Toy Story 4
Toy Story 4 is a 2019 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. It is the fourth installment in Pixar's Toy Story series, and the sequel to 2010's Toy Story 3. It is directed by Josh Cooley (in his feature directorial debut) from a screenplay by Andrew Stanton (who had co-written the first three films) and Stephany Folsom; the three also conceived the story alongside John Lasseter (director of the first two installments in the franchise), Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Valerie LaPointe, and Martin Hynes. The film stars the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Madeleine McGraw, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki, Jay Hernandez, Lori Alan, and Joan Cusack.
|Toy Story 4|
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|Directed by||Josh Cooley|
|Music by||Randy Newman|
|Edited by||Axel Geddes|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios|
The film continues from Toy Story 3, where Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear, among their other toy friends, have found new appreciation after being given by Andy to Bonnie. They are introduced to Forky, a spork that has been made into a toy and embark on a road trip adventure. The film is dedicated to Rickles, who died of kidney failure in 2017, and animator Adam Burke, who died from lung cancer in 2018.
Toy Story 4 premiered on June 11, 2019, in Hollywood, California, and is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on June 21, 2019, in RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema, and IMAX. The film was positively reviewed and received a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics praising its story, humor, emotion, animation, and voice performances (particularly Hale and Reeves').
After the events of Toy Story 3, Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toys are faced with a problem when Bonnie creates a new toy from arts and crafts, named Forky; Forky suffers from an existential crisis about being a toy, which the others try to help him understand how to be one. As Bonnie and her family go on a road trip, Forky decides to escape, and Woody goes to save him, becoming separated from the group near a small town. Then they go to an antique store that has old toys and they meet a toy called Gabby Gabby who tells them she will take them to Bo Peep, in exchange for Woody's voice box in order to impress her kid Harmony. Forky is then kidnapped by Gabby Gabby as ransom for Woody's voice box, but Woody escapes and finds Bo Peep in the same store along with her new friend Giggle McDimples and she gives him a new outlook on what being a toy is really about. As Buzz and the others try to help find Woody, He gets strapped to a prize wall, but with the help of two plush toys Ducky and Bunny they escape. They try to save Forky, but they lose him when they try to save him. All toys except for Woody give up on saving Forky. Woody then sacrifices his voice box to save Forky from Gabby Gabby. Unfortunately, Harmony found the new voice of Gabby Gabby just too creepy. Woody then finds a new child for Gabby Gabby who actually loves her. Bonnie then reunites with Forky and the other toys except for Woody who decides to leave with Bo and help other children and toys who need their help.
- Tom Hanks as Woody
- Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear
- Annie Potts as Bo Peep
- Tony Hale as Forky
- Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele as Ducky and Bunny
- Madeleine McGraw as Bonnie
- Christina Hendricks as Gabby Gabby
- Keanu Reeves as Duke Caboom
- Ally Maki as Giggle McDimples
- Jay Hernandez as Bonnie's dad
- Lori Alan as Bonnie's mom
- Joan Cusack as Jessie
- Bonnie Hunt as Dolly
- Kristen Schaal as Trixie
- Emily Davis as Billy, Goat and Gruff
- Wallace Shawn as Rex
- John Ratzenberger as Hamm
- Blake Clark as Slinky Dog
- June Squibb as Margaret the Store Owner
- Carl Weathers as Combat Carls
- Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head[a]
- Estelle Harris as Mrs. Potato Head
- Jeff Garlin as Buttercup
- Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants
- Jodi Benson as Barbie
- Jeff Pidgeon as Aliens
- John Morris and Jack McGraw as young and teenage versions of Andy
- Laurie Metcalf as Andy's mom
- Mel Brooks as Melephant Brooks
- Carol Burnett as Chairol Burnett
- Betty White as Bitey White
- Carl Reiner as Carl Reineroceros
Additionally, Alan Oppenheimer, Patricia Arquette, Bill Hader, Flea, and Melissa Villaseñor voice cameo in the film. Rickey Henderson cameos as the voice of an Oakland Athletics bobblehead figure.
In a 2010 interview, Lee Unkrich stated that Pixar was not planning a fourth film after Toy Story 3, but also that he was "flattered that people ask about it—it reminds me how much people love the characters, but it was really important to me with this film that we not just create another sequel, that it not just be another appendage coming off of the other two... there may be opportunities for Woody and Buzz in the future, but we don't have any plans for anything right now." Tom Hanks and Tim Allen were signed on tentatively to provide the voices of Woody and Buzz; Hanks stated the following year that he believed Pixar was working on a sequel. Rumors arose that Toy Story 4 was in production and slated for release in 2015, but Disney denied these rumors in February 2013, stating "nothing is official."
