To infinity and beyond – Toy Story 4 takes the much beloved Pixar franchise to new heights

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Nine years ago we all thought it was the end for one of Disney’s most popular franchises. With an emotional ending to one of the best Toy Story movies, we seemingly said goodbye to Woody, Buzz and the gang.

So much to our surprise, the announcement of Toy Story 4 came as a shock. Would it deliver? Would it make as much as an impact as its predecessor?

Well, it certainly did. Toy Story 4 is one of the, if not the best, Toy Story to date, combining a compelling storyline and strong characters to create hilarious viewing.

Bo’s Back: the gang reunites with a few new faces including Forky, Ducky and Bunny

Warning: Spoilers for the plot of Toy Story 4.

Toy Story 4 features around the toy’s life with their new owner, Bonnie. She creates a new toy called Forky, who struggles to come to terms with the fact he is a toy and not a serving spoon.

The gang try rescue Forky after he escapes, and this is where they find Bo Peep, and learn all about her new life. It was nice to see Bo back in the Toy Story franchise, although I can’t say I really noticed her absence in TS3.

A surprisingly main highlight of the movie was Ducky and Bunny (Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele), who brought laughs every time the pair were on screen.

Forky (Tony Hale) was also a genius character and was hilarious to watch him becoming confused at his own purpose.

Ducky and Bunny were my favourite new additions

The antagonist of the movie was arguably not Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendricks) but those two frighteningly realistic dolls who chased the characters around the movie. Gabby Gabby actually had a really nice character arc, where the audience were almost left feeling sorry for her (the best type of antagonist).

The animation in the movie is, potentially, the best I’ve seen ever for an animated and Pixar movie. Especially when Andy appears and you can put the 1995 original film side by side, just showing how far technology has come along since. The colours and cinematography were perfect.

The difference almost 25 years can make

At the end of the movie, Woody decided to remain with Bo at the fair, leaving the rest of the toys to go back to Bonnie. This ending was necessary – it finally finished off Woody’s character arc and had a more powerful ending because the main two toys (Woody and Buzz) were moving away from each other for the first time *chokes up*.

The only part of Toy Story 4 that felt lacking was moments from the other characters. I liked how each character had their moment to shine, but characters like Rex, Jessie and Hamm for example just didn’t have as much screen time as they normally have. I understand why this decision was made but Toy Story is not Toy Story without seeing all the toys – especially because this franchise is over 20 years long and holds a special nostalgic place with multiple generations.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Toy story 4, and hold it on a par with Toy Story 3. At first, I didn’t think it was necessary, but it told a new and impressive story and featured a mix of everything we love about the franchise with some iconic new characters added in.

I think this could be the end of these movies, but if they decide to do another you can guarantee I’ll still be going to watch it in the cinemas.  

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