When Bo Peep gets taken away, the car driven by the new owner has the license plate RMRF97. it's a sort of meta-Toy Story 2 (1999) reference. It's an often repeated story that the second Toy Story film was nearly entirely lost when the main file was accidentally deleted from the main Pixar servers. This license plate references the computer command which nearly erased the movie. the Unix command "rm", with "rm -rf" standing for removing all files recursively in a given directory and without confirmation. Thankfully, a pregnant employee had a backup copy of the film on her home computer, which had to be gently driven to Pixar HQ in order to save the movie.
Tim Allen opened up about the iconic characters of Woody and Buzz and the history of their friendship. With the first film in the series debuting in 1995, Allen said the relationship and connection the cowboy and Space Ranger share is a similar parallel to his "Toy Story" counterpart, Tom Hanks, who voices the fearless sheriff. "They've kind of become Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck of a certain generation. I really take a large leap by saying that we're that iconic, but it does feel that way. They're immortal; they're toys - they don't have a life span," said Allen. "There's a very short scene that both Hanks and I had trouble with because I thought there were more pages. It ends, and I got choked up. I literally had a hard time saying it. He did too. We both had the same reaction. Twenty-five or so years of friendship between Woody and Buzz has morphed into a very close friendship with Hanks and I."
The movies do not explicitly state the years in which they take place, which makes the Toy Story film timeline inexact. However, references within the films can date the first movie as taking place in 1995. This means that Andy, who is turning six in the first film, was born in 1989. Woody and Andy were friends from an early age, so Woody and Andy could have first met when Andy was a baby. Even then, however, Woody is a lot older than Andy. In Toy Story 2, Woody learns that he is a collectible toy based on the 1950s television show Woody's Roundup. Along with Jessie the Cowgirl, Bullseye the Horse, and Stinky Pete the Prospector, Woody is part of a limited edition set of toys that are rare enough to be sold to a Japanese museum. The black-and-white aesthetic always suggested the 50s, and this is confirmed in Toy Story 4 by Gabby Gabby. As a result, Woody would have lived thirty to forty years of his life before meeting Andy. When Al tries to buy Woody at the yard sale in Toy Story 2, Andy's mother apologizes and takes Woody back, saying that he is "an old family toy." Andy is only around eight years old in Toy Story 2, and as his mother identifies Woody as a family toy, rather than her son's toy, that seems to signal that Woody has been in the family's possession longer than Andy has been alive. In Toy Story 2, Woody remarks, "A record player! I haven't seen one of these in ages." It's unlikely that Andy would have had a record player in the 1990s, so this would indicate that Woody does have memories of his life before. It's likely that Woody was owned by one of Andy's parents when they were children. Some fan theories go deep into Andy's missing father, and hinge on the idea that Woody once belonged to him; because Andy associates Woody with his father, he is all the more attached to the toy.
Duke Caboom is obviously inspired by real-life stunt man (turned kid's toy) Evel Knievel, right down to his Canadian garb spoofing Knievel's red-white-and-blue costume. But it goes further; Knievel's motorcycle toy was advertised on commercials like the one seen in Toy Story 4, most with the toy performing impossible feats that set expectations that the real thing could never match. inspired from the 1975 Evel Knievel Rally Stunt Cycle.
Speaking to Norton, Tom Hanks revealed voicing the latest, and perhaps last, Toy Story film was especially emotionally exhausting saying: "It was terrible. I started recording Woody in 1991 and each film takes about four years. "It was my very last session and when I'd said the last line they said, 'Okay, great, thanks,' and just like that 24 years was over. All I could say was 'Oh my, oh my' over and over again and my bottom lip started quivering. I got in my car and drove away with the music playing and the credits rolling in my head." Finding the voicework tiring, he said: "I never began a recording session without wishing it was already over. Woody is clenched all the time. It's exhausting."
Second Chance Antiques was one of the hardest locations for the Toy Story 4 (2019) team to create, because of the breadth of items that had to fill out the cramped second-hand store. "Fortunately, at Pixar, we have a big 'backlot' of objects from all of our feature films," production designer Bob Pauley told The Hollywood Reporter. "It was a big treasure hunt because we have a lot of interesting history, and we also took the opportunity to plant some fun Easter eggs," added supervising technical director Bob Pauley.
The music played on the phonograph when the dummies are introduced in the antique store is "Midnight, the Stars and You," the same song played over the final scene of the Stanley Kubrick version of The Shining (1980).
John Lasseter has said that Pixar would only make a fourth film if it was just as good as or better than the previous three films in the franchise, saying, "We don't want to do anything with [these characters] unless it lives up to or surpasses what's gone before."
Woody pretends to be a phone in the antiques store. Woody's pose holding the receiver of an old touchtone phone is meant to look like the classic Mickey Mouse phone that was ubiquitous in many homes in the 1970s and '80s.
The casting for the role of Duke Caboom was accomplished by using a blind audio test containing audio recordings of line readings from Canadian actors played for director Josh Cooley with producers Jonas Rivera and Mark Nielsen. Neither of them knew which voice belonged to which actors except for the casting department who recorded those recordings. When they heard Keanu Reeves' voice, they immediately stopped the test, realizing that he was the right fit. The thing was, it was envisioned only as a "gag character," Rivera recalls - a Canadian daredevil action figure named Duke Caboom, a stuntman evocative of Evel Knievel's era, who might get a few one-liners. Soon, the "John Wick" actor pulled up to the Emeryville, Calif., studios riding his motorcycle - and he had questions. "Is Duke mad at Rejean?" Reeves asked, referring to the boy who had owned the toy, Rivera recounts. "Is he mad at the TV commercial that popularized him?" "We were workshopping this character over lunch," Rivera says, and Reeves "started to become Duke right in front of us, doing the [karate] chops and getting on a table in the atrium. People walked by [in disbelief]: 'Is that Keanu?' " "He became that character - really emoting and getting into it - no different from any other role. He's a delight to work with." By the time the collaboration was complete, Duke Caboom was a fleshed-out, scene-stealing character - another highlight, too, in Reeves's banner year.
When Woody first reunites with Bo Peep, her sheep bring her various items they scavenge and think they can use. One of those items is the Grape Soda cap from Up (2009) that Ellie pinned on Carl's shirt. The pin becomes hugely important to Carl and at the end of the film he gives it to Russell as a token of his appreciation and friendship, except Bo Peep has zero interest in it.
Tom Hanks revealed on The Graham Norton Show (2007) that Disney executives forbade him to talk about this film before the film was officially announced by Walt Disney Pictures, because it could influence the stock market value of the company.
One of the recorded phrases in Buzz Lightyear that is heard when he presses the buttons on his chest is "Open the pod bay doors!" a reference to a famous line from Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
Tom Hanks got wistful when talking about recording his last lines for the movie. The only experience he's had remotely like it is the curtain call of a Broadway show's final performance. "The thing is about plays, they disappear in the wink of an eye," Hanks says. "They're never seen again. They no longer exist at all except in the collective memory of the people who came and saw it. I have great-grandkids that have yet to be invented who will be saying, 'Hey, that's my great-grandfather's voice (in Toy Story (1995)).' And it will last because they're still watching 'Snow White' and they're still listening to Jiminy Cricket sing the same songs, and the same will be for me. And that's a big concept to try to grasp."
The story for Toy Story 4 (2019) was created by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, and Lee Unkrich. After they established a story outline for Toy Story 4 (2019), John Lasseter officially announced the project, saying, "Toy Story 3 (2010) 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."
On the theatrical poster, one can observe a painting of Dogs Playing Poker in the background, with the dogs in question being Dug, Alpha, and Charles Muntz's dogs from Up (2009). Muntz himself is also playing with them in the painting.
An Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ponda Baba action figure can briefly be seen inside the pinball machine, another Easter egg, and if viewed carefully Obi-Wan is repeatedly striking Ponda on the arm with his lightsaber, a reference to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) in the Cantina when he sliced off Ponda's arm.
Among Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key's more memorable improvisations in the booth is a song Ducky and Bunny break into when they find out they're on the way to meeting their first-ever kid, an anecdote Key recounted on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014): "They put a bunch of lyrics down for us one day and said, 'we're wondering if you could just kind of burst into song. And we're like, 'Oh yeah, whatever song you want.' And they're like, 'No, we don't really have the song. Could you write a song right now?' We sang for 20 minutes straight, they recorded for about 30 minutes, and there's about five seconds of it in the movie."
When the toys are in Bonnie's closet due to Bonnie's mother having cleaned her room, Jessie is seen very clearly in distress from the dark, confined space. This is due to her previous trauma from untold years in storage as detailed in Toy Story 2 (1999)) and Toy Story of Terror (2013).
Tom Hanks (Woody), Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear), Wallace Shawn (Rex), John Ratzenberger (Hamm), Debi Derryberry/Jeff Pidgeon (Little Green Men/Squeeze Toy Aliens), and Frank Welker (Animal Vocals) are the only cast members to have appeared in all four films of the Toy Story franchise. This does not include Don Rickles (Mr. Potato Head) in which they used archival recordings for the character due to Rickles' death, the same said for John Morris (Andy) who only voiced the character in the flashbacks.
When asked what was the process of finding the character's voice for Forky, Tony Hale revealed: "It doesn't hurt that most of the characters I play are pretty confused. They're all lost and haven't found their place in the world. Forky is no exception. His understanding of his purpose is that he's made to eat food and then go into the trash, and it's Woody that says, "No, you have a bigger purpose." If you think about that, it's a beautiful statement. [The filmmakers and I] talked a lot about Forky's aimlessness and how new everything is to him. He doesn't know anything about being a toy and all of the rules of that world."
