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Toy Story 5 - What We Know So Far

Pixar has wowed children and audiences alike for the better part of three decades, with all sorts of films taking place in all kinds of settings — ranging from the superhero antics of "The Incredibles" to the undersea domain of "Finding Nemo," and even the dystopian future of "Wall-E." However, the animation giant's flagship property has, arguably, always been the "Toy Story" franchise. The tale of Woody, Buzz, and the rest of Andy's (and now Bonnie's) toys remains one of Pixar's most beloved creations, with the franchise seemingly coming to an end with 2019's "Toy Story 4." 

Or did it really come to an end? After all, "Toy Story 3" once seemed like a finale, too.

Though we have yet to hear any concrete news about a formal green light for a fifth installment in the "Toy Story" series, some folks close to the franchise have made it clear that they're game for another go-around. In fact, Buzz Lightyear voice actor Tim Allen recently spoke out and confirmed (per Devidiscourse) that he wants to do a fifth installment. With that in mind, let's dive into the things we do currently know about "Toy Story 5," such as the release date and the potential cast, as well as any plot details that may come to light.

What is the release date for Toy Story 5?

At this time of writing, Pixar has yet to confirm "Toy Story 5." As such, there is no confirmed release date to speak of at this time. However, we know that Pixar currently has "Turning Red" and "Lightyear" set for release in 2022, and an untitled film scheduled to hit theaters in 2023. With those confirmations in mind, and coupling them that with the fact that Pixar films take a long time to develop after their official announcements, it seems reasonable to assume that a possible release for "Toy Story 5" (which remains unconfirmed) is still several years away, at least.

One thing worth noting is that if "Toy Story 5" does eventually happen, we can reasonably expect the film to debut during the summer months. This is because the last two "Toy Story" movies have debuted in summer blockbuster season, and performed incredibly well at the box office. While this deviates from the first two films — both "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" were November releases in 1995 and 1999, respectively — it's hard to argue with a successful trend.

Who is in the cast for Toy Story 5?

With no formal announcement for "Toy Story 5" just yet, there are currently no concrete cast details to speak of at this time. With that said, if a fifth "Toy Story" movie happens and continues on from the events of "Toy Story 4," we can reasonably assume that it would follow at least some of the main cast of the previous film. Tim Allen remains vocal in his support of a fifth installment of the "Toy Story" franchise, so a return for Buzz Lightyear seems likely in such a situation. 

Beyond the usual crew of toys that we have come to know and love, it's worth remembering that the "Toy Story" franchise has continuously added toys to its roster with each passing movie. For example, Joan Cusack joined the ensemble as Jessie with the release of "Toy Story 2," and Kristen Schaal's Trixie hopped aboard with "Toy Story 3." "Toy Story 4," meanwhile, saw the introductions of Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key as Bunny and Ducky, respectively, not to mention the fan-favorite inclusion of Tony Hale as Forky. That's just a tiny sampling of how the "Toy Story" cast has increasingly grown since the 1995 original, but it's also indicative of the fact that if "Toy Story 5" happens, it will almost certainly bring in new cast members to embody brand new toys.

What is the plot of Toy Story 5?

Due to the fact that "Toy Story 5" has not received a greenlight yet, and it's incredibly unclear whether Pixar is even considering the idea, there are no concrete plot details at this time. However, given where "Toy Story 4" left off, the hypothetical sequel could potentially explore many threads. In that film's final moments, Buzz and Woody finally bid farewell to one another as Buzz takes on a full leadership role alongside Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl. At the same time, Woody rides off into the sunset with Bo Peep. With Woody gone, Buzz Lightyear and the remaining toys will have to band together as they take care of Bonnie and help her grow up.

That leaves open an avenue for Buzz to step in as the leader of the toys, but on the other hand, it could be interesting to move away from that particular group of toys: Woody and Bo are now living child-free lives out in the world, and "Toy Story 5" could go even deeper into that mythology for an even deeper exploration of how toys live when they have no kids in their lives. 

On the other hand, it's worth remembering that "Lightyear" is coming in 2022, which could open an entirely new avenue of "Toy Story" spin-offs that we did not even know were possible, while not adding further chapters to the main series. For now, then, we still have no idea if "Toy Story 5" will happen, but stay tuned for any potential updates.