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We were honestly surprised when we first heard about TOY STORY 4. Another TOY STORY movie? I thought we had seen the last of Woody and Buzz in 2010? As much as we all loved the first TOY STORY (1995), and enjoyed the other two, we did not expect a fourth installment in the series. But, here we are, and all of our favorite toy friends are back!
The TOY STORY world takes us on an incredible journey to the ‘floor level’ kids-eye view of life. Younger audiences have fun with the playful interactions as the toys come to life. Meanwhile, older kids and adults can appreciate the deeper themes of daily life, friendships, hard choices, and complex emotions.
PIXAR works meticulously to ensure high standards of details to every aspect of their films: solid story, visually cutting edge art, and all the feels. [Click HERE for my personal trip to Pixar to learn about their Storytelling Methods, and click HERE for my tour of Pixar Animation Studios]. We are major PIXAR fans.
In the TOY STORY movies, we have come to expect particular ingredients: nostalgic toys, clever dialogue, laughs, some tears, life lessons, and seriously dramatic character and plot. If you are familiar with the previous installments, you will recognize the dramatic layer which puts these movies a notch more mature than the typical childish/baby story – for example ‘Sid’, the psychotically destructive neighbor boy.
This TV SPOT below is a perfect taste of the movie, which gives you and your family a real sense of the overall humor, topics and sensitivities.
What did we think of the movie? If you liked this TV Spot, and adore Woody and friends, then you’ll like TOY STORY 4! We had a great time.
We had laughs, some tears, and an overall fun ride, as we enjoyed the entire adventure. My 14-year old daughter appreciated all the entertainment levels, that did not just cater to a younger audience.
We got to see our favorite TOY STORY characters again, as well as meet new friends like quirky Forky! Forky was a surprise to everyone – onscreen and in the audience. But big-hearted Woody sensed his struggle, instinctively stepped up to take him by the hand, and guide him along confidently. It was a wonderful model of friendship in spite of all our unique differences.
According to Stella Rating: Family Viewing Disclaimer (1/low – 5/high scale)
TOY STORY 4 is rated G. The MPAA rating has been assigned without qualification. Due to some of the themes, sinister characters and jump-scares, I would rate TOY STORY 4 as PG. Scenes include a longer romantic hug between dolls, multiple instances of peril where dolls fall and take risks, a scene of an operation leaving a doll with stitches, several scenes of sad separations from friends/family, a few arguments, and some name-calling and exclamations.
- 1 – SEX/NUDITY
- 2 – VIOLENCE/GORE
- 1 – PROFANITY
Click below to download the FREE printable TOY STORY 4 Family Activity Pack files:
- Recipe – Road Trip Snack Mix
- Recipe – Road Trip Snack Mix 2
- Coloring Page – Woody
- Coloring Page – Rex
- Coloring Page – Martians
- Coloring Page – Jessie
- Coloring Page – Gabby Gabby
- Coloring Page – Buzz
- Coloring Page – Bunny Ducky
- Coloring Page – Bo
- Coloring Page – Bike Guy
- Activity Sheet – Quotes
- Activity Sheet – Maze
- Activity Sheet – Make Forky
- Activity Sheet – Game Cards
- Activity Sheet – Connect the Dots
- Activity Sheet – Bingo