‘Toy Story 4’: D23 reveals first details, director

Toy Story

The D23 Disney Animation panel, held today on 14 July 2017, revealed the first concrete details from TOY STORY 4, including confirmation that Josh Cooley will be the director for the project, and produced by Jonas Rivera.

Cooley had previously directed the Inside Out short, Riley’s First Date. He has been working with Disney•Pixar since 2003, including his first feature work as a storyboard artist on The Incredibles.

It had previously been reported that John Lassester would be at least co-directing the next chapter of the Toy Story saga, but the panel confirmed that Cooley would be the sole director on the project.

The panel indicated that they are about to record the first line of dialogue for the film with an actor that has been in all of the Toy Story films. It was, of course, Pixar’s Jeff Pidgeon inhaling helium and saying “ooooh” for a familiar Pizza Planet alien creature.

It is due out on 20 June 2019 from Disney.