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Meet Forky In A New Toy Story 4 Clip

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Posted by Joanna • May 28, 2019

A new Toy Story 4 clip has been released! In “Meet Forky”, we see the toys react to Forky being brought home by Bonnie from kindergarten. This is a clip we’ve seen parts of from different trailers and TV spots, but it’s great to see it in full. Watch below:

It seems that Bonnie isn’t exactly allowed to bring toys with her to school, but she managed to sneak Woody in with her anyway. But he might have been confiscated (that means ‘taken away’)! The familiar crew of toys are as charming as ever – it may have been coming up to 25 years since the first Toy Story movie came out, but the characters still feel fresh and true to themselves. Rex in particular has outdone himself with some great lines in just a 1-minute clip.

Woody is very encouraging and gentle as Forky nervously steps into the world of ‘being a toy’.

Seeing a full clip makes Toy Story 4 feel so close, mainly because it is close! You can even book your tickets now.

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The Final Toy Story 4 Trailer Is The Best Yet

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Posted by Joanna • May 21, 2019

Toy Story 4 comes out exactly one month from today, and to mark this, Pixar have released their final trailer for the eagerly anticipated sequel. And guess what? It’s incredible! You can watch it below:

There’s a lot to take away from this trailer: instantly classic lines from old characters, some more glimpses of all sorts of beautiful scenery, a better idea of the plot, and a few moments of wonderful humour. Pixar are always great at teasing us with new footage but not spoiling the whole movie for us.

The trailer alone really demonstrates how much Woody’s character has evolved over the years. He’s gone from selfless to a fault (“Andy needs me!”) to just…admirably selfless (“Bonnie needs Forky!”). He’s still the same old toy, with the same qualities, but he’s learned from his mistakes over the years.

“He’s posing.”

Seeing Bo in different scenes with interesting lighting shows off how Pixar have managed to update her ‘ceramic look’. It’s stunning. And the way Woody is looking at her, I think he might agree.

It’s not all fun and games though: those terrifying ventriloquist dolls (Gabby Gabby’s henchmen?) look like they’re heading towards being even scarier than the cymbal monkey in Toy Story 3.

We have a feeling that this month will just fly by. We’ll all be queuing up to see Toy Story 4 on June 21st before we know it!

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The Cast Of Up 10 Years On – Where Are They Now?

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Posted by Joanna • May 15, 2019

Unbelievably, Up turns 10 years old at the end of the month. There’s nothing like one of your favourite movies reaching a monumental birthday to make you despair over the relentless passage of time. 10 years is a long time. Pete Docter, the director of Up, has since become the chief creative officer at Pixar, which just goes to show you how much a person can grow over the course of a decade.

This got us thinking: where would Carl, Russell, and the crew be 10 years after the events of Up? Obviously there’s not just one answer to this, so let’s explore the different possibilities for each character.

Carl

First of all, let’s get this out of the way: NO. CARL IS NOT DEAD. That option is not going to be considered. Carl Fredricksen is currently still enjoying the adventure of his life and you can’t convince me otherwise. During the main events of Up, Carl is 78, so now he’ll be at the grand age of 88. Charles Muntz was 92 and still a fully-functioning owner of a blimp full of talking dogs. Who knows what Carl could still be capable of?

We can see from the stills during the end credits that Carl fully embraces his new role as Dug’s master. I think because he understands so deeply the loneliness that elderly people can experience, Carl would find a lot of happiness in training up Dug’s pups to become loving companions to those in need.

Carl and Russell are no doubt looking forward to the next Star Wars movie too, and hopefully they’re enjoying all the spin-offs.

Russell

Russell was a sweet 9 year old Wilderness Explorer, so now he’ll be 19! I can imagine Russell still getting a lot of enjoyment from learning about the huge diversity of animals on the planet (“There are no tigers in South America. Zoology.”), and he’ll definitely want to explore the world one day. Finally earning his ‘Assisting the Elderly’ badge (and, of course, the Ellie badge), might have put things into perspective for him a little though. Maybe Russell is making the most of his time with Carl, maybe he’s volunteering in a care home, or maybe he’s become a Wilderness Explorer Leader, training up a whole new generation of helpful wildlife enthusiasts.

Whatever he’s up to now, he’ll be doing it out of kindness and curiosity because, wow, he’s a good kid.

Dug

Let’s assume Dug was a young dog during the events of Up, because no one likes to think about dogs not being alive any more. A decade later, Dug is probably enjoying a slower pace of life alongside his master, Carl (and possibly alongside some of his puppies). Hopefully that talking collar is still functioning! Dug had a hard start in life, so what he really deserves is a great long life just doing what normal dogs do: lounging in the garden, chasing squirrels, begging for food, and insisting on sleeping on the double bed at night.

