'Toy Story 4': Release date, cast, plot and everything you need to know about Pixar's newest addition to the franchise
'Toy Story 4', the fourth installment of the Pixar franchise, is all set to release in less than a month. The film was initially planned as a sequel to 2010's 'Toy Story 3' when it was announced in 2014 but later developed into a romantic comedy that was separate from previous installments.
According to Tom Hanks, who is a part of the cast of the film, this installment's climax will be a "moment in history."
The film is slated for release on June 21 in the US, and between June 19 and August 30 across the world.
The plot of the film revolves around Woody (Tom Hanks) and a new toy Forky (Tony Hale) that are owned by Bonnie. Forky is Bonnie's craft project turned into a toy but is rejected by other toys for not being good enough and Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should accept himself for being a toy. The toy team unexpectedly ends up going on an excursion when
Bonnie takes them on a road trip. During the trip, Woody meets his girlfriend from the past, Bo Peep, and that takes the film in a new direction.
Tom Hanks as Sheriff Woody
Hanks has voiced Woody in all the installments of the franchise. He is the protagonist of the franchise and was initially owned by Andy Davis, but in the third film, he is taken home by Bonnie. Woody is a cowboy doll.
Annie Potts as Bo Peep
Actor Annie Potts voices for the role of Bo Peep, Woody's long lost girlfriend who we last saw in Toy Story 2. She was a dainty doll previously, but now she has changed into a badass traveller doll who reunites with Woody after Bonnie takes him and the other toys on a road trip.
Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear
Actor Tim Allen plays the role of Buzz Lightyear, appeared in the first Toy Story as Woody's rival. He's a space ranger toy, who replaced Woody as Andy's favorite toy in the first film. After going through many adventures together, he is now Woody's best friend.
Tony Hale as Forky
Tony Hale voices Forky, a new character in Toy Story 4. He is created by Woody's owner Bonnie as a part of a crafts project, but he is not accepted by the other toys that Bonnie owns, and as a result, he doubts himself as a toy. Woody tries to convince him otherwise in the film.
Christina Hendricks as Gabby Gabby
Christina Hendricks will be voicing the villain of the film Gabby Gabby, who is inspired by 1950s creepy dolls, the ones that the movie 'Chucky' was based on!
Other cast members
Joan Cusack as Jessie
Blake Clark as Slinky Dog
Wallace Shawn as Rex
John Ratzenberger as Hamm
Estelle Harris as Mrs. Potato Head
Jodi Benson as Barbie
Michael Keaton as Ken
Jeff Pidgeon as Aliens
Kristen Schaal as Trixie
Bonnie Hunt as Dolly
Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants
Jeff Garlin as Buttercup
Laurie Metcalf as Mrs. Davis
Lori Alan as Mrs. Anderson
The film is directed by Josh Cooley who is well known for working on Disney's 'Inside Out' and a short animation titled 'Riley's First Date'. The film was written by Stephany Folsom and Andrew Stanton. Andrew is well known for co-writing 'Finding Nemo' and its sequel 'Finding Dory'.
'Toy Story 4' will introduce three new characters in the film. According to a report in Entertainment Weekly, the three characters will include Duke Caboom who is a motorcyclist-riding 70s action figure. Caboom will be voiced by Keanu Reeves. We will also see Officer Giggle McDimples, who is a Polly Pocket inspired police officer from 1980s Giggle McDimples line of the miniature playset and this character is voiced by Ally Maki.
And finally, the villain of the new film, Gabby Gabby, who is inspired by the 1950s creepy dolls. Christina Hendricks will be voicing for Gabby Gabby.
The film had its world premiere on June 11, and critics showered it with rave reviews, lauding the movie's humor and originality. Viewers opined that the sequel is as emotional as its predecessor, 'Toy Story 3'. Keep tissues handy!
The first trailer of the film was released on March 19 and it featured the beginning of Woody's new adventure, Bo Peep's transformation from a dainty doll to a badass traveler toy and a new toy that is going through an existential crisis. There is also a dash of horror with the character of Gabby Gabby, inspired by the 1950s creepy dolls.
The second official trailer for the film was dropped on May 21 and shows Forky getting into trouble during the trip that Bonnie takes the toys on. Woody and friends are looking out for the new toy. The trailer also features Keanu Reeves' character Caboom, who can be seen striking poses on his motorcycle in classic Keanu style.
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