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Toy Story 3

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

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A Bittersweet Look into the Secret Life of Toys

  • Jun 30, 2010
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I don't often make my way to the movie theater, but as a lifelong Pixar fan and in particular, of the Toy Story series, I just had to make my way out to watch the third installment on the big screen.  And needless to say, I loved it.  Absolutely loved it, just like I knew I would, and was told I would, even before watching it.  The short preceding the film was fantastic as well.

Though this is a seemingly far fetched film about a bunch of attention-starved, neurotic talking toys, it touched upon many profound themes, including change, purpose in life, sense of duty, loyalty, growing up and how some things are just a fact of life.  The storyline and the perspective that this film offers is amazingly imaginative.  You get to see the surprisingly realistic life cycle of a toy and many of the situations that toys end up in, except through the unique perspective of the actual toys, making this a very engaging and thought-provoking film.

The graphics are amazing as always, and the writers once again did a fantastic job at humanizing these toys.  The toys in this movie are such characters with such distinct personalities.  Among the newer ones who stood out the most were Lotso and Chuckles, what with their Southern drawl and all.  Those two show that you really can't judge a book by its cover.  And Ken (as in Barbie's Ken!).  Oh, Ken.  Does a guy get anymore flamboyant?  I'd kill for his closet.  One of my favorites of the new human characters is Bonnie, a toddler who can't get anymore adorable.

I rarely ever cry during movies, but I have to admit, Toy Story 3 actually brought on the waterworks for me, which I didn't think would happen, muchless during an animated one (the last movie that I got misty-eyed for was The Notebook!).  I started getting teary-eyed during the incinerator scene, then started bawling by the time the toys made it to Bonnie's house and Andy made this speech:

Now Woody, he's been my pal for as long as I can remember. He's brave, like a cowboy should be. And kind, and smart. But the thing that makes Woody special, is he'll never give up on you. Ever. He'll be there for you, no matter what.

I was straight crying like a baby for the last 15 minutes of the film.  Based on the other reviews in the Movie Hype community, I'm obviously not the only one who feels this way about Toy Story 3.  Check out the snippet reactions on my FB wall, too:

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Movie reviews typically aren't my forte -- in fact, this is the second that I've ever written -- but for Toy Story 3, I just had to.  If you haven't seen it yet, you must.  Very highly recommended for anyone.  This film will stir up all sorts of nostalgic feelings and make you want to go home and pay attention to all of your toys again.

So long, partner.
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February 18, 2011
It was one of the best movies in 2010, and maybe the best Toy Story adventure. I'm not ashamed to say my eye were tear for the whole end of the movie. ;)
February 18, 2011
Definitely was! And anyone who wasn't at least a little misty-eyed at the end is either lying or doesn't have a soul! ;P
 
September 25, 2010
Well said Devora, I'm also I major Pixar fan myself. At first seeing the previews of yet another toy story i thought Disney and Pixar was just trying to make another movie to bank on a good series. The family and i haven't caught that it but it will make a great add on on the DVD collection ;-)
September 25, 2010
Thanks for your comment, Mz Jen! Fo' sho this is the perfect addition to your family's DVD collection. I wasn't going to catch this because I felt the same way, but I'm so glad that my friends convinced me to!
 
July 19, 2010
Ok, SOLD! :-)
July 19, 2010
Yay, it's a must! Are they showing it in your neck of the woods yet?
July 19, 2010
I tried to pick it up in DVD last weekend but the supplier told me the quality is not so great on this one. Will have to wait for another version, possibly on Blu-ray disc :-)
 
July 10, 2010
And may I say one of my favorite quotes by Jessie " I know where his reset button is" ;) hahaha!
July 10, 2010
YES! I think real guys need one of those. And an Espanol mode ;)
 
July 10, 2010
The entire movie was great! The only thing that was a little different from the others was there wasnt as much double talk as in the previous ones. The movie was a major tear jerker, which suprised me. I also saw it at the midnight showing in 3-d, I was a little dissapointed that there wasnt as much 3-d as it seemed to preview.
July 10, 2010
It really was! I didn't get to catch it in 3D, but it sounds like I'm not missing much. Thanks for commenting! :)
 
July 06, 2010
It was a great movie i also was thinking the end credits where Jessie and Buzz were dancing was classic.
July 06, 2010
I loved the end credits, too! It made me laugh after all that crying :P
 
July 04, 2010
I have been hearing about this making people cry at the end, excellent review.
July 06, 2010
Thanks, Alex! You'll find out yourself that it's a real tear jerker :P
 
July 02, 2010
Oh, Debbie- how I've missed your reviews! I was wondering about this one and had heard great things from my BFF who saw this as her first 3D. If you cried, I'd be bawling the entire time! Thanks so much for the insight. On a side note- F and I's next adventure is going to be Berkeley- so we'll definitely call you before we head up there for some fun exploration. Miss ya!
July 02, 2010
Thanks, love! You have to see this!  And yes, give me a jingle when you're in Berkeley.  Its been too long!
 
July 01, 2010
I knew you'd like this one!  I cried at the end.  It was just so sweet!  Awesome write up!
July 01, 2010
Thanks, Sean! Yeah, that was a sweet one :)
 
July 01, 2010
excellent review...informative, analytical, and shares the emotions experienced by the writer. I am with Orlok, you should write more movie reviews--hell, you're better (Melissa and Patty too) than some folks I've seen who's been writing movie reviews before I have, they tend to focus more on just a summary. I think I may have to assign you a movie review in the future. :) Thanks, Lady D!
July 01, 2010
Coming from a seasoned movie reviewer like yourself, I'll flattered! I don't watch movies very often, but I'll try! And I'm with you on analytical review vs summary. I'm not a huge fan of the latter, especially for new releases, because a)I've either already read the book or seen the movie, so I don't need to read about it again, plus if I wanted to read about the plot, I can just hit up a wiki or b)I haven't done either yet, so the review just totally gave it all away.  That was the reason why I haven't read and commented on any of the other Toy Story 3 reviews yet, just in case.  But now that I've seen it, I will!  Thanks for the comment, Woo! :)
July 02, 2010
I featured your review in the community homepage :)
July 02, 2010
Yay! Thanks! :)
 
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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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