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."
Among the myriad items on shelves at the antique shop, Bing Bong's rocket from Inside Out (2015) and Ellie and Carl's house from Up (2009) can be seen.
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.
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, the Canadian stuntman toy, first appeared in Jack-Jack's crib in Incredibles 2 (2018).
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).
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.
In the first film, after Buzz shows off what he can do, Bo declares, "I found my moving buddy." Here, when the two reunite, Bo affectionately refers to Buzz as her moving buddy.
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."
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.
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.
Tim Allen signed on for a fourth film even before it was announced and Tom Hanks was all for it as well.
Tinny from Tin Toy (1988) makes an appearance in the pinball machine, and Bo refers to him by name. Just like in the short, he has no dialogue, and only lets his instruments speak for him.
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.
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 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.
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."
This film marked John Lasseter's final involvement with Pixar Animation Studios before he exited the Disney company as chief creative officer.
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.
When asked to voice Forky, Tony Hale said, "A utensil's existential crisis? I'm in!"
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.
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.
Some of the prizes available at the carnival attraction where Bunny and Ducky live are tiny plastic versions of Miguel's guitar.
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.
SERIES TRADEMARK: Woody is the toy with the last speaking line in the film proper (before the credits roll).
The record on the record player in the antique shop has the name of Coco musician and villain Ernesto De La Cruz from Coco (2017).
This film was released 24 years after Toy Story (1995), 20 years after Toy Story 2 (1999), and 9 years after Toy Story 3 (2010).
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).
The only animated film of 2019 to be rated G by the MPAA and the final animated film of the 2010s to be rated such.
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.
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.
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."
The divers mask (P. Sherman) from Finding Nemo (2003) can be seen on one of the many shelves at the Antiquity shop.
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.
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.
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."
When Bonnie is at kindergarten orientation, a lunchbox in a lower cubby has Reptillus Maximus from the Toy Story short, Toy Story That Time Forgot (2014).
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).
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!"
One of the Scream canisters from Monsters, Inc. (2001) can be seen on sale at the antique store.
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 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.
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.
What appears to be a motorcycle resembling the elasticycle belonging to Helen Parr's Elastigirl in Incredibles 2 (2018), can be seen at the carnival, and as a toy at the antique store.
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."
The Tripledent Gum commercial jingle from Inside Out (2015) is seen in the form of a billboard in the antique store.
Tinny from Tin Toy (1988) was originally set to be the protagonist of Toy Story (1995) before he was replaced with Woody.
The film is dedicated at the end of the credits to Don Rickles (Mr. Potato Head) and animators Adam Burke and Bud Luckey (uncredited).
The infamous bear-suited character from The Shining (1980) makes a cameo in the Lost Toy Bar where Bo takes Woody.
Tom Hanks and Annie Potts recorded some of their scenes together so they could fully develop Woody and Bo's relationship.
John Lasseter pulled in Rashida Jones and Will McCormack as writers after seeing their film Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012). Lasseter also wanted a strong female voice for the writing.
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."
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 clock toy Woody talks to in the closet is Old Timer, who was introduced in the televised special Toy Story of Terror (2013).
A new location set to feature in this film is called "Grand Basin, Est. 1886". Pixar Animation Studios (the studio behind the Toy Story series) became its own corporation in 1986.
A picture of Geri from Geri's Game (1997) can be seen in black and white, pinned on the back of the Antique store counter as if it was a former boyfriend of Margaret who's running the store.
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."
The second trailer featuring Ducky and Bunny is an animated version of Key and Peele (2012)'s famous "Valet" skit.
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).
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.
A game at the carnival is called "Dragon Zone", a reference to EPCOT's mascot Figment. The dragon on the logo also, resembles Blazey, a character who will be in the next Pixar film Onward (2020).
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.
The voice of the TV announcer on the Duke Caboom commercial is Flea from the band Red Hot Chili Peppers.
A Mickey Mouse watch clock and an A Bug's Life (1998) calendar can be seen in Andy's room.
Newman wrote the song, "I can't let you throw yourself away", as a support for anti-suicide.
Arlo from The Good Dinosaur (2015) is one of the many antiques at the antiquity shop.
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 Incredibles 2 (2018). It's first appearance was in A Bug's Life (1998) where it was called, "The Chinese Cabinet of Metamorphosis."
The carnival moves to "New Stanton" during the credits, a reference to collaborator and Finding Nemo (2003) director Andrew Stanton.
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."
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.
During their road trip Bonnie's family, stops for gas at Dinoco, the same place Woody and Buzz were left behind at in the first film.
The seal of DunBroch, the kingdom where Princess Merida and her family live in Brave (2012) can be seen inside an antique closet, as well as the bear carving.
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.
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).
Ursula's necklace from The Little Mermaid (1989) can be seen inside the Antique store.
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).
The motorized toy skunk runs on BnL batteries a reference to the corporation Buy n Large from WALL·E (2008), which basically enabled the pollution on the planet forcing humans to leave earth.
Award cases from Gusteau's office from Ratatouille (2007) and furniture from The Incredibles (2004) can been seen at the antique store.
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.
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.
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.
When Woody and Bo are looking at the ceiling lights at the antique store, a red banner from Monsters University (2013) can be seen.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Ducky says "You Are A Toy", the same phrase Buzz Lightyear heard from Sheriff Woody repeteadly about not being a real space ranger in the first film.
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.
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."
Second Chance Antiques' street address is #1200. Which is Pixar Animation Studios' headquarters, 1200 Park Avenue in Emeryville, California.
At the carnival merry-go-round, a can of lard is crushed, a reference to A Bug's Life (1998) when Flik first meets the circus bugs inside a can of lard.
The purple ride at the carnival is a homage to Stretch the Rubbery Octopus, one of Lotso's minions in Toy Story 3 (2010). It also has the same color design as the Evil Emperor Zurg.
Franklin, a character from Toy Story Toons: Small Fry (2011), a 2011 episode from the Toy Story Toons: Small Fry (2011) series can be seen inside the pinball machine.
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.
Bonnie's mom is nearly identical to Riley's mom from Inside Out (2015). Bonnie's mum even voiced by Lori Alan, who also voices one of the emotions of Riley's mum.
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."
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).
Remains the only Toy Story film that doesn't feature or mention the Green Army Men.
