It’s been almost 25 years since Pixar graced us with the magic of Toy Story (1995) and with the runaway success of the 2nd and 3rd instalments, it’s no surprise that we are once again hanging out with Woody and Buzz in Toy Story 4.
Pixar has always been incredible at bringing forth animated movies melancholic enough to make the viewer search for a deeper meaning and Toy Story 4 is no different.
Picking Up From Where 3 Left Off
Many thought that the Toy Story franchise had reached its natural conclusion at the end of the 3rd instalment when the boy who owned Woody (Tom Hanks) heads to college and gives his favourite toy to a new child.
However, this new child – Bonnie – opened the door for a whole new adventure. Bonnie (Madeleine McGraw) is nervous about starting kindergarten, so the kind-hearted Woody hitches a ride in her backpack so that she doesn’t feel lonely. Upon returning home, Woody meets Forky (Tony Hale), a craft she made that day at school from a plastic spork, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes.
Woody Gets Stuck with Forky
The story soon takes a turn for the dramatic when Woody starts having a crisis in confidence at his ability to comfort children when Bonnie ignores him and he gets stuck with Forky instead. In-turn, Forky is having a crisis of his own and begs the question – is he trash or a toy?
A question fortunately never asked by mobile casinos Canada! After all, what is a toy without the love of a child? Forky’s existential crisis does nothing to help Woody feel better and soon it becomes apparent that he feels at a total loss after being ignore by Bonnie all day. He’s fortunately jolted out of his discomfort when he’s hauled along on a family road trip with Forky and the rest of the gang in tow.
A Road Trip for the Crew
Woody, Forky, Buzz, and the rest of the crew are packed into a toy chest and loaded into an RV for the family road trip, but Forky soon causes angst once again when he launches himself out of the moving vehicle into the dead of night.
Woody heads off to rescue him and comes across new friends in the form of conjoined plushies (Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele) and an old friend Bo Peep (Annie Potts) and finally brings Forky back.
Meet Gabby Gabby
Shortly after the rescue, the crew finds themselves in a creepy antique store and are introduced to Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendricks) and her group of ventriloquist dolls who seemingly live to please her.
Here, the Toy Story franchise finally delves into a bit of talking-doll-terror when Gabby Gabby wreaks havoc on the crew and even briefly takes Forky hostage which leads to another daring rescue mission.
While there are rumours that this may be the franchise’s final instalment, Toy Story 4 is an excellent addition to a beloved favourite.