For many of us, we were first introduced to Toy Story as children. There are emotions and various memories that people recall to, upon seeing the words Toy Story, along with the familiar characters, whom we grew to love. Altogether, these 4 films help with growth while handling the next stages in our lives. Upon watching Toy Story 4, I thought about, “Life. What does it mean to you?” As in, “What does your life mean to you now aside from what has happened in the past?”
Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz (Tim Allen) have been this iconic duo that everyone recognizes. Just like the previous Toy Story film, this new one showed that things change, people go different directions, and they have different responsibilities. Yet, in Woody, audiences get to see that his integrity doesn’t go away.
Woody has been with us (Andy) for a long time. As he finds a new home with Bonnie, we learn that even though Bonnie has grown up and tend to favor other toys, he still does everything to make sure that Bonnie is okay. He goes to infinity and beyond while making sure that she’ll be able to tackle new difficult moments in her life like kindergarten. Without spoiling too much away, based on the previous films, seeing Woody as someone who sacrifices himself for the happiness of others sets as an example that is positive for people to connect with. Old and Young.
Bringing back to the question about life, the past and the now, this is easily relatable to audiences, especially with recent graduates. In the first 2 films, many of us were just kids and enjoyed our childhood. In last film, Andy goes off to College. Seeing Woody in this film felt that it represented another stage in life while making decisions that can be scary, different from what you’re used to and to be able to part with your old life. Woody had to make the decision, (although he still has the same integrity in making sure kids are happy), to go in a different direction. This example shows that life has new lessons because things are constantly changing every day, whether we like it or not.
Woody still reminisces the past; yet, he still holds the importance of what a toy is to children. This helped him ultimately make the best decision for him in his next stage in life. His purpose in life is to ensure that other children are happy and that being a toy is important for children to be able to learn, communicate, be creative, be brave, and one day they’ll reflect on their memories and can pass down stories with others, and even to their future children. As people move on and tend to grow, are they still someone who has the best intentions for others even if they tend to be lost? Do you still have integrity?
Another thing that this film points out is that it teaches that people must learn to be able to move on while appreciating what you have/had. There are times where I recall some of my favorite toys like Molly from The Big Comfy Couch and the three Bears: Lulu, Morgan and Amy. Unfortunately, I don’t have them anymore, I still don’t know where they ended up; but, they were one of my favorite toys and I think at the time as a kid, I appreciated them. They were like my friends. Speaking of friends, this new film introduces us newer allies that get to be part of this Toy Story world.
Bunny (Jordan Peele), Ducky (Keegan Michael Key), Duke Caboom (Keanu Reeves) and Giggle McDimples (Ally Maki) are the newest toys introduced in the film. The dynamic duo of Bunny and Ducky had everyone in the theatre laugh. They have these huge imaginations that are entertaining. Their imagination touches on the unlimited ideas that children have when they play with their toys. Duke Caboom is just as hilarious and entertaining. Giggle McDimples is a cop who helps Woody in this film as well. It would be interesting to see these characters in other toy stories.
Toy Story 4 tells a beautiful story just as the previous ones have done. Heavy emotions and laughter filled the theatre. Once you watch this film, you’ll want to binge watch everything again.
Release Date: June 21, 2019
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Ally Maki
Studios: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Director: Josh Cooley
Director: Jonas Rivera, Mark Nielsen
Run Time: 100 minutes
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