Pixar has stated many times that this Friday's Toy Story 3 will be the last film in the franchise, and serves as the final act in what has been a very lucrative and popular trilogy. But, as with anything that makes money in Hollywood, there have been murmurings about a proposed fourth film. In an article from MSN, director Lee Unkrich makes it clears that there are no solid plans for a Toy Story 4, but that Buzz and Woody aren't going away forever. In fact, a number of the toys from Toy Story 3 will be back next summer in an all new, untitled short film that will premier before Cars 2: World Grand Prix when it opens on June 24th, 2011.
Here's what Lee had to say:
"Well, I really tried my best to end the story of Andy and his toys and bring that story to a close in a really nice way at the end of this film. That being said, we know that people love the characters, love Woody and Buzz, and would hate to say good-bye to them completely. I don't know that there would ever be a Toy Story 4. We don't have any plans for one -- but we are trying to find ways to keep the characters alive. We have announced we're going to do a short film in front of Cars 2: World Grand Prix that uses the Toy Story characters. We're going to keep them alive; they're not going away forever."