As one of the great animated franchises sets up its return, “Toy Story 4” has not taken the foot off the gas. While many questioned why the film needed to exist at all, Pixar has bombarded audiences with new characters and teasers. The latest in the saga of Woody, Buzz, and all of Andy’s (now Bonnie’s) toys has most people excited. Bo Peep, voiced by Annie Potts, did not appear in “Toy Story 3,” but many clamored for her return. When the fourth installment was announced, word had surfaced the film would center around Bo and Woody reconnecting. Well, we officially can confirm Bo will return. She clearly changed her look in the 20 years since we last saw her.
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With Bo Peep officially returning, the potential story seems to be solidifying. With Woody and Bo apart for twenty years, what does their relationship look like today? Do they have a relationship at all, or have both changed too much? Early word on the screenplay speculated that “Toy Story 4” would become a John Hughes romantic film. If that turns out to be the case, we get to see Tom Hanks woo Annie Potts, and that can only result in good things.
The Bo Peep redesign is also an interesting touch. While the character was always wise and good at giving out advice, this seems to be a pretty radical change for the character. Considering her previous incarnation looked to be closer to a porcelain doll than a toy, this should benefit the character. There are also unmistakable nods to some of the strong women being created by Disney in recent years, including Rey (Daisy Ridley) in “Star Wars.” The new synopsis can be found below:
“Toy Story 4” Synopsis
Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries.