The family-friendly animation behemoth Pixar returns this year with the fourth entry in the beloved ‘Toy Story’ franchise, in a year that is already filled to the brim with Disney releases. But again, one simply cannot have enough of Disney, can one? That seems to be the mantra here, because I remember people appearing apprehensive of a fourth one, at least in the beginning when it was announced, provided the high bar that ‘Toy Story 3’ had set for the franchise, and more importantly, how perfectly, flawlessly and emotionally it wrapped up everything for this playhouse, with Andy moving on to college and giving all his toys to Bonnie.
If you are thinking that I am over Andy’s “thanks guys!” and Woody’s “so long, partner” from the ending of the third one, you are entirely mistaken. That scene still gets me, nine years after I first watched it and was reduced to a sobbing mess, and I have no qualms in admitting that I was one of the apprehensive heads when they set out to make a fourth one. I mean, what possibly could top it without giving me an emotional breakdown in a movie hall with a hundred other patrons? But then again, perhaps it didn’t need to. I have always had the highest order of faith in Pixar, but I told myself that ‘Finding Dory’ happened too.
To sum it all up, I am still not sure whether we absolutely required a fourth one, but now that I have watched it, I can say that the folks at Pixar don’t take this stuff lightly. If they meant the characters to return, the reasons are solidly written and will stay with you. Yet again: Do I think that a fourth one was absolutely necessary to continue or cap the story of these beloved toys? No. Does it come close to the third one? Again, inches closer than any other entry in the franchise, but still, no. Finally, am I glad it got made and had a good time at the movies? Absolutely and unequivocally, yes. Read on to find what I thought of the film, along with a brief summary of the plot and ending, and what the future could potentially hold for this franchise.
Toy Story 4 Summary
Sitting in my seat, excited for the film, do you know what the first moment was when I realised that I was watching another Toy Story movie? I will have you know that it wasn’t the characters, but Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” playing while the opening sequence rolled to a foot tapping high. We are quickly introduced to the gang, in a flashback to the events of one stormy night nine years ago, when the makers leave absolutely no stone unturned in highlighting Woody always ready to go the extra mile and take the extra step when it came to loyalty to his toy-friends or to his owner kids.
Quite aptly so, ‘Toy Story 4’ is Woody’s story and his resolution. The group is able to successfully rescue RC from being swept inside a storm drain, and while they are busy, Molly gives away Bo Peep, much to the dismay of Woody. He tries to prevent her from going, and when he finally confronts her, she helps him move on by reassuring him that being taken away was a part of a toy’s journey.