Note: Contains spoilers for Toy Story 4.
While we don’t see the return of the classic Pixar bloopers for Toy Story 4‘s end credits, we do get two brilliant sequences instead.
Both directly follow on from the emotional ending of the fourth movie, and one even manages to address a long-running mystery about the toys in the series. We’re about to head into spoiler territory, so don’t read past our video review if you haven’t seen it.
The first sequence sees Woody on his new mission with his new crew of Bo Peep, Ducky, Bunny, Duke Caboom and Giggle McDimples.
They’ve headed back to the carnival to ensure that all of the toys on the stand go to children, with the carnival worker completely unaware that they’re conspiring against him.
And we even get one last outing of the brilliant “plush rush” as Ducky and Bunny imagine themselves with laser eyes, to which Duke Caboom can only reply in classic Keanu Reeves fashion: “Woah”.
It’s the second sequence that addresses a long-running mystery about the series – just how the hell are the toys alive?
This is amplified in Toy Story 4 with the arrival of Forky, who was made by Bonnie on her first day at Kindergarten and doesn’t know if he’s a toy or trash.
Given us our first glimpse of the gang post-Woody, we rejoin them after Bonnie’s first day of first grade where Jessie announces that, like after Kindergarten, Bonnie has made a new friend (also out of cutlery) – and Forky has his eye on her.
“How am I alive?” she asks Forky, who replies: “I don’t know.”
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Toy Story fans have long had theories about why certain toys are alive and others aren’t, usually revolving around them being interacted with by children. Producer Jonas Rivera told Digital Spy that the credits gag was their “get out of jail free card”.
Director Josh Cooley added: “Part of me doesn’t want to try and answer all the magic of it. In Forky’s case, Bonnie has given him a new purpose, but that’s not always the case where toys haven’t had kids and are still alive.”
The arrival of Forky in the Toy Story universe had a deeper meaning for the filmmakers though, beyond the chance to address the mystery.
“Forky really was the biggest move we made of what a toy can be in this universe, we’ve never really seen anything like that, and it really did spring out of our own observations of our children and how they play,” said producer Mark Nielsen.
“We love Forky. He was actually a great chance for us to voice what’s in Woody’s head, Woody talking to Forky and explaining the value in a toy and how important it is, that love for a child.”
Don’t leave after those sequences though as there are two heartfelt tributes to Mr Potato Head voice actor Don Rickles and Pixar animator Adam Burke.
“In memory of Don Rickles (1926 – 2017). Thank you for bringing your voice, humour and spirit to Toy Story. We are eternally grateful.”
“Dedicated to Adam Burke (1971 – 2018). A gifted animator and friend to all. We love you to infinity, and beyond.”
And there’s one final credits bit to reward anyone staying through them all as Duke Caboom takes over from Luxo Jr in squashing the ‘i’ in the Pixar logo.
In a wonderful callback to an earlier gag in the movie, Duke then finally gives Combat Carl the high-five he’s been craving. Awww.
Toy Story 4 is now in cinemas.