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Top reasons to see ‘Toy Story 4’

Jun 18. 2019
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By The Nation

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When Woody’s story with Andy concludes in “Toy Story 3” with a beautiful farewell between the toys and their owner, Andy gives his beloved toys to Bonnie, a little girl who he knows will play with and take good care of them.

Most people assumed that was the last film in the franchise.

But every ending is a new beginning. A new sequel is being released on June 20, and there are four good reasons why Disney Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” is a must-see.

A broader view

“Toy Story 4” sees Woody and the rest of the toys in an all-new adventure in the big world, which makes it more exciting than before. 

Woody’s priority is to make sure Bonnie makes it through her kindergarten years smoothly. But when Bonnie introduces a new toy called Forky she makes out of a spork (spoon-fork), a road trip begins and reunites Woody with Bo Peep, an old friend who shows him how big the world can be for a toy. 

This sequel alternates the points of view among different toy characters much more than in previous instalments. The story was so emotional that Tim Allen, who voices Buzz Lightyear, said he couldn’t even get through the last scene.


Animation 4.0

All three previous instalments were widely acclaimed and massive at the box office. On their opening weekends, the 1995 original earned more than US$900,000, “2” in 1999 $1.1 million and “3” in 2010 $1.3 million. 

“Toy Story 4” is expected to have a flying start with an estimated $1.5 million take on its debut weekend, in the same league as “Coco”, “Inside Out” and “Incredibles 2”.


New faces

The new film brings back Sheriff Woody and Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear and also welcomes new toys that add loads of fun. 

Forky suffers an existential crisis about being a toy and escapes from Bonnie’s room, which sets off a road adventure as the other toys try and help him. 

Along the way they are introduced to carnival prize toys Ducky and Bunny, charismatic but secretly damaged Canadian stuntman toy Duke Caboom, and vintage doll Gabby Gabby who puts every effort toward being adopted by an owner.

Amazing voices

Tom Hanks again provides the voice for Woody, with Sorapong Chatree doing the job in the Thai soundtrack. Buzz is voiced by Tim Allen in English and Santisuk Promsiri in Thai. 

The sequel also welcomes Keanu Reeves, voicing Duke Caboom, while Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele lend vocal fun to Ducky and Bunny.

Tickets are already on sale via the Major Cineplex and SF Cinema mobile apps and come with a gift brooch from the film. 

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