The clips and teasers for Toy Story 4 keep coming, as the films theatrical release date is just weeks away (June 21, 2019). The latest clip titled, Gabby Gabby showcases the unnerving introduction of Benson and Gabby Gabby. Set within the dimly lit antique shop, the Toy Story 4 team did a wonderful job adding to the suspenseful nature of the scene as the lighting, effects (Benson’s reflection) add the already masterful cinematography.
When the filmmakers were in the process of developing Toy Story 4, they didn’t necessarily want the audience to empathize with Gabby Gabby, so the team sought out ways to introduce her in a way that may raise some red flags, that way was in the form of a color/lighting scheme that would appear on-screen with the character. “We picked a color for Gabby that is a sickly green,” says JC Kalache, director of photography. “It follows her throughout the movie. Every time you see that green light, you get an uneasy feeling that Gabby might be right around the corner.”
“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.”
Additional TV Spot
In addition to the Gabby Gabby clip, a new TV spot was released which appears to feature the moment when Woody and Bo Peep finally find each other. The 30-second clip showcases several new moments including footage of Billy, Goat, and Gruff (Bo’s sheep), Andy, Bonnie, and Ducky and Bunny. Watch the clip below and be sure to share your thoughts with other Pixar fans in the Pixar Post Forum.
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