Bo Peep is back! This long-lost friend of Woody, Buzz and the gang always shared a special connection with Woody, but they have not seen each other in years, and Bo has become chipped and faded over time. Bo’s strength and sarcasm always belied her delicate porcelain exterior, and it turns out she’s an adventure-seeking free spirit who feels right at home on the road. When she and Woody are reunited under unlikely circumstances, they realize they’ve grown worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy. (synopsis via Coming Soon)
Little Bo Peep is back, sans sheep alas but bringing Woody and Buzz Lightyear with her!
Well, strictly-speaking she meets up with them after quite some time apart, and she is not, as the director of Toy Story 4 Josh Cooley makes clear, the same plaything she once was.
“Bo’s taken control of her own destiny. While Woody was watching Andy grow up, Bo gathered dust until she took it upon herself to head out into the world. And when Woody shows up, they can’t believe that they’ve found each other again.” (sasakitime.com)
Annie Potts, who returns as the voice of Bo Peep backs up this assessment, regaling us with all the qualities that her character has in life-affirming abundance.
“She is modern, independent, capable and confident … written and conceived to be inspiring as she has weathered life’s ups and downs with grace. I aspire to that.” (sasakitime.com)
Don’t we all, Annie, don’t we all.
The key thing is how will Woody and Buzz and the gang greet her return? I’m assuming well although the trailer provides only the briefest though undeniably joyous of insights.
For the full picture we will need to wait for a full trailer (which be coming sooner than we think; like in a few days time) and the release of Toy Story 4 on 20 June in Australia and 21 June in US and UK.