It has been almost 25 years since the first Toy Story release, and beloved characters Woody and Buzz were introduced, and the fourth instalment of the franchise sees them cross paths with a scary, and very unloved doll, as well as a very loveable piece of trash.
The majority of Toy Story 4 is great, ish. It’s animation is next level, something the Toy Story franchise has always been known for. The film is filled with jokes that have not only the children but the adults laughing along too, and of course, this is a Pixar film, so there is always something that will hit you right in the feels. This movie is exactly what you would expect.
Toy Story 3 seemed to give the franchise the perfect, rounded ending, but you should never expect anything to be over in sequel-happy Hollywood.
This film sees the addition of several new characters, and a proper introduction of some that were barely introduced in the third film. Forky (Tony Hale), is a fantastic and hilarious addition to the gang, and serves well as a tool for teaching children to discover who they really are, and their purpose. Duke Caboom (Keanu Reeves), Giggle McDimples and the Combat Carls (Carl Weathers) also make great additions to the film, adding to both the story, and humour. Ducky (Keegan-Michael Key) and Bunny (Jordan Peele) take the jokes to another level, but be fooled by their fluffy exterior.
It is Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendricks) and the Vincent Dummies (Steve Purcell) that add a truly creepy element to the story. Not only are they terrifying, they want to harm precious Woody, but it is for good reason.
Whilst the addition of these new characters helps along the plot, and adds new humour, it does mean that old favourites such as Slinky Dog, Hamm and even Jessie take a back seat.
For many, Toy Story is a franchise that they have grown up with, with the main character Andy, going though similar situations in his own life at the same time as those watching the films, giving even more meaning to each of them, and hitting everyone in the feels. It is believed that the toys being passed on to toddler Bonnie at the end of film three is the passing on of the franchise to a new generation, and after watching the Toy Story 4, it is easy to see why.
Whilst this is a great film, that pushes the boundaries of animation once again, it takes a perfect ending, and opens it right back up. With that being said, it is still heartwarming, funny, and everything you would expect from Pixar. Take tissues!
Have you been to see the film yet? What did you think? Do you agree or have I completely missed the mark?