Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4

Josh Cooley (2019)

95min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Pixar's beloved coterie of toys discovers there's life beyond being faithful pals to a growing child as the saga continues to unfold after Toy Story 3 seemingly offered perfect closure to the much-loved trilogy. Although the gang's now ensconced with kindergarten-age Bonnie, separation from previous owner Andy still weighs heavily on cowboy Woody (voiced as ever by Tom Hanks). With Bonnie now favouring endearing new friend Forky - a spork she turned into a hand-made toy herself - Woody's left wondering if another traumatic rejection is in store. That focus on the toys themselves pondering their own purpose adds a new level of nuance, as the plot engineers a family vacation where peril awaits in a sinister antiques shop and there's a romantic reunion for Woody and Bo Peep, the lamp figurine who illuminated earlier episodes. All in all, it's brilliantly pacey, boasts the most visually spectacular animation of the entire series, and finds unexpected emotional depth in the realisation that it's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. Ultimately, it's perhaps a deft, intelligent appendix to the previous priceless trio, but the story's cross-generation appeal remains strong, and the whole production has far more integrity than the cash-in job the cynics were expecting.

Summary

When a home-made toy called Forky joins Woody and the gang, he begins to experience an existential crisis, thinking he is rubbish rather than a toy, and wishes to remain in a bin. Eventually he and Woody embark on a road trip alongside old and new friends. Director Josh Cooley's Bafta and Oscar-nominated animated sequel, featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Tony Hale.

Cast & Crew

Woody Tom Hanks
Buzz Lightyear Tim Allen
Jessie Joan Cusack
Bo Peep Annie Potts
Duke Caboom Keanu Reeves
Gabby Gabby Christina Hendricks
Hamm John Ratzenberger
Mr Potato Head Don Rickles
Mrs Potato Head Estelle Harris
Rex Wallace Shawn
Dolly Bonnie Hunt
Ducky Keegan-Michael Key
Bunny Jordan Peele
Buttercup Jeff Garlin
Forky Tony Hale
Barbie Jodi Benson
Harmony's mom Patricia Arquette
Melephant Brooks Mel Brooks
Carl Reineroceros Carl Reiner
Bitey White Betty White
Chairol Burnett Carol Burnett
Combat Carl Carl Weathers
Mr Pricklepants Timothy Dalton
Andy's mom Laurie Metcalf
Bonnie's dad Jay Hernandez
Trixie Kristen Schaal
Director Josh Cooley
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Walt DisneyAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 Jun 2019
Comedy Drama Children's