A Captain America shield can be seen inside Bonnie's closet, behind Woody when he's flipping through cards to pass time.
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."
The voice of the carnival booth worker is Bill Hader, who had previously worked on the Pixar films Monsters University (2013), Inside Out (2015), and Finding Dory (2016).
The name of the pinball machine is Tiki Party, and a brief look at the logo reveals that it uses the same Tiki statues that can be found in the tank gang fish tank from Finding Nemo (2003).
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.
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.
During the 'plush-rush' scene, a stone statue of Mushu from Mulan (1998) can be seen.
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."
Bonnie's unnamed father only appeared in the background of the ending of the previous film. He has a much more prominent supporting role in this film alongside his wife.
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."
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.
Bo gets separated from her sheep during a battle, and they get taken away to Gabby's cabinet. Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep.
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.
An older version of Bob Parr from The Incredibles can be seen sitting at one of the tables at the carnival.
In an early scene of the film, Bonnie is playing in her room while wearing a clownfish-colored innertube, a likely nod to Marlin and Nemo, clownfish in Finding Nemo (2003) and Finding Dory (2016).
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.
Bonnie Hunt's eighth Pixar film, after A Bug's Life (1998), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Cars (2006), Toy Story 3 (2010), Cars 2 (2011), Monsters University (2013), and Cars 3 (2017).
In the Second Chance Antiques store, there is a reference to the Lucky 7 Lounge that exists in the animators area of Pixar Animation Studios.
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.
When Duke does his big jump at the end he does it with his eyes closed, a reference to the first film when Buzz attempts to fly and he does so with his eyes closed.
Papa Rivera's Pure Pork Lard sign is a nod to producer Jonas Rivera, while the Catmull's Cream Soda sign pays homage to Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull, who retired in late 2018.
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."
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.
During the montage at the beginning, Andy makes Buzz say "to Infinity" and Woody say "and Beyond", just like the ending.
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."
The Bensons bear a striking resemblance to Slappy the Evil Wooden Dummy from the Goosebumps series.
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.
Gabby Gabby's color design (pastel, yellow polka dot dress on a light blue floral background) is the exact reverse of the Grady Sisters in The Shining (1980) who wear a pastel blue polka dot dresses and stand in front of a light yellow floral background.
Even though most of the merchandise of Ducky and Bunny, as well a teaser trailer featuring the two characters has them detached, they are in fact sewn together for the entire duration of the movie.
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
Scale models of a Muntz bi-plane and the Spirit of Adventure from Up (2009) can be seen in the antique shop.
During the end credits, one of the carnival vans has the unicorn mural from the upcoming Pixar film Onward (2020).
During a joint interview Hanks and Allen were asked who had the better catchphrase, Woody or Buzz. Both agreed that it was Buzz with "To infinity, and beyond!"
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.
Toy Story 4 (2019) will be one of the first new films to be released on Disney+ alongside Frozen II (2019) and The Lion King (2019).
Toy Story 4 (2019) had its release date pushed back a year twice in order to give its spot to other films, and as the film had been lagging in production.
The Second Chance Antique shop was established in 1986, the same year Pixar was founded.
At the carnival, a logo with a clown similar to the one from the Pixar short Red's Dream (1987) can be seen.
A Casey Jr. cookie can be seen in the antique shop, a reference to A Bug's Life (1998).
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.
While the Pizza Planet truck does not appear physically, it is represented as a tattoo on the carnival worker's leg, seen most prominently as he picks up Buzz.
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).
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." .
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.
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.
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.
All the plates in the top row where Gabby lives are designed to represent Pixar films.
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."
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.
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."
Bonnie has clouds and blue skies on her wall in her room just like Andy's room in the first "Toy Story".
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."
When Duke is hyping himself up, the Canadian national anthem "O Canada" can be heard.
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, who are both co-stars in Toy Story 4 (2019) both previously starred in the crime comedy Keanu (2016). Coincidentally, Keanu Reeves is also their costar in that film.
John Lasseter initially gave up directing Cars 3 (2017) for this film before his Director Status was turned down, similar to how he gave up directing Toy Story 3 (2010) for Cars 2 (2011).
Laurie Metcalf's sixth Disney film after Toy Story (1995), Toy Story 2 (1999), Treasure Planet (2002), Meet the Robinsons (2007), and Toy Story 3 (2010).
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.
During the 'plush rush montage' the theme from Taxi Diver (1976) when they follow Margaret home.
Bonnie wears several hair clips throughout, including a ladybug and a slice of watermelon, a reference to Francis and Heimlich from A Bug's Life (1998).
The name of the vicious (to toys, at least) cat in the antique shop is Dragon a reference to the film, The Secret of NIMH (1982).
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 Buy n' Large logo from WALL·E (2008) can be seen on a vending machine when Buzz attempts to escape.
The police cars that chase the Andersons' frantic RV are numbered "2319", the CDA code from Monsters, Inc. (2001).
When Gabby Gabby asks Woody when he was made, Woody guesses sometime in the 1950's, recalling the Woody's Roundup cartoon that he learned about in Toy Story 2 (1999).
Keegan-Michael Key's character Ducky was also the name of one of Sid's Mutant Toys in the first Toy Story (1995) film.
The shot when one of the Bensons is chasing Woody is the same shot as the famous, "Here's Johnny!" scene from The Shining (1980).
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)
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.
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.
Theres a miniature black Ford Model T toy on one of the shelves of the antique store, a nod to Lizzie from Cars (2006).
One of the end credit scenes, Ducky and Bunny reference Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (1996).
Pixar's second film to have a dedication of a late actor who passed away a year ago. (The first film from Pixar to do so was Cars (2006).)
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.
A license plate in the Second Chance Antique store, says "Carb County" a reference to Carburetor County from Cars (2006), above the license number is Torqueville another location in the Cars universe.
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."
When Bo Peep and Woody are breaking into the antique shop, the camera pans to a painting of dogs playing poker. One of the dogs is Dug from Up (2009).
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.
One of the children in Bonnie's class wears a hearing device-a detail that means a lot to one of the artists, whose son is hard of hearing and wears a cochlear implant.
It took someone 3 weeks to figure out how to perfect the look of Woody's "smushed" head after Bonnie's dad steps on him in Bonnie's bedroom.
