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Toy Story 3

The 2010 third installment in Pixar's Toy Story series.

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Some toys never get old.

  • Jun 18, 2010
Rating:
+5
TOY STORY 3
Written by Michael Arndt
Directed by Lee Unkrick
Voices by Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty and Michael Keaton

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There comes a point in every boy’s life when he has to grow up.  Ok, fine.  There are many points in a boy’s life when he must do this but going off to college is certainly an undeniable turning point.  You leave behind your family, your friends and the only home you know, including a chunk of everything you own.  For young Andy, a boy we first met when he was just eight years old, leaving for college means putting away all the toys that brought him so many hours of enjoyment back in his day.  And so he throws Buzz, Rex, Slink and the rest of them in a bag destined for the attic.  Some have said that after sitting in their own attic, the people at Pixar should have left their very first success, TOY STORY, exactly where they left it eleven years ago.  Fortunately for all of us though, the people at Pixar will never fully grow up.  The toys are out of the attic and they’re better than ever!

Letting go, dealing with new realities, distancing yourself so as to avoid ever getting hurt – these are just a few of the touching themes that are subtly told in TOY STORY 3.  The Academy Award winning writer of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, Michael Arndt, follows up his first success with what could very likely net him another trophy.  Arndt understands that adventure can be subjective – that what might seem small and unimportant to some is the biggest challenge others will ever face.  He also understands that adventure is made perilous when those involved have much to lose.  For our favourite toys, the loss is particularly significant – they are about to lose their reason for being.  Being relegated to the attic means that these toys will no longer be played with, that they will no longer be able to bring joy to their favourite guy, Andy.  So as Andy lets go of them, they must learn to let go of him as well.

Toys passing the time in the attic might not make for a very exciting film though.  (Mind you, if anyone could make it exciting, it would be these guys.)  Instead, the toys find themselves donated to a nursery school.  Well, most of them anyway; our man Woody (Tom Hanks) was selected to go off to college with Andy but, as luck would have it, Woody seems to have found himself lost and on the loose once again.  While Woody tries to make his way home alone, his pals are stuck in nursery hell, where kids play with you for hours, sure, but they also have no regard for these toys because they just aren’t their own.  First time full-fledged Pixar director, Lee Unkrich (Unkrich previously co-directed FINDING NEMO, MONSTERS INC., and the second TOY STORY film), ties these two storylines together seamlessly and charges the entire picture with an intensity that never lets up and culminates in a climax so dire that it catches the viewer off guard and triggers an emotional response that cannot be contained.  Just ask the guy sitting next to me.

TOY STORY 3 is triumphant!  It carries the depth and hilarity that one has come to expect from Pixar and then carries it even further still.  Even though I say it again and again when I review their films, they are constantly outdoing themselves.  Here, they’ve achieved the extremely rare feat of making threequel a decade after the last installment that actually surpasses both films that came before it.  Even though they’re playing with toys, their maturity continues to expand and their visual mastery continues to break their own barriers.  Their films work because they have soul.  The spirit of TOY STORY lives in that special bond between a boy and his toys.  Back when life was simple, they were all we needed and, according to Pixar, we were all they needed too.  And by taking these toys out of the attic and doing right by them one more time, Pixar incites that rare and wonderful feeling of nostalgic warmth that one gets all over their body when find themselves unexpectedly playing again with their favourite toys.

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June 18, 2010
I'm hopped on the Woo train and just skimmed it as well since I'm planning on seeing this soon!  That first line is so cute and funny!  I'll just bear in mind that it's suppose to be really, really good :P  Thanks so much for sharing!
June 18, 2010
Thanks so much. Definitely see this movie. I'm curious to know what you will think.
July 01, 2010
Finally watched it, and yes, agreed -- it was definitely triumphant! I loved it, too :)
 
June 18, 2010
Great review. I'll be seeing this over the weekend and I'm curious what I'll think. I've liked or loved most of Pixar's films, but I remain wary of all sequels regardless of who makes them. I keep hearing that a main character gets killed off at the end... care to confirm or deny?
June 18, 2010
This sequel is so smooth. It incorporates past themes and gags but yet feels completely new. Ten years has passed and the characters have grown appropriately give what they've been through. I don't care to confirm or deny anything, Go be surprised. Thanks.
 
June 18, 2010
I skimmed through your review because I may be seeing this this weekend and I wanted to go in with no expectations--the 5 speaks for itself though. Thanks for blessing our community with your review, Joseph! I'll be back to comment further once I've seen it.
June 18, 2010
Thanks, man. I will definitely be seeing this one again and again.
June 26, 2010
This was real good although I have to say that I liked the original the best. I managed to write my own take on it, and we rated it the same.
June 26, 2010
I think this final installment might take the cake for me.
June 26, 2010
I sure hope Pixar leaves this franchise alone now, they won't be able to get a better ending than this! (..or can they?)
June 26, 2010
I think they have to leave it alone. Anything else would be unnecessary. I heard the Pixar guys return to characters because they love them and they feel the characters have more stories to be told. I think that's a good approach. It doesn't explain Cars 2 but hey, what could?
 
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Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated film. It is the third installment in the Toy Story series.  The film was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Lee Unkrich, who edited the previous films, and co-directed the second, takes over as director. In his place, Ken Schretzmann is the editor.

Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, John Ratzenberger, Wallace Shawn, Jeff Pidgeon, Jodi Benson, R. Lee Ermey, John Morris, and Laurie Metcalf all reprised their voice-over roles from the previous films. Jim Varney, who played Slinky Dog in the first two movies, and Joe Ranft, who played Lenny and Wheezy, have both died since the second film was released. The role of Slinky was taken over by Blake Clark, while Ranft's characters and various others were written out of the story.

Toy Story 3 was released in theaters on June 17, 2010 in Singapore; June 18, 2010 in the United States and Canada and June 24, 2010 in Australia. It will be released on July 19, 2010 in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Originally the UK release was set as July 23 but has since been pushed forward due to its anticipated high demand in the country. Toy Story 3 broke the record of Shrek the Third as the biggest single day gross for an animated film, but it was unable to top Shrek the Third's opening weekend and, with a $110,307,189 gross, it received the second highest opening weekend for an animated movie. It is also the highest ...
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Director: Lee Unkrich
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Release Date: June 18, 2010
MPAA Rating: G
Runtime: 103 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Animation, Pixar Animation Studios
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