Kevin

Kevin, as ever, is a mystery. Who knows how long the mythical ‘Snipe’ lives? Bird can live for a pretty long time (ostriches can live up to 45 years), so let’s all agree that Kevin is alive and well and raising her 15th brood of chicks. The tropical ‘Snipe’ population in Paradise Falls will have had a boost through conservation efforts sparked by Carl and Russell’s awareness campaigns. Maybe Kevin still thinks about her human friends sometimes, or maybe she just misses chocolate.

 

Up did an amazing job of showing that all of life’s ventures are adventures in themselves. Yes, perhaps on paper – or on screen – Carl and Russell’s trip to Paradise Falls was the most exciting event of their lives, but I’m sure that experience has taught them that every memory is of value. It’s 10 years later, and their adventure has only continued.

Ellie would be proud! And I can imagine their house still sitting right beside Paradise Falls, slowly returning to nature with plants growing over the windows and birds nesting in the chimney. I don’t think Ellie would want it any other way.

 

This is just one post out of a series to celebrate Up‘s 1oth anniversary. We’d love to hear your memories and thoughts – leave us a comment, or tweet us and use #Up10th! Where do you see the cast of Up now?

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Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind To Be Pixar Pier’s Next Star Attraction

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Posted by Joanna • May 14, 2019

The next exciting addition to Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure has been revealed!

Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind

The new ride couldn’t have a more fitting name – Inside Out is an emotional whirlwind in itself. Guests will be able to have a whirlwind tour of the shelves of memories by jumping onto one of 8 ‘Memory Movers’. It looks like the ride will be doing a great job of reflecting the colourful look of the movie it’s based on. Pixar Pier will look more magical than ever when the ride is opened this Summer!

The ride has even come with a bunch of beautiful posters, each representing the different areas of Riley’s mind. Take a look at the ‘subconscious’ poster below (where Sadness and Joy encountered all of Riley’s worst fears: Granny’s vacuum cleaner, broccoli, the stairs down to the basement, and Jangles the clown) – is that an oddly familiar ventriloquist doll hiding behind Jangles? A Toy Story 4 reference perhaps?

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Toy Story 4’s Incredible Promotions Campaign – From Alaska Airlines to McDonald’s

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Posted by Joanna • May 2, 2019

The advertising for Toy Story 4 is really picking up speed now that we’re entering the final stretch – it comes out in just over a month, and Pixar are making full use of their remaining time to get people talking about the latest Toy Story sequel. Disney and Pixar have invited an amazing total of 14 brands to join in with their promotions campaign.

 

1. Alaska Airlines

In June, Alaska Airlines will be launching a Toy Story-themed plane featuring the film’s main characters. This is becoming a fun theme now – specially-themed planes have now been created for Toy Story, Coco, Incredibles 2.

2. Babybel® and The Laughing Cow®

These snacks will feature Toy Story characters on their packaging for a limited time, celebrating the release of Toy Story 4. In-store promotions are also set to start rolling out, as well as family activities on Adventure4Family.com – participants will have a chance to win prizes and Toy Story 4 exclusives.

3. Best Western® Hotels & Resorts

4. Blue Diamond Almond Breeze®

5. Bounty

Bounty paper towels will be available in a Toy Story 4 print for a limited time – what better way to announce your love for Pixar by giving even your kitchen essentials a Pixar touch?

6. Chrysler Brand

The brand new ‘Chrysler Pacifica’ minivan has a new TV commercial starring the cast of Toy Story 4. Notice how Woody chooses to listen to Radio Disney. Nice. Watch below:

7. The Clorox Brand

8. Danimals®

9. Go RVing

Interestingly, as Toy Story 4 is following a bit of a ‘road trip’ plot, Disney and Pixar have teamed up with Go RVing to inspire people to take RV road trips of their own.

10. JOANN

The craft store JOANN will be holding multiple events and stocking licensed Toy Story 4 craft kits across the US – be on the look-out for Forky craft kits!

11. Juice Juice®

12. Kellogg’s®

In Walmart stores, specially marked boxes of Kellogg’s® cereal will include a free Toy Story 4 window decal. There will be 5 in total to collect. These special boxes will be available from May 10th.

13. McDonald’s

Toy Story 4 Happy Meals! A total of ten Happy Meal toys will be up for collection – collect them all and you’ll be able to create a whole carnival.

14. Ziploc®

 

As if it wasn’t already hard enough not to think about Toy Story 4, all these advertising campaigns will ensure that Pixar’s new movie and its release date (June 21st) will never stray far from the forefront of our minds. Not long to go now. Let us know if you come across any of these special promotions while you’re out and about!

