Everybody thought the Toy Story series was over when the third movie released in 2010, giving an emotional albeit satisfying final outing for the franchise. But, nearly a whole decade on, the latest adventure starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as Woody and Buzz Lightyear is taking the box office by storm, pulling in people from all ages and giving us one last chance to say goodbye to our favorite bunch of child play-things.
However, while Toy Story 4 is yet another masterpiece from the folks over at Pixar, it was still missing some characters. We take a look at 10 who we’d of loved to have seen – especially as there appears to be no chance of a fifth movie in the franchise.
When Toy Story 3 came out nine years ago, the character of Ken, voiced by Batman and Spider-Man: Homecoming actor Michael Keaton, had audiences laughing aplenty. But director Josh Cooley revealed before the release of the latest installment in the series that, despite his relationship with Barbie, he wouldn’t be involved, explaining his absence by saying ‘he’s back on Sunnyside.’
Sunnyside was the name of the child daycare center where Woody, Buzz, and friends nearly found themselves trampled on by schoolchildren in the third movie. While we can understand Ken wanting to be crucial to a child at the daycare centre, it still would have been nice to see him and Barbie back together. Nobody likes it when famous couples split after all…
Toy Story 2 came out in 1999 and introduced us to the loveable penguin Wheezy, who becomes close to Woody when they end up as shelf buddies. The penguin appears destined to be sold before Tom Hanks’ character comes to his rescue – only to end up being kidnapped by the evil Al, owner of Al’s Toy Barn.
Wheezy had children cooing over him due to his cute and cuddly nature, while his closing song at the end of the movie lives long in the memory. Given how much Woody nearly sacrificed to rescue his friend, it was rather sad that he only had a short cameo in Toy Story 3. And the decision to overlook the character, voiced by Phil LaMarr, again for the sequel is a decision that has upset many of his fans who were hoping for one final sight of him.
8 Stinky Pete
Stinky Pete recently made the headlines when Toy Story made the decision to remove a deleted scene starring himself and two Barbie dolls in his cardboard box in the wake of the #metoo movement. But despite some appearing to take issue with that, it would have been most-welcome to learn what became of the old Prospector following his involvement in Toy Story 2.
The last time we saw him he was wailing in fear at the thought of being played with by a young girl, who had covered her Barbie dolls in glitter and stickers – must to his dismay. But Stinky Pete was so conniving and ruthless it wouldn’t surprise us if he found a way to get out of the child’s clutches. So some more closure there would have been well-received and we can’t help but feel he should have made some sort of appearance in the antique shop.
Seriously Pixar, why didn’t we get at least a fleeting look at Buster? The adorable dog is first given to Andy at the end of the first Toy Story movie – prompting fear from Woody and Buzz – before making a brief cameo in the sequel and appearing again as an older, wiser dog in the third act of the franchise. But he’s missing from the flashback clip at Andy’s house.
The clip shows how Bo Peep loses touch with the rest of Andy’s collection, prompting tears in the process. We get one final glimpse of Andy, his Mom and his sister Molly but there’s no sign of Buster. Maybe he was too busy but it would have been nice to see the cuddly dog one last time. Who doesn’t like cuddly dogs?
If Toy Story 4 is actually the final installment of the series – you never know with movies this popular and universal – then it would have made sense to give another update as to what happened to Sid, the villain from the first entry of the franchise.
The last we saw him, he was working as a garbage man, albeit not a very good one considering he seems to lose more rubbish than actually clean up. We know it’s him because of the skull t-shirt he wears and, given how prominent he was in the series’ debut, audiences would have loved a cameo of him working at the RV Park, perhaps throwing away some of the toys that members of the public would inevitably leave behind.
5 Etch A Sketch
We can’t help but feel the decision to leave Etch A Sketch out of Toy Story 4 altogether, including the flashback scene, might be a symbolic one. Like Wheezy and Bo Beep, he vanished at some point in between Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3. But, unlike Bo, he appears to already be gone by the time the fourth movie begins.
His absence could be put down to the fact that Etch A Sketch was a prominent toy back in the day but not so much anymore. Nowadays, children are able to use tablets to craft creations of their own without using a pen and paper, meaning Etch has become a victim of time and technology. Again, just like Stinky Pete, he’s the sort of relic who would end up at an old antique shop…
Of all the villains in the Toy Story series, Lotso was arguably the most ruthless and evil. Sid likes to torture toys, Stinky Pete likes to keep them in line, while Gabby Gabby just likes their voice boxes. But despite smelling of strawberries and having a cuddly complexion that all children would love, Lotso spends Toy Story 3 showing us how ruthless he is towards toys that refuse to fall in line.
We last saw him stuck on the front of a truck, leaving audiences to speculate as to where he would end up a decade later. Well, we hate to sound like a broken record but an antique shop is one of them. While it’s also not inconceivable to picture him at the RV Park’s entertainment stalls, held up by a piece of plastic around his waist.
3 Andy’s Dad
Look, the reason we would have liked to get a glimpse of Andy’s Dad is to shut down the horrible fan theory about the young child. The theory goes that all the toys are merely a figment of his imagination, something he created to cope with the fact that he grew up without a father and to make it the ultimate toy-playing experience.
Alas, it seems we will never know anything about Andy’s back story. It’s not needed – the main focus should always be on the toys rather than any child – but it still would have been a welcome inclusion just to help us sleep better at night…
2 Emperor Zurg
With the release of Toy Story 2, Pixar decided to throw a toy villain into the mix in the form of Zurg, who drew comparisons with Darth Vader. It’s revealed that he is actually Buzz’s father (we’re still not quite sure how that works, so don’t ask) and he spends some time trying to track down his son. They eventually decide to give the whole father-son thing a go and were last seen at the end of the movie playing a game of catch.
However, Zurg was so amusing – and so based on Vader – it’s a shame we didn’t get to see any much of him throughout the rest of the Toy Story movies. It would have been nice to see how his relationship with Buzz played out in the long run.
1 Green Army Men
When was last saw the Green Army Men in Toy Story 3 there were just three left: Sarge and the other two paratroopers. They were last spotted parachuting into the same daycare center where Ken and Barbie were, choosing to flee Andy’s house after coming to the conclusion that they’re normally the first to go when it comes to any mass-clearouts.
It would have been nice to get a cameo from the remaining trio, just to know that they’re still out there and haven’t come to harm. Given how wild some of the children appeared to be it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that they were trampled on at some point. Maybe the bigwigs at Pixar just wanted to leave their fate ambiguous to spare us from any more heartbreak?
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