Next level. That is how my husband described Toy Story 4, and he rarely likes any movies we attend. Toy Story 4 was so smartly written, it almost seemed like it was an adult movie. Of course it is a kid’s movie, hilarious, poignant, and emotional. Another HUGE hit for Disney*Pixar.
Woody has always been conﬁdent about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid. Now that Andy has gone oﬀ to college, Woody’s loyalty is to Bonnie. But as Bonnie gears up for kindergarten, she’s feeling a li le apprehensive. “Transition is a big thematic piece of this movie,” says producer Jonas Rivera. “Bonnie is growing up and transitioning into kindergarten, and Woody is transitioning into a new role. We’ve never seen him in this situation before.”
Woody is not as important to his kid a he used to be, but he knows he has to remain useful, even if he is tossed aside. Without her knowing, Woody helps Bonnie at her Kindergarten orientation by throwing some discarded items her way. And so we meet Forky:
As always, Woody is the star of the movie, but there are quite a few scenes were Forky steals the show. Tony Hale is fantastic as Forky. And the calamity ensues:
Woody, Forky and the rest of the gang accompany Bonnie on her family’s road trip excursion, which leads Woody to an unexpected reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep. “Bo Peep is just such a great character,” says screenwriter Stephany Folsom. “She was part of a baby’s lamp in Andy’s sister’s room, so she was given away a long me ago. Life was diﬀ erent for Bo, but she didn’t just sit around. She’s strong and independent, and long ago decided to make the best of her situa on, pick herself up by her bootstraps and stand on her own two porcelain feet.”
What can the gang do to help!
There is a nod to horror movies within, this might be a little scary for the youngest of children, and extremely well done!
Keanu Reeves (Duke Caboom from Canada) to the rescue!
I couldn’t believe that the writers were able to add another movie to this franchise while keeping the writing bar so high! Sheer brilliance at times as Forky existentially says “We are all garbage” on his road to self discovery. Also, from a feminist point of view, the male and female characters were equally as strong, and in some cases, stronger:
Bo Peep was a strong, independent leader that all the toys followed and respected, more than any other character in the movie. What a great role model!
Buy your tickets now at Fandango.com! This movie will be breaking records, it was fantastic, and I am going back to see all the Easter egg references to all the other Pixar movies!