The Toy Story franchise is perhaps Pixar’s most important franchise. After all, it was the original Toy Story that launched the animation studio into the spotlight. In 2010, 15 years after the first film, Toy Story 3 concluded the trilogy, and was only the third ever animated film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. In the years since, we have seen a mixture of Toy Story shorts and TV specials, but the question of whether we would ever see a fourth film remained. That has been answered today, as Toy Story 4 has been officially announced. Find more details after the break!
During an earnings call held today, Disney CEO Bob Iger stated that Toy Story 4 will be released in theaters in June 2017. John Lasseter, who directed the first two Toy Story films, is returning to the director’s chair to helm the fourth film.
Last year, Pixar’s Ed Catmull discussed how Pixar is focused on providing audiences with a mixture of original films as well as sequels. The plan, laid out by Catmull, was to release an original film every year, with a sequel or prequel heading to theaters every other year, making for a combined three films every two years. Of course, that was before The Good Dinosaur was delayed to 2015, resulting in this year being the first without a Pixar feature film since 2005. The general idea seems to be holding true, though, as we know Pixar is working on several original films (Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, and the untitled Dia de los Muertos film) and a collection of sequels (Finding Dory, The Incredibles 2, Cars 3, and now Toy Story 4). It is important to note that those are only the films that have been announced – the studio maintains much secrecy, so there are undoubtedly other films in development we know nothing about.
No story details have been provided, but Woody and Buzz, along with much of the cast of toys from the original three films, should return in some form.
Stay tuned for more details on Toy Story 4!