Last November, Pixar made the announcement fans had been waiting four years for, that Toy Story 4 is finally happening. The studio often said that 2010's Toy Story 3 would be the franchise's last theatrical sequel, but the Toy Story gang has returned for a number of short films throughout the years, such as Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation, Toy Story: Small Fry, Toy Story: Partysaurus Rex, Toy Story of Terror! and last year's Toy Story That Time Forgot. Before the D23 Convention got started today, director John Lasseter finally revealed new story details for the animated sequel, in an interview with CNBC.
"It's something we've never done before with Toy Story. It's a love story with Woody and - and this is news - Bo Peep. 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."
Back in March, John Lasseter revealed that Toy Story 4 is, in fact, a love story, but he didn't divulge which of the several Toy Story characters would fall in love with each other. The director also revealed in March that it won't follow Toy Story 3, since it closed out that trilogy, but it will tell a separate story that may or may not continue with further sequels. That all likely depends on how Toy Story 4 fares at the box office when it hits theaters June 4, 2017.
Oddly enough, Bo-Peep, voiced by Annie Potts, was featured in both the original 1995 classic Toy Story and the 1999 sequel Toy Story 2, but the character was inexplicably left out of Toy Story 3. There was one scene where the character is featured in home movies, but we never see her in the actual story. Since Toy Story 4 won't exactly follow Toy Story 3, it remains to be seen if her absence in the last installment will even be addressed.
Tom Hanks' Woody, Tim Allen's Buzz Lightyear and Don Rickles' Mr. Potato Head have been confirmed to reprise their roles, with the rest of the gang likely set to return for this follow-up. John Lasseter teased in the video interview below that there will be several Pixar and Disney announcements made at D23 this weekend, so perhaps we'll get a full cast list for Toy Story 4. Check out the director's interview, and stay tuned for more details throughout the weekend.