According to producer Mark Nielsen, "The dummies are, by far, some of the creepiest characters we've ever created. Our animators really leaned into the truth in materials for how our ventriloquist dummies move. Dummies' bodies are soft with no structure, so our dummies' arms just dangle and their legs bend backwards. Throw in their fixed expressions with their wide eyes and big hinged jaws and they're nightmare material in the best way possible." The term for fear of dolls - aka, human analogs, like ventriloquist dummies, dolls, human CPR dummies - is automatonophobia.
Pixar's first film to not be accompanied by a short film since their first film Toy Story (1995). This does not include Cars 2 (2011) which was accompanied by Hawaiian Vacation (2011), the same said for Coco (2017) which was accompanied by Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017).
When the toys peer down into Second Chance Antiques from the ceiling, the ball from Pixar's short Luxo Jr. (1986) which appears in the Pixar logo and in almost every one of their films can be seen on the ground below.
Annie Potts didn't realize how big her role would be until she saw a screening. They had a script, but it kept evolving, and she never saw a whole script. None of the cast did. She was clueless. When she finally saw the finished film, she was "gobsmacked."
The (unspoken) names of the characters voiced by comedy veterans Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett, Carl Reiner and Betty White are mashups of their real names and what they are: Melephant Brooks, Chairol Burnett, Carl Rhinoceros and Bitey White.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Don Rickles had not recorded his dialogue for the character Mr. Potato Head for Toy Story 4 (2019) before he tragically passed away on April 6, 2017 due to kidney failure. When the first teaser was shown on November 12, 2018, it was confirmed that Mr. Potato Head will indeed still be appearing in the film.
According to Annie Potts, about 75% of the original screenplay was thrown out and had to be rewritten when the original screenwriters Rashida Jones and Will McCormack left production, one of the reasons why the film's release was pushed back a couple of times.
Comedy legends Carol Burnett, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Betty White were added to the cast to voice a set of four toys that Bonnie played with as a toddler but had since outgrown, acting as "veteran" toys to help Woody prepare for when the same happens to him.
An 8mm film projector in Second Chance Antiques becomes part of Woody and Bo's plan to rescue Forky; sitting next to it is a stack of film reels, all of which are named after Pixar shorts including Lifted (2006).
In an early version, the Antique store was "a huge city" that "came alive at night," according to "The Art of Toy Story 4." This toy town revolved around "a cut-throat economy where toys bartered and sold parts to repair themselves," all in the hopes of being owned by a new child.
Jordan Peele's part as the more subdued, more stuffed Bunny to Keegan-Michael Key's pugnacious, plucky Ducky is "the first time in his life he's ever been taller than me," Key joked. "He is holding that close to his heart. We were looking at the characters for the first time and he was like, 'So, I'm the big one? Alright!"
Tony Hale started recording his voice of Forky in the summer of 2017. "It's weird because they ask you, and you say, "Of course." But then you go up to Pixar, and that's just a creative wonderland. It's an amazing environment to work in, and you say, "Oh, wow. So I am being a voice in a Pixar movie. This is cool." Then time goes by, and it hasn't really hit me. Then I saw the trailer, and I thought, "Wait a second. That's my voice in the middle of a Toy Story trailer!"
Tim Allen says it was tough to get through this time around due to the film's depth and the overwhelming emotion surrounding the storyline. "It's a very different Pixar movie. It's not somber, but very reflective, layered. I put too much into it because I'm involved in it. I'm too close to it," Allen, 66, told Us Weekly in an interview published on Friday. "I literally had a tough time watching it, because it brought up some of my own personal stuff about loss, change, moving on. It's heartwarming. A little tough, but essentially pays off." "All the stories to me are human in nature it's masking human stuff with animated characters. This is even more of that, and has deeper themes about how we treat each other, and what's worth something and isn't worth something."
Making Forky move "was a challenge in a great way," says Cooley, who gave animators this direction: "Make it look handmade. Make it feel like a kid was operating it." As Forky's character progresses throughout the film, his gestures become less awkward, his arms get more flexible and his eyes start to blink.
The filmmakers made an extra effort to always schedule the ever-busy Key, 48, and Peele, 40, to record together, a surprisingly rare practice in animation, but one that's growing increasingly more common in bigger animated studio features (elsewhere on Toy Story 4 (2019), Tom Hanks and Annie Potts also laid down their dialogue in tandem for Woody and Bo, who share most of their screen time). Unsurprising to fans who have followed Key and Peele's careers since their sketch comedy days, Josh Cooley dubs the pair's Pixar performances "easily the funniest recording sessions I've ever been a part of."
Forky, the craft spork toy made by the film's kindergarten child Bonnie, wasn't designed solely by computer or on the drawing pad. Instead, in an exercise nodding to Bonnie's mode of creation, Pixar held a "Forkshop", a workshop in which crew members created their own real-life Forky design models out of pipe cleaners, googly eyes, Popsicle sticks and, of course, sporks.
The concept for Gabby Gabby as an unsold toy with a faulty voice box is an idea Pixar had that predates the entire Toy Story franchise; it was originally going to be used in a shelved Tin Toy sequel, except she would have been an evil teddy bear (who ultimately became the basis for Lotso in Toy Story 3).
Is Toy Story 4 (2019) really the end? According to the producers, yes - at least for Woody. "We see Toy Story 3 (2010) as the end of Woody's time with Andy, and we really see this as the completion of Woody's arc and the story of Buzz and Woody," said Toy Story 4 (2019) producer Mark Nielsen. Producer Jonas Rivera joked that they never say never at Pixar, but at least right now, the team behind the film considers Toy Story 4 (2019) to be the last Toy Story movie. "This was the final chapter. And as filmmakers, to be honest, we feel satisfied that this is where you can end it. Now, there's an implied future to all these films and we never say never at Pixar. But as storytellers, we're satisfied with this as the closing of the chapter."
The film expands on the fate of Bo Peep following the first two films, as the third film established that as with other toys like Wheezy and Etch A Sketch, Bo was either sold, donated or given away before the events of such film.
Don Rickles' family was asked if they wanted him to be included posthumously. It was a no-brainer, daughter Mindy Rickles said at the world premiere in Hollywood this month. "He always said, 'Keep my name alive. Let them know who I am.' So he would be thrilled by all of this, definitely," she said on the red carpet. Toy Story 4 (2019) director Josh Cooley was overjoyed. "I can only see Mr. Potato Head as Don Rickles doing that voice. I can't imagine anyone else", despite fellow major character Slinky already having been succeeded by Blake Clark ever since Jim Varney's death in 2000.
About Peele and Keys performances, Josh Cooley gushed "All I had to do was bring the scripts with the intention of what the scene was about, with some dialogue which they would read through a couple times, but then they would just take it to so many more levels further than I could ever possibly imagine. But the thing that was so great was that they weren't just being funny for funny's sake. Those improvised lines cemented the characters' world views, if you will. Every single thing they said was in character and on point for the story, and that's a talent in and of itself that is extremely hard to do, but to watch these two guys do it and be able to read each other's minds at the same time was amazing. It was so hard to not ruin the takes with laughter."
This is the first theatrical motion picture to feature comedy duo and longtime best friends Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, all their previous appearances together were on stage, television and documentaries.
Ally Maki (Giggles McDimples) opened up about her first encounter with Tom Hanks (Woody), recalling how a not-so-ideal skin emergency left her feeling "awkward". "I was going into one of the sessions and they were like, we're gonna do a little bit of like [behind the scenes] on this one, so we're gonna get your hair and makeup done when you get here," she told TooFab. "Of course, that day I had like a giant pimple, a stress pimple on the side of my face. So I'm walking into the Disney studio and they're like, 'Come on, Tom's just coming right down' and I'm like, 'Tom? In three years of being here, I don't remember any Tom.'" She added: "You hear his footsteps and a big boisterous 'Hey!' and I'm like, it's happening right now and the first thing I thought was, 'Hide the giant pimple on the side of your face!" "It was the perfect way it could have happened, because it was like a 14-year-old awkward kid meeting their idol, meeting Woody for the first time. It was exactly perfect, how it should be."
In the Muppets Most Wanted (2014) teaser trailer during the song "We're Doing a Sequel", Gonzo mentions that they're waiting for Tom Hanks to make "Toy Story 4" seem like a joke, but this was later announced to be an actual film in production.
Inside Margarets (antique shop owner) home, when she opens her refrigerator, a glimpse of two Chinese takeout boxes a very specific design which appeared in the Pizza Planet truck in Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Ratatouille (2007), Inside Out (2015) and The Incredibles 2 (2018). It's first appearance was in A Bug's Life (1998) where it was called, "The Chinese Cabinet of Metamorphosis."
Mr. Potato Head's voice actor, Don Rickles was the third main voice actor to have passed away in 2017, the exact same year as Twitch's voice actor in Toy Story 3 (2010), John Cygan. The first one was Slinky's first voice actor, Jim Varney right before Blake Clark took over, and the second one was Lenny and Wheezy's voice actor, the great and talented, Joe Ranft (1960-2005), himself. The fourth main one was R. Lee Ermey (voice of Sarge from the first three films), who passed away in 2018 only two months after Pixar member Bud Luckey (voice of Chuckles the Clown).
Several characters last seen in Toy Story 3 (2010) do not reappear in this film nor are they mentioned, including Ken, Sarge, and the other toys at Sunnyside; amongst Bonnie's toys, Peas in a Pod, and Totoro are absent.
The outside shots of the antique store and carnival in Toy Story 4 (2019) are a direct inversion of the Overlook Hotel shots. Notice the same location in front of a mountain range covered with pine trees as the presence of an entertainment structure in front of it. The roles of these two spaces are inverted in both movies. In The Shining (1980), the hotel is the transient space that welcomes visitors for a limited time, while the labyrinth is the trap of sorts. In Toy Story 4 (2019), the carnival is clearly seasonal, while the Antique store is a permanent business that might trap the toys forever.