The antiques store contains over 10,000 individually modeled and shaded objects meticulously positioned to appear as though the store owner placed each one by hand.
At the antique store several "vintage" signs for "PJ's Pop" can be seen. which previously appeared on the wall of the bar in A Bug's Life (1998).
Inside Gabby's closet in the antique shop a plate with a center design similar to the one worn by Charles Muntz in Up (2009), can be seen.
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 (who is blown up by Sid in the first film) 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.
One of the prizes at the carnival booth is a plush starfish, which resembles Peach from Finding Nemo (2003).
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.
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.
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.
When it shows that the film is dedicated to Don Rickles and Adam Burke the quotes below their names read: Rickles: We are eternally grateful. Burke: We love you, to infinity and beyond.
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.
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.
In the interior of the kindergarten classroom and on a bulletin board, flower cutouts are shown similar in appearance to Bing-Bongs flower pen from Inside Out (2015).
The Bensons walk irregularly due to dummies requiring a human hand to keep them upright.
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).
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.
One of the prizes at the carnival booth is a balloon shaped rocket with fire behind it, a reference to the rocket that Buzz was strapped to in the first film.
When Woody is trying to escape from the Bensons, he climbs on top of a typewriter which nearly resembles the Adler Eagle typewriter from The Shining (1980).
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.
Director Josh Cooley was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay with Inside Out (2015), which was produced by this film's producer, Jonas Rivera.
In the scene where Woody and Bo Peep are preparing for the jump, there is VHS tapes that have the names of several Pixar shorts like Knick Knack (1989) and Lifted (2006).
The fourth Pixar to gross a billion dollars worldwide, after Toy Story 3 (2010), Finding Dory (2016) and Incredibles 2 (2018).
The leader of the Bensons is distinguishable from the rest by wearing a red bow tie.
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.
The carpet in the kindergarten classroom is the same carpet that is in many of the offices at Pixar.
Almost every shot in the antiques store has something in the background from a previous Pixar film.
The address of the antiques store is 1200, which is the address of Pixar Animation Studios.
To find creative ways to animate Bo's use of her staff, filmmakers studied reference footage of martial artists, spear throwers, monkey staff experts and fire dancers, among others.
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.
All of the sewing machines in the store were derived from the machines used by Miguel's shoemaking family business in Coco.
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."
The license plate on the family RV is "B3N604," which is the number of the Toy Story 4 art room at Pixar.
The barracuda from Finding Nemo (2003) can be seen stuffed and mounted on the wall of the antique store.
Ironically Woody being ignored as if he was trash by Bonnie creates Forky was created from garbage/trash and treated by as a toy by Bonnie.
Both Annie Potts (Bo Peep) and June Squibb (Margaret) have played Connie Tucker, Sheldon Cooper's "Meemaw" on Young Sheldon (2017) and The Big Bang Theory (2007), respectively.
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.
Inside the antique store, a beer sign in the shape of the sticker on Buzz's arm that says 'Light and Tasty' a reference to the first film when Woody called Buzz "Mr. Light Beer".
Keanu Reeves voices a character who rides a motorcycle, in real life he's also a keen motorcyclist and even co-owns a company that makes custom motorcycles.
Gabby Gabby was also inspired by the talking doll Talky Tina from The Twilight Zone (1959) episode "Living Zone".
While Bo and Woody are loading Duke's launcher onto the shelf, a sign near them reads "Lucky 7", referring to the eponymous lounge inside Pixar Animation Studios.
In the first film Mr. Potato Head says to Woody "I hope Sid rips out your voicebox", foreshadowing this film when he willingly gives his voicebox to Gabby Gabby.
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.
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!'"
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).
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."
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.
Is one of the three animated films of 2019 that started out as a 2017 film, before being pushed back to 2018, then pushed back a second time to 2019. The other two being How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) by DreamWorks Animation and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) by Warner Bros. under their Warner Animation Group division.
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.
The way how one of the Bensons fix Forky by reattaching his arm is coincidentally similar to the first film, when the mutant toys fix Buzz by reattaching his arm.
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.
Keanu Reeves said he was contacted out of the blue by Pixar for the role, seeking him to voice the part and letting him develop his own riffs on the character.
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.
The chessboard from Geri's Game (1997) can be seen behind Bonnie's backpack at the antique shop.
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."
Tom Hanks and Tim Allen's 5th Pixar film after Toy Story (1995), Toy Story 2 (1999), Cars (2006), and Toy Story 3 (2010).
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).
Madeleine McGraw replaces Emily Hahn as Bonnie obviously due to the latter having aged considerably.
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.
The sixth of Disney's animated films to gross a billion dollars worldwide, after Toy Story 3 (2010), Frozen (2013), Zootopia (2016), Finding Dory (2016) and Incredibles 2 (2018).
The eighth animated film to gross a billion dollars worldwide, after Toy Story 3 (2010), Frozen (2013), Minions (2015), Zootopia (2016), Finding Dory (2016), Despicable Me 3 (2017) and Incredibles 2 (2018).
Forky is a spork from Pizza Planet. (The official Funko POP! says "Pizza Planet" on the back.)
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."
Starting at the 55:42 mark 8 seconds of "Boogie Juice" by Brian Bennett from his 1976 Aim High album is played as Duke Caboom enters.
At 1hr4mins.) The move that Buzz does, is the same one he did in The Adventures of Buzz Lightyear The Adventure Begins.
Comedy greats Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Betty White and Carol Burnett played the preschool toys in Bonnie's closet.
Woody hides behind Bonnie's Battlesaurs lunch box. That is a tribute to the TV special, Toy Story That Time Forgot.
The song playing here is called "Midnight, the Stars and You" from The Shining. It was originally cut in as a joke, but it was so fun it stayed.
Bill Hader plays the carnie, and there is a Pizza Planet truck tattoo on the back of his leg.
Second Chance Antiques was established in 1986. That is a reference back to Pixar, also established back in 1986.
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."
An old advertisement for Poultry Palace, the setting of Toy Story Toon: Small Fry, is tucked away on a shelf.
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 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."
For unknown reasons, the red-tied dummy skin in the official Toy Story content pack for Minecraft is referred to as "Fredric".
At the end the way Forky first meets Knifey for the first time, is similar to how Barbie first met Ken in Toy Story 3 (2010).
The opening rescue scene is a subtle callback 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!
