The first official Toy Story 4 trailer dropped this morning on Good Morning America. If you’re a fan of all things Buzz and Woody (and who isn’t?) get your tissues ready! Toy Story 4 opens in theaters on June 21, 2019.
When the first feature film from Pixar Studios hit the screens in 1995, I had no idea how important these characters would become.
The uncontrollable “Pixar Tears Effect” probably should have clued me in, though. That movie became the first of many that I’d cry through from Pixar, and I have a feeling Toy Story 4 will be no different!
Side note- about this time last year I was getting ready to go on one of my most favorite entertainment related adventures yet: a Pixar Studios Tour.
Have you ever been curious about what goes on at Pixar Studios?
Short answer: yes, it’s as magical and wonderful as you want it to be! There’s even a room full of cereal- yes, cereal!- for the employees to enjoy. Be sure to read all about the Incredible 2 Event if you want your fill of Pixar magic!
Alright, speaking of adventures… this summer, we’re going on another adventure with the Toy Story pals. The newest trailer and poster for Toys Story 4 are here- and we finally get that official introduction to Forky.
Toy Story 4 Trailer
I won’t lie- those ventriloquist dummies just might keep me awake at night! Why do dolls have to be so dang creepy?
I’m a little concerned that Bo doesn’t want to go back- I mean, doesn’t she miss playing with her kid? Gah! That’s the whole premise of this series, Bo.
I’m gonna need her to get on board.
But don’t you just love Woody? He’s so kind and so careful to watch out for what is important to his person!
I love how he takes Forky under his wing and recognizes his importance to Bonnie.
Toy Story 4 Poster
Okay, let’s talk about some of these new characters coming to Toy Story 4. This antique store has a few new faces for us!
Gabby Gabby is voiced by Christina Hendricks, who I loved in Mad Men.
It became obvious right away that Christina was the perfect actress to play Gabby Gabby. She has the ability to sound inviting and friendly, then subtly become cold and terrifying in just a few words. It still gives me chills when I see Gabby’s introduction in the film. Also, Christina told me that she preferred playing with ventriloquist dummies over dolls as a kid. That’s when I knew it was meant to be.”
– director Josh Cooley
Seen in the trailer, but not with a lot of explanation is Duke Caboom, a 1970s stuntman based toy. And he’s from Canada.
And who voices Duke
The first time Josh [Cooley] and I talked with Keanu about the role, Keanu became Duke Caboom. Keanu was asking great questions that dug deep to find the soul of the character. At one point he stood up on the table in the middle of Pixar’s atrium and struck poses while proclaiming victory. It was so funny. It’s all in the movie and it’s all Keanu.”
– producer Jonas Rivera
In the trailer, did you see this little doll jump up on Woody’s shoulder and think- huh- who’s this? It’s Giggle McDimples, a miniature plastic doll from the 1980s Giggle McDimples toy line.
Giggle is Bo Peep’s best friend. Small enough to perch on Bo’s shoulder, Giggle is Bo’s confidant, supporter
Giggle is Bo’s Jiminy Cricket—we’re able to get insight on Bo through their relationship together. Giggle is definitely the smallest toy in the Toy Story universe. She’s been stepped on, vacuumed up, and probably put up a kid’s nose in her time.”
– director Josh Cooley
Ack! The Dummies! Here’s what we know.
Benson is a classic, antique ventriloquist dummy, and Gabby Gabby’s right hand. He leads a small group of ventriloquist dummies that serve as Gabby’s henchmen. With no person to give them a voice, these silent toys patrol the antique store with a looming quietness that is inherently unsettling.
The dummies are, by far, some of the creepiest characters we’ve ever created. Our animators really leaned into the truth in materials for how our ventriloquist dummies move. Dummies’ bodies are soft with no structure, so our dummies’ arms just dangle and their legs bend– producer Mark Nielsen
backwards. Throw in their fixed expressions with their wide eyes and big hinged jaws and they’re nightmare material—in the best way possible.”
About Toy Story 4
Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) 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. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy.
But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries.
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.
Patty Holliday is a movie critic, writer, and podcaster living in the Washington, DC area. Her goal is to bridge the gap between casual fandom and picky critic with parent movie and television reviews.