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Toy Story 4 Super Bowl Trailer Puts Buzz Lightyear In A Tight Spot

Back in November we got to see two weird first trailers for Toy Story 4 - the first introducing us to a spork named Forky (Tony Hale) who doesn't want to be a toy; and the second giving us our first glimpse at Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael-Key's characters, Bunny and Ducky. Now Disney has chosen to celebrate the Super Bowl for the third time tonight, following up new Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel spots with a brand new look at the next animated feature from the folks at Pixar:

There's a lot to talk about with this trailer, but to start at the start there is the re-introduction of Bo Peep - voiced by Annie Potts. While the character appeared in both Toy Story and Toy Story 2, she was absent in Toy Story 3, which led to plenty of fan speculation regarding her whereabouts. Her return was first teased a few years ago when it was said that she would have a significant part to play in Toy Story 4, and we got confirmation of her return late last month. Now we actually have some real footage, however, featuring her bantering with Tom Hanks' Woody at a carnival.

It's not entirely clear exactly what the main cast of Toy Story 4 is doing at said carnival, but one thing that's driven home is that Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) is in some real trouble. Apparently he has not only been captured by someone who works at the fair, but he has been put up as a top prize at one of the booths. This apparently doesn't sit quite right with the aforementioned Ducky and Bunny, who challenge his presence with some fuzzy abuse.

This is technically the third teaser for Toy Story 4, but it's not yet entirely clear how all of the pieces will fit together. The official synopsis teases that Forky will be playing a significant role in the film, with the other toys showing him the scale of the world via a road trip, but none of the trailers thus far has exactly been "traditional" - giving fans a clear sense of what the movie is going to be about - beyond the fact that it includes a character named Forky and has at least one sequence set in a carnival.

The marketing for Toy Story 4 has been a bit strange thus far, but the folks at Disney do have some time to promote it (not to mention plenty of features to which they can attach new teasers, including Captain Marvel, Dumbo, Penguins, Avengers: Endgame, and Aladdin. While we've yet to see a normal trailer for the 21st Pixar films, it is surely on the way in the next few weeks.

Following up on the ridiculous success of Brad Bird's Incredibles 2 last year - which became the most successful Pixar release ever - Toy Story 4 will be arriving in theaters everywhere on June 21st. We here at CinemaBlend couldn't be more excited to reunite with Woody and the gang, so stay tuned here on the site for more updates about the film.

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