"It's hard, because as we get in there, we realize you don't want this to just be another regurgitation of something we've seen. We've really plumbed the depths of these characters with Woody and Buzz, so to find something new that hasn't been done, I feel like we're onto it now. But it's taken some real deep investigative work."
Docter is "only helping develop the film's story," as EW put it, with the "franchise reboot" script being written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack. Docter said that, last he saw, the writers and Pixar chief John Lasseter were still including the story element of a romantic relationship between Woody and Bo Peep.
"Again, it brings it to something that you haven't seen before, which I think is what people want. On the one hand, you like the familiarity, you like these characters, you want to see them again — but if it was the same movie or it felt like, 'Eh, it was a little bit like 'Toy Story 2,' then we're kind of sunk."
Then again, you could argue that "Star Wars" just found success riding the nostalgia retread wave with "The Force Awakens." Sometimes familiarity to the point of reminiscent is welcome. But it's always good to hear that filmmakers are holding themselves to a high standard of originality, and we certainly trust that Pixar won't let us down.
"Toy Story 4" is now scheduled for release June 21, 2019.
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