Toy Story is a film franchise dear to my heart, and I think resonates with a tonne of young adults out there, as a symbol of childhood and innocence. Having grown up with Toy Story my whole life – and still owing an authentic Woody figure – I was basically an eight year old again, going to watch Toy Story 4.
The Disney animation started playing, along with the Toy Story theme used across the film series, and my emotions were already spinning. The film started off with a flashback to a younger Andy, and the movie already hits the feels pretty hard within the first 15 minutes. Afterwards, sunny days shine again as the films intro credits plays, with that all-too-familiar sound of "You’ve Got A Friend In Me".
We see Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen), Jesse (Joan Cusack), and the rest of the gang, all voiced by the original actors throughout the film’s franchise, together with Bonnie (Emily Hahn). The themes Toy Story 4 touches on are reminiscent of the first film, especially with regards to Woody dealing with personal issues of neglect. However, rather than be petulant as he was on our first journey with the beloved cowboy, he is wiser now, and much more in tune with his emotional well-being.
We then meet Forky; Bonnie’s newest toy and her own personal creation using a spork, pipe cleaner, and glue. In typical Toy Story fashion, this is generally where the humour is injected in like jam inside a doughnut; sweet and beautiful. An abundance of laughs sees Woody bond with Forky, and thankfully, Disney had the good sense to know when to cut Forky’s “irritating” traits, and transition the newest toy to an actual character that we would come to enjoy, while ensuring that you feel the frustration that Woody feels. Forky is also tragic, though, as his neuroses have him believe he is worthless, despite a dedicated friends group that welcomed him, and watching him change perspectives was beautiful.
Toy Story 4... focuses much more on Woody as the lead character, much more than the previous two films in the franchise.
Keanu Reeves' Duke Caboom was just incredible. Nuff said.
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21 June 2019
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