If you’re anything like me, you’re loving the new focus on strong, brave girls and women in movies and on television. It’s not just live action films, either! Our favorite and most beloved characters are being made over to appeal to a modern society where everyone knows the answer to the question, “Who run the world?” is GIRLS!
The Toy Story franchise has always set the standard for animation innovation, and the new Bo Peep just solidifies that. Did you know that Bo Peep was only in 7 minutes total in the first two Toy Story films? Those few minutes gave a glimpse of a character that audiences wanted to see more of. According to movie creators, Bo Peep was part of the foundation of why there’s even a Toy Story 4 at all.
Brave, strong, and completely iconic, Toy Story 4′s Bo Peep is going to make a lasting impression. I had a chance to hear from the creative team that designed Bo Peep, and was thrilled to discover that it was made almost entirely of women! It’s not wonder Bo Peep is so 3-dimensional.
About Bo Peep
Bo Peep is a beautiful, 10 inch tall, porcelain baby lamp. In past Toy Story films, she was feminine and reserved, and enjoyed the safety of her room. She’s Woody’s voice of reason, but was never meant to be a main character. As a baby lamp, her time with kids is shorter than some of the other toys, so she doesn’t have the same perspective as Woody when it comes to being a lost toy. In fact, as we’ll see in Toy Story 4, Bo relishes being lost!
Yes, that’s right. Bo Peep gets “lost” in the latest chapter of the toy’s stories, but you won’t feel sorry for her. The new Bo Peep? Well, she can handle anything!
Annie Potts, of course, is the voice of Bo Peep. I’ve loved her since Designing Women! She brings so much strength to Bo Peep, especially now that we get to see more of her.
Who is the new Bo Peep?
So, what’s the new Bo Peep like then? Let’s hear it straight from the women who crafted her!
Carrie Hopson is a Pixar Story Artist. Here’s what she said about Bo Peep’s personality:
Pixar Character Modeling Artist, Mara MacMahon said this about our gal:
Bo decided she didn’t want to sit on a shelf. She doesn’t play by toy rules. She’s willing to help a friend, but not overly motherly.
Bo Peep is self-assured but she doesn’t wave her confidence around like a stick.
Directing Animator, Becki Tower says:
Bo Peep is both feminine and athletic, like a dancer or a gymnast.
Our updated heroine is modern, independent, athletic, a leader, and confident in her new world. She steals every scene that she’s in. Once you get a chance to see Bo Peep outside of the confines of Bonnie’s room and managing life like a boss, you’ll fall in love with her. I have no doubt she’ll be a new favorite character for lots and lots of girls and women alike!
TOY STORY 4 – Bo Peep Concept Art by John Lee. ©2019 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
About Toy Story 4
From the studio:
Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy. Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”), Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” ventures to U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.
Voice Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Jeff Pidgeon, Blake Clark, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele
Director: Josh Cooley
Producers: Jonas Rivera, Mark Nielsen
Toy Story 4 arrives in theaters on June 21, 2019!
Advance tickets available for Toy Story 4 starting today, May 28!
Be sure to check out these special events the day before “Toy Story 4” officially opens!
Opening Night Fan Events will invite fans to be among the first to experience the movie on Thursday, June 20. In addition to watching the film early, attendees will receive a set of “Toy Story 4” collectible character cards and be a special event-only concession offer.
“Toy Story 4” Movie Marathons take moviegoers on a “Toy Story” extravaganza on Thursday, June 20, showing all four “Toy Story” films back to back. In addition to seeing Buzz, Woody and all their Toy Story friends on the big screen, fans will receive an exclusive Woody pin, a set of collectible character cards and get a special event-only concession offer.
Check Fandango.com for more information and to find participating theaters.