Toy Story 3 was a prolonged goodbye to our innocence and our childhood. “Toy Story 4 is the official farewell to a franchise that has sticked with our childhood for a long time and now that we’re grown, now that we’re changing, this movies come along to tell us that change can be good and that sometimes goodbye is necessary even if it’s the hardest thing to say. It concludes this two decade long franchise with laughs, cheers and a whole lot of tears (albeit not as much as the third one). The classic characters take the spotlight and own it for what they truly deserve but the older characters, New characters and returning characters take ahold of whatever they can and own up to what they work with and it’s entertaining. Pitch perfect animation with subtle lighting and texture combined with a plethora of thrilling action sequences and skin of the teeth escape scenes and quite the stellar character development for its central leads.
The existential terror element of not having a reason to exist and not feeling suited to a purpose nails home for audiences young and old and every single theme that resonated from the previous installments make lot more sense here following the film’s climatic and emotional ending. Luckily, it spares mercy upon the older audience because no toy died.
This fourth and hopefully final installment in Pixar’s long running franchise gives all of us the closure we had since desired. To that, I say......so long, Partner.