Usually, by the time a film franchise gets to the fourth installment, there’s plenty of criticism to go around. But Pixar’s Toy Story seems to have avoided this, likely because creators give themselves nearly 10 years in between movies to perfect them. According to early reviews, Toy Story 4 is no exception.
The film currently has a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and reunites the characters we know and love. The fourth chapter of Toy Story follows Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), Woody (Tom Hanks), and the rest of the gang as they work to convince Forky (Tony Hale), a craft created by Bonnie at kindergarten, that he’s a toy and not trash.
The critics are raving, saying that Pixar has delivered yet another masterpiece. “Toy Story 4 delivers a cinematic grand slam, a nine-years-later sequel that’s wholly equal to the high expectations raised by the terrific trio that it follows,” writes Brian Lowry of CNN.com. Many are also praising the expertly crafted animation and composition of the film.
The newest character, Forky, is largely applauded as a welcome addition to the franchise. “Forky alone is enough to elevate this potential cash-grab,” writes David Ehrlich of IndieWire. “…The hero we need in 2019…He’s everything these films have been working towards.”
Fans can expect not only comedy from Toy Story but a hearty helping of feelings. Given that Toy Story 3 was particularly devastating, this is a feat. Tomris Laffly of Time Out praises the studio’s continued ability to stir emotion from animated dolls: “Pixar’s sentient toys can still make us cry,” he writes.
But of course, there are some critics who say that Toy Story is losing steam. “It’s a smaller, less moving, and mercifully, less traumatising entertainment than the last one, less satisfying in its plotting and less provocative in its themes,” says Nicholas Barber of BBC.com.
Fans won’t have to wait too much longer for the fourth (and final) Toy Story film. Toy Story 4 opens in theaters on June 21, 2019 and is rated G.