Toy Story 4 was announced back in November to the surprise of many. After all, Toy Story is a complete trilogy with a wonderfully finished story. Thankfully, John Lasseter, set to direct Toy Story 4, said the story would be separate from the original trilogy and a “brand new chapter in the Toy Story world.” The film’s release date is June 16, 2017.
Summer 2017. That leaves two years for Pixar to prove the series is worthy of another film. Also, the last film Lasseter directed was Cars 2 in 2011, generally considered Pixar’s worst film.
So what can Toy Story 4 do to add to the original series? There are limitless possibilities and situations that toys can find themselves in the Toy Story universe. Lasseter hinted that the next film might focus on an entirely set of new characters. Besides that, very few details concerning the plot are available. So, here at The Animation Curation, we developed some Toy Story 4 plot lines. Here are a few:
1. Sid’s toys recover from years of trauma
Sid, the antagonist from 1995’s Toy Story, was a terrible person. He tortured his toys, dismembering them and making them into mutant creations too ungodly to speak of. After being emotionally scarred by Woody and co., Sid’s toy-torturing days were over. But really, how long would it take for Sid’s toys to recover from that much physical and emotional damage, if ever? How have each of these toys been affected over the past 20 years? That would be an interesting, if slightly dark, new direction for the series.
2. Andy’s “other” toys
Everyone knows who Woody, Buzz, Slinky, Rex and Jesse are. However, Andy owned plenty of other toys as a child. The new film could focus on these toy’s perspective behind the scenes, similar to how The Lion King 1 1/2 focuses on the main (mane) Lion King story told by Timon and Pumba.
3. The lives of fast food toys
This plot line is entirely unrelated to any of the characters present in the trilogy. It is widely known that fast food restaurant toys are cheaply made and never as good as “real” toys. However, are they discriminated against by other toys? This would be a different route to take, one that does not focus on toy owners like Andy, but only on the toys themselves. Do all toys deserve equal respect? Maybe Toy Story 4 will answer that question.