It sounds implausible until you see it – the official trailer now expands on the early images and proves the skill for building both anticipation and emotion for the new chapter of such a beloved franchise. 'I was made for soup, salad, maybe chilli, and then the trash', says Sporky, the new toy everyone needs to know about.
There's been a clear maturing process throughout the Toy Story films, as, way back when, the moment Buzz flew into Woody's life created a sense of panic. Here, Sporky's crisis makes room for a wider reflection on what it means to be a toy in this world, and how solidarity and patience matters.
Familiar faces are back in tow, as well as grown-up ones too. Woody, Buzz, Rex, Slinky Dog and friends are back, but new characters are set to make a big impression: Bunny and Ducky in particular (voiced by comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele), as well as an updated, potentially formulaically, Bo Peep. She seems to have experienced some kind of existential reality check, leaving room for a more self-aware reflection of what lies beyond Andy's bedroom, and now, Bonnie's small world.
In terms of famous faces to look to for – Keanu Reeves has been cast in the film in a still undisclosed role. As if any more news was needed to make matters more exciting...
'You will help create happy memories that will last for the rest of her life', Woody tells Sporky. And it's true – throughout the years, onscreen and off, the Toy Story films have become part of our collective consciousness. The fourth chapter will be released in UK cinemas on 21 June 2019, and if the trailer is anything to go by, there's still so much more life left in these toys.
|What||Toy Story 4, first look: official trailer, plot, release date|
21 Jun 19 – 21 Jun 20, TIMES VARY
|Price||£ determined by cinemas|
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