As the toys flee from the Bensons, they fly past an old looking square box with the word 'pixar' labeled on it. This is a vintage 80s Pixar Image Computer a graphics machine developed by the company when it still belonged to Lucasfilm. (It also is used as the logo in some of Pixar's older short films).
Christina Hendricks and her character Gabby Gabby share an affinity for the dummies, she explained: "The funny thing is that I always wanted a ventriloquist doll, but I had no intention of being a ventriloquist. I just liked the doll, and that he was fancy and wore a like black tie, the monocle. I was just like, this guy is a class act. I just liked his whole look. I liked the idea of it. I liked the monocle. So I just, I wanted it my whole life, and I never got it. So now, as an adult, I have it, and it's in my house. So when I went to the office and they would show me, I was like, but I have that doll in my house. They were like, 'That is really weird.'" Hendricks says there was no hesitation on her part for taking the part, and that Pixar came armed with all of the details she would need for her character. "I said yes immediately, I think they sent me like a brief character description and then they sent me a picture of her. And as soon as I saw the picture I was like, this is awesome." Gabby Gabby's problem in the film is she was a defective toy right out of the package, her voice box has never worked right, and she's only ever wanted to bring joy to a child like every other toy, and she'll do whatever she needs to get that attention. For her speaking voice though, there weren't any sinister influences for Hendricks. "Her whole thing is that she's like, 'Hi, I'm Gabby Gabby' because we can all remember those toys where you pull the string and it says the same thing over and over and over, and they're always joyful. It's the happy voice because they're supposed to be friends with a child. So we just sort of took that, I'm always happy and just used that as the inspiration."
Pixar initially had no plans to do a fourth film in the franchise, with Toy Story 3 (2010) having been intent on being a closing point to the franchise with Andy saying goodbye to his toys. But after the film was a huge success, it prompted Pixar to continue the franchise following the toys' new life at Bonnie's with short films and TV specials, followed by the announcement of an eventual fourth film in late 2014.
When asked if she was excited or nervous for kids to start hearing her laugh and connecting her Giggles McDimples when she's out in the wild Ally Maki explained: "I think that's what's fun because that was actually when I met Hanks, the story he did tell me about [was how over is lifetime], it's been like for 20 years for him now, kids will be like "Oh, my gosh. That's Woody." And they'll be like "But you don't look like Woody." And then he'll be like "Close your eyes." And then he creates this world for them, and they're like "Oh, my gosh. It is Woody." So, I think that it will be awesome if people are like "Oh, my gosh. That is Giggle." That would be very exciting."
Each successive "Toy Story" film is 11 minutes longer than its predecessor. The original is an hour and 21 minutes long, the second film is an hour and 32 minutes, and the third film is an hour and 43 minutes. However, this fourth film has a run time of one hour and 40 minutes, breaking the pattern.
Ducky and Bunny call the carnival frogs, "Rainbow Connection", a reference to The Muppet Movie (1979). They also call one of them Jeremiah, a reference to the line "Jeremiah was a bullfrog." from the Three Dog Night song Joy to the World.
The minor difference between Woody and Buzz's voice-boxes in this film actually highlight an interesting reversal on the long-lasting appeal of old-fashioned versus newer toys. Namely, Woody's voice box runs on a mini-record and still sounds crisp despite being over half a century old. Whereas Buzz's voice, which uses an electronic speaker, sounds noticeably aged and distorted after more than two decades of wear.
At the RV Park, Bonnie's mother shown reading a book. While the title is obscured in the final cut of the film, the book she is reading is called "Beyond Infinity: Debuking Theories of a Shared Universe". Josh Cooley said that they ultimately changed the angle because it became too distracting for the audience, but it is definitely still in there. This seems to, once and for all, kill the theory that somehow CARS is the rise of the machines and that BRAVE takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland after the events of WALL-E.
Producer Jonas Rivera revealed that Tim Allen was actually the catalyst to moving forward with the ending the movie ultimately chose to show on the big screen. Speaking to Tim Allen, he said: "You know, Tim, we never told you this, but we actually used your reaction a little bit as inspiration. When we met and recorded and walked you through the ending, your reaction was like our first [clue], because we realized we were throwing the ball pretty far with that ending. We were pretty hesitant, even at Pixar, we were going should we do this? When we read it and we were talking to you and we saw him kind of recoil back like, 'OK,' we could tell it hit you. If we could get Tim Allen, like our Buzz Lightyear himself, to sort of sit back and ponder it, maybe we have something there."
Duke's triumphant jump at the end of the film sends him careening through the air in front of a bright full moon, a clear homage to the similar shot in Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and it's also similar to what Mater did in Cars (2006).
Studio animator Claudio de Oliveira says his best method for understanding Forky and the movements of the toy's materials, was to make his own Forky and play with it (and his children) at home. "I went back to my memory of being a kid and sometimes making my own toys," De Oliveira says. "You have a different connection to the toy just by making it." Though Target and other retailers sell ready-made Forky toys, he encourages "Toy Story" fans to craft their own and get personal, tactile experiences with the character. All you need is a spork (or plastic spoon with scissors to cut it into a spork), pipe cleaner, glue, putty or clay, a popsicle stick and googly eyes.
Annie Potts revealed the importance of Bo Peep: "she's changed a lot! She's grown up. She's been on a journey that's been challenging and she has lived up to it by finding all her interior strength to go on and still has a life full of purpose, her own little posse of lost toys around her that have a common purpose in helping children. And she's found it freeing and fulfilling in every way. It's very inspiring."
When Forky is attempting to brush Gabby Gabby's hair, with the wrong side of the hairbrush no less, while quipping to himself, "Such pretty hair." a reference to one of Arrested Development (2003)'s most memorable quotes, where Buster (Tony Hale)'s mother Lucille (Jessica Walter) complains that "Suddenly he's too much of a big shot to brush Mother's hair."
Originally, Forky was to be called Fork Face, as suggested by director Josh Cooley's young son, but Cooley rejected it as he knew Pixar would think it is obscene for kids. Sporky was also considered, but Cooley decided against it as he found out that not many children are familiar with the name and slang.
Tim Allen admitted: "I literally had a tough time watching it, because it brought up some of my own personal stuff about loss, change, moving on. It's heartwarming. A little tough, but essentially pays off."
When Bo takes Woody to a secret nightclub inside a pinball machine, where she recruits the scene-stealing, Canadian daredevil toy, Duke Caboom. "We wanted the juxtaposition of a vintage pinball machine and cool nightclub and pushed everything to the max," said Ling Tu, the sets shading lead. "We then introduced Duke with epic 'Saturday Night Fever' disco lighting and he does his assortment of poses. We threw in some dust in there to remind you that this is part of the antique store.
Third Toy Story film in which a main character loses an arm. The first film was Buzz in the first film after attempting to fly out the window of Sid's house, the second film was Woody due to the tear in his arm from earlier coming off entirely when in Al's apartment, and in this film it's Bo except she simply reattaches it.
The only Toy Story film presented in the 2.35:1 letterbox aspect ratio, unlike the first three which were in the taller 1.85:1. The intention was to give this film more of a cinematic, dreamlike feel to it, more so than the previous three films. Notice the slight horizontal distortion in wide angle shots and oval-shaped bokeh in closeups, particularly of Woody and Bo Peep - these are some of the characteristics of anamorphic widescreen cinematography, all displayed in an animated film.
At one point, the film included a visual explanation of Bo's journey from a former part of Andy's menagerie to a tough life of being donated, broken and long stored away before she went childless. "Although emotional," director Josh Cooley writes in "The Art of Toy Story 4," "the flashback was ultimately cut as the story evolved."
The carnival the toys and Bonnie's family wind up at, bears a similarity to the Toy Story Mania! attractions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The red and white circular targets are even on the games played in the film.
The "Toy Story" series has been referred to in both animated and live-action movies. Finding Nemo (2003) (the dentist's office), The Shaggy Dog (2006) (dog jumps from bridge/car), Monsters, Inc. (2001) (Sully is looking for Boo's room), Bedtime Stories (2009) (Buzz Lightyear in the space arena), the Cars franchise (McQueen's tire brand and the name on the blimp) and Coco (Woody and Buzz toys for sale near the plaza). A Bug's Life was also featured in Toy Story 2. It's a very brief scene.
Gabby Gabby's color design (pastel, yellow polka dot dress on a light blue floral background) is the exact reverse of the Grady Twins in The Shining (1980) who wear a pastel blue polka dot dresses and stand in front of a light yellow floral background.
In the antique store an item hanging (it looks like a monogrammed handkerchief) with the phrase "Wally B." written on it. That's a reference to André and Wally B. (1984), one of the very earliest shorts by the Lucasfilm division that would eventually become Pixar. MGM.
Josh Cooley admitted that when it came to approaching a fourth installment, "We had the same questions everybody else has right now: 'I thought you guys were done.' But we had those questions five years ago when we started... We love the end of Toy Story 3 (2010), and feel like that's the completion of Woody and Andy's story. But there was more Woody story to tell." .
Tim Allen told IGN that he tried to pitch an alternate ending for Toy Story 4 (2019), but the producers were determined to end with some closure: "I didn't like it, I immediately pitched them an Easter egg and I came up with just a little bit that would suggest 'there's a way out of this,' and they liked it, and they liked it, and they said 'we're not gonna go that way,'" he admitted
When Ducky kept hitting Buzz Lightyear in the head with his foot, Buzz closes his helmet on Ducky's foot at the right moment. This is a reference to when Buzz did something similar to Woody's hand, when the cowboy kept hitting him in the head repeatedly.
