Don Rickles passed away before he was able to record any dialogue for Toy story 4. Rather than replacing him, Disney reviewed 25 years of materials from the first three films ,video games and other media; they were able to assemble enough dialogue to cover the entire film.
Don Rickles, who died Thursday at the age of 90, was known for his biting wit and cutting insults, but for a generation of moviegoers, he was known as Mr. Potato Head, with his endlessly detachable body parts.
The legendary comedian voiced the loudmouth spud in the Toy Story movies, beginning with the John Lasseter-directed original in 1995. Two decades, three more movies and nearly $2 billion in box-office returns later, Rickles was set to voice Mr. Potato Head in the upcoming fourth installment of the Pixar series, which is set to be co-directed by Lasseter and Josh Cooley for a 2019 release.
Rickles, though, had not yet recorded new material for Toy Story 4, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. Pixar has been doing rewrites on the film, and Rickles had not yet been called in to record his voice tracks for Mr. Potato Head’s role in the fourth film.
Lasseter remembered Rickles in a statement released by Pixar, lauding the comedian as “a comic genius, and here at Pixar we were honored to also call him a friend.”
The plot for the film and how big of a role Mr. Potato Head plays in it are still unknown, but it is possible that Rickles could still be included in Toy Story 4, using previously recorded material from the prior films.