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Toy Story 4 [2019] (2 discs)

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Director:Josh Cooley
Writer:Andrew Stanton
Stephany Folsom
Composer:Randy Newman
Length:100 minutes
(1 hour 40 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:97%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: When a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.


Reaction: Fun, well made, and I can't imagine they plan to do any more movies in this series. Maybe shorts, but this changes the dynamic further than I would have thought. Still great and moving, though.


Personal Rating: 9/10

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Josh Cooley => Director / Original Story
Andrew Stanton => Writer / Original Story
Stephany Folsom => Writer / Original Story
Randy Newman => Composer
John Lasseter => Original Story
Martin Hynes => Original Story
Rashida Jones => Original Story
Valerie LaPointe => Original Story
Will McCormack => Original Story
Alan Oppenheimer => Old Timer (voice)
Ally Maki => Giggle McDimples (voice)
Annie Potts => Bo Peep (voice)
Betty White => Bitey White (voice)
Bill Hader => Axel the Carnie (voice)
Blake Clark => Slinky Dog (voice)
Bonnie Hunt => Dolly (voice)
Carl Reiner => Carl Reineroceros (voice)
Carl Weathers => Combat Carls (voice)
Carol Burnett => Chairol Burnett (voice)
Christina Hendricks => Gabby Gabby (voice)
Don Rickles => Mr. Potato Head (archive sound) (voice)
Estelle Harris => Mrs. Potato Head (voice)
Flea => Caboom TV Announcer (voice)
Jay Hernandez => Bonnie's Dad (voice)
Jeff Garlin => Buttercup (voice)
Jeff Pidgeon => Aliens (voice)
Joan Cusack => Jessie (voice)
John Morris => Teenage Andy (voice)
John Ratzenberger => Hamm (voice)
Jordan Peele => Bunny (voice)
Juliana Hansen => Miss Wendy (voice)
June Squibb => Margaret the Store Owner (voice)
Keanu Reeves => Duke Caboom (voice)
Keegan-Michael Key => Ducky (voice)
Kristen Schaal => Trixie (voice)
Laurie Metcalf => Andy's Mom (voice)
Lori Alan => Bonnie's Mom (voice)
Madeleine McGraw => Bonnie (voice)
Mel Brooks => Melephant Brooks (voice)
Melissa Villaseņor => Karen Beverly (voice)
Patricia Arquette => Harmony's Mom (voice)
Steve Purcell => The Dummies (voice)
Tim Allen => Buzz Lightyear (voice)
Timothy Dalton => Mr. Pricklepants (voice)
Tom Hanks => Woody (voice)
Tony Hale => Forky (voice)
Wallace Shawn => Rex (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • 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.
  • 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, the Canadian stuntman toy, first appeared in Jack-Jack's crib in Incredibles 2 (2018).
  • Speaking to [?] Graham 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." .
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Keanu Reeves' first Disney movie, as well as his first G-rated movie.
  • One of the recorded phases 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).
  • This film marked John Lasseter's final involvement with Pixar Animation Studios before he exited the Disney company as chief creative officer.
  • 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 asked to voice Forky, Tony Hale said, "An utensil's existential crisis? I'm in!"
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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 outgrew, acting as "veteran" toys to help Woody prepare for when the same happens to him. The (unspoken) names of their characters are mashups of their real names and what they are: Melephant Brooks, Chairol Burnett, Carl Rhinoceros and Bitey White.
  • 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!"
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • During a meeting with Pixar, Keanu Reeves suggested that his character Duke Caboom would continually pose throughout. This idea was embraced by Pixar and was incorporated into the animation of Duke Caboom.
  • Bo Peep's arm is revealed to have broken off, and during the escape, one of her sheep loses a paw, showing that despite their daring nature, Bo and the sheep are more vulnerable than most toys. This was actually the real reason why these characters were left out of Toy Story 3 (2010): the makers realized that Bo and the sheep were way too fragile to survive the climactic scenes in the dumptruck and on the conveyor belt, so they were written out to avoid showing their inevitable demise. Within the story, it was only acknowledged that Bo was among the friends that were lost over time without specifying the circumstances; this movie finally shows what actually happened to Bo.