Pixar Animation Studios confirmed that “Toy Story 4” is coming in Summer 2017.
Disney and Pixar unveiled all its upcoming animated sequels including “Toy Story 4”, “The Incredibles 2”, “Finding Dory”, and “Cars 3” at Disney’s D23 Expo in California over the weekend, Time magazine wrote.
Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter confirmed that Woody will find love in the upcoming follow-up to one of the most successful animated movie franchises.
“It’s a love story with Woody and — and this is news — Bo Peep,” Lasseter told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street.”
Speaking at Disney’s D23 conference, Lasseter also said, “At Pixar and at Disney, we only make sequels if we come up with a story that’s as good or better than the original. That’s our rule. We don’t do things just to print money.”
The first “Toy Story” movie debuted in 1995, making it the first feature-length computer animated film produced by Pixar. It was followed by two sequels in 1999 and 2010. All three movies have earned nearly $2 billion worldwide, CNBC noted.
Meanwhile, MTV revealed some fun facts about how “Toy Story” came to life.
Lasseter said Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen) was originally named Tempest because he was obsessed with the Atari game Tempest. Buzz was only six inches high while Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) was first written in storyboard as a large ventriloquist dummy.
However, after Lasseter received comments on how creepy Woody looks like, he decided to make Woody a pull-string toy while Buzz was made 12 inches tall. Buzz’s spacesuit was also originally described as red. But the team later decided to go with white with lime green and purple accents.
Meanwhile, Pixar’s Lee Unkrich also revealed how they were amazed by Tom Hanks’ talent in improvising dialogue.
In fact, Unkrich said some of Woody’s memorable dialogue recorded by Hanks back in 1994 will be included in the upcoming “Toy Story 4.”
Lasseter added that Hanks was also a master of inventing props. He cited one prop — a fake detached arm that Lasseter borrowed from his kids — led to the sequence where Woody plays with Buzz’s severed arm in the window, like a shadow puppet.
“All of that dialogue was Tom Hanks’ ad libbing,” Lasseter said.