While Toy Story 3 featured a satisfying ending to Pixar’s animated trilogy, the movie left fans wanting more action, adventure and laughs from Andy’s collection of toys. Nothing was set-up at ending of Toy Story 3, so almost anything is possible for Pixar’s Toy Story 4. Here is a detailed look at my idea for a fourth Toy Story for fans of the series or if Pixar executives happen to come across my article and want to share story credits. WARNING: Article contains spoilers from all three Toy Story movies.
Act 1: Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the toy gang are all being played by Bonnie in her room. Bonnie notices a small envelope sticking out from under her toy chest. Mr. Potato Head purposely loses all his pieces to distract Bonnie. As Bonnie puts his pieces back on, Woody pushes the envelope under the toy chest. Bonnie’s mom calls her and she leaves the room.
Woody pulls out the envelope and reveals a glitter-filled invitation to the Sunnyside Daycare Wedding Extravaganza with the marriage of Barbie and Ken. As Bonnie packs her daycare backpack, the toys sneak their way through the house and into the back of Bonnie’s car.
The daycare children head to recess and the huge wedding begins. Toys are dressed up, everything is decorated and Ken appears in a black sequin tuxedo. The wedding ends just as the bell rings and as Woody and the rest of the toys sneak out of the daycare, Woody spots a slightly older Andy at the front desk.
Andy reveals he is adopting a 4-year old child soon and was inquiring about future daycare options. As the others escape, Woody collapes at Andy’s feet and Andy happily picks him up. Meanwhile, the new bride and groom Barbie and Ken take Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Rex and Trixie, and Buzz and Jesse on a couple retreat vacation – the local carnival.
Woody arrives at Andy’s house and Andy places Woody in a cowboy themed child’s room. Andy leaves and Woody comes to life in the room of his dreams that reminds him of growing up with Andy. Woody posters hang on the wall and Woody meets some new toys including a Pirate themed Mr. Potato Head.
The carnival closes and Ken flips a switch to turn everything back on for the toys. Rex and Trixie compete is dozens of carnival games. Buzz and Jesse have a good time until a Bratz-like doll named Vikki leaves a puppet machine and openly flirts with Buzz. The Potato heads go on a romantic Swan ride with Barbie and Ken and realize they don’t have the same spark as the newlyweds.
Andy enters the children’s room with his wife. She looks familiar to Woody, but he is not sure. He hears them talk and realizes that Andy’s new wife is actually Sid’s sister from the first Toy Story and Sid is coming over dinner.
ACT 2: Buzz starts to realize that hanging toys from all the carnival games are never won due to scams and they have been trapped on hooks for years. Just as he is about to free the toys, Lotso the bear shows up with his sidekick Vikki and they kidnap Jesse.
Sid shows up for dinner, but appears normal and dressed nicely. Woody and a few other toys spy on him from around the corner. Sid acts really nice until he spots Woody out of the corner of his eye. Woody and the toys rush back to the room as Sid follows. Sid bursts into the room and all of the toys are in place. Sid’s eye twitches as he stares at Woody.
Jesse is tied up in the Love boat ride. Buzz, the Potato Heads, Barbie, Ken, Rex and Trixie all try to devise a plan to get Jesse back. Just before their plan begins, zombie-like horde of old carnival toys starts marching towards them.
Sid sneaks into the children’s room, looks around and snags Woody. He quickly leaves as the other toys watch in horror. Pirate Potato Head and a few others head out the window and on the back of Sid’s car in an attempt to rescue Woody.
Rex and Trixie use their carnival game skills to fight off the zombie-like toys. Mr. Potato Head saves Mrs. Potato head and their love is rekindled. Buzz finds firecrackers similar to the ones he used in the first Toy Story. He attempts to blast off towards Jesse but messes up and flies right through Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head sending their parts everywhere.
Buzz flips, jumps and climbs through multiple carnival rides and games to reach Jesse and escape the other toys. Buzz encounters Lotso and the two engage in a battle. Vikki declares her love for Buzz and nearly distracts him until he hears a scream from Jesse.
Buzz ties Lotso to a target and the hoard of zombie-like toys overpower Lotso. Vikki screams and runs for her life, but Barbie and Ken catch her and tie the “knock-off” to the front of one of the swan love boat.
Lotso reveals that Sid rescued him from the garbage dump and he has been on a mission ever since the first Toy Story to find the talking toy that tormented him.
Just as Buzz is about to reach Jesse, Sid shows up. He gathers all the toys and during the car ride,
The toys are placed in Sid’s basement. Woody reunites with his friends, but they quickly realize the horror they are in for. Woody spots a barrel full of destroyed cowboy toys that look similar to him.
Charts are displayed on the wall, showing what Woody looked like and explanations on ow he could talk. Woody spots another box of deformed toys and heads towards it. He sees Bo Peep’s head and gets excited.
When Woody finally reaches her, he realizes that her head has been attached to a sheep’s body. Bo peep reveals that Sid bought her at a yard sale and deformed her. She warns him about his obsession to find Woody.
Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head meet the pirate themed Potato Head. All of the toys try to make an escape plan, but the basement door opens and Sid heads down. He grasps onto woody, but the phone rings. Sid transforms into a nice personality and Woody realizes that he is talking to Andy. Andy and his wife are coming over for dinner.
ACT 3: Sid ties Woody up to a board and tries to get him to talk, but Woody remains frozen. The doorbell rings and Sid reluctantly heads upstairs. Unable to untie Woody, the toys realize they must contact Andy to rescue them.
Buzz leads the toys upstairs and into the kitchen. Buzz reaches the kitchen counter and uses the vegetables on a dinner plate to spell out “Basement.” Sid sees the message before it reaches Andy and excuses himself out of the room.
Sid obsessively tries to get Woody to talk. Woody plays one of his built-in messages while staying frozen. Bo Peep leads the brigade of deformed toys up the stairs.
Andy spots a frozen Buzz Lightyear out of the corner of his eye. He picks him up, looks on the bottom and sees “Andy” written on his foot. Andy follows a trail of toys until he reaches the basement.
Sid reaches a scalpel towards Woody, but before he can cut him open, Andy stops Sid. Andy yells for his wife and they collect all the toys. Sid is committed to a mental institution.
A few months later. All of the toys are in Andy’s child’s room. Mr. Potato Head has borrowed the Pirate Potato Head’s earring and he and Mrs. Potato Head act like newlyweds again.
Rex and Trixie are still competing with each other and Barbie and Ken have returned to Sunnyside Daycare.
Bo Peep comes out, with her old body intact and Woody instantly falls in love again. A noise is heard and all the toys fall into place. A four year old Andy Jr. enters the room and andy introduces all the toys as they play.
Later, Woody looks under his boot and reads “Andy.” He lifts up his other boot and it now says “Jr.” – The End.
Notes: Obviously this is a short outline that leaves out many of the details, but the carnival scenes and Sid’s basement would be the main escape places. There would also be a lot more comedic elements, especially with the new Potato Head and the carnival scenes.