Toy Story 4 reunites Woody with his long-lost friend Bo Peep, who was noticeably absent from the last film.  After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road have made her someone very different from the person Woody remembers.


At a recent press event, Toy Story 4 story artist Carrie Hobson explained the changes the filmmakers made to Bo Peep. “We really needed to redefine who Bo is for this movie. So, the story team worked really hard to nail down those specific personality traits. And ultimately, we decided she’s a character who decided she didn’t want to just sit on a shelf waiting for life to happen. She learned to adapt. She takes chances and is somewhat unpredictable, a lot different than Woody.”

“Toy Story 4” opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.


“She doesn’t play by toy rules. So, she can literally change her default toy mode, which means what a kid picks her up, she can change what pose she’s locked into, enabling her to get different type of toy depending on the kid that’s playing with her.”

BO PEEP (right) and her BFF GIGGLE MCDIMPLES (left)


“She’s more active and resourceful in her life as a lost toy. So, we thought she could use a sticky-hand like you find in the… that come out of those coin slot machines. To get around, she can also use what we call a Skunkmobile. But something really important to us as a story team, that we thought would be fun to play with, is that she’s not perfect. She’s not immune to fumbling or messing up.”

“Toy Story 4” opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019. ©2019 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.


“She has a sense of humor and this like a go with the flow mentality to life. She’s seen a lot of things, she’s willing to help a friend in need, but she’s not overly motherly. She’s no Mother Teresa. True to the old Bo, she loves messing with Woody. She was always very witty and sarcastic in the original movies, but now she’s also a little more silly, a little more playful and competitive.


“You know, she’s rougher than Woody because she’s seen things, she knows what it takes to get a job done, and she’s not afraid to do it. But while she is those things, she’s tough, she’s also caring. Her sheep are really important to her; she’s like a mother to them. And she loves her BFF, her buddy, Giggle McDimples. All in all, we just really wanted to stay true to the core of who Bo is; she’s a shepherdess, but we wanted to allow her to grow and adapt and embrace that she’s this new refined, or redefine who she is, which is a lost toy.”


The remarkable Annie Potts returns as the voice of Bo Peep in Toy Story 4. “Annie not only brings emotion to Bo, she completely fleshes out that character,” said director Josh Cooley. “She’s heartwarming and funny, and Annie has a natural sarcasm that’s just perfect.” He continued, “We had a few sessions when Annie and Tom recorded together.” Cooley added, “They’ve known each other for such a long time, there’s a natural chemistry between them that made it so easy.”

TOY STORY 4 hits U.S. theaters June 21, 2019. Advance Tickets Now on Sale.