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Ciné Sunday: Toy Story 4

Josh Cooley

Who would have thought, in 1995, that when the unknown Pixar Studios released Toy Story, the first fully computer-animated film, we would be witnessing the start of one of the greatest film trilogies of all time? 2010’s Toy Story 3 offered what seemed like a perfect conclusion to Woody and Andy’s story, but Pixar have reassured fans that this film simply wouldn’t have been made if the story had not been up to scratch.

“Along the way, there are plenty of new friends to meet...”

So, 24 years after Woody first met Buzz Lightyear, the whole gang are back on the big screen with this eagerly-awaited fourth instalment. The story picks up some time after the (heart-wrenching) ending of Toy Story 3, with Woody and the rest of the toys enjoying their new life with their adorable new owner Bonnie. Soon though, Woody and Buzz find themselves on a journey to find Woody’s old flame Bo Peep, apparently given away sometime between Toy Story 2 and 3. The joy of a series such as this is that with such lovable characters, everyone has their favourite, and fans will be pleased to know all the toys are back, complete with all the old voice cast, including Mr. Potato Head, in a posthumous role by the late Don Rickles. Along the way, there are plenty of new friends to meet too, including the hilarious handmade toy with an identity crisis Forky (Tony Hale), and Duke Caboom, played by Keanu Reeves.

Actors Tom Hanks and Tim Allen have talked about how emotional this film was to make for both of them, and with Pixar’s track record of balancing laughs with real emotional stakes, all evidence points towards this being another classic film for all the family.