One of the franchise’s greatest qualities is its ability to introduce new characters whilst re-evaluating and reaffirming its old ones
A franchise so beloved for its wonderful characters and its light hearted caring nature has created the ultimate lovable character, Forky, with a joyous arching story line behind him, offering a wonderful message and a thoroughly enjoyable experience to go with him.
Forky (Tony Hale), a spork turned nervous wreck, is the newest addition to Bonnie’s toy collection after her first day at Kindergarten turned into a friend making session. But when Forky comes to life, a worn out Woody (Tom Hanks) sees taking him under his wing as part of his role as disputed group leader, however much Forky resists for a life of trash. But after Forky escapes the RV on a family holiday, Woody follows him, taking him towards an encounter with someone he thought he would never see again.
Toy Story 4 is an absolute joy, never swaying from the powerfully connected messages of its predecessors, despite adding fresh ideas and new characters to the franchise. There’s such a strong understanding of what forms the important parts of a childhood within the Toy Story films, it was in no doubt that the franchise would tap into a fourth in its newest outing.
This time focusing on the anxiety of letting go and starting new things, there’s a powerful theme making its point whilst still remaining pleasantly frivolous. One of the franchise’s greatest qualities is its ability to introduce new characters whilst re-evaluating and reaffirming its old ones. Whether it’s a villain, side characters like Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele’s Ducky and Bunny, or the lovable Forky, Pixar make their personalities explode from the first seconds.
There’s a thrilling but short story backing them up, and a lighthearted, comedic script opening up some of the characters featured previously that haven’t quite had the screen time to fully show who they are.
It’s impossible to pick a worst volume in the franchise, and rarely do film series stay as consistent in style and quality for this length of time. Toy Story 2 is still the best, and it always will be, but Toy Story 4 joins the gang with fully open arms from both sides.
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