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The first teaser trailer for Disney and Pixar's upcoming Toy Story 4 hit the internet on Monday showing off the old crew—Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Rex, Slink, Hamm and Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head—along with a scared-out-of-his-mind new character named "Forky," who is apparently not a toy at all, but a plastic spork with pipe cleaners for arms.

With Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" playing in the background, the teaser plays a bit like an LSD trip, with the characters we know and love spinning around in a circle and looking like they're feeling colors. We think we know how Forky feels— get me the fuck out of this mess.

Even eight years later, the final scene of Disney and Pixar's Toy Story 3 still makes us weep like our childhood puppy just died in a terrible accident. In the perfect send-off, Andy passes on his favorite toys Woody and Buzz Lightyear, along with Jessie, Bullseye, Rex, and the others, to an adorable little girl named Bonnie. It's a fitting end to a trilogy that paralleled the journey its target audience—millennials—were undertaking themselves, growing up and out of our childhood ways and attachments, and ultimately having to say goodbye to our favorite toys as we move on to adulthood.

But of course, nothing gold can stay. Disney announced their intention to release a fourth installment to the Toy Story franchise way back in 2014, and the movie has had a rocky life since, facing multiple release date delays and key staff changes amidst Pixar chief John Lasseter getting #MeToo'd. All we know by way of official synopsis is that the film will follow the intro of new toy Forky to Woody and the gang, and a road trip that "reveals how big the world can be for a toy." I guess three films didn't give any indication of the big, bad world outside of Andy's house.

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Throwing another strange wrench in the mix, we also have a second teaser/promo trailer that came out Tuesday featuring two new plushy amusement park-prize characters voiced by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele who are allegedly Toy Story fans themselves. Disney has been on the self-referential craze for a while now, starting first with Enchanted in 2007 and most recently taken to its zenith in Ralph Breaks the Internet. We see the trend emphasized here as new characters Ducky and Bunny rave about Woody and Buzz and continually misquote Buzz's famous line "To infinity and beyond." When Buzz and Woody come on screen to correct them, the furry duo exclaim the catchphrase is "the stupidest thing I've ever heard!" Gag me with Forky, please.

"Like most people, I assumed that Toy Story 3 was the end of the story," explains Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley. "And it was the end of Woody's story with Andy. But just like in life, every ending is a new beginning."

Sadly, the reverse is also true: every beginning is an ending. The ending of good humor, good story, and good taste.


Joshua Smalley is a New York-based writer, editor, and playwright. Find Josh at his website and on Twitter: @smalleywrites.


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GAMING NEWS | These "Kingdom Hearts III" trailers have me FREAKING OUT!

It's not much, but any kind of release of ANYTHING has me feeling spoiled.

For those you that don't know, I am a huge fan of Kingdom Hearts. It's one of the first games I ever beat completely, and I have followed it carefully since 2005 - back when I was just a 9 year-old little tyke. Since it's first game, Kingdom Hearts has been a massive success across virtually every platform (except for anything Microsoft owned, for now) thanks to its many, many prequels and mid-quels. But despite the success, people have been wondering just what's happening with third main installment.

Back in 2013, a reveal trailer was released and showed that not only was Kingdom Hearts III finally in development, but it was going to be on an all new engine with a nice new set of intense battle mechanics. Of course, the fanfare was short lived as we were quickly told that the game was far from finished.

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Flash-forward to last week. Not only have we been given an amazing trailer that seems to contain a lot of new content, but we've also got Hikaru Utada's latest theme! And let me tell you something, it is beautiful. Plus, we also have a new trailer from the D23 expo, showcasing new worlds and some brilliant new game play mechanics. It looks dazzling and chaotic and more alive than I've seen a Kingdom Hearts game since KH2.


Here are my thoughts on both trailers:

The Monster's Inc. World and Toy Story

I'm super pumped about this. I think they're an amazing addition to the many Disney-filled world's we've been given in the past. I'm pumped to see Pixar finally making an appearance in the Kingdom Hearts mythos. And it seems like the design team has worked really hard in keeping the spirits of the both Toy Story and Monster's Inc. in their design. Although, I am curious as to how they're going to incorporate each of the games' stories into the game.

From what little we've seen, it feels like they're taking more of a KH1 approach - and making the story of each world revolve around Sora and company. Unlike KH2, which had every world going through the stories of the films they were inspired by... and Sora just happened to step in and help.

Who knows?

Tangled World

We've also seen more of the beautiful forested world - and I'm pretty sure that it's the Tangled world that got confirmed a while back. It looks amazing - and I can't wait to explore every nook and cranny of it.

Marluxia

What? Where did he come from? I guess I shouldn't be surprised - after all, we all know how crazy this series can get. For those that don't know, Marluxia was the final boss of Sora's section of the Gameboy Advanced midquel, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. And here he is, back again - or perhaps this isn't Marluxia? Maybe he's returned to normal, and just kept the cool coat.

I know I would have.

Sora/Ventus/Roxas/Vanitas

This crazy grouping seems to also be getting some closure. We even see Vanitas - the dark version of BbS protagonist, Ventus - approaching Sora and doing something nefarious. Perhaps we'll find out why Vanitas looks so much like Sora? We also see Xemnas and company confronting Sora - no doubt trying to talk to him about Roxas for whatever reason? I don't know for sure.

The only person that isn't really talked about is Ventus - who we saw react to Sora's happiness at the end of Dream Drop Distance. I can only imagine what's going to happen with them - after all, it seems that Terra, Ventus, and Aqua are going to be a major part of this installment.

Riku and Mickey

We also see an clip of Riku abandoning his old, dark keyblade in the World of Darkness - and saying that he doesn't need it anymore. I can't wait to see what this game has in store for him - I hope they do the KH:3D route and give us both his and Sora' story side-by-side.

What's Missing?

Nothing, as far as I can see. I think they are smart in steadily revealing their details. The game is set to come out this year, and is apparently supposed to have a surprise that creator, Tetsuya Nomura, has been wanting to add since he created the series.

But that could be me hoping too much.

What do you think? Is there anything I've missed? Is there some story element that went over my head that was confirmed ages ago? Let me know!

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