In 2010 I sat in the cinema and watched Andy leave his toys with Bonnie before driving away to College. As the credits rolled on TS3, I frantically tried to get the dust from my eye before the lights came up. It had taken three films over 15 years but the Toy Story series had finally played on my nostalgic emotions & I came out broken.
9 years later & history has repeated itself!
A grown Man in a packed cinema, a lump in his throat & a slight trickle running down his cheek... DAMN you Disney & your little animation hit factory pal, Pixar!
It’s been 24 years since we first met Sheriff Woody Pride & a slightly deranged Space Ranger named Lightyear. I was 14 & the World had yet to be acquainted with eBay, Google & Amazon. Music was played on CD’s, movies on video tapes & WiFi was nothing more than a funny word!
Things were about to change more than we could ever imagine.
The biggest change for me was kids! We have all the movies on blu Ray & watch them regularly but number 4 is the first Toy Story released since I became a Daddy, so today Dementor 2 (1 is at a sleepover) & i went to the cinema to watch Woody & the gangs latest adventures!
It took around 1 second of the opening scene in Andy’s bedroom before I was fully immersed into that familiar & comforting World, or at least I thought I was.
A few minutes later & as Randy Newman’s iconic song kicks in, I knew I was back & it felt like these familiar faces have never been away!
99 minutes later & the moment I’m dreading arrives. The credits roll but I’m still trying to come to terms with the choice Woody made!
How could Disney/Pixar do that to me, to us, the fans?
I didn’t see it coming & crazy as it sounds, it may make repeat viewing a little difficult for me. Perhaps it’s my advancing years, my affection for these characters or maybe just my dislike for change, whatever the reason, it’s gonna take me a long time to come to terms with this one.
I’m broken, again!
Overall the movie, both story & script are superb. It’s a testament to the quality of the writing and character development that I so readily accepted Bonnie as the owner of the toys, never sparing a thought for Andy, Molly or his Mom
I was always a little disappointed with Toy Story 2, so when 3 turned out to be a vast improvement I did wonder how Disney could possibly build on that with 4. Especially when I heard the original story idea concerning searching for Bo Peep, as it didn’t exactly excite me.
Pixar staple Josh Cooley, in his directorial debut, has more than delivered, giving us a movie with all the familiar elements we expect while keeping the right mix of freshness and nostalgia!
Toy Story 4 is out now
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