Disney Brings Freshness To Tried-and-True Franchises With ‘Toy Story 4’ and ‘Frozen II’ – The Contenders NY

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Disney Brings Freshness To Tried-and-True Franchises With ‘Toy Story 4’ and ‘Frozen II’ – The Contenders NY
Filmmakers faced a unique challenge in the newest entries in two of Disney’s most popular animated family franchises: bring an updated sense of freshness to beloved stories and characters in Toy Story 4 and Frozen II. Their efforts to explore fresh territory anchored presentations for both films at Deadline’s Contenders New York event on Saturday.

“We worked really hard to conclude Woody’s arc,” said Josh Cooley of Toy Story 4, his feature directing debut. The film finds Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) — his early life with Andy a distant memory — heading toward a greater sense of maturity after an unexpected reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (Annie Potts). Along with Woody’s return alongside Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), other welcome pairs show up in the film, including Key and Peele stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele who play, respectively, Ducky and Bunny; and longtime legends and
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