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  • Tim Allen signed on for a fourth film even before it was announced and Tom Hanks was all for it as well.
  • The first film in the "Toy Story" franchise that the toys' original owner Andy doesn't appear in as he left for college in the third film.
  • John Lasseter has said that Pixar would only make a fourth film if it was just as good as or better than the previous three films in the franchise, saying, "We don't want to do anything with [these characters] unless it lives up to or surpasses what's gone before."
  • The story for Toy Story 4 (2019) was created by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, and Lee Unkrich. After they established a story outline for Toy Story 4 (2019), John Lasseter officially announced the project, saying, "Toy Story 3 (2010) ended Woody and Buzz's story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time, we never even talked about doing another Toy Story movie. But when Andrew, Pete, Lee, and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we had to make this movie - and I wanted to direct it myself."
  • This film was released 24 years after Toy Story (1995), 20 years after Toy Story 2 (1999), and 9 years after Toy Story 3 (2010).
  • This is John Lasseter's third directorial effort in the Toy Story franchise, as he previously directed Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 2 (1999). Lee Unkrich was the director of Toy Story 3 (2010) since Lasseter had chosen to direct Cars 2 (2011) instead.
  • The "Toy Story" series has been referred to in both animated and live action movies. Finding Nemo (2003) (the dentist's office),The Shaggy Dog (2006) (dog jumps from bridge/car), Monsters, Inc. (2001) (Sully is looking for Boo's room), Bedtime Stories (2009) (Buzz Lightyear in the space arena), the Cars franchise (McQueen's tire brand and the name on the blimp) and Coco (Woody and Buzz toys for sale near the plaza). A bug's life was also featured in Toy Story 2. It's a very brief scene.
  • John Lasseter pulled in Rashida Jones and Will McCormack as writers after seeing their film Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012). Lasseter also wanted a strong female voice for the writing.
  • This marks Josh Cooley's directorial debut.
  • Tom Hanks revealed on The Graham Norton Show (2007) that Disney executives forbade him to talk about this film before the film was officially announced by Walt Disney Pictures, because it could influence the stock market value of the company.
  • Tom Hanks started doing voice overs in December 2015 while also filming Sully (2016). He describes performing the voice of Woody as physically demanding like a four-hour ab workout.
  • Toy Story 4 (2019) had it's release date pushed back a year twice, in order to give its spot to other Pixar Films, and as it had been lagging in production.
  • Has had the longest production cycle of any "Toy Story" film to date.
  • The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Don Rickles had not recorded his dialogue for the character Mr. Potato Head for Toy Story 4 (2019) before he tragically passed away on April 6, 2017 due to kidney failure. When the first teaser was shown on November 12, 2018, it was confirmed that Mr. Potato Head will indeed still be appearing in the film.
  • Each successive "Toy Story" film is 11 minutes longer than its predecessor. The original is an hour and 21 minutes long, the second film is an hour and 32 minutes, and the third film is an hour and 43 minutes. However, this fourth film has a run time of one hour and 40 minutes, breaking the pattern.
  • All four "Toy Story" films have had their music composed by Randy Newman.
  • Pixar's 21st feature film, and last film of the 2010s.
  • Joan Cusack's sixth Disney film after Toy Story 2 (1999), Ice Princess (2005), Chicken Little (2005), Toy Story 3 (2010), and Mars Needs Moms (2011).
  • Jeff Garlin's fourth Pixar film after WALL·E (2008), Toy Story 3 (2010), and Cars 2 (2011).
  • Laurie Metcalf's sixth Disney film after Toy Story (1995), Toy Story 2 (1999), Treasure Planet (2002), Meet the Robinsons (2007), and Toy Story 3 (2010).
  • The third Pixar film and last one to have Bud Luckey as an actor after The Incredibles (2004) and Toy Story 3 (2010).
  • The second "Toy Story" film not to be directed by John Lasseter, as well as Pixar's fourth follow up film to have a different director from the previous.
  • Tom Hanks and Tim Allen's 5th Pixar film after Toy Story (1995), Toy Story 2 (1999), Cars (2006), and Toy Story 3 (2010).
  • Pixar's fifth film to undergo both a Director Change and Script Rewrites partway through production in this case with Josh Cooley taking over John Lasseter. The first four being Monsters Inc (2001) with Pete Docter taking over Joe Ranft, Ratatouille (2007) with Brad Bird taking over Jan Pinkava, Brave (2012) with Mark Andrews taking over Brenda Chapman, and The Good Dinosaur (2015) with Peter Sohn taking over Bob Peterson. But this is the studio's first follow-up to undergo those two things.
  • Was originally going to be directed by John Lasseter, the director of the First two "Toy Story" and "Cars" films, as well as A Bug's Life (1998) as a normal point of the franchise until 2017 when it was decided to be the last film of the franchise in which Josh Cooley has taken over due to difficulties Lasseter had been facing directing a film while at the same time being CEO of all Animation Studios of Disney, though Lasseter remains as Executive Producer.
  • Mr. Potato Head's voice actor, Don Rickles was the third main voice actor to have passed away in 2017, the exact same year as Twitch's voice actor in Toy Story 3 (2010), John Cygan. The first one was Slinky's first voice actor, Jim Varney right before Blake Clark took over, and the second one was Lenny and Wheezy's voice actor, the great and talented, Joe Ranft (1960-2005), himself. The fourth main one was R. Lee Ermey (voice of Sarge from the first three films), who passed away in 2018 only two months after Pixar member Bud Luckey (voice of Chuckles the Clown).
  • Tim Allen's 8th Disney film after The Santa Clause (1994), Toy Story (1995), Toy Story 2 (1999), The Santa Clause 2 (2002), The Santa Clause 3 (2006), Cars (2006), and Toy Story 3 (2010).
  • John Lasseter initially gave up directing Cars 3 (2017) for this film before his Director Status was turned down, similar to how he gave up directing Toy Story 3 (2010) for Cars 2 (2011).
  • Bonnie Hunt's eighth Pixar film, after A Bug's Life (1998), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Cars (2006), Toy Story 3 (2010), Cars 2 (2011), Monsters University (2013), and Cars 3 (2017).
  • Pixar's first Fourthquel.
  • Wikipedia said that Eddie Murphy was going to be Mr. Potato Head's new voice.
  • The only Toy Story film presented in the 2.35:1 letterbox aspect ratio, unlike the first three which were in the taller 1.85:1. The intention was to give this film more of a cinematic, dreamlike feel to it, more so than the previous three films. Notice the slight horizontal distortion in wide angle shots and oval-shaped bokeh in closeups, particularly of Woody and Bo Peep - these are some of the characteristics of anamorphic widescreen cinematography, all played out in an animated film.
  • It remains to be seen if this will continue the original trilogy's trend of having a song written by Randy Newman nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Song, after Toy Story (1995) with "You've Got a Friend In Me", Toy Story 2 (1999) with "When She Loved Me", and Toy Story 3 (2010) with "We Belong Together"
  • In the Muppets Most Wanted (2014) teaser trailer during the song "We're Doing a Sequel", Gonzo mentions that they're waiting for Tom Hanks to make "Toy Story 4" seem like a joke, but this was later announced to be an actual film in production.
  • Is one of the three animated films of 2019 that started out as a 2017 film, before being pushed back to 2018, then pushed back a second time to 2019. The other two being How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) by DreamWorks Animation and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) by Warner Bros. under their Warner Animation Group division.
  • This is the 2nd Toy Story film to release the same year as a Star Wars film, after Toy Story 2 (1999). That film came the same year as Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) (the first installment in the Prequel Trilogy), whilst Toy Story 4 (2019) came the same year as Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) (the last installment in the Sequel Trilogy).
  • Is Pixar's third film to release the same day as a previous film, with this releasing the same day Monsters University (2013) did six years prior. The other two having been Coco (2017) which released the same day Toy Story (1995) did 22 years prior to that, and The Good Dinosaur (2015) which released the same day as A Bug's Life (1998) did 17 years prior to that.
  • Is Jeff Garlin's sixth animated voiceover role, after The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 3: The Jerkinators! (2006), WALL·E (2008), Toy Story 3 (2010), Cars 2 (2011), and ParaNorman (2012).
  • Pixar initially had no plans to do a fourth film in the franchise, with Toy Story 3 (2010) having been intent on being a closing point to the franchise with Andy saying goodbye to his toys. But after the film was a huge success, it prompted Pixar to continue the franchise following the toys' new life at Bonnie's with short films and TV specials, followed by the announcement of an eventual fourth film in late 2014.
  • The third Pixar film produced by Jonas Rivera, after Up (2009) and Inside Out (2015), both directed by Pete Docter. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture with Up (2009), and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature with both that and Inside Out (2015).
  • Toy Story (1995) is the third animated film franchise to have had at least four theatrically released installments, not counting prequels, spinoffs, or midquels, after Shrek (2001) and Ice Age (2002).
  • This is the last role of Bud Luckey, who had passed away on February 24, 2018, at the age of 83 due to natural causes over a year before the film's release. This film was dedicated to his memory.
  • Director Josh Cooley was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay with Inside Out (2015), which was produced by this film's producer, Jonas Rivera.
  • Released in the last year of the 2010s, much like how Toy Story 3 (2010) released in the first year of the 2010s.
  • Pixar's last film worked on by John Lasseter, following his departure from Disney in 2019.
  • Many fans of the franchise expressed being upset over this film, saying that Toy Story 3 (2010) had a satisfying conclusion and it would only be spoiled.
  • This film marked John Lasseter's final involvement with Pixar Animation Studios before he exited the Disney company as chief creative officer.
  • The 13th Pixar film to be rated G by the MPAA.
  • The fifth Pixar film to feature the full 2011 Disney opening logo as a closing logo, after Finding Dory (2016), Cars 3 (2017), Coco (2017) and Incredibles 2 (2018).
  • Toy Story 4 is released in year 2020. On the 10th Anniversary of Toy Story 3 (2010)
  • Toy Story 4 (2019) is being released in 2019, on the 20th anniversary of Toy Story 2 (1999).
  • The last Disney animated film of 2010s to be rated G by the MPAA.
  • The last Disney animated film of 2010s to be produced in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio.
  • The "Toy Story" and "Men in Black" franchises have had their sequels released between a few years and several years later. Toy Story 4 (2019) will be released in the same year as Men in Black: International (2019). "Toy Story 4" is the only "Toy Story" film that will be released in the same year as a Men in Black film, and it will also be released 22 years after Men in Black (1997), 17 years after Men in Black II (2002), and 7 years after Men in Black 3 (2012).
  • This is the first Pixar film since Finding Dory (2016) to be shown in a 1:85:1 aspect ratio.
  • The first Pixar film to become a quadrilogy.
  • Toy Story 4 (2019) will be one of the first new films to be released on Disney+ alongside Frozen II (2019) and The Lion King (2019).
  • Pixar's second film to have a dedication of a late actor who passed away a year ago. (The first film from Pixar to do so was Cars (2006).)
  • Bud Luckey's fourth and final voice role in a Disney film after The Incredibles (2004), Toy Story 3 (2010), and Winnie the Pooh (2011).
  • The eighth animated sequel to be produced in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio unlike the previous installments which were produced at 1.85:1, after Rugrats Go Wild (2003), Shrek Forever After (2010), Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014), Ice Age: Collision Course (2016), Despicable Me 3 (2017), and Sherlock Gnomes (2018)
  • Pixar's final film of the 2010s.
  • This is Disney's first 2.35:1 production to be a sequel of a franchise that originated in 1.85:1 since Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014).
  • Mr. Potato Head is the eleventh character in a Pixar production to be recasted at a later point in the franchise. The others this previously applied to were Slinky and Andy (younger at the start of the film) in Toy Story 3 (2010), Filmore in Cars 2 (2011), Red in Cars Toons: Tales from Radiator Springs (2013), Nemo, Squirt and Jacques in Finding Dory (2016), Chick Hicks in Cars 3 (2017), and Dash and Rick Dicker in Incredibles 2 (2018).
  • Kristen Schaal and Jordan Peele's second animated film together, after Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017).
  • Keegan-Michael Key's first of three theatrical films of 2019 doing voice over work. His next two films would later be The Lion King (2019) and The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019), the former of which being another Disney film.
  • Keegan-Michael Key (Ducky in Toy Story 4 (2019)) and Whoopi Goldberg (Stretch the Rubbery Octopus in Toy Story 3 (2010)) both appeared in an incarnation of The Lion King (1994). Goldberg was in the original traditionally animated film (The Lion King (1994)) as Shenzi, whilst Key was in Live Action Reboot (The Lion King (2019)) as Kamari, both characters being one of the villainous hyenas in the respective versions.
  • Keegan-Michael Key's first animated film to not be from Sony Animation or Warner Bros. (under their Warner Animation Group division).
  • Keegan-Michael Key's character Ducky was also the name of one of Sid's Mutant Toys in the first Toy Story (1995) film.
  • The third animated franchise that originated in 1.85:1 to have a 2.35:1 aspect ratio for its fourth film, after Shrek Forever After (2010) and Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012).
  • This marks the first pairing of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele since Storks (2016). That film featured Kelsey Grammer, who played Stinky Pete, the main villain of Toy Story 2 (1999).
  • Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele previously appeared alongside Kelsey Grammer from a previous film in the "Toy Story" franchise (where he voiced Stinky Pete the Prospector, the main villain of Toy Story 2 (1999)) in the Warner Bros. animated film Storks (2016) released three years prior.
  • Keegan-Michael Key's first film to be rated G. His previous films were rated PG or higher.
  • Patricia Arquette will play the villainous Sabrina Froudmile, the toy leader of the Sally Dawkins House.
  • Keanu Reeves is Guy, the action figure of Guy Stonebull. He was fulfilled with all the toys in the neighborhood. He was a protective man of excitement.
  • Keegan-Michael Key and Tony Hale's second collaboration after The Angry Birds Movie (2016).
  • The ninth Disney's computer-animated sequel, after Toy Story 2 (1999), Toy Story 3 (2010), Cars 2 (2011), Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014), Finding Dory (2016), Cars 3 (2017), Incredibles 2 (2018) and Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018). Though Monsters University (2013) is also part of Disney's animated follow ups, it's actually a prequel.
  • The second trailer featuring Ducky and Bunny is an animated version of Key and Peele (2012)'s famous "Valet" skit.
  • Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, who are both co-stars in Toy Story 4 (2019) both previously starred in the crime comedy Keanu (2016). Coincidentally, Keanu Reeves is also their costar in that film.
  • Tony Hale's 3rd theatrically released animated film, after The Tale of Despereaux (2008) and The Angry Birds Movie (2016).
  • The first and only film of the franchise to not have any characters voiced by Jack Angel. In Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 2 (1999) he voiced both Rocky and Mr. Shark, some of Andy's toys, whilst Toy Story 3 (2010) he voiced Chunk, one of Lotso's former henchmen.
  • Patricia Arquette's second time voice acting in a theatrical film, after The Wait (2013).
  • The fourth Disney animated film to be released on June 21st, after The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Lilo & Stitch (2002), and Monsters University (2013).
  • Jordan Peele's third animated film, after Storks (2016) and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017), and his first animated film that doesn't have him voicing one of the villains.
  • Toy Story 4 (2019) had its release date pushed back a year twice in order to give its spot to other films, and as the film had been lagging in production.
  • Kristen Schaal (Trixie) and Keegan-Michael Key (Ducky) have also appeared in episodes of both Archer (2009) and Bob's Burgers (2011).
  • Bill Hader's fourth Pixar film after Monsters University (2013), Inside Out (2015), and Finding Dory (2016) and fifth from Walt Disney Animation Studios after Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018).
  • From the studio (Disney/Pixar) that created the films Toy Story (1995), A Bug's Life (1998), Finding Nemo (2003), and Inside Out (2015).
  • Wanda Sykes' second animated film of 2019 after UglyDolls (2019)
  • Wanda Sykes' first theatrically released Disney film.
  • The first Pixar film with a character voiced by Josh Cooley (director of Toy Story 4 (2019)) to not be directed by Pete Docter.
  • The sixth Pixar film to display "The End" at the end after A Bug's Life (1998), Finding Nemo (2003), Ratatouille (2007) (as Fin), Finding Dory (2016), and Coco (2017). It was also the only one of "Toy Story" franchise to do so and the second one to not have any characters voiced by Brad Garrett.
  • Tom Hanks (Woody), Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear), Wallace Shawn (Rex), John Ratzenberger (Hamm), Debi Derryberry/Jeff Pidgeon (Little Green Men/Squeeze Toy Aliens), and Frank Welker (Animal Vocals) are the only cast members to have appeared in all four films of the Toy Story franchise. This does not include Don Rickles (Mr. Potato Head) in which they used archival recordings for the character due to Rickles' death, the same said for John Morris (Andy) who only voiced the character in the flashbacks.
  • Danny Mann's fifteenth Pixar film after "A Bug's Life" (1998), "Monsters, Inc." (2001), "Finding Nemo" (2003), "The Incredibles" (2004), "Cars" (2006), "WALL-E" (2008), "Up" (2009), "Cars 2" (2011), "Monsters University" (2013), "Inside Out" (2015), "The Good Dinosaur" (2015), "Finding Dory" (2016), "Cars 3" (2017), and "Incredibles 2" (2018).
  • Phil LaMarr's sixth Pixar film after "Cars 2" (2011), "Monsters University" (2013), "The Good Dinosaur" (2015), "Cars 3" (2017), and "Incredibles 2" (2018). It was also the second to not only have him as an additional voice but have a large role as well.
  • The second collaboration between Keanu Reeves and Phil LaMarr after "The Animatrix" (2003).
  • Pixar's second film to release the same month as a film from Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures, after Cars 3 (2017). Both instances were in June, and both Illumination films to release the same month as the respective Pixar film were also sequels.
  • The first "Toy Story" film where they bring back Bo Peep (including Annie Potts, the actress who plays the voice of Bo Peep), for the first time in 20 years.
