Toy Story 4
After almost a decade of what we thought to be the end of one of the Disney’s most popular stories, Woody and Buzz Lightyear return in a new adventure in Toy Story 4 (2019).
Directed by Josh Cooley for Pixar Animation Studios, Toy Story 4 tells the story of how Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and Bo Peep (Annie Potts) meet Forky (Tony Hale), a fork turned into a toy, and embark on an adventure full of humor and new characters. The film also features performances of Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, and Keanu Reeves.
Many disliked the idea of one more film of a saga that was considered perfect, however, Pixar amazed us with the ability to make Toy Story 4 a movie as good as its predecessors. The decision to include the classic characters, but to focus on the introduction and development of the new ones with fresh and different humor, makes the film one of the funniest in the series.
As usual in Pixar movies, the humor of Toy Story 4 is aimed at all types of audiences. The film brings up classic themes of the saga such as friendship, self-esteem, courage, and also deepen in ideas such as identity and other problems of existential burden, surprising us with their way of approaching contemporary issues with characters that have been growing with the audience.
While Toy Story 3 was the perfect closing of a legendary era of the cinema, Toy Story 4 appears to be the opening of a new one. We can only wonder if we will see new installments of the series, focused this time on the new characters that were introduced in the film and, in some way, gave a well-deserved rest to the classic toys, revitalizing the Toy Story concept and enriching the thematic relevance that it has maintained since its first release, in 1995.