The film continues from Toy Story 3, where Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear have found new appreciation among their other toy friends after being given by Andy to Bonnie. Later in the film, the toys are introduced by Woody to Forky, a spork that has been made into a toy and embarks on a road trip adventure.
After its premiere, Toy Story 4 was theatrically released in the United States on June 21, 2019, in RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema, and IMAX. Like the previous films, Toy Story 4 was critically acclaimed for its story, humor, emotion, score, animation, and performances.
In a flashback set nine years prior to the third and fourth film, RC has accidentally been left outside in a thunderstorm. While Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Slinky, Bo, and her sheep perform a successful rescue operation, a mysterious man arrives at the Davis household and buys off Bo and her sheep from Mrs. Davis. While they're busy, Woody tries to prevent Bo from leaving, but Bo comforts that it's time for the next kid. She tries to convince Woody to come with her, and he almost does, until they see Andy searching for Woody. The two then silently say goodbye and Bo is soon taken away.
Two years after the events of the third film, Andy's toys now live with Bonnie. While the toys have happily adjusted to life, Woody has lost his purpose. He deeply misses Andy, and Bonnie has begun to neglect him. Jessie and Bullseye are now Bonnie's favorite toys and Dolly is the leader of the toys, making Woody have an existential crisis. One day, Bonnie is scared about going to kindergarten orientation since toys are not allowed, so Woody decides to sneak into Bonnie's backpack. During orientation, Woody sneaks out of the backpack and throws unused art supplies out from the trash towards a shy Bonnie, who picks them up and creates Forky, a plastic spork. When the day is over, Bonnie shows off Forky to her parents, who surprise her with a road trip since school doesn't start for another week. As Bonnie puts Forky in her backpack, Woody watches Forky come to life.
When Bonnie drops off her backpack, Woody introduces the toys to Forky, who are shocked by both his love of trash and his existence. Woody then assigns himself the unfortunate duty of keeping an eye on Forky (who wants to throw himself out) during the road trip. One night, however, Forky sneaks out of Bonnie's hands and jumps out the RV window. Woody soon goes after him. Woody talks about his insecurities to Forky, who soon realizes that he is Bonnie's trash, and promptly wants to be returned to Bonnie. After arriving into town, the two begin to run towards the RV park when Woody notices the lamp Bo was connected to lighting up in an Antique Shop. The two then walk into the store through the mail slot and eventually find a 1950s baby doll with a broken pullstring named Gabby Gabby, and her friend, ventriloquist dummy Benson. When she notices Woody's operable voicebox, she surrounds the two with her quartet of dummies, wanting it to fix her broken one. When getting chased, Forky is nabbed by the Bensons, and Woody is saved by the shopkeeper's granddaughter, Harmony, who takes him to the park along with her mother.
Meanwhile, the toys sneak a spoon into a sleeping Bonnie's hand as a substitute for Forky. But to no avail, as when Bonnie awakes, she becomes distraught over losing her toy. While her parents bring her outside to look for him, the toys contemplate on what to do. Buzz (believing his voice box to be his conscious) listens to his voicebox phrases and decides to go after Woody and Forky while the others keep an eye on the Andersons. Through a series of unfortunate events, Buzz is found by a carny and put on display for a carnival game.
Back at the park, Woody tries to return to the Antique Store while Harmony is distracted, but a busload of kids arrive and blow Woody's plan. Upon avoiding the kids, he's picked up by a little girl who happens to be playing with his former girlfriend: Bo Peep. When she puts them down, the two scurry towards the bushes, where Bo reveals she is now a lost toy, much to Woody's shock. After her sheep pull up with their Skunk-Mobile, Bo introduces Woody to her best friend, Officer Giggle McDimples (a mini-figure from the 1980s) and a trio of Combat Carls (who leave the Artic version always hanging for a high five). Woody explains that Forky is trapped in the Antique Store, which Bo and Giggle despise since they spent years there doing nothing. After Woody convinces Bo to help him for old time's sake, Bo agrees, and the group rides to the Antique Store in the Skunk-Mobile.
