If you’ve seen the previous films in the Toy Story series, undoubtedly you remember that moment towards the end of the third film where Tom Hanks‘ Woody, Tim Allen‘s Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang, on the verge of being incinerated, accept their fate together by clasping hands. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Same thing happened again a short time later when their owner, Andy, about to go to college, passes on his toys to a young girl named Bonnie. Perfect end to a trilogy, right? So why did they decide to make Toy Story 4? Because we need it and all indications are that Disney and Pixar have done it again!
Admits director Josh Cooley, “Like most people, I assumed that Toy Story 3 was the end of the story. Turns out it was only the end of Woody’s story with Andy. Just like in life, every ending is a new beginning. Woody now being in a new room, with new toys and a new kid, was something we have never seen before. The questions of what that would be like became the beginning of an entertaining story worth exploring.”
Here’s how the film is described by the studio: “Woody has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as ‘trash’ and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries.”
Observes Tom Hanks, “The Toy Story films accomplish what timeless classics aim for. They are full of innocent characters who face an endless trail of adventures. We all know the likes of Woody, Buzz, Bo Peep and Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, and we wonder who we would be … if we were toys.”
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