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.
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.
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
When the toys are commencing Operation Pull Toy for R.C. a book with a unicorn on the cover is shown a reference to rainbow unicorn from Inside Out (2015).
Christopher Nolan's son and Seth Rogen's son, both, went for Toy Story 4 together accompanied by Seth Rogen.
Bud Luckey's fourth and final voice role in a Disney film after The Incredibles (2004), Toy Story 3 (2010), and Winnie the Pooh (2011).
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.
Forky received instant popularity in online communities shortly after his reveal, with many people claiming to relate to his personality and insecurities.
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.
Toy Story (1995) is the third animated film franchise to have had at least four theatrically released installments, not counting prequels, spinoffs, or midquels, after Shrek (2001) and Ice Age (2002).
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 eleventh Disney film to be scored by Randy Newman, after Toy Story (1995), James and the Giant Peach (1996), A Bug's Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Cars (2006), The Princess and the Frog (2009), Toy Story 3 (2010), Monsters University (2013), and Cars 3 (2017).
Keegan-Michael Key's first of three theatrical films of 2019 doing voice over work. His next two films would later be The Lion King (2019) and The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019), the former of which being another Disney film.
At the carnival there are helium balloons for sale. Carl Fredrickson from Up (2009) was also a balloon salesman in his life and his cart carrying the balloons is also visible on the carnival grounds.
When Bonnie is at kindergarten orientation, a cubby next to hers says 'Anton', a reference to Ratatouille (2007) where the food critic was named Anton Ego.
Pixar's fifth film to undergo both a Director Change and Script Rewrites partway through production in this case with Josh Cooley taking over John Lasseter. The first four being Monsters Inc (2001) with Pete Docter taking over Joe Ranft, Ratatouille (2007) with Brad Bird taking over Jan Pinkava, Brave (2012) with Mark Andrews taking over Brenda Chapman, and The Good Dinosaur (2015) with Peter Sohn taking over Bob Peterson. But this is the studio's first follow-up to undergo those two things.
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 callback to the first film's opening (and the third), it's also a perfect start to what may be the end.
Jeff Garlin's fourth Pixar film after WALL·E (2008), Toy Story 3 (2010), and Cars 2 (2011).
The animators played with and studied ventriloquist dummies so the movements of the Bensons were accurate.
Director Josh Cooley also cites Vito Corleone from The Godfather film series as an influence for Gabby's control over the Benson dummies who served as her enforcers.
Toy Story 4 is the third Pixar film to have it's own variant of the Pixar logo, after WALL·E (2008) and 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.
This scene was designed to be sort of a toy version of Casablanca. "Out of all the sandboxes, and all the playgrounds in all the world, he comes running into mine."
Ducky is played by Keegan-Michael Key, and Bunny is played by Jordan Peele. They were recorded together and improvised a lot of their lines.
The beautiful chandelier in this scene was the hardest shot to render in the movie. The light reflecting through the glass took upwards of 1000 hours of computer time per frame to render.
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.
One of the games at the carnival is called 'Squirrel Derby', a reference to Up (2009) when Dug kept saying 'squirrel'.
Woody sneaking into Bonnie's backpack when she goes for kindergarten orientation is a callback to the first film where Mr. Potato Head said that Woody was Andy's favorite toy since kindergarten.
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.
All four Toy Story films have been released in the gap between The Lion King (1994) and its live-action remake.
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 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.
Christina Hendricks who voices the doll Gabby Gabby was in the horror thriller movie The Strangers Prey at Night (2018), in which one of the serial killers is called, "Dollface."
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.
The first child to attempt to win a toy prize at the carnival and fail is Boo from Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Is Jeff Garlin's sixth animated voiceover role, after The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 3: The Jerkinators! (2006), WALL·E (2008), Toy Story 3 (2010), Cars 2 (2011), and ParaNorman (2012).
Woody says he listens to his conscience. Jiminy Cricket was likened to a "conscience" in another Disney film: Pinocchio (1940).
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.
When Woody gets the name of Bo Peep's sheep wrong, the last name he says is 'Lefty' a reference to Cars 3 (2017) when Lighting McQueen named his tires.
The third Pixar film and last one to have Bud Luckey as an actor after The Incredibles (2004) and Toy Story 3 (2010).
This film is the second Pixar film to feature Figment the Dragon . The first film being "Inside Out".
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".
One of Bonnie's old toys suggests Woody names his first dust bunny "Francis", which is the same name as Francis the Ladybug from A Bugs Life (1998).
Forky is the second spork to appear in a Pixar film, the first one being in WALL·E (2008).
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 Bullseye 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.
Poultry Palace from Toy Story Toons: Small Fry (2011), makes a cameo in the film during the song "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away".
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.
The first of the three consecutive Pixar films that Jonas Rivera produced and where Josh Cooley (the director of this film) voiced a character in, the later two would be Onward (2020) and Soul (2020).
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.
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.
The fourth Pixar film to have a home media released in October, after Toy Story (1995), Toy Story 2 (1999) and Monsters University (2013).
The fourth Disney animated film to be released on June 21st, after The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Lilo & Stitch (2002), and Monsters University (2013).
Gabby Gabby's broken voice box may be inspired by how John Lasseter's Casper the Friendly Ghost doll voice box is broken and hardly understandable.
Dragon the Cat is similar to Scud from the first film, as they both are secondary villains and animals that love to destroy toys.
At the carnies game booth, a stylized flaming target the official art for the Toy Story 4 book shows design of the Pizza Planet truck in a similar design fashion.
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 second "Toy Story" film not to be directed by John Lasseter, as well as Pixar's fourth follow up film to have a different director from the previous.
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.
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".
Woody leaps onto a typewriter in one scene with the name "Bullock", undeniably a nod to Pixar's resident assistant editor Torbin Xan Bullock.
The only theatrically released animated film of 2019 to be rated G by the MPAA and the final one released in the 2010s to receive that rating.
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.
Poultry Palace is a reference to Al aka The Chicken Man from Toy Story 2 (1999); the second Buzz even says, "funny he doesn't look like poultry."
Some of the carnival plush toys have the same color scheme as Sully, from Monsters Inc.
The way Buzz is tied to the the carnival game booth's wall is similar to Toy Story 2 (1999) when the second Buzz ties him up and traps him in a toy box.