  • The third Pixar film to not be accompanied by a short film, after Toy Story (1995) and Coco (2017).
  • Josh Cooley's only Pixar film to be rated G. All the others were rated PG.
  • Bo Peep and RC are the only characters returning from the first two films of the franchise to appear in this film.
  • The seventh Pixar film to include the Chinese food box.
  • The Bensons bear a striking resemblance to Slappy the Evil Wooden Dummy from the Goosebumps series.
  • A new location set to feature in this film is called "Second Chance Antiques, Est. 1986". Pixar Animation Studios (the studio behind the Toy Story series) became its own corporation in 1986.
  • Toy Story 4 will be the final Toy Story film in the franchise.
  • Keanu Reeves' first animated film.
  • The third animated sequel to have the credits show a montage of clips from the previous installments play through the end credits after Shrek Forever After (2010) and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019).
  • Madeleine McGraw's second Pixar film, after Cars 3 (2017), two years prior.
  • In the early development stages of the first Toy Story, Woody was to become a ventriloquist dummy. This idea was abandoned in favor of a pull-string cowboy doll. However, this abandoned concept would later be used to shape new characters featured in this sequel.
  • This film along with Toy Story 3 (2010) are the only films of the franchise to not be released in November or the 1990s.
  • This is the first Randy Newman film to be rated PG by the MPAA since James and the Giant Peach (1996).
  • One of the only two films of 2019 to be rated G the other being Uglydolls (2019).
  • The first animated sequel produced at 2.35:1 unlike the previous installments which were produced at 1.85:1 to be rated G.
  • While being the last film of the franchise all four films of the franchise have been released between the original animated version of The Lion King franchise and its live action remake the same said for all 4 films of the Shrek franchise and all 5 films of the Ice Age franchise.
  • Similar to Shrek Forever After (2010) and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019), a montage of clips from the previous films play through the end credits.
  • The fifteenth Pixar film to receive a video game adaptation for traditional video game consoles (not counting mobile games).
  • Pixar's fourth follow-up film to change directors, after Toy Story 3 (2010), Monsters University (2013), and Cars 3 (2017).
  • Kate Carlin's fourth animated film after Antz (1998), Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001), and Shark Tale (2004).
  • As being the last film of the franchise all four Toy Story films along with all four films of the Shrek franchise and all five films of the Ice Age franchise have been released in the gap between The Lion King (1994) and its live-action reboot.
  • All four Toy Story films have been released in the gap between The Lion King (1994) and its live-action remake.
  • Bonnie Anderson can be seen crying a bit in 1 of the trailers due to Forky going missing and running off on his own.
  • The only animated film of 2019 to be rated G by the MPAA and the final animated film of the 2010s to be rated such.
  • This is the first Pixar film to not be accompanied by a short film since Toy Story (1995).
  • Kate Carlin's fourth fully animated film after Antz (1998), Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius (2001), and Shark Tale (2004).
  • Pixar's fifteenth film to receive a video-game adaptation for traditional video game consoles (not counting mobile games as well as LEGO The Incredibles (2018)).
  • Kate Carlin's fourth fully animated film after Antz (1998), Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius (2001), and Shark Tale (2004).
  • The 13th of very few theatrically released animated films of the 2010s to be rated G by the MPAA. The previous 12 animated films of the 2010s to have been rated such had been Toy Story 3 (2010), Gnomeo & Juliet (2011), Cars 2 (2011), Winnie the Pooh (2011), Zambezia (2012), Monsters University (2013), Khumba (2013), Rio 2 (2014), The Hero of Color City (2014), The Peanuts Movie (2015), Cars 3 (2017), and Charming (2018).
  • This is the second theatrical film of the 2010s that's a follow up to a theatrical film released earlier in the 2010s that was rated G by the MPAA to have the same rating as it's predecessor, after Cars 3 (2017). This does not include Rio 2 (2014) which was rated G unlike the first film of the Rio franchise which was rated PG.
  • This is the first theatrically released fourth installment to an animated film franchise to be rated G by the MPAA.
  • This along with the film's predecessor Toy Story 3 (2010) are the only theatrically released films starring Kristen Schaal to be rated G by the MPAA. All of Schaal's other theatrical films from outside the Toy Story franchise had been rated PG or higher.
  • Kate Carlin's fourth fully animated film after Antz (1998), Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius (2001), and Shark Tale (2004).
  • Though not a remake/reboot of the first film it is very similar to the original as it stars a new character named Forky who is convinced he is not a 'toy'. Likewise in the original Buzz Lightyear also stubbornly believes he is not a toy. In both films Woody tries to convince them they are toys and are meant to be played with. Plus like the original Woody once again gets stranded in the middle of nowhere with an original character in this case Forky.
  • The ninth Pixar film to be scored by Randy Newman, after Toy Story (1995), A Bug's Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Cars (2006), Toy Story 3 (2010), Monsters University (2013), and Cars 3 (2017).
  • The eleventh Disney film to be scored by Randy Newman, after Toy Story (1995), James and the Giant Peach (1996), A Bug's Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Cars (2006), The Princess and the Frog (2009), Toy Story 3 (2010), Monsters University (2013), and Cars 3 (2017).
  • The last Pixar film of 2010s to be rated G by the MPAA.
  • Similar to Shrek Forever After (2010) and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) a montage of clips from the previous installments play through the end credits.
  • The sixth Disney's animated sequel to produced in 2.35:1, after Cars 2 (2011), Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014), Cars 3 (2017), Incredibles 2 (2018), and Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018).
  • The fifteenth Disney's animated film of 2010s to produced in 2.35:1, after Mars Needs Moms (2011), Cars 2 (2011), Brave (2012), Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Frozen (2013), Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014), Big Hero 6 (2014), The Good Dinosaur (2015), Zootopia (2016), Moana (2016), Cars 3 (2017), Coco (2017), Incredibles 2 (2018), and Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018).
  • The fourth Pixar sequel to produced in 2.35:1, after Cars 2 (2011), Cars 3 (2017), and Incredibles 2 (2018).
  • The seventh Disney's computer-animated film to have a female main antagonist, after Finding Nemo (2003), Meet the Robinsons (2007), Tangled (2010), Zootopia (2016), Moana (2016), and Incredibles 2 (2018).
  • Pixar's seventh production where a character is recast, in this case, with Bonnie Anderson and Andy in a flashback. The first was Toy Story 3 (2010) with Slinky and Andy (younger at the start of the film), Cars 2 (2011) with Fillmore, Cars Toons: Tales from Radiator Springs (2013) with Red, Finding Dory (2016) with Nemo, Squirt, and Jacques, Cars 3 (2017) with Chick Hicks, and Incredibles 2 (2018) with Dash and Rick Dicker.
  • This film along with Toy Story 3 (2010) are the only films of the franchise to not be released in the 1990s or November.
  • Similar to Shrek Forever After (2010) and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) a montage of clips from the previous installments are shown in the end credits.
  • Pixar's sixth film to display "The End" at the end after A Bug's Life (1998), Finding Nemo (2003), Ratatouille (2007) (as fin), Finding Dory (2016), and Coco (2017). It is also the second film of Pixar's to not have any characters voiced by Brad Garrett and the only Toy Story film to do so.
  • Kate Carlin's fourth fully animated film after Antz (1998), Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius (2001), and Shark Tale (2004).
  • Pixar's fifteenth film to receive a video game adaption for traditional video game consoles (not counting mobile games).
  • Keanu Reeves' first Disney movie, as well as his first G-rated movie.
  • Remains the only time where Don Rickles does not voice Mr Potato Head.
  • The second Pixar film to be 100 minutes long, after Finding Nemo (2003).
  • This film along with Toy Story 3 (2010) remain the only films of the franchise to not have a directorial effort by John Lasseter.
  • One of the four animated films of the 2010s to use archival recordings for a character from previous works in this case being Mr. Potato Head. The other three were The Peanuts Movie (2015) with Snoopy and Woodstock, Cars 3 (2017) with Doc Hudson, and Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) with Jaq and Gus, all those films but the latter were also rated G by the MPAA.
  • Pixar's sixth film to display "The End" at the end after A Bug's Life (1998), Finding Nemo (2003), Ratatouille (2007) (as Fin), Finding Dory (2016), and Coco (2017), the former of which had been composed by Randy Newman. It is also the second film of Pixar's to not have a character voiced by Brad Garrett and the only Toy Story film to do so.
  • Patricia Arquette was going to have a voice role in this, but her scenes were cut out in the final project due to script changes.
  • There are additional scenes during the beginning of the end credits, and stay till the very end too.
  • The fifth Disney's animated film to score 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, after Pinocchio (1940), The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977), Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 2 (1999).
  • The third Pixar film to score 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, after Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 2 (1999).
  • Carol Burnett's second theatrically released animated film. Her first was Horton Hears a Who! (2008), 11 years prior.
  • Melephant Brooks is the fourth character to be voiced by Mel Brooks in a theatrically released animated film, after Bigweld in Robots (2005), Albert Einstein in Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014), and Vlad the Elderly Vampire in the Hotel Transylvania sequels.
  • Carl Reiner's second theatrically released animated film, after Duck Duck Goose (2018).
  • Betty White's third time voice acting in a theatrically film, after Whispers: An Elephant's Tale (2000) and The Lorax (2012).
  • Kate Carlin's fourth fully animated film after Antz (1998), Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001), and Shark Tale (2004). It is also her first Disney film and first animated film to be produced at 2.35:1.
  • Pixar's first film to not be accompanied by a short film since their first film Toy Story (1995). This does not include Cars 2 (2011) which was accompanied by Hawaiian Vacation (2011), the same said for Coco (2017) which was accompanied by Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017).
  • This is the first Pixar sequel to not be accompanied by a short film.
  • The second Disney's computer-animated sequel to not be accompanied by a short film, after Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018).
  • Mel Brooks' first Theatrically released film to be Rated G by the MPAA since The Muppet Movie (1979) released 40 years prior, as well as his first theatrical film with him doing voice over work to be rated as such.
  • Betty White's first theatrically released film to be rated G by the MPAA since Whispers: An Elephant's Tale (2000) released 19 years prior, which was also distributed by Disney.
  • Cathy Cavadini's third Pixar film after Finding Dory (2016) and Cars 3 (2017).
  • The seventh Disney's animated film of 2010s to not be accompanied by a short film, after Tangled (2010), Mars Needs Moms (2011), Planes (2013), Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014), Zootopia (2016), and Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018).
  • David Cowgill's thirteenth Pixar film after Toy Story (1995), A Bug's Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Finding Nemo (2003), Cars (2006), WALL·E (2008), Up (2009), Cars 2 (2011), Monsters University (2013), Inside Out (2015), Coco (2017), and Incredibles 2 (2018).
  • Pixar's last follow-up of the 2010s.
  • Tinny from Tin Toy (1988) makes an appearance in the pinball machine, and Bo refers to him by name. Just like in the short, he has no dialogue, and only lets his instruments speak for him.
  • On the theatrical poster, one can observe a painting of Dogs Playing Poker in the background, with the dogs in question being Dug, Alpha, and Charles Muntz's dogs from Up (2009). Muntz himself is also playing with them in the painting.
  • Ducky and Bunny botching the famous "To infinity and beyond" catchphrase brings an episode of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000) to mind.
  • Some of the prizes available at the carnival attraction where Bunny and Ducky live are tiny plastic versions of Miguel's guitar.
  • According to Annie Potts, about 75% of the original screenplay was thrown out and had to be rewritten when the original screenwriters Rashida Jones and Will McCormack left production, one of the reasons why the film's release was pushed back a couple of times.
  • Released on the same weekend that Toy Story 3 (2010) was released on in 2010 (the 3rd Friday of June), and only three days more than nine years to the day.
  • The distinctly shaped keys to the antique shop closet resembles the signature Kingdom Key wielded by Kingdom Hearts protagonist Sora. In Kingdom Hearts III (2019), the player is whisked into the Toy Story universe when they visit the world called "Toy Box".
  • Bonnie inscribes her name on the bottom of Forky's feet, similar to Andy signing his name on the sole of Woody's boot.
  • The carnival worker has a tattoo of the pizza planet truck on the back of his leg.
  • Duke Caboom, the Canadian stuntman toy, first appeared in Jack-Jack's crib in Incredibles 2 (2018).
  • Among the myriad items on shelves at the antique shop, Bing Bong's rocket from Inside Out (2015) and Ellie and Carl's house from Up (2009) can be seen.
  • The Eggman Moving Company is an Easter egg that goes back to Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 2 (1999). However, it isn't just a connection to previous films, The Eggman Moving Company was originally based on Pixar production designer Ralph Eggleston.
  • The Tripledent Gum commercial jingle from Inside Out (2015) is seen in the form of a billboard in the antique store.
  • In Toy Story Toons: Small Fry (2011), Buzz finds himself in a Poultry Palace, where Bonnie and the family make a pit stop during their road trip.
  • The record on the record player in the antique shop, has the name of Coco musician and villain Ernesto De La Cruz from Coco (2017).
  • A picture of Geri from Geri's Game (1997) can be seen in black and white, pinned on the back of the Antique store counter as if it was a former boyfriend of Margaret who's running the store.
  • Second Chance Antiques was one of the hardest locations for the Toy Story 4 (2019) team to create, because of the breadth of items that had to fill out the cramped second-hand store. "Fortunately, at Pixar, we have a big 'backlot' of objects from all of our feature films," production designer Bob Pauley told The Hollywood Reporter. "It was a big treasure hunt because we have a lot of interesting history, and we also took the opportunity to plant some fun Easter eggs," added supervising technical director Bob Pauley.
  • Award cases from Gusteau's office from Ratatouille (2007) and furniture from The Incredibles (2004) can been seen at the antique store.
  • Papa Rivera's Pure Pork Lard sign is a nod to producer Jonas Rivera, while the Catmull's Cream Soda sign pays homage to Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull, who retired in late 2018.
  • Bonnie has clouds and blue skies on her wall in her room just like Andy's room in the first "Toy Story".
  • During their road trip Bonnie's family, stops for gas at Dinoco, the same place Woody and Buzz were left behind at in the first film.
  • Bonnie's family travels in a "Tri-County RV." Although the town where the Toy Story franchise takes place is never named, there are references throughout the series to the "Tri-County" area; in Toy Story 3 (2010), for example, the Tri-County dump is where the infamous scene inside the incinerator is set.
  • When Woody first reunites with Bo Peep, her sheep bring her various items they scavenge and think they can use. One of those items is the Grape Soda cap from Up (2009) that Ellie pinned on Carl's shirt. The pin becomes hugely important to Carl and at the end of the film he gives it to Russell as a token of his appreciation and friendship, except Bo Peep has zero interest in it.
  • The toys encounter the Toy Story universe's version of G.I. Joe which is named "Combat Carl". The voice of these toys (which previously appeared in the short film Toy Story of Terror (2013) is provided by noted actor, Carl Weathers.
  • The carnival the toys and Bonnie's family wind up at, bears a similarity to the Toy Story Mania! attractions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The red and white circular targets are even on the games played in the film.
  • At the antique store several "vintage" signs for "PJ's Pop" can be seen. which previously appeared on the wall of the bar in A Bug's Life (1998).
  • When the toys peer down into Second Chance Antiques from the ceiling, the ball from Pixar's short Luxo Jr. (1986) which appears in the Pixar logo and in almost every one of their films can be seen on the ground below.
  • Woody pretends to be a phone in the antiques store. Woody's pose holding the receiver of an old touchtone phone, is meant to look like the classic Mickey Mouse phone that was ubiquitous in many homes in the 1970s and '80s.
  • Second Chance Antiques' street address is #1200. Which is Pixar Animation Studios' headquarters, 1200 Park Avenue in Emeryville, California.
  • Duke Caboom is obviously inspired by real-life stunt man (turned kid's toy) Evel Knievel, right down to his Canadian garb spoofing Knievel's red-white-and-blue costume. But it goes further; Knievel's motorcycle toy was advertised on commercials like the one seen in Toy Story 4, most with the toy performing impossible feats that set expectations that the real thing could never match. inspired from the 1975 Evel Knievel Rally Stunt Cycle.
  • An 8mm film projector in Second Chance Antiques becomes part of Woody and Bo's plan to rescue Forky; sitting next to it is a stack of film reels, all of which are named after Pixar shorts including Lifted (2006).
  • In the antique store an item hanging (it looks like a monogrammed handkerchief) with the phrase "Wally B." written on it. That's a reference to André and Wally B. (1984), one of the very earliest shorts by the Lucasfilm division that would eventually become Pixar. MGM.
  • One of the recorded phases in Buzz Lightyear that is heard when he presses the buttons on his chest is "Open the pod bay doors!" a reference to a famous line from Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
  • Duke's triumphant jump at the end of the film sends him careening through the air in front of a bright full moon, a clear homage to the similar shot in Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and it's also similar to what Mater did in Cars (2006).
  • In the closing credits, Duke Caboom gets his mind blown and announces "Whoa," the most famous line from The Matrix (1999) spoken by Duke Caboom voice actor Keanu Reeves.
  • The spoon and fork Forky is holding in his teaser poster says Pizza Planet on them. Forky holding the utensils also could be a reference to how the titular character of WALL·E (2008) placed a spork between the spoons and forks.
  • Forky is the second spork to appear in a Pixar film, the first one being in WALL·E (2008).
  • Forky received instant popularity in online communities shortly after his reveal, with many people claiming to relate to his personality and insecurities.
  • It's possible that the reason for which the Bensons can't talk is because they are ventriloquist dummies and thus can only talk if a ventriloquist uses them to speak "through" them, aside that there are other toys in the Toy Story universe which can't talk despite not being ventriloquist dummies.
