It’s been a mere 5 years since Toy Story 3 hit the cinemas and now Toy Story 4 received an official release date: 16 June 2017.

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Fans of the popular Disney/Pixar franchise were surprised and delighted when rumours started circulating that Woody, Buzz and the toy gang will return in a new Toy Story movie. When Toy Story 3 was released in 2010 few fans left the cinemas with dry eyes. The movie ended with a now grown-up Andy passing his beloved toy friends onto a sweet little girl called Bonnie.

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The Toy Story franchise started 1995 when Woody and Buzz first capture the hearts of millions of children around the world. The famous toys returned for Toy Story 2 in 1999 and fans delighted in the fact that the story and the fun continued. So, when Toy Story 3 hit cinemas in 2010 many believed that it was the final movie for the popular franchise, especially because Andy and the original fans have now grown up and no longer play with toys themselves.

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The announcement was made by chairman of the Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger, who confirmed that John Lasseter will be directing Toy Story 4. Lasseter directed the first two movies and received an Academy Award for the first movie. Toy Story 3 won 2 Academy Awards for best Original Song and Animated Feature, putting the pressure on Lasseter to bring his A-game. Lasseter realises that he has some big cowboy boots to fill and stated that:

We love these characters so much; they are like family to us. We don’t want to do anything with them unless it lives up to or surpasses what’s gone before. Toy Story 3 ended Woody and Buzz’s story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time we never even talked about doing another Toy Story movie.

Disney were pretty tight-lipped about all the finer details about Toy Story 4. All we know so far is that the new movie “opens a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the Toy Story gang”. All we can assume is that this means that we will be following the toys’ adventures with their new owner, Bonnie. We reckon it is going to be really fun and interesting to see how Bonnie plays with the toys and which new imaginary worlds will be created. We can obviously also expect some cool new toys who live in Bonnie‘s room, which means that new and exciting story lines and characters can be expected.

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But, of course, nothing is for certain and we will have to wait until June 2017 to find out. In the meantime, take a trip down memory lane and watch the trailer for the 1995 original Toy Story movie and let us know what you want to see in the new movie: