This weekendâ€™s Toy Story 4 has been described as being very much Woodyâ€™s story. But while the heart of the story might be Tom Hanksâ€™ cowboy, this latest installment in the Pixar franchise is also giving more shine to female characters, including Bonnie, the returning Bo Peep and newcomer Gabby Gabby. Christina Hendricks, who plays Gabby Gabby, believes the female focus of Toy Story 4 is important, as she explained:
As she told USA Today, Christina Hendricks finds it important for this beloved franchise to change with the times by giving female characters more to do. In her estimation, to not do so and to become stagnant in that regard would be a mistake. So by having a greater female focus, Toy Story 4 is evolving in an important way and avoiding what the actress would see as a mistake.
This evolution has to come naturally though and stay true to what makes Toy Story, Toy Story. Christina Hendricks didnâ€™t want any kind of evolution to have greater inclusion of female characters betray the core and the heart of the story franchise. If Toy Story 4 can both evolve to increase its focus on female characters while also remaining unmistakably a Toy Story film, then that is the ideal scenario.
That seems like it will be the case with Toy Story 4. The core of the story is still based around Buzz and Woody and their gang of toys, but with the toys all belonging to a little girl now and Bo Peep coming back in such a big way, the franchise mixes things up and makes the ladies part of the starting lineup, not just sideline cheerleaders.
This evolution and female focus seems to have worked out pretty well (although if we hear about a defeminized cut in the future, donâ€™t be surprised) because the reviews for Toy Story 4 are as glowing and effusive with praise as you would expect for an entry in one of cinemaâ€™s most perfect series.
It looks like audiences too are eager to see the badass Bo Peep, creepy Gabby Gabby and the always-cute Bonnie. Toy Story 4 is set to get the box office out of its recent funk with an opening weekend that could top $160 million.
Toy Story 4 opens in theaters this weekend. Check out what you need to remember about the franchise before seeing it, and take a look at our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all the other big movies you can look forward to this summer.