The Toy Story 4 marketing campaign has been mostly small animated vignettes that consist of Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz (Tim Allen) in a variety of scenarios. Whether that’s holding hands in a friendship circle, correcting carnival prizes on how to say Buzz’s catchphrase correctly, or seeing a small town fair for the first time, it was clear that Pixar wanted to bring the toys back to the big screen.
And now, we are getting to see what kind of new adventure they will be on in an all-new trailer for the film. Check it out below.
While this could have been just another ordinary sequel, Toy Story 4 could prove to be a very important addition to the franchise as it marks the return of Bo Peep (Annie Potts), a porcelain shepherdess figurine seen in the first two Toy Story films.
Of Bo Peep director Josh Cooley said:
“Bo’s taken control of her own destiny. While Woody was watching Andy grow up, Bo gathered dust until she took it upon herself to head out into the world. And when Woody shows up, they can’t believe that they’ve found each other again.”
It will be interesting to see what that reunion will be like. From the looks of the trailer, Bo has changed. Significantly. So much so that her outlook on life and what a toy’s purpose isn’t the same as it was when we first saw her. But will Woody’s return change all of that? And how will Forky’s (Tony Hale) existential crisis have an effect on Woody as he tries to bring him back to their owner Bonnie? There are certainly a lot of questions to be answered.
And, of course, it wouldn’t be much of a sequel without new characters. One newcomer is Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendricks), an adorable talking pull-string doll from the 1950s. But unfortunately for her, a manufacturing defect in her pull-string voice box has left her sounding anything but adorable. She has spent more than 60 years forgotten in the depths of a jam-packed antique store—her only companions are a band of voiceless ventriloquist dummies. Gabby Gabby knows someone will want her if only she can find a working voice box to repair hers.
Of Gabby Gabby Cooley said:
“It became obvious right away that Christina was the perfect actress to play Gabby Gabby. She has the ability to sound inviting and friendly, then subtly become cold and terrifying in just a few words. It still gives me chills when I see Gabby’s introduction in the film. Also, Christina told me that she preferred playing with ventriloquist dummies over dolls as a kid. That’s when I knew it was meant to be.”
Then there’s Duke Caboom, a 1970s toy based on Canada’s greatest stuntman. Riding his powerful Caboom stunt-cycle, Duke is always prepared to show off his stunt poses with confidence and swagger. However, Woody learns quickly that Duke has an Achilles heel: He has never been able to do the awesome stunts advertised in his own toy commercial. For years, Duke has been sitting in an antique store, constantly reliving the failures of his tragic past.
The character will be voiced by Keanu Reeves. Here’s what producer Jonas Rivera had to say about casting Reeves:
“The first time Josh [Cooley] and I talked with Keanu about the role, Keanu became Duke Caboom. Keanu was asking great questions that dug deep to find the soul of the character. At one point he stood up on the table in the middle of Pixar’s atrium and struck poses while proclaiming victory. It was so funny. It’s all in the movie and it’s all Keanu.”
Finally, there’s Giggle McDimples. Voiced by Ally Maki, Giggle is a miniature plastic doll from the 1980s. Giggle is small enough to sit on Bo Peep’s shoulder, and is her best friend, confidant, supporter, and advisor.
Here’s what Cooley had to say about Giggle:
“Giggle is Bo’s Jiminy Cricket—we’re able to get insight on Bo through their relationship together. Giggle is definitely the smallest toy in the Toy Story universe. She’s been stepped on, vacuumed up, and probably put up a kid’s nose in her time.
Giggle McDimples literally pops on the screen because of Ally’s personality and infectious energy. Nobody can laugh like Ally Maki.”
Here is the official synopsis for the sequel:
Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) 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. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries.
Toy Story 4 opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.