Who ever would have predicted back when film was invented that years later, adults and children alike would be crying at the prospect of a little girl making her new toy cowboy wave goodbye to its previous owner as he left for university?

It’s a pretty tenuous question for sure, but the fact remains that something so innocuous as a guy giving his toys away can elicit levels of unrelenting emotion that should be illegal.

This trait of perfectly balancing laughter and tears has been the hallmark of Pixar’s films for some time now, and it looks like it’s showing no sign of easing off, since the as-yet-released Toy Story 4 is already being dubbed a tearjerker by its stars.

Tom Hanks himself – Hollywood’s dad – who plays Woody, has described the ending of Toy Story 4 as a “moment in history”, and confessed to having a hard time getting through recording his lines.

He said on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show:

“It was the first time that we were going to be recording the end of the movie, and Toy Story [4] is going to have an impactful ending.

The way you record Toy Story, you’re in a room with the team that has created it. When I went in for my last day of recording, I wanted to have my back to them, because usually you’re facing him so he can look right up and you can talk about it.

But I didn’t want to see them and pretend they couldn’t see me. When I realised what they were going for, I realised, ‘Oh, this is a moment in history’.”

Wow. It does sound momentous.

Tim Allen, the voice of Buzz, had also previously spoken about similar struggles as his co-star, saying:

I gotta resist getting emotional. I don’t want to give it away, but this is an incredibly great story.

It is so emotional, it’s so funny, it’s so big, the idea they’ve come up with, I’m startled. I couldn’t even get through the last scene.

I would love to be a Washington leaker. I just can’t do it. I can’t give any more away. They’ve got great characters but a couple of scenes toward the end were really hard to get through.

Not many details of Toy Story 4 are known, however we have been made aware that it will follow Woody and Buzz as they try to find Woody’s AWOL love, Bo Beep.

She wasn’t in Toy Story 3, which was only brought to our attentions once when Woody briefly looked morose when mentioning her to the gang, but no-on yet knows the cause of her absence.

Toy Story 4 will hit the cinema come June next year. It’s going to be emotional.

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