5 Theories For What Really Happened to Bo Peep in ‘Toy Story 3’

If you recall, Toy Story 3 sort of glossed over the destiny of Woody’s love interest. Woody. He’s the star of the show, but arguably the second most important person-er-soul to him clearly vanished. And he barely even talks about it.

That’s like if Rachael from Friends suddenly just vanished, but Ross carried on because at least he still has Monica (who I’m guessing is Buzz Lightyear in this analogy? I didn’t think this through).bo peep toy story

Anyway, since Pixar doesn’t want to just tell us what happened to Bo Peep, it’s time us fans do it for them. Who knows? Maybe the next Toy Story will showcase the return of Bo Peep if we do a good enough job.

My suggestions are below. Please add yours in the comments (and don’t you dare bring up “Once Upon a Time” on ABC).

#1 Bo Peep was sold at a yard sale.


Let’s just get this one out of the way, because it’s the most obvious. Eventually, Andy had to start believing it was weird to play with a porcelain doll (don’t hate, the 90s were a different time). So he’d pass her off to Molly, presumably, who would then get sick of Bo Peep until Mrs. Davis cleared the dusty shelf.


I’m not convinced. Andy recognizes that Woody and Bo Peep are in love. And it seems like that’s why he kept Jessie and Mrs. Potato (who are also girls’ toys he pairs with Buzz and Mr. Potato Head), even though he would outgrow them faster. So why would he part with his favorite toy’s paramour? Plus, he probably watched “Friends” (because again, it’s the 90s) and got the same Ross/Rachael analogy I pointed out earlier.

As for Molly, she kept her Barbie all those years.

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Why not Bo Peep as well? Something doesn’t add the heck up.

#2 Andy lost her.

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Pretty reasonable, right? Kids lose toys all the time. He lost a bunch of his army men, from the look of things, and  half of the first movie was only about how he lost his toys.


Maybe not. Again, Bo Peep is an important toy because she’s closest to Woody. And even if Andy couldn’t find her, the toys would have. We’re talking about the same group of toys who traveled halfway across Tri-County on foot and crossed rush hour traffic just to find Woody.

#3 Bo Peep ran away.

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I mean, it is possible. How do we know she didn’t just decide to split? Maybe she got sick of never being played with and bailed, similar to how the army men peaced out in the beginning of Toy Story 3.


No way. If you know anything about the grand universe of Pixar, then you know that toys operate under strict, programmed directives to always please humans no matter what. Unless your human is Sid.

Besides, she wouldn’t just leave her sheep behind. It’s Bo.

#4 Bo Peep was donated.

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We know Andy’s mom is familiar with Sunnyside Daycare in Toy Story 3. During her classic mom talk with Bonnie’s mom, she talks about how they haven’t seen the kids in years. And Sunnyside is the first place she thought of to donate toys, so she might have donated Bo Peep (and other favorites like Etch and Mr. Spell) years before.


Ridiculous. If she was donated to Sunnyside, she’d still be around by the time Woody and the gang showed up in Toy Story 3. I mean, sure, it would have been awesome if she had turned evil and had Lotso’s dictator role by the time Woody showed up, but Pixar doesn’t read my fan fiction scripts.

If she was donated, then that means Lotso and the gang put her in the Caterpillar room. And if we don’t see her, that means she was literally destroyed by children, and I don’t think Pixar hates us that much.

#5 Annie Potts was too busy to voice her again.

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The ensemble at this point was too big to include her, anyway. So Pixar must’ve thought it would be a waste of cash to rehire Annie Potts, who voices Bo Peep in the first two films. And maybe they have no idea what happened to Bo Peep, leaving it to our (dangerous) imaginations.


You must be joking. How many times do I have to say it? Bo Peep is important. This is modern cinema for crying out loud. She’s the white love interest of a white leading man. They’re not just going to sweep her character under the rug without leaving clues about her whereabouts for us to find.

And they kept Slinky, even though his voice actor tragically passed away. This wasn’t about money. This was about something…something we may never understand.

But if anyone’s going to find out what really happened to Bo Peep, it’s someone way smarter than me. So get to work!

HINT: it happened when Andy was young, as evidenced by her noticeable absence from this once precious moment that is now a full-blown crime scene:

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Well, that was fast. Blogger Steve Feek came up with an explanation that I find pretty suitable.