Bonnie making Jessie the sheriff despite having another toy who is specifically a sheriff is consistent with her play style shown in Toy Story That Time Forgot (2014), where she pretends a Christmas ornament is a type of dinosaur and makes her actual dinosaur a reindeer.
The toys encounter the Toy Story universe's version of G.I. Joe which is named "Combat Carl". The voice of these toys (which previously appeared in the short film Toy Story of Terror (2013) is provided by noted actor, Carl Weathers.
Ducky and Bunny, the mischievous plush carnival prizes who escape their arcade constraints with the help of Buzz Lightyear, there wasn't much question as to which comedian would get to play which stuffed scene-stealer. "It was just so natural in terms of their energy," Josh Cooley, the film's director, told EW. "Keegan just kind of bounces off the walls and Jordan is very kind of thoughtful and has a much lower energy, and since we knew we wanted to have a size difference between the two [characters], it just seemed funnier to have this little smaller guy voiced by Keegan and be a lot more energetic and bouncing off the walls."
It's possible that the reason for which the Bensons can't talk is because they are ventriloquist dummies and thus can only talk if a ventriloquist uses them to speak "through" them, aside that there are other toys in the Toy Story universe which can't talk despite not being ventriloquist dummies.
When asked what he thought of working with Keanu Reeves, Tim Allen jokingly said, "I was terrified actually. I just saw John Wick 3 and thought, 'good Lord I don't want to get this guy angry. Keep him away from the knives!'"
During his sold-out appearance at the theatre in July, Tim Allen announced he would match all donations in July up to $15,000. Allen was in northern Michigan for an early showing of the movie "It was my pleasure to host the premiere of Toy Story 4 at The Bay Community Theatre and to help the new non-profit theatre succeed" commented Tim Allen. "The theatre is a valuable asset to Leelanau County and I'm so pleased to see the strong community support." The theatre said a total of $25,070, or 67% above the goal, was raised by the community. The Bay Community Theatre was founded by a group of concerned citizens who jumped in to save the family-run Bay Theatre which was set to close at the end of 2018. The theatre is now a non-profit organization supported by volunteers, a small paid staff and financial help from individuals and local businesses. "We are so grateful for the generous support of Tim Allen and our fellow community members," said Rick Andrews, President of the Bay Community Theatre. "The theatre has a new life as a non-profit and with the support of our community it will keep it thriving for many years to come."
The Bensons - ventriloquist dummies who serve as "butlers" for Gabby Gabby - are named after Benson DuBois, a sarcastic butler played by Robert Guillaume in the TV sitcom, Soap (1977) and its spin-off series, Benson (1979).
The Eggman Moving Company is an Easter egg that goes back to Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 2 (1999). However, it isn't just a connection to previous films, The Eggman Moving Company was originally based on Pixar production designer Ralph Eggleston.
Cooley says of landing four comedy legends as voice actors: Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett, Carl Reiner and Betty White. "We still can't believe they actually said yes." "And they'll get "considerable screen time," says producer Mark Nielsen, when they reprise their roles in a short film, planned for November release, titled "Forky Asks a Question."
Gabby's lair was also an important setting. She lives comfortably in a large rosewood cabinet with windows from top to bottom and a tower on top. "We built her home with multiple layers and props," said Rosie Cole, the sets technical director. "We gave her a sewing kit and a throne that she sits on, overseeing the front of the store. It resembles a fancy apartment building, and is very purposefully situated in the center of the store so that she can see everything," added Karski. "We made it very dangerous for any of the toys to be traveling in the store because Gabby and the [ventriloquist] dummies who live on top have complete control of the whole store."
Giggle Mcdimples was inspired by Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio. Jiminy's role in that movie was the "conscience" of a toy that had come to life. The film also plays around with toys listening to their "inner voice." the way Buzz interprets the "inner voice" as coming from his voicebox actually foreshadows the fate of Gabby Gabby. Without a working voicebox, Gabby is willing to steal one from another toy with little regard for that toy's option, because she has no "conscience" But when she meets Woody, who willingly gives his voicebox up, Gabby starts to become a much more sympathetic and likeable character. Woody gave Gabby an "inner voice" both figuratively and literally.
The first Toy Story started life as a TV special based on Pixar's short film Tin Toy, starring Tinny as the main character. Here, the production cycle comes full-circle with Tinny making a cameo appearance in this film.
Josh Cooley confirmed that the Tinny seen in this film is the same one from Tin Toy (1988), meaning his former owner Billy eventually grew up and donated him to the antique store (this also means that he donated the rest of his toys to Sunnyside, as they are spotted hiding under a table in the caterpillar room in the previous film).
Ally Maki revealed when she first [heard about] Giggle McDimples, "I was like well, you think of Giggle, you think of just very sweet and small. But when I went in and I said, "Well, as far as the laugh is concerned, what do you want?" And they're like "Oh, we want your full-fledged laugh. We've heard it." I think they had seen some stuff from when I was on Conan, and they were like, "Oh, no. We want the full Ally Makilaugh." I was like "Okay, great. I can do that. I can do that for you." Throughout the years, we've done like a hundred different versions of laughs. There's something called the VOC-sheet, which is basically a list of different vocalizations that you would need, so they can pull from it any time. So, it'd be like "small chuckle, big chuckle, surprise chuckle, small laugh, long laugh, big laugh, sigh," you know, every type of different emotion. They have hundreds of those. I want them to make a laugh reel.
Ducky and Bunny underwent numerous character iterations -- with Bunny at one point becoming a storytelling toy that had a cassette player lodged into his tummy. That character's name was Buster Cottontale.
Keanu Reeves is currently filming the second sequel to Bill & Teds, he hasn't left his Toy Story 4 character Duke Caboom far behind, as one of his co-stars recently revealed that the actor goes on a Duke Caboom scavenger hunt every day on the Bill and Ted set. Samara Weaving will play the daughter of Alex Winter's Bill S. Preston, Thea Preston, in Bill and Ted Face the Music and she recently told USA Today that Keanu Reeves keeps himself entertained on the set of the film by going on the hunt for a Duke Caboom action figure he brought with him to the shoot, which the crew hides for him every morning. According to Weaving... "The makeup artists hide the figurine every morning. He loves having a little treasure hunt. Every day he's looking for Caboom."
One of the prizes at the carnival booth is a stuffed frog that looks similar in appearance to the frog stapled to the front of the truck that gets splattered at by garbage with all other stuffed toys alongside Lotso at the end of Toy Story 3 (2010)
Benson the ventriloquist dummies, are dressed and have the same facial expression as Lloyd the creepy bartender in The Shining (1980), and to a lesser degree, Jack Torrance's final appearance in the 1921 Ball photograph, which is when "Midnight, the Stars and You" plays. Again, the color scheme is reversed: Lloyd wore a black tie and a red jacket, and the Bensons wear a red tie and a black jacket.
Dinoco, the name of the fuel station where the family stops in their RV and the name on an old unlit neon light in the antique store, is the same fuel featured in the 'Cars' movies. The name is a combination of the words Dinosaur (fossil fuels) and real fuel brands of Conoco and Sunoco. It is a direct reference to the Sinclair gas stations which transitioned in the 1970s to ARCO stations.
In the first two films, Bo Peep was a minor character with no real bearing on the story outside of her relationship with Woody, and she was completely absent in the third. Here, she serves as a deuteragonist to Woody and plays a major role in allowing the plot to happen.
In the early development stages of the first Toy Story, Woody was to become a ventriloquist dummy. This idea was abandoned in favor of a pull-string cowboy doll. However, this abandoned concept would later be used to shape new characters featured in this sequel.
Forky went through Lotso's story arc in reverse. He started out thinking he was a piece of trash meant to be thrown away, but after spending time in the company of other toys in a human establishment that handles toys, he came to understand his place as a toy to be loved by a child.
As Disney's D23 Expo, Tony Hale explained why they didn't go with "Sporky." "'Cause Bonnie, the little girl, made him, and I don't think she knew what a spork was," said Hale, who appeared at D23 to promote the upcoming short film series Forky Asks a Question on the new streaming platform Disney+. "She only knew forks. So she said Forky. But that created a little bit of [an] existential crisis for him, because he was like, 'Hey guys, I'm a spork. So let's just get to that base.'" It leads to the question, when does the average person discover the magical, underappreciated hybrid utensil known as the spork? "She was in kindergarten, so she was like, 'This is obviously a fork,'" Hale said.
A deleted scene shows that Buzz would meet several bootleg toys while trapped as a prize inside a carnival booth. The toys look like him (more or less) but they aren't quite the real deal. And as we can see from one of these characters, Buzz's iconic catchphrases didn't quite make the transition. See gallery Sadly, while Buzz's brief time as a carnival prize made it into the final movie, this particular scene didn't. It also appears the scene was cut from the film early on, hence why it only exists in rough animatic with limited animation and placeholder voices.
This typewriter is a nod to Tom Hanks, who is a huge typewriter fan, so much of a fan that he created an app called Hanx Writer that simulates old typewriters. It is an inside joke that Hank's character is literally hung up on typewriters.
According to producer Mark Nielsen, new toys were also often conceived of as members of the new creative team waxed poetic, with new generations of writers and artists contributing new ideas. "Josh was a kid growing up in the '80s, while Jonas Rivera and I, the producers, grew up in the '70s, so the toys that we've latched onto were the ones along those lines," Nielsen explains to SYFY WIRE. "Duke Kaboom is a character that's straight out of the '70s childhood that I had and that Jonas had." Duke Kaboom, a Canadian "daredevil" toy voiced by Keanu Reeves, recalls ambitious stunt performers such as Evel Knievel, though more in ambition than execution. Nielsen remembers receiving plenty of shoddy toys as a kid, fueling Duke's feel-good subplot. "It's the struggle of living up to your commercial," he explains. "That cracked us up immediately as an idea because anybody growing up in the '70s or '80s, you see these great commercials, and you know the feeling of getting that thing at Christmas or for your birthday and opening it up, and then just being disappointed. Like that's, 'Man, it looked so much cooler when I saw it in the commercial. It doesn't really do that at all.'"
