Pixar Animation Studios’ John Lasseter, who’s one of Pixar’s three founders, was joined on stage at the D23 EXPO yesterday by several award-winning artists and filmmakers to celebrate 20 years since Toy Story transformed the animation industry and the art of storytelling.
The Pixar team welcomed two-time Oscar-winning songwriter and longtime Pixar collaborator Randy Newman on stage for a performance of the Oscar-winning song, “You’ve got a Friend in Me.”
Also joining in the celebration were writers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (Celeste & Jesse Forever), who are part of the Toy Story 4 team. Though Lasseter did not provide many details about Buzz and Woody’s return to the big screen, he did say that Toy Story 4 would be a love story between Woody and Bo Peep.
Toy Story 4, which will be directed by Lasseter and produced by Susman, is slated for release on June 16, 2017.