Disney’s D23 Expo just gave us a look at what we’re going to see when Pixar Animation Studio’s John Lasseter directs the upcoming sequel , Toy Story 4 The film will be a love story between Woody (Tom Hanks, though he’s not confirmed as the voice) and Bo Peep (originally voiced by Annie Potts). At the Expo, we learned that writers Rashida Jones and Will McCormick (Celeste & Jessie Forever) are joining the group.
I got a chance to chat with Lasseter, who told us about his personal connection to the love story. He said, “Toy Story is really important to me. It was our first film at Pixar, my first film as a director, and Woody and Buzz Lightyear are like family to us. In each of the films we’ve made, we didn’t quite realize what we were doing, but we created a different genre of film, a different genre of story. And part of it is to get a different emotional arc for Woody. So he’s not forgetting what he learned in the first one and relearning it again, which happens so often in sequels. So the one kind of story that we’ve never done is a love story. After Toy Story 3, which is a pretty amazing film, and it’s a pretty amazing life with Andy, we weren’t going to do another Toy Story unless we found a story that we think is worthy.
“We came up with an idea, Andrew Stanton and I. Andrew wrote this incredible treatment and we’ve got this great writing team with Will Mccormick and Rashida Jones working on it with us. It’s very special. The story is a love story, which we haven’t done before, bringing back Bo Peep. I love Bo Peep! She was not in Toy Story 3. So it’s really exciting. So Woody and Buzz Lightyear go out to find her and bring her back. And it’s really inspired – it’s a very personal story for me. It’s inspired by my wife Nancy. She had a pretty amazing story before I met her. It’s always been very special to me, the incredible strength of this woman. I love her so much. It’s sort of an homage to her because Bo Peep reminds me of her in many ways. The strength of this character belies the pink bonnet. How strong this character is. It’s a very special personal story. It’s also very funny and you’ll hear in the future about new characters and amazing things about it.”
Toy Story 4 will hit theaters on June 16, 2017.