Keanu Reeves all but steals the show in Toy Story 4

Let's just call it now shall we? 2019 is the year of Keanu Reeves.

There's the Reeves who is John Wick still making millions in cinemas, there's Reeves the Cyberpunk who hijacked gaming convention E3 and there's the barely there Reeves Netflix cameo - playing himself - which launched a million memes.

There is in fact no corner of the internet right now where the love for Reeves doesn't live.

That's not the half of it.  In another casting masterstroke by Pixar, it turns out Reeves is one of the best things in Toy Story 4.

Reeves is the voice of a 1970s toy based on Canada's greatest stuntman Duke Caboom, and comes mighty close to stealing the show.

Duke is one of several new characters in the Toy Story universe - one of the others is a spork. Forky doesn't think he's a toy, he thinks he's trash, and when Pixar invited me in to meet Forky what they didn't tell me was that they wanted me to make Forky. 

As in, quite literally, make Forky.  It wasn't pretty.

A woman twists some pipe cleaners around a fork.
Kate Rodger makes Forky. Photo credit: Newshub.

I won't be quitting my day job anytime soon - the real experts do know what they're doing - and that means bringing their technology A-game to each new Toy Story.

Can it be a cross to bear knowing each time you have to up the game, or is that part of the joy?

Technology has grown leaps and bounds. Toy Story was the first ever feature animated film, and when you compare images from the two they are quite different. 

But what is true about all of them I think is that every one of them was pushing the boundaries on what technology could do at that time. 

That's exactly what they do with Toy Story 4, and the fans and the box office are loving them for it.