When a movie grosses more than a billion dollars at the global box-office, you better believe there’s going to be a sequel (or two). So I know I shouldn’t have been surprised when Tom Hanks, currently in England promoting Larry Crowne, let slip that the Toy Story gang was not about to be packed away in the Disney/Pixar attic. “Yeah, I think they’re working on it now,” he answered interviewer Tim Muffett when asked whether fans can expect another helping of Woody and Buzz. Disney didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about any plans for a Toy Story 4, but after seeing them in the short that played before Cars 2, it’s clear these characters are still very much in play.
Yet part of me was chagrined by the prospect of a Toy Story 4. Not because these characters don’t have more stories to tell, but because the ending of Toy Story 3 struck such a chord with people my age and seemed the perfect culmination to the toys’ journey that I worry another sequel might somehow diminish the perfectly-wrapped trilogy – which began with Buzz Lightyear’s introduction into Andy’s world and ended with Andy’s departure for college. Through it all, Pixar’s storytellers seemed to make every right decision. Making another film that launches into a different direction (at Bonnie’s house?) might yield more fantastic adventures, but I’m not sure my Generation X heart will be in it the same way as the first three films.
Of course, studios don’t make animated toy movies for nostalgic thirtysomethings. How would you feel about another round with Woody and the gang?