Toy Story 4 Review

Category: Movie – Fantasy/Adventure

Rating: 8/10

I was pleasantly surprised after watching Toy Story 4. The third movie had such a satisfying ending, I didn’t see a need for a fourth one and I had no idea what they would do for another sequel. The trailers didn’t really excite me, but I was curious about the spork character, “Forky”. Plus, I watch every Pixar movie anyway so I knew was going to watch it either way.

The story follows Bonnie, who is nervous about starting kindergarten. While she is at her class orientation, she creates Forky out of glue, popsicle sticks, googly eyes, pipe cleaner, and a spork from the garbage. Bonnie loves this new toy and she becomes very attached to it. She gets very upset every time Forky gets misplaced. Woody sees this and makes it his responsibility to keep Forky safe so Bonnie will have him by her side.

This is a much harder task than he anticipates. At first, Forky doesn’t understand why he is alive because he’s not a toy, he’s a spork. It creates a lot of humorous situations of Forky running away at every chance he gets and diving into any trashcan that’s nearby. Woody is constantly chasing after him so he doesn’t get lost.

I was worried that Forky would be an annoying character but he was actually really funny and the way he is animated makes it even funnier. His eyes are sliding around or his arms keep falling down to show he isn’t super well-made.

In the movie, Bonnie’s family decides to go on a road trip before she begins kindergarten. Forky ends up jumping out of the RV and the rest of the movie is Woody, Buzz, and Bo Peep, along with some new characters trying to rescue him from some ventriloquist dummies holding him hostage in an antique store that’s near a carnival.

Woody runs into Bo Peep at the carnival after not seeing her for several years. It’s clear, they both have very strong feelings for each other but the movie doesn’t over-do it. I like what they did with their relationship by the end. Bo Peep is super awesome, she fights off these giant ventriloquist dummies like a pro and she can maneuver around the carnival as a lost toy better than the other toys. She really takes charge when it comes to rescuing Forky and it shows how much she has grown since Molly gave her away.

Some new side characters were introduced as well. Ducky and Bunny were absolutely hilarious! Gabby Gabby was one of the ventriloquist dummies and made a creepy villain. All of the new characters were interesting and added to the story. I just wish we could have seen more of the original Toy Story characters. We only really get to see Buzz and Woody in action and Jessie and the rest of the toys stay in the RV and watch over Bonnie as she frantically looks for Forky.

Overall, I thought it was a cute movie. There wasn’t anything really dramatic or emotional. I don’t think a fourth Toy Story was necessary but I’m glad I watched it. I was laughing through most of the movie and I had a good time. I think this movie is great for little kids or Toy Story fans of any age.

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