Woody and Buzz are coming back to the big screen. Walt Disney announced last week that it will make “Toy Story 4” for release in June 2017.
John Lasseter, who directed the first two “Toy Story” films and will direct the fourth movie, said the creative team at Pixar Animation Studios went ahead with the project because it has “a story that’s as good as or better than the original.”
“We don’t just, because of the success of a film, automatically say we’re going to do a sequel and then figure out what we’re going to do,” Lasseter said.
The first three “Toy Story” movies have sold more than $1.3 billion in tickets worldwide.
Lasseter told the Los Angeles Times that “Toy Story 4” will be a love story and will pick up where “Toy Story 3” left off, when Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the series’ toy chest of characters were handed down to a little girl named Bonnie.
“Toy Story,” which was released in 1995, was the first feature film made by Pixar. Disney bought the company in 2006.