I recently saw Toy Story 4, and it was then when I realized that no one was kidding when they said it would make me cry. I especially loved how Pixar made Gabby Gabby look like the villain when in reality she was just broken and needed fixing after being rejected for the broken voice box she had since the beginning of her life as a toy; she didn’t ask to have it, but later on fate led her to Woody who was very caring to let her have his instead. The final scene where the lost girl in the carnival finds Gabby and eventually her parents again really nade a flood of tears come out of my face. Saying Toy Story 4 or any other Pixar movie is just “cute” is totally an understatement; I believe every movie they make is very impactful and actually changes lives.
When I watch Toy Story, the friendship between Buzz and Woody reminds me so much of my friendship with my best friend, who migrated, she was my pillar in life and without her I am lost and lonely. I can’t bear to watch Toy Story nowadays without feeling sad and miserable, because it was also our favorite movie together, I miss her.
Toy Story 4 has a scene that made the audience laugh, but struck a deeper chord in me. I cried watching Woody rescuing Forky to the song “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away!” for 2 reasons. 1, I have been Woody rescuing Forky (my Mother) from suicide multiple times. 2, It was a moment of recognizing that I had become Forky. I have diabetes. I was not taking care of myself beyond taking medicine. I realized I was throwing myself away. I started going to the gym and eating correctly. I bought the song on iTunes. I play it often. I always tear up when I hear it. Toy Story 4 saved my life.
I am so thankful that the Black Friday reel of Toy Story was a total Disaster with the major heads at Disney, for a few reasons. Firstly, I love Woody & seeing him as that horrible jerk was too painful. Secondly, because it ended up granting Pixar their creative freedom. Lastly, because it just goes to show that edgy & cynicism is not always better, & that good spirited projects can be even more wonderful!