Toy Story 4, the long-awaited fourth film in the animated franchise is finally here. Audiences have been running to cinemas to willingly make themselves cry. The movie premiered on June 11 2019, in Los Angeles. It received positive reviews praising its story, humor, emotion, animation and vocal performances.

It earned $238m (£187m) since opening worldwide over the weekend, performing particularly well in Latin America and Europe. The movie set an UK record with the highest opening ever for animation, stunning $15m (£12m) for the three-days.

It’s been 24 years since the first film has been released and 9 years after the third movie. Many fans of the franchise believe that the third movie was the perfect ending to the series. So let’s see what this story is about.

Story plot

Woody (voice of Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new craft-project-turned-toy named Forky (voice of Tony Hale). The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody’s slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts).

After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realize that they’re worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy.

Toy Story 4 Official Trailer

What critics say?

“Finding your purpose, embracing your destiny and accepting your mortality are mature themes for a children’s film, but “Toy Story 4” handles them nimbly while still managing to be a colorful
family adventure.”

Adam Graham, Detroit News

“This instalment focuses on the abstract issue of what it means to be alive.”

Mark Kermode, Observer

“The new film is a revelation because it does not pretend to imitate its predecessor, but manages to recover the spirit of the first film of 1995 to offer a new round of light comedy and vivid adventures.”

Luis Fernando Galván, En Filme

Despise of high reviews on Rotten Tomatoes or IMDB from critics and fans, the movie didn’t rank so well in the US. Rating the fourth biggest animated movie behind The Incredibles 2, Finding Dory and Shrek the third.

However, Disney and Pixar still record with Toy Story 4 another massive opening following the successes of Avengers: EndgameCaptain Marvel, and Aladdin.