This is the only Toy Story sequel in which the entire logo appears at once as opposed to the number appearing a few seconds after the "Toy Story" part.
Remains the only film in the series in which Buzz (or another Buzz toy) does not think he is a real Space Ranger.
This marks the first pairing of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele since Storks (2016). That film featured Kelsey Grammer, who played Stinky Pete, the main villain of Toy Story 2 (1999).
The first Pixar film of the 2010s was "Toy Story 3" and "Toy Story 4" will be the last one.
a spinning ride next to the Ferris wheel, with a purple and yellow umbrella structure. This looks exactly like the sundrop flower from "Tangled".
Woody mistakenly refers to one of Bo Peep's sheep as "Gus", likely a nod to the protagonist of the same name from the Pixar short Partly Cloudy (2009).
Remains the only Toy Story film where Sid Phillips does not appear or is mentioned.
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."
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.
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.
Tony Hale has performed roles before with similar panicked characters, notably Buster Bluth on Arrested Development (2003) and Gary Walsh on Veep (2012).
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.
This is the first theatrically released fourth installment to an animated film franchise to be rated G by the MPAA.
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.
This is Keanu Reeves' third animated role, after the animated television series adaption of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures (1990) and The Animatrix (2003). This is also his second Disney role, after The Magical World of Disney: Young Again (1986).
When Buzz presses his buttons to listen to his inner voice, is a reference to Inside Out (2015).
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 seventh of Disney's computer-animated films to have a female main antagonist, after Finding Nemo (2003), Meet the Robinsons (2007), Tangled (2010), Zootopia (2016), Moana (2016), and Incredibles 2 (2018).
At 6'0½, Keegan-Michael Key is taller than Jordan Peele who is 5'7. Bunny (the latter's character) is taller than Ducky (the former's character).
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.
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.
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.
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."
This is the first Pixar film to be finished in 4K resolution. The 2-D release was also distributed in 4K, also a Pixar first.
Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and Keanu Reeves second collaboration after Keanu (2016)
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.
Although the Bensons can't talk, they still make a few grunting noises, done by Steve Purcell.
Keegan-Michael Key's first film to be rated G. His previous films were rated PG or higher.
Some of the prizes at the carnival booth are labeled X-99 a reference to when the second film came out in 1999.
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.
One of the vacation spots is to a home that looks very similar to the original design for "The Incredibles"' house.
A yellow plane hanging near the window of Second Chance Antique, resembles Sun Wing from Planes (2013).
Duke Caboom a Canadian toy is coincidentally voiced by a Canadian actor Keanu Reeves. It's not a coincidence. They deliberately chose a Canadian actor.
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.
Keegan-Michael Key (Ducky in Toy Story 4 (2019)) and Whoopi Goldberg (Stretch the Rubbery Octopus in Toy Story 3 (2010)) both appeared in an incarnation of The Lion King (1994). Goldberg was in the original traditionally animated film (The Lion King (1994)) as Shenzi, whilst Key was in Live Action Reboot (The Lion King (2019)) as Kamari, both characters being one of the villainous hyenas in the respective versions.
Betty White's third time voice acting in a theatrically film, after Whispers: An Elephant's Tale (2000) and The Lorax (2012).
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.
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 Incredibles 2 (2018) with Dash and Rick Dicker.
In Bonnie's room we has a built in cabinet with a couple of pink birds in the far corner of it a reference to the Pixar short For the Birds (2000).
The winding road that leads to the Antique store/carnival is very similar to The Shining (1980)'s winding road that takes Jack, Wendy and Danny Torrance to The Overlook Hotel.
Ducky quotes the Alien (1979) tag line, "In space, no one can hear you scream!" before kicking Buzz.
The third animated franchise that originated in 1.85:1 to have a 2.35:1 aspect ratio for its fourth film, after Shrek Forever After (2010) and Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012).
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).
Pixar's sixth film to display "The End" at the end after A Bug's Life (1998), Finding Nemo (2003), Ratatouille (2007) (as Fin), Finding Dory (2016), and Coco (2017), the former of which had been composed by Randy Newman. It is also the second film of Pixar's to not have a character voiced by Brad Garrett and the only Toy Story film to do so.
Forky coming out of Bonnie's bag, resembles Gizmo coming out of the box in Gremlins (1984).
The name of the restaurant the Poultry Palace, which may be a reference to the Chicken Man (a.k.a. Al McWiggin) at Al's Toy Barn from Toy Story 2 (1999).
The eighth animated sequel to be produced in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio unlike the previous installments which were produced at 1.85:1, after Rugrats Go Wild (2003), Shrek Forever After (2010), Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014), Ice Age: Collision Course (2016), Despicable Me 3 (2017), and Sherlock Gnomes (2018).
Bonnie inscribes her name on the bottom of Forky's feet, similar to Andy signing his name on the sole of Woody's boot.
Mel Brooks and Keegan-Michael Key's 3rd animated film together, after Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)
When Woody is walking across the side of the road with Forky, he recalls his first encounter with Buzz.
This is Disney's first 2.35:1 production to be a sequel of a franchise that originated in 1.85:1 since Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014).
The only sequel in the series to not include a new rendition of the song You've Got a Friend in Me.
Carl Reiner's second theatrically released animated film, after Duck Duck Goose (2018).
The first animated sequel produced at 2.35:1 unlike the previous installments which were produced at 1.85:1 to be rated G.
Carol Burnett's second theatrically released animated film. Her first was Horton Hears a Who! (2008), 11 years prior.
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).
At one point in the movie, Woody and Bo are surveying the antiques shop when a truck drives past with the words 'ship it'. This is a not so subtle reference to the fan-base desire for Woody and Bo to get together, also known as 'shipping'.
Tony Hale plays a character name Buster on Arrested Development (2003) which is also the name of Andy's dog in the 2nd and 3rd Toy Story films.
Kristen Schaal (Trixie) and Keegan-Michael Key (Ducky) have also appeared in episodes of both Archer (2009) and Bob's Burgers (2011).
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 fifteenth of Disney's animated films of the 2010s to be produced in 2.35:1, after Mars Needs Moms (2011), Cars 2 (2011), Brave (2012), Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Frozen (2013), Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014), Big Hero 6 (2014), The Good Dinosaur (2015), Zootopia (2016), Moana (2016), Cars 3 (2017), Coco (2017), Incredibles 2 (2018), and Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018).
