'Toy Story 4' Ending Spoilers, Explained: Does It Set Up 'Toy Story 5'?
We didn’t think we needed it, but Toy Story 4 is a delight — even if it’s a nowhere near as perfect ending as Toy Story 3. So now that Pixar has reopened its toy box, can we expect a Toy Story 5? Here’s what the new movie’s ending means for the future of the story.
Warning: Spoilers for the end of Toy Story 4 right after this delightful picture.
Still here? Great. So here’s what happens at the end of Toy Story 4 (in case you forgot or can’t make it to a theater). With help from Bo Peep, Duke Caboom (Keanu Reeves), Buzz Lightyear, and a handful of other toys, Woody successfully rescues Forky from an antique store run by a creepy doll called Gabby Gabby and her even creepier ventriloquist dummy henchmen.
At this point, all that’s left is to rejoin Bonnie (Woody’s new kid) and her parents, who are being stalled from leaving town by the rest of the toys. So the entire crew (including Gabby Gabby) heads back to Bonnie. However, not everyone decides to go.
First, Gabby Gabby decides to stay behind with a crying girl they pass by. The doll decides that this is her kid, and we see the Toy Story 4 villain get a happy ending.
Then, even more surprisingly, Woody decides to stay behind as well and essentially become a “lost toy.” Inspired by Bo Peep (who’s been living on her own for years), Woody realizes that Bonnie no longer needs him. Instead, he decides to stay with Bo and Duke Caboom and live a life of freedom out on the open road.
Everyone else, including Buzz and newcomer Forky, rejoins Bonnie and her parents. Oh, except for Ducky and Bunny (Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele), a paid of stuffed animal carnival toys who wind up with a new kid of their own.
So what does all this mean for Toy Story 5? Well, before we get too excited, it’s worth noting that you probably shouldn’t expect another sequel anytime soon. Toy Story producer Mark Nielsen told The Hollywood Reporter that Pixar doesn’t have any other sequels planned anytime soon.
That one tiny detail aside, Toy Story 4 does set up some interesting new directions. I’d love to see Woody and Bo Peep on the road together (with Duke Caboom included, of course). Tony Hale also totally kills it as Forky, and another movie about this sentient spork sounds great.
Finally, I can’t help but think that some of the best original characters like Rex and the Potato Heads get sidelined in Toy Story 4. Maybe Toy Story 5 could give those fan-favorites a little more time to shine.
Toy Story 4 is in theaters now.