After nine years since the last addition to the franchise, Pixar returns for a forth entry in the Toy Story series. Not a single “Toy Story” movie in the past led to any kind of disappointment, so it wasn’t surprising to discover that “Toy Story 4” was just as much of a delight as the previous three. Not only do Toy Story movies never disappoint, but neither do most Pixar movies in general. From Monsters Inc., to Finding Nemo and Wall-E, Pixar mixes humor and real life problems that makes for heartfelt and emotional roller coasters of films. This Pixar film in particular, does just that and ranks up there as one of the bests.
Now that Andy has grown up and moved on to college, Woody and the gang have settled in a new home with Bonnie, a little girl who’s creativity with toys has no end. When Bonnie nervously starts kindergarten, she uses that creative mind and makes Forky, a spork with googly eyes. He quickly becomes Bonnie’s new favorite toy, so it’s up to Woody to do as much as he can to keep Forky from losing himself in this new and confusing world. The movie focuses around a family vacation, that causes Woody and Forky to be departed form the rest of the toys, only to find incredible adventures along their way back to Bonnie.
From the opening, to the final shot, “Toy Story 4” elicits sheer joy with audiences, especially the younger viewers and the older ones who grew up alongside Woody and Buzz. It reminds viewers of the very first “Toy Story” and the witty humor of its dialogue. It’s also got the emotional aspects that came with the third in the franchise, though admittedly, the quantity of tears doesn’t quite rank up there as it did with the previous installment.
“Toy Story 4” hosts great voice performances from Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as usual, but also a surprise performance from “John Wick” action star; Keanu Reeves. Reeves voices Duke Kaboom, an action figure whose speciality is riding through hoops on a motorcycle. Tony Hale hilariously voices the show-stealer; Forky and comedy duo Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele voice two stuffed bears who have been waiting to be won as prizes at a carnival game.
The additions to the franchise are wonderful and make it unique enough to be different than the previous Toy Story films, while still keeping that heartfelt tone that comes with every Woody and Buzz adventure. It’s easily said that “Toy Story 4” is highly recommended for the whole family. Also, as a side note, nobody is too old for “Toy Story”.