Many people (myself included) have wondered why we needed a Toy Story 3. The third one finished up the story perfectly. Or so we thought. Trust me when I say we needed Toy Story 4. Woody and Andy’s story was complete, but Woody’s story wasn’t. This movie is heartfelt, hilarious, and so much more than I wanted it to be. It just might be my favorite Toy Story yet…
My Initial Thoughts
When I first heard about Toy Story 4, I admit, I was skeptical. Toy Story 3 seemed to close the chapter on this franchise perfectly. It was easily one of my favorite movies, and I wasn’t sure I even wanted more. Because I did not want it to be ruined.
But believe me when I say that Toy Story 4 was the movie we did not know we needed. This movie is EVERYTHING! From hilarious new characters, to heartwarming moments, to jump scares (YES! Jump scares!) Toy Story 4 has it ALL.
Run, don’t walk, to theaters on June 21st!
Toy Story 4 had me laughing so hard. Pretty mush throughout the entire movie. Forky moments, Duke Caboom moments, Ducky and Bunny moments, Buzz Lightyear moments… SO MANY THINGS were SO FUNNY.
Stay thought the credits because at the end, I thought I was going to pee my pants. And that is not an exaggeration. There is a whole lot of Ducky and Bunny during them, and they are more than worth staying to watch. They are HILARIOUS. Every single thing they say and do had me dying during the whole movie (but the credits guys – the BEST!).
Forky is also super funny. He is a brand new toy and is VERY confused. He thinks he is trash, as you have seen in the trailers (because he is technically, trash). I just love his innocence. He is a truly a new toy – and has to learn about his surroundings and life. There are many moments that reminded me of being a parent. Teaching my daughters about the world around them.
Buzz has some fantastically funny moments as well – specifically his inner voice moments. Keep an eye (and ear) out for those because they are great. Buzz Lightyear has always been one of my favorite characters in the Toy Story movies, so I was happy to see some focus back on him, in certain parts. We needed that.
And Duke Caboom (voiced by Keanu Reeves). Ahhh, Duke… I love that crybaby. He means well, he really does. I loved getting to know his backstory, and why he is how he is. One major lesson we see several times in this movie, is don’t judge someone without knowing their story. And I love that.
This movie has so many heartfelt moments in it. There is one moment where the movie recaps Woody and Andy’s relationship (cue the tears, am I right?). It is brief, but it happens, and it is heart wrenching. Remember when Woody was a favorite toy? And he and Andy were inseparable? I do.
There were at least five occasions where I sobbed like a little baby. And it wasn’t just me. I looked around the theater to see that many others were doing the same thing. My six year old daughter was full on sobbing at one point – and for a very valid reason. I love that she is an empath like her mama.
If you don’t at least shed a tear by the end of this movie, you have no heart. And you are dead inside. The end. No discussion.
I wish I could tell you all the things, all the moments – and I will. Eventually. You know I write my 10 most emotional moments posts – and my Toy Story 4 one is coming. But I want to give you time to see the movie for yourself. This is one that should not be ruined. So stay tuned for that article opening weekend – but see Toy Story 4 first, before you read it.
Yup. Jump scares. This movie has jump scares. A kids movie. There were moments the entire theater screamed, and then laughed, because we were so on edge. I am sure you can guess who gave us all the jump scares if you have seen any of the trailers.
Yes, Benson – the ventriloquist dummies. They were super creepy by themselves – and then to have them popping up all over the place unexpectedly – I didn’t know if I should laugh, cry, or hide under my seat. I will say one thing, this didn’t help with my fear of creepy dolls.
Honestly though, my daughters said they were their favorite parts of the movie, so don’t think this will make the movie inappropriate for younger ones. Little kids likely will not be scared by them – they will probably just scream and then laugh. I looked around and that is how pretty much every child handled those scenes. No one was too scared to continue to watch the movie.
Many people have said we dont need a #ToyStory4 (myself included) but trust me when I say we NEEDED this story. I cried harder than I ever have at a #ToyStory film, and also laughed harder. This is a MUST SEE! in theaters June 21st! #Disney pic.twitter.com/2YH4FAtLH8
— Mama's Geeky – Tessa Smith (@MamasGeeky) June 7, 2019
Exactly What We Needed
Woody and Andy’s story was complete, but there was more to Woody’s story that needed to be told. Seeing him and Bo reunite – and how their relationship has changed, is something that I had no idea I needed – but I am so thankful to have experienced it.
Just the animation alone makes this film one you need to watch. How it has evolved from the first Toy Story is simply incredible. I went back and watched it before seeing this one, and WOW. It will truly blow your mind how far we have come.
So if you are worried that Toy Story 4 is an unnecessary movie, it isn’t. I know it might seem that way, but go see it, and then come back and talk to me about it. I personally have my fingers crossed for more stories – provided they can be pulled off and told in the right way.
Final thoughts? Toy Story 4 is a must see movie for any Pixar fan, any Toy Story fan, and well, anyone really. There are so many amazing lessons to be learned from it – and it will get you right in the feels.
Stay tuned for a spoiler review – when I discuss the ten most emotional moments of the film – because I need to get all my feelings out!
TIP: Stay through the credits for some extra funny moments involving Ducky and Bunny!
About Toy Story 4
Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy.
But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior.
As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries.
Toy Story 4 comes to theaters June 21st!
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