Magazine July 29, 2019, Issue

Toy Story 4’s Nursery Stoicism

Forky and Woody, voiced by Tony Hale and Tom Hanks, in Toy Story 4 (Pixar Animation Studios )

I have read The Velveteen Rabbit to my children more times than I can count, and the metaphysics of the ending never fails to raise a modest lump inside my gorge. The toy rabbit, aged and battered and dewhiskered in the service of his child, gets infected with scarlet fever and left outside for the next day’s bonfire, where he falls into existential despair: “Of what use was it to be loved and lose one’s beauty and become Real if it all ended like this?” And then (spoiler alert) this thought coaxes a real tear from his velveteen flesh, and

This article appears as “Pixar’s Secular Catechism” in the July 29, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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