The 2010 movie Toy Story 3 was the perfect close to the series. Why on Earth would they make a Toy Story 4? Sure, those two spin-offs were fun, but another full movie? What a cash grab! That has been my feelings towards Toy Story 4 for well over a year now. Let me tell you, I was wrong! Toy Story 4 is an amazing movie, one of the best of 2019 and one of the best Pixar has ever done!
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The Film Review
It is kind of amazing that Toy Story 4 is even here. You may not know this, but Toy Story 4 had a bit of a nightmare during production. Delays, new writers, changes and so on are usually signs of a disaster, not for Toy Story 4 however! Whatever, Pixar did they certainly worked some major magic here.
As you will have seen in the million trailers that are on TV. Bonnie has created a new toy, Forky who is a spork and brought to life. He does not want this and just wants to be a spork! Played by Tony Hale, Forky is hilarious and Woody wanting to help him out is a major highlight of the movie, especially when they go missing.
Of course, you already know all of that from the trailer. The trailers have not prepared people for what an emotional roller coaster of a movie this is. Woody has always been about being there for a kid and the thought of being a “lost toy” is haunting to him. Here we have a very tired Woody, a Woody who is scared of what the future holds. The writing and then the performance by Hanks is amazing!
Then we have Buzz. Buzz Lightyear is kind of different, he is not his usual cocksure self here. When Woody and Forky go missing, Buzz has to step up and he questions himself if he is able to do that. This is a far cry from the Buzz who risked it all to save Woody back in Toy Story 2!
This is just a fantastic movie all around. It is the kind of movie that will make kids laugh. However, I will warn you, you better have those tissues as I have not seen an animated movie that tugs on the heartstrings as much as Toy Story 4 in quite some time.
There are some great new characters in the film. As already stated, Tony Hale as Forky is amazing. I can easily see Keanu Reeve’s Duke Caboom becoming a cult favorite. Then we have my two favorites, Ducky and Bunny played by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. I love these two guys! The whole cast both new and old does a great job.
That brings me to my only negative, there is not really much focus on the old guard. Characters like Rex, Hamm and Mr. Potato Head are not in the movie as much as you may expect. Still, the new cast manages to carry things and they are great. So, I can see why these other characters were less of a focus this time around.
Toy Story 4 is a truly amazing movie. It looks like a million bucks! However, it is the story and the voice acting that really make it shine. Without a doubt, this is the best family movie of the year! Also, it is so good, I could easily see them being able to in some form continue on this series with some of these new characters.