One character missing from the group is Bo Peep. “It was a tough decision, but it was very difficult for us to find a place for her in the story we’re telling in Toy Story 3,” explains Unkrich. “Bo Peep was created to get a female voice in the group of toys. In Toy Story, Andy shares his bedroom with Molly, and Bo Peep is a porcelain nursery lamp sitting next to her crib. She was not only a female character but also a love interest for Woody.”
It had also been hard to find a place for Bo Peep in Toy Story 2, which is why she appears only at the beginning and end of the film. The filmmakers felt audiences wouldn’t accept a porcelain lamp going off into the city and having an adventure. They even joked that she might roll herself in bubble wrap and FedEx herself to Al’s apartment.
“It was really stretching believability for Bo Peep to still be a part of this world,” Unkrich continues. “It made no sense for her to be in Andy’s room. It made no sense for Molly to have her, because Molly’s twelve now. But it also felt wrong not to have her in the movie, because she’s one of the core characters. For me, the deal breaker was that I could not see a way to have Bo Peep be in the group of toys Andy hands off to Bonnie. I couldn’t imagine Andy removing her from the box and having anything special to say about her: she’s a lamp.
We finally decided to make Bo Peep emblematic of how the room had changed and the sacrifices the toys had made along the way,” he concludes. “We have a touching moment where Woody talks about the toys that have moved on. Rex brings up Bo Peep, and Woody has a little catch in his throat as he says that she’s okay, she’s with all the other toys that have gone on to new owners. It’s clearly a loss for him. We explain why she’s not there, but we struggled with it for a long time.”
Director Lee Unkrich explains why Bo Peep wasn’t in Toy Story 3
Toy Story 2 (1999) Disney/Pixar
Merry Christmas, Sheriff….
Say, isn’t that mistletoe?