First thing's first: Go Patriots! And now that I've got that out of my system, can we finally talk about the most exciting thing to happen at this year's Super Bowl? Yes, I know most people will be talking about the New England Patriots scooping the title for a historic sixth time, but as a die-hard Disney fan, there is only one team I can think about right now, and they're captained by a cowboy and space ranger.
Toy Story is without a doubt one of the most beloved animated franchises to ever hit the big screen, and as of this writing, the first three movies are the most successful animated movie trilogy EVER, grossing nearly $2 billion worldwide. Not only that, but each movie was a critical success, as the gang of animated toys brought laughter and tears to children and adults alike!
(Seriously, if you didn't cry when they were all about to be incinerated at the end of Toy Story 3, then I don't actually want to know you.)
And despite thinking that the third movie would be the end of the Toy Story story, it appears that Andy's old toys have gotten themselves into more mischief (which definitely isn't just Disney milking one of their many cash-cows).
The latest trailer was aired as a commercial during the Super Bowl, and sees Bo Peep and Woody reunited, as Buzz finds himself in trouble once again.
Check out the trailer below:
The new movie is set to be released on June 21, and with the brand new Toy Story Playland now open at Disney World in Florida, it is quite hard to believe that 24 years after the first movie's release, Toy Story is still as strong and popular as ever.
But judging from a tweet shared by Tom Hanks - who provides the voice for cowboy Woody - this is seemingly going to be the final instalment of this toy box-sized adventure. And it's not just us fans who are going to struggle with saying goodbye to the gang, as Hanks captioned a behind-the-scenes photo with:
"Final line, final session as Woody of Toy Story 4. We rode like the wind, to infinity and beyond. Hanx"
Like many twenty-somethings, I first fell in love with Toy Story when my parents bought me the first movie on VHS back in 1996. Since then, I have watched every movie countless times, collected the toys, and got the highest score in my family on Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin at the Magic Kingdom. To quote both Buzz Lightyear and my fiancée: "You are a sad, strange little man, and you have my pity."
My point is, like many other people, I'll probably be leaving the movie theatre in tears. So mark it in your calendars, because it certainly is going to be an emotional farewell from characters so many of us grew up with.