Toy Story 4

Since 1996, the ‘Toy Story’ series has been a huge success. Earning a fortune in merchandising, the series has proven a reliable money-spinner for the Disney group. Although it’s been 23 years since the first entry, only 4 movies have been made with ‘Toy Story 4’ now hitting the screens. Such has been the care given to ensuring the script and animation is top-notch that each new film is welcomed rather than shunned.

When their owner Bonnie creates a new toy named Forky, Woody (Tom Hanks) Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and others face a new problem. Attempting to teach Forky on how to behave like a toy, the gang are troubled when Forky escapes. Chasing after him, Woody also becomes separated from the group. Finding Forky in an old antique store, Woody meets Gabby (Christina Hendricks), a doll with more sinister intentions than he realises.

Even though ‘Toy Story 3’ formed a perfect conclusion to the series, ‘Toy Story 4’ is a worthy addition. It enhances the story whist moving it in another direction. Woody and his friends have to find their worth and how they contribute to the happiness of their new owner. This theme ties in perfectly with the story’s main action. Reuniting with lost friends, the gang continue showing the value of team-work and companionship. Due to the vocal skills of the performers, its easy being involved in a tale full of heart.

This doesn’t mean ‘Toy Story 4’ is a saccharine filled kiddie-fest. Adults can also enjoy the often quirky humour and fantastic animation. It mirrors classic Disney films from last century that could be enjoyed by all ages. This enabled the ‘Toy Story’ franchise to remain fresh while maintaining the classic Disney feel. That’s a skill that has seen the Disney group thrive above quickly vanishing trends. This timeless quality is evident in ‘Toy Story 4’ and works well within the entire series.

‘Toy Story 4’ is a fun, enjoyable time with thoughtful moments to maintain ongoing viewing. Although it’s been said before, this may not be the final entry. Despite the glut of sequels elsewhere, in this case if the same craftmanship is still there, a fifth instalment would be more than welcome.

Rating out of 10: 7

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