To Infinity and Beyond! Toy Story has been warming the hearts of children and adults ever since it was first released in 1995. If you’re anything like me, the adventures of Woody, Buzz, and the rest of Andy’s toys had a large impact on your childhood. Perhaps you tried tip-toeing back to your room to catch your toys in action, or even telling any toy you couldn’t take home that it was loved and would find a kid that could take it home because you didn’t want it to get discouraged during its wait on the toy shelf. (Or was that last one only something I did?)
Woody and Buzz have made a lot of friends over the years, and Toy Story 4 is filled with them; both old and new. Like many of those in the audience, Andy grew up. However, these toys are far from forgotten as they’ve been passed along to a sweet kindergartener named Bonnie. Disney and Pixar made the film relatable to an audience that has grown up with these toys, as well kids that are just discovering the magic of Toy Story.
There are movie franchises that I care a great deal about, likeAlienandStar Trek, and others that I really don’t that are still enormously popular, like theFast and FuriousandFriday the 13th. There are venerable film series that have been trundling along for decades with various degrees of success likeJames Bond. And then there’sMarvel’s Cinematic Universe, an ongoing series of films that have not failed to be excellent in nearly every way — even when I didn’t think they possibly could be.
The latest entry in the MCU,Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, adds yet another achievement to this series of films that already includes Iron Man, the Mighty Thor, Captain America, Doctor Strange, and a host of supporting heroes — and villains — in it’s ever expanding roster. A film critic once describedThe Lord of the Ringsas having more characters than the Bible. The MCU embodies this sentiment like no other film franchise since.