Everyone’s favorite band of animated, inanimate objects is back on the big screen for “Toy Story 4,” the capstone installment to a beloved 28-year saga that has generated over $520 million at the global box office, with an opening weekend of $256.8 million. “Toy Story 4” is the fourth highest-grossing film in Hanks’ career worldwide, topped only by “Forrest Gump,” “The Da Vinci Code” and “Toy Story 3.”
Despite inhabiting countless roles over the years, parting with Woody’s character was a difficult moment for Hanks, a longtime Palisadian remembered for his active role and frequent presence in the community.
“It was terrible, terrible,” Hanks told the Hollywood Reporter last month. “I started recording Woody in 1991, that’s when we got together to do the first one.
“My lip started quivering…and the only thing to do was to go and get in my car and drive away.”
“Toy Story 4” reunites the ensemble cast of Woody (Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and Bo Peep (Annie Potts), and adds new characters Forky (Tony Hale), mini-cop Giggle McDimples (Ally Maki), evil doll Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendricks), action figure Duke Kaboom (Keanu Reeves), and carnival prizes Ducky (Keegan-Michael Key) and Bunny (Jordan Peele).
In “Toy Story 4,” Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the other toys venture out onto the open road with toy owner Bonnie (Madeline McGraw). An unexpected turn reunites old flames Bo Beep and Woody, who discuss their paths and realize they want different things out of their toy lives. Despite their plastic forms, the toys in “Toy Story 4” are touchingly human.
“To be alive is to be in a constant state of change,” Hanks told USA Today last month. “How can it be that these movies about toys actually do teach us about what it is to be human beings? It’s extraordinary and my hat is off to the Pixar Imagineers that make it happen.”
With a twist ending that shocked audiences, “Toy Story 4” is a must-see, especially for those who were raised on these characters and their pull-string, push-button lines: “There’s a snake in my boot!” and, “To infinity, and beyond!” While it has divided some fans of the franchise, “Toy Story 4” is an emotional farewell to the toys we just don’t want to put away.
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