been written by Lasseter, along with three other writers.