  • Ally Maki (Giggles McDimples) opened up about her first encounter with Tom Hanks (Woody), recalling how a not-so-ideal skin emergency left her feeling "awkward". "I was going into one of the sessions and they were like, we're gonna do a little bit of like [behind the scenes] on this one, so we're gonna get your hair and makeup done when you get here," she told TooFab. "Of course, that day I had like a giant pimple, a stress pimple on the side of my face. So I'm walking into the Disney studio and they're like, 'Come on, Tom's just coming right down' and I'm like, 'Tom? In three years of being here, I don't remember any Tom.'" She added: "You hear his footsteps and a big boisterous 'Hey!' and I'm like, it's happening right now and the first thing I thought was, 'Hide the giant pimple on the side of your face!" "It was the perfect way it could have happened, because it was like a 14-year-old awkward kid meeting their idol, meeting Woody for the first time. It was exactly perfect, how it should be."
  • Speaking to Norton, Tom Hanks revealed voicing the latest, and perhaps last, Toy Story film was especially emotionally exhausting saying: "It was terrible. I started recording Woody in 1991 and each film takes about four years. "It was my very last session and when I'd said the last line they said, 'Okay, great, thanks,' and just like that 24 years was over. All I could say was 'Oh my, oh my' over and over again and my bottom lip started quivering. I got in my car and drove away with the music playing and the credits rolling in my head." Finding the voicework tiring, he said: "I never began a recording session without wishing it was already over. Woody is clenched all the time. It's exhausting." .
  • A Toy Story 5 film is not possible. Hanks has previously said he would return to voicing Woody. Speaking to LadBible, Tom Hanks said: "I think all of us, we have begun every one of these with a question of like, 'are you sure you guys wanna try?'. However due to script rewrites of the film a fifth installment will not be possible as Toy Story 4 (2019) had been decided to be the last film of the franchise.
  • A Mickey mouse watch clock and an A Bug's Life (1998) calendar can be seen in Andy's room.
  • Boo from Monsters, Inc. (2001) can be seen behind Bonnie at kindergarten orientation when she creates Forky.
  • In Bonnie's room we has a built in cabinet with a couple of pink birds in the far corner of it a reference to the Pixar short For the Birds (2000).
  • When Bonnie is at kindergarten orientation, a lunchbox in a lower cubby has Reptillus Maximus from the Toy Story short, Toy Story That Time Forgot (2014).
  • In the interior of the kindergarten classroom and on a bulletin board, flower cutouts are shown similar in appearance to Bing-Bongs flower pen from Inside Out (2015).
  • The Second Chance Antique shop was established in 1986, the same year Pixar was founded.
  • At the carnival, a logo with a clown similar to the one from the Pixar short Red's Dream (1987), can be seen.
  • Bonnie wears several hair clips throughout, including a ladybug and a slice of watermelon, a reference to Francis and Heimlich from A Bug's Life (1998).
  • A license plate in the Second Chance Antique store, says "Carb County" a reference to Carburetor County from Cars (2006), above the license number is Torqueville another location in the Cars universe.
  • Behind the main cabinet in the antique shop, a Pizza Planet rocket can be seen.
  • Inside Gabby's closet in the antique shop a plate with a center design similar to the one worn by Charles Muntz in Up (2009), can be seen.
  • Inside a glass cabinet at the antique store, EVE from WALL·E (2008) can be seen.
  • A Casey Jr. cookie can be seen in the antique shop, a reference to A Bug's Life (1998).
  • The chessboard from Geri's Game (1997) can be seen behind Bonnie's backpack at the antique shop.
  • At the carnival merry-go-round, a can of lard is crushed, a reference to A Bug's Life (1998) when Flik first meets the circus bugs inside a can of lard.
  • One of the games at the carnival is called 'Squirrel Derby', a reference to Up (2009) when Dug kept saying 'squirrel'.
  • A game at the carnival is called "Dragon Zone", a reference to EPCOT's mascot Figment. The dragon on the logo also, resembles Blazey, a character who will be in the next Pixar film Onward (2020).
  • The carnival moves to "New Stanton" during the credits, a reference to collaborator and Finding Nemo (2003) director Andrew Stanton.
  • At the carnival there are helium balloons for sale. Carl Fredrickson from Up (2009) was also a balloon salesman in his life and his cart carrying the balloons is also visible on the carnival grounds.
  • When Bo Peep gets taken away, the car driven by the new owner has the license plate RMRF97. it's a sort of meta-Toy Story 2 (1999) reference. It's an often repeated story that the second Toy Story film was nearly entirely lost when the main file was accidentally deleted from the main Pixar servers. This license plate references the computer command which nearly erased the movie. the Unix command "rm", with "rm -rf" standing for removing all files recursively in a given directory and without confirmation. Thankfully, a pregnant employee had a backup copy of the film on her home computer, which had to be gently driven to Pixar HQ in order to save the movie.
  • Stickers, attached to some of the prizes in the carnival resemble the Luxo Ball.
  • The name of the pinball machine is Tiki Party, and a brief look at the logo reveals that it uses the same Tiki statues that can be found in the tank gang fish tank from Finding Nemo (2003).
  • In an early scene of the film, Bonnie is playing in her room while wearing a clownfish-colored innertube, a likely nod to Marlin and Nemo, clownfish in Finding Nemo (2003) and Finding Dory (2016).
  • The seal of DunBroch, the kingdom where Princess Merida and her family live in Brave (2012) can be seen inside an antique closet, as well as the bear carving.
  • Gabby Gabby is a nod to the popular Chatty Cathy dolls of the early to mid '60s.
  • Franklin, a character from Toy Story Toons: Small Fry (2011), a 2011 episode from the Toy Story Toons: Small Fry (2011) series can be seen inside the pinball machine.
  • An Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ponda Baba action figure, can briefly be seen inside the pinball machine, another Easter egg if viewed carefully Obi-Wan is repeatedly striking Ponda on the arm with his lightsaber a reference to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) in the Cantina when he sliced off Pondas arm.
  • What appears to be a motorcycle resembling the elasticycle belonging to Helen Parr's Elastigirl in Incredibles 2 (2018), can be seen at the carnival, and as a toy at the antique store.
  • The music played on the phonograph when the dummies are introduced in the antique store is "Midnight, the Stars and You," the same song played over the final scene of the Stanley Kubrick version of The Shining (1980).
  • Tim Allen says it was tough to get through this time around due to the film's depth and the overwhelming emotion surrounding the storyline. "It's a very different Pixar movie. It's not somber, but very reflective, layered. I put too much into it because I'm involved in it. I'm too close to it," Allen, 66, told Us Weekly in an interview published on Friday. "I literally had a tough time watching it, because it brought up some of my own personal stuff about loss, change, moving on. It's heartwarming. A little tough, but essentially pays off." "All the stories to me are human in nature it's masking human stuff with animated characters. This is even more of that, and has deeper themes about how we treat each other, and what's worth something and isn't worth something."
  • Tim Allen opened up about the iconic characters of Woody and Buzz and the history of their friendship. With the first film in the series debuting in 1995, Allen said the relationship and connection the cowboy and Space Ranger share is a similar parallel to his "Toy Story" counterpart, Tom Hanks, who voices the fearless sheriff. "They've kind of become Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck of a certain generation. I really take a large leap by saying that we're that iconic, but it does feel that way. They're immortal; they're toys - they don't have a life span," said Allen. "There's a very short scene that both Hanks and I had trouble with because I thought there were more pages. It ends, and I got choked up. I literally had a hard time saying it. He did too. We both had the same reaction. Twenty-five or so years of friendship between Woody and Buzz has morphed into a very close friendship with Hanks and I."
  • When asked if the fourth iteration in the Pixar series would be its last, Tim Allen played coy, but made a striking film comparison to another long-running franchise that may have likely had its own culmination. "I can't give that away. There's very little to suggest that this isn't, at the very least, [part of] a much bigger world," Allen explained. "It reminds me of the 'Avengers' movies, there are not only offshoots of characters that have simultaneous stories, but the world itself got much bigger." "My sense is it's done. My creative side says, at the same time things end, there's a new beginning. I would find it difficult not to just continue."
  • Bo Peep so different from how she used to act, even in the flashback is because it's influence from Jessie. That's why Bo cared so much to find out Jessie was still there.
  • Forky calls the merry-go-round a carousel because he's been hanging out with Gabby Gabby, who was made in the 50s.
  • The divers mask (P. Sherman) from Finding Nemo (2003) can be seen on one of the many shelves at the Antiquity shop.
  • Duke Caboom a Canadian toy is coincidentally voiced by a Canadian actor Keanu Reeves. It's not a coincidence. They deliberately chose a Canadian actor.
  • Tony Hale has performed roles before with similar panicked characters, notably Buster Bluth on Arrested Development (2003) and Gary Walsh on Veep (2012).
  • When asked to voice Forky, Tony Hale said, "A utensil's existential crisis? I'm in!"
  • Ducky and Bunny, Josh Cooley said that while they brought them on to provide some improvised comedy to the film, "they were story motivated which elevated Ducky and Bunny and the film to a level I never could have expected".
  • Keanu Reeves said he was contacted out of the blue by Pixar for the role, seeking him to voice the part and letting him develop his own riffs on the character.
  • On March 22, 2019, Madeleine McGraw, who previously voiced Maddy McGear in Pixar's Cars 3 (2017), was revealed to be voicing Bonnie, replacing a much older Emily Hahn. Her brother Jack McGraw does the voice of Andy at the beginning.
  • Comedy legends Carol Burnett, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Betty White were added to the cast to voice a set of four toys that Bonnie played with as a toddler but had since outgrew, acting as "veteran" toys to help Woody prepare for when the same happens to him.
  • Randy Newman, who composed and wrote songs for the previous three films, was confirmed to be returning at D23 Expo 2015. Director Josh Cooley said that he hired Newman to return because "[he] can't imagine making a fourth one without Randy Newman".
  • Randy Newman wrote new themes for Bonnie, Gabby Gabby, and Duke Caboom, with the latter's featuring accordions and mandolins to represent the character's memories of rejection. He also wrote a "subordinate theme" for Forky. Newman also wrote two new songs for the film, titled "The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy" and "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away", with Newman also performing the latter.
  • On June 5, 2019, Chris Stapleton's version of "Cowboy" was released as a single. The film's soundtrack, featuring Randy Newman's score, Stapleton's and Newman's versions of the two new songs, and a new version of Newman's "You've Got a Friend in Me", was released on June 21, 2019, with the film.
  • Ducky and Bunny, the mischievous plush carnival prizes who escape their arcade constraints with the help of Buzz Lightyear, there wasn't much question as to which comedian would get to play which stuffed scene-stealer. "It was just so natural in terms of their energy," Josh Cooley, the film's director, told EW. "Keegan just kind of bounces off the walls and Jordan is very kind of thoughtful and has a much lower energy, and since we knew we wanted to have a size difference between the two [characters], it just seemed funnier to have this little smaller guy voiced by Keegan and be a lot more energetic and bouncing off the walls."
  • The filmmakers made an extra effort to always schedule the ever-busy Key, 48, and Peele, 40, to record together, a surprisingly rare practice in animation, but one that's growing increasingly more common in bigger animated studio features (elsewhere on Toy Story 4 (2019), Tom Hanks and Annie Potts also laid down their dialogue in tandem for Woody and Bo, who share most of their screen time). Unsurprising to fans who have followed Key and Peele's careers since their sketch comedy days, Josh Cooley dubs the pair's Pixar performances "easily the funniest recording sessions I've ever been a part of.
  • About Peele and Keys performances, Josh Cooley gushed "All I had to do was bring the scripts with the intention of what the scene was about, with some dialogue which they would read through a couple times, but then they would just take it to so many more levels further than I could ever possibly imagine. But the thing that was so great was that they weren't just being funny for funny's sake. Those improvised lines cemented the characters' world views, if you will. Every single thing they said was in character and on point for the story, and that's a talent in and of itself that is extremely hard to do, but to watch these two guys do it and be able to read each other's minds at the same time was amazing. It was so hard to not ruin the takes with laughter."
  • Among Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key's more memorable improvisations in the booth is a song Ducky and Bunny break into when they find out they're on the way to meeting their first-ever kid, an anecdote Key recounted on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014): "They put a bunch of lyrics down for us one day and said, 'we're wondering if you could just kind of burst into song. And we're like, 'Oh yeah, whatever song you want.' And they're like, 'No, we don't really have the song. Could you write a song right now?' We sang for 20 minutes straight, they recorded for about 30 minutes, and there's about five seconds of it in the movie."
  • Jordan Peele's part as the more subdued, more stuffed Bunny to Keegan-Michael Key's pugnacious, plucky Ducky is "the first time in his life he's ever been taller than me," Key joked. "He is holding that close to his heart. We were looking at the characters for the first time and he was like, 'So, I'm the big one? Alright!"
  • Josh Cooley admitted that when it came to approaching a fourth installment, "We had the same questions everybody else has right now: 'I thought you guys were done.' But we had those questions five years ago when we started... We love the end of Toy Story 3 (2010), and feel like that's the completion of Woody and Andy's story. But there was more Woody story to tell." .
  • Is Toy Story 4 (2019) really the end, According to the producers, yes - at least for Woody. "We see Toy Story 3 (2010) as the end of Woody's time with Andy, and we really see this as the completion of Woody's arc and the story of Buzz and Woody," said Toy Story 4 (2019) producer Mark Nielsen. Producer Jonas Rivera joked that they never say never at Pixar, but at least right now, the team behind the film considers Toy Story 4 (2019) to be the last Toy Story movie. "This was the final chapter. And as filmmakers, to be honest, we feel satisfied that this is where you can end it. Now, there's an implied future to all these films and we never say never at Pixar. But as storytellers, we're satisfied with this as the closing of the chapter."
  • Tim Allen told IGN that he tried to pitch an alternate ending for Toy Story 4 (2019), but the producers were determined to end with some closure: "I didn't like it, I immediately pitched them an Easter egg and I came up with just a little bit that would suggest 'there's a way out of this,' and they liked it, and they liked it, and they said 'we're not gonna go that way,'" he admitted
  • SERIES TRADEMARK: Woody is the toy with the last speaking line in the film proper (before the credits roll).
  • PIZZA PLANET TRUCK: Appears as a tattoo on one of the carnies.
  • Originally, Forky was to be called Fork Face, as suggested by director Josh Cooley's young son, but Cooley rejected it as he knew Pixar would think it is obscene for kids. Sporky was also considered, but Cooley decided against it as he found out that not many children are familiar with the name and slang.
  • The clock toy Woody talks to in the closet is Old Timer, Who was introduced in the televised special Toy Story of Terror (2013)
  • The (unspoken) names of the characters voiced by comedy veterans Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett, Carl Reiner and Betty White are mashups of their real names and what they are: Melephant Brooks, Chairol Burnett, Carl Rhinoceros and Bitey White.
  • Mel Brooks and Keegan-Michael Key's 3rd animated film together, after Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)
  • Ducky says "You Are A Toy", the same phrase Buzz Lightyear heard from Sheriff Woody repeteadly about not being a real space ranger in the first film.
  • When Ducky kept hitting Buzz Lightyear in the head with his foot, Buzz closes his helmet on Ducky's foot at the right moment. This is a reference to when Buzz did something similar to Woody's hand, when the cowboy kept hitting him in the head repeatedly.
  • When Woody is walking across the side of the road with Forky, he recalls his first encounter with Buzz.
  • The film expands on the fate of Bo Peep following the first two films, as the third film established that as with other toys like Wheezy and Etch A Sketch, Bo was either sold, donated or given away before the events of such film.
  • In the Second Chance Antiques store, there is a reference to the Lucky 7 Lounge that exists in the animators area of Pixar Animation Studios.
  • Woody refers to his conscience as his "inner voice"; Buzz takes that to mean the literal toy voiceboxes housed inside them, and continually confers with his pre-programmed catchphrases whenever he needs guidance.
  • Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and Keanu Reeves second collaboration after Keanu (2016)
  • Tinny from Tin Toy (1988) was originally set to be the protagonist of Toy Story (1995) before he was replaced with Woody.
  • The film is dedicated at the end of the credits to Don Rickles (Mr. Potato Head) and animators Adam Burke and Bud Luckey (uncredited).
  • By casting a replica model of Ed Catmull's hand, covering it in hand-drawn lines, vectors, and triangles, then scanning it into a computer, the pair created a computer model they could then animate. The result was the landmark short film, A Computer Animated Hand, and the hand model itself can be seen in the store.
  • Margaret (antique store owners)'s street number for her home is "237." the chilling room from The Shining (1980) which housed the remains of a beautiful/decomposing woman (memorably brought to life in Ready Player One (2018).
  • During the final act of Toy Story (1995), Woody gets involved in a tug-of-war between Buzz and the dog Scud, in this Woody gets involved in a tug-of-war involving his pull-string that results in his voice box almost getting ripped clean out of his back. This winds up adding credence to the point the cleaner Al had hired made in Toy Story 2 (1999): "You handle him too much, he's not gonna last."
  • The opening credits are a montage of Andy - and later Bonnie - playing with Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the other toys during the time periods of all four films in the series, all with the world-famous "You've Got a Friend in Me", unaltered, playing in the background. Not only is it a loving Call-Back to the first film's opening (and the third), it's also a perfect start to what may be the end.
  • When the toys are in Bonnie's closet due to Bonnie's mother having cleaned her room, Jessie is seen very clearly in distress from the dark, confined space. This is due to her previous trauma from untold years in storage as detailed in Toy Story 2 (1999)) and Toy Story of Terror (2013).
  • In the first film, after Buzz shows off what he can do, Bo declares, "I found my moving buddy." Here, when the two reunite, Bo affectionately refers to Buzz as her moving buddy.
  • Duke Caboom is this to how Buzz was in the first film: in both cases, their own individual toy commercials resulted in a reality check and caused internal strife about who they are. With Buzz, seeing his own commercial makes him realize he is in fact a toy (and, in particular, is not a flying toy), and attempting to prove the commercial wrong by flying resulted in him falling down a flight of stairs and having his arm pop off. With Duke, it's implied he knew from the start he was a toy, but when his owner, Rejan, tried and failed to get him to jump like in his commercial, he got so upset he threw Duke away on Boxing Day, the same day he got him, and this incident wound up scarring Duke for years an dinstilling an uncertainty of ever making a stunt jump ever again.
