The Toy Story news I feared was sadly confirmed by various credible sources today, all of whom announced that Toy Story 4 would be swapping release dates with Incredibles 2. Now we have to wait until June 21, 2019 to see the toys again.
Here’s what the Hollywood Reporter had to say:
The Incredibles 2 will now hit theaters on June 15, 2018 while Toy Story 4 will hit theaters on June 21, 2019. The two films are swapping dates thanks to an accelerated production schedule for Incredibles 2, Disney insiders say.
I was concerned several months ago, when Andrew Stanton and Lindsey Collins toured to promote Finding Dory and hinted at changes in the studio’s release schedule. I tried to dismiss it as just misreading their statements, but unfortunately, I was correct in my assumptions. It also explains why recent interviews with Tom Hanks and Tim Allen revealed little to nothing about the film, and why there have been no updates at all for a very long time.
It’s another serious blow to Toy Story fans like myself, but I hope that the filmmakers persevere and continue to work on it, and don’t end up throwing it away. Despite the (unfair) criticism and hate the idea of a fourth film has received, there are just as many – if not many more – fans who want nothing more than to revisit the Toy Story world. I’ve been so looking forward to seeing the toys again, and hope that maybe, just maybe, Pixar might throw us a short in the meantime to tide us over (not that I’ve heard of one, though, that’s just wishful thinking).
Although the Pixar website still lists a 2018 release, there’s no reason to doubt the word of many reputable sources. I will continue to search for updates on the delay, and will share should more details emerge.
UPDATE: Oh My Disney has also now reported on the change, which unfortunately makes it Disney-official.