Giggle McDimples, the tiny police officer toy was suggested by team members who were slightly older children when the first Toy Story released. "There are some other women on the story team that grew up in the '80s, and they all had Polly Pockets, and a lot of them still have them," Nielsen explains. "They'd bring their collection from childhood into the story room and we'd be like, 'Oh, there's so much potential. We've never done a tiny toy before. How cool would it be to introduce the smallest toy in the toy universe in this story?' We're always looking to introduce a toy that hasn't been seen in the previous films."
Though not a remake/reboot of the first film it is very similar to the original as it stars a new character named Forky who is convinced he is not a 'toy'. Likewise in the original Buzz Lightyear also stubbornly believes he is not a toy. In both films Woody tries to convince them they are toys and are meant to be played with. Plus like the original Woody once again gets stranded in the middle of nowhere with an original character in this case Forky.
Has an interesting connection with the short Toy Story of Terror (2013) via the 'Ship It' truck parked right outside the antique store, Ship It was the delivery company picking up packages from the Sleep Well Motel, the same truck that Combat Carl and some of the other toys hopped on in the closing credits to escape from Ron the motel manager who was stealing toys to sell them on the internet.
When asked if the fourth iteration in the Pixar series would be its last, Tim Allen played coy, but made a striking film comparison to another long-running franchise that may have likely had its own culmination. "I can't give that away. There's very little to suggest that this isn't, at the very least, [part of] a much bigger world," Allen explained. "It reminds me of the 'Avengers' movies, there are not only offshoots of characters that have simultaneous stories, but the world itself got much bigger." "My sense is it's done. My creative side says, at the same time things end, there's a new beginning. I would find it difficult not to just continue."
The Green Army Men are notably absent from the film. This can attributed to the fact that Sarge's original voice actor R. Lee Ermey had passed away in 2018. However they did appear in two posters for the fourth film.
Was originally going to be directed by John Lasseter, the director of the First two "Toy Story" and "Cars" films, as well as A Bug's Life (1998) as a normal point of the franchise until 2017 when it was decided to be the last film of the franchise in which Josh Cooley has taken over due to difficulties Lasseter had been facing directing a film while at the same time being CEO of all Animation Studios of Disney, though Lasseter remains as Executive Producer.
When Woody is left in the closet because Bonnie does not want to play with him, he nervously lines up some poker cards on the floor to kill time. This is a reference to Woody's nightmare in Toy Story 2 where Andy, who does not want to play with Woody anymore, throws him away through a pile of poker cards (all the ace of spades) into a trash can.
Bonnie's family travels in a "Tri-County RV." Although the town where the Toy Story franchise takes place is never named, there are references throughout the series to the "Tri-County" area; in Toy Story 3 (2010), for example, the Tri-County dump is where the infamous scene inside the incinerator is set.
Director Josh Cooley figured that Bonnie might not know what a spork is. A few years ago, Cooley turned to his son, who was five or six at the time, for a name. The boy's idea? "Forkface." "Well, we can't say that," Cooley told his son, who had no clue his suggestion sounded profane. "Forky" was close enough.
After scouring local Northern California antique malls and stores and studying how vintage objects age, the Pixar art department divided the space into individual set dressing units to handle each neighborhood. It took two years to create the antique store and its assortment of collectibles. On top of that, the sets shading team went to work on aging all of the hard surfaces, particularly metal, glass, and wood. Micro detail was important for cracks, scratches, sun exposure, fading, and other defining characteristics. And when it came to cobwebs, an animator came up with a software program with artificial spiders that spun a series of intricate webs. For the rest of the dust, they used a simulation software package.
At the annual D23 Expo, Disney announced the neurotic spork will be part of a collection of shorts Pixar is releasing on Disney+ titled Forky Asks A Question. Tony Hale, the actor behind the voice of Forky, sat down in the EW-PEOPLE video studio backstage to tease the forthcoming shorts. "So it's super fun," he says. "If you've seen the movie, Forky's a character who thinks he's trash, and Woody comes along and he's like, 'You're not trash. You have a greater purpose. You're meant for more.' And his world just opens up, and he just has a ton of questions. He's always going to have a ton of questions." With questions, comes the potential for more story material. Hale elaborates, "The shorts center on a lot of those questions What is money? What is a friend? What is love? What is the internet? And a lot of the Disney characters come in Trixie, Mr. Potato Head, Hamm amongst many others, and it's just this really beautiful, simple, funny format just to ask these general questions." The Veep star, who is up for an Emmy for his work on the series again this year, opened up to EW about what he loves about the character of Forky. "What I love about him is not only is he made simply, he sees the world very simply," he says. "He doesn't have the preconceived notions that everybody else has."
The movie originally began with a cold open that was ultimately entirely scrapped. The sequence, which plays out as an animatic (animated storyboard) with placeholder voice over, is also presented. The scene found Young Bonnie engaged in Playtime mode, living out a fantasy sequence among her treasured playthings Woody (Tom Hanks) and friends. They're in a discount store when the toys notice a storm approaching. Only it's not rain on the way, it's Bonnie's worst nightmare books."Where we were going with the story was Bonnie was having trouble in school, and she didn't want to read," Cooley explains. "That's why there are books that are kind of villains in this Playtime. That ultimately went nowhere because there are really no stakes at all there. "This was an insane Playtime that we just went to 11 with. It was ridiculous but it was fun to watch."
Disney was toying around with the idea of having it end with Bo Peep discovering her own new kid, the same kid (Harmony) seen in the antiques store throughout the movie leading to her and Woody going their separate ways. After seeing this child, her eyes go wide and she speaks like she's met God (considering how one of the many Toy Story fan theories is that it's an allegory for religion, it's not surprising). "She's the one," she said. "I feel a connection again, Woody, like I'm supposed to be her toy."
The license plate on the car is actually a computer command that someone typed into their computer on Toy Story 2 and deleted the entire film. Luckily there was a backup that someone had taken home with them.
When Keanu Reeves came to Pixar to talk about the Duke Caboom character, he got so into the idea that he actually jumped up onto a table in the atrium to illustrate just how this character might strike his poses.
Some toys in the film, were based in nostalgia for around the time the original Toy Story hit theaters. "We have a story department that had some younger people in it, they grew up in the '90s, so some of the characters that you see on the playground in the movie came out of that," Nielsen says. "For example, there's that one toy with the wings," (a Sky Dancer) "a fairy that goes up into the air and then spirals down like a helicopter. One of the girls in this story team says, 'I would love to put in one of these,' and she drew it into her storyboards."
Gabby Gabby, a pull-string doll from the 1950s, is set up as a foil for Woody, with the same origin from the same factory, even, Nielsen says, but an entirely different life story. "We needed a character that was lost in time, that had been there pining for a child for basically their whole life."
The stuffed carnival toys Ducky and Bunny, were meant to be comedically pathetic, which served to make them a bit antsy and mischievous. "They live really sad, pathetic existence," Nielsen says. "They're cheaply made. They're basically bait for kids to spend money on and not win."
As Pixar plots ahead, the goal is to keep walking that line, avoiding too much technology wherever possible. "If they ever weren't a thing, that would be something the Toy Story films would have to reckon with," Nielsen acknowledges. "But as long as kids have imagination and still play with things and make things, I think we're still going to be playing in a universe that is relevant."
Gabby Gabby was conceived, according to the film's director Josh Cooley, as a direct shout-out to a classic episode of The Twilight Zone. But this isn't actually the first time the Toy Story franchise has featured a connection to the classic sci-fi anthology show, with one particular episode anticipating one of the main ideas behind Toy Story. Fans have noticed these parallels before, which has leading to the long-gestating fan theory that Toy Story actually takes place in The Twilight Zone. The arrival of Gabby Gabby may hint that there's more to that theory than just speculation. The Twilight Zone episode, "Five Characters in Search of an Exit," premiered in December of 1961. It focused on five people: a soldier, a clown, a ballerina, a bagpiper and a hobo. All five awake inside a large, cylindrical and featureless room. None of them can remember where they were before they awoke. They also seem to be functionally immortal, with no need for food or water. Confused by their predicament, the soldier rallies the group into trying to escape. With all their help, the soldier manages to get out of the top of the room.
By casting a replica model of Ed Catmull's hand, covering it in hand-drawn lines, vectors, and triangles, then scanning it into a computer, the pair created a computer model they could then animate. The result was the landmark short film, A Computer Animated Hand, and the hand model itself can be seen in the store.
Giggle McDimples backstory according to Ally Macki: she was a toy from the '80s, until she ultimately became a choking hazard, causing her line to be abandoned because she was too tiny. They had a little bit about her and the [antique] store cat dragon how they had this contentious relationship.
Merida's bow from Brave (2012) and an antique model of the Eiffel Tower from Ratatouille (2007) is shown inside the antique store. A painting of Riley's Dad from Inside Out as a conquistador can also be seen.
As with Toy Story 3 (2010), which ended Andy Davis' saga as one of the main supporting characters, Toy Story 4 (2019) ends Woody's saga as the main character and thus most likely the franchise as a whole.
At the very end of the credits, there is a dedication to Don Rickles (voice of Mr. Potato Head who died of kidney failure in April 2017) and another one to Adam Burke (a Pixar animator who passed away of brain cancer in October 2018).
After Bonnie's Kindergarten orientation, Woody presents Forky, with Jessie introducing a similar toy Bonnie makes a year later. The introduction of a Love Interest for Forky mirrors his own beginning, and also how Mr. Potato-Head found his Mrs. at the end of the first Toy Story.
