Movie Review: Disney•Pixar’s TOY STORY 4 (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Disney•Pixar’s TOY STORY 4 was directed by Josh Cooley from a screenplay by Andrew Stanton and Stephany Folsom. Toy Story 4 welcomes both veteran and new voices, including Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear, Annie Potts as Bo Peep, Tony Hale as Forky, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele as Ducky and Bunny, Madeleine McGraw as Bonnie, Christina Hendricks as Gabby Gabby, Keanu Reeves as Duke Caboom, Ally Maki as Giggle McDimples and Joan Cusack as Jessie. The voice cast also includes Jay Hernandez, Lori Alan, Bonnie Hunt, Kristen Schaal, Emily Davis, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Blake Clark, the late Don Rickles and Estelle Harris. Longtime Toy Story collaborator Randy Newman composed the score and wrote two new original songs, “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” performed by Newman, and “The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy,” which is performed by Chris Stapleton for the end credits.

In “Toy Story 4,” Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So, when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy Forky (voice of Tony Hale) calls himself “trash,” Woody decides to teach Forky how to embrace being a toy. But a road-trip adventure, including an unexpected reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts), shows Woody how big the world can be for a toy. In addition, carnival prizes Ducky (voice of Keegan-Michael Key) and Bunny (voice of Jordan Peele) bring a new level of fun to the film.

Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the rest of the gang have now been handed down to Bonnie since Andy has gone off to college. What happens is, the toys end up joining the young girl and her parents on a road trip that ultimately reunites them with a few old friends as well as introduce some new characters. In this new computer animated adventure, Woody helps Bonnie make a new toy out of a spork that ends up being called Forky and let’s just say this new character is accidentally mischievous and gets into a little mess.

Woody is also reunited with Bo Peep and a the sparks are flying pnce again between these two. There’s also Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendricks), an antique baby doll and her creepy henchmen dummies that the gang has to deal with as well as Ducky and Bunny and the daredevil Duke Caboom (Keanu Reeves). Gaby Gaby wants Woody’s voice box because hers is broken so he has to elude this awkward situation while he’s trying to save Forky. Woody also realizes that Bo Peep’s freedom has changed her some but the bond between these two is stronger than their differences and in the end Woody decides to stay behind with Bo Peep and his new friends while Buzz and the rest of the gang join Bonnie and her family on their way back home.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc is color coded and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 4 was another exciting entry in the long running computer animated comedy franchise that follows this group of toys on their latest adventure where we get to meet a few new characters along the way. The story for this fourth entry was a lot of comedic fun but there were also some heart touching moments in the movie that’ll tug on the old heart strings a little. The veteran voice cast continues to do a fantastic job with these wonderful characters and I thought Josh Cooley did an impressive job in his directorial debut. Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures have never gotten in a rush when it comes to these entertaining sequels and they’ve actually kept everything fresh over the years. It’s been nine years since the third entry and to me number four is just as good as its predecessor. Once again we get closure and it looks like this might be the final entry, but who knows, maybe we’ll see the gang together again a few years down the road. Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 4 will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on October 8th.

Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Run Time: 100 Minutes

Rated: G

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 / English Descriptive Audio 2.0 / Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1)

DVD Audio: English, Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1 / English Descriptive Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French

Special Features: The extras include some behind-the-scenes featurette that has interviews with some of the cast and crew, six deleted scenes, some audio commentary, trailers, promos and a digital copy of the movie.

  • ‘Toy Stories – The Toy Story 4 cast and crew share their love of toys! (05:38)
  • Woody & Buzz – Take a look at the relationship between these two legendary characters. (03:35)
  • Bo Rebooted – Discover how Team Bo reimagined all aspects of Bo Peep’s identity to arrive at the fully realized character seen in the film.(06:21)
  • Toy Box – Enjoy a collection of mini-docs on the film’s memorable new characters, featuring the voice actors, director Josh Cooley and Pixar artists talking about the many elements that make these characters fun and lovable. (13:00)
  • Let’s Ride With Ally Maki – Ally Maki, voice of Giggle McDimples, learns all about Pixar’s dialogue recording process from director Josh Cooley and his team. (05:41)
  • Deleted Scenes introduced by director Josh Cooley including: (28:00)
  1. Scamming Playtime
  2. Bo Knows Hippos
  3. Desperate Toys
  4. Knock-Offs
  5. Recruit Duke
  6. She’s The One
  • Audio Commentary
  • Trailers and Promos:
  1. Carnival Prizes (HD, 3:25)
  2. Booth: Global Teaser In Spanish (01:39)
  3. Playtime: Global Trailer In English (02:20)
  4. Freedom: Global Trailer In Russian (-01:46)
  5. Pixar Pedigree: Exclusive For China (01:35)

Digital Exclusive:

  • Anatomy of a Scene: Prologue – Filmmakers and crew review key scenes of the movie and dissect the practical and technological methods used to bring them to life. (01:20)
  • Additional Deleted scene -Bonnie’s Playtime (07:40)
  • Digital Copy

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