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Toy Story 4 is coming in 2017, even though Toy Story 3 ended perfectly

Woody, Buzz, and the gang are coming back. Not that you asked about it.
Woody, Buzz, and the gang are coming back. Not that you asked about it.
Emily St. James was a senior correspondent for Vox, covering American identities. Before she joined Vox in 2014, she was the first TV editor of the A.V. Club.

Despite the fact that Toy Story 3 — which was already an iffy proposition to begin with — ended perfectly and the fact that a Toy Story film is bound to disappoint sooner or later, Disney/Pixar is plunging forward with Toy Story 4, out in 2017 and directed by John Lasseter.

Lasseter was the director of the first two Toy Story films, but has been busy as the chief creative officer for essentially all Disney/Pixar animation since the two companies merged and, thus, did not direct the third film. The last film he directed was 2011's Cars 2.

The news was first tweeted out by the Wall Street Journal's Ben Fritz, off an earnings call Disney president Robert Iger was holding with investors.

The first three Toy Story films comprise one of the most perfect film trilogies of all time. This seems like taking a huge risk for no real reason. We'd say "never doubt Pixar," but the company's recent track record is spottier than usual, with Cars 2Brave, and Monsters University all meeting with their share of detractors (though the latter two are both very good, haters be damned). The film The Good Dinosaur bumped from 2014 to 2015, and the upcoming Finding Dory suggests to some that Pixar is leaning too heavily on sequels.

Oh well. At least it's not Cars 3.