Looking for a Toy Story 4 review that will help you decide which ages will love the film? I saw it with my five year old, and I'm sharing our thoughts.
Let's talk Toy Story 4. If you follow us on Instagram, then you know Lydia and I had the honor of attending the Toy Story 4 premiere here in Los Angeles last week. As we shared the amazing red carpet and the after party for the film, you guys asked a TON of questions about the movie itself. Did Lydia love it? Was it appropriate for all ages? Did I cry? Spoiler, I cried and you will too.
Toy Story 4: A Family Review
A little background. We rewatched the first three Toy Story films before Lydia and I attended the Toy Story 4 premiere. I'd absolutely suggest doing the same. While you will definitely enjoy the movie without doing so, it adds so much to the story. And honestly? It's so fun to revisit Woody's journey from Andy's toy to Bonnie's and to see all the amazing characters as they enter his story.
My thoughts on the film as a whole? I LOVED IT. There has been a lot of talk questioning WHY Disney and Pixar made a 4th film. For many, Toy Story 3 felt like a definitive end to the franchise. But after seeing Toy Story 4, I absolutely understand why it was made. So many parts of Woody, Buzz, and Bo Peep's stories are brought to a conclusion (no spoilers, I promise). It feels like a fitting finale. It's well done, entertaining, and will leave all of us that loved the ORIGINAL Toy Story in a puddle of tears……because we've grown up with these characters. The visuals are absolutely stunning, and it's the perfect length timewise (100 minutes).
What ages is it appropriate for (aka are there any scary parts)? Toy Story 4 is rated G and for the most part, I think it's appropriate for ages three and up (basically any kid that you think has the attention span to sit through a feature length film). There is ONE scary component. I'm sure in the previews you noticed the somewhat creepy looking ventriloquist dolls. Lydia did. And later that night she did mention being scared of them. I'd suggest watching the preview, and seeing how your child feels about the dolls. They're not overly scary in the film, but they do look a little creepy. Overall the film is light and fun, and I think if you discuss them in advance, most kids will be fine. Lydia moved on pretty quickly and now constantly talks about Bo Peep and Forky.
Lydia's feelings on the film? “It was funny. Bunny and Ducky were my favorite characters because they're hilarious. I think other kids will love this movie.”