Three Ups And Three Downs in Toy Story 4
Toy Story 4 is in the cinema now. Being the fourth film in the franchise, we must look at trying to figure out what are the best and the worst parts of the latest release. So, here are three ups and three downs in Toy Story 4.
As with our previous entry in this series, there will be major spoilers in the remaining part of the article, this is your warning.
Up 1: Antique Shop
Toy Story 4 does use the antique shop for part of its setting, and it does have a creepy feeling about it. It is where the villain and her dummy slaves live, searching for the voice box which can fix her. In this location we get to see toys from different eras that have been left in the shop hoping to find a new home, only to create their own secret society inside a vintage pinball machine. This does feel like one of the fresh parts of this film, as we have seen the pre-school classrooms, the toy shop and collecting location before.
Down 1: Buzz Lightyear
Buzz Lightyear was easily one of the most popular characters in the film, and he has been through an amazing arc through the original trilogy, from believing he is a real spaceman, learning to work with the others, and stepping up with his run into danger before thinking about things. He seems to have taken up the role of the one person Woody can talk to for advice, while becoming even more idiotic than ever before, relying on his own voice panel to give him instructions, while going on his own side adventure, which might get an odd laugh, but never feels connected to the main story. Buzz isn’t the only original character who seems to get left behind: we barely get anything from the favorites, Rex, Ham or Mr. Potato Head, while Jessie is barely given anything to do either.
Up 2: New Characters
Despite less time for the original characters, we do get to see a host of new characters. We have the scene-stealing stunt man Duke Caboom, who like Kenny in the last film brings a lot of energy to everything going on; we have Bunny and Ducky, two plush toys voiced be Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, who prove to be a wonderful double act as the slightly psychotic toys. And then we have the main new character, Forky, a spork which Bonnie turned into a toy. He is innocent and doesn’t understand his place in the world, wanting to return to the trash, where he came from. He is hard work for Woody to handle, but it is Forky that needs to learn the advice from Woody about what it means to be a toy with a kid.
Down 2: Toy Movement
In the Toy Story franchise, we have always seen the toys never let the humans see their movement, except one occasion of Sid in the first film. One big question that always surrounds the first film is why does Buzz stop moving when Andy is around, when he believes he is on a space mission. This question comes back into play here with Forky; why does he stop moving around Bonnie, when he clearly knows he isn’t a toy. This isn’t the only big question about the toys — the movement they do shows them running around a carnival full of people at times, surely somebody would have seen at least one of them once, right? One clear bigger problem comes from the idea the toys do talk to the humans in this film, obviously we don’t actually see the talking, but it is implied the humans are instructed by the toys.
Up 3: Bo Peep
In the history of Toy Story we have always had a strong female character, with Jessie and Barbie in the last two outings. This time we get Bo Peep returning, bringing us a new mentality to the toys, with her being a wild toy that helps fix damaged toys and gives them a chance to get played with. She has a smooth operation going with connections everywhere, while still being in love with Woody. Bo is the all-action figure of the film, she knows how everything can run smoothly, with Woody making everything difficult, showing how Bo needs to fix the problems caused.
Down 3: Gabby Gabby
Gabby, Gabby is the villainous doll; she wants a new voice box, which Woody could provide for her, and she uses the ventriloquist dummies to do the dirty work. The problems with this character is she is a villainous figure, but just wants the same as Woody, a human to love her; she believes the voice box will fix this, unlike the selfish villains in the last two films. By having her be a sympathetic villain it makes it harder to see her as a threat, even though we do have moments that are filled with horror.
What did you like or dislike about Toy Story 4?