  • Tom Hanks explained the ending: I "a huge change of perception" for Woody that's "not about closing a door on some other way of living. He doesn't become a monk or something like that," he told USA TODAY. "He goes off and forms this other bond with the outside world based on him being a toy and it's pretty profound." Buzz's emotional line to his departing buddy "Bonnie will be fine" doesn't just mean that she'll be OK without the heroic cowboy, Hanks says. "He's saying she'll be fine because she has us, and the truth is Woody does not have the bond with Bonnie that he had with Andy. So Bonnie is not going to be broken as Andy would have been if this had happened long before. "To be alive is to be in a constant state of change," the Oscar-winning actor adds. "How can it be that these movies about toys actually do teach us about what it is to be human beings? It's extraordinary and my hat is off to the Pixar imagineers that make it happen."
  • Tom Hanks got wistful when talking about recording his last lines for the movie. The only experience he's had remotely like it is the curtain call of a Broadway show's final performance. "The thing is about plays, they disappear in the wink of an eye," Hanks says. "They're never seen again. They no longer exist at all except in the collective memory of the people who came and saw it. I have great-grandkids that have yet to be invented who will be saying, 'Hey, that's my great-grandfather's voice (in Toy Story (1995)).' And it will last because they're still watching 'Snow White' and they're still listening to Jiminy Cricket sing the same songs, and the same will be for me. And that's a big concept to try to grasp."
  • Woody says he listens to his conscience. Jiminy Cricket was likened to a "conscience" in another Disney film: Pinocchio (1940).
  • Don Rickles' family was asked if they wanted him to be included posthumously. It was a no-brainer, daughter Mindy Rickles said at the world premiere in Hollywood this month. "He always said, 'Keep my name alive. Let them know who I am.' So he would be thrilled by all of this, definitely," she said on the red carpet. Toy Story 4 (2019) director Josh Cooley was overjoyed. "I can only see Mr. Potato Head as Don Rickles doing that voice. I can't imagine anyone else", despite fellow major character Slinky already having been succeeded by Blake Clark ever since Jim Varney's death in 2000.
  • easily topped the Friday box office with a first-day take of $47.4 million from 4,575 theaters. That puts the family tentpole on course to earn $125 million - give or take - or more for the weekend. That would represent the third-best domestic launch of all time for an animated pic behind fellow Pixar titles Incredibles 2 (2018) ($183 million) and Finding Dory (2016) ($135 million). Heading into the frame, pre-release tracking had suggested Toy Story 4 (2019) could climb to $140 million-$165 million in North America. Either way, the movie is a needed win for the summer box office after a series of stumbles. And it's also only the third release of 2019 to cross $100 million so far.
  • The fragility of Woody's voice box in previous films, where it turns out that, at any point, it could have been easily ripped out just by pulling on the string too hard. A reference to one of the bloopers from the second film, when Jessie accidentally snapped Woody's string.
  • Several characters last seen in Toy Story 3 (2010) do not reappear in this film nor are they mentioned, including Ken, Sarge, and the other toys at Sunnyside; amongst Bonnie's toys, Peas in a Pod, and Totoro are absent.
  • The name of the vicious (to toys, at least) cat in the antique shop is Dragon a reference to the film, The Secret of NIMH (1982).
  • Dragon the Cat is similar to Scud from the first film, as they both are secondary villains and animals that love to destroy toys.
  • Gabby Gabby was conceived, according to the film's director Josh Cooley, as a direct shout-out to a classic episode of The Twilight Zone. But this isn't actually the first time the Toy Story franchise has featured a connection to the classic sci-fi anthology show, with one particular episode anticipating one of the main ideas behind Toy Story. Fans have noticed these parallels before, which has leading to the long-gestating fan theory that Toy Story actually takes place in The Twilight Zone. The arrival of Gabby Gabby may hint that there's more to that theory than just speculation. The Twilight Zone episode, "Five Characters in Search of an Exit," premiered in December of 1961. It focused on five people: a soldier, a clown, a ballerina, a bagpiper and a hobo. All five awake inside a large, cylindrical and featureless room. None of them can remember where they were before they awoke. They also seem to be functionally immortal, with no need for food or water. Confused by their predicament, the soldier rallies the group into trying to escape. With all their help, the soldier manages to get out of the top of the room.
  • Christina Hendricks and her character Gabby Gabby share an affinity for the dummies, she explained: "The funny thing is that I always wanted a ventriloquist doll, but I had no intention of being a ventriloquist. I just liked the doll, and that he was fancy and wore a like black tie, the monocle. I was just like, this guy is a class act. I just liked his whole look. I liked the idea of it. I liked the monocle. So I just, I wanted it my whole life, and I never got it. So now, as an adult, I have it, and it's in my house. So when I went to the office and they would show me, I was like, but I have that doll in my house. They were like, 'That is really weird.'" Hendricks says there was no hesitation on her part for taking the part, and that Pixar came armed with all of the details she would need for her character. "I said yes immediately, I think they sent me like a brief character description and then they sent me a picture of her. And as soon as I saw the picture I was like, this is awesome." Gabby Gabby's problem in the film is she was a defective toy right out of the package, her voice box has never worked right, and she's only ever wanted to bring joy to a child like every other toy, and she'll do whatever she needs to get that attention. For her speaking voice though, there weren't any sinister influences for Hendricks. "Her whole thing is that she's like, 'Hi, I'm Gabby Gabby' because we can all remember those toys where you pull the string and it says the same thing over and over and over, and they're always joyful. It's the happy voice because they're supposed to be friends with a child. So we just sort of took that, I'm always happy and just used that as the inspiration."
  • Ally Maki revealed when she first [heard about] Giggle McDimples, "I was like well, you think of Giggle, you think of just very sweet and small. But when I went in and I said, "Well, as far as the laugh is concerned, what do you want?" And they're like "Oh, we want your full fledged laugh. We've heard it." I think they had seen some stuff from when I was on Conan, and they were like, "Oh, no. We want the full Ally Makilaugh." I was like "Okay, great. I can do that. I can do that for you." Throughout the years, we've done like a hundred different versions of laughs. There's something called the VOC-sheet, which is basically a list of different vocalizations that you would need, so they can pull from it any time. So, it'd be like "small chuckle, big chuckle, surprise chuckle, small laugh, long laugh, big laugh, sigh," you know, every type of different emotion. They have hundreds of those. I want them to make a laugh reel.
  • Ally Maki is just as giggly as her on-screen counterpart.
  • When asked if she was excited or nervous for kids to start hearing her laugh and connecting her Giggles McDimples when she's out in the wild Ally Maki explained: "I think that's what's fun because that was actually when I met Hanks, the story he did tell me about [was how over is lifetime], it's been like for 20 years for him now, kids will be like "Oh, my gosh. That's Woody." And they'll be like "But you don't look like Woody." And then he'll be like "Close your eyes." And then he creates this world for them, and they're like "Oh, my gosh. It is Woody." So, I think that it will be awesome if people are like "Oh, my gosh. That is Giggle." That would be very exciting."
  • Bo began the franchise as a run-of-the-mill trophy for male cinematic heroism: a blond, blue-eyed, delicate, and conventionally beautiful female who existed to be rescued and to reward Woody for his heroic acts with chaste kisses. But in Toy Story 4 (2019), she gets a welcome personality transplant, not to mention a makeover to match. (Who knew a shepherd's hook could be such a versatile weapon?) This fourth chapter, in contrast to the second and third, posits that toys can evade the tragedy of obsolescence, and that a domesticated lifestyle of emotional dependence on a child's whims is essentially a gilded cage. And it's Bo who expresses this idea most clearly. After some years as an unwanted product in an antique store, she escapes to become a "lost" toy free of human attachments--and is transformed into the person she was seemingly always meant to be. Once the Smurfette of Andy's room--the only girl character in a village of men who was only there to do stereotypically feminine things--she founded her own crew of misfit toys, sought to give them a full life, and in the process became far braver and worldlier than Woody. In the end, he needs her far more than she needs him. The sounds of her ceramic feet running on concrete underscores her courage and independence, as does her shrugging nonchalance when her arm falls off. Her current existence is very possibly precarious, but it's hers to lead.
  • Annie Potts didn't realize how big her role would be until she saw a screening. They had a script, but it kept evolving, and she never saw a whole script. None of the cast did. She was clueless. when she finally saw the finished film, she was "gobsmacked."
  • First Toy story movie to be the fourth in the series
  • Third Toy Story film in which a main character loses an arm. The first film was Buzz in the first film after attempting to fly out the window of Sid's house, the second film was Woody due to the tear in his arm from earlier coming off entirely when in Al's apartment, and in this film it's Bo except she simply reattaches it.
  • In the first two films, Bo Peep was a minor character with no real bearing on the story outside of her relationship with Woody, and she was completely absent in the third. Here, she serves as a deuteragonist to Woody and plays a major role in allowing the plot to happen.
  • Buzz, Bunny and Ducky try to come up with plans to get the cabinet key from the store owner (the ones they come up with are all unnecessarily violent). Later, when they appear with the key and Woody asks them they how they got it, we cut to how they pulled it off: The owner simply set it down in front of them and walked off. What's more, we had cut away from the group right as Buzz asks himself how they are going to get it, and it turns out that we had cut away literally right before she put the keys down.
  • The restaurant Poultry Palace is very similar to Pizza Planet that appeared in the original film, as the two restaurants start with PP, "Poultry Palace" and Pizza Planet". Another similarity is that they are both fast-food restaurants, although Poultry Palace is just a regular restaurant specialized on chicken, rather than being a space-themed restaurant specialized on pizza.
  • Poultry Palace appears to be a parody of either Burger King or White Castle (both fast-food restaurant chains sporting a medieval/castle theme) and KFC and Chick-Fil-A (both fast-food restaurant chains specializing on chicken-based products).
  • Fun meals are a parody of kids meals (especially McDonald's Happy Meals) for kids in that they both contain a toy with the meal and both supply new toys after the previous ones are sold out or discontinued.
  • The name of the restaurant the Poultry Palace, which may be a reference to the Chicken Man (a.k.a. Al McWiggin) at Al's Toy Barn from Toy Story 2 (1999).
  • The Buy n' Large logo from WALL·E (2008) can be seen on a vending machine when Buzz attempts to escape.
  • The Buy n' Large logo can be seen on a vending machine when Buzz attempts to escape. .
  • Poultry Palace seems to sell fun meals for $3.99 as stated on their menu.
  • At no point do we get a clear cut explanation as for why Forky (and later Knifey) managed to come to life. This appears to be deliberate, and he's not the first character that's not a toy to come to life, since Hamm is actually a Piggy Bank that still gets treated like a toy.
  • At 6'0½, Keegan-Michael Key is taller than Jordan Peele who is 5'7. Bunny (the latter's character) is taller than Ducky (the former's character).
  • Annie Potts revealed the importance of Bo Peep: "she's changed a lot! She's grown up. She's been on a journey that's been challenging and she has lived up to it by finding all her interior strength to go on and still has a life full of purpose, her own little posse of lost toys around her that have a common purpose in helping children. And she's found it freeing and fulfilling in every way. It's very inspiring."
  • Tim Allen and Keanu Reeves are both left-handed.
  • Bonnie's unnamed father only appeared in the background of the ending of the previous film. He has a much more prominent supporting role in this film alongside his wife.
  • Gabby Gabby's color design (pastel, yellow polka dot dress on a light blue floral background) is the exact reverse of the Grady Twins in The Shining (1980) who wear a pastel blue polka dot dresses and stand in front of a light yellow floral background.
  • Benson the ventriloquist dummies, are dressed and have the same facial expression as Lloyd the creepy bartender in The Shining (1980), and to a lesser degree, Jack Torrance's final appearance in the 1921 Ball photograph, which is when "Midnight, the Stars and You" plays. Again, the color scheme is reversed: Lloyd wore a black tie and a red jacket, and the Bensons wear a red tie and a black jacket.
  • The shot when one of the Bensons is chasing Woody is the same shot as the famous, "Here's Johnny!" scene from The Shining (1980).
  • The infamous bear-suited character from The Shining (1980) makes a cameo in the Lost Toy Bar where Bo takes Woody.
  • The outside shots of the antique store and carnival in Toy Story 4 (2019) are a direct inversion of the Overlook Hotel shots. Notice the same location in front of a mountain range covered with pine trees as the presence of an entertainment structure in front of it. The roles of these two spaces are inverted in both movies. In The Shining (1980), the hotel is the transient space that welcomes visitors for a limited time, while the labyrinth is the trap of sorts. In Toy Story 4 (2019), the carnival is clearly seasonal, while the Antique store is a permanent business that might trap the toys forever.
  • The winding road that leads to the Antique store/carnival is very similar to The Shining (1980)'s winding road that takes Jack, Wendy and Danny Torrance to The Overlook Hotel.
  • There's a shot of one of the carnival stands, which has a very similar rocket to the one that appears on Danny Torrance's sweater. Next, there's Buzz strapped to the carnie toy grill -- lots of rockets, caps and star on star patterns. And, finally, although blurry, the wallpaper in Andy's bedroom has another Apollo 11 callback, complete with the same yellow stars
  • The purple ride at the carnival is a homage to Stretch the Rubbery Octopus, one of Lotso's minions in Toy Story 3 (2010). It also has the same color design as the Evil Emperor Zurg.
  • Some of the prizes at the carnival booth are labeled X-99 a reference to when the second film came out in 1999.
  • One of the prizes at the carnival booth is a stuffed frog that looks similar in appearance to the frog stapled to the front of the truck that gets splattered at by garbage with all other stuffed toys alongside Lotso at the end of Toy Story 3 (2010)
  • The motorized toy skunk runs on BnL batteries a reference to the corporation Buy n Large from WALL·E (2008), which basically enabled the pollution on the planet forcing humans to leave earth.
  • At the carnies game booth, a stylized flaming target the official art for the Toy Story 4 book shows design of the pizza planet truck in a similar design fashion.
  • References to Pizza planet rocket, at the carnies game booth there's a couple of tiny red and white rockets attached to toy planets with a similar look to the iconic red and white Pizza planet restaurant in the first film., Another similar rocket design also appears on some of the caps at the game booth as well.
  • Has an interesting connection with the short Toy Story of Terror (2013) via the 'Ship It' truck parked right outside the antique store, Ship It was the delivery company picking up packages from the Sleep Well Motel, the same truck that Combat Carl and some of the other toys hopped on in the closing credits to escape from Ron the motel manager who was stealing toys to sell them on the internet.
  • Carl Fredricksen's cane from Up (2009) is shown inside the antique store.
  • Hanging on the wall of the antique shop is an unlit sign for Dinoco.
  • Theres a miniature black Ford Model T toy on one of the shelves of the antique store, a nod to Lizzie from Cars (2006).
  • As the toys flee from the Bensons, they fly past an old looking square box with the word 'pixar' labeled on it. This is a vintage 80s Pixar Image Computer a graphics machine developed by the company when it still belonged to Lucasfilm. (It also is used as the logo in some of Pixar's older short films).
  • Bo's arm coming off could be a reference to Star Wars where a main character also gets an arm cut off.
  • Keanu Reeves voices a character who rides a motorcycle, in real life he's also a keen motorcyclist and even co-owns a company that makes custom motorcycles.
  • The voice of the TV announcer on the Duke Caboom commercial is Flea from the band Red Hot Chili Peppers.
  • Inside the antique shop a vintage 70s style sign of A113 can be seen.
  • Inside Margarets (antique shop owner) home, when she opens her refrigerator, a glimpse of two Chinese takeout boxes a very specific design which appeared in the Pizza Planet truck in Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Ratatouille (2007), Inside Out (2015) and Incredibles 2 (2018). It's first appearance was in A Bug's Life (1998) where it was called, "The Chinese Cabinet of Metamorphosis."
  • One of the Scream canisters from Monsters, Inc. (2001) can be seen on sale at the antique store.
  • The board game Knick Knack (1989) can be seen inside Second Chance Antiques.
  • It's not outright stated, but the toys' reaction to seeing the mangled remains of a stuffed animal is very much like a group of people discovering a corpse. "Bunny: (unnerved) Is that what we look like on the inside?" However, the toy is later seen very much ok without his legs, but it would still likely be akin to seeing a detached limb.
  • Boo from Knick Knack (1989) is seen at the carnival failing to win a fluff toy.
  • This is the first theatrical motion picture to feature comedy duo and longtime best friends Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, all their previous appearances together were on stage, television and documentaries.
  • Producer Jonas Rivera revealed that Tim Allen was actually the catalyst to moving forward with the ending the movie ultimately chose to show on the big screen. Speaking to Tim Allen, he said: "You know, Tim, we never told you this, but we actually used your reaction a little bit as inspiration. When we met and recorded and walked you through the ending, your reaction was like our first [clue], because we realized we were throwing the ball pretty far with that ending. We were pretty hesitant, even at Pixar, we were going should we do this? When we read it and we were talking to you and we saw him kind of recoil back like, 'OK,' we could tell it hit you. If we could get Tim Allen, like our Buzz Lightyear himself, to sort of sit back and ponder it, maybe we have something there."
  • Woody sneaking into Bonnie's backpack when she goes for kindergarten orientation is a callback to the first film where Mr. Potato Head said that Woody was Andys favorite toy since kindergarten.
  • Ducky and Bunny call the carnival frogs, "Rainbow Connection", a reference to The Muppet Movie (1979). They also call one of them Jeremiah, a reference to the line "Jeremiah was a bullfrog." from the Three Dog Night song Joy to the World.
