‘Toy Story 4’ Trailer #1 Promises… Existentalism?

March 19, 2019
Jonathon Wilson 0
Toy Story 4 Trailer #1

Rejoice! You can check out Toy Story 4 Trailer #1 right here and right now:

The first full-length trailer for the much-anticipated Toy Story 4 promises not a dry eye in the house, and presumably some philosophical questions about what it means to be a toy, either in the confines of a kid’s bedroom or the glimmering expanse of a carnival.

Pixar are evil, as we all know, and obviously determined to reduce grown adults to tears of nostalgia and terror as they grapple with their own place in a world where even the f*****g toys have a better handle on life than they do. And the annoying thing is that it’s probably going to work, make a million dollars, and spawn an endless parade of similarly introspective “family” films whose sole, sinister intention is to torture the parents of the children who want to see them.

Anyway, let’s not be glum. Here’s a synopsis:

Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.

Forky, already introduced in the teaser, is a spork with stick-on eyes and pipe cleaner hands, its very name redolent of inaccuracy. But it looks cute, so what can you do? With Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) on a bit of a soul-searching trip with the utensil, his unexpectedly crossing paths with a kind of Third Wave Bo Peep (Annie Potts) seems to lead him down a rabbit hole of existential angst. I can see what Pixar are doing here, one assumes banking on more adults in the audience than children, and thus Toy Story 4 Trailer #1 is designed to let those grown-ups know what time it is. And it’s time for tears.

Toy Story 4 will be released in theaters on June 21st, 2019.

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