We were invited to the Toy Story 4 press junket at Disney’s Hollywood Studios over a week ago. One piece of the junket was viewing Toy Story 4 – which we have a review of here – and another aspect was visiting Toy Story Land for 75 minutes after hours with the other junket attendees. But the second day of the event was where we were able to hear from the cast and filmmakers at two press conferences. I taped both of them, we were asked to post just highlights and that is what we have below – I chose what I found the most interesting parts. Tony Hale in particular was hilarious and Tom Hanks shared an emotionally story about Fantasmic at Disneyland. Here are some highlights from the press conferences and event!
Photo by Denise Preskitt, Mousesteps
Tom Hanks and Tony Hale have a really fun rapport, with Tony Hale often handling the jokes – Tom Hanks alternated between emotional and funny. In my favorite story from the press conferences (at 3:42 in this video), Hanks talks about a visit to Disneyland and a realization about his role in the show Fantasmic (which he calls “Fantastique” – very French!). He said, “At Disneyland, the closing of the show is the Mark Twain steamboat comes by. And all of the Disney characters are dancing on this steamboat. Belle and Sleeping Beauty, Mickey and everyone.” He stops and continues, “Mulan is there, they’re all there”. He continues with the characters once more, which I think is really cute. “Captain Hook and Peter Pan…and I was there with my family. My daughter, who is in her 30s burst into tears. I said, what’s wrong? And she said, ‘Look dad, look. Look at the end of the boat.’ And it was Woody and Buzz. And she said, ‘Dad, you will always be on that boat dancing for the rest of time as long as Disneyland is here’.”
Another of my favorite lines in this press conference happens at 5:21, with Tony Hale answering the question about what other Toy Story character would he want to play. He quipped, “I’d bring Beaker from the Muppet Show into the universe (to laughter)…cause he’s my fave.”