Toy Story 4’s latest trailer proves that Pixar wants adults to cry in movie theaters
I see what you’re doing here, and it’s probably going to work
Pixar has released a new trailer for Toy Story 4 — purportedly the last Toy Story film, despite the fact that similar things were said for Toy Story 3 — and along with a better look at what the film is actually about, the trailer makes one thing clear: Pixar wants adults to cry in movie theaters while watching its films.
This sentiment isn’t exactly news — the entire opening of Up, for example, seems tailor-made to wring tears from the hardest of hearts — but the Toy Story 4 trailer really hammers it home, with Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) crossing paths with a newly adventurous Bo Peep (Annie Potts) and seemingly questioning his very purpose in making kids happy. It’s an existential crisis that feels designed to make adults sob as they reconsider their own careers and goals in life.
The trailer has a much more wistful tone than the first few teasers, which consisted of an animated spork freaking out and new characters voiced by comedy duo Key and Peele making Buzz Lightyear “your mom” jokes. Presumably, the final cut will follow in the footsteps of previous films in the series and walk the line between the emotional and comedic.
A synopsis of Toy Story 4 from Disney Pixar reads:
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.
Toy Story 4 will be released in theaters on June 21st, 2019.