TOY STORY 4 – BOOKS BLOG 24th June 2019

It cannot have escaped anybody’s attention that Toy Story 4 was released last Friday 21st June 2019 (June 11th in the US).

Consequently there is a multitude of related books that have hit the bookstalls too. I review three of them below.


But let’s not forget, (how could we?) that this is primarily an animated film and at that one of the best in its art form.


I’d like therefore to take a few moments to consider the film before we move on to the books.


Toy Story 4 is a 2019 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures as the fourth instalment in Pixar’s Toy Story series, and the sequel to 2010’s Toy Story 3.


It is directed by Josh Cooley (in his feature directorial debut) from a screenplay by Andrew Stanton (who had co-written the first three films) and Stephany Folsom; the three also conceived the story alongside John Lasseter (director of the first two instalments in the franchise), Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Valerie LaPointe, and Martin Hynes. The film stars the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Madeleine McGraw, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki, Jay Hernandez, Lori Alan, and Joan Cusack.


The story continues from Toy Story 3, where Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear, among their other toy friends, have found new appreciation after being given by Andy to Bonnie. They are introduced to Forky, a spork that has been made into a toy and embark on a road trip adventure. The film is dedicated to Don Rickles (who appears posthumously in the film via archive recordings) and animator Adam Burke, who died in 2017 and 2018, respectively.


The film has a budget of $175–200 million.


Beginning on May 28, 2019, in its first 24 hours of pre-sales, Toy Story 4 set the records on Fandango for most tickets sold by an animated film in that frame (besting Incredibles 2), while Atom Tickets reported it sold nearly 50% more than the previous three-highest selling animated films combined did in their first day (Incredibles 2, Ralph Breaks the Internet and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation). The film opened alongside Child’s Play and Anna.


It made $47.4 million on its first day, including $12 million from Thursday night previews, the second-highest amount for an animated film behind Incredibles 2.


Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 98% based on 279 reviews, with an average rating of 8.36/10. The website’s critics consensus reads, “Heart warming, funny, and beautifully animated, Toy Story 4 manages the unlikely feat of extending – and perhaps concluding – a practically perfect animated saga.” Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 84 out of 100 based on 53 critics, indicating “universal acclaim”. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “A” on an A+ to F scale, while those at PostTrak gave it an overall positive score of 89% and a 75% “definite recommend”.


Peter DeBruge of Variety wrote that “Toy Story ushered in the era of computer-animated cartoon features, and the fourth movie wraps up the saga beautifully. At least, for now.” Writing for IndieWire, David Ehrlich gave the film a grade of B+ and wrote, “Clever, breathless, and never manic just for the sake of keeping your kids’ eyes busy, the action in Toy Story 4 is character-driven and paced to perfection.”


  1.            Disney Pixar Toy Story 4 The Official Guide by DK  (Author)

Hardcover: 96 pages

Age Range: 5 – 9 years

Publisher: DK Children


The toys are back in town! Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 4 opens a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the Toy Story gang. Catch up with much-loved toys, including Jessie, Bo Peep, Buzz, Woody, Trixie, Rex, Hamm and Slinky Dog. The ultimate companion to Disney•Pixar’s highly anticipated fourth instalment in the Toy Story franchise, DK’s Official Guide will cover all Toy Story 4’s memorable and popular characters, plus key locations, themes and iconic moments from the movie



2.        Toy Story 4 Movie Storybook (Disney/Pixar Toy Story 4) by Random House Disney (Illustrator), Bill Scollon (Adapter)

Paperback: 96 pages

Age Range: 3 – 7 years

Publisher: Random House Disney


This Toy Story 4 movie storybook retells the exciting new Disney/Pixar movi!

Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4 opens a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the rest of the Toy Story gang.


3.                 Disney-Pixar Toy Story 4 (Graphic Novel) by Disney-Pixar (Author)

Paperback: 72 pages

Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Publisher: Dark Horse Books


A graphic novel anthology expanding on the feature film Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4.

Explore the lives of some of Toy Story’s favourites! The toys are back and do they have a story to tell! Join Woody and the Toy Story gang in four connecting stories set before and after Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4.


Writer Haden Blackman (Star Wars) brings fun, energy, and heart to this graphic novel that features the toys you know and love–and introduces some new toys, too!


4.                           The Art of Toy Story 4 by Annie Potts (Foreword), Josh Cooley (Introduction)

Hardcover: 176 pages

Publisher: Chronicle Books


With a story that’s spanned more than 20 years, the adventures of Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the gang have captured the hearts of millions. The Art of Toy Story 4 invites readers to explore the next instalment of Pixar’s beloved franchise through never-before-seen concept art, character studies, process animation, storyboards, colorscripts, and more. Featuring exclusive interviews with the production team on the making of the film and insights into their creative vision, The Art of Toy Story 4 reveals the vivid imagination that brought this story to life.


These are just 4 of the many Toy Story 4 books available



There is no wrong decision, only a better one.


Happiness is…Toy Story 4


Why did the tonsils get excited?

Because they heard that the doctor was taking them out, Friday.


Love is… having the time of your life


You’ve Got A Friend In Me – Randy Newman

From Toy Story 4 First aired 1996 in Toy Story (1st Film ).


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