This morning on Good Morning America, the first official full-length trailer for Toy Story 4 dropped and it showcased Forky’s introduction to Bonnie’s room, an exciting RV trip, and much more.
We’re excited as well by the new movie poster — there so much to unravel from the first official look at Duke Caboom, the ventriloquist dummies, and Gabby Gabby. Watch the full clip below on Pixar’s YouTube channel (embedded below) and be sure to share your thoughts on the trailer in the Pixar Post Forum thread all about this trailer. Additional details about the new characters are also listed below the trailer for reference.
ADDITIONAL CHARACTER DETAILS
Among the new faces is GABBY GABBY, an adorable, talking pull-string doll from the 1950s. But unfortunately for her, a manufacturing defect in her pull-string voice box has left her sounding anything but adorable. She has spent more than 60 years forgotten in the depths of a jam-packed antique store—her only companions are a band of voiceless ventriloquist dummies. Gabby Gabby knows someone will want her if only she can find a working voice box to repair hers.
Gabby Gabby is voiced by Christina Hendricks. “It became obvious right away that Christina was the perfect actress to play Gabby Gabby,” says director Josh Cooley. “She has the ability to sound inviting and friendly, then subtly become cold and terrifying in just a few words. It still gives me chills when I see Gabby’s introduction in the film. Also, Christina told me that she preferred playing with ventriloquist dummies over dolls as a kid. That’s when I knew it was meant to be.”
DUKE CABOOM is a 1970s toy based on Canada’s greatest stuntman. Riding his powerful Caboom stunt-cycle, Duke is always prepared to show off his stunt poses with confidence and swagger. However, Woody learns quickly that Duke has an Achilles heel: He has never been able to do the awesome stunts advertised in his own toy commercial. For years, Duke has been sitting in an antique store, constantly reliving the failures of his tragic past.
Duke Caboom is voiced by another great Canadian, Keanu Reeves. “The first time Josh [Cooley] and I talked with Keanu about the role, Keanu became Duke Caboom,” says producer Jonas Rivera. “Keanu was asking great questions that dug deep to find the soul of the character. At one point he stood up on the table in the middle of Pixar’s atrium and struck poses while proclaiming victory. It was so funny. It’s all in the movie and it’s all Keanu.”
GIGGLE MCDIMPLES is a miniature plastic doll from the 1980s Giggle McDimples toy line. Giggle is Bo Peep’s best friend. Small enough to perch on Bo’s shoulder, Giggle is Bo’s confidant, supporter, and advisor. “Giggle is Bo’s Jiminy Cricket—we’re able to get insight on Bo through their relationship together,” says Cooley. “Giggle is definitely the smallest toy in the Toy Story universe. She’s been stepped on, vacuumed up, and probably put up a kid’s nose in her time.”
Ally Maki voices the tiny character. “Giggle McDimples literally pops on the screen because of Ally’s personality and infectious energy,” says Cooley. “Nobody can laugh like Ally Maki.”
BENSON is a classic, antique ventriloquist dummy, and Gabby Gabby’s right hand. He leads a small group of ventriloquist dummies that serve as Gabby’s henchmen. With no person to give them a voice, these silent toys patrol the antique store with a looming quietness that is inherently unsettling.
“The dummies are, by far, some of the creepiest characters we’ve ever created,” says producer Mark Nielsen. “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.”
Incredibles 2 — Among the Easter Eggs that were spotted between the poster and new trailer, we are finally able to confirm that the toy in Jack Jack’s crib in Incredibles 2 was in fact, Duke Caboom!
UP — Additionally, you may have spotted in the background of the poster a traditional poster of dogs playing poker — well, in this version the dogs have been replaced with characters from Up!
TIN TOY — If you look closely as Bo Peep takes Woody around the antique store, you can spot Tinny from Tin Toy in the foreground of one shot in the trailer.
PIXAR’S YEAR OF INCORPORATION — If you look at the window of the antique store, you’ll see that the title of the store is “Second Chance Antiques — Established 1986”. February 3, 1986 is when Pixar was officially incorporated as a company after Steve Jobs purchased the the graphics group from Lucasfilm’s, George Lucas.
Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries.
YOUTUBE LIVE DISCUSSION
As with every Pixar trailer which is released, we will be holding a YouTube Live session to dive into the full breakdown and look for hidden items or plot clues. Catch tour YouTube Live session tonight, March 19 at 10:00 PM ET / 7:00 PM PT, by watching the embedded video below, the trailer post which we’ll release tomorrow, or directly on our YouTube channel. We’ll be joined by our friends Dan the Pixar Fan and Giovanni D.
Additionally, feel free to discuss the full-trailer with other Pixar fans in the Pixar Post Forum.
Pixar Post — T.J.