Director: Lee Unkrich
Writers: John Lasseter/Andrew Stanton/Lee Unkrich/Michael Arndt
Producers: Darla K. Anderson/John Lassater/Nicole Paradis Grindl
Starring: Tom Hanks/Tim Allen/Joan Cusack/Michael Keaton/Whoopi Goldberg
BBFC Certification: U
Duration: 103 minutes
Everybody has been waiting eleven years for Toy Story 3 and now it’s finally here, you’ll be very delighted to hear that this will not disappoint anybody. The Toy Story franchise is something that has grown quite popular over the last fifteen years with children and adults loving the series. And now, the toys are let out of the toy-box once again as Toy Story 3 sees Andy grow up, preparing for college. After finding the old toys, he decides to keep them in the attic but unfortunately, his mom mixed up the bags and instead, accidentally donates the toys to a nursery school where they meet a gang of toys led by a pink teddy bear called Lotso. There they learn that home is where their heart belongs and so, they try to escape the nursery to return to their rightful owner.
Just from that story alone, you know that you were going to be in for a treat. Even though I grew up with the movies and I am a big fan of the series, no-one can deny that they can’t see the quality and hard work that has been put into this movie. The quality of the story itself remains to be the same quality as the previous entries and makes the perfect movie series for children and adults alike. The story can be very emotional in some places and sometimes, it can even bring a tear to your eye but there are also more laughs to be had in this one than the other two. Toy Story 3 works on two levels; the first level is for children and the second is for adults. The children’s level is a fun, colourful animation with loads of imagination and detail to the eye that will hypnotise them for the duration of the movie by the ever-classic simple story of good versus evil. The adult’s level is an emotional story about growing up and saying goodbye to your childhood and reliving the memories you had as a child and works on what happens in life such as retirement, unemployment, abandonment and thoughts of what’s next in life.
It’s been fifteen years since Toy Story first hit our screens and the children who first saw Toy Story in 1995 are now adults seeing Toy Story 3 and some of them are probably taking their own children to see it too. For the nineties kids, it would be like saying goodbye to part of your childhood. We’ve grown up with the Toy Story crew and, for me, watching this was like watching old friends as all of the characters were very convincing such as Woody reassuring the gang that Andy would never abandon them and Jesse preparing herself for the worst again (see Toy Story 2). Toy Story 3 doesn’t only deliver a fresh, charming and humorous story but they also deliver new characters and I personally loved all of them. There’s no doubt that the toys from the movie will be flying off the shelves, I think everybody would want a Lotso! The animation was strikingly brilliant and gorgeous as usual (after all, this is Pixar we’re talking about) and proves to be one of the best Pixar movies ever and the best Toy Story of them all.
I sat in the cinemas with a grin on my face, waiting for the movie to start. The movie opened with action-packed scenes that involved exploding train tracks, trains falling and angry monkeys and slowly, it turns emotional as we see Andy through the years playing with his favourite childhood toys with Randy Newman’s ‘You’ve got a friend in me’ playing in the background. Toy Story 3 is definitely, without a doubt, one of the best movies 2010 has had so far and is the best animation this year, it’s a rollercoaster ride of emotions and it’s a ride you never want to get off. The finale was emotional but it was done so brilliantly. Pixar have done it again with Toy Story and I’m pleased to say that anybody who has grown up watching the movies will not be disappointed at all. This movie is a perfect family movie, the perfect second sequel and a great example of how to keep everybody of all ages entertained.
Reviewed by Dazz Camponi