So we know that Bo Peep and her sheep are made of porcelain. Well, what if she was accidentally broken by Andy? All it would take is a brush off the night stand and onto the floor.

Mrs. Davis would have no choice but to throw her out, despite Andy’s protests (broken porcelain is no toy for a child). In fact, this would probably traumatize Woody because he would forever be haunted by the one time he couldn’t save Bo Peep.

That got pretty dark…

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95 thoughts on “5 Theories For What Really Happened to Bo Peep in ‘Toy Story 3’

  1. I think Bo Peep fell off the night stand one day, while Andy was playing and she broke. Andy’s mom would have swept her up and threw her out. The toys where sad, Woody was heart broken but he continued on. His purpose was to always be there for Andy; and that’s what he did. He put his own feelings aside for Andy

    • That is an acceptable theory. Let’s call it an honorable mention.

    • That actually would make a lot of sense, because I don’t think any of those five theories above really make sense to me. But if Bo Peep got broken that would make a lot more sense. Thank you for your theory!!

    • I don’t know about this whole “bo got smashed” thing. I agree that a lot of it makes sense, but I think even as ignorent as Rex is, he wouldn’t be able to bring up bo peep so cheerfully knowing good and well she was SMASHED TO DEATH. None of the other toys reacted really at all when Rex mentioned her, which leads me to beleive that either bo peep fell off the night stand when only woody was around and he never told the truth about what happened (which would be the missing detail), or she didn’t fall off the night stand at all. Plus, I don’t think Pixar would go that dark anyways.

      • It’s not THAT dark. These things happen,especially to proclaim. And Woody got along just fine afterwards. I also never really liked Bo Peep anyway. Pardon the soulless monster.

  2. I remember how ever brief it was said Bo was put in a garage sale.Better watch and listen again. Been sometime I don’t remember what was said word for word,but it was said.I know Buzz and Woody were talking,can’t remember if anyone else was in that scene.I know it was part of not many of them being left.This is a fact.Jessie may have been in that scene to.Anyway it was said.

    • It’s never specifically said. The only line of dialogue mentioning her in Toy Story 3 is:

      Woody: “We’ve lost friends along the way… Wheezy… and Etch and…”
      Rex: “Bo Peep?”
      Woody: “…Yeah. Even – even Bo.”
      —Woody and Rex

      • The way Woody said, “even Bo…” Made me think she had broke at some point, even the first time I saw the film. I’ve always thought the Bo fell off the night stand.

        • the only reason he said,”even, even Bo” was because he loved her. They were in a romance. And Woody was sounding quite upset, but a few seconds later, he told everyone, with a smile on his face, “All good toys have gone onto new owners.”

      • Woody also said, “All good toys have gone on to new owners.” New owners, eh? Odds are, she was sold at a yard sale

  3. I really think she was broken, too. I mean the toys managed to execute a rescue from a plane that was taking off. If she had been sold, I feel like they would have gone after her.

  4. Bo Peep is a porcelain doll!! Andy must have broken her. What kind of a kid can take care of a porcelain doll without breaking her? She must have broke in one of Andy’s play time…

    • Though I agree with the theory that she was accidentally broken, you can’t just say all children are careless with porcelain dolls. I have this one doll from when I was like 7 (I’m 19, almost 20 now) which is still in near-perfection condition (the ice-skates she held fell off) considering all the moving my family has done.

  5. My general thinking up until now was that Bo Peep got sold in a Yard Sale, but the theory that she was broken by Andy makes A LOT more sense (even if it was, probably, by accident).

    But I have to say, since you brought up the voice actress, maybe the creators thought of putting her in the upcoming Toy Story sequel; Last I heard, they said this one would be a love story. So maybe they had plans of bringing the character back for this film. I could be wrong though, because it’s been quite a while since I heard any news about this movie.

