It's been nine long years since we last caught up with Andy's favorite talking toys and the long-awaited reunion is only months away.
Toy Story 3 opened in theaters in June 2010. At the time, Harry Potter movies were still coming out, we were only at the iPhone 4 and Instagram did not exist. By the time the movie ended, it gave us one of the most heartbreaking scenes ever while ending the Toy Story storyline, as Andy parted with his favorite toys as he went off to college.
But with sequels becoming currency in Hollywood, Pixar decided to bring back the toy gang for one more adventure. That means Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang are getting back together for the latest chapter in the iconic animated movie franchise. Before you watch Toy Story 4, here's everything you need to know.
The latest Toy Story 4 news
June 21, 2019 - Toy Story 4 barrelling towards gigantic opening weekend
Toy Story 4 took in a robust $12 million during its Thursday night opening according to Variety. That is the second best Pixar opening night ever after Incredibles 2 took in $18.5 million last year. As things stands, Toy Story is inline for a gigantic opening weekend.
The long-awaited sequel has earned sterling reviews and is arguably Pixar's most popular franchise. With that as the backdrop, Toy Story 4 looks to set a new mark for the franchise and Pixar.
Disney forecasts a tempered opening of $140 million, but that number could end up being much higher. It might not reach the record opening set by Incredibles 2 at $182 million, but it's already a shoe-in to earn at least the second biggest opening weekend for an animated movie.
June 13, 2019 - Toy Story 4 is shaping up to be the next must-see Pixar movie
Pixar began is illustrious with the beloved Toy Story franchise and that magic has still not worn off even after nearly 25 years. Toy Story 4 isn't out for another week, but early reviews are already coming out and they are nothing short of glowing.
With 51 reviews accounted on Rotten Tomatoes, Toy Story 4 has a sterling Tomatometer score of 100%. More reviews will be added to score over the next few days that could bring down the perfect score, but even so, that's still pretty impressive.
Toy Story has been Pixar's foundational franchise, and the fact that four movies in it is still earning rave reviews shows Pixar knows what it is doing.
May 21, 2019 - Toy Story 4 trailer shows the gang on a rescue mission
When Forky goes missing, Woody and Buzz must embark on a dangerous rescue mission. That's the gist of the new Toy Story 4 trailer released by Pixar, which helps flesh out the movie's plot.
Along the way, we'll meet several new toys, including Duke Caboom, a Canadian daredevil voiced by Keanu Reeves. Fans will also see the return of Bo Peep, who has been MIA in recent years.
"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," the trailer's description reads. "But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called "Forky" to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy."
Toy Story 4 hits theaters on June 21, 2019.
May 2, 2019 - Meet Keanu Reeves' Duke Caboom, Toy Story 4's resident daredevil
We knew Keanu Reeves would voice a character in Toy Story 4—we just didn't know who that character would be. Now we know.
Pixar's official Twitter account shared a clip of Duke Caboom, a Canadian daredevil who just wants you to lower your expectations, please.
The clip shows him snapping all kinds of poses. But the marketing for his capabilities prove woefully misleading, as Caboom can't jump as far as his commercial suggests.
"It's a commercial!" Caboom argues. "It's not real, I can't jump that far."
Although he might not be quite the daredevil he appears, he'll still be a hit with Trixie the Triceratops. It's unclear how pivotal a role Duke Caboom will have in Toy Story 4, but we're already looking forward to the inevitable spinoff on Disney+.
Toy Story 4 trailer will make you ugly cry
Pixar has released the first trailer for Toy Story 4, and the gang is setting out on a daring new adventure.
Previously, we got a look at the film through short teasers, which introduced new characters like Forky, Ducky, and Bunny. The new trailer provides insight as to how Forky comes to exist, as well as how Woody is reunited with Bo Peep.
Turns out, Woody is going to question his purpose in Toy Story 4—something we wouldn't expect from the loyal Sheriff. In the meantime, Woody is committed to ensuring that Forky doesn't abandon his role as Bonnie's favorite new toy.
Here's Toy Story 4's official synopsis:
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. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called "Forky" to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.
Alongside the new trailer, Pixar has released a poster. Toy Story 4 hits theaters on June 21.
Bo Peep makes her return after 20-year absence
After a 20-year absence, our favorite toy shepherdess is returning to the Toy Story franchise. Pixar unveiled the new-look Bo Peep on Twitter showing off her in a new jumpsuit while ditching the poofy dress.She still retains her staff but adds a short cloak for a much more empowering look.
