Toy Story 3 (2010)

Toy Story 3 is the sequel to Toy Story and Toy Story 2. It was directed by Lee Unkrich and stars the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack and Michael Keaton.

Andy (John Morris) is almost ready for college, which makes his toys a little insecure. Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz (Tim Allen) have their hands full trying to keep everybody calm, telling them that they won’t be thrown out, but they will come to the attic, where they’ll spend a nice retirement together. Unfortunately, by accident, they end up in a day care center, which at first seems to be the perfect place to be but soon turns out to be a place of ruin and despair, ruled by an evil bear who smells of strawberries.

I am a big fan of Toy Story 1 & 2, so I was waiting for this with a lot of trepidation: Would it be a good addition to the series or would it ruin the previous two movies? Would it be able to be as charming as the first two films, which are also laced with nostalgia? Thankfully, my fear was for naught, because Toy Story 3 is completely awesome.

The movie gets it all right – the characters are as we remember them and yet, they get to evolve. And there’s fun being had with them. Reset!Buzz was great, and I liked some parts of Latino!Buzz (though I have to admit, that in general, I thought Latino!Buzz worryingly stereotypical and would have appreciated a little more layers there). Ken and Barbie were a nice addition, especially when Barbie started to kick ass. Oh, and Mr. Pricklepants was great!

They also managed to stick to their great sense of humour, which is always a good thing.

The morale of the story was laid on a little strong (as usual), though it was delivered in such a charming way that I didn’t really mind. And I mean, apart from teaching us the value of friendship and being there for one another and yaddayadda, the movie was mostly an ode to play pretend. And who can’t appreciate that?

Trixie: We’re either in a café in Paris or a coffee shop in New Jersey. I’m pretty sure I just came back from the doctor with life-changing news.
Buttercup: We do a lot of improv here. Just stay loose, have fun – you’ll be fine!

The animation was great and it was finally a film where I actually appreciated the 3D and didn’t just think “at least it doesn’t bother me.”

Summarising: If you liked the first two films, you have to see this one. If you didn’t like the first two films, there’s no hope for you.

4 thoughts on “Toy Story 3 (2010)

  1. I adored Toy Story 3! I even saw it twice in theaters. I really thought they did an excellent job of ratcheting up the tension. I was surprised at how the danger escalated for the toys. I found the scene near the end where the toys brace themselves for the worst to be quite affecting.

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