Toy Story 4, the fourth installment in Toy Story series and sequel to Toy Story 3 (2010). Directed by Josh Cooley, was a writer for Inside Out (2015) and this film would make his film directorial debut. Produced by Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera, who has produced Up (2009) and Inside Out. Written by John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton. They were also writers for Toy Story (1995), A Bug’s Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999) and Toy Story 3. Among other writers who were involved in writing for the film was Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, director Josh Cooley, Valerie LaPointe, Martin Hynes and Stephany Folsom. Stars include the original voice actors, Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear, Joan Cusack as Jessie, Annie Potts as Bo Peep and too many to name which I will add other voice actors and their characters down below.
Story open up with a snippet from each previous film that includes Andy when he was a kid playing with his toys, eventually grew up and passed the toys to Bonnie. The opening scene alone had made me emotional, I mean you have no idea how hard I was trying not to cry during the intro. But then, I’m a sucker for Disney Pixar movies. Any movie of Disney Pixar could make me cry. (Back to reviewing this movie). So in this movie, Bonnie created a new toy during orientation day at her school, named Forky (Tony Hale) and he was made from trash. Forky kept trying to run away and he repeatedly throws himself in a trash because he believed that he himself is trash as he was made of trash. You can really see the effort Woody made for Bonnie and the toys and it reminded me in Toy Story 3 when Andy was passing down his toys to Bonnie, he said this of Woody “He’ll be there for you, no matter what” and that goes to show how Woody is. As the story goes on, Forky became part of Woody’s gang, went on a road trip with Bonnie and her family, met new toys and the OG (meant original gang, not gangster, this is a child’s movie) was reunited with a previous toy from one of the previous film, and that’s Bo Peep and her little lambs.
During the road trip, Bonnie and her family went to a carnival, there we meet new toys named Ducky and Bunny voiced by Michael-Key and Jordan Peele. Buzz met them at one of the carnival games where they were hang as prizes. Bo Peep introduced us to Duke Caboom (Keanu Reeves), a motorcycle rider toy thingy (I don’t really know the exact word for the toy). Christina Hendricks as Gabby Gabby, a talking doll (like Baby Alive) with a broken voice box, who lives in an antique store near the carnival and always hoping to be chosen from a child. It was during this scene is where I found out that I have a fear of ventriloquist dummies.
To easily put what the film was trying to say would be “Woody’s retiring” (My heart hurts just by writing this). Retiring from what you might ask? I’ll leave it up to you because I don’t want to blurt out any spoilers. The film was filled with metaphors and it was on everything, the plot, the toys, their dialogue, the storyline and Pixar have always successfully insert metaphors in their movies and I’d take my hat off to that. Toy Story 4 managed to made me feel every emotion that I felt from their storyline, from the start of the movie to the end, whether it’s humorous, sadness, happiness etc. What really made it hard for me was during Woody and Buzz friendship moment. During the ending, a little girl beside me was asking her mother why I was crying and I could hear the mother’s answer and I knew she understood how emotional this movie was. She said to her daughter “You wouldn’t understand” and I saw the girl’s face and she was so confused.
The animation editing in this film was absolutely amazing. They put in every fine little tiny details like multiple little scratch on the toys, the fluffiness on the cotton wool of the toys etc. It was better than previous films, though I’m not saying the editing in the previous films were bad. They even managed to make a dedication to Don Rickles, the voice of Mr. Potato Head and their animator, Adam Burke after the credit scene. That’s all I could say about the film, I would totally recommend you to watch this movie. To close my review on Toy Story 4, so long, partner.
*Tears were shed during the making of this review post*