If you're like many people in my generation, you might have quite literally grew up with the Toy Story franchise, leaving the nest for college around the same time as Andy in Toy Story 3. Now, Disney has revealed that the next film in the franchise will focus on a love story between Woody and Bo Peep, who flirted frequently during the franchise's first two films.
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.
John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer at Disney, confirmed the Toy Story 4 plot details at the D23 expo in Anaheim. “It’s a love story with Woody and — and this is news — Bo Peep,” he 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.”
To those of you groaning at Lasseter's last few words, it's important to note that Lasseter's known for taking creative integrity very seriously. Back in 2005, when he was still executive vice-president at a then-independent Pixar, Lasseter and Pixar co-founder Steve Jobs engaged in a showdown with ex-Disney chief Michael Eisner over the production of Toy Story 3, after Eisner green-lit its production without their agreement. The battle eventually resulted in Eisner's ouster and Disney's $7.4 billion purchase of Pixar in 2006, a move which enabled Lasseter's climb into one of entertainment's most influential positions. With all that in mind, I have high hopes for the next installment in the Toy Story franchise, even if some of Pixar's more recent sequels (Cars 2, I'm looking at you) have dropped the ball.
H/T: Consequence of Sound