Toy Story 5: release date, cast, plot

Woody, Buzz, Jessie and Forky in Toy Story 4, which continues with Toy Story 5. (Disney)

Woody, Buzz, Jessie and Forky in Toy Story 4, which continues with Toy Story 5. (Disney)

Disney has announced a return to the world of Woody and Buzz in Toy Story 5.

Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that a new Toy Story sequel would be coming from Pixar during the 2023 year-end call. It will be the sixth full-length Toy Story film following 2022’s Lightyear and 2019’s Toy Story 4.

The Pixar series, which announced the arrival of the animation studio in 1995, has grossed more than $3.3 billion to date, and Toy Story 5 hopes to follow in the footsteps of its predecessors and become another blockbuster for Disney.

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Here’s everything we know about Toy Story 5 so far.

Toy Story 5 possible release date

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Tom Hanks and Woody attend the European premiere of Disney and Pixar's

Tom Hanks and Woody at the European premiere of Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4, 2019. (Getty Images for Disney and Pixar)

An official release date for Toy Story 5 has not yet been announced and its current status is “in development” at Pixar.

Judging by the release cycle of the previous films, we can wait up to 4-5 years for Toy Story 5, with the current release window being placed sometime in 2027-2028. However, Pixar currently has three untitled movies scheduled, dated for June 2025, March 2026, and June 2026: could June 2026 be the Toy Story 5 release date?

Toy Story 3 and Toy Story 4 enjoyed summer release dates, so we expect Toy Story 5 to follow suit.

Toy Story 5 cast

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - JUNE 08: In this handout from Disney Resorts, Stars from DisneyPixars Toy Story 4 Woody (in costume), Tom Hanks (2nd-L), Tim Allen (2nd-R), and Buzz Lightyear (in costume) appear with characters from the movie at Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort on June 8, 2019 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Disney Resorts via Getty Images)

Tom Hanks and Tim Allen at a press event for Toy Story 4 in 2019. (Disney Resorts via Getty Images)

There wouldn’t be a Toy Story without Tom Hanks and Tim Allen’s powerful voice performances as Woody and Buzz Lightyear – so will they return for Toy Story 5?

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Following the announcement of Toy Story 5, the Home Improvement star – who didn’t appear in the Lightyear spin-off – confirmed he’d be back as Buzz tweeting alongside Woody, “Goodbye Woody… we’re moving to a number 5! To infinity and beyond!”

Speaking to ET in 2019 about the prospect of Toy Story 5, Allen expressed interest in returning as Buzz Lightyear for a fifth film.

“Once you get to four, you’ve passed that trilogy [point]so I don’t see any reason why they wouldn’t, certainly,” Allen said. “If you ask me, I’d say do five.”

Hanks seemed less certain in 2019, telling Ellen DeGeneres, “We’re saying goodbye to Woody and Buzz and Bonnie’s room and Andy and everyone,” before adding, “Is it over? I don’t know. It will live forever. “

Hopefully, this means we’ll also see the return of Tony Hale as Forky, Annie Potts as Bo Peep, Joan Cusack as Jessie, Wallace Shawn as Rex, John Ratzenberger as Hamm, and Blake Clark as Slinky Dog.

One cast member who sadly won’t be returning is Don Rickles as Mr Potato Head, as the actor passed away in 2017.

Toy Story 5 plot

Toy Story 4 (Credit: Pixar/Disney)

Toy Story 4 (Credit: Pixar/Disney)

While we don’t yet know the details of Toy Story 5’s plot, it’s clear that Woody and Buzz must once again reunite for another adventure.

The ending of Toy Story 4 was emotional as Woody and Bo Peep left Bonnie’s toys to become ‘lost toys’ with Giggle McDimples, Duke Caboom, Bunny and Ducky at the fair.

They decided to stay behind with the traveling carnival because Bonnie no longer needed Woody. It was an emotional scene for the cast to shoot, as it seemed to mark the end of the series, with Hanks telling him to turn away from the crew in the recording booth in case he cried.

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The rest of Bonnie’s toys – Buzz, Jessie, Forky, Bullseye, Slinky, Rex, the Potato Heads, Trixie, Dolly and Buttercup – returned to her family’s RV to remain the young girl’s toys for as long as she needs them had.

We can’t wait to find out why.

Who makes Toy Story 5?

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: In this handout photo from AMPAS, Josh Cooley poses with the Best Animated Feature award backstage at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater on February 9, 2020 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Matt Petit - Handout/AMPAS via Getty Images)

Josh Cooley poses with Toy Story 4’s Best Animated Feature Oscar backstage at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards. (AMPAS via Getty Images)

Josh Cooley was the director of Toy Story 4, taking over from John Lasseter – the director of the first three films – who left Pixar in 2017 following allegations of misconduct at the California animation studio.

Cooley has since moved on from Pixar to direct a Transformers animated movie for Paramount, due out in 2024, which likely rules him out of directing Toy Story 5.

However, with a wealth of talent at Pixar, you can expect someone in the studio to pull the strings for the fifth film.

Toy Story 5 is currently in development at Pixar.

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