‘Toy Story 4’ bids an emotional goodbye

Toy Story brings out its fourth instalment for the fans and it’s definitely an emotional ride we all would like to experience.  While the first three films from Pixar told a complete story, we wondered what Toy Story 4 would bring. But Pixar with an amazing screenplay merged the stories quite effectively. The story begins when nine years ago, after Woody, Buzz and their other friends are given away by the college going Andy to a young Bonnie. This is Woody’s (Tom Hanks) story, as he deals with memories of his friend Bo Peep (Annie Potts) and has lost his purpose until he meets Bonnie’s newly created toy, Forky (Tony Hale)! Woody tries to help Bonnie, who is terrified of going to kindergarten. With his efforts, the little girl makes a new friend on her first day at school. Showcasing her creativity, Bonnie with a white plastic spork and googly eyes, red pipe cleaner arms, and a popsicle stick broken in half which she finds from the trash, manages to create Forky. The movie takes off when Forky is lost and Woody goes out of his way to find the newly made toy and bring him back to Bonnie. Some scenes in the antic store are totally dramatic and give an edge to the emotional story. There are many moments of laughter with the duo Ducky and Bunny (Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele) and motorcycle hero Duke Caboom (Keanu Reeves) whom Woody meets at the carnival. Toy Story 4 is a great way of showing how an animated feature can glue kids to their seats with not just bright colours or antics but a good dose of nourishing stories. The storytelling is smart, with just the right amount of action sequences, sweet dialogues and simple yet narrative visuals. The movie is comforting and peaceful, giving a sense of love and attachment between kids and their toys.  With the rightly framed storyline, Pixar has managed to teach life lesson of ‘letting go’. The film is touching, overwhelming and a perfect goodbye to the beloved franchise from Pixar.