Social media, and frankly everyone, was shocked to see an announcement from Disney on some upcoming projects. One of which is Toy Story 5.
Many are disappointed, stating the series should have remained a trilogy and Toy Story 4 was a tragedy.
I'm not here to rank or critique what was made. I'm here to tell you how Toy Story 5 should go. Call it a prediction, or one guy with an over active imagination, but here we go...
We start the movie to find the gang on the road with the circus, travelling from town to town. Time has gone by and some of our old friends are looking really rugged, worn from the adventure. It's really rough for the gang, and talks about what is next for them weighs on their mind. There usual hideout place is discovered by humans. They take one look at these old toys, and rather than throwing them out, they are taken to a local thrift shop.
This is the meat of the story, getting acclimated to the thrift store life. Everyone has various levels of conflict from the antique toys thinking it is quite posh like the antique shop to Woody and Buzz (Yup Buzz is back) trying to find their leadership amongst the toys. Buzz catches Woody up on Bonnie's house and how he got here, all with varying degrees of happiness. The gang quickly figures out that the thrift shop is the epitome of purgatory. It's all a game to try and get picked up and out of the thrift store, because frankly, it's not a good life.
You'll meet several bitter antagonists throughout the movie that think there is no life outside the shop walls and will agitate different conflicts going on. Some of them will make Lotso seem actually nice.
Simultaneously as movie progresses, the gang finds new homes. There's gonna be another heartbreaking moment where something permanent happens to Bo, leaving Woody as a shell of what he once was, but thanks to Buzz, they figure out that their life now is to make sure that toys that come in here get out quickly.
Remember how I said that some time has passed since Toy Story 4. This is important.
In the trailing moments of the film, and young child runs from their parents and heads straight for the toys. Upon digging around, they discover Woody and Buzz. Excited, they run back to their parents with the toys. The dad, gets equally excited, remembering the fond times he had as a child playing with these kind of toys. His wife, gives him grief, saying that they don't need it and urges the child to put them back.
In classic fashion, the child plays on the heart strings of Dad, and ultimately, the child is able to take Woody and Buzz home. They run into the house, sit at the kitchen table. Dad reaches into that infamous "junk drawer" we all have in our kitchen that has like random pencils and twist ties, and grabs a permanent marker. Dad has passed down the tradition of writing the child's name on the foot of the toy.
He picks up Woody, turns the foot over, and immediately starts to cry.
The Dad... is ANDY.
The wife quickly rushes in, confused as to what is the matter, and he mutters, and by this time has also figured out that Buzz was his too, "These toys...these were mine. I don't know how, but they found their way home."
Credits show snapshots of Andy's kid playing with Woody and Buzz in the very similar ways that Andy did as a kid.
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