New ‘Toy Story 4’ Trailer Will Make You Cry as Woody Imagines Life on the Road (Video)

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Why do you have to do this to us Pixar? Does every new look at “Toy Story 4” have to make us cry this much?

The new trailer for “Toy Story 4” starts to try and answer those burning questions everyone had the first time around about the new character Forky, like his existential crisis and reason for existing. But it also grapples with Woody’s own purpose as a toy, something this franchise has done dating all the way back to the original. Oh, and it’s all set to the tune of “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys. They really know where to get us, don’t they?

“I was made to help this child,” Woody says. “I don’t remember it being this hard.”

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This latest trailer also introduces us to three new characters and brings back the original franchise’s Bo Peep, who is now an adventurous spirit living life as a toy on the road. Among the new characters are Gabby Gabby, voiced by Christina Hendricks, Duke Caboom voiced by Keanu Reeves, and Giggle McDimples, voiced by Alli Maki.

Here’s the full synopsis:

Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) 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. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries.

Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”), Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” ventures to theaters on June 21.

Watch the trailer above.

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Domee Shi Explains Why Toilet Paper Rolls Were Important to Pixar’s Oscar-Nominated Short ‘Bao’

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A version of this story about Domee Shi appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine. 

“Bao” is the 15th Pixar short nominated for an Oscar, but it’s the first of the hugely successful animation company’s shorts to be directed by a woman. And it comes at a major crossroads for Pixar, as stories have poured out from former female employees describing the company as a “boys club” under departed founder John Lasseter.

In the midst of this scrutiny comes Domee Shi, the Chinese-Canadian director of “Bao,” who could become only the fourth Asian animation director ever to win an Oscar, and the first Asian woman to do so. Shi, who worked as a storyboard artist on “Inside Out,” “Incredibles 2” and the upcoming “Toy Story 4,” created “Bao” under new Pixar head Pete Docter.

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The short continues the cultural diversity of recent Pixar films like the short” Sanjay’s Super Team” and the feature “Coco,” telling the story of a Chinese mother who takes care of a bao, or dumpling, that comes to life. As it turns out, her fantasy is actually a dream, a manifestation of the internal struggle of letting go of a son who has moved out and is now dating a white woman.

“This short was inspired by my relationship with my mom, who always treated me like her precious little dumpling,” Shi said. “I wanted to explore the relationship between an overprotective parent and a child, and I love food and watching shows like ‘Top Chef.’ You see all the effort and love and consideration put into making that food, and I wanted to see that in animated form.”

Shi added her own details from growing up in a Chinese immigrant family, most notably a toilet paper roll that sits on the dining room table.

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“That’s something that not just a lot of Asian households, but I think a lot of immigrant households, have,” she said. “Toilet paper is a really practical item to use for a lot of things around the house, so there would always be some on the table. There were some non-Asian animators asking why we had that there.”

Those details rang a bell with many Asian moviegoers who were among the millions who saw “Bao” when it was attached to the release of “Incredibles 2.” Shi applied Pixar’s usual devotion to detail to re-create the sensory memories — and, crucially, the tastes — of her childhood in an immigrant family.

“I wanted to not just make random dishes, but dishes that my parents cooked when I was growing up,” she said.”Green beans, Szechuan fish — just creating this feeling of an environment that’s based in a specific reality, because the characters and the story are so cartoony.

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Former Pixar director Lee Unkrich has shared a letter addressed to his former colleagues at the studio explaining his reasons for leaving after 25 years.

“It is impossible for me to adequately express how epic this twenty-five year journey has been, and how much it has meant to work alongside such fantastic people and phenomenal talents,” Unkrich wrote in the letter, which he shared on social media on Saturday. “Many of you are like family to me, and it’s nearly incomprehensible to imagine no longer being here at Pixar with you.”

Unkrich, who directed “Toy Story 3” and “Coco,” is a longtime editor at Pixar, dating back to its early days and to the first “Toy Story” film. He also served as a co-director “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Finding Nemo.”

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Echoing the statement released with the announcement of his exit, Unkrich made clear he was leaving the animation studio to spend time with family and pursue “interests that have long been back-burnered.”

“I am incredibly grateful to the leadership at Pixar and Disney for believing in me, mentoring me and championing me throughout the years, the director wrote. “I am also grateful to all of you who have poured your heart and souls into the many films we’ve made together. You are the pinnacle of talent and passion, and you are putting important, meaningful art into the world.”

Unkrich’s final film at Pixar, 2017’s “Coco,” took home the Academy Award for best animated feature and pulled in more than $800 million at the box office.

“My experience with ‘Coco’ has undeniably shown me how deeply the stories we create can affect both individuals and entire cultures,” he wrote.

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Unkrich’s exit comes amid shakeups at Pixar, with former chief John Lasseter leaving in Nov. 2017 amid sexual misconduct accusations, and President Ed Catmull retiring at the end of 2018.

Letter sent to my Pixar family. pic.twitter.com/UUonemVbLe

— Lee Unkrich (@leeunkrich) January 19, 2019

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Lee Unkrich, a two-time Oscar winner and director for Pixar, is leaving the animation studio after 25 years, he announced on Twitter Friday.

“After twenty-five incredible years, I’ve decided to leave Pixar,” the director tweeted. “The time has come for new adventures.”

Unkrich, who directed “Toy Story 3” and “Coco,” is a longtime editor at Pixar, dating back to its early days and to the first “Toy Story” film. He also served as a co-director “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Finding Nemo.”

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“I’m not leaving to make films at another studio; instead, I look forward to spending much-needed time with my family and pursuing interests that have long been back-burnered,” Unkrich said in a statement obtained by TheWrap.

Pixar’s Pete Docter, who directed “Monsters, Inc.,” “Up” and “Inside Out,” praised his colleague upon notice of his departure.

“Lee arrived at Pixar as we were crafting ‘Toy Story,’ and he’s had a profound effect on all Pixar films since,” Docter said in a statement. “He literally taught us rookie filmmakers about staging, composition, and cutting.  His artistry and expert craftsmanship as an editor and co-director became a major reason for the high quality of our filmmaking, and as Lee went on to direct, his ability to find the deep humor and emotion enabled him to create some of the strongest films we’ve made.  He will be sorely missed — but we are enormously grateful for his tireless dedication to quality, and his ability to touch the hearts of audiences around the world.”

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Unkrich’s exit comes amid shakeups at Pixar, with former chief John Lasseter leaving in Dec. 2017 amid sexual misconduct accusations, and President Ed Catmull retiring at the end of 2018. Lasseter was recently hired as head of Skydance Animation.

After twenty-five incredible years, I’ve decided to leave Pixar.

The time has come for new adventures. pic.twitter.com/0KZyHXhs8L

— Lee Unkrich (@leeunkrich) January 18, 2019

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