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Toy Story 4: Bo Peep is back after 20-year absence with an empowering new look

by Danny Zepeda | January 28, 2019January 28, 2019 2:35 pm EST

It’s been nine long years since we last caught up with Andy’s favorite talking toys and the long-awaited reunion is only months away.

Toy Story 3 opened in theaters in June 2010. At the time, Harry Potter movies were still coming out, we were only at the iPhone 4 and Instagram did not exist. By the time the movie ended, it gave us one of the most heartbreaking scenes ever while ending the Toy Story storyline, as Andy parted with his favorite toys as he went off to college.

But with sequels becoming currency in Hollywood, Pixar decided to bring back the toy gang for one more adventure. That means Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang are getting back together for the latest chapter in the iconic animated movie franchise. Before you watch Toy Story 4, here’s everything you need to know.

The latest Toy Story 4 news

Bo Peep makes her return after 20-year absence

After a 20-year absence, our favorite toy shepherdess is returning to the Toy Story franchise. Pixar unveiled the new-look Bo Peep on Twitter showing off her in a new jumpsuit while ditching the poofy dress.She still retains her staff but adds a short cloak for a much more empowering look.

Bo Peep made her debut in Toy Story before returning in Toy Story 2 as a shepherdess and Woody’s love interest but she was notably missing from Toy Story 3. The story explains her absence as being sold off in a yard sale, which might also explain why she returns with a whole new look. In a press release for the unveiling Bo Peep, director Josh Cooley dropped some interesting details about the character.

“Bo’s taken control of her own destiny. While Woody was watching Andy grow up, Bo gathered dust until she took it upon herself to head out into the world. And when Woody shows up, they can’t believe that they’ve found each other again.”

All the big details

A new toy adventure

We’ve gone through many adventures with Woody and the gang, from Sid’s room to Al’s Toy Barn to Sunnyside where Lots-O reigned with an iron fist. This new adventure will be quite different as the toys will take a road trip where we expect a lot of hijinks.

When we first heard about Toy Story 4, the original plot that was floating around revolved around Woody and Bo Peep’s love story. That was before the story developed further and was fleshed out with new characters in the mix. It’s unclear if that storyline will still be explored in the movie.

At the end of Toy Story 3, Andy said goodbye to his beloved toys and gave them to somebody who will truly appreciate them: Bonnie, a new kid eager to play with all the toys.

Pixar has kept the timeline of the movie secretive, though it is expected to pick up right after the events of Toy Story 3. Thankfully we did get some interesting details courtesy of Tim Allen, who confirmed that we are in for an emotional roller coaster. In an interview, he opened up about how emotional the new movie is going to be.

“I gotta resist getting emotional,” said Allen. “I don’t want to give it away, but this is an incredibly great story. It is so emotional, it’s so funny, it’s so big, the idea they’ve come up with, I’m startled. I couldn’t even get through the last scene.”

Much like its predecessor, it sounds like Toy Story 4 will definitely hit you in the feels.

Josh Cooley, a long-time Pixar alum, is going to direct the movie. Stephany Folsom has penned the script based on the story developed by Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich.

The classic gang with some new faces

Andy’s original toy gang is all returning for the sequel. This means we’ll be in for another adventure with all of our favorite toys including Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Jessie. Even more impressive is that the original voice cast is returning to voice all of the classic characters. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Joan Cusack are all back.

Sadly, only one of the original characters will not be returning. Don Rickles who voices Mr. Potato Head passed away in 2017. The character was included in the original story, but his representatives confirmed he had not recorded lines for the movie at the time of his passing.

There are a few new characters joining the gang. Most prominently is Forky, who we got really familiar with in the first official trailer for the movie. Voiced by Tony Hale, Forky is a utensil that has been transformed into a toy. However, that becomes a problem as he’s quite self-aware and can’t stop screaming, “I don’t belong here!”

We also meet two additional new characters in the second teaser for the movie, Ducky and Bunny. The two are voiced by comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, respectively. Interestingly, Keanu Reeves will voice an unspecified character in the movie.

Here’s a list of all the character that will be in Toy Story 4.

  • Woody voiced by Tom Hanks
  • Buzz Lightyear voiced by Tim Allen
  • Jessie voiced by Joan Cusack
  • Bo Peep voiced by Annie Potts
  • Slinky Dog voiced by Blake Clark
  • Rex voiced by Wallace Shawn
  • Hamm voiced by John Ratzenberger
  • Mrs. Potato Head voiced by Estelle Harris
  • Barbie voiced by Jodi Benson
  • Ken voiced by Michael Keaton
  • Aliens voiced by Jeff Pidgeon
  • Trixie voiced by Kristen Schaal
  • Dolly voiced by Bonnie Hunt
  • Mr. Pricklepants voiced by Timothy Dalton
  • Forky voiced by Tony Hale
  • Ducky voiced by Keegan-Michael Key
  • Bunny voiced by Jordan Peele
  • Keanu Reeves voicing unspecified character

Why the long wait?

Toy Story 4 wasn’t always in the plans. When Pixar produced Toy Story 3, that was thought to be the final chapter in the Toy Story franchise, but eventually the producers started to kick around some new ideas.

We were actually supposed to see Toy Story 4 last year, not Incredibles 2. When Pixar originally announced the two sequels, it set Toy Story 4 for a 2018 release date and Incredibles 2 for 2019, but for reasons unknown, Pixar decided to delay Toy Story 4 and bump up Incredibles 2.

The move paid off as Incredibles 2 was yet another win for Pixar and now the studio is hoping Toy Story 4 will follow the success in 2019.

Release date

Toy Story 4 will open in theaters on June 21, 2019.


Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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