Toy Story 3 Review
Information At A Glance
Toy Story 3 is a Animation movie starring Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, and Ned Beatty. The movie was directed by Lee Unkrich and released by the Pixar studio on 2010-06-18. The movie has an MPAA Rating of G (General). Our users found the overall impression of this film to be Exciting. The movie's official site can be found at disney.go.com/toystory.
|Overall Movie Ratings|
The second best Toy Story movie - an instant classic :)
|Format: Blu Ray|
I received Toy Story 3 as a Christmas present a few months ago and finally found some time to actually watch the movie. I know that it won numerous awards and my friends and family keep raving about it and constantly ask me whether or not I've watched the movie yet. At this point I was really curious to see if it would live up to all of the hype .... read on to find out :).
I had watched the two prior Toy Story films years ago and was really hoping that the third movie would just add to the fantastic legacy of the first two films. I was pleasantly surprised to see that all of the famous voice actors from the first two films had returned :). Tim Allen (Buzz, the space ranger) and Tom Hanks (Woody, the cowboy) are amazing in this movie as are Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head (voiced by Don Rickles and Estelle Harris, respectively). Though they don't have as much of a role in this movie, I also really liked that John Ratzenberger and Wallace Shawn reprised their roles of Hamm (the piggy bank) and Rex (the easily scared Tyrannosaurus Rex). All in all, for me, this was a good start to the movie.
The basic premise of the film centers around "Andy", the main character from the previous two films. In the previous films, Andy was just a young child. In Toy Story 3, Andy has become a teenager approaching adulthood and is about to leave for college. This was quite a twist from the other films as I immediately realized that this may be the last Toy Story film (I really hope I am wrong about this :( ).
Due to the fact that Andy will be leaving for college his mother is making him pack up his room and this is where the chaos begins. Andy decides to do one of three things with each of his toys - donate them, store them in the attic of his house, or take them to college. He decides he will take his original toy, Woody, to college with him and place the rest in the attic. The problem is that he gets distracted on his way to placing his toys, which are in a black garbage bag, in the attic. Unfortunately, it also happens to be garbage day, so his mother, noticing a black garbage bag on the floor, mistakenly takes them to the curb ... Luckily, with some ingenuity they escape this situation and Woody finds them. Woody tries to explain what happened - how they were supposed to be in the attic and were taken to the curb by accident - but they don't believe him and sneak into the donation box. Long story short, Woody goes on an adventure to get his friends back. I won't spoil the story for you but I will say that it is a fun adventure which has a pretty satisfying conclusion.
The two main new characters are Lotso Huggin' Bear and Ken, voiced by Ned Beatty and Michael Keaton, respectively were both fantastic additions and they really add to the story and emotional connection of the film to the viewers. I found the music in this film to be on par with the others and the graphics and animation have improved quite a bit over the years. I watched Toy Story 3 on Blu-Ray and you can now see the individual divots on Mr. Potato's head :). The animation is absolutely superb and really demonstrates why Pixar and Disney are still the best in animation and family entertainment.
Overall I have to say that this movie did indeed live up to the hype .... I still like Toy Story 1 the best, but this movie has now moved ahead of Toy Story 2 in my opinion. Anyone who has a family or enjoys or collects toys should definitely watch this film. Toy Story 3 is nice, wholesome entertainment for any age and is just a great film overall.
Review Posted By mowmow On 2011-03-26 At 00:15:45