Toy Story 4: throughout its history since 1995, this series has been very consistent in all that matters: the films are always fun, the sequels are always organic, the stories always touching and the series main themes are visited every time. It’s no surprise, then, that Josh Cooley’s entry delivers as well as it does, keeping the same level of quality. The story (again) feels like a natural evolution from the previous film and introduces (and re-introduces) a number of interesting characters. There is a story to each one of them, making them rounded creations, granting them proper justification for their actions; they are relatable and lovable. It helps that the voice acting is top-notch. Tom Hanks has this character down pat, selling the slight self-centeredness and loyalty perfectly. Christina Hendricks creates a bit sinister but rather touching performance. Keanu Reeves, Keegan-Michael Key, and Jordan Peele are all very good as the main source of humour. It is Tony Hale, however, who has the crucial new role, and he nails the journey of discovery. The animation is truly superb, with incredibly rich environments, great character design, beautiful use of lighting, focus, and color. Composer Randy Newman contributes with a few nice songs and a great musical score.
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