Is Toy Story 4’s Teaser Symbolizing Death?

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Hey everyone, Jack Drees here! Not too long ago, we’ve gotten a recent teaser trailer for Pixar’s “Toy Story 4.” Leading up to where are at this point, I was a bit skeptical of even having “Toy Story 4” be a thing in the first place. As a matter of fact, for those of you haven’t seen “Toy Story 3,” without giving spoilers away, let’s just say the ending of that movie is like having the world’s greatest pizza, but it can only be made once. If it is ever to be made again, then it is perhaps inevitable that society will be cursed for eternity. It leaves me, as an audience member, with a sense of satisfaction and no particular need to see what’s next. But somehow, we’re getting a new chapter. I was confused on why this would be. I DID NOT think this would live up to any of the previous “Toy Story” installments, but the more I hear about it, the more I think it could live up to, or POSSIBLY surpass all three of them. It’s normal for a movie’s crew member to promote whatever he or she happens to be working on. If they say something negative about their movie, chances are there will be consequences for the crew member in terms of where they stand job-wise, or maybe the audience won’t rush out to see it. But based on some recent comments from actors Tim Allen (Last Man Standing, Home Improvement) and Tom Hanks (The Green Mile, Cast Away), I had a feeling that I should take whatever hate I had for this movie out the window, and open my eyes for whatever shall be laid upon me. Both actors have called the movie emotional and there is a scene in particular that is hard to get through. I almost want to watch “Toy Story 3” and see the difference between that and this movie when it comes out!

Nevertheless, I saw this recent teaser, and I feel like there is something I’m seeing here that needs to pointed out. All these toys might f*ckin’ die.

I know, this is a kids movie, but my mind is literally going into such a direction. Maybe I’m a little twisted and weird, but hear me out.

If you watch this teaser, maybe you’ll agree with me in saying that it’s almost something made for the druggie market. I can seriously imagine myself being convinced that I just smoked some weed before seeing all of the toys moving across the screen the way they do. I also want to talk about the way they are moving, and that is them going to their right as they are holding onto each other’s hands. Just so you know, we see each toy more than once, so unless there is some sort of advanced technology that can keep the toys infinitely moving in a straight line, this seems purely impractical.

Although, maybe they are not in a straight line, and without us noticing, they are moving in a circle. And at the serious risk of sounding like a so-called “conspiracy theorist,” it is quite possible, they are partaking in the children’s nursery rhyme “Ring Around the Rosie.” For those who have once dived deep into the lore of “Ring Around the Rosie,” there is no one true origin behind it, but there are theories of its overall relation to plague and death. According to an article up on Snopes, scholars saw similarities from the lyrics to the nursery rhyme and the Black Death, which killed millions of Europeans during medieval times. These scholars thought “ring around the rosie” was a way of pointing out red marks that can be found in plague. Just to point out, I’m American, so we’re doing the American version of Ring Around the Rosie. When you have a song with four lines and the second to last line includes the words “Ashes! Ashes!,” how do you not compare that to an illness or dying? And, much like in a traditional go-round of Ring Around the Rosie, everyone falls down. In the teaser, all the toys manage to fall (sort of), but not in the way that everyone should be. For one thing, the characters are all floating, which does sort of fit, because we are looking at a background of a sky with clouds. Also, there’s a newcomer to the “Toy Story” universe, a spork who is referred to as “Forky.” His comment, “I don’t belong here!,” plus his departure from handholding causes Woody to get distracted, and cause a cataclysmic mess while everyone defies gravity. By the way, this comment, not to mention his next comment, “I’m not a toy!,” leads me to thinking he might be the antagonist of the film, if not having a small link to the film’s overall antagonist. And possibly, have a hand in killing toys.

Another thing outside of the trailer that could be leading to some unexpected deaths is a recent trend I’ve noticed when it comes to Pixar’s films. Since 2015, every film released by Pixar, with the exception of “Cars 3,” has gotten a PG rating. While PG may not be high on the rating spectrum, it is a minor jump compared to what “Toy Story” has seen for ratings in the past. The only other films to have gotten such a rating in regards to Pixar are “The Incredibles” (2004) and “Brave” (2012). Who knows? For all I know, “Toy Story 4” will be exclusively adult and earn a PG-13 rating. After all, the first showings are probably going to have nineties kids. Nobody’s stopping them from getting in the theater. I’m not saying that’s going to happen. If anything, it’s not, but what if it did?

I also want to bring up this poster right here. Is this Woody saying goodbye to the audience? Is this a sign that Woody will die? Here’s Woody with a hand on his hat. Is he about to walk into the depths? Never to be seen again? The one thing that will make me slightly kept from thinking that all the major toys die is that Buzz Lightyear can be seen in a poster with the same background, and he actually looks like he’s fine. He looks like his usual self, prepared for battle. That is unless he’s going against some swarm so enormous he cannot handle himself, in which case he actually happens to be totally f*cked.

Will all the major toys die in “Toy Story 4?” Based on how family-oriented films seem to work, that seems very unlikely, but this is certainly an idea I’m keeping in my back pocket. In fact, even if they do die, it probably wouldn’t be in a dark way. It could be emotional, but in a way that wouldn’t make people want to cover their eyes. But Pixar is part of the Disney family and Disney probably wants Pixar to make a “Toy Story 5” to add more stuff in their theme parks, so there is that. However, when I watched the “Toy Story 4” teaser, I couldn’t help but point out something that could be crucial to the movie as a whole.

Thanks for reading this post! I just want to wish everyone in the United States a happy Thanksgiving! Please feel free to avoid discussing politics, eat too much food, and slam the door on whatever in-law is probably going to kill you. Also, we have December coming up and I will have you all know that I have not done a countdown in a long time. It’s not that I’m not interested, but they’re not always easy to make. That is unless I happen to be processing everything on a conveyor belt like Watch Mojo. However, the year is almost coming to an end and I will be soon counting down my top 10 BEST and WORST movies of 2018. I still got plenty more movies to watch and review before the year’s end to the point where I might not even be able to cover all of them on here. I might be getting some movies on Black Friday, I’ll probably review a very small amount should I get to watching them, but at the very least, they’ll be added to my collection. Maybe I’ll do a Black Friday collection update, I might not, but we’ll see. Be sure to follow Scene Before either with an email or WordPress account so you can stay tuned for more great content! I want to know, did you watch the “Toy Story 4” teaser? What did you think about it? Or, what do you think will be the ending to “Toy Story 4?” Let me know down below! Scene Before is your click to the flicks!

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