Toy Story 4 revolves around the toy’s lives with their new kid, Bonnie. When she goes to her kindergarten orientation, Bonnie makes a new toy called Forky (Tony Hale) who goes through a sort of existential crisis. When Forky makes his escape, Woody (Tom Hanks) runs after him and unexpectedly reunites with Bo Peep (Annie Potts), leading him to question what his role is now in Bonnie’s life.
Toy Story is actually one of the most famous and successful franchises out there. It’s really quite amazing that Pixar is able to keep this franchise so great since some of their other sequels and prequels couldn’t hold up to the original.
While Toy Story 4 may be the weakest of the franchise in my opinion, it still holds onto the magic of the first three films. All of the Toy Story films have relatable messages and life lessons and this film isn’t any different. Toy Story 4 is essentially about retirement and about what do you do when you have fulfilled your purpose in life.
The supporting characters we know and love like Buzz (Tim Allen) are pushed to the side, which is a bit disappointing. But the film highlights some new, standout characters like Forky, Duke Caboom (Keanu Reeves), and Ducky and Bunny (Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele). Bo Peep also ended up being more of a standout which was pleasant since she did not have a big role in the previous films. And the animation in this film is breathtaking. I was taken aback at how photo-realistic the clothes on Bo Peep look – this film really is animated beautifully.
Surprisingly, this film has a bit of a horror tone. The antagonist of the film Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendricks) and her ventriloquist minions want to take Woody’s voice box from him since Gabby Gabby’s is faulty. Only parts inside the antique shop are a bit scary (some smaller kids may end up having nightmares), but it is the funniest Toy Story out of the four largely thanks to Key and Peele.
Overall, Toy Story 4 is a worthy sequel to what may have been the perfect trilogy. Though I would rank it as of now as the weakest of the four, it still contains everything you love about Toy Story and introduces some new blood. I give it an A-