Tim Allen is prepping Toy Story fans for some emotional upheaval.
Though many will still get misty eyed at the thought of Andy heading off to college at the end of Toy Story 3, the next instalment is clearly intending to pull some of those same strings.
Appearing on US talk show The Talk, he said: “Yes, 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.”
Asked if he could give away any details, he added: “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.”
Allen has voiced space ranger Buzz Lightyear in all the Toy Story movies, the first emerging back in 1995.
He’ll be joined on the bill by Tom Hanks, reprising his role of cowboy Woody, Joan Cusack as Jessie, and Annie Potts as Bo Peep, who’s said to have a key role in this latest film.
Josh Cooley, who penned Pixar’s Inside Out, is directing, and it’s due out on June 21, 2019.
Toy Story was the animated film that launched Pixar, and the CGI animation industry over 20 years ago. It was followed in 1999 by Toy Story 2, an outstanding sequel that began life as a straight-to-DVD quickie by Disney chief Joe Roth before then-Pixar head John Lasseter intervened and pushed for a full-blown follow up.
That was a huge hit and was followed again in 2010 by Toy Story 3. The series has continued with a series of short film specials, but Toy Story 4 will be the first full-length adventure for Woody and Buzz in 9 years.