Back at the Antique Store, Gabby Gabby reveals to Forky that she simply wants her voicebox fixed so she can be loved by Harmony, who visits the store daily. The two toys then begin to form a friendship, and Forky then discuses everything Woody told him, including missing Andy.
At the carnival, Buzz struggles to get out of a zip tie when he meets Ducky and Bunny, two cheap plush animals who are sewn together and want to be won. As Ducky repeatedly hits Buzz on the head, he closes his helmet (from advice from his inner voice) on his foot and the three fall onto the floor. Buzz escapes while the two animals pursue him.
Meanwhile, the Skunk Mobile crashes under the carousel, where the toys climb on top and eventually bounce their way to the roof of the Antique Store. Buzz finds them, and Woody convinces Ducky and Bunny to stop fighting when he tells them he'll take them to Bonnie.
Back at the RV, Bonnie sobs since they can't find Forky anywhere. After her parents sympathetically bring her outside to look one more time, the toys begin to panic since the family is about to leave. Jessie then suddenly leaps out and pops one of the RV's tires, much to the groups' happiness.
At the Antique Store, the band of toys sneaks into the Antique Store and eventually get close to the cabinet where Gabby and Forky are. The plan is to get the key to the cabinet, get "the perfect toy" to jump across the large gap between the shelves, unlock the cabinet doors, and rescue Forky, all while avoiding both the Bensons and the store cat, Dragon, who destroys toys. Suddenly, Bonnie and her mother arrive at the store, causing Woody to blow their cover and bolt for the cabinet and Bo and her sheep to chase after them. Bonnie soon leaves, causing Woody and Bo to battle the dummies, who capture her sheep, much to Bo's anger. Meanwhile, Buzz, Giggle, Ducky, and Bunny struggle to figure out how to get the key after Ducky and Bunny's mundane and psychotic ideas (all involving attacking the store owner). Inside the cabinet, Gabby learns Woody has returned and tells an innocent Forky to play "hide and seek". Woody and Bo soon arrive at a pinball machine, where inside is a secret club and has "the perfect toy" to help: Duke Caboom, a 70s action figure who fails to do successful jumps on his motorcycle (which is what caused him to be thrown away by his owner and makes him insecure). Through Woody and Bo's encouragement, they recruit Duke to join them in their rescue mission. Buzz, Giggle, Ducky, and Bunny arrive with the key (where it's revealed the owner simply put it down in front of them instead of the four actually having a plan, but they never reveal it to Woody and Bo).
That afternoon, the toys set up Duke's stunt set on the shelving, and Woody and Bo admire the many lights glistening from the sunset as Bo discusses the joys of being a lost toy, helping others. She then reminds a worried Woody that he's joining Duke in the jump across the shelves. A string is tied around Woody so the toys can pull him back. When they get the signal, Duke and Woody are launched. But before Duke can make the jump, his insecurities of being rejected cause him to lose control. Woody manages to grab onto the cabinet door handle while Duke falls to the floor and distracts Dragon the cat. As Bo and Woody climb into the cabinet and find Forky, the dummies sneak behind Buzz and the others and attack them. Meanwhile, Bo and Woody are trapped by Gabby and the dummies. After pushing the Bensons off the shelves, the toys pull the string for Woody, but they ultimately get in a tug-of-war with Gabby, who pulls onto Woody's pull-string and causes it to rip out of Woody's back. The phrases from Woody's pull-string catch the attention of Dragon and begins jumping at him and Forky. Gabby and Benson win the tug of war and Benson is about to pull out Woody's voicebox, but Bo stops them in time and grabs her sheep. As they climb across the string, a Benson knocks down Forky to the floor, and Dragon begins tormenting him. Woody jumps down to rescue him, causing all the toys to fall and one of the sheep's legs to crack off and Giggle to be eaten by Dragon. As Gabby orders the Bensons to not let Woody leave, the toys hitch a ride on the cat while Duke leads Dragon towards the exit, but they leave Forky behind. After Bo knocks down all the dummies with an open drawer, the toys are thrown out the window by Dragon, who hacks up a weak Giggle and runs back inside. Woody is the only one who wants to go back inside and try again, but nobody is with him. Woody reveals to Bo that he needs to do because he doesn't have anything else left and that Bonnie needs Forky, but Bo annoyingly states that it's Woody who needs Bonnie and that there is more to life than the kid he's "clinging" to. Woody snaps and says it's called loyalty, something a lost toy wouldn't understand. Hurt, Bo says she's not the one who's lost, and the other toys leave Woody and Buzz alone in the alley. Woody, still determined, goes back into the Antique Store, leaving Buzz to listen to his inner voice once again. All of his buttons lean towards going back to the RV, much to Buzz's annoyance.
