When I first heard that Bo Peep was returning to the Toy Story series, I was wondering how her story would pick up. When I saw her transformation, I was thrilled for a female Disney character that is more than a princess! While I love a good fantasy led by a singing member of cartoon royalty, I do appreciate a bold character with confidence to inspire my own daughters.
DISCLOSURE: I WAS INVITED TO THE TOY STORY 4 PRESS JUNKET TO SCREEN TOY STORY 4 BEFORE THE FILMS RELEASE. NO MONETARY COMPENSATION WAS PROVIDED FOR MY PARTICIPATION OR FOR THIS REVIEW.
After I saw the movie and had a chance to interview Annie Potts, I knew that Bo Peep was just the right character to inspire young women everywhere. And, Annie Potts was the voice actress to do it!
5 Reasons Why Bo Peep is the Role Model my Daughters Needed
BO PEEP KNOWS HOW TO FACE ADVERSITY
Her character knows how to solve problems, and Annie Potts believes that she had the privilege of presenting these qualities to audiences everywhere. Bo Peep’s qualities are “so admirable and inspiring and everything.” I agree. I loved knowing my daughters were learning from Bo Peep on the big screen and can take these aspects of her personality into their everyday lives.
“She’s been knocked around quite a bit and she’s, you know, just kept on going and in a cheerful inventive way. I mean, this girl drives a Skunk Mobile. No one is going to screw with her… I think it’s fantastic for young women and young boys to see this.”
SHE SHOWS OFF HER HEART
Bo Peep is not just a lamp anymore. Animators had the privilege of getting her off the base. Annie shared how sassy Bo became once her surroundings changed.
“I was very pleased. She’s very sassy, ripped off her skirt, uses it as a cape. Even though this isn’t a Superhero Movie, her superpowers are her heart and her courage, you know. And I think that’s the greatest super power of all.”
BO PEEP WILL NOT BE DEFINED.
While Bo may be all about pink and femininity, she is “nobody’s fool” as Annie says.
“She’s feminine but nobody’s fool. And I think little girls are empowered by that and I think the world is moving that way and I think Bo gives it a nice shove in that direction.”
SHE KNOWS HOW TO BE A GOOD FRIEND
I think it is so important to show females behaving kindly to other females on the big screen! Seeing Bo Peep and Giggles form a friendship was the sweetest, and I left with joy in my heart knowing that this message was seen by my daughters.
BO PEEP IS A POSITIVE DISNEY CHARACTER WE NEEDED
Hearing Annie Potts share how it “is such a privilege when you’re giving positive messages” is inspiring. And, knowing my daughters were hearing this empowering story of Bo Peep throughout Toy Story 4 was very special.
“It’s like yes, this is what a woman is and to young girls, this is what a woman can be, and is. I’m just thrilled to voice those qualities.”
Annie Potts’ personality shines through her character Bo Peep. It was an amazing experience to attend this individual press interview with her to dive deep into what makes Bo shine on screen with our favorite Toy Story characters.
TOY STORY 4 OPENS IN THEATERS EVERYWHERE TODAY, JUNE 21, 2019!