Nine years after the third instalment of the Toy Story trilogy seemingly brought the series to an end, Woody, Buzz and their friends are back once again for another adventure. This time embarking on a road trip with their new owner Bonnie.

Nine years after the third instalment of the Toy Story trilogy seemingly brought the series to an end, Woody, Buzz and their friends are back once again for another adventure. This time embarking on a road trip with their new owner Bonnie.

When Bonnie returns from kindergarten with a new toy called Forky, a spork with glued on eyes and pipe cleaner arms, Woody takes it upon himself to look after the new arrival.

But when Forky disappears during a family holiday, Woody and the gang must call on the help of old friend Bo-Peep in order to navigate the unfamiliar territory and rescue their new friend.

Tom Hanks and Tim Allen return to voice Woody and Buzz, while newcomers include Christina Hendricks as Gabby Gabby and Keanu Reeves as stunt rider Duke Kaboom. Comedy duo Key and Peele also join the cast to voice fairground toys Ducky and Bunny and the duo provide many of the film's funniest moments.

Josh Cooley, co-writer of 2015's Inside-Out, takes the helm for his directorial debut and as you would expect from Pixar, the film is meticulously animated making it a complete visual joy.

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The script, co-written by Cooley along with John Lasseter and a raft of others, plays with some interesting themes.

Woody finds himself searching for purpose as he drops down the pecking order and is regularly left upon the shelf at playtime.

Forky's assertion that he belongs in the trash poses some bold existential questions for a kid's movie.

Voiced by Tony Hale, the disposable Spork is a welcome addition and brings a charming wide eyed innocence to proceedings.

The film is less of an ensemble than previous instalments with Buzz and the gang mostly sidelined in favour of a story which focuses on Woody and the new additions. The film's main antagonist Gabby Gabby, an antique doll with a faulty voice box, and an army of ventriloquist dummy enforcers, adds an edge of unsettling menace which we have not seen before in this franchise.

While it never hits the emotional or comedic highs of its predecessors, Toy Story 4 does a solid job of introducing a new generation of children to these much loved characters.

An enjoyable addition to what was already a perfect trilogy of family films.