If Toy Story 3 made you ugly cry and sob, Toy Story 4 will tickle your funny bone. I haven’t laughed so hard, or so often, at a movie in quite a while. Did you see Wreck it Ralph 2? I hardly thought a movie could be more self-aware than that, but Josh Cooley brings an awareness to Toy Story 4 that hasn’t been with these characters before. Woody, Bo Peep, and the gang are in a state of transition, as everything around them is changing, and they must choose and adapt. The ensuing madness is quirky and charming. Plus, my Bo Peep Dapper Disneybound is pretty fun.
Toy Story 4 Review (no spoilers)
You’ll also see more Toy Story 4 Easter Eggs than you can shake a stick at. Half of the fun of the early screening was to find these gems, which included something from every Pixar movie to seeing Boo from Monsters Inc in the Kindergarten classroom. You’ll find pattern hints, Pixar short nods, and even historic toys you may have had as a kid. It’s eye candy galore.
Will your kids like it? Honestly, a review that asks if this movie is for kids is, well…., reaching. OF COURSE it’s for kids. I would ask is Toy Story 4 for adults? Heck yes. The adult jokes and family-friendly humor is all over the place. If you are an adult without kids or remember Toy Story from your teen years, go see Toy Story 4. It’s perfect. Go see it immediately. Even Krystyn loved it, and she caught up on the series that week!
Bo Peep Dapper Disneybound
How could I NOT build a Bo Peep Dapper Disneybound outfit? My buddies on Instagram voted via one of the questions polls that this should be my next creation! When I found the perfect sky blue tencil twill on Fabric.com, I had to have it. Plus, a white silk with pink polka dots was the PERFECT cape lining, and it was all mine! I used a 1940s reproduction pattern from Etsy and got to work on my Disney style.
The trousers are very full, nearly a culotte, with a high waistband and belt sash. The blouse features a yoke (for which I used a western flower print), shoulder pads and puffed, darted sleeves. I wish I had stood up straight and tucked my blouse properly for this photo, but I had two best friends conducting an impromptu photo shoot at Atlantic Station and I was already imposing upon them to take all my photos!
The capelet does indeed reverse to Bo Peep’s skirt and navy blue cape (does anyone find it strange that the skirt is “lined” in such a dark color as a lamp???). In the above photo, you can also see my handpainted (see: FREE) purple bead bracelet as a nod to her purple wrist bandage. Scarlett promptly wanted to steal it!
My vintage hairdo is a mixed bag. I took the permed/curled bangs of the 1940s and mixed them with a Barbie-style ponytail to come up with Bo Peep’s look with a dapper touch. It was very Lucille Ball in the front, and playful in the back. The pink bow is made from the same sash material and tacked to an alligator hair clip. The whole thing took 1/4 can of hairspray (for security) and about 35 minutes.
I really want to bring this whole Bo Peep Dapper Disneybound outfit down to Walt Disney World Resort, but I don’t know when I can do it. Perhaps for my Disney Parks Moms Panel reunion in the fall? All my friends down there know what a weirdo costume designer I am, so I’ll fit right in. Plus, imagine some photos with Woody!!
Toy Story 4 Details
TOY STORY 4 opens nationwide on Friday, June 21.
Runtime: 100 minutes
“Alright, Forky. You have to understand how lucky you are right now. You’re Bonnie’s toy. You are going to help create happy memories that will last for the rest of her life.” —Woody, “Toy Story 4”
The toys are back on the big screen with an all-new adventure in “Toy Story 4.” Woody, Buzz and the whole gang find themselves far from home, discovering new friends—and old ones—on an eye-opening road trip that takes them to unexpected places. Fans around the world thought the toys’ story had ended when Andy brought his long-loved pull-string cowboy Woody and the gang— Buzz, Jessie, Slinky, Rex and the rest—to live with Bonnie, a young friend of the family.
“Turns out it was only the end of Woody’s story with Andy. Just like in life, every ending is a new beginning. Woody now being in a new room, with new toys and a new kid, was something we have never seen before,” says Director Josh Cooley. Woody has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid. Now that Andy has gone off to college, Woody’s loyalty is to Bonnie.
But as Bonnie gears up for kindergarten, she’s feeling a little apprehensive. “Transition is a big thematic piece of this movie,” says producer Jonas Rivera. “Bonnie is growing up and transitioning into kindergarten, and Woody is transitioning into a new role. We’ve never seen him in this situation before.”
When Bonnie finds herself all alone during kindergarten orientation, Woody just has to help—even if it means digging through a trash can to retrieve a few art supplies for his kid. The effort is a resounding success, but when Bonnie’s beloved new craft -project-turned-toy, Forky, declares himself trash and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy.
Woody, Forky and the rest of the gang accompany Bonnie on her family’s road trip excursion, which leads Woody to an unexpected reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep. “Bo Peep is just such a great character,” says screenwriter Stephany Folsom. “She was part of a baby’s lamp in Andy’s sister’s room, so she was given away a long time ago. Life was different for Bo, but she didn’t just sit around. She’s strong and independent, and long ago decided to make the best of her situation; pick herself up by her bootstraps and stand on her own two porcelain feet.”