  • Gabby Gabby's broken voice box may be inspired by how John Lasseter's Casper the Friendly Ghost doll voice box is broken and hardly understandable.
  • Remains the only Toy Story film that doesn't feature or mention the Green Army Men.
  • According to producer Mark Nielsen, "The dummies are, by far, some of the creepiest characters we've ever created. Our animators really leaned into the truth in materials for how our ventriloquist dummies move. Dummies' bodies are soft with no structure, so our dummies' arms just dangle and their legs bend backwards. Throw in their fixed expressions with their wide eyes and big hinged jaws and they're nightmare material in the best way possible." The term for fear of dolls - aka, human analogs, like ventriloquist dummies, dolls, human CPR dummies - is automatonophobia.
  • The way Buzz is tied to the the carnival game booth's wall is similar to Toy Story 2 (1999) when the second Buzz ties him up and traps him in a toy box.
  • The film buzzed to the top of the North American box office chart over its opening weekend with $118 million, one of the biggest openings of all time for an animated movie despite coming in behind expectations. The family tentpole bowed simultaneously in numerous foreign markets for an international launch of $120 million and $238 million globally, a record for the genre. It did huge business in Latin America and Europe, but struggled in China, where it took in $13.4 million. Heading into the frame, prerelease tracking had suggested Toy Story 4 could debut in the $140 million-$165 million range in North America. Either way, the movie is a needed win for the summer box office after a series of stumbles. It is only the third release of 2019 to cross $100 million so far in its start, and gives Disney the four best openings of the year to date. Fellow Pixar titles Incredibles 2 (2018) ($183 million) and Finding Dory (2016) ($135 million) top the list of biggest animated openings, followed by DWA's Toy Story 2 (1999) ($125 million). One difference between Toy Story 4 (2019) and the previous Pixar titles is that the latter unfurled one week earlier over Father's Day weekend. This time out, Pixar had to contend with rival film The Secret Life of Pets (2016).
  • When Duke does his big jump at the end he does it with his eyes closed, a reference to the first film when Buzz attempts to fly and he does so with his eyes closed.
  • When Bo gets donated at the beginning it happens on a rainy night, a callback to the previous film when Lotso made it back to his original owner Daisy's house on a rainy night but found out to his sadness that he was already replaced.
  • When Woody and Bo are looking at the ceiling lights at the antique store, a red banner from Monsters University (2013) can be seen.
  • During the 'plush-rush' scene, a stone statue of Mushu from Mulan (1998) can be seen.
  • One of the prizes at the carnival booth is a balloon shaped rocket with fire behind it, a reference to the rocket that Buzz was strapped to in the first film.
  • When the toys are commencing Operation Pull Toy for R.C. a book with a unicorn on the cover is shown a reference to rainbow unicorn from Inside Out (2015).
  • One of the end credit scenes, Ducky and Bunny reference Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (1996).
  • When Bonnie is at kindergarten orientation, a cubby next to hers says 'Anton', a reference to Ratatouille (2007) where the food critic was named Anton Ego.
  • Arlo from The Good Dinosaur (2015) is one of the many antiques at the antiquity shop.
  • When Woody gets the name of Bo Peeps sheep wrong, the last name he says is 'Lefty' a reference to Cars 3 (2017) when Lighting McQueen named his tires.
  • WILHELM SCREAM: Heard inside the pinball machine when Woody walks in the middle.
  • Ursala's necklace from The Little Mermaid (1989) can be seen inside the Antique store.
  • An Iron-man bookbag is visible in the kindergarten class room.
  • Bonnie's mom is nearly identical to Riley's mom from Inside Out (2015). Bonnie's mum even voiced by Lori Alan, who also voices one of the emotions of Riley's mum.
  • When Buzz presses his buttons to listen to his inner voice, is a reference to Inside Out (2015).
  • Bonnie's backpack looks similar in design to Sulley from Monsters, Inc. (2001).
  • Inside the antique store, a beer sign in the shape of the sticker on Buzz's arm that says 'Light and Tasty' a reference to the first film when Woody called Buzz "Mr. Light Beer".
  • Tim Allen admitted: "I literally had a tough time watching it, because it brought up some of my own personal stuff about loss, change, moving on. It's heartwarming. A little tough, but essentially pays off."
  • When Bo Peep and Woody are breaking into the antique shop, the camera pans to a painting of dogs playing poker. One of the dogs is Dug from Up (2009).
  • Scale models of a Muntz bi-plane and the Spirit of Adventure from Up (2009) can be seen in the antique shop.
  • While Bo and Woody are loading Duke's launcher onto the shelf, a sign near them reads "Lucky 7", referring to the eponymous lounge inside Pixar Animation Studios.
  • The police cars that chase the Andersons' frantic RV are numbered "2319", the CDA code from Monsters, Inc. (2001).
  • When Gabby Gabby asks Woody when he was made, Woody guesses sometime in the 1950's, recalling the Woody's Roundup cartoon that he learned about in Toy Story 2 (1999).
  • Gabby Gabby was also inspired by the talking doll Talky Tina from The Twilight Zone (1959) episode "Living Zone".
  • The second theatrical non-anime voice acting appearance for experienced voice actress Alicyn Packard (known for voicing Jibanyan in the Yo-Kai Watch series), after The Emoji Movie (2017), as well as her first appearance in a G rated film.
  • The Green Army Men are notably absent from the film. This can attributed to the fact that Sarge's original voice actor R. Lee Ermey had passed away in 2018. However they did appear in two posters for the fourth film.
  • The minor difference between Woody and Buzz's voice-boxes in this film actually highlight an interesting reversal on the long-lasting appeal of old-fashioned versus newer toys. Namely, Woody's voice box runs on a mini-record and still sounds crisp despite being over half a century old. Whereas Buzz's voice, which uses an electronic speaker, sounds noticeably aged and distorted after more than two decades of wear.
  • Tony Hale started recording his voice of Forky in the summer of 2017. "It's weird because they ask you, and you say, "Of course." But then you go up to Pixar, and that's just a creative wonderland. It's an amazing environment to work in, and you say, "Oh, wow. So I am being a voice in a Pixar movie. This is cool." Then time goes by, and it hasn't really hit me. Then I saw the trailer, and I thought, "Wait a second. That's my voice in the middle of a Toy Story trailer!"
  • When asked what was the process of finding the character's voice for Forky, Tony Hale revealed: "It doesn't hurt that most of the characters I play are pretty confused. They're all lost and haven't found their place in the world. Forky is no exception. His understanding of his purpose is that he's made to eat food and then go into the trash, and it's Woody that says, "No, you have a bigger purpose." If you think about that, it's a beautiful statement. [The filmmakers and I] talked a lot about Forky's aimlessness and how new everything is to him. He doesn't know anything about being a toy and all of the rules of that world."
  • When Woody is trying to escape from the Bensons, he climbs on top of a typewriter which nearly resembles the Adler Eagle typewriter from The Shining (1980).
  • The first Toy Story started life as a TV special based on Pixar's short film Tin Toy, starring Tinny as the main character. Here, the production cycle comes full-circle with Tinny making a cameo appearance in this film.
  • Poultry Palace is a reference to Al aka The Chicken Man from Toy Story 2 (1999); the second Buzz even says, "funny he doesn't look like poultry."
  • After Buzz ends up trapped as a fairground prize, he's introduced to Ducky and Bunny, with Ducky instantly referring to him as "Astro Boy." Astro Boy is of course a Japanese manga and anime series, which was eventually adapted into a Hollywood CGI animated movie in 2009.
  • One of the vacation spots is to a home that looks very similar to the original design for "The Incredibles"' house.
  • A yellow plane hanging near the window of Second Chance Antique, resembles Sun Wing from Planes (2013).
  • a spinning ride next to the Ferris wheel, with a purple and yellow umbrella structure. This looks exactly like the sundrop flower from "Tangled".
  • A stall is called Jet Stream, echoing the character alias Strut Jetstream from "Planes": "you're strutting jetstream?"
  • Bo presses a 25 cents button on the slot machine to enter the club. The number 25 pops up a few times in the film. This could be a nod to "Toy Story 3" maker Lee Unkrich, who parted ways with Pixar after 25 years in 2019.
  • The barrel of monkeys helping Woody and Slinky to help rescue R.C. is a callback to the first film, when the toys use the monkeys to try and help rescue Buzz after he was accidentally knocked from the window.
  • When it shows that the film is dedicated to Don Rickles and Adam Burke the quotes below their names read: Rickles: We are eternally grateful. Burke: We love you, to infinity and beyond.
  • At the RV Park, Bonnie's mother shown reading a book. While the title is obscured in the final cut of the film, the book she is reading is called "Beyond Infinity: Debuking Theories of a Shared Universe". Josh Cooley said that they ultimately changed the angle because it became too distracting for the audience, but it is definitely still in there. This seems to, once and for all, kill the theory that somehow CARS is the rise of the machines and that BRAVE takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland after the events of WALL-E.
  • When Buzz is in top of the R.V. navigating to reroute it's destination, is similar to the second film when he told Rex to navigate inside the Pizza Planet car when they were following Al to the airport.
  • When Woody is left in the closet because Bonnie does not want to play with him, he nervously lines up some poker cards on the floor to kill time. This is a reference to Woody's nightmare in Toy Story 2 where Andy, who does not want to play with Woody anymore, throws him away through a pile of poker cards (all the ace of spades) into a trash can.
  • Giggle Mcdimples was inspired by Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio. Jiminy's role in that movie was the "conscience" of a toy that had come to life. The film also plays around with toys listening to their "inner voice." the way Buzz interprets the "inner voice" as coming from his voicebox actually foreshadows the fate of Gabby Gabby. Without a working voicebox, Gabby is willing to steal one from another toy with little regard for that toy's option, because she has no "conscience" But when she meets Woody, who willingly gives his voicebox up, Gabby starts to become a much more sympathetic and likeable character. Woody gave Gabby an "inner voice" both figuratively and literally.
  • The way how one of the Bensons fix Forky by reattaching his arm is coincidentally similar to the first film, when the mutant toys fix Buzz by reattaching his arm.
  • The voice of the carnival booth worker is Bill Hader, who had previously worked on the Pixar films Monsters University (2013), Inside Out (2015), and Finding Dory (2016).
  • In Bonnie's bedroom, a drawing of peas-in-a-pod on her wall can be seen.
  • When Forky is attempting to brush Gabby Gabby's hair, with the wrong side of the hairbrush no less, while quipping to himself, "Such pretty hair." a reference to one of Arrested Development (2003)'s most memorable quotes, where Buster (Tony Hale)'s mother Lucille (Jessica Walter) complains that "Suddenly he's too much of a big shot to brush Mother's hair."
  • Woody leaps onto a typewriter in one scene with the name "Bullock", undeniably a nod to Pixar's resident assistant editor Torbin Xan Bullock.
  • Woody mistakenly refers to one of Bo Peep's sheep as "Gus", likely a nod to the protagonist of the same name from the Pixar short Partly Cloudy (2009).
  • Tony Hale plays a character name Buster on Arrested Development (2003) which, coincidentally or not, is also the name of Andy's dog in the 2nd and 3rd Toy Story films.
  • Andy character was ten years older than when audiences had last seen him, but even accounting for that, there were noticeable adjustments made by improvements in animation. Indeed, the most notable changes were the eyes, which had been tweaked to appear even more lifelike, and the hair was animated for a more realistic effect (this is one of the key areas of animation Disney and Pixar has greatly improved over the last 20 years). Andy's skin also had more tone and color variation to it, showing freckles and redness like a regular human person would have. A younger Andy seen in flashbacks had a design that bridge this newer take and the teenage version. The design for Andy in Toy Story 4, however, is a further step of this change. Not only have the animators taken advantage of the ostensible improvements in digital animation since 2010, but it appears the animators have used the Toy Story 3 version of Andy as the template from which to de-age him back down to a young boy.
  • The movies do not explicitly state the years in which they take place, which makes the Toy Story film timeline inexact. However, references within the films can date the first movie as taking place in 1995. This means that Andy, who is turning six in the first film, was born in 1989. Woody and Andy were friends from an early age, so Woody and Andy could have first met when Andy was a baby. Even then, however, Woody is a lot older than Andy. In Toy Story 2, Woody learns that he is a collectible toy based on the 1950s television show Woody's Roundup. Along with Jessie the Cowgirl, Bullseye the Horse, and Stinky Pete the Prospector, Woody is part of a limited edition set of toys that are rare enough to be sold to a Japanese museum. The black-and-white aesthetic always suggested the 50s, and this is confirmed in Toy Story 4 by Gabby Gabby. As a result, Woody would have lived thirty to forty years of his life before meeting Andy. When Al tries to buy Woody at the yard sale in Toy Story 2, Andy's mother apologizes and takes Woody back, saying that he is "an old family toy." Andy is only around eight years old in Toy Story 2, and as his mother identifies Woody as a family toy, rather than her son's toy, that seems to signal that Woody has been in the family's possession longer than Andy has been alive. In Toy Story 2, Woody remarks, "A record player! I haven't seen one of these in ages." It's unlikely that Andy would have had a record player in the 1990s, so this would indicate that Woody does have memories of his life before. It's likely that Woody was owned by one of Andy's parents when they were children. Some fan theories go deep into Andy's missing father, and hinge on the idea that Woody once belonged to him; because Andy associates Woody with his father, he is all the more attached to the toy.
  • Woody points a pencil at Gabby thinking she means him harm, a reference to the first film when Woody is in Sid's room the first thing he picks up is a pencil, before ultimately picking up a flashlight.
  • insiders already expect that nominations will likely go to this movie as well as DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019), which opened in February to critical and box office success with the emotional final chapter of Hiccup's coming-of-age story. And many also find it hard to imagine that Disney's wildly anticipated Frozen II (2019), the sequel to Disney's Oscar-winning 2013 juggernaut, which opens Thanksgiving weekend, won't be a strong candidate.
  • Drew an estimated $14.2 million Monday, taking its four-day total to $135.1M. It will continue to conquer the box office into this weekend with $60M-$70M ( a 40%-50% drop) before Sony/Marvel's Spider-Man: Far From Home brings another flood of cash in next Tuesday. Toy Story 4's first Monday is the fourth best for a Disney animated film after Incredibles 2 ($23.6M), Finding Dory ($19.5M) and Toy Story 3 ($15.6M). Some in the distribution community have expressed concerned there's a sequelitis funk in the marketplace after Toy Story 4 came in under its $140M-plus projections. Sequelitis really isn't to blame here as audiences showed in bulk that they made Toy Story 4 the biggest domestic opening in the 24-year old Pixar franchise. Disney-reported Monday actuals came in at $120.9M for the weekend, higher than the $118M the studio was originally observing Sunday morning. The latest string of sequel flops Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Dark Phoenix and Men in Black: International can be pegged to old brands working off largely old formulas. As we overwrote all weekend, Toy Story 4's came in under its $140M+ projections for several reasons: First, Disney decided not to play over the lucrative Father's Day weekend (some analysts believe $5M-$15M was left on the table), and many in distribution were comparing Toy Story 4 to the uber-record domestic debut success of Incredibles 2 ($182.6M). They're two different movies -- the former a female-skewing property and the latter a male, fanboy IP. Also, there were some tea leaves out there that indicated Toy Story 4 could come in under Dory and Incredibles 2: While first day ticket presales for Toy Story 4 bested Incredibles 2, we heard from exhibitors recently that heading into the weekend, the fourthquel fell behind presales for Dory.
  • When Woody and Forky are in the stroller with Gabby Gabby, some music is being played on a record player. The song playing is the same song played at the end of The Shining (1980), since the first Toy Story's director was a huge fan of The Shining.
  • The child at the stall when Ducky (Keegan-Michael Key) and Bunny (Jordan Peele) were first introduced was Boo from Monsters, Inc. (2001).
  • Tom Hanks and Annie Potts recorded some of their scenes together so they could fully develop Woody and Bo's relationship.
  • One fanmade title that is commonly preferred over Toy Story 4 is simply Woody, a Character Title done in the vein of movies in long-running franchises like Logan for X-Men, due to the focus on Woody superseding the rest of the regular cast.
  • This is Keanu Reeves' third animated role, after the animated television series adaption of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures (1990) and The Animatrix (2003). This is also his second Disney role, after Young Again (1986).
  • Besides being inspired by Woody, the Bensons are also inspired by Charlie McCarthy, referring to ventriloquist performer Edgar Bergen. In the fall of 1919, Edgar paid Chicago woodcarver Theodore Mack $36 to sculpt a likeness of a rascally red-headed Irish newspaperboy he knew. The head went on a dummy named Charlie McCarthy, which became Bergen's lifelong sidekick. He had created the body himself, using a nine-inch length of broomstick for the backbone, and rubber bands and cords to control the lower jaw mechanism of the mouth.
  • Mr. Potato Head's first line, "Where's my ear?!" is taken from the first film.
  • Ducky mentions a "galaxy far, far away." referring to Star Wars.
  • Ducky quotes the Alien (1979) tag line, "In space, no one can hear you scream!" before kicking Buzz.
  • The casting for the role of Duke Caboom was accomplished by using a blind audio test containing audio recordings of line readings from Canadian actors played for director Josh Cooley with producers Jonas Rivera and Mark Nielsen. Neither of them knew which voice belonged to which actors except for the casting department who recorded those recordings. When they heard Keanu Reeves' voice, they immediately stopped the test, realizing that he was the right fit. The thing was, it was envisioned only as a "gag character," Rivera recalls -- a Canadian daredevil action figure named Duke Caboom, a stuntman evocative of Evel Knievel's era, who might get a few one-liners. Soon, the "John Wick" actor pulled up to the Emeryville, Calif., studios riding his motorcycle -- and he had questions. "Is Duke mad at Rejean?" Reeves asked, referring to the boy who had owned the toy, Rivera recounts. "Is he mad at the TV commercial" that popularized him? "We were workshopping this character over lunch," Rivera says, and Reeves "started to become Duke right in front of us, doing the [karate] chops and getting on a table in the atrium. People walked by [in disbelief]: 'Is that Keanu?' " "He became that character -- really emoting and getting into it -- no different from any other role. He's a delight to work with." By the time the collaboration was complete, Duke Caboom was a fleshed-out, scene-stealing character -- another highlight, too, in Reeves's banner year.
