Long time no see cowboy! It’s been many countless years and toy owner Andy has grown up from the young boy he was years ago. In the midst of his preparations for college, the beloved gang of Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and friends are left in confusion as to what will happen to them. Andy makes the decision to donate them to a daycare where the toys will be played with to their hearts’ content. With addition of new toys such as Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear, Barbie, and Ken, the visit is bound to be adventurous. The thought of being admired by countless children seemed like a dream come true, however, not all is well in this daycare and the gang must quickly escape before they’re stuck in the there forever.
Spectacular. Marvelous. Stunning. This movie encompasses all of them and MORE. Pixar stood over the top with this film as if they just picked up characters from over ten years ago and stacked them into a movie like nothing happened! I must say Toy Story 3 has been a long time coming, but hey it’s finally here and truly is a wonderful flick.
Let’s hit it off with the storyline. Each movie so far has dealt with a central theme that is pivotal in every person’s childhood: Toy Story – favoritism of toys, Toy Story 2 – stolen toys, and lastly, Toy Story 3 – growing up with toys. We’ve all wondered at some point, “What’s Andy going to do with them once he grows?” This is a very sensitive topic to bring up especially for the younger audience and many of us would think that Pixar will never allow that to be in sequel because of its sensitivity and potential impact on children. Yet, Pixar came up with an approach that is a magnificent breakthrough to attack this topic in a way that I am very pleased with and have no complaints about.
In regards to the cinematic techniques, Pixar incorporates nearly flawless movements and actions of toys as if they actually imitating real human behaviors in the form of toys. In addition, the colorful scheme that is embedded in a typical Toy Story movie is sharply contrasted by the dark atmosphere that is projected when Woody, Buzz and company encounter tough situations such as nighttime at the daycare or the trash melting scene. To accurately describe such beautiful design, visualize other recent Pixar works such as Up or Wall-E and amp it up from there.
Onto character development, we can see that none of the main cast has lost touch with their respective roles such as Tom Hanks as Woody and Tim Allen as Buzz. And much to be expected, Pixar has splendidly retained the proper nature of these characters as Woody’s devotion to Andy, and Buzz’s deep value for friendship. However, I was overly shocked to witness classic Toy Story characters that were dropped from this production such as Lil Bo Peep from the first film or even the newly cured Wheezy from the second. Honestly, I wouldn’t expect Pixar to be willing to leave out such vital characters, but I suppose it is understandable since the theme of Toy Story 3 deals with growing up and of course, toys are trashed eventually.
With redefined animations, witty comedy, and a pillar of truth in theme, the revival of Toy Story has brought jovial responses from the audience and has brought an end to this trilogy in the most comforting and understanding way as possible. I absolutely urge you all to watch the trilogy and be touched by the transition of childhood to adulthood with toy pals who are always there for you and as Woody would say, “You got friend in me.”
Produced by: Pixar Animation Studios
Director: Lee Unkrich