Toy Story 4 spoilers ahead!
Toy Story 3 ended perfectly. Andy went to college. The toys went to Bonnie. And everybody cried. For a generation that grew up with Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and Bullseye, this was goodbye, not only to the characters whom we loved throughout our childhoods, but also to our childhoods themselves. Letting go of one’s idle playthings, and trading them in for mature responsibility, was a relatable rite of passage for every teenager and young adult.
And that’s why fans questioned the decision to make Toy Story 4. There was a definitive ending and a definitive arc to the larger story. What more could Pixar possibly add that could be fresh and different?
As it turned out, Toy Story 4, received near-universal acclaim from critics, and opened with $118 million in weekend U.S. ticket sales. And though it neither tops its predecessor nor makes itself an indispensable part of the larger story, Toy Story 4 does progress things in a happy direction.
Here is every Toy Story toy character in the movie, ranked from worst to best; We took character development, creativity, and charisma into account, and we added in the new toys from the fourth movie. Note: there are many toys in the background that exist as sight gags or window dressing, so we tried to stick to characters who at least had lines or affected the plot, even in a small way. If this is truly the end of the road, we’ll miss them all.