Toy Story 4 is being heralded as the perfect film; in fact, it holds a 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. Reviews have been glowing, for everyone’s favourite movie-star ‘dad’ Tom Hanks especially. The actor took to the Graham Norton Show sofa to discuss what it’s like voicing one of the world’s most beloved toys.
Speaking to Norton, Hanks revealed voicing the latest, and perhaps last, Toy Story film was especially emotional.
Hanks said: “It was terrible. I started recording Woody in 1991 and each film takes about four years.
“It was my very last session and when I’d said the last line they said, ’Okay, great, thanks,’ and just like that 24 years was over.
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“All I could say was ‘Oh my, oh my’ over and over again and my bottom lip started quivering.
“I got in my car and drove away with the music playing and the credits rolling in my head.”
Though fans love Woody for his perseverance and slightly neurotic nature, Hanks found the work tiring.
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He said: “I never began a recording session without wishing it was already over. Woody is clenched all the time. It’s exhausting.”
A Toy Story 5 is a definite possibility, and Hanks has previously said he would return to voicing Woody.
Speaking to LadBible, Hanks said: “I think all of us, we have begun every one of these with a question of like, ‘are you sure you guys wanna try?’.
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“I’m game, I’ll go there, but are you guys sure you’re going to be able to pull this off?’
“But it ends up coming back around to us. Are we sure we can communicate on microphone with the same sort of emotional investment as we did start in 1991.”
Yet, when it was suggested Toy Story 5 could be voiced without him because everything Hanks said as Woody is recorded, Hanks said, “I keep begging them to do that!”
Toy Story 4 is now playing in cinemas.