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  • The opening scene where the toys rescue RC from being swept away in the rain by having Woody climb down and pull him up with the help of Slinky, Bo, and the barrel of monkeys.
  • Bo Peep's growth from the previous films, going from simply being Woody's girlfriend (and Lost Lenore in the third film) to being an active healer and hero to lost toys.
    • Bo and her sheep travel in a robot skunk; this means two things. One: Bo learned to drive and two - she managed to teach the sheep, who have no actual feet, to drive.
  • Jessie stalling for time by letting the air out of the RV's tires—literally.
    Jessie: We ain't going anywhere. If y'all get my point! (holds up a rusty nail)
  • It's a small one, but when Gabby indirectly convinces her to not lose hope, the first thing the lost little girl does is find a police officer. This movie is making sure kids know the sensible thing to do if they are ever separated from their parents.
  • Duke Caboom making his epic motorcycle leap with his eyes closed. Not only does he complete a forty feet jump, but he unintentionally creates his signature "Boom!" when he hits a light bulb, causing it to explode! And lives!
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  • If you pay attention to the easter eggs, you'll notice the barracuda from Finding Nemo stuffed and mounted on the wall of the antique shop.

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  • When the cat was first shown in the second trailer, tons of people were shocked to see how realistic it looked, especially compared to Scud from the first film.
    • Speaking of, the amount of detail present compared to previous Toy Story films: from the faded bits of paint of Woody's spurs, to the peeling corners of Buzz' stickers, to even the sparkly glue on Forky's face, there is such a greater dedication to detail present, it's astounding.
  • Despite the fears that often follow the announcement of a creep to an acclaimed trilogy, Toy Story 4 still managed to stack up perfectly along with its three predecessors - with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 97% as of this film's writing (a score it shares with Toy Story 3 in comparison to the first two's perfect 100%). A very rare example of a perfect tetralogy - every single film is held in universally high regard and acclaim. Needless to say, if this is destined to be the final film in the series, it is the perfect cherry on top of a brilliantly done film series.
    • In addition to that, it's also the second Toy Story film of the franchise to hit $1 Billion in cinemas. To Infinity and Beyond for Pixar's entries on the Billion Dollar Club.
  • As usual with this series, the crew managed to turn out such a quality product in the midst of a horrific Troubled Production, including three quarters of the original script being thrown out.
  • Hearing Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett, Betty White and even Carl Reiner all working together in the scene in Bonnie's closet, four Hollywood comedy legends now in their 80s and 90s in quite a Dream Team. This was especially awesome in the wake of the passing of one of their comedy peers, Don Rickles, at the age of 90.
    • Becomes a bit of a Tear Jerker as well when you realize this was Carl Reiner's final role- he passed away in 2020.
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  • This is notably the first "Toy Story" installment to lack an actual villain. Instead, we are given an interesting arc where Gabby Gabby goes from being desperate to earn the affection of a child she's never met to (thanks to Woody) recognizing a child who really does need her.
  • Even if you have reservations about how the movie ends, you have to admire from a storytelling perspective that they stuck to it. The extras on the DVD reveal that the movie was going to end differently, with Woody and Bo parting ways. Instead, Josh Cooley decided casting aside the status quo made for the better narrative, refused to take the easy way out, and had Woody leave with Bo. You have to admit, going all in on that took guts.

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