Nine years after their last adventure, the Pixar toys embark on A TOY STORY 4: EVERYTHING STOP AT NO COMMAND on the spectacular search for a lost spork. Proof from the makers that you shouldn’t stop when things are at their best. We reveal more about the film in our review.
Gabby Gabby and her friends capture Woody and Forky.
The plot summary
Woody always knew his place in the (toy) universe, his priority was to look after “his” child, be it his old childhood friend Andy or sweet Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a very unruly new toy to her collection, Woody’s calmer nursery life comes to an end. Because Forky has a serious identity crisis and is convinced that he is not a toy. But what is he then? Garbage? In any case, Forky is sure that he is destined for something else. And he tries to prove it in an adventurous way. Together with old and new friends, Forky and Woody go on the road trip of a lifetime and learn that the world is much bigger for a toy than ever imagined.
Toy Story 4 Movie Meaning & ending
Hollywood’s sequel craze has brought millions into the coffers in recent years, but it has also caused dissatisfaction on the part of film fans. Nowadays people just keep telling stories; the major studios in particular are lacking new material; That’s partly true, because if you look beyond the big blockbusters, there are still enough fresh stories that are not intertwined with any existing franchises. Pixar has long been a prime example of bringing innovation to the mainstream, but for some time now the animated film company has also preferred to continue telling well-known stories. Even if there are nine years between the last and the next part, as in the case of “Toy Story”, the supposed conclusion of which flickered across the screens in 2010. By the way, by Pixar standards, that’s by no means the longest gap between two film parts: there were 13 years between “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory” , and a whole 14 years between “The Incredibles” and “The Incredibles 2” . Even back then, the fates surrounding the lost clownfish and the Incredible superhero family seemed to have been told, only so that the responsible directors and screenwriters could disabuse us of the fact that Pixar only tackles sequels if they have something to tell ( We still question this principle because of “Cars 2”. And in the case of “A Toy Story: Everything obeys no command,” we had no idea how urgently we needed the sequel to “Toy Story 3.”
In “A Toy Story: Everything doesn’t listen to any command” all the toy friends are involved again.
After the English title for the new “Toy Story” film was published, there was initially confusion on social networks – and ultimately collective rejection. But although one can argue about the usefulness of the (too?) long subtitle “Everything doesn’t listen to any command,” the second point of criticism – the omission of the “4” – turns out to be obsolete as soon as you watch the fourth “Toy Story” film has seen. Of course, all other countries are not wrong when they simply call the production “Toy Story 4”. At the same time, the choice of “A Toy Story” captures the character of the film much better. At the beginning you can see again in a flashback time lapse how Woody and his friends made it from Andy’s children’s room to Bonnie’s household and how not only their relationship to each other, but also their attitude to life and their destiny as a family has changed over the years Children’s toys have changed. Nevertheless, the storyline surrounding Woody and Co. as Andy’s toys is told. “Toy Story 3” thus retains its character as a grand finale – “A Toy Story: Everything doesn’t listen to any command,” on the other hand, feels like a bonus road movie that works both as a stand-alone film and as a departure for new narratives shores, which is particularly confirmed by the touching finale, which is very reminiscent of the ending of “Chaos on the Net” in terms of intensity and meaning . So we’re dealing with both a fourth “Toy Story” film and another random story about the popular Pixar toys – so much for the title discussion.
Apart from that, all the well-known characters that we have come to know and love over the last few years of “Toy Story” history are there again. And fate hasn’t been as kind to everyone as it was to Woody and his crew. In the spectacular opening, we witness a breakneck rescue operation, but in the end it is not the rescued car that falls victim, but someone completely different who will have great importance for the adventure as the film progresses. Next to the returnee, Forky is the cutest newcomer. But the fellow, made from a spork, a few googly eyes and wooden feet, is not (just) there to increase sales for Forky toys. “A Toy Story: Everything doesn’t listen to any command” is more than ever about the question of one’s own existence and how much individuality can be lived when one actually has a very specific task. While Forky would rather be trash than Bonnie’s toy, this question can be continued about Woody. He still mourns his beloved Andy and the more often he is left in the closet by Bonnie because she would rather play with her many other toys, the more Woody asks himself to what extent his time in a children’s room is over. With this very mature subject matter, directors Josh Cooley (previously directed the Pixar short film “Riley’s First Date”) and screenwriters Andrew Stanton (“Finding Dory”) and Stephany Folsom (“Star Wars: Resistance”) are probably aiming for the “Toy “Story” lovers from the very beginning, rather than the very young viewers. Because even if the team doesn’t skimp on rough slapstick and exciting inserts such as chase scenes, “A Toy Story: Everything doesn’t listen to any command” will appeal more to an older audience.
Bonnie finds a new friend in Forky.
Last but not least, this underlines the complexity of the apparent villain: When Woody and Forky end up in an antique shop on their road trip, they are greeted there by the doll Gabby Gabby and her dark-looking doll henchmen (who in appearance resemble the Slappy doll from “Goosebumps “ remembered) captured. Her motives for toy-napping are unraveled over the course of the film until, in the final third, you even begin to understand her actions. At the same time, there is a fine line between the harmless “If you don’t give up, you can fulfill your dream, no matter what flaws you have!” message, to the extremely questionable “If you whine long enough, you’ll eventually get your way!” -Message very, very narrow. If you don’t reflect quickly enough, “A Toy Story: Everything doesn’t listen to any command” might simply leave the cinema with the wrong morals. Apart from that, the makers here are dedicating themselves more than ever to imperfection. No matter whether Duke Kaboom, who was congenially voiced by Keanu Reeves in the original, and equally convincingly voiced by Michi Beck (“The Penguins of Madagascar” in the EU version , who could never jump as high and far as advertised on television, or the two fairground plush toys Ducky and Bunny (originally: Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key) or the so-called childless toys left behind by their owners: They all have their flaws and use them to make them unique. And that’s really funny sometimes.
In particular, the plush toys sewn together on their hands, which initially mess with Buzz Lightyear and later are happy to have finally made friends, cause a lot of laughter; In combination with the rather down-to-earth, harmless toys for whom nothing is more important than the happiness of their children, Ducky and Bunny are real daredevils with a blooming imagination. In terms of optics, this is no longer necessary in order to imagine the most beautiful screen images in razor-sharp 3D animation: “A Toy Story: Everything doesn’t listen to any command” goes a whole lot further on the Pixar Group’s already extremely high animated film standards on it and at times it is no longer possible to tell whether we are really dealing with 3D tricks given the lifelike backgrounds or whether this was shot against a live film backdrop. We can hardly wait for the fifth part of the “Toy Story” saga just for the consistent quality updates.
Conclusion: This is a new, colorful but also thoughtful adventure from the “Toy Story” world, which still doesn’t take away from the third part’s status as a grand finale – and “A Toy Story: Everything doesn’t listen to any command” by the way once again sets technical standards, all the doubts as to whether there really was a need for a fourth “Toy Story” film were unfounded.
Toy Story 4 can be seen in USA cinemas nationwide from August 15th.