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First Toy Story 4 reactions praise scene-stealing Keanu Reeves

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Nine years after Toy Story 3 ended Disney-Pixar's masterful animated trilogy on a high note, we're back with the gang. Toy Story 4 reunites us with Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), Bo Peep (Annie Potts) and pals, and also introduces us to new homemade toy, Forky (Tony Hale).

The story is a road trip crossed with an existential crisis drama and thrilling family adventure. When Woody and Forky are separated from young owner Bonnie, they unexpectedly run into Woody's former love interest Bo Peep, who reminds them of what it means to belong to the wider world where toys are free.

Expectations are clearly sky-high for the latest instalment – Toy Story essentially birthed the CGI animated film movement upon its release in 1995, and the the trilogy as a whole stands up as one of the greatest of all time. Borne aloft by their endearing characters and witty scripts, the films speak to the child within all of us.

The first critical reactions to Toy Story 4 are in and they're very positive. Fandango's Erik Davis says the movie induces big laughs and even bigger tears.

Screenrant's Rob Keyes says the movie does a fantastic job in developing characters whom we've known for 24 years.

Cinemablend's Alisha Grauso says those left shattered by the end of Toy Story 3 should brace themselves for this one.

Rest assured, however, that the movie delivers the laughs when it needs to – the Cinemablend team say it's a series highpoint on that front.

Jacob Hall of Slashfilm says the movie, as with its predecessors, uses a family-friendly exterior to delve into profound and complex topics.

You'll notice the shoutout to John Wick star Reeves at the end of that tweet. He voices daredevil Canadian stuntman Duke Caboom and is, according to many reactions, one of the best things in the movie. Here's what Collider's Steven Weintraub thinks.

And The Playlist's Griffin Schiller says we must have more of Duke Caboom in future.

More importantly, however, will this fourth movie potentially set up a whole new Toy Story series? Joblo.com thinks it just might...

You've heard it from the critics and there's just under two weeks until you can make up your mind. Click here to book your tickets for Toy Story 4, released in Cineworld on 21st June.