Toy Story 4’s Tom Hanks And Tim Allen Explain Why They’re Like Woody And Buzz

Buzz Lightyear and Woody in Toy Story 4
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Over the course of the Toy Story films, we’ve come to know and love the unlikely and iconic duo Woody and Buzz have become. Andy’s favorite toys may not always seen eye to eye on a given situation, but their chemistry has always been entertaining to watch.

Since Tom Hanks and Tim Allen have been voicing their Toy Story roles for over 25 years, they find themselves relating to their characters more everyday. During the Hollywood red carpet for the upcoming film, Hanks told EW how he relates to our favorite deputy. In his words:

I am a team player. I love being part of an ensemble, and I think we are always in this together somehow. Anybody can make it a miserable day by being cranky or self-centered or thinking that it’s all about them instead of all about the whole.

Woody has always been a loyal character who sticks by his friends and isn’t one to leave someone behind. In Toy Story 4, he’ll go after Bonnie’s craft-project-runaway Forky during a summer roadtrip. Tom Hanks did note that it can be tough to be part of such an incredible ensemble cast and not get to physically work with any of them. Each actor usually has time in the recording booth alone, however he did gush about how he got to play Woody alongside Annie Pott’s Bo Peep for this film.

Turning to Tim Allen, here’s what he said of himself and Buzz Lightyear:

[When Woody tells him he is a toy], he doesn’t fall apart; he says, 'That’s who I am.' He accepts who he is. I hope I am that authentic.

Buzz has always been a confident character who has adapted to the situations he’s in and exceeded expectations. Just think back to that moment in the first film when he really does fly (or fall with style anyway), despite Woody’s more realistic assumptions.

As Tim Allen and Tom Hanks prepare to potentially end their journey together in the Toy Story series, Allen shared this sentimental and hilarious tidbit on the red carpet:

It got real emotional with Hanks and I. We spent a long time together as friends and we look back it’s been more than 26 years. We’ve spent a lot of our lives together, we’ve grown up, our families have grown up, We’ve become Woody and Buzz. We have our little actor lunches. If you’re around the corner, people are eating going ‘is that Buzz Lightyear and Woody?

The actors have been going to lunch together for years in between their busy schedules, and anyone listening in might think toys really can talk. In the true Woody and Buzz dynamic, Hanks fired back at Allen’s comments, explaining he can usually barely get a word in when he goes to lunch with Allen. Classic Buzz, being a show off and stealing the show!

Tim Allen has teased that Toy Story 4 is ‘pretty emotional’, even more so then 2010’s Toy Story 3, which many of us thought was the finale for the characters back then. Toy Story 4 has been met with positive reception so far, with CinemaBlend’s own Jessica Rawden calling it “easily the funniest of the four movies.”

In true Pixar fashion, don’t forget to also bring the tissues too! The movie comes out June 21.

Sarah El-Mahmoud
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