I always knew this was coming. In fact, we all knew this was coming. After Toy Story 3 became a HUGE hit, a fourth film was inevitable. Well, now it has been confirmed and will be here in a few years.

Wow. Mark this down in this history books everyone. November 6th, 2014: Disney's MAJOR news day. As well as the HUGE reveal of the Star Wars: Episode VII title, the hit studio have done and confirmed plans for one of their most expected (most anticipated?) films coming.

You heard me folks. Tonight, Disney's CEO Bob Iger - off topic here, but this guy must be filthy rich, right? - has revealed to Wall Street that Pixar Animation will produce and release... TOY STORY 4!!! It's really happening and John Lasseter is making a comeback to helm it. Woody and the gang will return to cinema screens on June 16th, 2017.

Rumours of a fourth film surfaced the Internet a few years back. In fact, as soon as Toy Story 3 hit we began to hear talk about a follow-up - some even suggested it arriving the following year; which, of course, didn't happen. But, Tom Hanks knew that it was being developed and did tease that we'd be seeing it. The following year, Toy Story 1 and 2 director John Lasseter also discussed it happening too. However, that was so long ago now that it became a distant memory - everyone forgot about the supposed Toy Story 4 and moved on. 

Well, the film has made its way back into the world - this news taking the world by storm!!! All that commotion happened 3 years ago. Toy Story 4 has literally only just been announced less than a half hour ago and, even then, we still won't be seeing it for another 3 years more! It certainly has been a long time in the making.

Of course, the franchise is, arguably, Pixar's best so I'm not surprised that they're taking their time with it - it pleases me actually. I'd happily have a 7 year gap between this and the last film as long as it means it's good! It wouldn't have taken this long to release it if it wasn't good. The question, now, though is what will happen in the film's story?
With a 2017 release date set, we can expect that we won't get any actual information about the synopsis for at least another year - bare minimum - but I'm expecting maybe mid to early 2016 is when they'll arrive so we may as well let the speculation begin. We've had several shorts since Toy Story 3 but that doesn't give us much to work with. Whatever it may be, I'm sure it'll be awesome.

As far as the history with the films? Lasseter directed and penned the first two films but handed over the reigns to Lee Unkrich, who wrote and directed Toy Story 3. Well, alongside the film being confirmed, it was revealed that Lasseter would be making a return to the world of Disney animations and to the world of Toy Story, to helm the forthcoming fourth film. It's currently the only project he's working on and, when it releases, will mark 6 years since his last directorial feature - although he has written and produced many projects since.

Toy Story 3 released back in 2010 and grossed almost $1.1 billion - to be one of that year's highest grossing films. In fact, it was the highest grossing animation ever until Frozen took over last year - with $1.3 bn. You can next catch Woody, Buzz and the other Toy Story gang later this year in their TV special - Toy Story That Time Forgot.

Here's the official press release, announcing Toy Story 4:

Nearly two decades after Pixar Animation Studios created the world’s first computer-animated feature film with “Toy Story,” it revealed plans for Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” an adventure that returns audiences to the world of the studio’s signature characters.
John Lasseter, director of the original “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2,” will direct the film, which opens a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the “Toy Story” gang. The story was dreamt up by Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich, the storytellers who have been the driving force behind all three “Toy Story” films.
“We love these characters so much; they are like family to us,” said Lasseter. “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.”
Writing team Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (“Celeste and Jesse Forever”) joined the project, and Pixar veteran Galyn Susman (ABC’s “Toy Story OF TERROR!” and “Toy Story that Time Forgot”) is producing.
The film is slated for release in the US on June 16, 2017. UK release date TBC.

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