Once Woody arrives, he's cornered by Gabby and the dummies, though Gabby calls them off and explains that she simply wants to be loved the way Andy and Bonnie loved Woody, much to his shock. Eventually, he lets his guard down, and simply asks if he can have Forky in exchange for his voicebox, and Gabby happily agrees.
Back at the RV, Mr. Anderson has finally fixed the RV tire. Buzz soon arrives and explains to the toys that Woody and Forky must be extracted from the Antique Store, but the toys don't know how. When the Andersons climb into the RV, Buzz whispers his plan: Bonnie accidentally left her backpack at the store, so she'll soon realize it and the toys will head back there. But Bonnie doesn't notice and the RV begins to pull away. Buzz then desperately tries to use his inner voice, but Mrs. Anderson just believes Buzz is broken and is about to throw him in a drawer when Buzz says (in a way to sound like it's one of his phrases): "Your backpack is at the Antique Store. Let's go!" This works, and the RV turns around to go back to the store.
Meanwhile, Bo and the other toys return to the carousel to retrieve the broken Skunk-Mobile. Giggle begins talking about how Woody only cares about himself, but Bo objects and says that Woody is only trying to do right by his kid. This prompts her to confess her love for Woody and has the other toys follow her back to the store in the repaired Skunk-Mobile.
In the Antique Store, the operation is successful, and Gabby now has an operable voicebox. She gratefully thanks Woody and says goodbye to both him and Forky. The two then notice Bonnie and her mother returning for Bonnie's backpack and the two make a dash for it until Forky and Woody stop to watch Harmony noticing Gabby. But Harmony simply throws her in a crate and walks off. The two then climb into the backpack, where Bonnie finds it. Woody then tells Forky his plan: Tell Buzz and the others to meet him at the carousel while Woody takes care of Gabby. Woody sneaks out and tells a depressed Gabby that there's another little girl waiting for her: Bonnie. Bo soon returns and agrees to help Gabby and Woody get to Bonnie.
At the RV, Forky explains the plan to the toys, who struggle to think of a plan until Jessie overhears the RV's GPS and comes up with an idea. Buzz is put on top of the RV with Mrs. Potato Head's ear. He tells her the directions to the carousel in her ear. Mrs. Potato Head then repeats the directions to Trixie, who pretends to be the GPS and tells Mr. Anderson where to go. When the plan begins to fail, Jessie shoves Buttercup under the seat and he pulls the gas pedal to go faster, while Mrs. Potato Head and Trixie mess with the cables and plugs. This causes the RV to be chased by multiple police cars.
