humor and heartfelt storytelling

REVIEW – Toy Story Brings Humor and Heartfelt Storytelling to the Pixar Universe

When Toy Story 3 ended the general consensus was that the series ended perfectly. So when the announcement came for Toy Story 4, like many others, I was skeptical. Sure Pixar makes solid movies but was a 4th installment necessary? The short answer is that it might not be necessary, but it is definitely a worthy addition and worth seeing.

In Toy Story 4, “Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) 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. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as ‘trash’ and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries.”

The Movie

After Toy Story 3, the big question was what kind of story could Pixar possibly have to tell? They wrapped things up so nicely that it almost felt redundant. That isn’t the case though. The story goes beyond and really wraps up Woody’s story arc. This doesn’t mean that there is absolutely no chance of another installment, no, but it would definitely feel a bit forced at that point.

What I really loved about Toy Story 4 was the amount of humor in it. While it is a heartwarming and emotional story, the comedic parts of the film are where it really shines. The new toys are responsible for most of the laughs especially Bunny, Ducky, and Duke Caboom.

The Cast

The returning cast, including Annie Potts returning as Bo Peep, is of course fantastic. The new toys, however, are where the casting gets really good. They literally breathe new life into the Toy Story franchise. Jordan Peele, Keegan Michael Key, and Keanu Reeves basically steal the show. Their characters are a welcome addition to the series. Christina Hendricks also does a phenomenal job as Gabby Gabby, the film’s villain.

The New Guys

As I’ve mentioned above, the new characters were easily my favorite part of the movie. Forky is a lot of fun and does a great job providing Woody with his quest. Duke Caboom stole my heart though. His story is sad but he overcomes and the journey is a lot of fun to watch.

Overall, I really enjoyed Toy Story 4. They did a great job creating a movie that the audience needed, even if they didn’t think they did. Also, I strongly recommend staying for the after credits scene. It is hilarious and worth the wait. What is your favorite Toy Story movie? What did you think of Toy Story 4? Let us know in the comments below!