    • A love story, eh? Got a perfect plot for that! Woody and the gang are going on some adventure, and they run into Bo (or Bonnie could bring her home-she’s known for that). Bo and Woody ahem reunite, and Bo tells them what happened to her. All is well, until Bo and Jessie get into each other’s throats. Bo is jealous of Jessie because she thinks she (Jessie) is now Woody’ s girlfriend. They start fighting, and they tumble out the window. They have to survive on their own-together-to try and get back home. I know it sounds a lot like Toy Story 1, but that’s the point. It’d be a fresh start on an old idea; kinda like starting it over again. Obviously there’d be new things they have to do, because they can’t repeat a movie. Plus, Bo’s porcelain, so she has to be super careful. The idea is totally awesome, but that’s just my opinion. What do you think?

  6. Wasn’t she a part of a lamp?

  7. I believe the verdict however it is to sad for me to think about, I really want they yard sale one to be true. Woody would of tried everything in his power to get her back, but he still had his duties to Andy, feeling dreadful about leaving bo, he try’s so hard to forget about her but even sad things come up in conversation for time to time.

    • I would have liked that too, but looking back and seeing how sad Woody was when someone brought up Bo, it kind of looks like something much more tragic happened.

  8. In toy story 3 they mention about the attic and how bo was in there! Dont you listen to movies! Im sorry I said that kinda dark.well anyway, Next time you watch toy story 3 listen carefuly!

    • If Bo was in the attic, I am sure Woody’s face wouldn’t have been that sullen if they could have easily seen her.

        • She was probably broken and her pieces were in the attic

          • If her pieces were in the attic, why would Woody want to go there so badly? It’d be, like, “Oh my gosh, my girlfriend’s body/pieces are in the attic!” That would be really disturbing. Also, if he never told the other toys what happened to her, he’d have to tell them if they found her pieces.

  9. i feel s bad that i didnt notice that etch and Mr spell wherent in it and what do you have against once upon a time it sa really good show

  10. Maybe she was stolen by the Chicken Man lol

  11. I think Bo fell into a portal as a door or a magic bean and went to the enchanted forest and made ​​a deal with Rumple to become human . Then proceeded to harass David , Ruth and Anna ( banana) .

    • Wait, are you talking about the TOY STORY Bo, or some OTHER Bo? If you’re saying Bo turned into the Bo Peep in Once Upon A Time, than I have only one word for you:
      Definitely not. How in the WORLD could she fall into a magic portal? Or survive in an enchanted forest without breaking? And WHY?!?

  12. The presence of Bo in the movies, only to replace “Barbie”, remember Mattel don´t give permission 4 her use in the first movie, and in the second only have a very little roll

  13. I think Bo peep was smashed
    She was smashed by Andy or Molly by accident Andy’s mum threw her away and that is why Woody never wants to talk about her because he is still grieving for her and doesn’t want to accept the fact she is gone and he is so scared of losing his friends like he lost Bo peep so that is why he protects them so much this also explains why the toys are scared of the toddlers in Sunnyside not because they don’t want to get dirty (because they would of got dirty while living with Andy when he was younger) but because they are scared of being broken and that is why the shelf is such a scary place for the toys because they are frightened off being thrown away

    • Bo Peep WAS in the scene in Toy Story 3 when Andy was watching TV and eating popcorn.. I own the movie and I have the widescreen version. She’s on the far right next to Rex. And no where in Toy Story 3 does it mention that Bo was in the attic. Rex and Woody were specifically talking about toys that were no longer in the house..

      • They mention Bo Peep by name, Woody calls her Bo, just rewatched the scene and they confirm she was sold in a yard sale and went to a new owner

  14. Apparently PIxar released information on Toy Story 4 being a rom-com. Do you think Bo Peep will come back?

  15. Andy shared a room with Molly in the first movie and Molly was still a baby/toddler in the second movie. Bo was part of a lamp (watch the scene when all the toys run to hide when Andy and his friends are running up to his room right before we meet Buzz). I think that when Molly got too old for a Bo Peep lamp that the mom got rid of the lamp either through a yard sale or donation. But with Bo Peep being in another room it was entirely possible that Woody would not have known she was gone until it was too late. Or if it was by donation he might have not known where she was taken.

  16. I have an idea as to what happened.

    In an attempt to avoid things getting dark in the movie, Bo Peep was personally removed due to her potentially dying at one point in the movie.

