In November 2018, Tom Hanks claimed that the ending was emotional and "a moment in history." He also added that he couldn't face the crew while recording his final lines because he got emotional with them. This came around six weeks after co-star Tim Allen said he couldn't get through the last few scenes because of how emotional they were.
John Lasseter has said that Pixar would only make a fourth film if it was just as good as or better than the previous three films in the franchise, saying, "We don't want to do anything with [these characters] unless it lives up to or surpasses what's gone before."
The story for Toy Story 4 (2019) was created by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, and Lee Unkrich. After they established a story outline for Toy Story 4 (2019), John Lasseter officially announced the project, saying, "Toy Story 3 (2010) ended Woody and Buzz's story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time, we never even talked about doing another Toy Story movie. But when Andrew, Pete, Lee, and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we had to make this movie - and I wanted to direct it myself."
Tom Hanks revealed on The Graham Norton Show (2007) that Disney executives forbade him to talk about this film before the film was officially announced by Walt Disney Pictures, because it could influence the stock market value of the company.
Each successive "Toy Story" film is 11 minutes longer than its predecessor. The original is 81 minutes, the second film is 92, and the third is 103. It remains to be seen if this fourth film will be 114 minutes.
This will be the last role of Bud Luckey, who had passed away on February 24, 2018 at the age of 83 due to natural causes over a year before the film's release and this film was dedicated to his memory.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Don Rickles had not recorded his dialogue for the character Mr. Potato Head for Toy Story 4 (2019) before he tragically passed away on April 6, 2017 due to kidney cancer. When the first teaser was shown on November 12, 2018, it was confirmed that Mr. Potato Head will indeed still be appearing with a new voice actor, but it was unconfirmed as to who it was at the time.
In the Muppets Most Wanted (2014) teaser trailer during the song "We're Doing a Sequel", Gonzo mentions that they're waiting for Tom Hanks to make "Toy Story 4" seem like a joke, but this was later announced to be an actual film in production.
The "Toy Story" series has been referred to in both animated and live action movies. Finding Nemo (2003) (the dentist's office),The Shaggy Dog (2006) (dog jumps from bridge/car), Monsters, Inc. (2001) (Sully is looking for Boo's room), Bedtime Stories (2009) (Buzz Lightyear in the space arena), and the Cars franchise (McQueen's tire brand and the name on the blimp).
Mr. Potato Head's voice actor, Don Rickles was the third main voice actor to have passed away in 2017, the exact same year as Twitch's voice actor in Toy Story 3 (2010), John Cygan. The first one was Slinky's first voice actor, Jim Varney right before Blake Clark took over, and the second one was Lenny and Wheezy's voice actor, the great and talented, Joe Ranft (1960-2005), himself. The fourth main one was R. Lee Ermey (voice of Sarge from the first three films), who passed away in 2018 only two months after Pixar member Bud Luckey (voice of Chuckles the Clown).
Was originally going to be directed by John Lasseter, director of the First two "Toy Story" and "Cars" films, as well as A Bug's Life (1998). But in 2017, Josh Cooley has taken over due to difficulties Lasseter had been facing directing a film while at the same time being CCO of all Animation Studios of Disney, though Lasseter remains as Executive Producer.
Pixar initially had no plans to do a fourth film in the Franchise, with Toy Story 3 (2010) having been intent on being a closing point to the franchise with Andy saying goodbye to his toys. But after the film was a huge success, it prompted Pixar to continue the franchise following the toys' new life at Bonnie's with Short Films and TV Specials, followed by the announcement of an eventual fourth film in Late 2014.
It remains to be seen if this will continue the original trilogy's trend of having a song written by Randy Newman nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Song, after Toy Story (1995) with "You've Got a Friend In Me", Toy Story 2 (1999) with "When She Loved Me", and Toy Story 3 (2010) with "We Belong Together"
The legendary comedian and voice of Mr. Potato Head, Don Rickles, passed away in 2017, before he was able to record his part as the classic toy for the upcoming Toy Story 4. Don Rickles family reportedly contacted the studio and asked if there was any way that they could create a performance using the recordings that they already had. So that's exactly what the studio did! Using the recordings from not only the first three Toy Story films, but also video games, theme parks, and more, they were able to craft a whole new performance.
The first film of the franchise to not have any characters voiced by Jack Angel. In Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 2 (1999) he voiced both Rocky and Mr. Shark, some of Andy's toys, whilst Toy Story 3 (2010) he voiced Chunk, one of Lotso's former henchmen.
The third Pixar film produced by Jonas Rivera, after Up (2009) and Inside Out (2015), both directed by Pete Docter. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture with Up (2009), and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature with both that and Inside Out (2015).
Is Pixar's 3rd film to release the same day as a Previous Film, with this releasing the same day Monsters University (2013) did six years prior. The other two having been Coco (2017) which released the same day Toy Story (1995) did twenty-two years prior to that, and The Good Dinosaur (2015) which released the same day as A Bug's Life (1998) did 17 years prior to that.
Pixar's 2nd film to release the same month as a film from Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures, after Cars 3 (2017). Both instances were in June, and both Illumination films to release the same month as the respective Pixar film were also sequels.
In the early development stages of the first Toy Story, Woody was to become a ventriloquist dummy. This idea was abandoned in favor of a pull-string cowboy doll. However, this abandoned concept would later be used to shape new characters featured in this sequel.
The fifteenth Pixar film to receive a video game adaptation for traditional video game consoles (not counting mobile games) after Toy Story (1995) for Super NES, A Bug's Life (1998) for PlayStation 1, Dreamcast, and Nintendo 64, Toy Story 2 (1999) for PlayStation 1, Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, and Gameboy Color, Monsters Inc (2001) for PlayStation 2 and Gameboy Advance, Finding Nemo (2003) for PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, and Gameboy Advance, The Incredibles (2004) for PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, and Gameboy Advance, Cars (2006) for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox, Xbox 360, Nintendo GameCube, Gameboy Advance, Wii, and Nintendo Ds, Ratatouille (2007) for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox, Xbox 360, Nintendo GameCube, Gameboy Advance, Wii, and Nintendo Ds, Wall.E (2008) for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, Wii, and Nintendo Ds, Up (2009) for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, Wii, and Nintendo Ds, Toy Story 3 (2010) for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, Wii, and Nintendo Ds, Cars 2 (2011) for PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo Ds, and Nintendo 3Ds, Brave (2012) for PlayStation 3, Xbox 369, Wii, and Nintendo Ds, and Cars 3 (2017) for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, and Nintendo Switch. The video game adaptation of this film will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo 3Ds.
The "Toy Story" and "Men in Black" franchises have had their sequels released between a few years and several years later. Toy Story 4 (2019) will be released in the same year as Men in Black: International (2019). "Toy Story 4" is the only "Toy Story" film that will be released in the same year as a Men in Black film, and it will also be released 22 years after Men in Black (1997), 17 years after Men in Black II (2002), and 7 years after Men in Black 3 (2012).