What better way to wake up then to see a teaser trailer for Toy Story 4 in my inbox. I remember it as if it was yesterday. The Cowboy, Woody, in his perfect world as his owner, Andy’s favorite toy. All was well in toy land until the new age Buzz Lightyear was given to Andy as a gift.
I’ll say it.
The first Toy Story movie did as much for animation as Snow White did many decades before it. It laid the groundwork for what was capable on a computer and did so flawlessly. Toy Story showed that it was possible for a computer animation company to tell a good story that was both simple in premise and everlasting in impression.
Disney had been in a slump for years. After they released a slew of hits (The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast) they fell into a rut. They began churning out so-so movies like Brother Bear and the like. Many, including my younger self, wondered if they would be able to recoup some of the magic they once had.
Enter Toy Story.
So much more than a movie
Since it’s release, the franchise will have added 3 movies. The first, as mentioned, followed the addition of Buzz Lightyear and the way in which to toys accepted him. The second saw the apprehension and rescue of Woody.
And the third sees their beloved Andy head out for college all-the-while being inadvertently left outside in the trash.
The upcoming Toy Story promises to be one of the best. Like the first movie, an addition is made to the cast. This time, rather than a high-end toy called Buzz Lightyear, the addition is a spork that looks like it was put together on craft day. The trailer, set to Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now”, cleverly creates a moment of pure bliss between the original toys. Just as it draws to a conclusion, the blissful moment is interrupted by the spork screaming, “I don’t belong here!”
But I suspect he is wrong.
Toy Story 4 lands in theatres June 21, 2019. It returns Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and Joan Cusack to their roles while adding Tony Hale as Forky.