Pixar is suffering from a nasty bout of sequelitis. Since 2016, the Disney-owned studio has served up almost exclusively followups — “Finding Dory,” “Cars 3” and The Incredibles 2” — save for the marvelous “Coco” in 2018.
Now there’s “Toy Story 4,” and audiences are beginning to feel a lot like the kids that tire of their toys in seemingly every single one of these films. Enough already!
Does it tug the heartstrings? Absolutely. Is it funny? The funniest of the quartet, in fact, thanks to a weird new character. But Pixar, like its former funder Apple, has conditioned audiences to expect more than a nice little movie. We want to be amazed — not subscribe to Apple TV+.
Unfortunately, knowing the characters as well as we do now, and with a finite amount of mischief that miniature toys can get up to, “Toy Story 4” at times feels more like a high-budget episode of television than a sweeping film.