For over twenty years, generations have fallen in love with the characters from the Toy Story series. Woody, Buzz and even the Aliens – we have had them as toys through the years. And now, the crew is back for a new adventure with new friends as Bonnie now enters Kindergarten.
Through the different sequels, Pixar has brought to life different aspects of our childhood with their animation. And they have grown as well. As you watch Toy Story 4, you will instantly notice a marked difference in the animation style and how realistic the toys look compared to the original movies. But there are a few other things you will notice when you see the movie for the first time.
New Toys and Missing Old Ones
With each Toy Story movie we are introduced to new toys and characters and Toy Story 4 is no different. With the addition of Forky, Bonnie’s own creation and even Bunny and Ducky. But the movie does bring in a whole slew of new characters, as well as bringing back a character who was missing from Toy Story 3 – Bo Peep.
But distinctly missing from the movie – the toy soldiers, a few others and of course Barbie and Ken. That doesn’t mean they aren’t still being played with – but they may still be at the day care getting daily love from young children who go there daily.
How Scary is it?
There is no doubt that Lotso was a bad guy in Toy Story 3, and the ending was quite traumatic (no matter how old you are). But is Toy Story 4 just as scary? Not, at all. Compared to Toy Story 3, Toy Story 4 is tame and a much more gentle story compared.
There is a bad “guy” who has her own motive through Toy Story 4, but her target is only one thing – and is actually, a bit, understandable. There are a couple of creepy moments, but it seems like overall tame movie compared to the last one. We found ourselves falling for the bad guy – which maybe that was the point in general? That even bad toys aren’t bad?
So is this the End?
Like every Toy Story movie, Toy Story 4 ends on a positive note. There is a happy ending, for almost everyone involved. But Toy Story 4 does something the others only hinted at. Yes, we suspected there would be a sequel after Andy got a puppy and the toys were worried about that. But Toy Story 4 sets it up for a chance for one (possibly 2) different sequel options. The characters are going their own ways and we could (and will) follow them everywhere.
Do you Need Tissues?
Of course – it’s Pixar! But compared to all of the other movies in the Toy Story series and that Pixar has released, we didn’t find ourselves tearing up as much. Have some of tissues on hand, but other than one good cry – we mostly laughed at the light hearted moments in the movie.
After Credit Scenes?
Stick around through the credits for a couple of scenes you want to see. But watch all the way through the credits for a fun twist on the Pixar logo. Be sure to stick through and listen to a fun twist on a couple songs too.
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Woody and the rest of the toys are back for an all-new adventure in “Toy Story 4,” welcoming new friends to Bonnie’s room, including a reluctant new toy called Forky. “Like most people, I assumed that ‘Toy Story 3’ was the end of the story,” said director Josh Cooley. “And it was the end of Woody’s story with Andy. But just like in life, every ending is a new beginning. Woody now being in a new room, with new toys, and a new kid, was something we have never seen before. The questions of what that would be like became the beginning of an entertaining story worth exploring.”
But Forky insists that he is NOT a toy! An actual spork-turned-craft-project, Forky is pretty sure that he doesn’t belong in Bonnie’s room. Unfortunately, every time he tries to get away, someone yanks him back into an adventure he’d rather skip. “The world of Toy Story is built upon the idea that everything in the world has a purpose,” said Cooley. “A toy’s purpose is to be there for its child. But what about toys that are made out of other objects? Forky is a toy that Bonnie made out of a disposable spork, so he’s facing a crisis. He wants to fulfill his purpose as a spork, but now has a new toy purpose thrust upon him.”
Filmmakers called on comedian Tony Hale to provide the voice of Forky. “It’s a huge thrill to be part of the Toy Story family,” he said. “But it’s going to take a while for it to really sink in.”
Said Cooley, “When we thought up this character, Tony was the first actor that came to mind and I’m thrilled he accepted. Tony’s performance as Forky is a comedy salad of confidence, confusion, and empathy… served by hilarious spork.”
How were filmmakers able to convince Hale to give voice to Forky? “A utensil’s existential crisis?” he asked. “I’m in!”
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ABOUT “TOY STORY 4”:
Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy. Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”), Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” ventures to U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.