Toy Story 4

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Toy Story 4
The entire poster features cloudy blue sky upon which title: TOY STORY 4, appears in the center.
Teaser poster
Directed by Josh Cooley
Produced by Jonas Rivera
Screenplay by Stephany Folsom
Story by
Starring
Music by Randy Newman[1]
Production
company
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date
  • June 21, 2019 (2019-06-21)
Country United States
Language English

Toy Story 4 is an upcoming 2019 American computer animated comedy film, the fourth installment in the Toy Story series, and the sequel to Toy Story 3 (2010). It is produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and will be released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is being directed by Josh Cooley, and executive-produced by John Lasseter, director of Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 2 (1999). The story was conceived by Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, and Lee Unkrich.[2] Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts and Laurie Metcalf will reprise their respective roles as Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and Andy's mother from the previous films, with Kristen Schaal reprising her role as Trixie from Toy Story 3. The rest of the cast members from the previous films (with the exception of Don Rickles) will return to voice their characters.

The film is set to be released in theaters on June 21, 2019, in RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema, and IMAX 3D.

Premise[edit]

Woody and Buzz Lightyear set out on a journey to find Woody's love interest, Bo Peep.[3]

Voice cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In a 2010 interview, Unkrich stated that Pixar was not planning a fourth film after Toy Story 3, but also that he was "flattered that people ask about it—it reminds me how much people love the characters, but it was really important to me with this film that we not just create another sequel, that it not just be another appendage coming off of the other two... there may be opportunities for Woody and Buzz in the future, but we don't have any plans for anything right now."[14] Tom Hanks and Tim Allen were signed on tentatively to provide the voices of Woody and Buzz; Hanks stated the following year that he believed Pixar was working on a sequel.[5][15] Rumors arose that Toy Story 4 was in production and slated for release in 2015, but Disney denied these rumors in February 2013, stating "nothing is official."[16]

Toy Story 4 was officially announced by Disney during an investor's call on November 6, 2014.[17] Lasseter, then studio head of Pixar, was scheduled to direct after writing a film treatment with Stanton, with extra input from Docter and Unkrich. Rashida Jones and Will McCormack joined as writers, with Galyn Susman returning as a producer from Ratatouille.[18] Lasseter explained that Pixar decided to produce the sequel because of their "pure passion" for the series, and that the film would be a love story.[19] Lasseter felt that "Toy Story 3 ended Woody and Buzz's story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time, we never even talked about doing another Toy Story movie. But when Andrew, Pete, Lee and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we had to make this movie—and I wanted to direct it myself."[20]

In March 2015, Pixar president Jim Morris described the film as a romantic comedy, and stated that it would not be a continuation of the third film but a stand-alone sequel.[21][22] The same month, Variety reported that Cooley was named co-director, having previously been head of story on Inside Out.[23] According to Lasseter, the film was kept so secret that even Morris and his boss Edwin Catmull had no knowledge of it until the treatment was finished, stressing that "we do not do any sequel because we want to print money" but rather to tell a new story in the same universe.[24]

Lasseter stated at D23 Expo 2015 that the film would focus on Woody's relationship with Bo Peep, and involved him and Buzz going on a journey to find her.[25] Hanks stated in May 2016 that he had finished recording his first lines for Woody.[4][26]

At D23 Expo 2017, Lasseter announced he was stepping down and leaving Cooley as sole director, saying he could no longer commit to directing the film between his positions at Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Disneytoon Studios.[27][28] Jones and McCormack withdrew from the film in November 2017, citing “philosophical differences”.[29] On January 18, 2018, it was announced that the film would be written by Stephany Folsom, who rewrote three quarters of Jones and McCormack's original script according to Potts in June 2018.[30][31]

Music[edit]

Randy Newman, who composed and wrote songs for the previous three films, was confirmed to be returning at D23 Expo 2015.[32][1]

Release[edit]

The film was originally scheduled for theatrical release on June 16, 2017,[17] but was pushed back to June 15, 2018, being replaced by Cars 3.[33] It was later delayed again to June 21, 2019 while its 2018 date was given to Incredibles 2, which was further along in production.[34] The film will also be shown in IMAX theatres.[35]

Toy Story 4 will be one of the first new films to be released on Disney's planned streaming service alongside Frozen 2 and The Lion King.[36]

Marketing[edit]

The first teaser poster was revealed at D23 Expo 2015 alongside those for Cars 3 and Incredibles 2.[37] Pixar screened early footage of the film at CineEurope 2018.[38]

References[edit]

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