Did Pixar give us Toy Story fans a belated Christmas present? Is this the very first concept art to be released for Toy Story 4? The image – which is consistent with the style of a storyboard sketch – was tweeted by Pixar Story Supervisor Matthew Luhn on Sunday:
I’ll admit – between getting caught up in the holiday rush, and traveling to visit family and friends – my radar has been down lately as far as Toy Story 4 news goes, so this was a sweet surprise! While there’s nothing to confirm that the picture is definitely from the upcoming sequel, the subject is a good fit with what we already know about the plot. Also, I own all the “art of” and “making of” books for the series, and have seen a lot of concept art over the years, yet I have never noticed this drawing before. If it is in fact from Toy Story 4, as a Jessie fan, and someone who has been concerned about her presence in the new film, it’s nice to see her front and center, presumably comforting Woody in his anguish over Bo Peep. Of course, the fun in finding something new – another piece to the ever-cryptic puzzle – is the speculation that ensues. Is this a scene set in the present, before Woody decides to search for his lost love? Or is it a flashback from the time Bo left, considering only Andy’s toys are shown in the background? And what are those squiggles on the floor? I guess we’ll have to wait and see!
Even though I’ve been busy, I did manage to unearth a couple other small references to Toy Story 4 in the past few weeks. One was an article published by Business Insider, where Pete Docter briefly mentions the movie:
“It feels very different,” said Docter, who also told us Lasseter is directing the next entry. “There are a lot of the same characters from the first three, but to me it feels like a new direction. It’s pretty neat.”
Are you finished on Toy Story?
Oh no, Toy Story movies go on and on and on. You go in about every four months and do a little bit more recording and that’s now not coming out until 2018. So I’ll be working on that for the next two years.
Wow, okay. Is it a rom-com?
Toy Story? I guess… It’s a romantic adventure, man. There are some relationship dynamics that go down between Woody and Bo Peep. No lie. Woody and Bo Peep, look for it now!
Hopefully this is just the beginning of many more sneak peeks to come in the new year!