Toy Story 4: Bo Peep has the perfect message for young girls (and boys!)

Toy Story 4 movie via WD press
Toy Story 4 movie via WD press /

Toy Story 4 is certainly a movie you want to take your kids to see. If it’s not for the story, it’s going to be the perfect message Bo Peep offers.

Caution: There are some minor spoilers for Toy Story 4 in this post.

Toy Story 4 finally told us what happened to Bo Peep and her sheep. However, the movie wasn’t just about her sad about being taken away. It was about the adventure she’s been on, offering the perfect message to young girls (and boys!) around the world.

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Let’s be honest, the Disney movies of the past weren’t the greatest for offering messages of adventure for young girls. I think back to the movies I watched growing up, such as Snow White, Cinderella, and The Little Mermaid. It was only really Aladdin that gave us a story of a woman who wanted to head out on her own, yet Princess Jasmine still needed to be saved by a man.

Movies in recent years have given us something different. The Princess and the Frog, Frozen, and Moana have all offered young girls something different — the message that young girls can go on adventures and be who they want to be.

Bo Peep continues this message. She shows young girls that you don’t need a man to save you. In fact, you can do the saving! Sure, Bo turned to Duke Caboom for help, but that was because he had one skill that nobody else did. There’s nothing wrong with turning to someone who is better at you in a particular area, but Bo didn’t rely on Duke, Woody, or any of the other men all the time.

Toy Story 4 movie via WD press
Toy Story 4 movie via WD press /

Throughout the movie, we watched Bo take charge. She gave orders, figured out solutions, and looked out for herself and others. There was still the story of lost love, but she didn’t just follow her heart. Bo proved that you can be smart, adventurous, and caring all at the same time — and these are all positive traits in a young girl.

Then there was the message of independence. While Woody and the gang had been so fearful of being lost toys, Bo found a freedom within it. There was excitement, and she shared all about the fun of the adventure. She offered this message that it’s okay to step out of the nest. It’s scary, sure, but there are so many reasons to head out and explore. You’re missing more by restricting yourself.

I do hope that more young girls follow Bo Peep’s example. She was one of the best parts of the whole of Toy Story 4, and I have to admit that I enjoyed all of it. She’s the one that my daughters came out of the movie raving about, loving the focus she got after not being around for the third installment of the franchise.

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What did you think of Bo Peep’s adventure in Toy Story 4? Let me know in the comments below.

Toy Story 4 is currently out in theaters.