  • Giggle McDimples backstory according to Ally Macki: she was a toy from the '80s, until she ultimately became a choking hazard, causing her line to be abandoned because she was too tiny. They had a little bit about her and the [antique] store cat dragon how they had this contentious relationship.
  • The opening sequence features a close-up of Woody with the phrase, "You're my favorite deputy!" being played before he is moved out of the way to reveal the film's logo. Toy Story features a similar opening.
  • The concept for Gabby Gabby as an unsold toy with a faulty voice box is an idea Pixar had that predates the entire Toy Story franchise; it was originally going to be used in a shelved Tin Toy sequel, except she would have been an evil teddy bear (who ultimately became the basis for Lotso in Toy Story 3).
  • This is the only Toy Story sequel in which the entire logo appears at once as opposed to the number appearing a few seconds after the "Toy Story" part.
  • One of Bonnie's old toys suggests Woody names his first dust bunny "Francis", which is the same name as Francis the Ladybug from A Bugs Life (1998).
  • Dinoco, the name of the fuel station where the family stops in their RV and the name on an old unlit neon light in the antique store, is the same fuel featured in the 'Cars' movies. The name is a combination of the words Dinosaur (fossil fuels) and real fuel brands of Conoco and Sunoco. It is a direct reference to the Sinclair gas stations which transitioned in the 1970s to ARCO stations.
  • Forky, the craft spork toy made by the film's kindergarten child Bonnie, wasn't designed solely by computer or on the drawing pad. Instead, in an exercise nodding to Bonnie's mode of creation, Pixar held a "Forkshop", a workshop in which crew members created their own real-life Forky design models out of pipe cleaners, googly eyes, Popsicle sticks and, of course, sporks.
  • Initially, the film's antique shop was run by an older couple, named Margaret and Dan -- inspired by the designs of Ollie Johnston, one of Disney Studios' famed "Nine Old Men." Margaret ultimately made the cut, as voiced by June Squibb ("Nebraska"); Dan, alas, did not.
  • At one point, the film included a visual explanation of Bo's journey from a former part of Andy's menagerie to a tough life of being donated, broken and long stored away before she went childless. "Although emotional," director Josh Cooley writes in "The Art of Toy Story 4," "the flashback was ultimately cut as the story evolved."
  • in an early version, the Antique store was "a huge city" that "came alive at night," according to "The Art of Toy Story 4." This toy town revolved around "a cut-throat economy where toys bartered and sold parts to repair themselves," all in the hopes of being owned by a new child.
  • Ducky and Bunny underwent numerous character iterations -- with Bunny at one point becoming a storytelling toy that had a cassette player lodged into his tummy. That character's name was Buster Cottontale.
  • Josh Cooley told The Post of why he stocked the film's antique shop with eerie dummies that follow the orders of "villainous" doll Gabby Gabby. "I love ventriloquist dummies I had one as a kid. I'm a huge fan [of them] in 'The Twilight Zone' and creepy movies.
  • Cooley says of landing four comedy legends as voice actors: Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett, Carl Reiner and Betty White. "We still can't believe they actually said yes." "And they'll get "considerable screen time," says producer Mark Nielsen, when they reprise their roles in a short film, planned for November release, titled "Forky Asks a Question."
  • Director Josh Cooley figured that Bonnie might not know what a spork is. A few years ago, Cooley turned to his son, who was five or six at the time, for a name. The boy's idea? "Forkface." "Well, we can't say that," Cooley told his son, who had no clue his suggestion sounded profane. "Forky" was close enough.
  • Making Forky move "was a challenge in a great way," says Cooley, who gave animators this direction: "Make it look handmade. Make it feel like a kid was operating it." As Forky's character progresses throughout the film, his gestures become less awkward, his arms get more flexible and his eyes start to blink.
  • Studio animator Claudio de Oliveira says his best method for understanding Forky and the movements of the toy's materials, was to make his own Forky and play with it (and his children) at home. "I went back to my memory of being a kid and sometimes making my own toys," De Oliveira says. "You have a different connection to the toy just by making it." Though Target and other retailers sell ready-made Forky toys, he encourages "Toy Story" fans to craft their own and get personal, tactile experiences with the character. All you need is a spork (or plastic spoon with scissors to cut it into a spork), pipe cleaner, glue, putty or clay, a popsicle stick and googly eyes.
  • After scouring local Northern California antique malls and stores and studying how vintage objects age, the Pixar art department divided the space into individual set dressing units to handle each neighborhood. It took two years to create the antique store and its assortment of collectibles. On top of that, the sets shading team went to work on aging all of the hard surfaces, particularly metal, glass, and wood. Micro detail was important for cracks, scratches, sun exposure, fading, and other defining characteristics. And when it came to cobwebs, an animator came up with a software program with artificial spiders that spun a series of intricate webs. For the rest of the dust, they used a simulation software package.
  • Set supervisor Stephen Karski said they knew from the beginning that the story needed an antique store, something that felt like a city in the eyes of toys. "But we didn't know what kind [of antique store]. And so there were lots of maps drawn about where the action would be taking place. It usually had to do with where there would be a chase sequence and we had to figure out how to connect the dots with other key moments."
  • Set supervisor Stephen Karski said the idea of going behind the display cases where toys could be hidden. "And there was a whole rewrite of the map of the store with secret passageways. It was driven at first by key moments in the film and how to get between these spaces. And we worked with the camera and staging department to do tests. So we would mock something up and have the camera go through it and realize that it wasn't working. We needed to go further or it was too far away, so we had to block it off. Once we had the basic framework of aisles and secret passageways, the art department came up with different themes [various decades or kitchen items], the way a real antique store would be decorated and arranged."
  • When Bo takes Woody to a secret nightclub inside a pinball machine, where she recruits the scene-stealing, Canadian daredevil toy, Duke Caboom. "We wanted the juxtaposition of a vintage pinball machine and cool nightclub and pushed everything to the max," said Ling Tu, the sets shading lead. "We then introduced Duke with epic 'Saturday Night Fever' disco lighting and he does his assortment of poses. We threw in some dust in there to remind you that this is part of the antique store.
  • Gabby's lair was also an important setting. She lives comfortably in a large rosewood cabinet with windows from top to bottom and a tower on top. "We built her home with multiple layers and props," said Rosie Cole, the sets technical director. "We gave her a sewing kit and a throne that she sits on, overseeing the front of the store. It resembles a fancy apartment building, and is very purposefully situated in the center of the store so that she can see everything," added Karski. "We made it very dangerous for any of the toys to be traveling in the store because Gabby and the [ventriloquist] dummies who live on top have complete control of the whole store."
  • Remains the only film in the series in which Buzz (or another Buzz toy) does not think he is a real Space Ranger.
  • The only sequel in the series to not include a new rendition of the song You've Got a Friend in Me.
  • While the Pizza Planet truck does not appear physically, it is represented as a tattoo on the carnival worker's leg, seen most prominently as he picks up Buzz.
  • The first Pixar Film to not feature a short film before the beginning of the film.
  • When Duke is hyping himself up, the Canadian national anthem "O Canada" can be heard.
  • An older version of Bob Parr from The Incredibles, can be seen sitting at one of the tables at the carnival.
  • Some of the carnival plush toys have the same color scheme as Sully, from Monsters Inc.
  • The photo realism that Animators keep putting in movies, is visible under the carnival workers fingernailjust a bit of dirt.
  • Interesting animation detail: when Ducky kicks Buzz his head stretches all the way over to the side and passes through his shoulder, the spacing is physically impossible cause theres no gap in the dome room for his head to fit in just hard plastic. An example of clipping from bad video game graphics and happens alot in animation like in Frozen (2013) during "Let it go", Elsa braided hair passes through her shoulder.
  • A Dumbo toy can be seen, inside the pinball machine.
  • One of the prizes at the carnival booth is a plush starfish, which resembles Peach from Finding Nemo (2003).
  • Shining reference- one of the names in Bonnie's classroom is "Tony" a reference to Danny Torrances imanginary friend.
  • Newman wrote the song, "I can't let you throw yourself away", as a support for anti-suicide.
  • Josh Cooley confirmed that the Tinny seen in this film is the same one from Tin Toy (1988), meaning his former owner Billy eventually grew up and donated him to the antique store (this also means that he donated the rest of his toys to Sunnyside, as they are spotted hiding under a table in the caterpillar room in the previous film).
  • Forky is the first toy character in the Toy Story franchise to be made out of handcrafted materials.
  • Although the Bensons can't talk, they still make a few grunting noises, done by Steve Purcell.
  • Ducky and Bunny refer to the plush frog toys as "Jeremiah" (after the line "Jeremiah was a bullfrog" from the Three Dog Night song "Joy to the World").
  • During the montage at the beginning, Andy makes Buzz say "to Infinity" and Woody say "and Beyond", just like the ending.
  • During the end credits, one of the carnival vans has the unicorn mural from the upcoming Pixar film Onward (2020).
  • A Zurg lunchbox can be seen, inside the kindergarten classroom.
  • A Captain America shield can be seen inside Bonnie's closet, behind Woody when he's flipping through cards to pass time.
  • The movie ends off with the same score that the series started with. The score at the very end of the movie right after Woody leaves the gang and is chasing Bo on top of the carousel; is the same score that plays when Woody is first introduced in Toy Story (1995).
  • The animators played with and studied ventriloquist dummies so the movements of the Bensons were accurate.
  • When Margaret (the shop keeper) goes home she is shown taking a bath, undoubtedly a reference to The Shining, the woman in room 237.
  • Forky coming out of Bonnie's bag, resembles Gizmo coming out of the box in Gremlins (1984).
  • During the 'plush rush montage' the theme from Taxi Diver (1976) when they follow Margaret home.
  • Fans say that Woody was surprisingly quick to forgive Gabby Gabby after some of her villainous actions, but many think he did the right and smart thing to cooperate and help her out, because imagine if Woody wasn't the All-Loving Hero he was, held a grudge against her, and didn't help her find a kid. She was already committing morally questionable acts out of desperation for a voicebox, but if the abandonment continued, it's likely she would have eventually turned into another Lotso
  • When Woody and Forky first pass by the antique store, despite Woody's previous urgency to get Forky back to Bonnie, as soon as he spots a chance to see Bo again, he takes it. He chose Bo over Bonnie in that moment, just like he does at the end.
  • The little girl first seen trying to win a toy at the carnival arcade is Agnes, from the ''Despicable Me'' franchise.
  • Andrew Staton (a credited writer of fan favourites such as Finding Dory, Wall-E, Monsters Inc) and John Lasseter are the only two people credited with writing all four Toy Story films and the Toy Story halloween special.
  • The only Toy Story film in which Emperor Zurg does not appear nor is mentioned.
  • The first Pixar film of the 2010s was "Toy Story 3" and "Toy Story 4" will be the last one.
  • Remains the only Toy Story film where the green army men do not appear or are mentioned.
  • Remains the only Toy Story film where Sid Phillips does not appear or is mentioned.
  • The only Toy Story film to not to open with a sequence of Andy playing with his toys nor with some kind of a realistic dream of the game he and the toys are playing. However a flashback of Andy playing with his toys is shown.
  • The only Toy Story film in which Molly is not completely seen.
  • This film takes place only two years after "Toy Story 3" (2010).
  • None of the Lotso gang toys from Sunnyside appear.
  • As with "Toy Story" (1995) and "Toy Story 3" (2010) the film opens with the song "You've got a Friend on Me"
  • Pixar's eighth film to begin with a flashback after Finding Nemo (2003), Up (2009), Monsters University (2013), The Good Dinosaur (2015), Finding Dory (2016), Coco (2017), and Incredibles 2 (2018).
  • During a joint interview Hanks and Allen were asked who had the better catchphrase, Woody or Buzz. Both agreed that it was Buzz with to infinity and beyond.
  • Gabby Gabby turns out to be a sympathetic character who just wants Harmony to love her. And the Bensons turn out to be simply loyal servants who are generally benign, even for thugs. So in a sense, the tetralogy ends with seemingly scary toys who were Good All Along. Fittingly, the second featured both a scary toy who is proven relatively harmless (Zurg), and a non-scary toy who is a Well-Intentioned Extremist, though ultimately both have roughly the same threat level. The third has a very cuddly toy who's the morally most rotten character in the series, backed up by intimidating action figures and a eerie Cymbal-Banging Monkey who are Punch Clock Villains, and a damaged old baby doll who is a Tragic Villain, much like Gabby.
  • Bonnie making Jessie the sheriff despite having another toy who is specifically a sheriff is consistent with her play style shown in Toy Story That Time Forgot (2014), where she pretends a Christmas ornament is a type of dinosaur and makes her actual dinosaur a reindeer.
  • The sixth theatrically released final installment to a computer-animated franchise after Shrek Forever After (2010), Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012), Ice Age: Collision Course (2016), Cars 3 (2017), and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019).
  • Merida's bow from Brave (2012) and an antique model of the Eiffel Tower from Ratatouille (2007) is shown inside the antique store. A painting of Riley's Dad from Inside Out as a conquistador can also be seen.
  • This film is the second Pixar film to feature Figment the Dragon . The first film being "Inside Out".
  • This installment reveals that curse words do exist in the Toy Story universe, if the scene where Mr. Anderson is about to use "some words" after the tire gets flatten is anything to go by. While it would be odd in other fictional universes for characters to never or very rarely swear, here it actually makes sense. The toys hang around young children constantly, so naturally swearing isn't part of their vocabulary. Plenty of kids end up swearing at one point or another while growing up and Sid most likely was one of those kids and maybe Andy too, and Woody even implied back in Toy Story that he knew some profanities by saying to Buzz, "The word I'm looking for, I won't say, because there's preschool toys present".
  • Ducky and Bunny like to imagine scenarios of them coming alive and attacking humans which they call either "The Ol' Plush Rush" or "Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner". The first three are to the antique store owner Margaret, the next to Gabby Gabby to get her kid at the climax of the film by throwing a baseball, and the mid credit scene was to the carnival game barker.
  • Director Josh Cooley also cites Vito Corleone from The Godfather film series as an influence for Gabby's control over the Benson dummies who served as her enforcers.
  • Gabby Gabby is similar to Maleficent and Mal who only became villains and how they were raised and somebody wronged them. They were showed the error of their ways and thus had a lot of remorse. In the end she redeemed herself really well.
  • As with fellow Pixar sequel Finding Dory (2016), Toy Story 4 (2019) has been released the same year as a film of Illumination Entertainment's The Secret Life of Pets franchise, Finding Dory (2016) has been released the same year as The Secret Life of Pets (2016) whilst this film was released the same year as The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019).
  • As with fellow Pixar sequel Finding Dory (2016), this film was released the same year as a film of Sony Animation's The Angry Birds Movie franchise, Finding Dory (2016) was released the same year as The Angry Birds Movie (2016) whilst this film was released the same year as The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019).
  • As with fellow Pixar sequel Finding Dory (2016), this film has been released the same year as a live-action remake of an animated Disney classic directed by Jon Favreau, Finding Dory (2016) was released the same year as The Jungle Book (2016) whilst this film was released the same year as The Lion King (2019).
  • Jack McGraw's second Pixar film after Finding Dory (2016) released three years prior.
  • Running gags in the film include Forky refusing to accept he is a toy and keeps trying to go to the trash, Forky asking what a particular place or thing is when he is asked to do a task much to the frustration of the toys, Gabby Gabby wanting Woody for his voice box and Bonnie looking for Forky when he goes missing.
  • By the end of the film/franchise the majority of the main and supporting characters become couples: Woody & Bo, Buzz & Jessie, Mr & Mrs Potato Head and Rex & Trixie. Slinky and Bull's Eye are the only main ones from the gang not to be in a relationship.
  • The sixth theatrically released final installment of a computer-animated franchise after Shrek Forever After (2010), Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012), Ice Age: Collision Course (2016), Cars 3 (2017), and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019).
  • The only film of Pixar's where Josh Cooley (the director of this film) is uncredited for voice over work, all the others had Cooley simply listed under additional voices or credited outside the additional voices.
  • The Bensons walk irregularly due to dummies requiring a human hand to keep them upright.
  • The only theatrically released animated film of 2019 to be rated G by the MPAA and the final one released in the 2010s to receive that rating.
  • This is the only Toy Story film to be shot in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio unlike the previous three Toy Story films which were produced in 1.85:1 and the first time a Pixar franchise has become a quadrilogy.
  • The reason for this change is because the main cast are going beyond Tri-County as director Josh Cooley and producer Jonas Rivera stated during an interview. This change was done to accommodate the fact that Woody's world had opened up once he reunites with Bo Peep.
  • Pixar's first film the not be accompanied by a short Pixar film since their first film Toy Story (1995) (not counting Cars 2 (2011) which originally had a Toy Story featurette Hawaiian Vacation (2011) and Coco (2017) which originally had the Frozen featurette Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017) before it).
  • Since John Lasseter's departure, SparkShorts which were created by the new talents of Pixar have succeeded the traditional line of Pixar shorts as they were scheduled to be sent straight to Disney+ by late 2019.
  • This is the last Pixar film with John Lasseter's involvment before his leave from Pixar and Disney animation at the end of 2018.
  • Toy Story 4 is the third Pixar film to have it's own variant of the Pixar logo, after WALL·E (2008) and Incredibles 2 (2018), with the opening Pixar logo transitioning into the film as it has Luxo, Jr. glowing in the rain during the flashback scene and the closing logo have Duke Caboom replace Luxo, Jr. in the logo.
  • Poultry Palace from Toy Story Toons: Small Fry (2011), makes a cameo in the film during the song "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away".
