'Toy Story 4' has heart, teaches lessons

Sean I. Mills
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Posted 6/30/19

“Toy Story 4” proves you can’t keep a good franchise down with another delightful, meaningful and heart-filled installment. A lot of love and care went into making this new movie, proving that …

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'Toy Story 4' has heart, teaches lessons

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“Toy Story 4” proves you can’t keep a good franchise down with another delightful, meaningful and heart-filled installment.

A lot of love and care went into making this new movie, proving that not all sequels need to have diminishing returns. The filmmakers have found new and interesting things to say about these characters, and new and interesting directions to take the world of the Toy Story films.

A lot of familiar ground is still tread, but “Toy Story 4” has a few surprises up its felt sleeves.

Following the events of the last movie, Woody, Buzz and the gang now belong to a little girl named Bonnie. On the first day of kindergarten, Bonnie builds a little arts & crafts figure named “Forky”, and Woody dedicates himself to making sure Forky doesn’t get lost. This, of course, leads to all manner of hijinks when the toys accompany Bonnie and her family on a road trip.

Unlike other franchises that seem to crank out new sequels just to keep the moneytrain rolling, Disney and Pixar still deliver their A-game for new Toy Story movies. This is a beloved franchise for a good reason, and “Toy Story 4” is a great reminder of why.

This movie has heart. This movie has care and concern for its characters, where they’ve been and where they’re going. That helps to make the story all the richer.

There’s nothing particularly groundbreaking about the overall plot of “Toy Story 4”. If anything, this movie feels like just another adventure for this cast of characters. But there’s a special magic to “Toy Story 4” that reassures you that this isn’t just business as usual.

This is a movie with lessons to teach, with characters who need to learn those lessons. This is a movie that isn’t just marking time until the end. “Toy Story 4” is a movie that cares about the story it’s telling.

It helps that the movie is also funny, charming, and as well-animated as Pixar has ever been. The voice cast is as impressive as always, with a ton of new characters who easily hold their own. At the center is the ever-reliable Tom Hanks as Woody, delivering yet another memorable performance.

“Toy Story 4” is a fine example of consistent quality. This isn’t a cheap attempt to cash-in on a popular name brand. This is another enjoyable and heartfelt entry in a much-loved series.

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