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Toy Story 3

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

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Toy Story 3

  • Nov 15, 2010
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Pixar doesn't know how to make a bad movie, from the first ten minutes of Up to the academy oversight of Wall-E Pixar keeps getting better with age. This movie picks up where the studio started, in Andy's room. Toy Story 3 has a lot to live up to, not only through an outstanding series but it also lives in the shadows of the most successful movie studio in Hollywood. And once again Pixar knocks it out of the park. 

Screenwriting 101 dictates that you have to captivate your audience in the first 10 minutes, and Toy Story does just that with plenty of nods to the original as we get to see the bank heist scene from the perspective of the players involved. Want to know how far technology in the industry has come? Look no further than the opening sequences of the first and third Toy Story.
 
Once again the cast of characters are being led by Sheriff Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (Allen). Andy's toys have been lost to old age and yard sales, including love interest Bo, but this helps to define the one true love in Woody's life, Andy. Andy however, no longer creates the imaginative worlds for his toys to be featured in. Woody and the gang spend their days in the wagon train toy box as Andy prepares for college. It seems the beloved toys have only the attic or the trash to look forward to.
 
MINOR SPOILER ALERT
 
Through some shifty negotiations the toys find themselves being donated to the Sunnyside Daycare. The daycare is run by a giant purple bear named Lotso (Ned Beatty), and an always questionable Ken doll, played by Michael Keaton, who no doubt had a lot of fun with the role. The toys soon find that the system is corrupt and the movie shifts to a Hasboro themed jail-break. Full of wonderful nods to the genre and an escape plan that would no doubt impress Andy Dufresne.
 
SPOILER OVER
 
The jokes seem kind of sporadic but it doesn't mean they aren't good. Many of them seemed rehashed nods to the two movies prior. The new gags they use are priceless and many in the capable hands of Tim Allen. Another bright spot in the comedy is Mr. Prickelypants who appears to be classically trained in the arts.
 
It isn't until the third act where the movie sets itself apart. The emotions run the gamut from action packed tension to heartfelt. It seems the only purpose of the 3-D glasses (besides driving up ticket prices) if to hide the tears slowly dripping down your face. Not my face that is, I'm too tough, yours probably, alright I teared up, don't judge me till you see it. The 3-D feature offers truly nothing to the movie, it is unnecessary to use when all the best parts of the movie revolve around the writing.
 
Lee Unkrich takes the helm on this one after previously editing the other two movies and co-directing the last one. Most of the creative team from the original story are back in this one to create the newest chapter. They blocked out the major action points in the movie while Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) takes to the script and does a masterful job with it. It's another point of praise for the people at Pixar to take such care in its story that they go out and get an academy award winner writer.
 
The most heartfelt moments happen at the end and that is when the movie is truly able to send its message. Some of the moments may be too much for the real youngsters in the audience, either that or those moments will fly by their heads Either way the movie is not really for them anyway. Pixar knows that for every child that gets a ticket there will be an accompanying adult and they are the ones that will spread word of mouth to friends with children.
 
Had Pixar decided to make this a new movie with different characters instead of the ones we've grown attached to and seen facing peril before, I believe this movie becomes an instant classic. Instead you are forced to compare this one to the movies prior, and because of the legacy the movie loses out a little. However, the geniuses at Pixar know what it means to craft a movie and that is why Pixar is unequivocally the most important studio in Hollywood. A

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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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