Toy Story 4 – Childlike Existentialism

“Even 24 years after the original Toy Story in 1995 – which not only kicked off this franchise, but the entire Pixar empire – the characters of Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) are as enchanting as ever…”

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Director: Josh Cooley

Writers: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Josh Cooley, Valerie LaPointe, Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Martin Hynes, and Stephany Folsom

Producers: Peter Docter, Mark Nielsen, Jonas Rivera, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

artisans-toy-story-4.jpg Director Josh Cooley working behind the scenes on Toy Story 4 (Courtesy of Pixar)


Toy Story 4 somehow manages to explore the most complex and profound themes at the heart of human existence through the eyes of a stuffed cowboy, a plastic spaceman, and a waddling spork. Encompassed within the theme of existentialism is self worth, personal purpose, aging and maturation, parenthood, and even social stereotypes that could be seen as allegories for racism or racial profiling. Miraculously, this all occurs in a G-rated animated movie about talking toys. This is a remarkably compelling premise by itself, but the flawlessly crafted animation, top-notch voice talent, a spectacular score from Randy Newman, and uproarious humor for children and adults…

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