The toys are back on the big screen with an all-new adventure in “Toy Story 4.” Woody, Buzz and the whole gang find themselves far from home, discovering new friends—and old ones—on an eye-opening road trip that takes them to unexpected places.
“Toy Story 4” will be released in cinemas across the Middle East from 20th June 2019.
The Journey of Toy Story:
In 1995, “Toy Story” marked a major milestone in animated moviemaking as the first fully computer animated feature film; it was the highest grossing movie of the year and nominated for three Oscars® and two Golden Globes®. Four years later, “Toy Story 2” broke opening weekend box office records, won the Golden Globe for best motion picture—comedy or musical, as well as a Grammy® for best song written for a motion picture, television or other visual media (Randy Newman/“When She Loved Me”). Released in 2010, “Toy Story 3” won Oscars for best animated feature film and best achievement in music written for motion pictures, original song (Newman/“We Belong Together”). The film also won a Golden Globe and BAFTA for best animated film, and was the second Pixar film to be nominated for the best picture Oscar.
Fans around the world thought the toys’ story had ended. “Like most people, I assumed that ‘Toy Story 3’ was the end of the story,” said director Josh Cooley. “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.”
Woody has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid. Now that Andy has gone off to college, Woody’s loyalty is to Bonnie. But as Bonnie gears up for kindergarten, she’s feeling a little apprehensive. “Transition is a big thematic piece of this movie,” says producer Jonas Rivera. “Bonnie is growing up and transitioning into kindergarten, and Woody is transitioning into a new role. We’ve never seen him in this situation before.”
Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”), and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”), Disney·Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” ventures to U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019
Meet the cast of “Toy Story 4”
WOODY (voice of TOM HANKS) is the same pull-string cowboy sheriff that Andy fell in love with years ago. He’s found a new home with Bonnie and her toys, and he’ll to anything to make sure she’s happy and they’re all taken care of. But an unexpected reunion with his dear friend Bo Peep shows Woody that the world is much bigger than he ever imagined
BUZZ LIGHTYEAR (voice of TIM ALLEN) is loyal not only to his owner, but to the friends he’s made along the way—especially his once-rival Woody who’s like a brother to the ace Space Ranger these days. Buzz would do anything to support his pull-string buddy, but when his efforts land him in a carnival game booth as an inadvertent prize, he turns to his inner voice for guidance.
BO PEEP (voice of ANNIE POTTS) is a long-lost friend of the gang, who always shared a special connection with Woody at Andy’s house. After being separated for years, Bo has become chipped and discarded, but her spirit is far from broken. She has grown into an adventure-seeking free spirit whose strength and sarcasm belie her delicate porcelain exterior.
FORKY (voice of TONY HALE) is not a toy! At least that’s what he thinks. An actual spork-turned-craft-project, Forky is pretty sure that he doesn’t belong in Bonnie’s room. Unfortunately, every time he tries to get away, someone yanks him back into an adventure he’d rather skip.
The Production’s Story
Part of the magic of ‘Toy Story’ is getting to view the world from a toy’s perspective. “‘Toy Story’ has a caricatured world where everything is designed from the toy’s point of view,” says director Josh Cooley. “We really wanted to expand the world as much as possible. So, going outside of the tri-county area was huge. And we put the toys in places that they’d never been—places that would have new types of toys that would present new problems.”
While the look of the films is stylized, advancements in technology led to new opportunities. “With each film, our technology gets better and better, and we’re able to make things look more believable, more realistic,” says Cooley. “In this movie, there are shots that are staggeringly realistic. At times we have to pull it back—it’s too real. One thing we learned from the first three films was to keep the lighting to more stage-like so that it feels presentational.”
Production designer Bob Pauley ushered the overall look of “Toy Story 4.”“With the power of our tools today, we can do so much more compared to the first ‘Toy Story,’” he says. “It’s about choices—we are not making a live-action ‘Toy Story’ and want to be true to our history. We stylize the characters and the world to make it believable and feel ‘Toy Story’ with lighting that is theatrical and emotionally driven.”
One of the key locations in “Toy Story 4” is an antique store, Second Chance Antiques. According to Pauley, the antique store is vast and filled with thousands of objects. “We did a lot of research,” he says. “We learned that most of the antique stores we visited used to be something else: a furniture store, an auto repair garage,” Pauley continues. “We decided Second Chance used to be an appliance-slash-department store, so we included remnants of fixtures, displays and shelves in our design—all filled with objects. Fortunately, at Pixar, we have a big ‘backlot’ of objects from all of our feature films. It was a big treasure hunt because we have a lot of interesting history and we also took the opportunity to plant some fun Easter eggs.”
According to screenwriter Andrew Stanton, the idea of a carnival conjured many ideas when it came to new characters. “If you think about it, a carnival has the cheapest, saddest, most disposable toys known to man,” says Stanton. Pauley and other artists went to several carnivals to gather reference. “We wanted to capture the charm of carnivals—the bright candy colors, the lights, the obligatory Ferris wheel, all the rides and game booths,” he says. “We learned how they function, how they are designed and work. Few will notice all the details, but together, they help build a world that just feels right.”