To Infinity & Beyond…One Last Time
Get ready to ride like the wind, Bullseye; Disney-Pixar has released the official trailer to Toy Story 4. Rumored to be the final film in the groundbreaking franchise, the release marks a culmination of nearly twenty-five years worth of filmmaking. Along with the release of the trailer, Disney has also released this synopsis, via The Verge:
“Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called ‘Forky’ to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.”
It looks like this time we really are saying a final goodbye to our childhood toys. So before we place them back on the shelf for good, let’s take a moment to reflect on the amazing and wonderful world of Toy Story.
“You are a child’s PLAY-THING!”
Now I’m probably dating myself by saying this, but I remember going to see Toy Story in theatres. I can vividly recall the first time watching Woody climb up on Andy’s bed, and how magnificent Buzz Lightyear looked standing there in all his Space Command glory on the big screen. It changed me. I’d never seen animation like that in my entire life; no one had. Toy Story shifted the paradigm and set the tone for every subsequent animated film that’s been made ever since the mid-nineties.
“That wasn’t flying! That was falling with style.”
Beyond its impact on the genre and filmmaking as a whole, Toy Story infiltrated pop culture in a way that few other film franchises have ever come close to being able to do. When I was a kid, I had Buzz and Woody dolls. I had Buzz and Woody sheets. Lunch boxes, pajamas; you name it. This goodbye is especially hard because Buzz and Woody aren’t just Andy’s toys or Bonnie’s; they’re mine, too. They’re all of ours, and I for one am going to be very sad when the time comes to say goodbye to my friends forever.
“You’re my favorite deputy.”
We all grow up. I was seven years old when I first saw Toy Story; now I’m a thirty-year-old man. But I still remember that awe I felt as a young boy, and I think I always will. Should the day come when I have children of my own, I’ll rewatch it with them. And they, in turn, will watch it with their children. That’s the legacy of Toy Story, I suppose: it will always be there to comfort us when we need it to. In that way, I suppose this isn’t goodbye after all. Maybe this is just “see ya later.” A fond a farewell-for-now until the day comes that we inevitably meet again.
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