With just a little over a week to go until Toy Story 4 hits theaters, we’re in really in the home stretch now. There continues to be a constant stream of new content, especially in the form of videos, so in keeping what I’ve been doing with my other posts lately, here’s another compilation of some of the best new stuff.
Last night was the red carpet premiere of Toy Story 4 at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood. The environs of the theater were set up like a carnival, complete with a ferris wheel and other rides, and Woody, Bo Peep, Buzz Lightyear, and Jessie were present to greet attendees. PeopleTV livestreamed the event, and they’ve shared some short clips of the individual actors being interviewed as they arrived.
If you’d like to watch the livestream in its entirety (over an hour), however, you can do so here…
I’ve also found a different interview reel from the event…
A clip was shown during the premiere, as well – the full scene where Buzz is reunited with Woody and Bo…
See? He holds out his hand to greet her, and she gives him a friendly hug. He doesn’t even hug her back. Let’s all say this together again, folks – NOT a love triangle. K? Shall we move on?
Over this past weekend, a press event was held at Walt Disney World, with many of the cast in attendance. Two separate panel discussions were held with the actors and filmmakers.
***** SPOILER ALERT! *****
DO NOT WATCH THESE if you are trying to stay spoiler-free.
There is some discussion of the ending.
It is NOT my fault if you ignore my warning!
Since I haven’t avoided every single spoiler for the past six months (oy, the word “spoiler” is so not my favorite right now) these interviews were really fun to watch, for me. They offer some great insights about the movie – although honestly, I’m a little tired of them only focusing on such a small part of the cast for all their promo materials. There are other voices I’d like to hear from, but I guess that’s not to be this time around.
TV Spots and Commercials
New TV spots continue to be released, each one usually showing maybe one or two fleeting glimpses of something we haven’t seen before.
A few new commercials have come out, too. Now that the McDonalds Happy Meal toys are available, there’s an ad for that…
There’s also one for Clorox…
I’ve seen some others (Best Western and Bounty, to name a couple) either on television or as social media ads, but I haven’t been able to find quality versions of them online. Keep an eye out, though, because Toy Story 4 commercials are everywhere at the moment!
… and Beyond
Now that we’re so close to Toy Story 4, I honestly don’t know how much I’ll be posting over the next few weeks. I may pop on here (or on one of my social media accounts) to share something quickly, but the truth is, I’m going to be keeping my distance for a bit. I want to savor this experience for myself, and with my family. Despite the fact that I’ve read the books, I don’t want to read reviews that give too much away – children’s books leave a lot out, and I want the rest of the movie to be a surprise in the theater. Besides, I’ve spent a lot of time searching for Toy Story news these past several years – with things really getting hectic over the past couple months – and I need a break, as well as the freedom to process the movie and appreciate it fully. That way, by the time we start to get news about the Forky Asks A Question series, I’ll be refreshed and ready to dig in.
Also, everyone has their own very personal opinions about how they want this movie to end, and what a “happy ending” looks like to them. And let’s face it, I know how the internet works these days, and I don’t want to be inundated with messages from people either wanting me to tell them what the ending is (it’s been a serious problem already, ever since I posted that I bought the books – I absolutely will not share that information), or venting to me what they hated about it like it’s my fault somehow. I’ve met some wonderful people over the course of the movie’s journey, but I’m pretty worn down by the drama and trolls that have also come along with this crazy ride. It’s gotten to the point that I’ve had to turn off comments every place I can, just to preserve my sanity. So, in order for me to enjoy Toy Story 4 as it actually happens, I need to free myself from everything that steals the joy from it, until the hype settles down and the troublemakers move on to the next big thing.
Enjoy this last week of anticipation, y’all! We’ve waited a long time for this moment. And most of all, enjoy the movie! From what we’ve heard so far, it’s going to be something special.
Images © Disney/Pixar and sourced from the USA Today site.