TOY STORY 3

Boy have I been slacking off. Can’t seem to get a review written in a decent amount of time. Where does all the time go. By now I am sure everyone has seen Toy Story 3, maybe even twice. Yes, twice….it is that good of film.

Andy is going to college, and his last thing to do before leaving is cleaning his room. Deciding what is to be thrown out, what needs to go in the attic. Woody, Tom Hanks (Apollo 13, Forrest Gump) wants to make sure all the toys stay together and get put in the attic. In a mix up, Buzz, Tim Allen (Galaxy Quest)  and the gang, Jessie, Joan Allen (The Contender), Mr Potato Head, Don Rickles (Toy Story 1, Toy Story 2), Hamm, John Ratzenburger (Cheers) end up at the local daycare.

The daycare is run by an abused teddy bear Latso voiced by Ned Beatty (Superman the movie) and recommends Andy’s toys go to the younger kids that are to young for them. A play scene demonstrates that, a scene pt together with editing and cuts to rival, any decent war movie! Of course Woody can’t have this, and the rescue is on. I won’t give a lot away, but they encounter a Ken doll, Michael Keaton (Batman), that falls in love with who else…Barbi from Andy’s group of toys.

As far as what I thought of this movie, it is a must see. I really can’t think of a trilogy that has been as strong as these three Toy Story movies. Star Wars had a weaker Return of the Jedi, and even the Godfather, although the first two are two of the finest films ever made, it has the weak link of number three. With Toy Story, you love the first one and the sequels you love even more. And just as UP was able to reach an emotional cord with adults, Toy Story 3 with have adults tearing up thinking of their childhood, friendships and family. Toy Story 3 is the best summer movie so far, and one of the best of the year! See it….a couple of times!

UP (Spoiler Free)

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It is too bad that the Academy doesn’t consider animated films for Best Picture Oscars, because this is the best film I have yet to see all year long. I know that Beauty and the Beast was nominated for Best Picture, but that was before the animation category. This film really contains every emotion and has many laugh out loud moments. My wife was about to cry she was laughing so hard!

Not going to give away the plot here, everyone needs to go see this and enjoy the same surprises that I did. (And there are some funny ones.) Pixar (Toy Story, Finding Nemo) is absolutely the best and everything they put out is incredible. (Incredibles..no pun intended.) The story is very good and the script  is intelligent enough to hold any adults interest. The animation itself is wonderful, and Pixars attention to detail ads so much to the film. For instance the man’s hearing aid, the walking stick with the tennis balls on the end of it and many other things. The dogs are hilarious with their behavior and dialog as well. 

I may have to see this one again. I do recommend this in 3D if you can see it at one of the screens that is offering it….it is worth the extra 2 bucks!