Toy Story 4 reunites audiences with Woody, Buzz, and the gang, who now live with Bonnie, after Andy grew up and moved away to college. The iconic Pixar franchise seemed done after Toy Story 3 – the trilogy had been brought to a natural conclusion – but such is the affection for these toys that the public appetite for more Toy Story remained, and now Pixar is set to deliver in 2019. Here’s every update you need, from cast to story details.
- Release Date: 21st June 2019
- Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Patricia Arquete, Annie Potts, John Ratzenberger, Jodie Benson
- Director: Josh Cooley
- Writers: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich, Stephany Folsom
All The Gang’s Back For Toy Story 4
It won’t come as any surprise to know that both Tom Hanks and Tim Allen are reprising their roles of Woody and Buzz Lightyear respectively in Toy Story 4. It simply wouldn’t be Toy Story without them.
Almost all of the Toy Story regular cast is back, in fact, with Annie Potts voicing Bo Peep once more, Jodie Benson as Barbie, Joan Cusack as Jessie, and Estelle Harris as Mrs. Potato Head. John Ratzenberger is not currently listed, but he’s been the voice of Hamm the pig for all three Toy Story movies, and he’s also the only actor to appear in all of Pixar’s movies, so it’s more or less certain we’ll see him back for Toy Story 4. Blake Clark will once again provide the voice of Slinky Dog after taking over from the late Jim Varney in Toy Story 3. Trixie and Buttercup, two of the characters introduced in Toy Story 3, will also return. Patricia Arquette is voicing a new, as yet unknown, character.
Sadly, Don Rickles, the voice of Mr. Potato Head, died in 2017. He had not recorded his role prior to his passing, and Pixar has not yet stated whether the character will appear in Toy Story 4 or not.
Toy Story 4 is a Love Story
Bo Peep didn’t feature in Toy Story 3, having (we now know) been sold at a yard sale between Toy Story 2 and 3. However, she will be central to Toy Story 4, which follows Buzz and Woody’s quest to find her again. It will certainly be good to see her back and it interesting to find out what she’s been up to in the interim. Toy Story works best when the toys are on an adventure in the big wide world, and tracking down Bo Peep will surely lead to plenty of fun moments.
Details beyond that – relating to what’s happened to Bo Peep or how this will relate to new owner Bonnie, aren’t know, although Tim Allen has teased that the ending of Toy Story 4 is incredibly emotional.
Toy Story 4 Has a New Solo Director
John Lasseter wrote and directed the first two Toy Story movies, but now new voices are coming in. Lee Unkrich (who later made Coco) directed Toy Story 3, and Toy Story 4 will be directed by Josh Cooley. Initially, it was reported that Lasseter was going to co-direct with Cooley, but it was subsequently revealed that the first-timer would be flying to infinity and beyond solo. During the time that Toy Story 4 has been in development, Lasseter has also announced that he will leave Pixar by the end of 2018 due to allegations of sexual harassment. However, at present he is still listed as an executive producer on Toy Story 4.
Toy Story 4 will be Cooley’s first time directing a feature film, and what a movie to get your big break on! He’s not unknown to Pixar though; he’s voiced multiple characters for them, as well as directing the Inside Out short, Riley’s First Date.
The Original Writers Departed Toy Story 4
Toy Story 4 was originally set to be written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, but the pair left the project back in November 2017. At the time, it was incorrectly rumored that this was due to unwanted advances from Lasseter towards Jones. However, in a statement, it was revealed that the pair left Pixar due to “creative and, more importantly, philosophical differences.” The statement went on:
“There is so much talent at Pixar, and we remain enormous fans of their films. However, it is also a culture where women and people of color do not have an equal creative voice.”
Lasseter is given credit for the original story, along with Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, and Lee Unkrich, while Stephany Folsom is listed as screenwriter. Toy Story 4 marks only her second screenplay writing credit, but she is an uncredited writer on Thor: Ragnarok.
Toy Story 4’s Release Date Keeps Changing
Toy Story 4 was announced way back in 2014, but the movie has hit a series of bumps in the road, meaning its release date has been moved multiple times. originally, it was set for 2017, then shifted to the Summer 2018 slot, while Incredibles 2, which started production in 2015, was slated for Summer 2019. However, the two traded places, since Toy Story 4 wasn’t going to be ready.
Despite the change of writing team, the problems with Lasseter, and script delays, Cooley has confirmed that Toy Story 4 will make its scheduled release date of June 21, 2019.
Toy Story 4 Has An (Almost) Brand New Script
The departure of Jones and McCormack and the other creative change-ups, has meant that Toy Story 4 has an almost completely new script. That has set the project back and was key to the release date change from 2018 to 2019, according to Annie Potts, who voices Bo Peep. In a recent interview, she stated that Pixar had thrown out three-quarters of the script and started over. The plot remains the same, and Potts has enjoyed playing her role opposite Hanks, but Jones and McCormack’s script is no more.
There Is No Trailer For Toy Story 4 Yet
There is currently no trailer for Toy Story 4. However, it won’t be a long wait: the teaser trailers for fellow June sequels Finding Dory and Incredibles 2 dropped in November the year before their respective releases, meaning the first look at Toy Story 4 will likely come in November 2018.