Toy Story 4 has done something that no previous Toy Story movie has done. Andrew Stanton and Stephany Folsom not only introduced in their script the decidedly non-traditional toy character Forky ( Tony Hale ), but also examined the mythology behind what It's like being a toy in Pixar's fictional franchise. How are they made? What gives them sentience? What separates garbage from toys? And what rules does a toy just have to follow to be a toy?
These are all intoxicating, existential questions, and you do not have to think about the answers to Toy Story 4 . It's arguably the funniest of the four films and contains some crazy sequences with the most silly characters in the series, brought to life by some of the most talented actors working today. It has heart, humor and an added touch of nostalgia and is also a possible (hopeful) swan song for the toys that we have met for almost 25 years. Be sure to read the review by Matt Goldberg here. But there is an interesting subtext here about what it means to be a toy that I would like to explore. Some spoilers follow.
As early as 1995, Pixar's Toy Story appeared on a large scale as a studio on the first feature film and the first film entirely computer-animated. Imagination was straightforward: a group of toys fearing being forgotten and abandoned by their owner Andy as his birthday party brings the threat of brand-new toys into their closed world. Although Toy
Story has brought childhood blame because you did not give all your toys the same amount of playing time, it also introduced a fantastic franchise that tells serious stories of the human emotional state for the next 25 years (at least). Another aspect of Toy Story that was less studied over the years by the movies was the mythology surrounding the actual toys themselves.
Toy Story The Basics: First and foremost, toys in this world are anthropomorphic and lead a life of their own when people are not around, but never may be considered anything but a toy of humans. They also come across personalities and views that fit their creation (ie, an adventurous space ranger and a law-abiding cowboy sheriff), may not immediately realize that they are actually toys, and desperately want children to play with them and them want to love. This latter idea was at the heart of Toy Story story, an evolution of the central idea of the 1988 Pixar short film Tin Toy in which toys panicked in front of its destructive owners. But Toy Story led by Dr. Ing. Frankenstein-style neighbor Sid Sidney Phillips also an interesting fold in the mythology of toy creation.
Sid becomes an obstacle to overcoming a kind of mini boss in the first movie, but he's also the first character to create a toy that does not come out of a box. Of course, Sid's mutated toy is made up of cobbled-together parts of other toys, such as action figures, baby dolls, and erector sets. It is less about creations made of the whole stuff than about abominations of existing toys. These mutant toys still abide by the rules for toys set elsewhere in the movie. It's just her look that has been drastically changed. But these good-hearted toys can be pushed too far. With Buzz's Life on Life, Woody collects the mutants to break Toyhood's Rule # 1 to directly scare Sid:
From the publication of Toy Story 4 Sid remains the only person who is aware of the sensitive nature of toys. Somehow he managed to grow into a well-adjusted individual despite this terrible scenario Small Soldiers / Puppetmaster and was last used as a garbage man