Heart Jerking Nostalgia *SPOILERS*
As a fan of the Toy Story franchise I had mixed feelings when it came to Disney making another movie. It seemed like Toy Story 3 had the perfect ending, and so I was both excited and nervous to see Toy Story 4; but I'm glad I did. Though I love the original Toy Story movies, Toy Story 4 adds more to the franchise. The movie first starts off with a few flashbacks to the original movies, giving newer fans some background (it really made me have some serious nostalgia of the good ol' days when Disney was based purely on children's happiness, not the amount of money being taken in.) Then, you get to a scene where you find out what happened to Bo Peep and why she is not present in Toy Story 3. You get an emotional scene where Bo is taken away, and boy did that make me cry. Fastforward a little bit, you realize Woody is in some state of denial: he's clinging on to Andy, hoping that Bonnie will love him the same way as Andy did. Yet, this doesn't happen. Woody hasn't been played with at all in a while, he's been banished to the closet while watching his friends be loved and played with. Woody is trying all he can to relive the old days when he was played with (sort of like Mr. Incredible in the Incredibles). Woody sneaks into Bonnie's backpack to help her at Kindergarten orientation, thus bringing about the creation of none other than... Forky. And let me just say, the addition of Forky to the franchise was an expert move by the creators. Forky is the comic relief throughout the whole movie, as lovable as Olaf was in Frozen. The toys go on a roadtrip with Bonnie, where Forky eventually escapes and Woody goes after him. The two toys end up friends (Forky realizes Bonnie needs him and wants to get to her as soon as possible) and find themselves near the RV park where the rest of the toys are at. Now this is where things get a little bit creepy. While passing an antique shop Woody sees Bo Peep's lamp in the window and thinking she is in the shop, Woody and Forky proceed to enter the antique store. When inside the store Woody and Forky meet Gabby Gabby (who presumably was the villain) and Benson (who looks suspiciously like Slappy from Goosebumps). The pair are creepy and could cause some nightmares for small children, so be careful how young of children you bring to the movie. Gabby Gabby has a broken voice box and wants to get Woody's working voice box from inside him (even if he doesn't consent to it). At this point Woody tries to escape, Benson (and other Slappy resembling dummies) chase Woody and Forky, and Forky gets caught by the dummies while Woody escapes. Woody then finds Bo Peep at a playground near a carnival and enlists her to help him retrieve Forky. Buzz (and two stuffed animals who hate Buzz, Ducky and Bunny?) eventually finds Bo and Woody and try to help them retrieve Forky. The plan fails and everyone but Woody gives up. Woody finds Gabby Gabby and agrees to letting her have his voice box if he can get Forky back. The switch of voice boxes is made and it is revealed to us that Gabby Gabby just wants a working voice box so that the antique shop owner's granddaughter will take her home and love her. Gabby Gabby and Benson (and the other dummies) and indeed not villains (though still creepy). Harmony (the granddaughter) finds Gabby Gabby and immediately disposes of Gabby, not wanting her as a toy. Bo comes back to find Woody and both of them believe that Bonnie would love Gabby Gabby. Forky, Bo, Gabby, and Woody all make their way to Bonnie's RV (Gabby finds another kid along the way). Forky and Woody are about to jump in the RV when Woody decides that he loves Bo and wants to be with her (as his purpose as a toy is fulfilled). Buzz assures him that Bonnie will be alright, and Woody leaves the gang for Bo. This last scene has me sobbing in the movie theater. It was so heart jerking and sad to think that Woody would be separated from Buzz, Jessie, and Bullseye forever. Bo and Woody proceed to help lost toys find kids that will love them while the rest of the gang stay with Bonnie. I think the saddest part for met was the realization that many people can relate to Woody's story. Things change for better or worse, and many times you can't get the way things used to be back and even if you do it's not the same. The way Woody lost Andy in Toy Story 3 and how he is grieving over Andy in Toy Story 4 are things that we see in real life. I think if you are going through a tough time this could be a real bonding point with your child and family; it might help you see things through a different lense. Throughout the movie there were some jump scares with Benson, Gabby Gabby, and the other dummies and as those toys are creepy in themselves (especially the dummies) I wouldn't bring a child who gets scared super easily or latches onto creepy experiences. Overall, I believe Toy Story 4 was a great addition to the Toy Story franchise. I hope this helps!
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Positive role models
Violence & scariness