Tim Allen Teases Upcoming Toy Story 5 Could Be A ‘Very Interesting Way To Reunite It’


Buzz Lightyear and Woody may soon be voiced by Tim Allen and Tom Hanks once more.

During his Tuesday appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, actor Bryan Allen, 70, revealed that Disney had contacted both him and Hanks, 67, regarding a potential voice-over project for the fifth installment of Pixar’s popular series.

“Bob Iger, head of Disney, said it was on,” Allen said, when host Jimmy Fallon asked whether Pixar may embark on a potential Toy Story 5. “He actually said it was going to happen. They have reached out to Tom and I to reprise the roles, [but] they’re not saying anything about it.”

“What it is for people like me, it’s just like… you wonder if four was too many, is five going to be too much?” Allen said.

“The writer that’s doing it wrote one of the better ones and he said, ‘If I didn’t get this right, I wouldn’t do it,’ so it could be a very, very interesting way to reunite it,” Allen said.

“I’d love to see it. They’re all great,” Fallon said of the Toy Story films.

In February, Disney CEO Iger revealed that new sequels to the Toy Story, Frozen, and Zootopia franchises would be released. Iger stated last week at an appearance at Hong Kong Disneyland that Disney is also working on a Frozen 4, but he did not offer any more information about those projects at the time.

Beginning with the 1995 original, Allen and Hanks have starred in four Toy Story films with ensemble voice casts. In addition to the 2019 release of Toy Story 4, Disney and Pixar also produced the spinoff movie Lightyear, which starred Chris Evans as Buzz Lightyear.

During an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show in November 2022, Allen talked about his friendship with longtime costar Hanks and the future of Toy Story. Although he did not directly respond to a question at the time regarding a potential Toy Story entry, Allen did mention that he and Hanks “really became very close friends from Toy Story 1.”

“He and I differ on so many things. I adore that man’s heart and mind,” Allen said of Hanks at the time, adding that the pair get together for “the most peculiar lunches.”

“We’ve been going to lunch since Toy Story 1, two times a year, and we’re like two older women ’cause we will sit almost too close to each other at a booth,” he said. “It’s just weird.”

“And I don’t think I’ve ever trusted a human being as much as Tom to even listen to me and vice versa,” Allen told Clarkson. “We have very different opinions on so many things, but he’s gotten me to accept — he’s really a wonderful and engaging person. He’s the first guy to listen to me and doesn’t judge.”