The toys are back in town this summer when Toy Story 4 arrives in Cineworld on 21st June.
Nine years after we last saw Woody (Tom Hanks) and company, this latest film sees the gang go on their biggest adventure yet. This time, they embark on a road trip to rescue new hand-crafted spork toy Forky (Arrested Development’s Tony Hale), a journey that takes them to a funfair and shows them just how big the world can be.
Not only are we reunited with old friends like Woody, Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and Jessie (Joan Cusack), we’ll also meet new ones in the form of plushies Bunny and Ducky (Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key) and stuntman Duke Caboom (Keanu Reeves). But what’s more exciting is this latest film will see the triumphant return of fan-favourite character Bo Peep (Annie Potts).
After sitting out the events of Toy Story 3, the fourth film, according to Digital Spy, looks to address the mystery of what happened to her and how her absence has affected both herself and Woody – safe to say, we’ll all be in tears. We definitely can’t wait to see Bo back on the big screen.
But there are still some Disney-Pixar characters we’d love to see return – so before you book your Toy Story 4 tickets (the booking link can be found at the bottom of this blog), allow us to re-introduce you to some old favourites…
1. Flik – A Bug’s Life (1998)
After Disney-Pixar exploded into our hearts in 1995 with their genre-defining Toy Story, they returned three years later with their second feature to prove they could do it all over again with A Bug’s Life. The Oscar-nominated film follows the plight of quirky ant inventor Filk (Dave Foley) as he recruits a group of “warriors” to defeat a cloud of greedy grasshoppers led by the ruthless Hopper (Kevin Spacey).
With peace restored to the colony after Hopper’s downfall and Flik now finally accepted as a hero, there’s still plenty of room to explore what’s became of him and the colony in the 20 years since they were introduced. Have Flik’s inventions really been beneficial to the colony? Is Atta (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) coping with being the new queen? And what became of the colourful circus troop who helped Flik?
As it turns out we could be seeing Flik back on our screens sooner than we think – last year, Pixar tweeted a screenshot of the film with the caption "Try a new perspective". Could A Bug’s Life 2 be one of the four unnamed projects Disney-Pixar are working on between 2020 and 2022?
2. Boo – Monsters, Inc. (2001)
The first Disney-Pixar outing not to be directed by studio founder John Lasseter, Monsters, Inc. transports viewers into a world populated by monsters, who use children’s screams to power their bustling metropolis. It’s here we meet best friends Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman), who find themselves on a mission to return a little girl, whom they affectionately name Boo (Mary Gibbs), to her own world.
Although Mike and Sully reappeared in prequel Monsters University, the real heart of the original was undoubtedly the connection between Sully and Boo, and we just want to know what happened to them since. More than 15 years after the Oscar-winning film’s release, Boo would now be a lot older, so would she still want to be friends with Sully? Would she even believe he really existed, and how would her possible rejection affect him?
3. Remy – Ratatouille (2007)
One of Disney-Pixar’s tastiest big screen dishes, the Oscar-winning Ratatouille delivers dozens of servings of that delicious Pixar magic, It also gives us another brilliant character in the form of Remy (Patton Oswalt), a rat with a flair for the culinary arts.
After working his way from the gutter (literally) to become the finest chef in Paris, the credits closed on Remy and friends Linguini (Lou Romano) and Collette (Janeane Garofalo) operating their own successful restaurant. But how long will it take for competing chefs to retaliate after playing second fiddle to a rat? Their happy ending won’t last forever. Sadly, there’s no plans for a sequel any time soon.
4. WALL-E – WALL-E (2008)
WALL-E is Pixar’s heartfelt tale of companionship between robots WALL-E (Ben Burtt) and EVE (Elissa Knight), set against the backdrop of an Earth ruined by humanity.
Despite remaining mostly mute, WALL-E’s expressiveness and loveable curiosity, not to mention his budding relationship with EVE, saw him enter our hearts immediately. And now that humanity have returned to a newly inhabitable Earth, there’s a whole world of adventure for this robot to explore. A sequel is yet to be announced, but here's hoping.
5. Riley – Inside Out (2015)
The joyously imaginative Inside Out takes us into the head of 11-year-old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), as her emotions Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) journey through her consciousness. Stranded in her subconscious mind, they’re looking to return to HQ to restore balance to Riley’s emotional wellbeing, in chaos after a family move to San Francisco.
Although the film ends on a happy note with indications of Riley’s increased emotional maturity, there’s still plenty of directions for a sequel to go in. What if we next met Riley as a teenager struggling with high school and hormones? New emotions could even give rise to more characters for us to meet – or add new dimensions to the existing ensemble of characters.
Disney-Pixar have never shied away from tackling complex emotional issues in a family-friendly and meaningful way, and Inside Out is by far one of their most successful examples of this. Nevertheless, we’re just going to have to wait a while to see if Inside Out 2 will ever happen.
Click here to book your tickets for Toy Story 4, arriving in Cineworld on 21st June, and let us know @Cineworld which Disney-Pixar characters you want to see return.
Andy Murray is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.