At the end of Toy Story 3, it truly looked like the story of Woody, Buzz and the gang was at an end. We had seen a complete life cycle of the toys from cherished playthings to discarded objects. Then we got to see the toys begin a new life with a new child, where we knew the cycle would repeat. But the folks at Pixar thought there was more to be explored in the world of playthings, and so they begin preparations for Toy Story 4.
While the wait continues for the Pixar sequel to make its way to theaters, it's never too early to start collecting all the information available about the project. And there's a decent amount of info that has been revealed. Without further delay, let's run down the details!
When Will Toy Story 4 Be Released?
It was recently revealed that Pixar has done some shuffling with regards to a couple of its most hotly anticipated sequels, and, unfortunately, this means that Toy Story 4 has been pushed back a bit. The original proposed release date, June 15, 2018, has now been given over to The Incredibles 2. This leaves Toy Story 4 with the release date of June 21, 2019. So, it looks like we'll now have to wait a little longer for the next sequel to hit theaters.
What Is The Toy Story 4 Rating?
It's way too early for an official rating on Toy Story 4, seeing as how films don't get their ratings until a few weeks before release. But, judging by the earlier films in the series, Toy Story 4 will likely have a G rating, since that's what each of the previous films have had.
The DirectorsJohn Lasseter is the Chief Creative Officer for both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation as a whole. For that reason he’s had a hand in every animated feature the Mouse House has put out for the last several years. The Toy Story franchise, however, is his baby. The first film was the studio that put Pixar on the map, and Lasseter directed it as well as Toy Story 2. After giving up the reins for Toy Story 3 to Lee Unkrich, Lasseter will be returning to direct Toy Story 4 himself.
John Lasseter hasn’t directed a feature since Cars 2 in 2011, so that will be seven years away by the time Toy Story 4 hits in 2018. Still, there’s really nobody you’d rather have in that chair. Lasseter is the heart and soul of Pixar, so fans can rest assured that he has the best interests of the franchise in mind with every decision he makes.
Assisting John Lasseter will be Josh Cooley, who previously directed the Riley's First Date short and was the head of story for Inside Out.
The WritersThe screenplay for Toy Story 4 will come from the writing team of Rashida Jones and Will McCormack. Previously, the two teamed up to write the indie film Celeste and Jesse Forever. Both are probably better known for the acting than their writing at this point, but both are multitalented stars.
Rashida Jones is the daughter of Quincy Jones, and is probably best known for her role as Ann Perkins on the now-ended NBC sitcom Parks & Recreation. She also has animation experience on the performance side of things, as she did voice work for Inside Out as well as the Hulu series The Awesomes. Interestingly, both Jones and McCormack received Special Thanks credits in Inside Out, meaning it’s possible they did some uncredited script polishing on that film, which may have gone a long way to scoring them this gig.
The StoryWhile the screenplay writers may be relatively new to this whole thing, they’re being given the best possible story to work with. The script will be based on a story by four of Pixar’s titans: the film’s director John Lasseter, Inside Out director Pete Docter, WALL-E director Andrew Stanton, and Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich. With a team like that involved, we have to just assume the story is amazing.
Now the details of what’s actually in the story is a little more vague. What we do know is that the film will be something of a love story focusing on the characters of Woody and Bo Beep. A comment is made in Toy Story 3 that Bo was either lost or given away somewhere between the second and third films, so the plot will apparently be focused on Woody’s attempts to reunite with his old flame.
WoodyThere are two toys that you can’t really make a Toy Story movie without, and one of them is Sheriff Woody. Since the plot of the film that has been revealed includes our favorite cowboy, then we feel confident to say that he’ll be there. While Woody’s voice has not been officially confirmed by Pixar or Disney, and they do have a perfectly acceptable soundalike, Tom Hanks himself has admitted he will be in the film - something which has gotten him in a bit of trouble with the Disney legal team.