When Woody and Forky first pass by the antique store, despite Woody's previous urgency to get Forky back to Bonnie, as soon as he spots a chance to see Bo again, he takes it. He chose Bo over Bonnie in that moment, just like he does at the end.
Woody points a pencil at Gabby thinking she means him harm, a reference to the first film when Woody is in Sid's room the first thing he picks up is a pencil, before ultimately picking up a flashlight.
Randy Newman wrote new themes for Bonnie, Gabby Gabby, and Duke Caboom, with the latter's featuring accordions and mandolins to represent the character's memories of rejection. He also wrote a "subordinate theme" for Forky. Newman also wrote two new songs for the film, titled "The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy" and "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away", with Newman also performing the latter.
There's a shot of one of the carnival stands, which has a very similar rocket to the one that appears on Danny Torrance's sweater. Next, there's Buzz strapped to the carnie toy grill -- lots of rockets, caps and star on star patterns. And, finally, although blurry, the wallpaper in Andy's bedroom has another Apollo 11 callback, complete with the same yellow stars
Set supervisor Stephen Karski said the idea of going behind the display cases where toys could be hidden. "And there was a whole rewrite of the map of the store with secret passageways. It was driven at first by key moments in the film and how to get between these spaces. And we worked with the camera and staging department to do tests. So we would mock something up and have the camera go through it and realize that it wasn't working. We needed to go further or it was too far away, so we had to block it off. Once we had the basic framework of aisles and secret passageways, the art department came up with different themes [various decades or kitchen items], the way a real antique store would be decorated and arranged."
The third Pixar film produced by Jonas Rivera, after Up (2009) and Inside Out (2015), both directed by Pete Docter. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture with Up (2009), and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature with both that and Inside Out (2015).
Disney studio to have five films gross over $1 billion in a single year. In 2019 alone, "Avengers: Endgame," "Captain Marvel," "Aladdin," "The Lion King" and now "Toy Story 4" have soared past the billion-dollar mark. Disney beat its own record, previously set in 2016, with four films to reach that milestone. The company will release "Frozen 2," a "Maleficent" sequel and "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" in the coming months, meaning Disney could continue to elevate that bar.
Scott Clark, the supervising animator on the film, said he was impressed with Reeves's performance. "When we were in pre-production for Duke Caboom, Keanu Reeves came in. I didn't have a chance to do any animation yet so I just did some posing," he said. "We showed him some poses of Duke on the bike." Reeves was thrilled to be taking part in the film. "I don't know what it was but I instantly connected to Duke Caboom," he said. "I felt like his physicality was important, so even when he's talking to you he's doing stunts. He can't help himself."
Filmmakers had fun coming up with unique names for the carnival rides and game booths. Among the rides are the Terrorantulous, Hypnosis, Zoetrope, Thrillipede, Hammer Time, Extreme Slide, Plane Crazy and Kiddy Cars. There's also a Ferris wheel and a carousel.
The Toy Story movies are as much for adults as for children, and when the first one came out, the technology and the construction of toys had changed only incrementally over the past half-century, making it easier for those '50s toys to resonate with audiences of all ages. But now, 25 years later, kids are as likely to use iPhones as LEGOs and plastic green army men, a shift that complicates a movie series based on toys with faces. "We talked a lot about that, and we had the idea of like, do we introduce a technological toy into all of this?" Nielsen recalls. "We even tried a few things in our story reels along the way. But at the end of the day, it just wasn't that interesting. When you're talking about a screen and a phone or an iPad, we tried a few things, and it just wasn't interesting to watch." As a father himself, Nielsen looked to his own family for guidance on the matter. "The way we reconciled that was, 'You know what? Our kids do both. Our kids play with toys, and our kids play with technology,'" he says. "I've got four kids and they'll take the iPad, and they'll make a stop motion film with their toys. So they're actually using technology and their toys together. We're like, 'Let's just explore the creative side of our kids. They build stuff all the time. They're always making things out of stuff.' That's the side of childhood that is so much more interesting to explore and watch than the technology side."
The toy ventriloquist dummies are based on the "Jerry Mahoney" dummy from The Paul Winchell Show (1950). This toy, as depicted in the film, was very creepy and it was typically played with only a couple of times before being discarded, which might be one reason why there are four of them in this film. While short-lived, the Paul Winchell Show was from the same period as The Howdy Doody Show (1947), which was the inspiration for Woody's Round-Up.
One of those to whom the film is dedicated was veteran animator Bud Luckey, who died from a stroke on February 24, 2018 at the age of 83. In addition to his work on Toy Story and The Incredibles, he served as an animator for many television shows and TV commercials over the years and had also been in charge of advertising for all Peanuts characters.
In one of the scenes at the antique store when the owner a almost sees Woody, he stands on a phone holding the receiver in one hand and points at the receiver with the other hand. This is a reference to a old Mickey Mouse phone were Mickey is standing in the same position.
Keanu Reeves fell in love with his character because he is both brave and vulnerable. "I like his heart. I like the warmth of the character. I like that he's brave and vulnerable." Part of the joke of Duke Caboom's character is that, while he is designed to be a fearless daredevil, he's actually quite emotional. The time he was rejected by a child still weighs on him heavily and his confidence is severely weakened because of it. At the same time, when the chips are down, Duke Caboom comes to the rescue, a couple of times in fact. In the special features for the Toy Story 4 Blu-ray, Keanu Reeves says this combination is what he likes so much about the character. Part of the reason that Duke Caboom may have resonated with Keanu Reeves is that the actor actually had a hand in creating the type of character that Duke became. Apparently, there wasn't much drawn of Duke Caboom, beyond a few different posed shots, when Reeves was first coming on board, and Reeves was the one who made those poses part of the character. "I don't know what it was but I instantly connected to Duke Caboom. You know, like, I felt that his physicality was important so I wanted him to like, even when he's talking to you, he's doing stunts. He can't help himself."
The opening rescue scene is a subtle Call-Back to the climax of the first movie. Remember how Slinky tried to rescue Woody, Buzz, and RC by stretching out of the moving van while the other toys held onto his backside, but he couldn't stretch any further and snapped back into the van? This movie begins with Slinky pulling off the same stunt to save RC again, but this time, he succeeds!
Margaret (antique store owners)'s street number for her home is "237." the chilling room from The Shining (1980) which housed the remains of a beautiful/decomposing woman (memorably brought to life in Ready Player One (2018).
Duke Caboom is this to how Buzz was in the first film: in both cases, their own individual toy commercials resulted in a reality check and caused internal strife about who they are. With Buzz, seeing his own commercial makes him realize he is in fact a toy (and, in particular, is not a flying toy), and attempting to prove the commercial wrong by flying resulted in him falling down a flight of stairs and having his arm pop off. With Duke, it's implied he knew from the start he was a toy, but when his owner, Rejan, tried and failed to get him to jump like in his commercial, he got so upset he threw Duke away on Boxing Day, the same day he got him, and this incident wound up scarring Duke for years an dinstilling an uncertainty of ever making a stunt jump ever again.
One of the four animated films of the 2010s to use archival recordings for a character from previous works in this case being Mr. Potato Head. The other three were The Peanuts Movie (2015) with Snoopy and Woodstock, Cars 3 (2017) with Doc Hudson, and Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) with Jaq and Gus, all those films but the prior were also rated G by the MPAA.
The opening sequence features a close-up of Woody with the phrase, "You're my favorite deputy!" being played before he is moved out of the way to reveal the film's logo. Toy Story features a similar opening.
The first and only film of the franchise to not have any characters voiced by Jack Angel. In Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 2 (1999) he voiced both Rocky and Mr. Shark, some of Andy's toys, whilst Toy Story 3 (2010) he voiced Chunk, one of Lotso's former henchmen.
The opening credits are a montage of Andy - and later Bonnie - playing with Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the other toys during the time periods of all four films in the series, all with the world-famous "You've Got a Friend in Me", unaltered, playing in the background. Not only is it a loving Call-Back to the first film's opening (and the third), it's also a perfect start to what may be the end.
Josh Cooley told The Post of why he stocked the film's antique shop with eerie dummies that follow the orders of "villainous" doll Gabby Gabby. "I love ventriloquist dummies I had one as a kid. I'm a huge fan [of them] in 'The Twilight Zone' and creepy movies.
Toy Story 4 is the third Pixar film to have it's own variant of the Pixar logo, after WALL·E (2008) and The Incredibles 2 (2018), with the opening Pixar logo transitioning into the film as it has Luxo, Jr. glowing in the rain during the flashback scene and the closing logo have Duke Caboom replace Luxo, Jr. in the logo.
The plot of the Circle 7 version of Toy Story 3 was about Buzz spontaneously malfunctioning. In this movie, due to Buzz repeatedly cycling through his voice box sayings (trying to figure out how to stop the RV from leaving and get Bonnie to notice her missing backpack), Bonnie's parents assume he's acting up.
The film buzzed to the top of the North American box office chart over its opening weekend with $118 million, one of the biggest openings of all time for an animated movie despite coming in behind expectations. The family tentpole bowed simultaneously in numerous foreign markets for an international launch of $120 million and $238 million globally, a record for the genre. It did huge business in Latin America and Europe, but struggled in China, where it took in $13.4 million. Heading into the frame, prerelease tracking had suggested Toy Story 4 could debut in the $140 million-$165 million range in North America. Either way, the movie is a needed win for the summer box office after a series of stumbles. It is only the third release of 2019 to cross $100 million so far in its start, and gives Disney the four best openings of the year to date. Fellow Pixar titles The Incredibles 2 (2018) ($183 million) and Finding Dory (2016) ($135 million) top the list of biggest animated openings, followed by DWA's Toy Story 2 (1999) ($125 million). One difference between Toy Story 4 (2019) and the previous Pixar titles is that the latter unfurled one week earlier over Father's Day weekend. This time out, Pixar had to contend with rival film The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019).