As with "Toy Story" (1995) and "Toy Story 3" (2010) the film opens with the song "You've Got a Friend in Me"
The ninth Pixar film to be scored by Randy Newman, after Toy Story (1995), A Bug's Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Cars (2006), Toy Story 3 (2010), Monsters University (2013), and Cars 3 (2017).
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 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.
Kristen Schaal and Jordan Peele's second animated film together, after Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017).
Keegan-Michael Key's first animated film to not be from Sony Animation or Warner Bros. (under their Warner Animation Group division).
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.
This is the final Pixar film with John Lasseter's involvment before his leave from Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios at the end of 2019.
Lotso appears on stage during the D23 Expo for Toy Story 4 (2019), but he did not appear in the film.
Because Forky was not made with knees, he waddles. Ironically his Disney on Ice costume appearance does have knees so he could walk and skate properly.
Ducky and Bunny botching the famous "To infinity and beyond" catchphrase brings an episode of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000) to mind.
Pixar's eighth film to begin with a flashback after Finding Nemo (2003), Up (2009), Monsters University (2013), The Good Dinosaur (2015), Finding Dory (2016), Coco (2017), and Incredibles 2 (2018).
The 13th of very few theatrically released animated films of the 2010s to be rated G by the MPAA. The previous 12 animated films of the 2010s to have been rated such had been Toy Story 3 (2010), Gnomeo & Juliet (2011), Cars 2 (2011), Winnie the Pooh (2011), Zambezia (2012), Monsters University (2013), Khumba (2013), Rio 2 (2014), The Hero of Color City (2014), The Peanuts Movie (2015), Cars 3 (2017), and Charming (2018).
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's 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.
Patricia Arquette's second time voice acting in a theatrical film, after The Wait (2013).
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".
A stall is called Jet Stream, echoing the character alias Strut Jetstream from "Planes": "you're strutting jetstream?"
Forky is the first toy character in the Toy Story franchise to be made out of handcrafted materials.
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.
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 eighteenth computer-animated sequel to be produced at 2.35:1 after Shrek Forever After (2010), Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011), Cars 2 (2011), Happy Feet Two (2011), Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014), Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014), Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016), Ice Age: Collision Course (2016), Cars 3 (2017), Despicable Me 3 (2017), Sherlock Gnomes (2018), Incredibles 2 (2018), Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018), The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019), and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019).
The Antique shop bears a very striking resemblance to Mr. Gold's Pawn Shop in Once Upon a Time. There is even a part of a wooden wheel that looks like it could have been used by Mr. Gold to spin straw into gold.
Multiple Kon plush toys from Bleach were seen hanging in the carnival booth during the mid credits, making the second PIXAR film to include a cameo from Japanese anime after the third film became the first to include a cameo from Japanese anime (in which Totoro appeared).
If calculations are correct, then the movie takes place in 2012, seeing as it takes place two years after the third movie. Toy Story took place in 1999, Toy Story 2 takes place in early 2000 (just a few months after the first film), and Toy Story 3 takes place in 2010.
Josh Cooley and Stephany Folsom had some pretty weird ideas they wanted to introduce into perhaps the most "storied" of all animated franchises. A talking spork that loved being in the trash? A depressed Canadian Evel Knievel-like toy? The director and co-writer, respectively, would work with the original Pixar team to blend old and new to give "Toy Story 4" texture and meaning unusual for most sequels. But first, they had to get over the awe of stepping into something that helped shape their own childhoods. Fortunately, the films were never aimed at their childhoods. "I've worked there for 30 years and I've never thought about" aiming movies at kids, says co-writer Andrew Stanton, who has collaborated on every "Toy Story" movie. "I've never been in a single meeting or discussion where anybody's talked about children. We're just trying to talk to ourselves and make sure anybody who wants to watch it is included. "How sarcastic could we be, how adult could we talk? How sophisticated could we be cinematically without excluding anybody? It turns out, you can go really far!" "That's one of the fantastic things about these films: It's not just about the kids, it's about the toys," says Folsom, one of those new kids on the "Toy Story" block. "And it kind of charts every age of growing up, and what it's like to be a kid, and what it's like to be a parent." Folsom and first-time feature director Cooley were charged with following up one of the most successful animated films ever the Oscar-winning, billion-dollar-grossing "Toy Story 3," featuring a superb Oscar-nominated screenplay by Michael Arndt. Their "Toy Story 4" finds franchise hero Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) adjusting to life after his boy Andy has handed him down to little Bonnie. Though Bonnie doesn't play with him much, the loyal cowboy tries to support her new favorite, trash-craft creation Forky (Tony Hale). It would be fair to call Forky a bizarre creation. He's also perhaps the most lovable character in the film. The toys go on a trip that solves the mystery of what happened to Woody's beloved Bo Peep (Annie Potts) and leads to the steady cowboy muddling through an existential crisis and redefining his raison d'etre. Those are fairly grownup themes of life transitions in an animated movie. "I know the joy and the sense of excitement I got, going to those movies in the theater," Cooley says. "All that joy I felt as an audience member, I wanted to bring into this film. It needed to continue that legacy and that joy. I had a lot of sleepless nights." He and Folsom weren't thrown in the deep end alone, though. "I don't think you can do 'Toy Story' without the founding members of Pixar, because it is them," Folsom says. The "Toy Story" originators went on a retreat to the same house they rented in 1992 to brainstorm the first movie. There, they came up with a continuation that would resonate with them personally. "Woody's journey really comes from Andrew," Folsom says. "He's at a point in his life where the kids have left the nest and he's feeling that. I think the Bo Peep of it all came from me because I recently lost my mom and that character had a horrible trauma and a horrible loss and had to learn how to redesign herself. So in a weird way, it was like the two psychologies of what was going on in our lives, we infused that into the story and it made it what it is." "It was what we could do that most sequels can't. We can embrace the actual time that has passed between the release of these movies." It was that passage of time that led the way, Stanton says. "It was what we could do that most sequels can't. We can embrace the actual time that has passed between the release of these movies. Because these toys do not age, we can follow along with them in the same path that our lives have gone and glean from the things we've learned about life and the perspectives that have changed, and capitalize on them. [This time] my kid was going to college. We could project the feelings we had as parents onto the toys." Stanton and previous directors and writers Lee Unkrich and Pete Docter mentored Cooley, sharing secrets of the franchise. Some of the other help was, shall we say, succinct. "Michael Arndt was at the studio when I first got hired, and I said to him, 'I don't know how I'm going to live up to what you did,' and he said, 'Ehh, you'll be fine,' " Folsom says. Though its opening wasn't gangbusters, "Toy Story 4" went on to gross more than $1 billion. "There were waves of responses," says Cooley. "Before it came out, it was, 'Why are you making this movie?' As people saw it, the questions changed, the responses became, 'I really enjoyed it.' I was in Mexico after a press screening and people were crying as they're asking me the questions." It's impacted new childhoods too. "I was walking through the park with my dog and I saw some kids at a picnic table and they were making their own Forkys!"
