Thought you’d seen the last of Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang of famous toys? Think again. No this is not news that a Toy Story 4 is on the way (as of last November there are no plans for a fourth film) but rather our first look at the upcoming Toy Story short that will play before Pixar’s next film, Cars 2, this summer.

We found out just before Christmas that the first of many planned Toy Story shorts would focus on fan-favorites Ken and Barbie (as seen together in Toy Story 3) as they plan a trip to Hawaii. Disney animator Floyd Norman previously used the words “Ken and Barbie want to go to Hawaii” to describe the premise of the short, the key words being “want to” which hints that their trip doesn’t go as planned.

Entertainment Weekly has a couple of new images which give us our first look at the short and it indeed contains Hawaii references. However, EW‘s blurb under one of the images reveals that Ken and Barbie mess up the plans but Woody and the rest of the gang are their to help as they, “re-create a romantic getaway in the toy box.”

The short will be six minutes long and is entitled Hawaiian Vacation. Check out the two images below:

So far, we only have the two images to go on but just looking at them makes it hard to wait – even if Hawaiian Vacation is only a short. Just like the animation wizards at Pixar, our favorite animated toys really do seem to have a creative imagination, “As toys who get played with all the time, they have a pretty good imagination… When it’s time for a little playacting, they’re good at it,” director Gary Rydstrom said of the short (he also directed the Pixar short “Lifted” which played before Ratatouille).

Hawaiian Vacation will feature “old favorites” which (unless they’re merely referring to Woody and the gang) might hint at the possible return of some of the characters found in the first two Toy Story movies – ones Pixar decided not to include in Toy Story 3 (possibly Bo Peep and Etch). Although they only have six minutes to play with this time around, I would love it if the folks at Pixar found a way to fit in those characters – an encore chance to make Toy Story fans smile.

You can check out the Toy Story short Hawaiian Vacation this summer when it precedes Cars 2 on June 24th, 2011. In the meantime what do you make of the images?

Source: Entertainment Weekly