Toy Story 4 Review & Parental Guidance

Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the gang are back for Toy Story 4. Along with returning favorites are plenty of new characters. Check out our Toy Story 4 Review with some parental guidance.

Toy Story - Bo Peep, Buzz, Woody, Bunny & Ducky

FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES — In Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” the toys find themselves in the dusty shadows of Second Chance Antiques—a massive set that had to be stocked with thousands of objects, creating nooks and crannies that serve as the toys’ secret corridors. Featuring Annie Potts, Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key as the voices of Bo Peep, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bunny and Ducky, “Toy Story 4” opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019. ©2019 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Toy Story 4 Review

Place in the Toy Story World

At the end of Toy Story 3, Andy is leaving for college and gives the gang of toys to a young girl, Bonnie. 

Toy Story 4 starts with a scene in the past that shows how Bo Peep was separated from the rest of the gang prior to the events of Toy Story 3. I loved this past scene because it included Andy and his sister Molly in the film.

The action then jumps to the present day. The toys are with Bonnie who is heading to Kindergarten. Later in the film, Woody reunites with Bo Peep who is now a toy without a kid. Bo Peep plays a large role in the film in helping Woody rescue Forky and help Buzz and Woody find their way back to Bonnie.

Toy Story 4 - Bo Peep at the Carnival

LOST AND FOUND – In Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” Woody is reunited with his long-lost friend Bo Peep, who’s been on the road for years. She’s become an adventure-seeking free spirit whose strength and sarcasm belie her delicate porcelain exterior. Featuring the voice of Annie Potts as Bo Peep, “Toy Story 4” opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019. ©2019 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.


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Thoughts on Characters

Toy Story 4 adds some great new allies for Woody and Buzz. Forky, a friend that Bonnie created at Kindergarten orientation harkens back to the original days of Buzz in insisting “I am not a toy!” Woody takes Forky under his wing once he sees how much Bonnie loves Forky.

Toy Story 4 - Woody & Forky walking on a dark road

LEADING THE WAY — In Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky, declares himself trash and not a toy, so Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. Featuring Tom Hanks as the voice of Woody, and Tony Hale as the voice of Forky, “Toy Story 4” opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.
©2019 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Ducky and Bunny (Key and Peele) are standouts as plush carnival prizes. I also enjoyed Duke Caboom, a daredevil stunt toy voiced by Keanu Reeves.


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Unfortunately, the screen time for the new characters comes at the expense of the existing characters. Hamm, Mr Potato Head, Rex, Slinky Dog, and others are reduced to mere bit players. Even Jessie’s role is greatly diminished in this movie. The diminished role is probably how they were able to use existing recordings for Mr Potato Head since Don Rickles passed away before recording his role.

Toy Story 4 - Road Trip - Buzz and other Toys

ROAD TRIP – In Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” Buzz, Jessie and the rest of Bonnie’s toys concoct a plan to find their friends when Woody and Forky go missing. Featuring the voices of Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Bonnie Hunt, Kristen Schaal, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Blake Clark and Jeff Garlin, “Toy Story 4” opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019. ©2019 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Our Toy Story 4 Review

While Toy Story 3 wrapped up Andy’s story and time with Woody and Buzz, it left open the door to new adventures with Bonnie. These adventures started in TV specials and shorts and continue with Toy Story 4. This movie definitely provides a more definitive ending to the series.

I asked my daughter for a quote about the movie.

“A lot of times when a series goes on this long, it isn’t good. But, yes I did like it. I think it might be the last movie – potential spoiler alert, so I’m not going to say why” – My 13 year old

I agree that often times the quality of a series erodes over time. Personally, I thought Toy Story 3 was the best. Toy Story 4 does not quite live up to that, but it is a worthy addition to the franchise.

Toy Story 4 Trailer

About Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4 - Poster with Bo, Woody, Buzz, and new CharactersFrom Disney Pixar:
Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So, when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries. Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”), and produced by Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”) and Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”), Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” ventures to U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.

Toy Story 4 opened on June 21, 2019


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Parental Guidance for Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4 is rated G. After seeing the movie, I was a little surprised it was not rated PG. There are several instances of suspense that might be intense for younger children.

The new antagonist in the movie is Gabby Gabby. Her henchmen are ventriloquist dummies and they are made out to be creepy. My first thought was the evil dummy from the Goosebumps series. But young kids may not have this association and they may not seem as menacing.

Toy Story 4 Gabby Gabby & Henchmen

GABBY GABBY – In Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” Woody finds himself in Second Chance Antiques, home to an adorable, talking pull-string doll from the 1950s and her crew of voiceless ventriloquist dummies. Unfortunately for Gabby Gabby, a manufacturing defect in her pull-string voice box has left her sounding anything but adorable. Christina Hendricks lends her voice to Gabby Gabby. “Toy Story 4” opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019…©2019 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

It almost seems that Toy Story 4 got a G rating because the prior installments were also G. I think if your child is ok with the prior Toy Story movies, they will be ok with Toy Story 4.

Final Thoughts on Toy Story 4

Yes, we recommend seeing Toy Story 4. We saw a regular 2D movie, so I can’t comment on the importance or quality of IMAX or 3D.

Make sure you stay through the beginning of the closing credits. There are a couple of extra scenes. After the fact, I heard that there is a final tribute to Don Rickles (Mr Potato Head) and an animator Adam Burke.

Did you see Toy Story 4? Let us know what you thought.

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Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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