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. Well maybe it was the dog. I mean a dog just go around without taking care of anything. Bo Peep could have been on a table and the dog just hit it and the doll (made of porcelain) fell down. But what about Andy? Well maybe he was at school when this happened, so his mother picked up the pieces so he didn’t have to see the doll in such a “state”. And well if we check Andy’s background he can be susceptible to believe the he left her in the car or something. So maybe his mother told him that he lost Bo Peep.

    Second theory maybe the mother just assumed that Andy didn’t liked the doll, (let’s be realistic it’s a little shepherdess made of porcelain what kid would like to play with such a “toy”? It was made to be inside of a showcase or something, sorry), so she just gave it to a friend, or she sold the doll.

    Third theory she given to Sunny Side, she saw those toy were evil, she tried to escape but she was caught, and maybe she tried again and the broke her. (Mmm I guess that’s… violent)

    But the truth is that she was sold at the yard sale, the toys actually mentions that in the movie.

    • Those are some good theories.
      But I still think she fell out the window or something. I am 50% sure she’ll come back in Toy Story 4.
      Just my two cents.

      • “Fell out the window or something”? Seriously?
        I mean, I want Bo back as much as the next guy, but I doubt she’ll come back in Toy Story 4.
        Especially if she “fell out the window or something”. Honestly.

        • Actually she will be back in toy story 4, the movie will be a “romantic comedy” ith Woody and Bo Peep

    • What about the possibility of Andy giving bo peep to his sister?

  2. I think woody hinted that Bo had been donated or given away, because he says (roughly) “…(naming toys they have ‘lost’… and Bo, but all toys that have gone on to good owners” I really don’t know. Hopefully we will find out in Toy Story 4 😀

  3. I do believe that Bo was smashed, but it’s not possible. Pixar has announced that Bo is set to return in Toy Story 4, in a love story with Woody. So she can’t have smashed, because then she’d be, well, dead. And it’s kinda hard to fall in love when you’re dead.

    • What if she was broken, but someone put her together again? Or it’s a different Bo, and Woody tries to win her affections? Or…or…
      Okay, I have no idea how she’ll come back after breaking, but she will. And who knows, maybe Pixar will figure out a loophole.

  4. Did everyone forget that Bo is part of a lamp display and that she belonged to Molly?

  5. Actually the film makers made a research about plastic’s melting point (to make the fire scene at the end more realistic) and when they did the research they found that Bo will melt easily, that is the reason they removed her.

    • Really? They got rid of Bo just because they were trying to be realistic?
      Well, that stinks. Nobody would have cared. I wouldn’t have cared! I still don’t care!
      Bring back Bo Peep!

      • They are bringing her back for Toy Story 4. Apparently us fans made a real difference.

  6. And that is the true meaning of friendship Yay😀

  7. I remember this scene/dialog in the beginning of Toy Story 3:

    Woody: "We've lost friends along the way... Wheezy... and Etch and..."
    Rex: "Bo Peep?"
    Woody: "...Yeah. Even - even Bo."

    And the expression on Woody’s face indicates like something sad and tragic has happened to her. So…I don’t know.

    • You were correct. I watched that scene again. I’m pretty sure she was broken and died (in the way toys die lol)

  8. Bo was a part of a lamp. I just assumed that she was Molly’s lamp as part of her nursery in the first and second one, but as Molly grew up, maybe she got sold in a yard sale or donated.

  9. Haha the verdict IS very dark, but I like it! Full blown crime scene it is… Maybe this will be a cold case that will forever be unresolved? Which would be pretty annoying as, as you clearly pointed out, we have pretty dangerous minds.

  10. What if Bo was given to Bonnie or her mom? I got a lot of porcelain dolls when I was little, and they were mostly kept in storage, which would explain why she’s not seen in the specials (I’m not sure if those are canon or not).

  11. Bo pep what happen to Bo pep is that I have no ined be rebmer what happen to lotso what if she had the same thing lake lotso did and tane he was bad what if Bo pep did it then woody wold be mad at her if she hurt his fiends and he what to hurt her back but I don’t think that wold ever happen but I am glad that she is back in toy sorty 4 it lake Bo pep and woody is in love agin but we’re and how to find her will fond out in toy sorty 4 but is woody the only one who looking for her I konw there outer toys all I konw the only to toys that looking for her how maying toys is going to find Bo pep and tere way back home in one of the taller is show,wood and buzz in the end he look lake he was Daed in toy story 4 but he not we will fond out in toy story 4 in 2017 or 2018 in June the 23 I think

  12. They’re making a 4th installment, supposedly focusing on Bo Peep, can’t wait…

  13. Well, now that we know Toy Story 4 is about Finding Bo Peep, that means she wasn’t broken. So this leaves me a lot of questions…

  14. Really?! Bo Peep ran away?? That is not like Bo peep! I agree with everything else.

  15. I agree with a lot of stuff here especially the one about bo peep turning evil and being awesome, because ive seen it! And now im going to be that person and bring up once upon a time, because bo peep is described as evil in the show.

  16. Her mission in the popcorn scene is actually wrong. If you watch the actual movie, Bo’s just slightly further to the side of buzz

  17. I thought she died and fell off a roof I have a vivid memory of that happening like what Mandela effect much

  18. Most likely his mother deciddd that a porcelain doll was not a suitable toy for a kid and took her/put her away/gave her away.

  19. Hold up I came with a new theory. What if Bo Peep fell out the window and Sid quickly came to her and grabbed her?Maybe she escaped before Sid could explode her. That would explain the bandages and the rope on the cane.

  20. Well! You were right about her being featured in the next movie!

  21. Well ironically I read this a little later after watching the trailer for toy story 4, and in one trailer when bo saves woody he says (very glumly I might add) “bo but you got lost”stoping the ideas of her getting broken, Also the idea of Sid taking bo supposedly after she fell out the window is not correct Either because I’m pretty sure he would never touch another toy again after the incident in toy story 2 when woody thought him a lesson. My idea is Andy around his 13-17 decided to get rid of her and threw her in the trash and she got out and ran off before anytoys saw her and then they thought she got lost. And woody heartbroken believed she died and told everyone to stop looking, and meanwhile bo was running and not knowing where she was, and after awhile she found the carnival.Meeting the other cast for toy story 4 except sporky 😕 but this is just an idea.

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