For director Josh Cooley, the first question to answer before he got to work on "Toy Story 4" wasn't, "What should happen to Woody and Buzz?" or "How much time should have elapsed since the events of 'Toy Story 3'?" Instead, he said, it was an existential question: "What is the reason this movie exists?" "These characters are so important to people, and to me, that I wanted to make sure this didn't feel like we were tacking something onto the 'Toy Story' world," said Cooley, who began the project as co-director to Pixar chief John Lasseter and ended up as the sole director when Lasseter left the project (and shortly thereafter, the company) amid accusations of misconduct. The story, he said, changed dramatically throughout the development process. "We had a lot of different physical location and character ideas," he said. "I think you can either approach a story from the fun of the world and the characters, or the protagonist's point of view and their character arc. With this one, early on it was, 'We know these characters, we know the world, let's just play around and see what happens.' But that was the tough part we've been with Woody for three films, what's next for him?" But even as the story changed through Pixar's exacting development process, Cooley said one constant was the character of Bo Peep (voiced by Annie Potts), who would come back into the life of Woody (Tom Hanks) as more than just a love interest. "The code name for this movie internally was 'Peep,'" he said. "Her return was always a part of it but how she returned and what she was like when she returned was always changing. We had versions where she was more of a villain, not completely on the up-and-up. We tried to make how she comes back into the picture really interesting, so she became the very thing Woody was always afraid of: She's a lost toy, and she's loving it." The character of Bo Peep, he added, had a special team of female Pixar employees looking out for her. "We have so many different departments at work on a single character," he said. "And in this case, there were key people in each one of those departments that pulled themselves together and called themselves Team Bo, who said, 'We're gonna make this character the best she can be, and not fall into tropes or stereotypes. "It helped me pull back to focus on the big picture. It felt like having another whole brain working on Bo." Many of the key sequences in the film take place in a cluttered antique store secretly ruled by a sinister doll (Christina Hendricks) and her evil henchmen. At one point, Woody and Bo venture into the store on a rescue mission, and she leads him into a pinball machine that turns out to be a nightclub for toys on the inside. "The detail you can achieve now is insane," Cooley said. "I was able to do toys from all different eras: old iron toys, tin soldiers, plastic windup toys, To me, that makes the 'Toy Story' world feel bigger." Of course, the real pinball machine wouldn't be quite big enough for all those toys, so Cooley and his crew fudged things. "One of the challenges was, 'How many characters can we get into this pinball machine?'" he said. "In live-action films you can cheat the exterior and have a different set for the interior, and we did the same thing in the computer. "We scaled up the pinball machine a ton, because what you see would never actually fit inside the machine. We wanted it to be like a nightclub, and to have Bo be our version of Norm from 'Cheers.' Everybody knows her name, she's at home there, and Woody is the fish out of water."
According to producer Mark Nielsen, Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton came up with the idea for a third sequel to the groundbreaking 1995 original Pixar's first feature and the first fully computer-animated feature film while Toy Story 3 was still in production a decade ago.
Producer Mark Nielsen stated, "was that [series mainstay] Woody's story wasn't really over. There's a lot for him still to learn."
John Lasseter, then chief creative officer at Pixar and director and original story writer on the first two instalments, was originally set to direct the fourth outing. But in spring 2016, finding himself wholly occupied with his dual role running Pixar and Walt Disney's animation studio, Lasseter stepped away and co-director Josh Cooley took sole control. It was 18 months later that Lasseter announced he was taking a sabbatical from Pixar (he left the company altogether in 2018) because of unspecified "missteps" that had made some employees feel "disrespected or uncomfortable". Around the same time, according to reports, original Toy Story 4 writers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack left the project, citing "creative and, more importantly, philosophical differences". Looking back, Cooley admits that for the Toy Story 4 team, Lasseter's departure from Pixar was "a big thing. I'm not going to say it was easy, because it wasn't. It was a shock. I had to talk to my crew and say, 'We're going to keep going forward and making this film the best we can.'" The departure of Jones and McCormack and the subsequent overhaul of the script was much easier to cope with, the filmmakers insist. "That's like a Tuesday for us," Cooley jokes. Pixar projects, adds Nielsen, "have different needs, creatively, along the way so it's not uncommon for us to have a writer for a season and then to change and move on to another writer for the next season".
Gabby Gabby, is "a villain that's not completely black and white", says Folsom, who previously did uncredited work on Disney-owned Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok and is a writer on Amazon's upcoming The Lord Of The Rings series. "We were the first in the franchise to redeem the villain."
In some instances, the animation was stretched to its limit. The antique shop that provides the setting for the encounters with Gabby Gabby, for example, required Pixar's proprietary rendering software RenderMan and its global illumination plug-in to track myriad reflections from rows of glass cabinets and thousands of reflective objects, using huge amounts of computing power and a significant chunk of the film's reported $200m budget. "When you have that much glass, it really makes the computer choke up," says Cooley. "At the beginning, we didn't know if having an antique store would be possible. So we had to do some tests early on to see if we could even make the movie." In other instances a rainstorm, for example, and the character of Forky the technology had to be used sparingly in order to maintain the franchise's visual feel. "Strangely, that was our technical challenge," says Rivera. "It was almost like managing the technology back a little bit."
