Disney and Pixar, somewhat unsurprisingly, seem to have another classic on their hands as Toy Story 4 has debuted with a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes. The forthcoming entry in Pixar’s defining franchise, initially, was something that seemed odd to many moviegoers. Toy Story 3 seemingly wrapped everything up and put a nice bow on it. As such, some were concerned a fourth movie might sully the legacy. Apparently, that isn’t going to be the case.
As of this writing, with 65 reviews counted, Toy Story 4 has an unblemished 100 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That is an exceedingly rare feat for any movie, let alone a fourth entry in a franchise that has been going for more than two decades. But Toy Story isn’t just any franchise. In fact, Both Toy Story and Toy Story 2 also have perfect critical ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. Toy Story 3 is the only exception, but it still comes with an incredibly solid 98 percent rating. Safe to say, if this is indeed the final entry, this is going to go down as one of the most heralded franchises, animated or otherwise, of all time.
Toy Story 4 is now listed as the top Pixar movie on the Tomatometer, just above the first two entries in the series. The first movie to not feature Buzz or Woody in it on the list is Finding Nemo, which carries a 99 percent approval rating, followed by Inside Out, which boasts a 98. At the other end of the Spectrum, Cars 2 is the only rotten movie on the site, with a very poor 38 percent rating. Cars 3, which carries a 70 percent, is next up, with the first Cars just above that at 75 percent.
Toy Story 4 centers on Woody, who has always been sure of his place in the world, which is taking care of his kid, be it Andy or Bonnie. After Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky, calls himself trash and not a toy, Woody attempts to show Forky why he should embrace life as a toy. When Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip, Woody winds up on an unexpected journey that reunites him with his long-lost friend Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo realize they’ve grown worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they come to find out they have much bigger problems to worry about.
Josh Cooley is in the director’s chair for this one. He takes over for John Lasseter, who helmed the previous three installments. Lasseter left Pixar last year following a string of misconduct allegations. Toy Story 4 is set to arrive in theaters on June 21 and, to go along with the critical praise, it’s expected to earn big bucks, giving a much-needed boost to the lackluster summer box office. To dive a little deeper on what critics are saying, head on over to Rotten Tomatoes.