Who would have thought that there would be another Toy Story movie after we watched teary eyed as Andy boxed up his beloved cowboy Woody (Tom Hanks) and his friends — Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), Jessie (Joann Cusack), Slinky Dog (Blake Cark), Rex (Wallace Shawn) and the crew—to live with Bonnie (Madeleine McGraw) in Toy Story 3. For so many of us it was the end of era. In 1995, Toy Story won our hearts as the as the first fully computer-animated feature film. We became like family as we watched Andy transition from elementary age to young adult.
Toy Story 4 reminds us of that era before we are whisked to the present as a creative Bonnie is preparing to start kindergarten and an uncertain Woody is trying to determine his place in her life. Recall that Woody was the top toy while in Andy's care, whereas with Bonnie he's often stripped of his sheriff's badge and left in a closet or just out getting stepped on.
“Alright, Forky. You have to understand how lucky you are right now. You’re Bonnie’s toy. You are going to help create happy memories that will last for the rest of her life.”—Woody, “Toy Story 4”
Bonnie has found a new friend, Forky (Tony Hale) who is also trying to determine why he is amongst the toys and not in the trash. Woody tries hard to help him understand despite the constant nagging and escape acts. The family road trip provides Forky multiple escape routes while Woody reconnected with an old friend- Bo Peep (Annie Potts).
This reunion lead to the introduction of a few new “friends”, including Gabby – Gabby (Christina Hendricks), a misunderstood doll; Duke Caboom (Keanu Reeves), the Canadian daredevi; and Ducky and Bunny (Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele), a pair of plush carnival prizes.
Toy Story 4″ premieres June 21 in the US. It's rated G.
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