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Toy Story 4 marks return of Bo Peep after 20 years

She’s no longer anyone’s porcelain doll

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Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the Toy Story gang aren’t just welcoming new friends like Forky, Bunny, and Ducky in Toy Story 4 — they’re also getting reunited with an old one.

Toy Story 4 will mark the first theatrical appearance of Bo Peep, Woody’s love interest and shepherdess extraordinaire, in 20 years. The last time she was featured in a Toy Story movie was in 1999, in Toy Story 2. She was notably absent from Toy Story 3; the toys mention that she was one of the casualties of a yard sale. Thus, the lovers Woody and Bo Peep were separated, but it looks like fate has dealt them another chance.

This time, however, she’s ditched the poofy skirts for a more streamlined jumpsuit. Now that she’s living on the road, Bo’s turned into an “adventurous and free-spirited” sort of lass, much different from the docile porcelain doll that Woody once knew.

“Bo’s taken control of her own destiny,” said Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley in a press release. “While Woody was watching Andy grow up, Bo gathered dust until she took it upon herself to head out into the world. And when Woody shows up, they can’t believe that they’ve found each other again.”

This implies that there’s more to Bo’s story than just getting fished out of a bin at a yard sale. Did she leave Andy’s room on her own? Has she always been this wandering adventuress, previously stifled by societal expectations of toys? Will she and Woody reunite happily, or does he want a soft little farm wife and not a thrill-seeking vagabond?

Toy Story 4 is set to hit theaters on June 21, 2019.

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