Toy Story 3: The Toys are Back in Town (2010)

Posted: January 31, 2011 in Animated, Children's

The first movie saw Andy’s toys getting used to a newcomer. The second one was an adventure to save Woody from the toy collector. The third movie brings everyone’s favorite toys back to the big screen for one more adventure. Woody, Buzz and the gang have had a full life with Andy, but with the coming departure to college, their time together is soon at an end. Mysteriously finding themselves at Sunnyside Daycare, they get the chance to meet a number of new toys and have a whole class of kids to play with. Even with this perfect new opportunity in front of them, Woody quickly realizes his anxiety with being separated from Andy and desires the try anything to get back to him. Still, something seems odd at the new digs and Andy’s toys begin to learn there is something sinister about the leadership at the daycare.

Starring: Tom Hanks (Woody), Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear), Joan Cusack (Jessie), Ned Beatty (Lotso), Don Rickles (Mr. Potato Head), Michael Keaton (Ken), John Ratzenberger (Hamm), Estelle Harris (Mrs. Potato Head), John Morris (Andy), Jodi Benson (Barbie), Blake Clark (Slinky Dog), Emily Hahn (Bonnie)

The animation between the first and third movies is like night and day. The first movie was excellent for the time it was released, but the third movie has a crispness and detail rivaled by few animated features. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen bring like to the main characters and are as animated in their vocal presence as the animation on screen. Michael Keaton’s role as Ken and Jodi Benson as Barbie have a great back and forth love dialogue that plays both to the longtime relationship of the toy couple in real retail life and the more recent split between Mattel’s pairing. Ned Beatty, Wallace Shawn and Don Rickles all provide a great compliment to the great cast and story.

When thinking about sequels (especially the third of a series), the quality of the film struggles to live up to the original. With the new trend of 3D, there was also the fear of the movie relying too much on the technology and not considering the value of the story. Neither of these things were issues for Toy Story 3. Thinking about the lifecycle of toys, ending up in a daycare was a great way to extend the story to finish the trilogy. Combining that with the real life experience of a child leaving home for college, this movie delivers great humor and even better emotional connections with finding the best way to say goodbye.

Personally, there is little room for improvement with this movie. I got teary eyed both times seeing this film in the theater with the great combination of story, life connections, music by Randy Newman and perfect voice talents by the lead actors.

Dan’s Rating: 4.5/5

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