After Toy Story 3 – or any of the Toy Story movies Toy Story seems like heresy. And yet, here we are in a post- Toy Story 4 world, coming to terms with the fact that, if anything, the fourth installment in the series is better than the third. The Toy Story universe wants to take going forward. Toy Story 4
The Slate remains a mystery, we do not know Forky-centric shorts titled Forky Asks a Question wants to be streaming on Disney Plus. The move makes sense – Forky was clearly developed with future potential in mind (he's Disney's creation, not Bonnie's), but it's just a little too flimsy to carry on feature film on his own.
Which brings us back to the classic pair of Woody and Buzz. Toy Story 4 proves, you can have a Toy Story movie without Buzz, but you can not have a Toy Story movie without Woody.
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The end of Toy Story 4 separate the cowboy and the Space Ranger seemingly for good. Buzz stays with Bonnie, while Woody leaves to live with Peep, independent of any children. Homes along the way. He'll be traveling with Bo and the carnival. That's why somehow cross paths with Buzz again seems unlikely – yes, such traveling carnivals want to revisit the same towns, but Bonnie's family only comes into proximity of it on a road trip, anyhow.
That is to say, any future Toy Story installments will either have to rely on some serious finagling to get the gear back together, or go in a spin-off-esque direction, focusing on Woody and Bo, or on Buzz and Forky (or Jessie and Forky, for that matter, as Disney keeps revisiting its old female characters). Search spin-offs, however, seem to be the source of diminishing returns for Pixar. The Cars franchise is the biggest example of it, despite spawning two TV series, shorts, and a spy-off movie series, it's all but fizzled out Cars 4 Planes film series was effectively canceled as a result of the shuttering of the DisneyToon Studios branch in 2018). The other recent Pixar sequels, Monsters University and Finding Dory were good (earning a 65 and 77 on metacritic, respectively), but not as warmly received as their predecessors.