Toy Story 4
I saw Toy Story 4 and it felt really... bleak. Are the toys slaves? Is Woody just Sam Jackson's character from Django Unchained? And there's no Django righting wrongs? They call *themselves* lost when they aren't laboring for a "child". Are none of them free? Will any of them ever be free? Their children are monstrous lords.
I know these have been jokes about the series, but this film actually had me worried about it. Was it a happy ending or a sad one? I don't know anymore. 🤯
Smeap is the honk of a flamingo. Smeap was also at least once, a storybook land at the weird intersection of TV ads and the worlds they seem to inhabit. It was a place where wars were fought over sodas, and talking polar bears had very good reasons to guard soda machines. It was a place where rainbow color candies were harvested for electric power. It was a place where a prairie dog might move to big city inhabited mostly by Pink Flamingos to follow her dream to be private investigator, only to get slowly entangled in the seedy underbelly of crime and prohibited soda trading of the Neon Flamingos and their syndicate. Social media at times lately feels like it has become almost entirely seedy underbelly with very little upside. Maybe it needs more storybook worlds.