Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, and the rest of the Toy Story gang are joined by newcomer "Forky" in the Toy Story 4 teaser trailer. The teaser also includes an updated synopsis that reveals the film takes the beloved Toy Story characters on a brand-new "road trip adventure".
A lot has changed since Toy Story 4 was officially announced back in 2014. The Disney/Pixar sequel was originally going to be directed by Pixar's "Brain Trust" leader John Lasseter, written by Will McCormack and Rashida Jones (Celeste and Jesse Forever), and follow Woody and Buzz on an adventure to find Bo Peep. Since then, however, Lasseter, McCormack, and Jones have all left the project - with Lasseter also stepping down as Disney and Pixar Animation's Chief Creative Officer at the end of the year - and Josh Cooley (a cowriter on Inside Out) is now directing solo from a script by Stephany Folsom (an uncredited cowriter on Thor: Ragnarok). It seems the film's core storyline has changed too, based on the new synopsis.
Disney/Pixar have released an updated Toy Story 4 synopsis to go with the newly-unveiled teaser trailer (which will no doubt be attached to Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet in theaters, starting next week). The studios have further released a teaser poster, which you can check out below, along with the trailer and 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.
"Forky" is voiced by Tony Hale (of Arrested Development and Veep fame) and is officially described as being "an actual spork-turned-craft project who insists he isn’t a toy". The Toy Story 4 teaser likewise shows "Forky" feeling very out of place alongside the classic Toy Story gang and quite literally disrupting their harmonious flow, in accordance.
Road trip adventures and toys having existential crises were both key elements of the original Toy Story movie trilogy, so it's only fitting that Toy Story 4 includes them too. The story with "Forky" is still a far cry from the "Woody and Buzz rescue Bo Peep" plot that was originally announced, but that's to be expected. Bo Peep voice actor Annie Potts confirmed that she's still part of the film earlier this year, but also revealed that "three-quarters" of the original Toy Story 4 screenplay was rewritten, following Lasseter's departure. It's not clear yet how the Bo Peep character fits into the movie's revised narrative, but it sounds like Toy Story 4 will nevertheless find a way to bring Bo back into the picture (following her somewhat unceremonious exit between the events of Toy Story 2 and 3).
As for Toy Story 4 itself: the film has a high bar to clear, considering that Toy Story 3 is considered by many Pixar fans to be the perfect ending to Woody and Co.'s journey on the big screen. Still, if Toy Story cast members like Tim Allen are to be believed, then Toy Story 4 will end up being as funny and emotional as everyone is hoping. That would certainly come as welcome news; not only because it means the film won't tarnish the legacy of the original Toy Story trilogy, but also because it would further justify Pixar's decision to continue on and make the movie after all the dramatic changes behind the scenes.
- Toy Story 4 (2019) release date: Jun 21, 2019