  • This is the second Pixar film to have two producers since Jonas Rivera.
  • Lotso appears on stage during the D23 Expo for Toy Story 4 (2019), but he did not appear in the film.
  • With John Lasseter having exited Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar in 2019 to work for Paramount Pictures, This would therefore make it the first Pixar film released under Pete Docter's supervision, who succeeded Lasseter as CEO after his leave.
  • As with Toy Story 3 (2010), which ended Andy Davis' saga as one of the main supporting characters, Toy Story 4 (2019) ends Woody's saga as the main character and thus most likely the franchise as a whole.
  • This is the only Toy Story movie featuring Bonnie's dad Mr. Anderson.
  • Pixar's ninth film to not have a co-director after Toy Story (1995), The Incredibles (2004), Wall-E (2008), Toy Story 3 (2010), Monsters University (2013), The Good Dinosaur (2015), Cars 3 (2017), and Incredibles 2 (2018).
  • The second animated franchise to be rated G by the MPAA for its fourth film, after The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists (1996).
  • The sixth Disney's animated film to feature the full closing 2011 logo at the end, after Finding Dory (2016), Moana (2016), Cars 3 (2017), Coco (2017) and Incredibles 2 (2018).
  • The plot of the Circle 7 version of Toy Story 3 was about Buzz spontaneously malfunctioning. In this movie, due to Buzz repeatedly cycling through his voice box sayings (trying to figure out how to stop the RV from leaving and get Bonnie to notice her missing backpack), Bonnie's parents assume he's acting up.
  • At the very end of the credits, there is a dedication to Don Rickles (voice of Mr. Potato Head who died of kidney failure in April 2017) and another one to Adam Burke (a Pixar animator who passed away of brain cancer in October 2018).
  • First time in the series that Jessie and Bo Peep interact on screen.
  • When asked what he thought of working with Keanu Reeves, Tim Allen jokingly said, "I was terrified actually. I just saw John Wick 3 and thought, 'good Lord I don't want to get this guy angry. Keep him away from the knives!'"
  • Buzz say "To infinity" and Woody responds with "and beyond". While this does make for a nice conclusion, it does raise the question of how they managed to hear each other, as Woody was on the carousel and Buzz was at the back of the RV. Most likely he didn't. Woody just knew that Buzz would say the line, and responded accordingly. Or more likely, they both just said "To Infinity and Beyond" at the exact same time. Of course Woody didn't hear Buzz from all the way up there.
  • Bo gets separated from her sheep during a battle, and they get taken away to Gabby's cabinet. Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep.
  • Madeleine McGraw replaces Emily Hahn as Bonnie obviously due to the latter having gone through too much puberty to reprise.
  • For unknown reasons, the red-tied dummy skin in the official Toy Story content pack for Minecraft is referred to as "Fredric".
  • Keegan-Micheal Key and Jordan Peele wrote and starred in the film "Keanu" which also featured a brief voice-cameo from Keanu Reeves. All three have major supporting roles in "Toy Story 4".
  • In the scene where Woody and Bo Peep are preparing for the jump, there is VHS tapes that have the names of several Pixar shorts like Knick Knack (1989) and Lifted (2006).
  • Keenan Michael Key (Ducky) did the voice of Judge Peckinpah in The Angry Birds Movie (2016).
  • At the end the way Forky first meets Knifey for the first time, is similar to how Barbie first met Ken in Toy Story 3 (2010).
  • Keanu Reeves is currently filming the second sequel to Bill & Teds, he hasn't left his Toy Story 4 character Duke Caboom far behind, as one of his co-stars recently revealed that the actor goes on a Duke Caboom scavenger hunt every day on the Bill and Ted set. Samara Weaving will play the daughter of Alex Winter's Bill S. Preston, Thea Preston, in Bill and Ted Face the Music and she recently told USA Today that Keanu Reeves keeps himself entertained on the set of the film by going on the hunt for a Duke Caboom action figure he brought with him to the shoot, which the crew hides for him every morning. According to Weaving... "The makeup artists hide the figurine every morning. He loves having a little treasure hunt. Every day he's looking for Caboom."
  • During his sold-out appearance at the theatre in July, Tim Allen announced he would match all donations in July up to $15,000. Allen was in northern Michigan for an early showing of the movie "It was my pleasure to host the premiere of Toy Story 4 at The Bay Community Theatre and to help the new non-profit theatre succeed" commented Tim Allen. "The theatre is a valuable asset to Leelanau County and I'm so pleased to see the strong community support." The theatre said a total of $25,070, or 67% above the goal, was raised by the community. The Bay Community Theatre was founded by a group of concerned citizens who jumped in to save the family-run Bay Theatre which was set to close at the end of 2018. The theatre is now a non-profit organization supported by volunteers, a small paid staff and financial help from individuals and local businesses. "We are so grateful for the generous support of Tim Allen and our fellow community members," said Rick Andrews, President of the Bay Community Theatre. "The theatre has a new life as a non-profit and with the support of our community it will keep it thriving for many years to come."
  • The opening rescue scene is a subtle Call-Back to the climax of the first movie. Remember how Slinky tried to rescue Woody, Buzz, and RC by stretching out of the moving van while the other toys held onto his backside, but he couldn't stretch any further and snapped back into the van? This movie begins with Slinky pulling off the same stunt to save RC again, but this time, he succeeds!
  • After Bonnie's Kindergarten orientation, Woody presents Forky, with Jessie introducing a similar toy Bonnie makes a year later. The introduction of a Love Interest for Forky mirrors his own beginning, and also how Mr. Potato-Head found his Mrs. at the end of the first Toy Story.
  • The Bensons - ventriloquist dummies who serve as "butlers" for Gabby Gabby - are named after Benson DuBois, a sarcastic butler played by Robert Guillaume in the TV sitcom, Soap (1977) and its spin-off series, Benson (1979).
  • Like with fellow Pixar sequel Finding Dory (2016), this film released the same year as two DreamWorks Animation films (a follow-up (specifically a third installment of an already existing DWA franchise) and an original film), Finding Dory (2016) released the same year as Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) and Trolls (2016), whilst this film released the same year as How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) and Abominable (2019).
  • The first of the three consecutive Pixar films that Jonas Rivera produced and where Josh Cooley (the director of this film) voiced a character in, the later two would be Onward (2020) and Soul (2020).
  • Disney studio to have five films gross over $1 billion in a single year. In 2019 alone, "Avengers: Endgame," "Captain Marvel," "Aladdin," "The Lion King" and now "Toy Story 4" have soared past the billion-dollar mark. Disney beat its own record, previously set in 2016, with four films to reach that milestone. The company will release "Frozen 2," a "Maleficent" sequel and "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" in the coming months, meaning Disney could continue to elevate that bar.
  • The fourth Pixar to gross a billion dollars worldwide, after Toy Story 3 (2010), Finding Dory (2016) and Incredibles 2 (2018).
  • The sixth Disney's animated film to gross a billion dollars worldwide, after Toy Story 3 (2010), Frozen (2013), Zootopia (2016), Finding Dory (2016) and Incredibles 2 (2018).
  • The eighth animated film to gross a billion dollars worldwide, after Toy Story 3 (2010), Frozen (2013), Minions (2015), Zootopia (2016), Finding Dory (2016), Despicable Me 3 (2017) and Incredibles 2 (2018).
  • Christina Hendricks who voices the doll Gabby Gabby was in the horror thriller movie The Strangers Prey at Night (2018), in which one of the serial killers is called, "Dollface."
  • The leader of the Bensons is distinguishable from the rest by wearing a red bow tie.
  • Even though most of the merchandise of Ducky and Bunny, as well a teaser trailer featuring the two characters has them detached, they are in fact sewn together for the entire duration of the movie.
  • Christopher Nolan's son and Seth Rogen's son, both, went for Toy Story 4 together accompanied by Seth Rogen.
  • In the first film Mr. Potato Head says to Woody "I hope Sid rips out your voicebox", foreshadowing this film when he willingly gives his voicebox to Gabby Gabby.
  • Released the same year as the remake of The Lion King (2019), in the first film when Andy and his family are moving, Molly is shown watching the 1994 version. Keegan Michael Key (Ducky) was also in the remake as the voice of the hyena, Kamari.
  • Forky went through Lotso's story arc in reverse. He started out thinking he was a piece of trash meant to be thrown away, but after spending time in the company of other toys in a human establishment that handles toys, he came to understand his place as a toy to be loved by a child.
  • The fourth Pixar film to have a home media released in October, after Toy Story (1995), Toy Story 2 (1999) and Monsters University (2013).
  • At the annual D23 Expo, Disney announced the neurotic spork will be part of a collection of shorts Pixar is releasing on Disney+ titled Forky Asks A Question. Tony Hale, the actor behind the voice of Forky, sat down in the EW-PEOPLE video studio backstage to tease the forthcoming shorts. "So it's super fun," he says. "If you've seen the movie, Forky's a character who thinks he's trash, and Woody comes along and he's like, 'You're not trash. You have a greater purpose. You're meant for more.' And his world just opens up, and he just has a ton of questions. He's always going to have a ton of questions." With questions, comes the potential for more story material. Hale elaborates, "The shorts center on a lot of those questions What is money? What is a friend? What is love? What is the internet? And a lot of the Disney characters come in Trixie, Mr. Potato Head, Hamm amongst many others, and it's just this really beautiful, simple, funny format just to ask these general questions." The Veep star, who is up for an Emmy for his work on the series again this year, opened up to EW about what he loves about the character of Forky. "What I love about him is not only is he made simply, he sees the world very simply," he says. "He doesn't have the preconceived notions that everybody else has."
  • Because Forky was not made with knees, he waddles.
  • Forky is a spork from Pizza Planet. (The official Funko POP! says "Pizza Planet" on the back.)
  • By the end of the film, Woody despite being abandoned to the closet by Bonnie, he alone of the toys risks loss or confiscation to help her through day one of kindergarten. His actions result in Forky's creation. He then spends much of the film trying to keep Forky from destroying himself. When he realizes that Gabby Gabby wants exactly the same relationship with a child that he had with Andy, he willingly sacrifices his voice box despite the fact that Gabby did her best to take it by force. When he realizes that Jessie, subtly, is to Bonnie what he was to Andy, he sacrifices his sheriff's badge. Even his Bittersweet Ending with Bo has him focused on uniting other toys with other "Andys" and "Bonnies."
  • The entire Toy Story series is a deconstruction of respect. Being a toy can be a rather thankless job, since humans are unaware of the good deeds the toys do for them -- a necessary condition of the Masquerade. This is why Woody feels offended when the other toys think he is just thinking about himself when he wants to rescue Forky for Bonnie; he feels like it's his duty to care for Bonnie despite her lack of attention and affection for him.
  • The movie originally began with a cold open that was ultimately entirely scrapped. The sequence, which plays out as an animatic (animated storyboard) with placeholder voice over, is also presented. The scene found Young Bonnie engaged in Playtime mode, living out a fantasy sequence among her treasured playthings Woody (Tom Hanks) and friends. They're in a discount store when the toys notice a storm approaching. Only it's not rain on the way, it's Bonnie's worst nightmare books."Where we were going with the story was Bonnie was having trouble in school, and she didn't want to read," Cooley explains. "That's why there are books that are kind of villains in this Playtime. That ultimately went nowhere because there are really no stakes at all there. "This was an insane Playtime that we just went to 11 with. It was ridiculous but it was fun to watch."
  • As Disney's D23 Expo, Tony Hale explained why they didn't go with "Sporky." "'Cause Bonnie, the little girl, made him, and I don't think she knew what a spork was," said Hale, who appeared at D23 to promote the upcoming short film series Forky Asks a Question on the new streaming platform Disney+. "She only knew forks. So she said Forky. But that created a little bit of [an] existential crisis for him, because he was like, 'Hey guys, I'm a spork. So let's just get to that base.'" It leads to the question, when does the average person discover the magical, underappreciated hybrid utensil known as the spork? "She was in kindergarten, so she was like, 'This is obviously a fork,'" Hale said.
  • A deleted scene shows that Buzz would meet several bootleg toys while trapped as a prize inside a carnival booth. The toys look like him (more or less) but they aren't quite the real deal. And as we can see from one of these characters, Buzz's iconic catchphrases didn't quite make the transition. See gallery Sadly, while Buzz's brief time as a carnival prize made it into the final movie, this particular scene didn't. It also appears the scene was cut from the film early on, hence why it only exists in rough animatic with limited animation and placeholder voices.
  • Disney was toying around with the idea of having it end with Bo Peep discovering her own new kid, the same kid (Harmony) seen in the antiques store throughout the movie leading to her and Woody going their separate ways. After seeing this child, her eyes go wide and she speaks like she's met God (considering how one of the many Toy Story fan theories is that it's an allegory for religion, it's not surprising). "She's the one," she said. "I feel a connection again, Woody, like I'm supposed to be her toy."
  • Starting at the 55:42 mark 8 second's of "Boogie Juice" by Brian Bennett from his 1976 Aim High album is played as Duke Caboom enters.
  • Scott Clark, the supervising animator on the film, said he was impressed with Reeves's performance. "When we were in pre-production for Duke Caboom, Keanu Reeves came in. I didn't have a chance to do any animation yet so I just did some posing," he said. "We showed him some poses of Duke on the bike." Reeves was thrilled to be taking part in the film. "I don't know what it was but I instantly connected to Duke Caboom," he said. "I felt like his physicality was important, so even when he's talking to you he's doing stunts. He can't help himself."
  • At 1hr4mins.) The move that Buzz does, is the same one he did in The Adventures of Buzz Lightyear The Adventure Begins.
  • The license plate on the car is actually a computer command that someone typed into their computer on Toy Story 2 and deleted the entire film. Luckily there was a backup that someone had taken home with them.
  • Comedy greats Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Betty White and Carol Burnett played the preschool toys in Bonnie's closet.
  • One of the children in Bonnie's class wears a hearing device-a detail that means a lot to one of the artists, whose son is hard of hearing and wears a cochlear implant.
  • Woody hides behind Bonnie's Battlesaurs lunch box. That is a tribute to the TV special, Toy Story That Time Forgot.
  • The carpet in the kindergarten classroom is the same carpet that is in many of the offices at Pixar.
  • It took someone 3 weeks to figure out how to perfect the look of Woody's "smushed" head after Bonnie's dad steps on him in Bonnie's bedroom.
  • A picture of Dug from Up can be seen on Bonnie's shelf in the background.
  • The Poultry Palace originally appeared in Small Fry, a Toy Story Toons short film.
  • This scene took nearly a month to animate.
  • The light on the ground shown in this scene is a symbol for Bo's presence.
  • The song playing here is called "Midnight, the Stars and You" from The Shining. It was originally cut in as a joke, but it was so fun it stayed.
  • This typewriter is a nod to Tom Hanks, who is a huge typewriter fan, so much of a fan that he created an app called Hanx Writer that simulates old typewriters. It is an inside joke that Hank's character is literally hung up on typewriters.
  • The antiques store contains over 10,000 individually modeled and shaded objects meticulously positioned to appear as though the store owner placed each one by hand.
  • Almost every shot in the antiques store has something in the background from a previous Pixar film.
  • Bill Hader plays the carnie, and there is a Pizza Planet truck tattoo on the back of his leg.
  • Carl Weathers plays Combat Carl.
  • This scene was designed to be sort of a toy version of Casablanca. "Out of all the sandboxes, and all the playgrounds in all the world, he comes running into mine."
  • Second Chance Antiques was established in 1986. That is a reference back to Pixar, also established back in 1986.
  • The address of the antiques store is 1200, which is the address of Pixar Animation Studios.
  • All the plates in the top row where Gabby lives are designed to represent Pixar films.
  • Ducky is played by Keegan-Michael Key, and Bunny is played by Jordan Peele. They were recorded together and improvised a lot of their lines.
  • Filmmakers had fun coming up with unique names for the carnival rides and game booths. Among the rides are the Terrorantulous, Hypnosis, Zoetrope, Thrillipede, Hammer Time, Extreme Slide, Plane Crazy and Kiddy Cars. There's also a Ferris wheel and a carousel.
  • This was the first scene to be animated in Toy Story 4.
  • To find creative ways to animate Bo's use of her staff, filmmakers studied reference footage of martial artists, spear throwers, monkey staff experts and fire dancers, among others.
  • When Woody is in danger of being seen by a human, he quickly uses a rotary phone as a disguise. His pose is an homage to Mickey Mouse.
  • When Keanu Reeves came to Pixar to talk about the Duke Caboom character, he got so into the idea that he actually jumped up onto a table in the atrium to illustrate just how this character might strike his poses.
  • Keanu Reeves is co-owner of Arch Motorcycles, a custom motorcycle manufacturer.
  • The filmstrip seen here is the newsreel from the beginning of Up.
  • The beautiful chandelier in this scene was the hardest shot to render in the movie. The light reflecting through the glass took upwards of 1000 hours of computer time per frame to render.
  • This is the first time there's ever been a cat in a Toy Story film.
  • All of the sewing machines in the store were derived from the machines used by Miguel's shoemaking family business in Coco.
  • A character on the left side of the frame is doing sign language.
  • This is the first Pixar film to use the 2019 logo.
  • According to producer Mark Nielsen, new toys were also often conceived of as members of the new creative team waxed poetic, with new generations of writers and artists contributing new ideas. "Josh was a kid growing up in the '80s, while Jonas Rivera and I, the producers, grew up in the '70s, so the toys that we've latched onto were the ones along those lines," Nielsen explains to SYFY WIRE. "Duke Kaboom is a character that's straight out of the '70s childhood that I had and that Jonas had." Duke Kaboom, a Canadian "daredevil" toy voiced by Keanu Reeves, recalls ambitious stunt performers such as Evel Knievel, though more in ambition than execution. Nielsen remembers receiving plenty of shoddy toys as a kid, fueling Duke's feel-good subplot. "It's the struggle of living up to your commercial," he explains. "That cracked us up immediately as an idea because anybody growing up in the '70s or '80s, you see these great commercials, and you know the feeling of getting that thing at Christmas or for your birthday and opening it up, and then just being disappointed. Like that's, 'Man, it looked so much cooler when I saw it in the commercial. It doesn't really do that at all.'"
