I think we can all agree that the first three Toy Story films are about as perfect of a trilogy as you can get. They bring emotion, aging, and maturation to whole new levels. I was left with a sense of closure when Toy Story 3 ended, so I've remained skeptical when it comes to the fourth installment. 

Now, the first trailer has been released, and I'm excited by how interesting and exciting the idea of a more abstract toy and imagination will be to explore. If you know Pixar's Rules of Storytelling, then maybe you trusted their process.  

I was worried Toy Story 4 would be a retreat into old stories from the first two films. But adding a sentient spork who's not supposed to be a toy adds an extra layer of exploration we haven't seen before. I think it's definitely interesting seeing how that character could arc, and the character development that goes into building out a story after the three previous movies. 

Bonnie appears to be an imaginative child. I can't wait to see how her creation of a toy plays out in this world. Like when did the spork become aware, and can you change who you are based on your design and use. There are lots of existential questions popping up, and I know the series will tackle them in humorous and touching ways. 

While many sequels stumble, this looks to be a fresh rescue and adventure movie with a nice little love story central to Woody's arc. I always wondered what happened to Little Bo Peep and now it looks like we have answers. The word is still out on whether or not her sheep will accompany her on this journey.  

Keanu Reeves, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele join newcomer Tony Hale in the voice cast alongside returning cast members Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, Annie Potts, Patricia Arquette and Joan Cusack. Plus, the rest of the old gang has come out of the toy chest to return to the story. 

From Disney: 

Everyone’s favorite pull-string cowboy sheriff Woody, along with his best friends Buzz Lightyear and Jessie, are happy taking care of their kid, Bonnie, until a new toy called “Forky” arrives in her room. According to Forky, a spork-turned-craft-project, he’s not a toy at all—and he’d rather skip this big adventure completely, if only they’d let him. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Joan Cusack return as the voices of Woody, Buzz and Jessie, and comedian Tony Hale lends his voice to Forky. Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”), “Toy Story 4” ventures to U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.

Toy_sotry_4_posterCredit: Coming Soon

Directed by 

Josh Cooley

Writing Credits  

John Lasseter...(original story by) &

Andrew Stanton...(original story by) &

Pete Docter...(original story by) &

Lee Unkrich...(original story by)

Will McCormack...(screenplay by)

Stephany Folsom...(screenplay by)

C.S. Anderson...(concept advisor)