Toy Story 4 was officially announced by Disney during an investor's call on November 6, 2014. Then-studio head of Pixar John Lasseter, who directed the first two films and executive-produced the third, was scheduled to direct after writing a film treatment with Andrew Stanton, with extra input from Pete Docter and Unkrich. Rashida Jones and Will McCormack joined as writers, with Galyn Susman returning as a producer from Ratatouille. Lasseter explained that Pixar decided to produce the sequel because of their "pure passion" for the series, and that the film would be a love story. Lasseter felt that "Toy Story 3 ended Woody and Buzz's story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time, [Pixar] never even talked about doing another Toy Story movie. But when Andrew, Pete, Lee and [Lasseter] came up with this new idea, [he] just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to [him], [he] knew [Pixar] had to make this movie—and [Lasseter] wanted to direct it [himself]."
In March 2015, Pixar president Jim Morris described the film as a romantic comedy and stated it would not be a continuation of the third film, but a separate story from it. The same month, Variety reported that Cooley was named co-director, having previously been head of story on Inside Out. According to Lasseter, the film was kept so secret that even Morris and his boss Edwin Catmull had no knowledge of it until the treatment was finished, stressing that "we do not do any sequel because we want to print money" but rather to tell a new story in the same universe. Lasseter stated at D23 Expo 2015 that the film would focus on Woody's relationship with Bo Peep and involved him and Buzz going on a journey to find her.
At D23 Expo in July 2017, Lasseter announced he was stepping down and leaving Cooley as sole director, saying he could no longer commit to directing the film between his positions at Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Disneytoon Studios, although he would still be involved in the film as executive producer, however he was uncredited as executive producer in the final film. Jones and McCormack withdrew from the film in November 2017, citing “philosophical differences”.
By January 2018, Disney confirmed that the screenplay had been written by Stephany Folsom, rewriting three quarters of Jones and McCormack's original script according to Potts in June 2018. Folsom had collaborated on the screenplay with Stanton, who co-wrote the screenplay for the first two films. According to Cooley, the center of the film's updated screenplay was around the relationship between Woody and Bo Peep. Bo Peep had been absent in Toy Story 3, explained narratively as Bo Peep having been given away. This had set the stage for the conclusion of the third film, with Woody getting the idea to give Andy's toys to Bonnie. Cooley said that when they thought about bringing Bo Peep back in this film, it would not only rekindle the romantic interest between Woody and Bo Peep, but also serve to have Bo Peep become a lost toy, a fear Woody has had through the series, and help to challenge his world view with their reunion. According to animator Becki Tower, Bo Peep's new attitude and independence was in development long before the Time's Up movement started, and was not done in response to it.
By September 28, 2018, recording for the film was underway. Tim Allen said that the film's story was "so emotional" that he "couldn't even get through the last scene". Similarly, Tom Hanks said that the film's ending scene was a "moment in history". On January 30, 2019, Hanks and Allen finished recording their characters' voices.
Most of the previous voice actors, including Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, signed on to reprise their past voices. Hanks stated in May 2016 that he had finished recording his first lines for Woody. Annie Potts was confirmed to be returning as Bo Peep, after being absent from Toy Story 3. Don Rickles intended to reprise his role as Mr. Potato Head, but died in April 2017, before any lines were recorded as the script was still being rewritten. According to Cooley, Rickles' family contacted Pixar and asked if there was any way to include him in the film. Pixar reviewed 25 years of archival material that Rickles had participated in, including unused lines from the first three Toy Story films, video games and other related media for the franchise, and other works, and were able to assemble enough material to use within the film.
Tony Hale was cast as Forky, a homemade toy suffering an existential crisis. Hale has performed roles before with similar panicked characters, notably Buster Bluth on Arrested Development and Gary Walsh on Veep. When asked to voice Forky, Hale said, "A utensil's existential crisis? I'm in!". Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele were cast as a pair of carnival prize plush toys named Ducky and Bunny. Cooley said that while they brought them on to provide some improvised comedy to the film, "they were story motivated which elevated Ducky and Bunny and the film to a level I never could have expected". Additionally, Keanu Reeves will be voicing a character in the film, named Duke Caboom. Reeves said he was contacted out of the blue by Pixar for the role, seeking him to voice the part and letting him develop his own riffs on the character. On March 22, 2019, Madeline McGraw, who previously voiced Maddy McGear in Pixar's Cars 3, was revealed to be voicing Bonnie, replacing Emily Hahn. Comedy legends Carol Burnett, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Betty White were added to the cast to voice a set of four toys that Bonnie played with as a toddler but had since outgrew, acting as "veteran" toys to help Woody prepare for when the same happens to him.
