The first “Toy Story 4” teaser trailer has arrived, bringing back Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, and the rest of the gang — plus a brand-new toy who insists he’s not a toy at all.
“Like most people, I assumed that ‘Toy Story 3’ was the end of the story,” said director Josh Cooley. “And it was the end of Woody’s story with Andy. But 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.”
Forky (voiced by Tony Hale) is a newcomer and reluctant toy. The actual spork-turned-craft project is pretty sure he doesn’t belong in Bonnie’s room, but he keeps getting pulled back into adventures every time he tries to escape. “The world of Toy Story is built upon the idea that everything in the world has a purpose,” said Cooley. “A toy’s purpose is to be there for its child. But what about toys that are made out of other objects? Forky is a toy that Bonnie made out of a disposable spork, so he’s facing a crisis. He wants to fulfill his purpose as a spork, but now has a new toy purpose thrust upon him.”
Tony Hale, best known for “Arrested Development” and “Veep,” said, “It’s a huge thrill to be part of the Toy Story family. But it’s going to take a while for it to really sink in.”
Hale was the filmmakers’ first choice to voice the toy in crisis, Forky. “When we thought up this character, Tony was the first actor that came to mind and I’m thrilled he accepted. Tony’s performance as Forky is a comedy salad of confidence, confusion, and empathy… served by hilarious spork,” said Cooley.
Here’s the official movie 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.
The voice cast includes Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Jeff Pidgeon, Blake Clark, and Tony Hale.
In addition to the teaser trailer, Disney unveiled a new character poster featuring Woody:
While we don’t know exactly where this new adventure will lead Woody and our favorite toys, Tom Hanks recently spoke about his emotional reaction to recording the ending, so there’s no doubt the movie will pull on our heartstrings when it arrives next year.