It’s been said that all good things must come to an end. This even includes Woody, Buzz Light Year and the whole Toy Story gang. I’m not sure how prepared anyone else was in Hollywood’s historic El Capitan Theater where we screened Disney’s Fourth and final installment of Toy Story, I just knew that the day had come to see the final hurrah of some of our most beloved Disney characters.
Family films are usually wrapped in life lessons and Disney provided many in Toy Story 4. We’ve witnessed the famous group of toys switch owners, go to preschool and now officially public school. Yes, it’s time for kindergarten and Woody goes for a visit to help Bonnie with her transition into her new world. It was heartwarming to witness him welcome the newcomer Forky with an open heart and open arms. Forky doesn’t have the highest self esteem and luckily lands amongst the best group of friends in the world to help him overcome it.
Toy Story 4 tackles rejection with Bo Peep (Annie Potts) and showing how she finds her own way and embraces being a lost toy.
Keanu Reeves is great as you’d expect as Duke Caboom, a self proclaimed Canadian daredevil bike racer battling a shaky past brought on by his character not living up to the stunts promised by him in a commercial. He hesitates to perform some daredevil stunts needed to complete a rescue mission for new pal Forky but manages to come through and prove once again that he’s got it!
Ducky and Bunny portrayed by Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele’s are the life of the party. They show up and show out. The theater burst with laughs as they told their over the top stories to Woody and the gang.
There is so much more to Toy Story 4 that pulls it all together and wraps it all up. Take the family to see your favorite on screen toy pals say good-bye. You may not be ready but it was time. Farewell my good friends!
Toy Story 4 in theaters June 21!
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
Directed by: Peyton Reed
Produced by: Kevin Feige
Voice Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Madeleine McGraw, Christina Hendricks, Jordan Peele, Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki, Jay Hernandez, Lori Alan, Joan Cusack, Bonnie Hunt, Kristen Schaal, Emily Davis, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Blake Clark, June Squibb, Carl Weathers, Lila Sage, Don Rickles, Jeff Garlin, Maliah Bargas-Good, Jack McGraw, Juliana Hansen, Estelle Harris
Director: Josh Cooley
Producers: Mark Nielsen, Jonas Rivera
*Thank you, Disney, for hosting my family at the screening for Toy Story 4. All opinions expressed are my own.