“On The Road Of Life, There Are Old Friends, New Friends, And Stories That Change You.”
Directed by Josh Cooley Starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Madeleine McGraw, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki, Jay Hernandez, Lori Alan and Joan Cusack
1995’s Toy Story was a game changer, the first fully CG animated feature and the film that put Pixar on the map. It told the story of Woody (Hanks), a cowboy doll and the leader of a playroom full of animate toys belonging to a boy named Andy, whose position as ‘favourite toy’ was challenged by a newcomer, astronaut toy Buzz Lightyear (Allen). Through a series of adventures after being lost, Woody and Buzz bonded, and across two sequels and a series of trips outside the playroom their friendship grew, until at last they were passed on by the now-teenaged Andy to a young girl called Bonnie (McGraw). Toy Story 3 brought the story to a fairly natural close, so the creation of a fourth movie became a bit of a running joke in the industry, even making it into the opening number of The Muppets Most Wanted.
And then they made it.
The Late Sequel
After a brief flashback to the departure of his former love interest, Bo (Potts), Woody is in a slightly uncomfortable situation, no longer favourite toy, with his Sheriff’s badge often given to his line-mate Jessie (Cusack) and control of the playroom in the hands of Bonnie’s long-time ‘head toy’ Dolly (Bonny Hunt). When he goes against protocol to accompany Bonnie to her first day at kindergarten, he ends up escorting a new toy home: Forky (Hale), a craft project made from a spork, who feels a natural impulse to become trash.
Directed by Chris Butler Starring Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis, Stephen Fry, Timothy Olyphant, Matt Lucas, Emma Thompson and Amrita Acharia
Adventurer Sir Lionel Frost (Jackman) is determined to prove the existence of a cryptid, in order to secure membership of an exclusive explorer’s club headed by massive imperialist dickbag Lord Piggot-Dunceby (Fry) and his lickspittle Collick (Lucas). To this end, he answers a request to travel to America in search of the Sasquatch, only to discover that it is the creature himself (Galifianakis) who sent the letter, hoping that Sir Lionel can take him to his cousins in the Himalayas, as all of his kin have died out in the face of human expansion.
Directed by Mike Mitchell Starring Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman and Maya Rudolph
Five years after the end of The Lego Movie, the briefly idyllic LEGO settlement of Bricksburg has been devastated by the repeated attacks of aliens from beyond the ‘Stairgate’. Emmett (Pratt), the last optimist in Apocalypseburg, is troubled by dreams of a coming ‘Armamageddon.’ He creates a dream home for himself and his partner, Lucy (Banks), which draws the attention of the aliens with its shininess. General Mayhem (Beatriz) descends on Apocalypseburg, defeating the best efforts of Lucy, Unikitty (Brie), Metalbeard (Offerman), Benny the 1980’s Spaceman (Day) and even Batman (Arnett), and abducts these five to be ‘guests’ at her queen’s ‘matrimonial ceremony’ in the Systar System.
Directed by Marc Forster Starring Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss, Oliver Ford Davies, Ronke Adekoluejo, Adrian Scarborough, Jim Cummings and Brad Garrett
Christopher Robin bids a fond farewell to his friends in the Hundred-Acre Wood, including Winnie the Pooh and Tigger (both Cummings) and Eeyore (Garrett), before heading to boarding school, losing his father, growing up into Ewan McGregor, marrying an architect named Evelyn (Atwell), fighting in a war and having a daughter named Madeleine (Carmichael).
Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston Starring John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Alfred Molina and Ed O’Neill
Six years after the events of the first movie, Ralph (Reilly) is stuck in a cosy little rut with his best bud Vanellope (Silverman). She, however, craves something new. Ralph’s attempt to help ends up wrecking the Sugar Rush machine, and the two set off into the uncharted wilds of the internet in search of a discontinued part, leaving Felix (McBrayer) and Calhoun (Lynch) looking after the bratty, and now homeless, racers.
Directed by Brad Bird Starring Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huckleberry Milner, Samuel L. Jackson, Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener
Picking up directly from the end of The Incredibles, Mr Incredible (Nelson) and Elastigirl (Hunter) try to keep their children Violet (Vowell) and Dash (Milner) out of their battle with the Underminer (John Ratzenberger). As a result, the battle runs out of control, and the government scraps the Superhero Relocation Program. In the Parr family’s hour of need, entrepreneur Winston Deavor (Odenkirk) and his sister, creative genius Evelyn (Keener), offer a ray of hope.
Directed by Ava Duvernay Starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis, Chris Pine
Meg Murray (Reid) isn’t having a good time of it. It’s been four years since her father (Pine) disappeared, leaving Meg, her mother (Mbatha-Raw), and her newly adopted, infant brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) to the whispers and rumours of neighbours and schoolmates, as well as their own doubts. Then Charles Wallace brings the stranges ‘Missuses’ into their lives, and ‘recruits’ Calvin (Levi Miller), a popular kid with a bit of a crush on Meg, to join them on a mission to rescue their father.
Directed byCharlie Bean, Paul Fisher and Bob Logan StarringDave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods and Jackie Chan
A young boy enters an antique shop, where the owner (Chan) tells him the legend of Ninjago, a city under constant attack by the evil Lord Garmadon (Theroux). The city is defended by six mysterious ninjas under the tutelage of Master Wu (Chan), one of whom is actually Lloyd Garmadon (Franco), estranged by still widely despised son of Lord Garmadon. In an attempt to finally drive his father out of his life, Lloyd steals the Ultimate Weapon from Wu, inadvertently unleashing the terrible Meowthra on the city.
Directed by Lee Unkrich Starring Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguía, and Edward James Olmos
Miguel (Gonzalez) is a young Mexican who longs to be a musician, but his family have been dead set against all music since the ancestral patriarch abandoned his wife Imelda (Ubach) and daughter Coco (Murguia) in search of fame. His adopted street dog Dante breaks the family ofrenda on the Day of the Dead, revealing a hidden, partial photo of his great grandfather which suggests that he was Ernesto de la Cruz (Bratt), favourite son of the village and greatest musician in Mexican history. Miguel ‘borrows’ de la Cruz’s guitar from his tomb to take part in a music competition, but becomes cursed for taking from the dead and trapped in the Land of the Dead.
Directed by Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland Starring Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Danny Trejo
The storks of Stork Mountain have long been out of the baby business, instead delivering packages for Totally Not Amazon(TM). Top delivery stork Junior (Samberg) is due to be promoted to CEO when the incumbent, Hunter (Grammer), gets kicked upstairs, but first he need to ‘liberate’ the company’s sole human employee, Orphan Tulip (Crown), whose delivery address was lost when she was a baby, precipitating the move away from baby delivery. Taking pity on Tulip, Junior instead moves the overeager young woman to the defunct postal sorting room. There, she transfers a letter from lonely only-child Nate (Anton Starkman) into the old baby factory, creating a custom baby girl.