Toy Story 4 (2019)
June 24, 2019 12:24 PM - Subscribe

When a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.
posted by chrchr (11 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
I have already forgotten the name of Duke Caboom’s kid, and it’s bothering me.

“How am I alive?”
“I don’t know”
posted by Huffy Puffy at 2:05 PM on June 24


We were.... disappointed. It seemed to lack something. Heart? I don't know.

Although Bo Peep as a strong female character was awesome. The ventriloquist dummies and semi-creepy talking doll were scary as hell, until they weren't. Animation was AMAZING. It sort of seemed like the movie was an excuse to show off how amazingly they could animate everything.

Keanu as Duke Caboom was a delight, as were Key & Peele as a pair of stuffed toys. Listen close for Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Carol Burnett in an early scene.

Forky REALLY got on my nerves... and as a parent with zero patience for a kid whose tantrum du jour over a favorite toy stops the show... I just could not muster up any real sympathy for the humans in this iteration.
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 2:35 PM on June 24


I liked it! Thought I kind of spaced out at the beginning before Woody goes on his adventure.

I'm very glad that Woody and Bo finally break free from the obsolescence cycle imposed by their child bosses.

I have already forgotten the name of Duke Caboom’s kid, and it’s bothering me.

Réjean, this is for you!
posted by haemanu at 4:22 PM on June 24 [6 favorites]


I loved it, maybe not as much as 2 but it's still a solid entry in an amazingly consistently inventive series. I wasn't sure how they'd follow the closure of the end of 3 but it makes sense that they'd make it Woody's story and I love how this one ended for him. Turning Bo into a toy Furiosa did seem very 2019 but she was so much fun and Annie Potts is a treasure that it felt like a breath of fresh air in a movie that was feeling a little morose by the time she showed up.

I was impressed at how they managed to cram so many character arcs into a 100 minute film and how mostly satisfying they were. Forky was annoying but he was supposed to be, none of the other toys wanted to deal with him either but that made Woody's self-appointed task of saving him more meaningful. We needed to see how obsessive and compulsive Woody is about making sure that Bonnie gets her toy back even if no one else can understand it and then make it that much more of a hard decision when he finally stays behind with Bo.

Maybe I'm remembering but I don't think that there were as many gorgeous shots in the the earlier films and this one has a few that I just loved. There was one when Buzz flies up in the air over the carnival and you see the hills in the background and my favorite was when Bo and Woody are looking at the scores of antique lights from the top of the cabinet in the store.

And who can't love Duke Caboom? Or maybe it's just someone like me who obsessively followed the exploits of Evel Knievel when he was in middle school and had one of those damn wind-up motorcycles. The fact that he was Canadian was just one of those weird little touches that Pixar used to be so good at.
posted by octothorpe at 4:36 PM on June 24 [2 favorites]


When Chicky and Bunny slowly rise up over the antique owners bed I had to hold my breath in between gasping for air guffawing for a good few minutes.
posted by PenDevil at 4:12 AM on June 25 [1 favorite]


I really enjoyed it - it is funny and looks beautiful.

I'm very glad that Woody and Bo finally break free from the obsolescence cycle imposed by their child bosses

Yeah, the message I got was definitely a move from "kids need you" to "you need a kid", as in the toy comes first and if it is allowed to do what it does best then both toy and kid win, and I love that Bo & Woody will become crusaders giving toys their chance.

The fact that he was Canadian was just one of those weird little touches that Pixar used to be so good at

Could this also be a nod to Keanu Reeves' background?
posted by jontyjago at 4:43 AM on June 25




I don't buy it that Bonnie wouldn't eventually notice that woody was gone and become upset....I was happier with the end of TS3 closing the series.

nthing loving a bo who kicked ass

I noted star wars and muppet references...not as familiar with Marvel, so someone else can chime in there
posted by brujita at 6:13 PM on June 26


First act left me wondering why we paid to see this in the theater, but acts 2 & 3 completely won me over, what a delightful and funny movie. I do like that it directly takes on, in thematic terms, the existential horror raised by its own premise.

The scene that made me laugh heartily for over a minute was the one when Bo and Woody reconnect and are talking around the RC skunk, and two Combat Carls keep icing out a third one (who was Snow Gear Combat Carl or something), ignoring him and leaving a high-five hanging; no other characters notice or comment on it, it just happens. It is hysterical and subtle.

I also really appreciated that key emotional moments between characters were shown and not spoken, e.g., when Bo and Woody are arguing outside of the antique store after the failed rescue attempt, and realize that their understanding and perspective of duty and responsibility (to kids) differs in a basic way that will keep them apart, there is no dialogue--the characters mutual realizations and sadness is just shown on their faces, reacting to what was just said and then understanding its implications. That's really terrific animation, that can be expressive in a significant, nuanced way, nonverbally.
posted by LooseFilter at 5:17 PM on June 27 [2 favorites]


I don't buy it that Bonnie wouldn't eventually notice that woody was gone and become upset.

The movie clearly sets up a final beat where Bonnie says "wait, where's Woody?" (like Andy did at the beginning) and this time he chooses to go with Bo anyway. I wouldn't be surprised if it was in test screenings and it bummed the audience out too much, but it's the right ending...
posted by gerryblog at 5:44 PM on June 28


The scene that made me laugh heartily for over a minute was the one when Bo and Woody reconnect and are talking around the RC skunk, and two Combat Carls keep icing out a third one (who was Snow Gear Combat Carl or something), ignoring him and leaving a high-five hanging; no other characters notice or comment on it, it just happens. It is hysterical and subtle.

There's a stinger at the very end of the credits that you'll want to hang around for.

The best thing for me? Even with all the other satisfying bits (like, not just a Key & Peele reunion, but a hysterical one), that they had an honest-to-gosh redemption arc for the designated villain.
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:55 PM on June 30 [1 favorite]


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