Your heart might not be ready, but Disney’s Pixar is. The animation studio has released a new teaser trailer for Toy Story 4, the highly anticipated fourth chapter in an ongoing saga about how much our toys love us and the lengths they will go to to prove that love. The trailer debuted Sunday, during Super Bowl 53.
Last we saw Woody and Buzz and their fellow toys in 2010’s Toy Story 3, Andy (their owner) was headed to college — which led to an existential crisis of sorts for Andy’s toys. In the end, Andy gave the beloved toys to a new child, Bonnie, to take care of them. And in the interim, during a stint at Sunnyside Daycare that made up most of the film’s action, the toys (with the help of Woody and Buzz) overthrew Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear’s cruel regime and made the day care a better place for all toys.
In the new Toy Story 4 trailer, there’s no sign of Bonnie or Sunnyside Daycare. Instead, Woody and Bo Peep (who makes her triumphant return in this movie) are at a carnival looking for Buzz, who said he would meet them there. Buzz finds himself literally tied up at the moment; he not only becomes a prize at one of the carnival games but also finds himself tormented by two new characters (above), voiced by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.
It’s a very brief teaser, and it’s unclear how much of this sequence will appear in the movie. (For a longer look at Key and Peele’s new characters, recall this promotional teaser from the fall, in which they spoof their popular valet sketches from their late, beloved Comedy Central series Key & Peele.)
Details about Toy Story 4 remain scarce. We know that a few new toys will be introduced, voiced by Tony Hale, Peele, and Key. But we don’t know what these toys’ relationships will be to the main cast, or what their intentions are (yet). A teaser trailer released in November just featured characters’ faces.
And while the movie doesn’t come out until June, the buzz surrounding it seems to indicate that it could be the final chapter in the Toy Story franchise. At the end of January, Tom Hanks, who plays Woody, tweeted what seemed like a thank-you and goodbye — seemingly as he wrapped up his voice work on the film — about how the cast and crew “rode like the wind, to infinity and beyond”:
Final line, final session as Woody of Toy Story 4. We rode like the wind, to infinity and beyond. Hanx pic.twitter.com/v87ZYNyzx8— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) January 30, 2019
Just a few hours later, Tim Allen (who voices Buzz Lightyear) tweeted about how finishing his work on the film made him emotional:
Finished my Buzz for Toy Story 4 today and it got emotional. Wonderful full body story. You are all going to love the work this incredible team at Pixar created. We are all going to love this story....man its got everything.— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) January 31, 2019
Given the feelings that the Toy Story movies and Pixar are known for, this latest chapter and possible goodbye to our favorite toys will undoubtedly be emotional for fans, too.
Toy Story 4 will open in theaters on June 21, 2019.