Attentive readers will note that I’ve already reviewed Toy Story 4 in this newsletter, back when it came out
, so I’m re-sharing my original review below. But I leapt at a chance to see it again this week because (through my membership in the Writers Guild of America) I was able to attend a free screening at Pixar HQ. Photos from the visit below the review …
TOY STORY 4 was good — not as great as the rest of the series, but a solidly entertaining update with some fun new characters, including some scene-stealing stuffed animals played by Key & Peele. I was disappointed, however, that their addition to the cast came at the expense of many of the toys from the past 3 films; normally, rewatching past films makes me appreciate sequels more, but here I was left wondering when Jessie or Rex or Hamm was going to get something interesting to do.
I’d add that on this viewing, already knowing the plot and where characters would wind up, I was able to focus more on the animation, and — wow. This is such a beautifully made movie. For anyone who’s already seen it and wants to get geeky about how it was made, I’d recommend this video about the “real fake cameras”
that Pixar used.
Anyway, here are those photos!