Though many of us thought that the series ended on a perfect enough note back in 2010, that’s hardly going to stop the fans from showing up in droves to see Toy Story 4, with the first teaser just making its way online today and available to view above.
Things start off all peace and love in this trailer, with the old gang holding hands while some Joni Mitchell plays in the background, but things are quickly thrown into chaos when a new arrival named Forky starts freaking out, insisting that he’s not a toy and doesn’t belong there. And while this clip doesn’t give a whole lot of plot away about the upcoming release, it does raise some questions about the logic of this world. Specifically, when does raw, lifeless material become a living, thinking toy? And does attaching pipe cleaners to a plastic fork suddenly give it life, or was it somehow sentient all along?
But before we go too far down that philosophical rabbit hole, Disney has also shared an official synopsis for the film that suggests this nervous new character could be playing a central part in the story:
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. 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.
Sounds like another road trip is on the way, but while you can hopefully find a few laughs on this journey, both Tim Allen and Tom Hanks have teased some emotionally heavy content in the next animated outing, with the former making an unexpected comparison to Avengers: Infinity War, the latter describing the ending as “a moment in history,” and both implying that they struggled to get through the film’s finale.
In any case, after several delays, Toy Story 4 will finally be arriving in theaters on June 21st, 2019, and given Pixar’s reputation for making grown adults cry, there’s a pretty good chance that these two stars aren’t bluffing.