The carnival toys then attach Gabby's stroller to the Skunk-Mobile and soon ride into the carnival, using the carriage (with Benson inside, scaring the bystander who picks him up) as a distraction. Since it's too crowded to walk, Bo and Woody have the idea for Duke to jump from the Ferris wheel to the roof of the carnival booths with carnival flags tied to the back of his motorcycle. Duke agrees with the encouragement of them and crashes onto the booths successfully. The toys then zipline down with the carnival flags and race towards the carousel until Gabby notices a lost little girl crying behind a stand. With the help of the lost toys, Gabby comforts the girl and is eventually taken away by her after being reunited with her parents. Just then, the RV finally arrives literally right in front of the carousel. While the Andersons deal with the police, Buzz tells everyone to get to the roof of the RV while he assigns Forky to lock the family out of the RV. The toys stack themselves up to open up the awning, and Buzz ushers Woody to hurry up. He then says goodbye to the lost toys before struggling to say goodbye once more to Bo. Buzz, noticing this, tells Woody that Bonnie will be okay without him and that he needs to listen to his "inner voice". Woody and Bo soon embrace as the other toys soon arrive and briefly reunite with Bo. Woody then passes off his sheriff badge to Jessie as a sign of leadership. Tearfully, Jessie then hugs Woody tight as the older toys join in on a group hug. Woody and Buzz soon hug one final time, before Woody hugs Forky goodbye. As the toys watch, Buzz suddenly asks who's watching the doors. Sure enough, the RV begins to pull away, causing the groups to run in separate directions. Bo and Woody then run to the top of the carousel and watch the RV drive off. Bonnie's toys gather to the window, where Rex suddenly asks if this means Woody's a lost toy. Buzz says, "He's not lost . . . not anymore." Buzz whispers, "To infinity . . .", while Woody (at the top of the carousel) whispers, " . . . and beyond."
During the credits, set a year after the film, Woody enjoys being a lost toy with his new friends, helping other toys find owners. Back at Bonnie's house, Bonnie returns from first-grade orientation, and Jessie (now leader of Bonnie's toys) introduces the toys to Karen Beverly, a dolled-up plastic knife who has the same crisis as Forky. Forky, lovestruck, introduces himself and says he'll explain everything. But when Karen Beverly asks how is she alive, Forky says, "I don't know."
After the credits, Duke Caboom replaces the Pixar lamp and gives a high-five to the Artic Combat Carl.
- Tom Hanks as Woody
- Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear
- Annie Potts as Bo Peep
- Tony Hale as Forky
- Keegan-Michael Key as Ducky
- Jordan Peele as Bunny
- Madeleine McGraw as Bonnie Anderson
- Christina Hendricks as Gabby Gabby
- Steve Purcell as the Bensons
- Keanu Reeves as Duke Caboom
- Ally Maki as Giggle McDimples
- Jay Hernandez as Mr. Anderson
- Lori Alan as Mrs. Anderson
- Joan Cusack as Jessie
- Wallace Shawn as Rex
- John Ratzenberger as Hamm
- Blake Clark as Slinky Dog
- Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head
- Estelle Harris as Mrs. Potato Head
- Bonnie Hunt as Dolly
- Kristen Schaal as Trixie
- Jeff Garlin as Buttercup
- Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants
- Emily Davis as Billy, Goat, and Gruff
- Jeff Pidgeon as Little Green Men
- John Morris and Jack McGraw as Andy Davis
- Laurie Metcalf as Mrs. Davis
- June Squibb as Margaret, owner of Second Chance Antiques
- Carl Weathers as Combat Carl
- Lila Sage Bromley as Harmony
- Patricia Arquette as Harmony's mom
- Alan Oppenheimer as Old Timer
- Mel Brooks as Melephant Brooks
- Carol Burnett as Chairol Burnett
- Betty White as Bitey White
- Carl Reiner as Carl Reineroceros
- Bill Hader as Axel the Carnie
- Melissa Villaseñor as Karen Beverly
- Juliana Hansen as Miss Wendy
- Maliah Vargas-Good as Rosie
- Flea as Duke Caboom Commercial Announcer
- Carlos Alazraqui -
- Mary Bolt -
- Mark DiPaola -
- Terri Douglas -
- Keith Ferguson
- Patrick J. Kagel
- Chloe Kim
- Matt Yang King -
- Scott Menville
- Luna Molina
- Hanna O'Reilly
- Alicyn Packard
- Bob Peterson - Various People
- Eric Peterson
- Kendall Grace Samuelson
- John Schwab
- Tara Strong -
- Cree Summer -
