Toy Story 4: The Epic Adventure of Woody and Friends
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H1: Toy Story 4: A Review
H2: Plot Summary
H3: The Beginning
H3: The Road Trip
H3: The Antique Store
H3: The Carnival
H3: The Ending
H3: The Old Gang
H3: The New Toys
H2: Box Office Performance
H2: Reviews and Reception
Toy Story 4: A Review
Toy Story 4 is the fourth and (possibly) final installment in Pixar's beloved animated franchise that started in 1995. The film follows Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and their toy friends as they go on a road trip with their new owner Bonnie and her homemade toy Forky. Along the way, they encounter old and new friends, face new challenges, and discover what it means to be a toy in a changing world.
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The film opens with a flashback to nine years ago, when Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) and Bo Peep (voiced by Annie Potts) rescue Andy's remote control car RC from being washed away in a storm. However, Bo Peep is then given away to a new owner, much to Woody's dismay. Bo Peep tells Woody that being a toy means being there for a child, but also being ready to move on when the time comes. She invites Woody to join her, but he decides to stay with Andy.
The Road Trip
In the present day, Woody and his friends now belong to Bonnie (voiced by Madeleine McGraw), a young girl who is about to start kindergarten. Woody sneaks into Bonnie's backpack to help her on her first day of school, where she creates Forky (voiced by Tony Hale), a spork with googly eyes and pipe cleaner arms. Forky comes to life and becomes Bonnie's favorite toy, but he suffers from an existential crisis and thinks he is trash. Woody tries to keep Forky from throwing himself away and teach him about being a toy.
Bonnie and her parents go on a road trip in a rented RV, taking her toys with them. Forky escapes from the RV and Woody goes after him. They walk to the town where Bonnie's family is staying and bond along the way. Woody spots Bo Peep's lamp in an antique store window and decides to look for her inside.
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The Antique Store
At the antique store, Woody and Forky meet Gabby Gabby (voiced by Christina Hendricks), a vintage doll who wants Woody's voice box because hers is broken. She sends her ventriloquist dummy henchmen, the Bensons, to capture them. Woody escapes but Forky is taken hostage by Gabby Gabby.
Bo Peep takes Woody to a nearby carnival, where they meet her old friend Duke Caboom (voiced by Keanu Reeves), a Canadian stuntman toy who suffers from low self-esteem due to his inability to perform the stunts advertised on his box. They also encounter Ducky (voiced by Keegan-Michael Key) and Bunny (voiced by Jordan Peele), two plush toys who are eager to find a kid of their own. Together, they devise a plan to rescue Forky from Gabby Gabby.
Meanwhile, Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen) leaves the RV to look for Woody, following his "inner voice" which is actually his pre-recorded phrases. He ends up as a carnival prize and meets Ducky and Bunny, who try to escape with him. They are stopped by a carnival worker, but are rescued by Woody and Bo Peep. Buzz joins their mission to save Forky.
Woody and his friends manage to free Forky from Gabby Gabby, who reveals that she just wants a voice box so she can be loved by a little girl named Harmony, who visits the antique store regularly. Woody feels sorry for her and decides to give her his voice box in exchange for Forky. Gabby Gabby gets her voice back and approaches Harmony, but is rejected by her. She is heartbroken and runs away with the Bensons.
Woody and Forky reunite with Bonnie's toys at the carnival, where they are about to leave with the RV. Woody spots Gabby Gabby crying in a box and convinces her to come with them. He also sees Bo Peep preparing to leave with her friends. He realizes that he loves her and wants to stay with her, but he is torn between his loyalty to Bonnie and his desire for freedom.
Woody says goodbye to Buzz and the other toys, who understand his choice and support him. He gives his sheriff badge to Jessie (voiced by Joan Cusack) and hugs them all. He then joins Bo Peep, Forky, Duke Caboom, Ducky, and Bunny as they become lost toys who help other toys find new owners at the carnival. Woody and Bo Peep share a kiss as they watch the fireworks.
The Old Gang
Besides Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and Bo Peep, the film features many of the familiar faces from the previous films, such as Rex (voiced by Wallace Shawn), Hamm (voiced by John Ratzenberger), Slinky Dog (voiced by Blake Clark), Mr. Potato Head (voiced by archival recordings of Don Rickles), Mrs. Potato Head (voiced by Estelle Harris), Bullseye, the Aliens, and Barbie (voiced by Jodi Benson). They all have smaller roles in this film, as the focus is more on Woody's journey and his relationship with Bo Peep.
The New Toys
The film introduces several new characters who play important roles in the story. Forky is a spork who becomes Bonnie's favorite toy after she makes him at school. He is naive, curious, and funny, but also insecure about his identity and purpose. He forms a close bond with Woody, who teaches him about being a toy.
Gabby Gabby is a 1950s doll who lives in the antique store with her ventriloquist dummy minions, the Bensons. She is the main antagonist of the film, but she is not evil. She just wants a voice box so she can be loved by a child. She is polite, charming, and manipulative, but also lonely and desperate.
Duke Caboom is a Canadian stuntman toy who rides a motorcycle. He is brave, confident, and charismatic, but he also suffers from low self-esteem due to his past failure to impress his former owner. He helps Woody and Bo Peep with their rescue mission.
Ducky and Bunny are two plush toys who are attached at the hands. They are carnival prizes who dream of finding a kid of their own. They are hilarious, sarcastic, and adventurous. They often come up with absurd plans that involve attacking humans.
Box Office Performance
Toy Story 4 was released on June 21, 2019 in the United States and Canada. It received critical acclaim from critics and audiences alike, who praised its animation, humor, emotion, story, and voice acting. It was nominated for several awards, including Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, Reviews and Reception
Toy Story 4 received critical acclaim from critics and audiences alike, who praised its animation, humor, emotion, story, and voice acting. It was nominated for several awards, including Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and Critics' Choice Awards, winning the Oscar and the Golden Globe. It also won the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature and the Producers Guild of America Award for Best Animated Motion Picture.
The film holds a 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 460 reviews, with an average rating of 8.4/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "Heartwarming, funny, and beautifully animated, Toy Story 4 manages the unlikely feat of extending -- and perhaps concluding -- a practically perfect animated saga."
On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 84 out of 100 based on 57 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale, while those at PostTrak gave it an overall positive score of 89% and a 75% "definite recommend".
Some of the most positive reviews came from Peter Travers of Rolling Stone, who gave the film four out of four stars and called it "a classic" and "a masterpiece of animation"