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Toy Story 4 movie review: EVERLASTINGLY MAGICAL!

Check out Critics Review of Toy Story 4 produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Josh Cooley and features voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Keanu Reeves.

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TOY STORY 4 movie review is here. The 2019 American computer-animated comedy produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures is releasing on June 21 2019. The fourth installment in Pixar’s TOY STORY series and the sequel to 2010’s TOY STORY 3, is directed by Josh Cooley and features voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Keanu Reeves etc. Was the 4thinstallment of TOY STORY necessary in the year of sequels?. Does Woody and Bo Beep charm you again?. Let’s find out in TOY STORY 4 movie review.

Instant reaction when the end credits roll
To Infinity and Beyond.. if you have thought whether this sequel was necessary, considering the regularity of studios trying to cash on the franchise following with any ‘thrash’ for a fat cash grab?. TOY STORY 4 gracefully, magically and emotionally underlines the fact in bold that the fascinating journey of TOY STORY would have been incomplete without TOY STORY 4.

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If the series is bowing out, then well it may, but this will remain forever. TOY STORY 4 leaves an everlasting impact; it’s emotional, nostalgic and magical. Sequels done with pure heart and pious understanding of the fans mind and heart then the results are highly overwhelming.

Any unforgettable moments
Quite a few for example the introduction of forky, revealing more will act as a spoiler, TOY STORY 4 by Josh Cooley is an example or say a case study in how to keep alive the nostalgia, impact of a 24 year old beloved family franchise with a knockout entertainer which is equally high on emotions and nostalgia. Voila!!.

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The story of TOY STORY 4
Stephany Folsom and Andrew Stanton screenplay continue the story from TOY STORY 3 with a nine year old flashback showing how Sheriff Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks again) is separated from his love, the amazing night-light Bo Peep (Annie Potts). Jump to present, the bunch of toys is now in possession of a cute five year old Bonnie (Madeleine McGraw). Its Bonnie’s first day of kindergarten and Woody who believes he is ‘Made To Help A Child’ Woody secretly hides himself in Bonnie’s schoolbag and becomes instrumental in Bonnie’s first own creation ‘Forky’ a ‘toy’ made from a plastic fork and other available accessories around Bonnie’s compass.

The Googly eyed ‘Forky’ becomes Bonnie’s latest possession and Woody gets a purpose in life. Rest is how Woody, Forky, Bonnie, her family and the gang of toys embark on an adventurous coming of age journey where we find tributes being paid to comedian Don Rickles (Mr. Potato Head voice) died in 2017 and animator Adam Burke who worked with Pixar in CARS, RATATOUILLE, WALL-E, UP, TOY STORY 3, INCREDIBLES etc.

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Awesome things about TOY STORY 4
A weird but emotionally so profound adage on identity with a childlike innocence by eye and a big hearted matured feeling by heart with amusing, healthy and infectious humour that underlines family, friends and togetherness. Bringing together your childhood memories of your favourite ‘toy’ and the stories you may have had with them.

The wanted buzz, barbies, cowboys etc to the unwanted Gabby Gabby to the nightmarish ‘The Wizard of Oz’ type allies of Gabby Gabby all make a point and are accepted by the audience. It’s a coming age story of toys with human emotions that looks forward and has a progressive approach. Bo Peep comes as a rejuvenated force and Keanu Reeves as the daredevil motor cycle stud are a delight ( sorry for the mild spoiler).

The ‘thrash’ and ‘worth’ ethics make TOY STORY 4  a cut above a regular follow-ups sequels and if it ends here, it’s worth completely worth and what a way to pull down the curtain.

TOY STORY 4 uses the outstanding technicalities of Pixar as an animation studios and it’s a wide screen Imax adventure as well. Josh Cooley’s in his debut as the director leads the technical wizardry with astonishingly eye popping visuals, the carnival, the toy store for example.

The ardent followers will miss Jessie, Rex as Woody and Forky are at the helm of the affairs most of the time.

A showcase of extraordinary display of voiceover where Tom Hanks as Woody is excellent, Tony Hale as Forky is such a delight. Tim Tim Allen as Buzz, Annie Potts as Bo Peep, Madeleine McGraw as Bonnie, Christina Hendricks as Gabby Gabby are marvelous. Keanu Reeves as Duke Caboom is a stealer.

Final words
We all in some part of our life as a child must have had an intimate relationship with our toys, some of them got lucky and became our favourites for a while and as life progressed our priorities changed but toys remained toys ‘Made To Help A Child’. TOY STORY 4 may be the farewell but it’s a genuinely profound reminder of the significance of love, care, togetherness, belonging and freedom in life, its nostalgic as it reminds you of your favorite toy during your childhood, an essay on love and care for belonging that gets richer and speaks about moving on and nobody is a ‘thrash’ or ‘not wanted’.

There is someone for everyone. Every toy deserves a child and every child deserves a toy. Going with an extra 4.5 for the overwhelming feeling that this may be the farewell to the delightful 24 year old legacy that ends on a profound note by firing all the cylinders – emotion, animation, storytelling arc and that rare quality to be resonant.

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