- Elizabeth Swanson
Lee Unkrich has said in many interviews that Pixar currently does not have any plans to make a Toy Story 4, and that the purpose of Toy Story 3 was to bring the story of the toys and their relationship with Andy to a phenomenal end. He thinks it's great that people want to see another Toy Story film, but Pixar will for now focus on other stories. He has said however that Pixar will try to find various ways to keep the characters alive, as seen in the Toy Story Toons series and Toy Story of Terror! and Toy Story That Time Forgot that there may be a Toy Story 4 in the future, but they don't have any plans for it right now. In July 2010, Tim Allen has signed on to reprise his role for a fourth feature-length film, but this does not necessarily mean that a Toy Story 4 is in development. It can easily be just in case they ever thought of a good idea for a fourth film that they would have the voice of Buzz on board. However, it does show that Disney and Pixar were toying with the idea of another Toy Story film. Tom Hanks who was supposed to turn 62 when Toy Story 4 was released had also signed on to reprise his role in case the film was made. In June 2011, Tom Hanks said in an interview that "I think they're working on it right now." However, John Lasseter says, "We haven't announced anything, so I can't really talk about it." In February 2013, several sites reported that a Toy Story 4 was in production with a release date in 2015. Some sites claimed that Disney and Pixar had confirmed Toy Story 4, but Disney has since denied these rumors saying "Nothing is official". In the most recent Muppet film, Muppets Most Wanted, Gonzo mentions (during the "We're Doing a Sequel" number) that Disney is waiting for Tom Hanks to be available so they can make a Toy Story 4.
Despite Don Rickles' passing in 2017, it had been officially confirmed he would reprise his role as Mr. Potato Head using pieces of dialogue that Rickles had previously recorded as in the film, provided that his estate gave permission for the film to do so.
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- June 21, 2019 (Canada, China, Spain, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Ireland, Mexico, Vietnam)
- June 26, 2019 (Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands)
- June 27, 2019 (Portugal)
- June 28, 2019 (Bulgaria, Romania)
- July 12, 2019 (Japan)
- August 8, 2019 (Slovakia)
- August 9, 2019 (Lithuania, Poland)
- August 15, 2019 (Germany)
- August 29, 2019 (Denmark)
- August 30, 2019 (Sweden)
- September 6, 2019 (Finland)
Toy Story 4 was digitally released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on October 1, 2019. The film was released on October 8 on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray but will also be available during the first year of launch on Disney+.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 97% based on 402 reviews, with an average rating of 8.39/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Heartwarming, funny, and beautifully animated, Toy Story 4 manages the unlikely feat of extending – and perhaps concluding – a practically perfect animated saga."
- Main article: Toy Story 4 (soundtrack)
The film score of Toy Story 4 was composed and conducted by Randy Newman, his ninth for Pixar after Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Cars, Toy Story 3, Monsters University, and Cars 3. On June 21, 2019, Walt Disney Records released the Toy Story 4 soundtrack for digital download.
In addition to the tracks included in the soundtrack album, the official release also includes "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away" by Randy Newman, "The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy" by Chris Stapleton, and Newman's original version of "You've Got a Friend in Me".
- Toy Story 4 is the first film of the franchise to be shot in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio, unlike the first three films which were produced in 1.85:1 in addition to the first time a Pixar franchise has become a tetralogy.
- The reason for this change is because the main cast are going beyond Tri-County as director Josh Cooley and producer Jonas Rivera stated during an interview. This change was done to accommodate the fact that Woody's world had opened up once he reunites with Bo Peep.
