It's hard to believe it's been 22 years since Disney/Pixar first released a little movie by the name of "Toy Story" that touched our hearts and kept us all laughing. And while watching a "cartoon" made with computer graphics instead of being hand-drawn seemed absolutely crazy at the time, the movie's innovative storytelling techniques have since paved the way for a new (and truly awesome) era in animation.
Well, if "Toy Story" 1, 2 and 3 left you craving even more Buzz Lightyear and Woody in your life, you're in luck. This week, Disney/Pixar confirmed that work on "Toy Story 4" has officially begun, and the studio even gave a little taste of what's to come.
John Lasseter, director of the original "Toy Story" and its follow-up "Toy Story 2," will direct the film, while Rashida Jones (yes, that Rashida Jones) and Will McCormack will pen the script, which is said to "open a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the 'Toy Story' gang."
"We love these characters so much; they are like family to us," said Lasseter in a statement. He is said to have dreamt up the story idea with Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich, who were all involved in the first three "Toy Story" movies. "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. But when Andrew, Pete, Lee and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we had to make this movie—and I wanted to direct it myself."
Of course, you and the kiddos will have to wait a bit before you can see the fourth installment on the big screen—Disney has set a release date of June 16, 2017. (We know—so far away!)