This weekend, the final installment in Pixar’s Toy Story series debuts in theaters but don’t be too sad, it’s not the last time you’ll see Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang. According to MSN, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich revealed that he’s planning a big follow up that will be attached to the studio’s next animation, Cars 2.

Cars 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on June 24, 2011 in 2D and 3D, and its debut will mark the return of the Toy Story characters.

“…we know that people love the characters, love Woody and Buzz, and would hate to say good-bye to them completely,” Unkrich said. “I don’t know that there would ever be a ‘[Toy Story] 4.’ We don’t have any plans for one — but we are trying to find ways to keep the characters alive. We have announced we’re going to do a short film in front of Cars 2 that uses the ‘Toy Story’ characters. We’re going to keep them alive; they’re not going away forever.”

If you’re one of those people drowning in your tears after the credits roll on Toy Story 3, cheer up! The gang will be back in short form next summer. As for the Toy Story 4 speculation, don’t do it! They need to let this series go out in a blaze of glory on a critical and commercial high. Give it a proper burial and move on.

What do you think of a Toy Story short being attached to Cars 2? Do you think more attention will be put on the short as opposed to the movie?