    Let me explain. In one scene in Toy Story 3, most if not all the toys fallen into an incinerator (If I remember correctly; feel free to correct me) and were on the verge of being destroyed until the Deus Ex Machina in the form of the LGMs saved their lives. Let’s think for a moment. They were in an incinerator, which was extremely hot. Bo Peep was made of porcelain. If you don’t know, porcelain melts when exposed to high heat. Since it was probably around the time that they realized that this might happen, the writers took her out of the picture, saving her from a much worse fate.

    Yes, Bo Peep is important. So maybe it’s possible she will return in Toy Story 4 safely without the risk of being melted alive along with her sheep. I guess we’ll see, right?

  17. Little Bo’s fate was to get sold at a yard sale with Wheezy,Lenny and other toys so I think that she got sold

  18. But in process of the first movie I think they asked Mattel if they could use Barbie in Toy Story but Mattel said no because they didn’t want girls to know how Barbie spoke or acted so they wouldn’t spoil Barbie.Then Toy Story became a major blockbuster so they put Barbie in the movie and in toy story 3 Barbie replaced little Bo peep and now no one knows if she will eventually show up in toy story 4 but the number one answer kids agree on is she was sold in a yard sale 100% true😀😀😀😀😀😀

  19. In Toy Story 3 when the toys talk about how they might be put in the attic Woody mentions Bo Peep and some of the other toys and so therefore that is where Bo is up in the attic. If Andy had put the toys up there then Toy Story 4 could have been the love story of Bo Peep and Woody and in the end they lived happily ever after in the attic. Of course the toys might just believe that’s where she went but she had a fate similar to theirs but I’d like to think that when the toys say she is in the attic that is where she is

    • After re-watching the scene I listened carefully to the toys discussing some of the fates of the other toys and they say that she was given away in a yard sale along with Wheezy and others. They mention those two by name and Woody looks really sad and sounds upset when he says “yeah, even Bo” so there is no theory Toy Story 3 informs us that Bo was sold in a yard sale. Sorry but this is in the story

  20. Story shmory. Peep got smashed. End of story (till Toy Story 4, anyway).
    Please excuse my bluntness. I just never liked Peep. No personality. Barbie, on the other hand…

  21. Ha! I totally agree with you. I never liked Bo Peep much either. But I don’t want her smashed. Maybe Andy sold her at a store or something, and she never wanted to leave?
    I know, that’s stupid. But I will not accept that she got smashed. For Woody’ s sake.

  22. Did anyone think that Bo belonged to Andy’s sister? They shared a room before they moved. Why would a boy who likes cowboys have a porcelain doll? He just played with her because she was there and his cowboy sheriff needed someone to save. He was imaginitive and used things around him to play. Bo probably got sold at a garage sale. Maybe they decided it was too risky to go after her after what happened when Woody went after Wheezy. Or since she probably went to live in Andy’s sister’s room, it is possible they didn’t realize she was in the yard sale until it was too late. Knowing the kids were growing up, maybe they knew she wouldn’t be missed, so they let her go. Woody wanted to save Wheezy because Andy was upset that his squeaker was broken. Look at the way Barbie was carelessly tossed into the box for donation to Sunnyside. It is all about what the kids want. Once the kids outgrow you, as a toy, you are on your own. Also, she was a secondary character, and didn’t have a big part.

    • Those are very good points.
      But I still think she was smashed. All the evidence points to it.
      Plus, she was a dork. So no one cares.

  23. I don’t think it’s that much of a stretch to say that she was donated. Remember how woody knew that daycare was a horrible place? What if bo was donated, sent to the catipillar room, and broken. Woody knows that daycare is what took his love away, and that’s why he hates it. But, if he did somehow find out that bo was broken there, wouldn’t the other toys know as well, and therefore hold the same feelings?
    I think she was broken, either at sunny side or at home.

  24. The story of what happened to Bo Peep is really that of a story of Barbie. Originally, Woody’s love interest was supposed to be Barbie not Bo Peep. I mean really, what boy didn’t use his sisters’ Barbie as G.I Joe’s love interest? But Mattel said, “No!” and so it was written that Woody’s love would become Bo Peep. And then something happened, Toy Story became a smashing hit (ouch), and Mattel was happy to have Barbie in Toy Story. I know this doesn’t explain what happened in the Pixar Universe but I least you know the behind the scenes, why.

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