The teaser takes a sharp left-turn from the melancholic ending of Toy Story 3, an emotional departure with a lesson about the responsibilities of growing up and the loyalties we choose to hold onto. Holding hands, familiar faces appear in a slow sequence – but the soundtrack takes this project in a completely different direction.
In Richard Curtis' Love Actually, there's a moment which breaks the world's hearts every Christmas on cue. Emma Thompson's character, Karen, opens a Christmas present bought by her husband which has a heartbreaking implication. This scene is underscored with Joni Mitchell's 'Both Sides Now' while Karen cries and we do too.
It's this same song which is inexplicably used in the Toy Story 4 trailer – although Judy Collins' cover is slightly more playful, reminiscent of something the Beach Boys might endorse. A holier echo binds both the comedy and surrealism of the clip. Is this a dream? Where are they floating from, or to?
The description lays the land for the adventure to come: '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'.
Whether this road trip will be more euphoric or nostalgic is yet to be determined. With a playful but still elusive glimpse of the characters, linked arms and floating limbs at play, all we can do is hope for the best – Pixar haven't let us down so far.
|What||Toy Story 4, first look: first teaser trailer, plot, release date|
On 21 Jun 19, TIMES VARY
|Price||£ determined by cinemas|
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