If you thought Toy Story 3 was the last we’d see of Andy’s beloved anthropomorphic CGI toys, you weren’t alone. A Toy Story 4 seemed almost too good to be true. Well, now it’s got a release date and it’s way earlier than we expected. The fourth and final addition to the series is hitting theatres June 21, 2019 and we’ve got our first sneak peek of what it’s going to look like.
We’re not toying around.
Toy Story 4! Coming this summer! pic.twitter.com/ZXD23cxO1k
— Walt Disney Studios (@disneyfilmindia) November 12, 2018
The video doesn’t give us much to go on, except for the introduction of a new character, whom the video description calls “Forky,” and Judy Collins’ version of “Both Sides, Now” (read into that what you will). The description doesn’t give us much more info.
“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,” it reads. “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.”
Whatever the plot, it’s sure to be a hit. Adults the world over are already suuuper excited to see it. And 100 percent willing to shove kids out of the way to do it.
Watching Toy Story 4 in the Theaters like: pic.twitter.com/tJC697DSHi
— YuVie (@YuVieApp) November 12, 2018
Me:”TOY STORY 4 IS COMING NEXT SUMMER!”
My 7 y/o daughter: “I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE IT!”
Me: “… Oh… Um… I guess you can see it too.” https://t.co/gls6Wo8zms
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) November 12, 2018
My 25 year old ass arriving to the cinema to watch Toy Story 4 pic.twitter.com/wG2OYD9Fba
— Lineth Gonzalez (@LinethGlz) November 12, 2018
Me pulling up to Toy Story 4 pic.twitter.com/s1CipzQxoz
— Brokely Carmichael (@Scamron_Giles) November 12, 2018
Me throwing kids out of my way to get in like for Toy Story 4 pic.twitter.com/SqSV62Afdc
— λntonio 🇩🇴🇮🇹 (@antonio_ow) November 12, 2018
Toy Story is the one series of movies that I don’t think anyone grows out of <3
— SciFiFantasyGirl (@MySciFiFantasy) November 12, 2018
Of course, there are also a select few who are just going to be feeling a mounting sense of panic and existential dread as the release date nears. If Toy Story 3 turned you into a weepy inconsolable mess of a person yelling “SO LONG, PARTNER???” at the sky and trying to stifle your own body-wracking sobs enough to hear the end of the movie, you’re probably not ready to rip open that wound again. We may be speaking from personal experience.
Sees #ToyStory4 teaser and cries in great pain sobbing “I’m cool with it”
— Zachary Leishman (@Zachary_Seraph) November 12, 2018
That “Toy Story 4” teaser reminded me of the hardest I have cried in a movie EVER pic.twitter.com/2PzQv2v9TI
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) November 12, 2018
I’m warning you, @DisneyPixar, if you do anything to Woody or Buzz, there will be hell to pay.
Sincerely, the Toy Story generation
— Fiona Burt (@fiona_skywalker) November 12, 2018
Give me strength!
— Emily (@emilymarts) November 12, 2018
If the painful memory of Toy Story 3 isn’t enough to give you pause, in an interview last week, Tom Hanks said he was so emotional on his last day recording for 4 that he couldn’t even look at the other cast and crew. He told British radiocaster Chris Evans that it was almost impossible to get through.
“The way you record Toy Story, you’re in a room with the team that has created it. When I went in for my last day of recording, I wanted to have my back to them, because usually you’re facing them so you can look right up and you can talk about it. But I didn’t want to see them and I wanted to pretend they couldn’t see me,” Hanks said.
“When I realized what they were going for, I realized, “Oh, this is a moment in history,” he added. “The emotional range of the movies has become more and more deep and profound and affecting.”
Tim Allen said something similar on The Talk in September.
“I gotta resist getting emotional, I don’t want to give it away, but this is an incredibly great story … it is so emotional, it’s so funny, it’s so big, the idea they’ve come up with, I’m startled,” he said. “[Toy Story 3] was, I thought, amazing. This, I couldn’t even get through the last scene. They’ve got great characters but a couple of scenes toward the end were really hard to get through.”
So we’ll just start stockpiling tissues now.