Today, we talk about something nice. Let’s relive a part of our childhood with Toy Story 4!
Welcome to Watch Tank, and today we are counting picks to reveal the Easter eggs, the moments or things which you have surely missed, in the movie.
See how that broad smile brightened your face?
Now, it would be wrong to start talking about Toy Story 4 without mentioning its previous instalments. So, are you all set for a trip down memory lane?
Toy Story 4 is a 2019 released American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film, produced by Pixar Animation Studios on behalf of Walt Disney Pictures.
This movie is the fourth instalment in Pixar’s Toy Story series, and a sequel to 2010 released Toy Story 3 (2010).
Directed by Josh Cooley, Toy Story 4 had its screenplay written by Andrew Stanton and Stephany Folsom.
Prominent actors like Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Joan Cusack, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris, Blake Clark, Bonnie Hunt, Jeff Garlin, Kristen Schaal, and Timothy Dalton reprised their respective roles from the previous three instalments.
In Toy Story 4, additional cast members include Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, and Ally Maki, who all voiced the new characters.
The film’s story directly starts where it left off in Toy Story 3, as Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and their other friends find a new appreciation for living with Bonnie. In this film, they are joined by Forky, and together they embark on a road trip adventure all while running into an old friend from Andy’s house.
Toy Story 4 is dedicated to Rickles and animator Adam Burke, who passed away on April 6, 2017 and October 8, 2018, respectively.
Nostalgia hit hard? On that note, let’s reveal the references and secret connections.
Spoiler Alert: In case you haven’t watched it yet, read at your own risk!
10. The license plate RMR F97
Toy Story 4 confirms the comeback of Bo Peep for the first time since the release of the original film. Also, as a part of the new movie’s story, we have a quick flashback sequence where Bo Peep is being driven off in an unknown vehicle. The car had the license plate RMR F97.
Fans have been accustomed to looking for the A113 in every scene, but this sequence has a deeper meaning. To make it short, this is the exact command code entered by a unanimous Pixar employee, during the production of Toy Story 2. The code became disruptive and commanded the entire Pixar server to delete the subfolders, which ended up clearing the whole film’s assets.
It was a huge loss. So, what happened next? Luckily, the servers were unplugged, and a backup was saved, preventing the film from being totally destroyed.
9. The Eggman Moving Company
Can the diehard fans of the movie crack this reference? I guess not. However, this Eggman moving company has a deeply-rooted connection with the Pixar Animation Studios. The Pixar production designer Ralph Eggleston was affectionately called “Eggman” by his colleagues.
The Eggman Moving Company has been a consistent part of the series and has appeared in both the original Toy Story and Toy Story 2. To put it subtly, this one is used to bring troubling omens to the toy heroes of the franchise.
You missed it, right? Next time, take a minute watch out for this reference.
8. The Mickey Mouse Telephone
Since Disney has taken over Pixar since 2006, there hasn’t been much love shown to the Disney classics or the stars, which is quite expected. However, things took a different turn with Toy Story 4 when Woody is caught moving by the antique store owner, Margaret. To make sure that Margaret does not suspect him, Woody grabs a phone nearby and strikes a pose that isn’t be new for the older fans.
Holding the receiver in one hand and pointing towards it with the other, Woody perfectly recreates one of the most iconic Mickey Mouse telephones.
This should be a must-buy item for every Toy Story fan. Do they still sell it now?
7. Room number 237
Over here, we have spotted two references. Can you guess the Easter Eggs correctly? The less playful side of the duo of Ducky and Bunny has been voiced by comedian duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.
Second comes a scene where a woman is running and screaming. Audiences can easily spot her home with the street number 237. For those not aware of this reference, Room 237 was the chilling room from The Shining movie which housed the remnants of a beautiful yet decomposing woman.
You got both of them, right?
6. Reference of the short film Geri’s Game
Toy Story 4 was the last instalment of the series and had a lot of hidden gems. These gems are not only part of the Pixar universe but are also found on the shelves in the antique store, and are also related to the history of its owner, Margaret. A possible romantic connection with a character first introduced in the short film Geri’s Game had its screening before A Bug’s Life.
