A second teaser trailer for Toy Story 4 has been released introducing fans to two brand new characters: Ducky and Bunny. The Toy Story franchise is undoubtedly one of the most popular film series in the world, as well as a hugely lucrative and successful property for Pixar and Disney. After the first two movies hit theaters in the 1990s, fans had to wait until 2010 for Buzz and Woody's third adventure and while it was initially thought that their story would conclude as a trilogy, a fourth installment was officially announced in 2014.
In the four years since then, Toy Story 4's production has been typically secretive and other than confirmation of returning cast members and reports of a very "emotional" ending, precious little information has been released. That was until yesterday, when Disney released both a poster and a teaser trailer for Toy Story 4. The clip introduced a new character voiced by Tony Hale, Forky, who was clearly very concerned about being lumped in with the toys. A brief plot synopsis was also unveiled and suggested that this anxious utensil will lead Woody and the gang on an exciting new journey.
Disney have now released a second teaser trailer for Toy Story 4 that introduces another two new faces. The teaser sees carnival toys Ducky (Keegan Michael-Key) and Bunny (Jordan Peele) reacting to yesterday's trailer release, discussing the prospect of a fourth Toy Story film and performing character impressions, before Woody and Buzz arrive to show them how it's done. A new press release reveals how these characters play into the story, reading:
"Woody’s journey in Toy Story 4 includes a visit to a carnival where he meets Ducky and Bunny, two carnival prizes who are eager to be won. But when their plans are rudely interrupted by Woody and his friends, they find themselves on an unexpected adventure with a group of toys who have no idea what it feels like to be tacked to a prize wall."
A selection of new character posters have also been released:
While Pixar won't be winning any awards for inventive character names (Ducky, Bunny, Forky...), the clip certainly retains that same familiar Toy Story brand of sharp wit and intelligent humor and the new toys' discussion about how they thought Toy Story 3 was going to be the last film also provides fans with a brilliantly meta moment that few franchises could get away with.
With a carnival setting confirmed for Toy Story 4, fans may be reminded of the first movie's Pizza Planet arcade scene, which memorably introduced The Claw and its three-eyed aliens. However, the suggested discord between the loved, owned toys and the ones used as prizes could lend Toy Story 4 a more serious and emotional subtext that allows the film to explore the vastly different lives a toy can have - a subject that has provided some very powerful moments in previous movies.
Naturally, all Toy Story fans are going to be terrified that the fourth movie will see the franchise finally run out of steam and fall quietly into the realm of somewhat disappointing Pixar sequels. But Toy Story has already defied the odds by producing three movies of exceptional quality - something virtually unheard of in the world of cinema as a whole - and if any franchise can deliver a fourth film that is as widely loved as its predecessors, it's surely this one.
Source: Disney Pixar
- Toy Story 4 (2019) release date: Jun 21, 2019