Randy Newman, who composed and wrote songs for the previous three films, was confirmed to be returning at D23 Expo 2015. Director Josh Cooley said that he hired Newman to return because "[he] can't imagine making a fourth one without Randy Newman". Newman wrote new themes for Bonnie, Gabby Gabby, and Duke Caboom, with the latter's featuring accordions and mandolins to represent the character's memories of rejection. He also wrote a "subordinate theme" for Forky. Newman also wrote two new songs for the film, titled "The Ballad of the Lonsome Cowboy" and "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away", with Newman also performing the latter. On June 5, 2019, Chris Stapleton's version of "The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy" was released as a single. The film's soundtrack, featuring Newman's score, Stapleton and Newman's versions of "The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy", a song titled "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away", and "You've Got a Friend in Me" from the original film, will be released on June 21, 2019, with the film.
|1.||"You've Got a Friend in Me" (performed by Newman)||2:39|
|2.||"I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away" (performed by Newman)|
|3.||"The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy" (performed by Chris Stapleton)||1:51|
|4.||"Operation Pull Toy"|
|5.||"Woody's Closet of Neglect"|
|7.||"Trash Can Chronicles"|
|8.||"The Road to Antiques"|
|9.||"A Spork in the Road"|
|10.||"Rubber Baby Buggy Butlers"|
|11.||"Buzz's Flight & A Maiden"|
|12.||"Ducky, Bunny, & Tea"|
|13.||"Moving at the Speed of Skunk"|
|14.||"Bo Peep's Panorama for Two"|
|15.||"Three Sheeps to the Wind"|
|16.||"Sneaking and Antiquing"|
|17.||"Recruiting Duke Caboom"|
|18.||"Prepping the Jump"|
|22.||"Duke's Best Crash Ever"|
|23.||"Gabby Gabby’s Most Noble Thing"|
|24.||"Parting Gifts & New Horizons"|
|25.||"The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy (Soundtrack version)" (performed by Newman)||1:51|
The film was originally scheduled for theatrical release on June 16, 2017, but was pushed back to June 15, 2018, while the 2017 release date was given to Cars 3. It was later delayed again to June 21, 2019, while its 2018 date was given to Incredibles 2, which was further along in production. The film will also be shown in IMAX theaters. It will be the first Pixar film since the original Toy Story to not be theatrically released with a leading short.
The first teaser poster was revealed at D23 Expo 2015 alongside the first posters for Cars 3 and Incredibles 2. Pixar screened early footage of the film at CineEurope 2018. The first teaser trailer which introduced Forky, as well as his voice actor Tony Hale, along with the official teaser poster, was released on November 12, 2018. The teaser features Judy Collins's recording of "Both Sides Now" (originally written by Joni Mitchell). A "teaser reaction" video, introducing the new characters of Ducky and Bunny, voiced by Key and Peele in a parody of their recurring Key & Peele skit "The Valets," was released the following day. On November 28, 2018, a new international teaser poster was released. On February 3, 2019, shortly after the conclusion of Super Bowl LIII, a new sneak peek was released, which re-introduced Bo Peep who had been absent from Toy Story 3. After this reveal, the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals issued a complaint that Bo Peep was still using a shepherd's crook and considering it a "symbol of domination over animals", and requested that Pixar change this out before the film was formally released. On February 15, 2019, a clip of the movie was shown during Annie Potts’ interview on Good Morning America.
The official trailer for the film was released on March 19, 2019. On March 27, 2019 an international trailer was released, showing more footage. On April 3, 2019, the film's first 17 minutes were shown in CinemaCon, to a positive reception. A series of TV spots, known as "Old Friends & New Faces", was introduced on April 18, 2019, with the first one featuring the re-designed Bo Peep.
Beginning on May 28, 2019, in its first 24 hours of pre-sales, Toy Story 4 set the records on Fandango for most tickets sold by an animated film in that frame (besting Incredibles 2), while Atom Tickets reported it sold nearly 50% more than the previous three-highest selling animated films combined did in their first day (Incredibles 2, Ralph Breaks the Internet and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation). The amount of pre-sales led industry insiders to project an opening weekend of $180–200 million.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 100% approval rating based on 96 reviews, with an average rating of 8.58/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Heartwarming, funny, and beautifully animated, Toy Story 4 manages the unlikely feat of extending – and perhaps concluding – a practically perfect animated saga." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 84 out of 100 based on 31 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
Peter DeBruge of Variety wrote that "Toy Story ushered in the era of computer-animated cartoon features, and the fourth movie wraps up the saga beautifully. At least, for now." Writing for IndieWire, David Ehrlich gave the film a grade of B+ and wrote, "Clever, breathless, and never manic just for the sake of keeping your kids' eyes busy, the action in Toy Story 4 is character-driven and paced to perfection."
On an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Tom Hanks claimed that the film would be the final film in the series. He stated to Ellen DeGeneres that Tim Allen had "warned him about the emotional final goodbye between their characters Woody and Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 4." However, Mark Nielsen didn't rule out a possibility of a fifth film, stating, "Every film we make, we treat it like it's the first and the last film we're ever going to make, so you force yourself to make it hold up. You don't get in over your skis. Whether there's another one? I don't know. If there is, it's tomorrow's problem."
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