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Woody’s Round-Up – New Merch, And Jessie Joins The Fun At Pixar Pier

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Posted by Joanna • April 29, 2019

Does Toy Story 4 still seem too far away? Luckily, there have been some nice bits of Pixar-related news to help tide us over lately (apologies in advance for tempting you with lots of sweet merchandise).

New Merchandise

It’s not unusual for lots of merchandise to start hitting the shelves in the run-up to a film release. Toy Story products have been cropping up all over the place, but amidst all of this, some other merch has been quietly making the rounds online.

Toy Story 4 Goldfish have recently become available – same great taste, but now you can eat Woody’s and Buzz’s heads. Great! Loungefly have also come out with a line of new purses and bags featuring an adorable Toy Story print. 

It’s also lovely to see a past Pixar short getting some love – Funko Pop have released a new figurine for “Presto”. Alec Azam, the white rabbit and star of the short, looks pretty good with a classic Funko makeover.

You can also now get all three soundtracks for the Pixar SparkShorts “Purl”, “Smash and Grab” and “Kitbull”, which is amazing considering some of the theatrically released shorts from years ago haven’t had soundtrack releases.

Jessie’s Critter Carousel

The brand new ride at Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure Park is now open! Fittingly, this ride is inspired by Jessie’s gang of animal pals in “Woody’s Round-up” in Toy Story 2.  It’s a lovely twist on a classic carousel – you can choose to ride on anything from a tortoise to a raccoon.

“Toy Story Drop” – Mobile Game Releasing Later This Spring

“Toy Story Drop” is a mobile game that should be available to download onto smartphones soon. It looks like there will be a lot of familiar characters and locations as you make your way through this classic matching puzzle game. You can watch a sneak peek of the game below:

 

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Old Friends And New Faces – New Toy Story 4 TV Spot And Poster

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Posted by Joanna • April 18, 2019

A new Toy Story 4 TV spot has given us a glimpse of some brand new footage, all centred around Bo Peep, the Pixar heroine we’re looking forward to reacquainting ourselves with this summer. Take a look at the TV spot below:

From what we’ve seen of Toy Story 4 already, it’s clear that the movie is going to look beautiful. This new TV spot has totally solidified this prediction – the animation and camera movements are so exciting and believable, and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such an impressively animated 3D cat. The lighting is stunning.

We also get to see the toys reacting to the complex mystery that is toy death as the characters witness a cuddly toy with its head ripped off.

“Is that how we look…on the inside?”

“There’s so much…f-f-f-f-fluff!”

The new poster features the golden trio – Woody, Buzz, and Bo (plus Officer Giggle McDimples, of course) – with the atmospheric blurred carnival lights in the background. Such attention to detail!

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Monsters, Inc. Animated Series ‘Monsters At Work’ – Familiar Voice Cast Revealed

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Posted by Joanna • April 9, 2019

We’ve known that a new Monsters, Inc. animated series has been in the works for a good while now, but today an official title and voice cast were revealed. The series, which is being developed for Disney’s upcoming video subscription service Disney+, will be called ‘Monsters At Work’, and will arrive in 2020.

‘Monsters At Work’ will take place just six months after the events of Monsters, IncMike and Sulley will have fully settled into their new roles as Jokesters on the Laugh Floor, and who knows how serious Mike and Celia’s relationship will have gotten?

The voice cast reveal is a wonderful surprise: fans of the movie will notice that a lot of the names are very familiar… Billy Crystal is returning as Mike Wazowski, John Goodman is reprising his role as Sulley, Mike’s partner Celia will still be voiced by original voice actor Jennifer Tilly, and old favourites John Ratzenberger and Bob Peterson will lend their voices to the Yeti and Roz respectively. In fact, Bob Peterson won’t only be voicing Roz – he’ll be voicing Roze too, Roz’s twin sister. (!!!)

‘Monsters At Work’ will introduce other new characters in addition to Roze. Get ready for a long list of great names and a star-studded cast:

Tylor Tuskmon, a young mechanic who dreams of working alongside Mike and Sulley on the Laugh Floor, will be voiced by Ben Feldman, and he’ll be joined by a whole host of other characters: Bernard (also voiced by John Ratzenberger), Val Little (voiced by Kelly Marie Tran), Fritz (voiced by Henry Winkler), Duncan (voiced by Lucas Neff), Cutter (voiced by Alanna Ubach), Smitty and Needleman (both voiced by Stephen Stanton) and Millie Tuskmon (voiced by Aisha Tyler).

A quick aside – Alanna Ubach has voiced a Pixar character before: Mama Imelda in Coco!

