The age of the trilogy is dead, and perpetual sequels seem to be the future of most successful movies. So the announcment of Toy Story 4 really shouldn't have been a surprise, despite the fact that Toy Story 3 wrapped up the plot so well. But Pixar are ready to give us more adventures from Andy's (correction: Bonnie's) favourite toys, as Woody embarks on a rescue mission to save his longtime love interest, Bo Peep.
Save The Shepherdess!
Bo Peep was conspicuously absent from Toy Story 3, implying that Andy had given her away or sold her.
Woody: "We've lost friends along the way... Wheezy... and Etch and..."
Rex: "Bo Peep?"
Woody: "Yeah. Even... even Bo."
This is unsurprising really. Cutting a nonessential character from the story, who nonetheless has an emotional tie to the main characters, is pretty much step one for establishing tragic circumstances in any plot. But many fans were sad to see Bo go, as she seemed a like sweet character.
Well it looks like we're going to get an exciting new adventure to discover just where Bo Peep is... and her sweet demeanor might just be hiding a poignant past, as John Lasseter revealed.
"Bo Peep really reminds me of my wife Nancy in many ways. And she has an incredible emotional story, before I met her, so it’s a very personal story — as is every film at Pixar. But that’s what this one is for me. It’s a very touching story that’s inspired by my love for my wife."
He's not wrong about every Pixar story being emotional - Inside Out had even parents weeping and who could forget the heartwrenching moments in Up? And of course, Toy Story 3 traumatised audiences with that furnace scene...
I'm still not ok. So you might want to bring your tissues to the movie theater if Toy Story 4 is looking to beat the emotiveness of Toy Story 3! But the film might go in a different direction all together...
New Direction For Woody
Writer Pete Docter recently dropped some mysterious hints about the nature of the movie's plot, suggesting that we might see something totally new and unexpected from the franchise.
"It's definitely a lot of the same characters and the [same] world. But as you know from Toy Story 3, there's kind of a new big chapter to Woody's life. I can't say too much, but it's simultaneously great characters in things you've come to expect, but really a different kind of take on it."
We can only assume that the new chapter in Woody's life would be the toys' new life with Bonnie as their owner, though Docter could mean something totally different.
It's far more difficult to predict what the different take could be: Docter could be referring to fledgling writers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, who have never written for Pixar before and will surely put their own spin on the story. Or he could be teasing an unexpected plot twist. In either case, so early on in the film's production we don't have many clues about what this might mean.
But one thing's for certain: Toy Story 4 definitely won't connect to any other Pixar movies! Recently John Lasseter debunked the theory that suggested all Pixar movies occurred in the same timeline, disappointing many fans (including myself) who admired the seemingly masterful continuity.
So what new direction would you like to see in Toy Story 4? Let us know in the comments, or write your own post!