The barrel of monkeys helping Woody and Slinky to help rescue R.C. is a callback to the first film, when the toys use the monkeys to try and help rescue Buzz after he was accidentally knocked from the window.
References to Pizza planet rocket, at the carnies game booth there's a couple of tiny red and white rockets attached to toy planets with a similar look to the iconic red and white Pizza planet restaurant in the first film., Another similar rocket design also appears on some of the caps at the game booth as well.
When Buzz is in top of the R.V. navigating to reroute it's destination, is similar to the second film when he told Rex to navigate inside the Pizza Planet car when they were following Al to the airport.
Tim Allen and Tom Hanks became good friends over the 24 years of the production of the Toy Story series, but it did take a few days for them to warm up to each other. Allen related a story of working with Alan Rickman on Galaxy Quest (1999) in which Rickman told Allen that he did not like him. This was because of Allen's seemingly bossy style of presentation. After a while Rickman saw that this was just an affectation - Allen's comic style, at which time Rickman said that he understood and they became friends. Allen said it was the same with his best friend in high school, who he didn't like at first. As for working with Tom Hanks, Hanks is easy going yet businesslike, whereas Allen is blustery. It took a few days for Hanks to see through the bluster, after which they became friends, having many lunches together over he years.
It's not outright stated, but the toys' reaction to seeing the mangled remains of a stuffed animal is very much like a group of people discovering a corpse. "Bunny: (unnerved) Is that what we look like on the inside?" However, the toy is later seen very much ok without his legs, but it would still likely be akin to seeing a detached limb.
This installment reveals that curse words do exist in the Toy Story universe, if the scene where Mr. Anderson is about to use "some words" after the tire gets flatten is anything to go by. While it would be odd in other fictional universes for characters to never or very rarely swear, here it actually makes sense. The toys hang around young children constantly, so naturally swearing isn't part of their vocabulary. Plenty of kids end up swearing at one point or another while growing up and Sid most likely was one of those kids and maybe Andy too, and Woody even implied back in Toy Story that he knew some profanities by saying to Buzz, "The word I'm looking for, I won't say, because there's preschool toys present".
Initially, the film's antique shop was run by an older couple, named Margaret and Dan -- inspired by the designs of Ollie Johnston, one of Disney Studios' famed "Nine Old Men." Margaret ultimately made the cut, as voiced by June Squibb ("Nebraska"); Dan, alas, did not.
Set supervisor Stephen Karski said they knew from the beginning that the story needed an antique store, something that felt like a city in the eyes of toys. "But we didn't know what kind [of antique store]. And so there were lots of maps drawn about where the action would be taking place. It usually had to do with where there would be a chase sequence and we had to figure out how to connect the dots with other key moments."
The only Toy Story film to not to open with a sequence of Andy playing with his toys nor with some kind of a realistic dream of the game he and the toys are playing. However a flashback of Andy playing with his toys is shown.
By the end of the film/franchise the majority of the main and supporting characters become couples: Woody & Bo, Buzz & Jessie, Mr & Mrs Potato Head and Rex & Trixie. Slinky and Bull's Eye are the only main ones from the gang not to be in a relationship.
Andrew Staton (a credited writer of fan favourites such as Finding Dory, Wall-E, Monsters Inc) and John Lasseter are the only two people credited with writing all four Toy Story films and the Toy Story halloween special.
Since John Lasseter's departure, SparkShorts which were created by the new talents of Pixar have succeeded the traditional line of Pixar shorts as they were scheduled to be sent straight to Disney+ by late 2019.
With John Lasseter having exited Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar in 2019 to work for Paramount Pictures, This would therefore make it the first Pixar film released under Pete Docter's supervision, who succeeded Lasseter as CEO after his leave.
Released the same year as the remake of The Lion King (2019), in the first film when Andy and his family are moving, Molly is shown watching the 1994 version. Keegan Michael Key (Ducky) was also in the remake as the voice of the hyena, Kamari.
Gabby Gabby turns out to be a sympathetic character who just wants Harmony to love her. And the Bensons turn out to be simply loyal servants who are generally benign, even for thugs. So in a sense, the tetralogy ends with seemingly scary toys who were Good All Along. Fittingly, the second featured both a scary toy who is proven relatively harmless (Zurg), and a non-scary toy who is a Well-Intentioned Extremist, though ultimately both have roughly the same threat level. The third has a very cuddly toy who's the morally most rotten character in the series, backed up by intimidating action figures and a eerie Cymbal-Banging Monkey who are Punch Clock Villains, and a damaged old baby doll who is a Tragic Villain, much like Gabby.
Woody refers to his conscience as his "inner voice"; Buzz takes that to mean the literal toy voiceboxes housed inside them, and continually confers with his pre-programmed catchphrases whenever he needs guidance.
Melephant Brooks is the fourth character to be voiced by Mel Brooks in a theatrically released animated film, after Bigweld in Robots (2005), Albert Einstein in Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014), and Vlad the Elderly Vampire in the Hotel Transylvania sequels.
The distinctly shaped keys to the antique shop closet resembles the signature Kingdom Key wielded by Kingdom Hearts protagonist Sora. In Kingdom Hearts III (2019), the player is whisked into the Toy Story universe when they visit the world called "Toy Box".
Randy Newman, who composed and wrote songs for the previous three films, was confirmed to be returning at D23 Expo 2015. Director Josh Cooley said that he hired Newman to return because "[he] can't imagine making a fourth one without Randy Newman".
On March 22, 2019, Madeleine McGraw, who previously voiced Maddy McGear in Pixar's Cars 3 (2017), was revealed to be voicing Bonnie, replacing a much older Emily Hahn. Her brother Jack McGraw does the voice of Andy at the beginning.
The fragility of Woody's voice box in previous films, where it turns out that, at any point, it could have been easily ripped out just by pulling on the string too hard. A reference to one of the bloopers from the second film, when Jessie accidentally snapped Woody's string.
During the final act of Toy Story (1995), Woody gets involved in a tug-of-war between Buzz and the dog Scud, in this Woody gets involved in a tug-of-war involving his pull-string that results in his voice box almost getting ripped clean out of his back. This winds up adding credence to the point the cleaner Al had hired made in Toy Story 2 (1999): "You handle him too much, he's not gonna last."
After Buzz ends up trapped as a fairground prize, he's introduced to Ducky and Bunny, with Ducky instantly referring to him as "Astro Boy." Astro Boy is of course a Japanese manga and anime series, which was eventually adapted into a Hollywood CGI animated movie in 2009.
When Bo gets donated at the beginning it happens on a rainy night, a callback to the previous film when Lotso made it back to his original owner Daisy's house on a rainy night but found out to his sadness that he was already replaced.
The spoon and fork Forky is holding in his teaser poster says Pizza Planet on them. Forky holding the utensils also could be a reference to how the titular character of WALL·E (2008) placed a spork between the spoons and forks.
Fun meals are a parody of kids meals (especially McDonald's Happy Meals) for kids in that they both contain a toy with the meal and both supply new toys after the previous ones are sold out or discontinued.
Running gags in the film include Forky refusing to accept he is a toy and keeps trying to go to the trash, Forky asking what a particular place or thing is when he is asked to do a task much to the frustration of the toys, Gabby Gabby wanting Woody for his voice box and Bonnie looking for Forky when he goes missing.
Features both actresses who have played the role of Connie Tucker, "Meemaw" to Sheldon Cooper: Annie Potts (Bo Peep) in Young Sheldon (2017), and June Squibb (Margaret the Shopkeeper) in The Big Bang Theory (2007). Laurie Metcalf, who played Sheldon's mother Mary Cooper, is also featured, returning to the role of Andy's mom.
The original Toy Story in 1995 made history as it was the first fully computer-animated feature film. Over the years the technology in the films have gotten more and more advanced since the release dates are widely spread out. The animators went to incredible detail with the toys, even if you can't see it in every scene. Sometimes these effects are small such as bubbles in stickers or scratches from wear and tear. The changes may be subtle, but it just goes to show how in-depth the animators on the Toy Story films are willing to go to make the film look as good as possible.
Is Pixar's third film to release the same day as a previous film, with this releasing the same day Monsters University (2013) did six years prior. The other two having been Coco (2017) which released the same day Toy Story (1995) did 22 years prior to that, and The Good Dinosaur (2015) which released the same day as A Bug's Life (1998) did 17 years prior to that.
A Toy Story 5 film is not possible. Hanks has previously said he would return to voicing Woody. Speaking to LadBible, Tom Hanks said: "I think all of us, we have begun every one of these with a question of like, 'are you sure you guys wanna try?'. However due to script rewrites of the film a fifth installment will not be possible as Toy Story 4 (2019) had been decided to be the last film of the franchise.
The reason for this change is because the main cast are going beyond Tri-County as director Josh Cooley and producer Jonas Rivera stated during an interview. This change was done to accommodate the fact that Woody's world had opened up once he reunites with Bo Peep.
Gabby Gabby is similar to Maleficent and Mal who only became villains and how they were raised and somebody wronged them. They were showed the error of their ways and thus had a lot of remorse. In the end she redeemed herself really well.
Pixar's seventh production where a character is recast, in this case, with Bonnie Anderson and Andy in a flashback. The first was Toy Story 3 (2010) with Slinky and Andy (younger at the start of the film), Cars 2 (2011) with Fillmore, Cars Toons: Tales from Radiator Springs (2013) with Red, Finding Dory (2016) with Nemo, Squirt, and Jacques, Cars 3 (2017) with Chick Hicks, and The Incredibles 2 (2018) with Dash and Rick Dicker.
