Woody and the gang are back for one last adventure, and our team ventured all the way out to Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, CA to get all the details from the filmmakers.
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After seeing Andy off to college, the toys have found a new home with Bonnie, a young family friend of Andy’s that has the same love and imagination that young Andy once had. Though Toy Story 3 seemed like the perfect ending for our gang, it was only the end of a part of the story.
“Like most people, I assumed that Toy Story 3 was the end of the story,” says director Josh Cooley. “Turns out it was only the end of Woody’s story with Andy. Just like in life, every ending is a new beginning. Woody now being in a new room, with new toys and a new kid, was something we have never seen before. The questions of what that would be like became the beginning of an entertaining story worth exploring.”
We begin with Bonnie nervous about her first day of kindergarten, Woody at her side, eager to transition into his new role just as Bonnie has to. “Transition is a big thematic piece of this movie,” says producer Jonas Rivera. “Bonnie is growing up and transitioning into kindergarten, and Woody is transitioning into a new role. We’ve never seen him in this situation before.”
On her first day, Woody doesn’t hesitate to make Bonnie feel comfortable at school, even if that means digging through trash for art supplies for his kid. Bonnie crafts her own Frankenstein monster of a toy, Forky, out of random craft supplies and well…trash. Of course, once Forky claims himself as trash and not a toy, Woody makes it his mission to change his mind. He embraces being a toy, so why shouldn’t he? “Forky is like a newborn,” says producer Mark Nielsen. “He doesn’t know anything about life—he doesn’t even understand why he’s alive or what a toy even is. He makes Woody vocalize what it means to be a toy.”
Forky, Woody, and the gang end up accompanying Bonnie on her family road trip, which leads our characters into the furthest territories the series has ever stretched: a carnival and an antique shop – where Woody ends up reuniting with longtime Toy Story favorite Bo Peep. “Bo Peep is just such a great character,” says screenwriter Stephany Folsom. “She was part of a baby’s lamp in Andy’s sister’s room, so she was given away a long time ago. Life was different for Bo, but she didn’t just sit around. She long ago decided to make the best of her situation, pick herself up by her bootstraps and stand on her own two porcelain feet.”
With new characters and new territories, the possibilities are endless for our beloved gang. Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4 hits US theaters on June 21, 2019.