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– by Kyle Malone

Toy Story started the successful run of Pixar. It opened a huge new world of animation and provided millions with a heartfelt story of belonging, finding oneself, and accepting change. It also spawned a bunch of sequels. Fans all felt that the story of Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen), and others had come to an end with Toy Story 3, but then we heard they were making a fourth one. Many fans wondered what story could possibly be told that wouldn’t ruin the completion, the finality, the closure felt at the end of the third film. Well, the film is out in theaters now and fans are finding out exactly what that story is.

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So why did this film get made? The money of course, but there’s actually a legitimate sounding reasoning for making this movie from Director Josh Cooley. During a press conference that LRM Online attended, Cooley was asked about the reasoning behind this movie and had this to say:

“We had the same questions everybody else has right now. I thought you guys were done. But we had those questions five years ago when we started. Your question was like the responsibility. Yeah. Tons of responsibility, tons of pressure. A lot of sleepless nights knowing that we were going to attempt this. Because we love the end of Toy Story 3. And feel like that’s the completion of Woody and Andy’s story. But there was more Woody story to tell. So that’s how we approached it.”

That makes sense to me. There was Woody’s relationship with Andy to figure out in the first three, but Woody has something more to do. I haven’t seen the film yet, but I can see where this could not take away from the third film, but add to the whole story. At the very least, it looks like an entertaining film with a lot of talent. I am especially excited about Ducky and Bunny being played by the comedy duo Key and Peele.

Have you seen Toy Story 4? Does it take away from the finality of the original three or add to the whole franchise? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kyle is the Weekend Editor for LRM Online and a business school graduate who loves movies, comics, and video games. He shares his passions with his wife and is raising a next-generation geek.