Toy Story 4

The Herald on Sunday - - THE WEEK -

BUZZ, Woody and the rest of the gang are back, in the third se­quel to the orig­i­nal Toy Story, which was re­leased in 1995. A teaser trailer, sound­tracked by Judy Collins’s cover of the Joni Mitchell clas­sic, Both Sides Now, in­tro­duces the char­ac­ters as they cir­cle joy­fully be­neath a sum­mery sky un­til a new ad­di­tion, Forky, dis­rupts things. The movie and TV news web­site Screen Rant says: “At first lis­ten, it’s easy to get caught up in Both Sides Now’s bouncy in­stru­men­ta­tion that makes it sound like an up­beat pop song. How­ever, a close anal­y­sis of the lyrics hints at something darker.


“In the song, the singer re­flects on life’s var­i­ous ups and downs (hence, the ti­tle) and comes to the con­clu­sion no mat­ter which per­spec­tive you have, they’re all too big for one per­son to fully un­der­stand.

“There’s a melan­cholic un­der­cur­rent to the verses, which is cer­tainly ap­pro­pri­ate for Pixar. The stu­dio’s call­ing card is re­duc­ing au­di­ences to tears with emo­tional tales that com­ment on the hu­man con­di­tion, and based on com­ments by Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, Toy Story 4 won’t be any dif­fer­ent.

“The two stars had trou­ble get­ting through their fi­nal scenes due to the na­ture of the movie’s end­ing.” BACK in 1981, the stage mu­si­cal, Cats, had its West End pre­miere. In Lon­don and on Broad­way it broke all sorts of records and re­ceived nu­mer­ous awards. Now it is be­ing turned into a film, by the Os­car-win­ning di­rec­tor Tom Hooper, and with a starry cast. Pro­fes­sional dancers are be­ing chore­ographed by the Tony-award-win­ning chore­og­ra­pher Andy Blanken­buehler, whose CV in­cludes Hamil­ton: An Amer­i­can Mu­si­cal. The film is not due to de­but un­til De­cem­ber 20.

Hooper, who earned crit­i­cal plau­dits for The King’s Speech and Les Misérables, is said by the stu­dios Work­ing Ti­tle and Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures to bring­ing “as­ton­ish­ing new tech­nol­ogy to trans­form his cast mem­bers in a breath­tak­ing, vivid new vi­sion of one of the most beloved mu­si­cals of all time”.

The cast in­cludes James Cor­den (Busto­pher Jones), Dame Judi Dench (Old Deuteron­omy), Ja­son Derulo (Rum Tum Tug­ger), Idris Elba (Ma­cav­ity), Jennifer Hud­son (Griz­abella), Sir Ian McKellen (Gus), Tay­lor Swift (Bom­balu­rina) and Rebel Wil­son (Jen­nyany­dots).

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