  • Some toys in the film, were based in nostalgia for around the time the original Toy Story hit theaters. "We have a story department that had some younger people in it, they grew up in the '90s, so some of the characters that you see on the playground in the movie came out of that," Nielsen says. "For example, there's that one toy with the wings," (a Sky Dancer) "a fairy that goes up into the air and then spirals down like a helicopter. One of the girls in this story team says, 'I would love to put in one of these,' and she drew it into her storyboards."
  • Giggle McDimples, the tiny police officer toy was suggested by team members who were slightly older children when the first Toy Story released. "There are some other women on the story team that grew up in the '80s, and they all had Polly Pockets, and a lot of them still have them," Nielsen explains. "They'd bring their collection from childhood into the story room and we'd be like, 'Oh, there's so much potential. We've never done a tiny toy before. How cool would it be to introduce the smallest toy in the toy universe in this story?' We're always looking to introduce a toy that hasn't been seen in the previous films."
  • Gabby Gabby, a pull-string doll from the 1950s, is set up as a foil for Woody, with the same origin from the same factory, even, Nielsen says, but an entirely different life story. "We needed a character that was lost in time, that had been there pining for a child for basically their whole life."
  • The stuffed carnival toys Ducky and Bunny, were meant to be comedically pathetic, which served to make them a bit antsy and mischievous. "They live really sad, pathetic existence," Nielsen says. "They're cheaply made. They're basically bait for kids to spend money on and not win."
  • The Toy Story movies are as much for adults as for children, and when the first one came out, the technology and the construction of toys had changed only incrementally over the past half-century, making it easier for those '50s toys to resonate with audiences of all ages. But now, 25 years later, kids are as likely to use iPhones as LEGOs and plastic green army men, a shift that complicates a movie series based on toys with faces. "We talked a lot about that, and we had the idea of like, do we introduce a technological toy into all of this?" Nielsen recalls. "We even tried a few things in our story reels along the way. But at the end of the day, it just wasn't that interesting. When you're talking about a screen and a phone or an iPad, we tried a few things, and it just wasn't interesting to watch." As a father himself, Nielsen looked to his own family for guidance on the matter. "The way we reconciled that was, 'You know what? Our kids do both. Our kids play with toys, and our kids play with technology,'" he says. "I've got four kids and they'll take the iPad, and they'll make a stop motion film with their toys. So they're actually using technology and their toys together. We're like, 'Let's just explore the creative side of our kids. They build stuff all the time. They're always making things out of stuff.' That's the side of childhood that is so much more interesting to explore and watch than the technology side."
  • As Pixar plots ahead, the goal is to keep walking that line, avoiding too much technology wherever possible. "If they ever weren't a thing, that would be something the Toy Story films would have to reckon with," Nielsen acknowledges. "But as long as kids have imagination and still play with things and make things, I think we're still going to be playing in a universe that is relevant."
  • The only movie of the series that didn't have altered version.
  • An old advertisement for Poultry Palace, the setting of Toy Story Toon: Small Fry, is tucked away on a shelf.
  • A statuette of Pepita from Coco (2017) is seen on a shelf.
  • The license plate on the family RV is "B3N604," which is the number of the Toy Story 4 art room at Pixar.
  • Features both actresses who have played the role of Connie Tucker, "Meemaw" to Sheldon Cooper: Annie Potts (Bo Peep) in Young Sheldon (2017), and June Squibb (Margaret the Shopkeeper) in The Big Bang Theory (2007). Laurie Metcalf, who played Sheldon's mother Mary Cooper, is also featured, returning to the role of Andy's mom.
  • The toy ventriloquist dummies are based on the "Jerry Mahoney" dummy from The Paul Winchell Show (1950). This toy, as depicted in the film, was very creepy and it was typically played with only a couple of times before being discarded, which might be one reason why there are four of them in this film. While short-lived, the Paul Winchell Show was from the same period as The Howdy Doody Show (1947), which was the inspiration for Woody's Round-Up.
  • One of those to whom the film is dedicated was veteran animator Bud Luckey, who died from a stroke on February 24, 2018 at the age of 83. In addition to his work on Toy Story and The Incredibles, he served as an animator for many television shows and TV commercials over the years and had also been in charge of advertising for all Peanuts characters.
  • Tim Allen and Tom Hanks became good friends over the 24 years of the production of the Toy Story series, but it did take a few days for them to warm up to each other. Allen related a story of working with Alan Rickman on Galaxy Quest (1999) in which Rickman told Allen that he did not like him. This was because of Allen's seemingly bossy style of presentation. After a while Rickman saw that this was just an affectation - Allen's comic style, at which time Rickman said that he understood and they became friends. Allen said it was the same with his best friend in high school, who he didn't like at first. As for working with Tom Hanks, Hanks is easy going yet businesslike, whereas Allen is blustery. It took a few days for Hanks to see through the bluster, after which they became friends, having many lunches together over he years.
  • The barracuda from Finding Nemo (2003), can be seen stuffed and mounted on the wall of the antique store.
  • In one of the scenes at the antique store when the owner a almost sees Woody, he stands on a phone holding the receiver in one hand and points at the receiver with the other hand. This is a reference to a old Mickey Mouse phone were Mickey is standing in the same position.
  • Ironically Woody being ignored as if he was trash by Bonnie creates Forky was created from garbage/trash and treated by as a toy by Bonnie.
  • Keanu Reeves fell in love with his character because he is both brave and vulnerable. "I like his heart. I like the warmth of the character. I like that he's brave and vulnerable." Part of the joke of Duke Caboom's character is that, while he is designed to be a fearless daredevil, he's actually quite emotional. The time he was rejected by a child still weighs on him heavily and his confidence is severely weakened because of it. At the same time, when the chips are down, Duke Caboom comes to the rescue, a couple of times in fact. In the special features for the Toy Story 4 Blu-ray, Keanu Reeves says this combination is what he likes so much about the character. Part of the reason that Duke Caboom may have resonated with Keanu Reeves is that the actor actually had a hand in creating the type of character that Duke became. Apparently, there wasn't much drawn of Duke Caboom, beyond a few different posed shots, when Reeves was first coming on board, and Reeves was the one who made those poses part of the character. "I don't know what it was but I instantly connected to Duke Caboom. You know, like, I felt that his physicality was important so I wanted him to like, even when he's talking to you, he's doing stunts. He can't help himself."
  • Both Annie Potts (Bo Peep) and June Squibb (Margaret) have played Connie Tucker, Sheldon Cooper's "Meemaw" on Young Sheldon (2017) and The Big Bang Theory (2007), respectively.

Spoilers

  • In November 2018, Tom Hanks claimed that the ending was emotional and "a moment in history." He also added that he couldn't face the crew while recording his final lines because he got emotional with them. This came around six weeks after co-star Tim Allen said he couldn't get through the last few scenes because of how emotional they were.
  • The legendary comedian and voice of Mr. Potato Head, Don Rickles, passed away in 2017, before he was able to record his part as the classic toy for the upcoming Toy Story 4 (2019). Rickles' family reportedly contacted the studio and asked if there was any way that they could create a performance using the recordings that they already had. So that's exactly what the studio did! Using the recordings from not only the previous three films, but also video games, theme parks, and more, they were able to craft a whole new performance.
  • Gabby Gabby is the 8th character in a Pixar Film to redeem herself at the end of the film by changing sides. The others (not counting anti-heroes/neutral characters and those who were merely brainwashed/mind controlled) had been Molt in A Bug's Life (1998), Zurg in Toy Story 2 (1999) (though merely due to having his memory scrambled due to his fall down the shaft), Jeff Fungus in Monsters, Inc. (2001), Mirage in The Incredibles (2004), Chick Hicks in Cars (2006) (though it's not shown until Cars 3 (2017)), Muntz' dogs in Up (2009), and Lotso's gang except for Lotso himself in Toy Story 3 (2010). She's also the 2nd main villain to've done so with Chick Hicks having been the first.
  • During a meeting with Pixar, Keanu Reeves suggested that his character Duke Caboom would continually pose throughout. This idea was embraced by Pixar and was incorporated into the animation of Duke Caboom.
  • The first Toy Story movie to end with Woody leaving Buzz and the rest of Andy's toys to go their separate ways.
  • Two retro Star Wars toys are inside the jukebox.
  • Ducky and Bunny suggest "the ol' plush rush" - in which they would come to life and attack the store's owner - as a method to retrieve the key. This strongly implies that they've done this sort of thing before. It's also very possible that they never actually did it (considering how crazy their imagination of doing these actions can get), but then it begs the question of where they got the idea in the first place.
  • Toward the beginning of this film nine years earlier when Woody, voiced by Tom Hanks, is saying goodbye to Bo in rainy driveway is similar to Hanks' character Chuck Noland saying goodbye to Helen Hunt's character Kelly Frears in Cast Away (2000) again in a rainy driveway.
  • The Combat Carl action figure in arctic white garb who repeatedly fails to get high fives from his fellow Combat Carls gets one at the end from Duke Caboom in the ending Pixar logo sequence.
  • The first Pixar feature-length film to not include Luxo, Jr. in the closing Pixar logo sequence.
  • The closing Pixar logo sequence features Duke Caboom on his motorcycle jumping on the "I" rather than Luxo, Jr.
  • Think about everybody's goals and conclusions: Woody wants to reunite with Bonnie and stays with Bo. Bunny and Ducky want a kid so much, they're willing to keep Buzz away from one, and end up helping other toys find kids. Meanwhile, Forky wants to be thrown away, and ends up with Bonnie.
  • The 3rd film out of the 4 movies to have an opening montage of Andy playing with the toys with "You've Got A Friend in Me" playing in the background, after Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 3 (2010). Also the 3rd of out of the 4 to have the film's logo displayed in front of the iconic sky blue background with white clouds. Toy Story 2 (1999) did neither of these.
  • In the first film, Woody meets Buzz for the first time; at the end of this film, he leaves Buzz presumably for good when he stays behind with Bo.
  • Toy Story 3 (2010) ended with Woody and the toys being donated to Bonnie; this film ends with Woody leaving Bonnie.
  • The prologue ends with Woody not going with Bo while she is being donated, instead deciding to stay with Andy; the film proper ends with Woody deciding to stay with Bo instead of returning to Bonnie.
  • Part of the climax of Toy Story hinged on Woody pretending his voice box was acting up in order to "talk" to Sid directly. Here, when trying to figure out how to stop the RV from leaving so that Bonnie can get her backpack, Buzz cycles through his own voice box sayings to try and get advice. This causes Bonnie's parents to think he's acting up and decide to put him away, causing him to shout out about the backpack right as he's being put inside.
  • When Bonnie is playing with her toys at the start, rather than grabbing Woody, she grabs his sheriff badge and having Jessie be the sheriff. At the end of the film, before parting ways with the others to stay with Bo, he gives Jessie his badge.
  • In Toy Story 2 (1999), Woody (initially) refuses to return home with his group in order to become a collectible in Japan to save him from ever getting torn again (though it actually happened as a result of being manipulated by Stinky Pete the Prospector as part of his secretly villainous goal), only to reconsider shortly afterwards with the idea of the Roundup Gang joining him to re-experience playtime. At the end of this film, Woody again declines to return home and instead stays with Bo Peep to help other ownerless toys, but this time he is utterly certain with his decision: that, and he and Buzz part ways on much better terms than before.
  • The end of Toy Story 3 (2010) shows Woody warmly bidding Andy "so long, partner", saying farewell to the owner he's had since the first film. This film ends with him part ways with Buzz, thus saying goodbye to another partner he had since the start.
  • While Gabby appears at first to be the villian of the film, it soon is shown she isn't really malicious in her intentions. While she does keep Forky in the china cabinet, she only does so because she knows Woody will come back for him, and actually takes care of and bonds with him. Although she does ultimately get ahold of Woody's voicebox, Woody gave it up willingly to help her out with Harmony; she even went as far as to have the Bensons sew him back up once the procedure was done. and when Harmony dismissed her, Gabby was (sadly) willing to return it. All Gabby wanted was to be with Harmony, and Woody managed to easily get her to realize that Harmony wasn't her only chance.
  • Bo's sheep she's occasionally seen with in the first 2 Toy Story films are revealed to be named Billy, Goat and Gruff, referencing the fable "The Three Billy Goats Gruff".
  • Bonnie takes Woody's badge and places it on Jessie to make her the Sheriff instead, foreshadowing the ending. In the end, Woody gives up his badge to Jessie, promoting her to be the leader of the toys, while he stays with Bo Peep and her lost toys gang.
  • Harmony, the granddaughter of the antique shop's owner, takes Woody with her to the carnival. She later shows up at the shop again and apparently forgets all about Woody. This shows that she doesn't seem to be interested in toys (or at least, toys like Woody) or care for them very much, which foreshadows that she will reject Gabby Gabby, another toy similar to Woody.
  • A not-so-subtle motif throughout the movie is that not every child actually finds fulfillment through their toys. The movie opens with Bonnie completely uninterested in playing with Woody, despite the promise she made to Andy at the end of the previous film to take care of all of his toys. Harmony, the granddaughter of the antique shop owner and the girl who Gabby Gabby hopes to take her in, is implied to repeatedly take toys from the antique shop and then losing them without care. Duke Caboom's original owner threw him out after he realized that he doesn't quite work the same way he was supposed to in the commercial. There's also a biting moment in Bonnie's kindergarten class, where a boy walks up to her, only to take all of her arts and crafts supplies for himself. He then goes and dumps half of them into the garbage can right in front of her. While it's less malice than it is apathy and waste, it doesn't help convince Bonnie she will enjoy Kindergarten.
  • Ally Maki actually didn't know Giggles was going to be eaten (but later regurgitated), she revealed: "when I watched it [for the first time]. I freaked out because I was like, "They didn't tell me that she dies in this!" Oh, my gosh. It really took me for a ride as a viewer and as an actor in the movie. I didn't know that was going to happen! I knew there was always talk about variations of it. I think originally [in the script] she had had a partner and he had been eaten, and then I heard [discussions] where maybe she had been eaten before? But I didn't know that it was in the actual film itself, and that it was going to be happening in the present time. So, for me, it was like, "Wait. Why? How?"
  • The plot of the first three Toy Story movies were built around Woody becoming lost and trying to get back to Andy before it's too late. At the end of this film, however, Woody stays behind with Bo as Bonnie's family leaves in the RV, effectively becoming lost (although Buzz tells Rex he isn't really).
  • Toy Story films always opens up with the title's background being a clear blue sky full of clouds. This film ends closing on a starry night sky.
  • At first, it would seem like it was pointless of Andy to give Woody to Bonnie when she would eventually forget Woody (to the point where he wasn't missed). But there was a point! Woody left his mark on Bonnie's life by indirectly helping her create Forky. He helped make someone for her that would be there for her the way Woody was there for Andy.
  • Gabby is notably similar to Stinky Pete and Lotso. Like the former, she's no stranger to being neglected and left on a shelf (thanks in part to her defective voice). And like the latter, the child she so wanted to please didn't love her quite as much as she hoped. However, in contrast to them, neither of her bad experiences embitter her and instead make her empathetic to the lost girl she is eventually adopted by.
  • Buttercup really wants to see Bonnie's dad get sent to jail, and as such is delighted when the sabotaging of the RV during the climax results in him having to speak to a cop.
  • In other Toy Story movies, a character who initially seems to be on the side of the heroes turns out to be the villain. Here, the character who initially seems to be a villain turns out to be on the side of the heroes. This technically makes Toy Story 4 the only film in the franchise not to have a villain.
  • Gabby Gabby has become obsessed with Harmony, granddaughter of the antique shop owner, believing that she will one day take her as her own toy. Gabby Gabby insists she's been practicing playtime with Harmony and has staked her entire life on being loved by Harmony, or at least, the perception of Harmony she has developed in her own mind. When she does get her chance to be taken in by Harmony, the young girl looks her over for a moment, but apathetically casts her aside, proving that Gabby Gabby's perception of Harmony was just that - a perception.
  • Just before Bo Peep is donated a man appears with Andy and his mum - this seems to be Andy's Dad who has not been seen or heard from in any of the previous Toy Story movies finally ending the question "Where is Andy's dad??" - he either was with them all along or he and Andy's mum divorced and he was just visiting
  • In this film, Bo Peep is shown to have a broken off right arm, which she herself fixed. This is similar to Toy Story 2, in which Woody finds himself with a torn off left arm. This not only suggests the two are somewhat of a matched set, but it reflects their own temperaments: Woody needs someone to sew him back together, while Bo proves herself to be independent and is able to repair herself without incident.
  • In the first film, Buzz thinks he's a real space ranger, but Woody keeps telling him he's just a toy. In this film, Woody is doing what Buzz did. He thinks he's a sheriff deputy and keeps coming back to rescue the toys. Some of the toys keep telling him he's just a toy but he just won't listen to them.
  • One of the last musical cues heard in the film as Woody leaves to be with Bo is the same cue used to introduce Woody at the beginning of the first movie.
  • Bo Peep's arm is revealed to have broken off, and during the escape, one of her sheep loses a paw, showing that despite their daring nature, Bo and the sheep are more vulnerable than most toys. This was actually the real reason why these characters were left out of Toy Story 3 (2010): the makers realized that Bo and the sheep were way too fragile to survive the climactic scenes in the dumptruck and on the conveyor belt, so they were written out to avoid showing their inevitable demise. Within the story, it was only acknowledged that Bo was among the friends that were lost over time without specifying the circumstances; this movie finally shows what actually happened to Bo.
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