MOVIE REVIEW: Toy Story 3

There is a special bond between a boy and his toys.  They are the one constant friend we have throughout our childhood and they are there for us when our so-called friend next door is being a stupid ninny-head. Toys let our imagination reach far into the abyss and into distant galaxies. I think this is the reason that the first two Toy Story movies are so good; they recognize that imagination and the connection between child and toy is key to the plot. But in Toy Story 3 Andy is leaving the toys behind. Can the magic still remain in this series then?

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It has been eleven years since we last saw Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen), Jessie (Joan Cusack), and the rest of the toys. Since that time some toys have been sold at yard sells or given away and Andy (John Morris) is now seventeen. He is heading off to college which means it is time to pack up the stuff he is going to take, put stuff in the attic he plans to keep, and throw away the stuff that need to go. Andy decides to take Woody to college with him and puts the rest of the toys in a bag to go in the attic. Andy’s mom mistakes the bag for trash and takes it out to the curb.

Woody springs into action and escapes out the window. But the toys have already escaped and decided to get in a box going to some place called Sunnyside. Woody tries to explain to the others the misunderstanding but they have already decided that they want to go to this place called “day care”. When they arrive at Sunnyside, the toys are greeted by a kind, strawberry-scented bear named Lotso (Ned Beatty) who shows them around the pleasant Sunnyside. Woody tries to convince everyone that they need to return to Andy but everyone decides this is the place for them and Woody makes the escape on his own.

But things turn sour quick after the first day at the day care. The toys thought they were going to be played with in a gental way but instead are abused, thrown around, and painted on. When trying to talk to Lotso about relocating they are shown his true side: as a mean dictator who runs Sunnyside like a maximum security prison. Now the fight is on for the toys to escape (with the help of Woody who returns to Sunnyside) and get back to Andy before he leaves for college.

Okay, so lets go ahead and get this out-of-the-way: I cried. And I’m not talking about that choked up single tear thing you get at the end of Brian’s Song. I’m talking about trying with everything you got to conceal the fact that your cheek is wet. Okay, now that we talked about the elephant in the room, we can continue with the review.

If we can be honest, this summers list of blockbusters have been…lackluster to say the least. But thankfully Toy Story 3 does not fall into this category. In fact it is the best film I have seen this year. Pixar really does have one of the best averages in cinematic history (with the possible exception of Cars). I really would not be surprised to see this movie in this years Best Picture category at the Oscars.

But I would not take children under ten to see this film. Even though it is rated General Audiences, there some scary elements that would scare younger children.  One example is a creepy, almost sadistic looking cymbal-banging monkey toy that runs the monitors at Sunnyside. He is just too scary for the younger cinema attenders (and my older brother but that is a different story).

The Toy Story series is one of the best cinematic series of all time and Toy Story 3 is no exception. It has all the same magical elements as its predecessors and reminds us its main theme: “You’ve got a friend in me….when the road looks rough ahead and your miles and miles from your nice warm bed, you just remember what your old pal said, boy you got a friend in me”

 Verdict: SEE IT!!! (In 2-D)

So what did you think of Toy Story 3? Did you cry? Leave your comments and opinions below.

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3 Responses to “MOVIE REVIEW: Toy Story 3”

  1. Christa Says:

    This is a GREAT review! I always enjoy your spin on movies. This movie was in fact, just as awesome as you made it out to be. Sadly, because of time constraints I had to see it in 3D (hate that), but my two year old loved the glasses 🙂
    I am a mom and the thought of watching my kids leave behind their toys for college or any other place makes me teary.
    This was my son’s first movie. I am so glad that I didn’t waste his “first time” on a stupid movie because it almost happened a few times. Even my husband enjoyed the movie!

  2. Christa Says:

    Oh and the scary parts were not too scary. The monkey was “fweky” as my son said, but it really depends on the kid and what they are exposed to. Kids today aren’t nearly as big of sissies as I was. I had to be taken out of the theater as a kid at “Snow White!” The witch still scares me!!!
    Just thought I would add that. It was definitely designed for a more mature audience. I will agree with you on that!

  3. I loved the movie as well! I didn’t cry, but as a child who grew up with the first, I almost did. I wrote a review for TS3 on my blog, you should check it out, comment, and subscribe!

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