The "Toy Story" and "Men in Black" franchises have had their sequels released between a few years and several years later. Toy Story 4 (2019) will be released in the same year as Men in Black: International (2019). "Toy Story 4" is the only "Toy Story" film that will be released in the same year as a Men in Black film, and it will also be released 22 years after Men in Black (1997), 17 years after Men in Black II (2002), and 7 years after Men in Black 3 (2012).
Poultry Palace appears to be a parody of either Burger King or White Castle (both fast-food restaurant chains sporting a medieval/castle theme) and KFC and Chick-Fil-A (both fast-food restaurant chains specializing on chicken-based products).
Easily topped the Friday box office with a first-day take of $47.4 million from 4,575 theaters. That puts the family tentpole on course to earn $125 million - give or take - or more for the weekend. That would represent the third-best domestic launch of all time for an animated pic behind fellow Pixar titles The Incredibles 2 (2018) ($183 million) and Finding Dory (2016) ($135 million). Heading into the frame, pre-release tracking had suggested Toy Story 4 (2019) could climb to $140 million-$165 million in North America. Either way, the movie is a needed win for the summer box office after a series of stumbles. And it's also only the third release of 2019 to cross $100 million so far.
Ducky and Bunny like to imagine scenarios of them coming alive and attacking humans which they call either "The Ol' Plush Rush" or "Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner". The first three are to the antique store owner Margaret, the next to Gabby Gabby to get her kid at the climax of the film by throwing a baseball, and the mid credit scene was to the carnival game barker.
The only film of Pixar's where Josh Cooley (the director of this film) is uncredited for voice over work, all the others had Cooley simply listed under additional voices or credited outside the additional voices.
Interesting animation detail: when Ducky kicks Buzz his head stretches all the way over to the side and passes through his shoulder, the spacing is physically impossible cause theres no gap in the dome room for his head to fit in just hard plastic. An example of clipping from bad video game graphics and happens alot in animation like in Frozen (2013) during "Let it go", Elsa braided hair passes through her shoulder.
Mel Brooks' first Theatrically released film to be Rated G by the MPAA since The Muppet Movie (1979) released 40 years prior, as well as his first theatrical film with him doing voice over work to be rated as such.
On June 5, 2019, Chris Stapleton's version of "Cowboy" was released as a single. The film's soundtrack, featuring Randy Newman's score, Stapleton's and Newman's versions of the two new songs, and a new version of Newman's "You've Got a Friend in Me", was released on June 21, 2019, with the film.
Pixar's second film to release the same month as a film from Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures, after Cars 3 (2017). Both instances were in June, and both Illumination films to release the same month as the respective Pixar film were also sequels.
Bo presses a 25 cents button on the slot machine to enter the club. The number 25 pops up a few times in the film. This could be a nod to "Toy Story 3" maker Lee Unkrich, who parted ways with Pixar after 25 years in 2019.
Ducky and Bunny, Josh Cooley said that while they brought them on to provide some improvised comedy to the film, "they were story motivated which elevated Ducky and Bunny and the film to a level I never could have expected".
Giggles McDimples might be based on Peanuts character Lucy VanPelt. Aside from looking like Lucy, she claims to be from Minneapolis which is where Charles Shultz was raised also where the Peanuts gang was supposed to make their home.
Bo got a complete redesign for Toy Story 4, but she almost looked even more different than she did in the final cut of the movie. In the featurette "Bo Rebooted", it was revealed that there were several different ideas for Bo Peep's costume including a classic Hollywood dress, a spacesuit, and even one that made her look like Rosie the Riveter.
In the Blu-ray featurette "Toy Stories", it was revealed that the animators surrounded themselves with toys during the film's development and production for inspiration. Several of the animators talked about their favorite toys from their childhood, as did some of the cast members. Gabby Gabby actress Christina Hendricks always liked Barbies growing up, while Keanu Reeves (Duke Caboom) was fascinated with LEGOs. Tom Hanks also revealed that his favorite toy growing up was Major Matt Mason, and Tony Hale (Forky) explained he like toys of the Muppets character Beaker.
One of the original endings according to the featurette "Anatomy of a Scene: Prologue" would have began with a playtime sequence of Woody in a grocery store. Bonnie then entered the playtime world on a unicorn in order to help save the gang from evil pterodactyl books. There was also an idea for a zombie musical that never made it into the film.
A few months after the re-design of Bo Peep came out, PETA reached out to Pixar. Bo Peep was completely redesigned for Toy Story 4, but her crook was one thing that was kept in place. PETA felt as if Pixar should remove the crook from the movie due to it being "outdated and cruel". Pixar didn't even bother to respond, but even if they wanted to remove the crook, it would have been too late. By the time PETA made their statement, the film was already well into production. If Pixar would have taken out the crook, they would have had to start fresh and re-animate several of the scenes with Bo Peep.
Giggle McDimples was a Polly Pocket from the 1980s Giggle McDimples toy line that is Bo Peep's best friend. She is the smallest character in the Toy Story universe to date, but her storyline was almost much bigger according to the featurette "Anatomy of a Scene: Playground". Originally Giggle McDimples had a backstory that would have shown her police dog partner go missing in the field. If you look close enough, when the character is first introduced in her miniature Pet Patrol station in Miniopolis, you can see a little missing poster of her partner and a bucket of bones next to her box of donuts.
There were around 100 different versions of Forky that were made when Pixar was choosing the character's design. In the end they went with a relatively simple look, with items that Woody would be able to pull out of a trash can. The Blu-ray special features showed some of these alternate designs, which were all created in a "sporkshop" room.
The film helped boost toy sales in the retailer's last quarter. Mattel soared in trading on October 30th Wedsday 2019, with shares rising 18%, as the company posted healthy earnings in the third quarter. In an earnings call, the company highlighted that the film helped boost action figure sales in particular. "Action Figures, Building Sets and Games together grew 13%, marking the third consecutive quarter of double-digit growth for this challenger categories," said Ynon Kreiz, CEO of the company. In particular, Kreiz said that "Action Figures was driven by 'Toy Story 4,' which continues to do very well following the movie's release." On Amazon, the character Forky featured as the top-selling "Toy Story" action figure, closely followed by Woody the cowboy. Mattel also saw strong performances from Barbie, as sales rose 12% last quarter. The doll didn't appear in the fourth film but was a character in "Toy Story 2" and "Toy Story 3." The toymaker also highlighted the trade war in the call, saying that the conflict had "a de minimis impact" on results. "We have worked very closely with our retail partners to prepare for the potential implications of tariffs in the short to mid-term," the CEO said. "We continue to monitor trade negotiations and assess the potential effects on the industry, retailers and consumers."
By the end of the film, Woody has fully evolved into a Messianic type. Despite being abandoned to the closet by Bonnie, he -- alone of the toys -- risks loss or confiscation to help her through day one of kindergarten. His actions result in Forky's creation. He then spends much of the film trying to keep Forky from destroying himself. When he realizes that Gabby Gabby wants exactly the same relationship with a child that he had with Andy, he willingly sacrifices his voice box despite the fact that Gabby did her best to take it by force. When he realizes that Jessie, subtly, is to Bonnie what he was to Andy, he sacrifices his sheriff's badge. Even his Bittersweet Ending with Bo has him focused on uniting other toys with other "Andys" and "Bonnies."
This is the second theatrical film of the 2010s that's a follow up to a theatrical film released earlier in the 2010s that was rated G by the MPAA to have the same rating as it's predecessor, after Cars 3 (2017). This does not include Rio 2 (2014) which was rated G unlike the first film of the Rio franchise which was rated PG.
The restaurant Poultry Palace is very similar to Pizza Planet that appeared in the original film, as the two restaurants start with PP, "Poultry Palace" and Pizza Planet". Another similarity is that they are both fast-food restaurants, although Poultry Palace is just a regular restaurant specialized on chicken, rather than being a space-themed restaurant specialized on pizza.
The second theatrical non-anime voice acting appearance for experienced voice actress Alicyn Packard (known for voicing Jibanyan in the Yo-Kai Watch series), after The Emoji Movie (2017), as well as her first appearance in a G rated film.
Besides being inspired by Woody, the Bensons are also inspired by Charlie McCarthy, referring to ventriloquist performer Edgar Bergen. In the fall of 1919, Edgar paid Chicago woodcarver Theodore Mack $36 to sculpt a likeness of a rascally red-headed Irish newspaperboy he knew. The head went on a dummy named Charlie McCarthy, which became Bergen's lifelong sidekick. He had created the body himself, using a nine-inch length of broomstick for the backbone, and rubber bands and cords to control the lower jaw mechanism of the mouth.
Pixar's first film not to be accompanied by a short Pixar film since their first film Toy Story (1995) (not counting Cars 2 (2011) which only had a Toy Story featurette Hawaiian Vacation (2011) and Coco (2017) which originally had the Frozen featurette Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017) before it).
Pixar's ninth film to not have a co-director after Toy Story (1995), The Incredibles (2004), Wall-E (2008), Toy Story 3 (2010), Monsters University (2013), The Good Dinosaur (2015), Cars 3 (2017), and Incredibles 2 (2018).
As with fellow Pixar sequel Finding Dory (2016), Toy Story 4 (2019) has been released the same year as a film of Illumination Entertainment's The Secret Life of Pets franchise, Finding Dory (2016) has been released the same year as The Secret Life of Pets (2016) whilst this film was released the same year as The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019).
As with fellow Pixar sequel Finding Dory (2016), this film was released the same year as a film of Sony Animation's The Angry Birds Movie franchise, Finding Dory (2016) was released the same year as The Angry Birds Movie (2016) whilst this film was released the same year as The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019).