Although not as strong as its predecessors, “Toy Story 4” is a heartwarming and comedic joy.

Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang return for a wild road trip full of fun, adventure, and a strange yet lovable new toy, Forky, who loves the trash.

For me (and I am sure many other fans) Toy Story 3 was the perfect ending to this story. It was heartfelt, emotional and was the most fitting way to say goodbye to a franchise. I understand why Disney wanted to continue the story but, I did not need a new installment. And yes, even after seeing Toy Story 4, I still feel this way. However, this doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy Toy Story 4.

Before we dive into the story, we need to applaud the most impressive aspect of the film: the animation. Holy. Forky. The film is gorgeous. Pixar has outdone themselves mastering every intricate detail with such beauty and realism.

Overall, Toy Story 4 is pure joy. It is tons of fun, laugh out loud funny and expands upon Woody’s character in a way we have never seen. It has a lot of heart, a lot of moments that will make you smile and excellent new additions to the toy box.

Although I was not a fan of the direction the film went in (and continue to ponder where Bonnie’s toys will go from here), I commend the franchise for tackling such complex emotions like sacrifice and saying goodbye. Leave it to Pixar to tackle the human emotion better in a family film than anyone else in the industry.

Final Thoughts: Toy Story 4 is a cute and entertaining addition to the best animated franchise of all time. It’s not as strong as its predecessors but is worth the watch.

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