After part 3 wrapped things up with that beautiful ending this felt like an unnecessary extension at times, but I did enjoy it. The new characters were a mixed bag - Duke Caboom is very funny, Forky's existential crisis is hilarious and I enjoyed the dummies, but Gabby Gabby lacked personality and the duck/bunny pair wore out their welcome. There were enough memorable sequences to make it worthwhile but, disappointingly, Buzz took a back seat for most of the movie. But - once again - the ending killed it. Tears. A strong 6/10 which may go up on reflection.
The previous 2 installments made the central theme clear: No matter the toys' fate, as long as they're together, everything will be alright for them. Here, WOODY leaves them. Yes, he chooses his love for BO, but why must he? This is the case of a script writer coming up with a new story direction and then adding new elements (BO not wanting an owner and BONNIE not wanting to play with WOODY) in order to make said direction possible. If you have to add those elements, then it's not as organic. Another recurring theme is that the love an owner gives to a toy outweighs the negative aspects (such as having to say goodbye to the kid). This sequel focuses a little more on the idea that a toy can have a big impact in a kid's life (including making them brave). That's interesting, but it also ends up adding to the problematic ending. WOODY is now part of a gang of toys who make sure other toys will have an owner (including BUNNY & DUCKY, even though they were desperately searching for a kid the whole movie and I expected them to go with BONNIE... what happened there?). Cool idea... for a stand-alone movie. And if that's going to be your justification for this ending, don't introduce this idea during the end credits scene, as if it was an afterthought. While we're on that subject, the movie began with BONNIE creating a new toy because she felt she couldn't make friends at kindergarten. The plot then becomes about a road trip with different subplots and BONNIE's issue isn't brought up again until another end credits scene, taking place when she's in 1st grade. She has made yet another toy for the same reasons.
Isn't one of Pixar's rules that the adventurous and/or comedic sequences must be secondary to the personal problems, especially the everyday ones? Hell, there already was a Pixar movie that dealt with all this in a much better way. In the original movie, BUZZ LIGHTYEAR didn't realize at first that he was a toy, but he had the personality/thoughts/memories of a regular adult. It wouldn't have made sense back then for him to claim that he didn't know what an inner voice is, let alone confuse it with his voice box. The fact that it happens after being sentient for 10 or so years is mind-boggling!
When the toys mess with the family's RV, a lot of chaos ensues and the cops show up. It's implied that BONNIE's parents told them the truth about it malfunctioning and that they thought "Well, they have a little kid inside, so it's unlikely they would do all this on purpose." That being said, they just leave. Shouldn't they have called a mechanic or something to take a look? We're talking about a dangerous and uncontrollable machine!