A lot of the newly revealed voice actors have been tweeting about their excitement, so it’s easy to tell ‘Monsters At Work’ has had a lot of heart put into it. We’ll be looking forward to teasers and sneak peeks of the look of the series, which will hopefully be coming our way in the next few months.

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Pixar Heroines: Inside Out’s Joy

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Posted by Joanna • March 31, 2019

March is Women’s History Month, and we couldn’t let it pass by without continuing our ‘heroines of Pixar’ series. In case you missed it, here is last month’s spotlight on the strong and adorable Dot from A Bug’s Life.

It’s hard to choose just one Pixar heroine to write about (which is why I’m glad this is going to be an indefinite series) – there are so many influential female characters that have brought out in the best in Pixar’s movies over the years. But I’ve settled on Joy from Inside Out, a film full to the brim with a refreshing variety of heroines.

Making Riley happy is so important to Joy – here she looks up at Riley with total adoration.

Joy is interesting, because for much of the movie, she’s acting as the antagonist without even knowing it. She’s a little like Woody from Toy Story in the way she sacrifices herself for Riley – it’s only later that she discovers she’s been sacrificing others too. Joy is the most dominant of Riley’s five emotions in headquarters. She’s the boss, and she takes her position very seriously. Because she is in charge of expressing Riley’s happiness, it’s understandable why Joy is so determined to take centre stage – being happy is all that matters, right? Inside Out very cleverly reminds us, or even teaches us, that happiness shouldn’t always be the only emotion to aim towards. All emotions are important, and the development of Joy’s character encapsulates this message perfectly.

Why Joy is inspiring:

Joy more than lives up to her name – she explodes onto the screen with confidence, happiness, and determination. She’s funny, in-your-face, and – honestly? – a bit annoying. And that last bit, weirdly, is why she serves as such an inspiration to me. She’s flawed. And by the end of the movie, she completely admits she was wrong while still remaining true to herself. Admitting to your own mistakes, especially if it’s an inbuilt personality trait, is one of the hardest things to do, but Joy does it so well. Joy’s mistake was a drastic one: she valued her own role and her own beliefs above all others, which sent Riley’s emotional state into total chaos. But she fixed it, she changed the error in her ways, and she mended the friendships that she’d harmed along the way. I think everyone can take a little inspiration from that.

People often say they want ‘strong female characters’, and Joy fits into that category pretty well. But it’s her vulnerability that makes her an inspiration. When she falls into Riley’s Memory Dump with Bing Bong, her grief is so deep and raw, but she finds strength in that moment of fragility, picks herself up, and finds a way through it. One minute she’s at rock bottom, and then the next minute she’s flying a rocket in order to start her heroic rescue mission. Go, Joy!

In The Art Of Inside Out, Amy Poehler, the voice of Joy, gives a brief introduction to the book and talks about how much she enjoyed being a part of the process. Playing Joy, she writes, “has added extra years to my life”.

“I was able to spend hours Living in Joy, which meant I could speak from the heart and love with abandon.”

Some little facts about Joy’s character:

  • All of the Inside Out emotions are based off of simple shapes. Joy is based off of a star, which you can see much more clearly in the ‘abstract thought’ scene.
  • In an earlier version of the film, Joy and Fear were the ones that had a journey outside of headquarters instead of Joy and Sadness.
  • Joy was originally going to be called ‘Optimism’.
  • In early versions of the film, Joy was going to appear in the ‘real world’ too, and act as a kind of imaginary guide on Riley’s shoulder.

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Toy Story 4 UK Trailer ‘Freedom’ – New Footage, New Lines, and more!

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Posted by Joanna • March 27, 2019

Pixar’s trailers often differ slightly between regions, and the newly released Toy Story 4 UK trailer is no exception. Watch below:

A lot of the trailer is familiar territory, but we see some new footage which really boasts the film’s beautiful lighting and scenery. Bonnie is looking cuter than ever, the close-up and distant shots are all equally stunning, and the old crew of toys are just as lovable as always.

At the moment, we don’t know a whole lot about Forky. He’s an art project of sorts, made by Bonnie at school, but aside from him not really wanting to be a toy, not much of his personality has been revealed. Perhaps this is shaping up to be a little like the Bing-Bong situation when Inside Out was coming out: we didn’t know much about him to begin with. All we knew was that he looked a little ridiculous, being a creation from a child’s imagination. But with Inside Out‘s release, Bing-Bong went from being a silly side character to one of the most loved and mourned characters in Pixar’s history. Will this be Forky’s fate too? We won’t have to wait long to find out now! Toy Story 4 is in theatres June 21st.

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