Nearly two decades after Pixar Animation Studios created the worldâ€™s first computer-animated feature film with â€œToy Story,â€ it revealed plans for Disneyâ€¢Pixarâ€™s â€œToy Story 4,â€ an adventure that returns audiences to the world of the studioâ€™s signature characters.
John Lasseter, director of the original â€œToy Storyâ€ and â€œToy Story 2,â€ will direct the film, which opens a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the â€œToy Storyâ€ gang. The story was dreamt up by Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich, the storytellers who have been the driving force behind all three â€œToy Storyâ€ films.
â€œWe love these characters so much; they are like family to us,â€ said Lasseter. â€œWe donâ€™t want to do anything with them unless it lives up to or surpasses whatâ€™s gone before. â€˜Toy Story 3â€™ ended Woody and Buzzâ€™s story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time, we never even talked about doing another â€˜Toy Storyâ€™ movie. But when Andrew, Pete, Lee and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we had to make this movieâ€”and I wanted to direct it myself.â€
Writing team Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (â€œCeleste and Jesse Foreverâ€) joined the project, and Pixar veteran Galyn Susman (ABCâ€™s â€œToy Story OF TERROR!â€ and â€œToy Story that Time Forgotâ€) is producing.
The film is slated for release on June 16, 2017.Â TO INFINITY AND BEYOND!