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Toy Story 4
2019 | 100 min | K-7 | adventure, animation, comedy, drama, family, fantasy
Woody has always been sure of his place in the world and that his most important job is to take care of his child, whether it’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s new beloved toy character Forky, made by herself, declares herself to be “junk” instead of a toy, Woody decides to show Forky why it should value its status as a child’s toy.
When Bonnie and her family take the whole toy gang on a car vacation, Woody gets lost on an unexpected side path, which leads to a happy reunion with his old friend Bo Peep. Although the fragile porcelain outer shell might suggest otherwise, the lonely years on the road have brought a lot of ruggedness and a spirit of adventure to this character. When Woody and Bo then notice that their toy lives are from completely different worlds, they have to say in the same breath that it seems to be the least of their worries at that moment.
Directed by Josh Cooley. As original voice actors, e.g. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Annie Potts.
About the movie
- animal characters
- imagination growth
- middle schools
- primary schools
- Walt Disney
For media educator
The fourth Toy Story film, which won the Oscar for the best-animated film, continues along the lines of the previous ones, when the toy group led by the heroic Woody gets into an adventure on a holiday trip, which is not lacking in speed or extreme situations. The animation, which plays with the conventions of adventure films, is a fast-paced and humorous rescue story, in which, in its moments of calm, one ponders at a child’s level, e.g. big things like identity. The central themes of the film are friendship and community.
Old friends are met and new friendships are built. The toy gang is a tight-knit community where we support and help friends when needed, but we are always ready to help toys from outside our group as well. Toy Story 4 illustrates how even enemies can reconcile their differences and eventually even become friends. The toy characters in the Toy Story movies are rarely really evil; usually the most miserably behaving individual turns out to be b good guy—one who’s just strayed from the right path for one reason or another.
In addition to the straightforward Woody, the hero’s cape is worn by many more unlikely types. In the Toy Story universe, the hero can end up being the most surprising: for example, a toy doll made from garbage. The film’s humane message reminds us that all (toys) are important and everyone has their place – even those who have made mistakes. A happy ending is a foregone conclusion in Toy Story 4, but before it gets there, there are a few slightly more exciting scenes and some more sustained suspense. Some of the toys may even seem scary, at least at first. However, the tone of the film is always optimistic, so it can also be suitable for some viewers who are slightly younger than the age limit within the framework of the age limit flexibility.
Among the human characters in the film, preschooler Bonnie offers a good object of identification for the youngest viewers. The film’s story world with its living toys is, on the other hand, an experience that tickles the imagination of people of all ages: after all, all of our toys have been alive at some point. (Source Media-avain.fi)