This short film marked Pixar’s return to the genre following the release of Toy Story, and also earned its star, Geri, a cameo in Toy Story 2. In the fourth instalment, if you look closely, you might see a black and white photograph of Geri placed behind the counter of Margaret’s shop.
Did you notice that?
5. The Ancient Tin Toy
For the ones who have already watched the movie, could you spot Tinny? He is a small, old fashioned tin soldier with a drum and accordion. To be precise, many of you reading this might not have been born yet when Tinny made his first appearance in Tin Toy (1988). Tin Toy was one of Pixar’s important steps on their way to becoming the modern animation powerhouse.
It won’t be easy to spot him since Bo Peep referred to him as Tinny. Also, no mention was ever made that once upon a time, it was decided that Tinny was supposed to be the lead of Toy Story, coupled with a ventriloquist dummy.
How old were you in 1988?
4. The playing of the vintage record
Pixar Fans would have been already accustomed to the classic record players courtesy of The Shining, but don’t miss the vintage. This one would be a classic from Ernesto de la Cruz. In Pixar’s movie Coco, Ernesto is supposed to be a renowned singer.
While many fans might not remember the record, the recognition of Ernesto as a live performer in Toy Story provides a strong connection between the two films. This might not be much of a surprise, but still, the discovery is worth sharing.
3. Pizza Planet Restaurant truck
Perhaps, this is one of the oldest discoveries. The Pizza Planet chain of restaurants is as old and popular as any other Pixar property or hero. While important scenes of the original Toy Story were filmed in the chain, it is the delivery truck that has made the pizza chain popular globally. But take note! This one is fake.
However, for the last instalment of the movie, the makers changed the plan. In Toy Story 4, the love for this pizza chain is shown through a carnival worker, who gets the Pizza Planet truck tattooed on his leg.
That was incredible. Now that you know, you won’t miss it again, right?
2. Tripledent Gum
The immense love for Inside Out continues well into Toy Story 4, with references to a Tri-County RV dealership, which posts some interesting questions about how Riley was closely related to the events of this film.
However, the best reference is here. The Tripledent Gum song infused absolute rage as the audience laughed at its explanation for being earworm theme tunes. In Toy Story 4, this gum brand is advertised in a vintage sign placed in the antique store.
Time to relive our childhood once again. Are you ready?
- The Elasticycle
Fans of The Incredibles 2 would be happy to know that if they couldn’t take home a model of the iconic Elasticycle, the characters of Toy Story 4 succeeded in just that.
At least, we can assume this based on glimpses of the model version of the Elasticycle placed on the antique store’s shelves. It’s easy to
refresh your memory on this one as it stands out from the rest of the vintage items.
- The Tiki Party Pinball table
Over the years, fans can’t ignore the overlap between Toy Story and Finding Nemo. This latest instalment also became a part of that tradition.
Titled Tiki Party, one might expect that this pinball table has some references to Moana and its tropical setting. But the stone-carved faces slightly visible on the exterior of the machine seem to match the tiki heads found in the dentist office fish tank of Finding Nemo.
1. Return of Duke Caboom
Duke Caboom is the toy version of a real Canadian stuntman from the 1970s. Also, for the ones unaware, he had already made his debut in the Pixar Universe before.
A Duke Caboom figure can be spotted in Jack-Jack’s playpen in The Incredibles 2, suggesting that the stuntman has had a longer career. However, we won’t delve deeper into the tragic end.
Those are a few hidden gems that we could spot. Apart from these, Toy Story 4 was very entertaining and memorable. It grossed a total of $1.073 billion worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing instalment of this franchise. Besides, it also became the eighth highest-grossing film of 2019 and the fifth highest-grossing animated film of all time.
The movie fetched the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Feature and the Producers Guild of America Award for Best Animated Motion Picture. At the 92nd Academy Awards, it got nominated for the Best Original Song and also won Best Animated Feature, which made it the first movie from the franchise to win this award twice.
So, have enough reasons to watch the movie?
Now, we conclude here. How did you like it? Were you aware of any of these facts before? Let us know in the comment section below.
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