Woody and the gang have made a new life with Bonnie after the events of Toy Story 3. Bonnie is about to start kindergarten and Woody, defying everyone, decides to go with her. While there Bonnie creates a new friend called Forkie and he quickly becomes her favorite toy. When Forkie gets lost Woody must find him and get him back to Bonnie.
The gang's back and the hijinks are just the same. There isn’t really anything new that Toy Story 4 does. It seems to follow the same profitable formula. There are a gaggle of new characters including a doll that wants to take Woody’s voice and a Canadian stuntman toy. The elements are all there for a great Toy Story addition.
The story itself is pretty good. Forkie is made from trash so he thinks he is trash. He constantly tries to run away to go be in a trash can and Woody is having to pull him back since Bonnie, his kid, loves him. One night, while on a road trip, Forkie gets loose and Woody must find him and bring him back before Bonnie wakes up. Along the way he runs in Gabby Gabby, a talking toy with a broken voice box that wants Woody’s.
All the original voice actors are back including Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Annie Potts as Bo Peep who is now a lost toy. They are joined by friends from the second and third movie as well. Some of the new voices include Keanu Reeves, hot off his fan favorites John Wick 3 and Always Be My Maybe, and Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key as conjoined toys.
There are some pretty intense and scary scenes, most Toy Story films have them, so it might not be good for smaller kids. While Toy Story 4 doesn’t do anything different or new it’s still a great film that the family will love. It’s funny and has it’s teaching moments. Toy Story 3 had a great ending so I was a little hesitant about this movie. Was it needed? Not really but it was a fun conclusion to the franchise. Or is it a conclusion? Toy Story made $120 million it’s opening weekend so I doubt this will be the last we see of the toys. Toy Story 4 is playing at the Legacy 3 Theater in Shenandoah.