Review: Toy Story 3 (2010)

19 Jun

TOY STORY 3 (2010):  ***1/2 out of 4 stars

Last night, my girlfriend and I decided we would try to last through the onslaught of uproarious children at the movies and see Toy Story 3. When we got there, much to our surprise, we hardly saw any children in the theater. Instead, it was packed with adults with an average age of about 23-27 and while watching the film, I hardly thought that we were too old to be watching this movie.

The Toy Story gang all comes back for this glorious third, and final, installment of the franchise. In this one, Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen), and the rest of the toys from Andy’s room find that their appeal has worn off as Andy has aged and is about to head off to college. Andy decides to take Woody with him to college and place the rest of his toys in the attic where they will live out the rest of their immortality with the Christmas light gang and the old tv. But, through a mistake, he ends up donating them to Sunnyside Day Care which essentially turns out to be toy prison. Woody then rallies the gang for a jail break and incredible journey across town to get back to Andy’s house before he goes to college.

Pixar again hits a home run on all levels, layering their films with a kids movie cover, while underneath there is an adult-sized heart. A lot of the material deals with the mortality of the toys, the uncertainty of the future, and growing up; ideas which are much more appreciated the older you get.

While pretty much every old character, except for Bo and Wheezy (who cared about them anyway?) return for this one, there are also some new characters: Lotso the bear (Ned Beatty), Ken (Michael Keaton almost stole the show until Spanish Buzz showed up), Mr. Pricklepants (a funny role for Timothy Dalton), and Trixie the triceratops (Kristen Schaal; it’s nice to see she is getting a bit more recognition after Flight of the Conchords). These new characters do not feel like they are forced, or that Pixar is really stretching for new ideas, and are nice additions to the gang.

“Toy Story 3” avoids the pitfalls made by most sequels, especially when they reach the third installment, by being able to come up with fresh material instead of re-hashing the same jokes over and over. While the plot is similar to the other two, the comedy within them seems new and it is a welcome return for the characters, as opposed to say “Shrek” where you just wish they would go away or meet a grisly demise. The success of this film makes viewers long for more of Woody and Buzz’ adventures, but I think it is best to end it here on a high note before the franchise loses steam (not that it seems like Pixar will ever lose steam).

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4 Responses to “Review: Toy Story 3 (2010)”

  1. matthenshaw June 21, 2010 at 11:09 am #

    Cannot wait to see that bad boy !!!

    Currently in bed with a massive cold and flu annoyance, so when I’m ready I’ll be amongst the 23-27 year olds watching Pixar’s latest installment certified freshness …

  2. Mum June 27, 2010 at 8:14 am #

    Hey Chris, I liked it as well. I thought the plot was really thought out and I was glad you knew who some of the voices were because we didn’t stay for the credits. We saw it on a Saturday afternoon so there were a lot of children. But old as well as young seemed to have a good time.

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