The Toy Story series from Disney and Pixar has enjoyed unlimited success over the past two decades. Why should such a popular franchise stop with just a trilogy? Toy Story 4 is in the works and will debut in 2017 with an all-new plot that promises classic Toy Story action and an emphasis on the relationship between Woody (Tom Hanks) and Little Bo Peep (Annie Potts).
Perhaps one of the best things about Toy Story is the way the characters develop over the years. In the first movie, Andy (John Morris) was a little boy who received a new Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) for his birthday, to the dismay of the rest of his toys. Toy Story 2 found Andy’s crew of playmates on yet another adventure, as they search for Woody, who was stolen from home by a toy dealer. This sequel added characters Bullseye (Frank Welker) and Jessie the yodeling cowgirl (Joan Cusack).
Toy Story 3 was somewhat bittersweet, as we saw grown-up Andy box up his toys to store in the attic before he left home for college. Instead, the box ends up on the curb with the trash, and the toys get donated to a daycare center, where they are abused by hordes of toddlers. All’s well that ends well, however, and the toys find their way home. In the end, Andy gives his toys to a little girl who will take care of them as well as he did.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) August 15, 2015
According to Vanity Fair, Toy Story 4 brings Little Bo Peep back to the center of the story. Woody and Buzz set out to find the tiny shepherdess, which will surely be an action packed adventure. The light romance between Woody and Bo Peep, hinted at in the first two installments, will be central to the story.
CNBC reports that John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer for Disney, spoke about Toy Story 4 at the D23 fan expo.
“At Pixar and at Disney, we only make sequels if we come up with a story that’s as good or better than the original. That’s our rule. We don’t do things just to print money.”
The wild popularity of the Toy Story franchise backs up Lasseter’s statement. Each sequel finishes better than the last.
Are you excited for Toy Story 4?
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