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After A Long Absence, Little Bo Peep Has Transformed Into Our New Feminist Icon For Toy Story 4

This is Bo's world, Woody and Buzz are just living in it.

We haven’t seen Little Bo Peep in the Toy Story franchise for 20 years, but she’s back and she’s no longer just a love interest waiting to be swept off her feet.

To backtrack, before Bo was written out of Toy Story as a yard sale casualty, she was the soft-spoken picture of femininity.

Unfortunately, as a character, Little Bo Peep only really existed as the object of our protagonist Woody’s affection. She was essentially the manic-pixie-dream-girl of the animation world.

But Disney is bringing Bo back into the picture for Toy Story 4 to be the powerful heroine we deserve.

Can we please appreciate that Bo Peep is wearing her damn UNDERWEAR as an outfit! Bow down to a modern woman folks.

She has literally turned her skirt into a cape and if that isn’t the symbolic transformation of female characters that we need right now then I don’t know what is.

Voiced by Annie Potts, Little Bo Peep now very much has her own narrative and is not here to pander to the male leads.

“Bo’s taken control of her own destiny,” Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley said in a statement. “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.”

Apparently Bo is now an adventurous free spirit enjoying her life on the road. Woody and Bo are happy for the reunion but we shouldn’t expect to see her falling into Woody’s arms as they grapple with the realisation they now have very disparate philosophies about what it means to be a toy.

Disney announced the return of Bo Peep with a little teaser of Bo swinging back into action.

Basically, pants-wearing, cape-making, independent woman Bo Peep is now the most exciting thing about Toy Story 4. June can’t come soon enough.

There’s Another Toy Story 4 Teaser That Is Essentially A Meta Representation Of Us, The Over-Excited Adult Audience

Featuring Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele as sentient toys.

After dropping the first Toy Story 4 teaser yesterday, featuring all our favourite characters and a very stressed out make-shift spork toy named ‘Forky’, Disney has followed up with another teaser to keep the hype coming.

The new teaser features beloved comedy duo Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael-Key, as Bunny and Ducky – two very excited, sentient toys. The carnival toys appear to have a meta-understanding of the existence of the Toy Story franchise, and they are super keen for the next instalment.

But somehow, they don’t seem to recognise Woody or Buzz, which perhaps implies that in the universe where toys are in fact sentient, AND the Toy Story franchise exists, there are Woody and Buzz toys made in the image of the movie’s heroes.

For fans of the duo, you might recognise that they are riffing off of the valet characters they play in their comedy sketch series, Key and Peele.

We’ll have to wait and see how Bunny and Ducky fit into the next Toy Story movie, but their excitement for the movie is a pretty accurate representation of all of us, now-adults, who have grown up with the franchise and will be the first to line up at cinemas June 20, 2019, to eat up whatever they’re throwing our way.

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