- Toy Story 4 is the first Pixar film not to be accompanied by a short Pixar film since the original Toy Story (not counting Coco's later theatrical releases in which originally had the Frozen featurette Olaf's Frozen Adventure before the main feature).
- This is the last Pixar film with John Lasseter's involvment before his departure from Pixar and Disney animation at the end of 2018 leaving Pete Docter in charge.
- This fact would therefore make it the first Pixar film to be released under Pete Docter's supervision, who succeeded him as CEO after Lasseter's departure.
- Toy Story 4 is the third Pixar film to have its own variant of the Pixar logo, after WALL-E and Incredibles 2, with the opening Pixar logo transitioning into the film as it has Luxo, Jr. glowing in the rain during the flashback scene and the closing logo have Duke Caboom replace Luxo, Jr. in the logo.
- This is the second fourth film in a computer animated film series to feature Kristen Schaal after the 2010 DreamWorks film Shrek Forever After.
- The Dinoco gas station from the first film and Poultry Palace from the Toy Story Toon, Small Fry, makes a cameo in the film during the song "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away".
- Toy Story 4 is the first film of the franchise featuring Bonnie's dad, Mr. Anderson.
- Toy Story 4 is the third Pixar film to have two producers after Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 2.
- Madeline McGraw replaces Emily Hahn as Bonnie obviously due to the latter being too old to reprise.
- At the very end of the credits, there is a dedication to Don Rickles (voice of Mr. Potato Head who died of kidney failure in April 2017) and another one to Adam Burke (a Pixar animator who passed away of brain cancer in October 2018).
- Toy Story 4 is also the final Pixar flim to feature the involvement of Lee Unkrich who left Pixar in 2019 to which he is credited as the Executive Producer.
- Toy Story 4 is the only Toy Story film not to feature the Thin Lizzy song The Boys Are Back In Town in any of it's trailers or TV spots.
- Toy Story 4 is also the only Toy Story film not to feature a deluded Buzz Lightyear from the last three films. It is also the first film since the original Toy Story in the franchise not to have Woody missing his hat for a moment of the film.
- This is the only Toy Story film that wasn't the highest-grossing Pixar film at the time of its release.
- Toy Story 4 is the first film of the franchise since Toy Story 2 not to feature Sid Phillips.
- Toy Story 4 is also the first film of the franchise since the original Toy Story not to feature Emperor Zurg.
- This seventh Pixar Animation Studios closing logo cuts in from black, after WALL-E, Up, Cars 2, Brave, Finding Dory, and Cars 3.
- When the first full trailer was released, Disney fans from the Middle Eastern countries launched a huge campaign on Twitter with the hashtag #احنا_مش_مجرد_لعبة (literally meaning #WeAreNotAToy) that became an instant trend in several countries, asking Disney to dub the movie into Egyptian Arabic, as Disney used to dub all their movies to Egyptian Arabic since 1975, before unfortunately stopping in early 2012.
- As a side note, the original Toy Story trilogy is considered as the most popular and loved Disney owned franchises in the Middle East, next to The Lion King, with all three movies dubbed in Egyptian Arabic the same years they were released.
- This is also the first Toy Story film not to feature the Green Army Men (due to R. Lee Ermey's death in 2018).
- This is the only time in a Toy Story movie the issue of how the toys are actually alive is addressed.
- This marks the last time the 1967 MPAA logo would appear in the end credits for a feature-length Pixar film.
- Much of the music used from the previous three films are used throughout the fourth film:
- Jessie and the Roundup Gang from Toy Story 2 is used during the logos for Disney and Pixar.
- Buzz's theme from the opening of Toy Story 2 is used when Buzz is riding on the carnival rides.
- Jessie's theme is used when she pops the tires of the RV.
- Woody's theme from the opening of the first film (signifying the end of Woody's arc) and the music from when the Aliens saved the toys in Toy Story 3 are combined during the end of the film.