Its official! Production for Toy Story 4 is currently underway. According to E!, Tom Hanks has headed into the Pixar studio to voice his character Woody once again.
The actor enthusiastically shared his journey to the Oakland studio by posting a WhoSay video of his commute, which included traffic. He captioned it all.
“Back to Oakland! Pixar! Working on #ToyStory4, partners! Hanx.”
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This isn’t the first time we’re hearing from Tom Hanks about his return to Pixar for the latest Toy Story installment. While promoting Bridge of Spies on the Graham Norton Show, Hanks gave the audience some details about the production.
“We’re now recording Toy Story 4. It will be out in 2018, so it takes a long time. I have a recording session on the second of December.”
It’s not all fun and games while Hanks is recording. Although it seems like it would be a joy to voice such an iconic character, Hanks admitted that it’s a huge work out on his diaphragm.
“My diaphragm gets a workout. I’m driving home and I literally have to put an ice pack on my chest because it’s clenched throughout.”
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As the Inquisitr reported, since the announcement of Toy Story 4 there have been little tidbits here and there in regards to the script, which was written by Rashida Jones.
The last we heard about the plot of Toy Story 4, Disney’s Chief, John Lasseter, detailed some of the plot by calling it a love story.
“It’s a love story with Woody and—and this is news—Bo Peep… At Pixar and at Disney, we only make sequels if we come up with a story that’s as good or better than the original. That’s our rule. We don’t do things just to print money.”
As for getting your fill of nostalgia, not to worry because old characters are returning, aside from the main ones such as Woody and Buzz. In addition to Bo Peep, Kristen Schaal will also be making a return as Trixie, a blue plastic toy who was featured in Toy Story 3.
Of her appearance in the fourth installment Schaal said the following.
“Yeah, Trixie is going to be returning… I have no details at all. They just told me I was back and I was thrilled.”
Although most fans are overjoyed that there’s going to be a fourth installment to the Toy Story franchise, some fans said that this is just another way for Disney to squeeze out money from loyal fans. The third Toy Story was seen as such a perfect ending for the toys that it didn’t feel like a fourth installment was necessary.
That said, those at Disney are trying to settle fans’ worries that this is nothing more than a ploy for more money.
Lasseter talked about the franchise.
“We love these characters so much; they are like family to us. We don’t want to do anything with them unless it lives up to or surpasses what’s gone before. But when Andrew, Pete, Lee, and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we had to make this movie — and I wanted to direct it myself.”
“At Pixar and at Disney, we only make sequels if we come up with a story that’s as good or better than the original. That’s our rule. We don’t do things just to print money.”
Are you excited for Toy Story 4?
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