Toy Story 3 — And the Story Continues

Most of the sequel I’ve seen are, well, doesn’t surpass the first installment. But Toy Story 3 is one of those who managed to entertain us doubled than its latter films.

This file has seated in our desktop for months now and I didn’t even bother to watch it. Then that one dreary afternoon came — I open it. And damn it was … I can’t even find the words. The film is so good that it became the 5th highest-grossing film of all time with just a budget of $200M.

Andy is growing up and he’s going to college now. He can’t be a kid forever and so he had to make decisions for himself — like what to do with his old toys. The adventure begins when the toys decided to get their selves donated to a daycare. It was a haven some of them thought. No owners, no heartbreaks. But less did they know, staying in daycare is a rough fun in a prison. So they tried to escape and find their way back home, but was there a home to get back?

We were once a kid who plays with all our hearts. But we can’t play like that forever. This movie shows the other side of that fun, the happier and sadder stories of the toys. I’m not getting any cheesier here, but, I almost cried my eyes out to this film (but had to forcefully stop it since I’m an adult now).

If you haven’t seen the film and thought, Oh! this is just for kids, you might consider thinking twice. I regret the times when I left this film standing alone in our drive, much like the toys I’m not playing it anymore.



Posted on April 3, 2011, in Movie and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I bought this book for my nephew’s 4th birthday shortly after we watched the first movie together. He enjoyed it very much. It follows the movie very closely so it was easy for him to follow and understand. And you always get great quality from Little Golden Books.

  2. First let me say: Toy Story 3 is another Pixar masterpiece and the perfect way to close a franchise started in 1995. Randy Newman’s “You’ve got a friend in me” warms the heart today as it first did 15 years ago.

    Now with that out of the way let me call attention to the films lead-in…

    Pixar continues another tradition here with is the animated short that precedes the feature (like Luxo Jr. where the Studio’s logo comes from). Toy Story 3’s short is called “Day & Night” and raises the bar for future Pixar shorts and will likely get many Academy nomination for it’s efforts. I think the 3-D may work more effectively with the short than the sequel itself. “Day & Night” is more complicated a concept than you’d expect considering it involves two mute characters struggling to coexist. One character consists, literally of daytime images while his counterpart is made of night images. Although the two characters are little more than retro-cartoon silhouettes, they are filled with complex animated scenes within their own animation. They shift positions and move around one another creating some fascinating visuals for us. Equally simple is it’s message for folks to overcome their fear of the differences in others and the unknown. Day & Night is simply the best short I’ve seen from Pixar to date

    Now with that out of the way, Toy Story 3 reunites us with old friends: Woody, Buzz, Jesse, Hamm, Rex, Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head, each voiced by their original actors (except the late Jim Varney). Surprisingly, the Toys owner Andy, now grown up and ready to start college is still voiced by the same actor John Morris (who started at around 11 in the first film). It seems the concept of toys coming to life when people aren’t look would become tired after 2 films, but I have to say that is not the case here. After a super opening sequence, an homage to Woody’s opening adventure in the original film, the toys end up at Daycare run like a prison by a naughty Teddy Bear (voiced by Ned Beatty). Naturally the Toys want to escape; the break-out plan doesn’t go quite as planned by makes for some funny tributes to the prison movie genre (including a harmonica playin’ Hamm). More classic toys turn up like the old Fisher-Price rolling phone and cymbal-monkey as an ever watchful prison guard. Barbie’s Ken even turns up voiced gloriously campy by Michael Keaton, definitely emerging as the film’s breakout toy characterization. The visuals are more amazing than ever, the humans look so much better than the original, it may become difficult to watch those older sequences after seeing “3.” Lot’s of details sweep across the screen with everything from the Pizza Planet ” Yo” truck, to all the texture of Ken’s extensively stocked accessory collection (Groovy). But technical strides aside, on an emotional level the movie, like those before it, generate plenty of concern for the wellbeing of these CGI toys, again. I would go as far to say if you are not touched by the final moments of the film and Andy’s goodbye, then you may want to get to a cardiologist and get yourself checked out!

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