The complexity of the project's production resulted in the film's release being pushed back twice by the distribution arm of Pixar parent Disney, first from 2017 to 2018 and then from 2018 to summer 2019. When the film reached screens on June 20 this year it opened with a huge $121m first weekend gross, the biggest in the franchise's history. It has gone on to amass $434m at the North American box office and $639m internationally, for a global tally of $1.07bn, just beating Toy Story 3 to become the franchise's highest worldwide earner. It remains to be seen whether wrapping up Woody's arc means the end of the Toy Story series. Latest franchise guardians Cooley (now doing punch-up writing on Pixar's summer 2020 feature Soul), Nielsen and Rivera say they have not had any discussions about a fifth film. "We never say never," Rivera concedes, "but we felt satisfied as a group of filmmakers that [Toy Story 4] would be an appropriate end."
Along with a majority of Bonnie's toys, despite being a main character in the fourth film, Forky doesn't meet the other main characters. He only meets Gabby Gabby, Benson, and Bo (very briefly)
When one of the Bensons is sitting atop of Gabby's cabinet, his head spins fully around a possible reference to The Exorcist (1973).
Gabby Gabby sulking in the crate after being rejected by Harmony and Woody comforting her was based on Penny being rejected by a couple and the orphanage cat Rufus also comforting her in the 1977 Disney animated film The Rescuers.
Gabby Gabby is similar to Zarina from The Pirate Fairy. They not only just voiced by the same actress, they both are misunderstood by the main protagonist and they both are main villains who redeemed in the movie.
"Giggle is Bo's Jiminy Cricket--we're able to get insight on Bo through their relationship together," says director Josh Cooley. "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 home." Adds story supervisor Valerie LaPointe, "Giggle comes with her own patrol station with a little car inside, but she travels around with Bo in a Skunkmobile--a motorized toy vehicle they've disguised as a skunk to trick people into steering clear of them." Ally Maki voices the tiny character. "Giggle McDimples literally pops on the screen because of Ally's personality and infectious energy," says Cooley. "Nobody can laugh like Ally Maki." "I have two older brothers--I'm the only girl, and I'm the youngest," says Maki. "I spent most of my childhood getting noogies and hockey pucks shot at me. I think I bring a lot of that little sister energy to the role. Giggle was really fun to play." According to Hartline, Giggle's size influenced their approach to her animation. "The way we animate her has to be very specific and unique," he says. "She's so small with such a big personality that we have to bounce her around like a flea--she snaps into poses."
When Bo, Giggle, Ducky, And Bunny are underneath the carousel, one of the legs of the carousel hits a can, and then the can is shown damaged and crumpled. This could possibly be a reference to Toy Story 2 when one of the vehicles on the road crushed a soda can.
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 sixth of Disney's animated films to feature the full closing 2011 logo at the end, after Finding Dory (2016), Moana (2016), Cars 3 (2017), Coco (2017) and Incredibles 2 (2018).
Keegan-Michael Key and Tony Hale's second collaboration after The Angry Birds Movie (2016).
The ninth of Disney's computer-animated sequels, after Toy Story 2 (1999), Toy Story 3 (2010), Cars 2 (2011), Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014), Finding Dory (2016), Cars 3 (2017), Incredibles 2 (2018) and Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018). Though Monsters University (2013) is also part of Disney's animated follow-ups, it's actually a prequel.
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.
Betty White's first theatrically released film to be rated G by the MPAA since Whispers: An Elephant's Tale (2000) released 19 years prior, which was also distributed by Disney.
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.
Keegan-Micheal Key and Jordan Peele wrote and starred in the film "Keanu" which also featured a brief voice-cameo from Keanu Reeves. All three have major supporting roles in "Toy Story 4".
Keegan-Michael Key (Ducky) did the voice of Judge Peckinpah in The Angry Birds Movie (2016).
The fourth Pixar sequel to be produced in 2.35:1, after Cars 2 (2011), Cars 3 (2017), and Incredibles 2 (2018).
In Toy Story Toons: Small Fry (2011), Buzz finds himself in a Poultry Palace, where Bonnie and the family make a pit stop during their road trip.
Kate Carlin's fourth fully animated film after Antz (1998), Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001), and Shark Tale (2004). It is also her first Disney film and first animated film to be produced at 2.35:1.
The seventh of Disney's animated films of the 2010s to not be accompanied by a short film, after Tangled (2010), Mars Needs Moms (2011), Planes (2013), Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014), Zootopia (2016), and Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018).
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).
Pixar's fourth follow-up film to change directors, after Toy Story 3 (2010), Monsters University (2013), and Cars 3 (2017).
Tony Hale's 3rd theatrically released animated film, after The Tale of Despereaux (2008) and The Angry Birds Movie (2016).
Jack McGraw's second Pixar film after Finding Dory (2016) released three years prior.
David Cowgill's thirteenth Pixar film after Toy Story (1995), A Bug's Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Finding Nemo (2003), Cars (2006), WALL·E (2008), Up (2009), Cars 2 (2011), Monsters University (2013), Inside Out (2015), Coco (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).
As with fellow Pixar sequel Finding Dory (2016), this film has been released the same year as a live-action remake of an animated Disney classic directed by Jon Favreau, Finding Dory (2016) was released the same year as The Jungle Book (2016) whilst this film was released the same year as The Lion King (2019).
The sixth theatrically released final installment of a computer-animated franchise after Shrek Forever After (2010), Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012), Ice Age: Collision Course (2016), Cars 3 (2017), and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019).
Jordan Peele's third animated film, after Storks (2016) and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017), and his first animated film that doesn't have him voicing one of the villains.
The photo realism that Animators keep putting in movies, is visible under the carnival workers fingernailjust a bit of dirt.
The sixth of Disney's animated sequels to be produced in 2.35:1, after Cars 2 (2011), Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014), Cars 3 (2017), Incredibles 2 (2018), and Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018).
This film along with Toy Story 3 (2010) are the only films of the franchise to not be released in the 1990s or November.
From the studio (Disney/Pixar) that created the films Toy Story (1995), A Bug's Life (1998), Finding Nemo (2003), and Inside Out (2015).
This along with the film's predecessor Toy Story 3 (2010) are the only theatrically released films starring Kristen Schaal to be rated G by the MPAA. All of Schaal's other theatrical films from outside the Toy Story franchise had been rated PG or higher.
The first Pixar film with a character voiced by Josh Cooley (director of Toy Story 4 (2019)) to not be directed by Pete Docter.
This film along with Toy Story 3 (2010) remain the only films of the franchise to not have a directorial effort by John Lasseter.