24 years ago Pixar and Walt Disney Pictures released the first fully computer-animated feature-length film named Toy Story. Not only did it become a major film success, the original movie, along with its sequels, shaped their way into many childhoods, including mine.
A story of friendship and loyalty, each sequel was more heartfelt than the other. And just when you thought it was all over, Pixar decided to release one last one. But did we really need a fourth Toy Story?
Just when you think the story of Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) could not possibly be stretched any farther, they go ahead and prove you wrong. Woody, ever loyal to his kid, whether it be Andy or Bonnie, shows Forky (Tony Hale), Bonnie’s new project and favourite toy, why he needs to embrace being Bonnie’s toy.
When Bonnie’s family decides to go on a road trip, the toys come along and Woody ends up getting himself and Forky into an unexpected adventure that reunites Woody with Bo-Peep (Annie Potts) and her Sheep. They meet some very interesting characters along the way, some with their own intentions.
This movie is full of laughter, tears and if you are a child of the ’80-90s, you’ll jump at the dark humour of some of the new characters. Toy Story 4 does not only remind us of the message of loyalty, second chances and self-sacrifice, it asks us of our purpose and the choices that complete us.
Toy Story 4 is not a movie that we thought we needed, yet it completes the saga. After watching this, it is clear that the franchise could not just end at 3. Directed by Josh Cooley, with a great soundtrack and amazing animation, Toy Story 4 is extremely heartwarming, funny and brings out the brave in all of us. It is an animated movie at its best.
Honestly, if you are not at all touched by the movie, you’d have to be a toy yourself!
Toy Story 4 – 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Toy Story Fun Facts
- “Toy Story,” originally released on Nov. 22, 1995, was the first fully computer-animated feature film and the highest grossing movie of the year.
- It was nominated for three Oscars® and two Golden Globes®.
- “Toy Story 2” is the first film ever to be entirely created, mastered and exhibited digitally. It was also the first animated sequel to gross more than its original, breaking opening weekend box office records in the U.S., UK and Japan, becoming the highest grossing animated release of 1999. It won the Golden Globe for best motion picture – comedy or musical. It won a Grammy®for best song written for a motion picture, television or other visual media (Randy Newman, “When She Loved Me”).
- Released in 2010, “Toy Story 3” won Oscars® for best-animated feature film and best achievement in music written for motion pictures, original song (Randy Newman/“We Belong Together”). The film also won a Golden Globe® and BAFTA for the best-animated film. It was the second Pixar film to be nominated for the best picture Oscar. It’s also Pixar’s second highest-grossing film of all time behind “Incredibles 2.”
- The 2015 short “Riley’s First Date?” was helmed by director Josh Cooley and produced by Mark Nielsen.
About Toy Story
Woody 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.
But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.
Voice Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Wallace Shawn,John Ratzenberger, Jeff Pidgeon, Blake Clark, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Keanu Reeves, Betty White, Carol Burnett, Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks.
Director: Josh Cooley
Producers: Jonas Rivera, Mark Nielsen