Even though I’m actually on vacation at Walt Disney World at the moment, when I discovered this latest interview from Tom Hanks, I had to take a few minutes in my hotel room to share the new information. On a recent episode of the BBC radio program The Chris Evans Breakfast Show, Hanks discussed the ending of Toy Story 4, and echoed many of the same sentiments voiced recently by Tim Allen.
It was the first time that we were going to be recording the end of the movie, and ‘Toy Story’ is going to have an impactful ending. The way you record ‘Toy Story’ is by – you’re in a room with the team that has created it. And when I went in for my last day of recording, I wanted to have my back to them, because usually you’re facing them, so you can look right up, and you can talk about it. But I didn’t want to see them, and I wanted to pretend they couldn’t see me. When I realized what they were going for, yeah, I realized, oh, this is a moment in history.
“Impactful” and a “moment in history” – these are what bring to mind Allen’s previous statements, such as the ending being “very difficult for Woody and Buzz.” But Hanks doesn’t come right out and say that it is sad, or depressing; he only leaves the impression that it is significant, and momentous. While I continue to hope for a positive conclusion to the story, I also can’t help but question whether a movie that is being promoted through children’s books and toy lines could truly end on a negative note, one fraught with uneasiness or unpleasant emotion. And it still surprises me that the two main voice actors are being allowed to give away the ending – but are they, really? Only time will tell if they’re being factual or throwing us off course, and we still have seven more months until we find out the truth of it all.
Hanks went on to talk more about the Toy Story franchise in general:
Here’s the thing about those geniuses that are there at Pixar, and everybody that has ever been involved with any of the Toy Story things – they invented something there. And the extraordinary truth about them all – not only has the technology, but the emotional range of those movies has become more and more deep, and profound, and affecting. And it’s almost a curiosity, of why it is so, cause they’re toys.
I know that I, personally, feel a profound connection with the characters that have been created and developed in this world over the past 23 years, and I look forward to seeing where they take the Toy Story gang in their new movie. And I also believe that this speaks to the genius of Pixar, that they can create characters that have such depth and relatability, in the form of an ensemble of toys.
I’ll continue to check for Toy Story 4 updates, even as I’m spending my days in Toy Story Land over the next couple weeks. If I should find anything new, I’ll still share as I have the time. Nothing would make me happier than to hear some more definite Toy Story 4 news while I’m in the perfect place to celebrate it!
Image © Tom Hanks, logo © Disney/Pixar.