Tuesday, 20 November 2018
Toy Story 3
Monday, 21 June 2010 15:43

Toy Story 3Please allow me a moment to breathe a long sigh of relief. Pixar has once again created a masterpiece – proving once again that their track record cannot be beat. They may follow a formula, but the ingredients are quality, characters and caring – simple enough, but often ignored by studios that create the equivalent of animated fast food. Toy Story 3 is a worthy finale to a franchise of beloved modern classics.

What a treat it is, fifteen years after the original film gave us these memorable characters, to get to be with them again. It really does give me a feeling of nostalgia that is both happy and sad. Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toys are facing the end of an era – Andy is now going off to college and they have to face the fact that he doesn’t need them anymore. Will they get boxed up and put in the attic, or bagged and sent to the curb?

The cast of Toy Story 3Actually neither. The gang ends up being recycled; sent to a daycare where they meet a slew of new characters and can be played with again! But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows at Sunnyside Daycare and they soon start to think that the attic might not be so bad after all.

All our favorites are back along with memorable new characters like “Lotso Huggin Bear”, an old timey teddy bear who smells like strawberries, but hides a rotten heart. Ken doll sweeps Barbie off her feet with his vintage wardrobe.  Big Baby is a somewhat creepy baby doll with a droopy blinking eye and a teardrop tattoo. All the new additions are a perfect fit.

Andy's all grown upThis is a brilliant follow up to a timeless series. Of course the computer animation is top-notch, but more importantly there is a true heart and soul to these characters. Few animated films these days can make you laugh and cry in equal measure, but there is a bitter-sweetness to Toy Story 3 that pulls the heartstrings. It’s funny and charming, but more so it is a movie about saying goodbye and how time changes our lives.

This is one of the best films of the year so far and I loved every minute.

INFOKERNALS:

Directed by Lee Unkrich, starring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Joan Cusack.

Jodie Benson is the voice of Barbie in Toy Story 2 and 3, as well as in all the Barbie animated films.

The film opens with a new Pixar short titled Day and Night.