Bo Peep made her debut in Toy Story before returning in Toy Story 2< as a shepherdess and Woody's love interest but she was notably missing from Toy Story 3. The story explains her absence as being sold off in a yard sale, which might also explain why she returns with a whole new look. In a press release for the unveiling Bo Peep, director Josh Cooley dropped some interesting details about the character.
Bo's taken control of her own destiny. While Woody was watching Andy grow up, Bo gathered dust until she took it upon herself to head out into the world. And when Woody shows up, they can't believe that they've found each other again.
All the big details
Toy Story 4 release date
Toy Story 4 will open in theaters on June 21, 2019.
Toy Story 4 trailer
In the latest trailer for Toy Story 4, Woody and Buzz go on a mission to rescue Forky. Along the way, they get help from new toy friends to save the newest member of their family.
Toy Story 4 plot
We've gone through many adventures with Woody and the gang, from Sid's room to Al's Toy Barn to Sunnyside where Lots-O reigned with an iron fist. This new adventure will be quite different as the toys will take a road trip where we expect a lot of hijinks.
When we first heard about Toy Story 4, the original plot that was floating around revolved around Woody and Bo Peep's love story. That was before the story developed further and was fleshed out with new characters in the mix. It's unclear if that storyline will still be explored in the movie.
At the end of Toy Story 3, Andy said goodbye to his beloved toys and gave them to somebody who will truly appreciate them: Bonnie, a new kid eager to play with all the toys.
Pixar has kept the timeline of the movie secretive, though it is expected to pick up right after the events of Toy Story 3. Thankfully we did get some interesting details courtesy of Tim Allen, who confirmed that we are in for an emotional roller coaster. In an interview, he opened up about how emotional the new movie is going to be.
I gotta resist getting emotional, said Allen. I don't want to give it away, but this is an incredibly great story. It is so emotional, it's so funny, it's so big, the idea they've come up with, I'm startled. I couldn't even get through the last scene.
Much like its predecessor, it sounds like Toy Story 4 will definitely hit you in the feels.
Josh Cooley, a long-time Pixar alum, is going to direct the movie. Stephany Folsom has penned the script based on the story developed by Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich.
Toy Story 4 cast
Andy's original toy gang is all returning for the sequel. This means we'll be in for another adventure with all of our favorite toys including Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Jessie. Even more impressive is that the original voice cast is returning to voice all of the classic characters. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Joan Cusack are all back.
Sadly, only one of the original characters will not be returning. Don Rickles who voices Mr. Potato Head passed away in 2017. The character was included in the original story, but his representatives confirmed he had not recorded lines for the movie at the time of his passing.
There are a few new characters joining the gang. Most prominently is Forky, who we got really familiar with in the first official trailer for the movie. Voiced by Tony Hale, Forky is a utensil that has been transformed into a toy. However, that becomes a problem as he's quite self-aware and can't stop screaming, "I don't belong here!"
We also meet two additional new characters in the second teaser for the movie, Ducky and Bunny. The two are voiced by comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, respectively. Interestingly, Keanu Reeves will voice an unspecified character in the movie.
Here's a list of all the character that will be in Toy Story 4.
- Woody voiced by Tom Hanks
- Buzz Lightyear voiced by Tim Allen
- Jessie voiced by Joan Cusack
- Bo Peep voiced by Annie Potts
- Slinky Dog voiced by Blake Clark
- Rex voiced by Wallace Shawn
- Hamm voiced by John Ratzenberger
- Mrs. Potato Head voiced by Estelle Harris
- Barbie voiced by Jodi Benson
- Ken voiced by Michael Keaton
- Aliens voiced by Jeff Pidgeon
- Trixie voiced by Kristen Schaal
- Dolly voiced by Bonnie Hunt
- Mr. Pricklepants voiced by Timothy Dalton
- Forky voiced by Tony Hale
- Ducky voiced by Keegan-Michael Key
- Bunny voiced by Jordan Peele
- Duke Kaboom voiced by Keanu Reeves
Why the long wait?
Toy Story 4 wasn't always in the plans. When Pixar produced Toy Story 3, that was thought to be the final chapter in the Toy Story franchise, but eventually the producers started to kick around some new ideas.
We were actually supposed to see Toy Story 4 last year, not Incredibles 2. When Pixar originally announced the two sequels, it set Toy Story 4 for a 2018 release date and Incredibles 2 for 2019, but for reasons unknown, Pixar decided to delay Toy Story 4and bump up Incredibles 2.
The move paid off as Incredibles 2 was yet another win for Pixar and now the studio is hoping Toy Story 4 will follow the success in 2019.
Toy Story 4 tickets
With Toy Story 4 almost here, better get your tickets soon. The movie is earning glowing reviews and is on pace to have a monster opening weekend. Don't get left out.
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