Bo Peep Returns in Toy Story 4

TOY STORY 4 – Bo Peep Concept Art by Carrie Hobson. ©2019 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Bo Peep Returns in Toy Story 4

Back in April, I visited Pixar with about two dozen journalists where I learned all about the making of Toy Story 4. One of my favorite and probably the most insightful of all the panels that I attended during my trip to Pixar was the Bo Peep panel. If you are a fan of Toy Story, you probably noticed that Bo Peep did not make an appearance in Toy Story 3. Well for those who were wondering what happened to Bo, Toy Story 4 will provide you with the answer as well as answers to many other questions that you may have about Bo Peep.

During the panel, Valerie LaPoint, Mara MacMahon, Patty Kihm, Becki Tower, Carrie Hobson, and Tanja Krampfert all spoke about their roles in the film and how they worked their magic to bring this new take on Bo Peep to life.  Below are some of the highlights from that Bo Peep panel and what you can expect to see out of the character in Toy Story 4.

Story Artist Carrie Hobson during the Toy Story 4 Long Lead Press Day as seen on April 4, 2019 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)

10. Bo Peep has not appeared in any Toy Story film, short, or television special since Toy Story 2. This means that the character has not been part of the franchise for 20 years. That being said, she did appear in the video game for Toy Story 3.

9. When thinking about reintroducing Bo Peep as a character in Toy Story 4, the writers, animators, and concept team went back to the original film to look for inspiration for how they should change the character to make her more modern.

8. Annie Potts returns as the voice of Bo Peep in Toy Story 4. Potts has voiced the character from the very first film.

7. Toy Story 4 will show the evolution of Bo Peep as a character. Audiences will learn where she has been for the past 20 years while also seeing how Bo’s personality and outlook have changed from her introduction in Toy Story back in 1995.

TOY STORY 4 – Bo Peep Concept Art by Carrie Hobson and Daniela Strijleva. ©2019 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

6. If you remember the first film, you will probably recall that Bo and Woody were not only close but it was hinted at that they may have been in a relationship. This film may possibly examine their relationship but will certainly continue to explore how Bo is a driving force for Woody.

5. Since Bo Peep has not been an active character in this franchise since Toy Story 2, this film will reinvent the character and give her a new look and attitude. She will be more independent and comfortable within her surroundings than before. She is also much more confident and self-reliant now compared to the first two films where she enjoyed the safety of being in Andy’s house.

4. You might be thinking that this new take of Bo Peep looks vaguely familiar that’s because the character of Bo Peep in Toy Story 4 was inspired by Howard Miller’s famous “We Can Do It!” poster from 1943.

3. There was a lot of research that went into Bo Peep in order to make sure that the character didn’t come across as a tomboy. The story supervisors, story artists, characters modeling artists and directing animators studied various video footage of Olympic athletes, dancers, women in pop culture, and various artists as a way to perfectly craft the character’s look and bring her to life.

TOY STORY 4 – Bo Peep Concept Art by John Lee. ©2019 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

2. The story artists and character modeling team wanted to make sure that Bo felt more like a toy rather than a human. They had to rethink about ideas from the first film in order to make the character much more toy-like instead of being part of an antique lamp. Bo’s staff will also play a role in the film because it will serve as an extension of her character.

  1. If you were sad by the lack of Bo Peep in Toy Story 3, this film will make up for that tenfold. Be prepared to see how Bo Peep went from being attached to a lamp to being a lost toy that knows the real world better than any of the other toys from Andy’s room. Bo’s backstory will also reveal how she went to a doll and porcelain fabrication factory and ended up being more of a risk taker. Bo will definitely serve as an inspiration to girls of all ages.

Toy Story 4  will open in theaters everywhere on June 21, 2019.

Fans can catch Woody and the gang a day before Toy Story 4  officially opens with two special events taking place in select theaters across the country. Check for more information and to find participating theaters.

The events are:

Opening Night Fan Events will invite fans to be among the first to experience the movie on Thursday, June 20. In addition to watching the film early, attendees will receive a set of Toy Story 4  collectible character cards and be a special event-only concession offer.

Toy Story 4  Movie Marathons take moviegoers on a “Toy Story” extravaganza on Thursday, June 20, showing all four “Toy Story” films back to back. In addition to seeing Buzz, Woody, and all their Toy Story friends on the big screen, fans will receive an exclusive Woody pin, a set of collectible character cards and get a special event-only concession offer.

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Born in New Jersey, Scott Menzel has been watching film and television since he was three years old. Growing up, he watched as many movies as he could and was highly influenced by the films of Tim Burton, John Hughes, Robert Zemeckis, and Steven Spielberg. Scott has an Associate's Degree in Marketing, a Bachelor's in Mass Media, Communications, and a Master's in Electronic Media. He has been writing film reviews under the alias of MovieManMenzel since 2003 and started his writing career as a contributing critic at and In 2009, Scott launched where he posted several of his film reviews but in 2011 decided to shut down the site when he launched We Live In 2015, We Live Film became We Live Entertainment. The domain name change occurred after months of debate but was done so that he and his fellow staff members could write about anything and everything in the world of entertainment.

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