Disney announces 'Toy Story 4'

The lovable playthings of "Toy Story" will return in 2017 for a fourth installment in the animated franchise

Story highlights

  • Disney's "Toy Story" is returning for a fourth installment in 2017
  • John Lasseter, who directed the first movie, will return to helm the fourth
  • "Toy Story 3" grossed more than $1 billion at the box office worldwide
Disney has announced the return of "Toy Story" with a fourth installment due out in 2017, according to the official fan site D23.com.
Chairman and CEO Bob Iger said during Disney's quarterly earnings call Thursday that the flicks starring Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Mr. Potato Head aren't finished, contrary to chatter after "Toy Story 3" wrapped up the trilogy with an emotional ending in 2010.
Director John Lasseter, who made the first movie, will return to direct "Toy Story 4," according to D23.
"Toy Story" debuted in 1995 and starred Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Don Rickles. It was famously touted as the first computer-animated feature film.
The third "Toy Story" movie grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, according to industry tracker Box Office Mojo.