Woody and his friends embark on a road trip, where Woody must
rescue a new toy and reunites with an old friend he thought was lost.
Toy Story 4 (2019)
Directed by Josh Cooley
Written by Andrew Stanton and Stephany Folsom
Starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale,
Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Christina Hendricks,
Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki, Joan Cusack, John Ratzenberger,
Wallace Shawn, Blake Clark, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris,
Bonnie Hunt, Kristen Schaal
Sequel to 2010's Toy Story 3
Oscar Wins - Best Animated Film
Oscar Nominations - Best Original Song (I Can't Let You
Throw Yourself Away)
From the moment it was released, I had reservations about Toy Story 4. It seemed like Pixar was finally selling out and mining the grave of its greatest franchise in order to make an easy buck. But I couldn't have been more wrong. Toy Story 4 finishes Woody's story with a funny, emotional, and satisfying conclusion that never feels forced and is 100% genuine. It deals with something we all must face at some point in our lives, mainly the choice of whether we should live the life we have or the life that we want. We get to see Woody faced with an existential crisis, and the film deals with some heavy adult themes that left me in tears.
When Bonnie comes home with a new toy she made called Forky (Tony Hale), Woody takes it upon himself to teach Forky how to be a toy. But when Forky gets lost, Woody goes after him and is reunited with his old friend Bo Peep (Annie Potts), who lives life her own way and shows Woody what life is like for a toy without a kid. It's an interesting direction to take, and the film is very much Woody's story, with the rest of the characters mostly taking a backseat. And I must praise the incredible growth that Pixar's animation has had since 1995. The animals, the rain, and everything in between looks more real than ever. It's simply remarkable.
I adored Toy Story 4 and consider it one of Pixar's greatest sequels. It does justice to its characters and delivers a perfect conclusion that we didn't know we needed. It felt good to be with these characters again, and I'm glad Pixar gave this film the love and care it deserved.