Fittingly, the first Disney-Pixar release of the post-John Lasseter era is a film from which the ousted Pixar creative chief had earlier stepped aside as director, some say not entirely by his own choice.
The new teaser released today for Toy Story 4 makes clear that Pixar isn’t in experimental mode here. From the re-introduction of the main cast to the traditional-looking visual sensibility, TS4 is the film equivalent of comfort food. You’ve eaten it a hundred times and you know exactly what it’s going to taste like, but you still crave it.
Speaking of food, the teaser does offer one new addition: the character, Forky, voiced by Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development). Per the synopsis:
Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.
Directed by Pixar story veteran Josh Cooley (screenplay, Inside Out; director, Riley’s First Date?) and produced by Jonas Rivera (Inside Out, Up) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer, Inside Out), Toy Story 4 will be released in the U.S. on June 21, 2019.
(Update, Tuesday 1pm ET): A second teaser was released today with the characters Ducky (Keegan-Michael Key) and Bunny (Jordan Peele).
Along with the new teaser, a statement revealed new details about the film:
Woody’s journey in Toy Story 4 includes a visit to a carnival where he meets Ducky and Bunny, two carnival prizes who are eager to be won. But when their plans are rudely interrupted by Woody and his friends, they find themselves on an unexpected adventure with a group of toys who have no idea what it feels like to be tacked to a prize wall.
“Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, who voice Ducky and Bunny, are two of the most brilliant minds I’ve ever seen,” said director Josh Cooley. “Of course, they are effortlessly funny, which would be enough. But they are incredible actors that understand story. Their improvs weren’t just for comedy sake, they were story motivated which elevated Ducky and Bunny and the film to a level I never could have expected.”