Toy Story 4

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I was very worried about Toy Story 4 because I did not see the purpose of the movie.  Toy Story 3 is one of my favorite movies of all time and it felt like the perfect way to tie up the Toy Story franchise.  Plus, I was unimpressed with the promotional material for Toy Story 4.  Nothing jumped out at me as being a worthwhile addition to what could be argued as one of the best trilogies in movie history.

However, the word of mouth has been positive so I was hopeful once again.

I never should have doubted Toy Story.  Toy Story 4 was fantastic.

The young girl Bonnie (Madeleine McGraw) who was given the group of Andy’s toys is on the way to Kindergarten. Woody (Tom Hanks) sneaks into her backpack to help her through the day despite the fact that he has been regulated to the closet during playtime for much of the previous week.  Woody pulled some shenanigans and helped Bonnie through the day.  Bonnie made her own toy at school out of an old spork that she named Forky (Tony Hale), and Woody made it his mission to make sure that Forky was there for Bonnie.

However, Forky considered himself trash and kept trying to throw himself away.

Toy Story 4 was one of the funnier entries in the franchise.  There was several very great new characters.  Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele reunited as Ducky and Bunny.  Christina Hendricks voices the new villain Gabby Gabby.  And the wonderful Keanu Reeves appears as Duke Caboom, Canadian stunt motorcyclist in the vein of Evel Knievel.

Duke Caboom is one of my favorite parts of the new film.  Keanu is the perfect voice for the role of Duke Caboom.

Annie Potts returned to the series as Bo Peep, the lost toy.  Bo Peep and Woody are a cool pairing and have some chemistry, for an animated pairing.  It was nice to see Bo Peep back as the kick ass female toy.

The story moves quickly and, everything works so well.  The new characters all fit right into the rest of the cast.  Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) is here again and, although not as used as Woody, is still an important supporting character.

One of my doubts was that Toy Story 3 wrapped up the franchise in a perfect bow.  After seeing Toy Story 4, I am readjusting my thoughts.  Toy Story 3 is the perfect wrap up of the Andy story.  Toy Story 4 does the perfect job of wrapping up the story of Woody and the toys.  This is definitely Woody’s movie and it was worth it.

The animation, surprise surprise, was amazing.  Pixar’s animation only seems to get better each time.

This was a tremendously fun movie that I had a great time with.  If I were rating it, I would still put Toy Story 3 first, then the original.  Four would be the third place and Toy Story 2 was my least favorite.  They are all amazing though.

Anyone worried that Toy Story 4 would not live up to the trilogy, don’t.  It’s awesome.

4.25 stars

 

 

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