Disney-Pixar has released a new Toy Story 4 TV spot along with a new poster. The upcoming sequel sends the game out on a family road trip that unexpectedly reunites Woody and Bo Peep, but presents new dangers for them to face together.
Looking at this TV spot, I find myself just utterly uninterested in a fourth Toy Story movie. The plot seems scattershot (is about the new toy Forky? Or is it about Bo Peep? And if it’s about “What it means to be a toy” hasn’t that already been established in the previous three movies?), and overall it just feels like a brazen cash grab from a studio that can do so much better. I get that the corporate overlords at Disney demand franchises (there’s a reason that in the last nine years Pixar sequels have outnumbered originals), but haven’t we said all that needs to be said with Toy Story? Can’t we leave well enough alone?
If not, check out the new TV spot below along with the poster. The film opens June 21st and features the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Maddie McGraw, Christina Hendricks, Jordan Peele, Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki, Jay Hernandez, Lori Alan, Joan Cusack, Bonnie Hunt, Kristen Schaal, Emily Davis, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Blake Clark, June Squibb, Carl Weathers, Lila Sage, Don Rickles, Jeff Garlin, Maliah Bargas-Good, Jack McGraw, Juliana Hansen, and Estelle Harris.
Here’s the official synopsis for 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 and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” ventures to U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.