The third and "supposedly"-final chapter in the Toy Story
saga manages to outdo both previous installments. The laughs are even more hilarious and come around more often. And in addition, the movie also has a tenderness when dealing with "growing up" and moving on.
As Andy prepares to leave for college, his mother wants to pack up his room. His toys, who have been feeling neglected, get mistakenly donated to a daycare centre in the area. At first they seem happy that there are so many children eager to play with them, and they make new friends as well with the toys they encounter there. But all is not as it seems, as they soon discover. I won't reveal any more of the plot, except that there's a dastardly villain they have to contend with, and when he is revealed about halfway through, the movie becomes a white-knuckle ride of excitement and fun.
There were, however, quite a few moments of tension and suspense which seemed out of place in a Pixar film. They may be too intense for the very young kids, so parental guidance is advised for ages 7 and under.
Beyond that, the movie is near-perfect. Another winner from Disney & Pixar. Toy Story 3 is a gem that can be enjoyed by young and old, with a hilarious romantic sub-plot between Barbie and Ken being just one of the many pleasures of this adventure. The ending is a fitting conclusion to the trilogy, and may even induce a tear or 2. Exquisitely brilliant! And as a bonus, the DVD special features includes a very sweet and funny short film, Day & Knight, which dazzles with some marvellous visuals. (5 out of 5, by Carlisle Johnson)
Woody, Buzz and the whole gang are back.
As their owner Andy prepares to depart for college, his loyal toys find themselves in daycare where untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice.
So, it's all for one and one for all as they join Barbie's counterpart Ken, a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear to plan their great escape.
(Winner of 2 Academy Awards, including Best Animated Picture and Best Song)
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Tue, 1 Mar 2011 | Review by: Riaan V
The 3rd installment of the "Toy Story" franchise doesn't pack the same comedic punch as the first two, notwithstanding it's still a great buy and a terrific way to end its fifteen year run.
What shines through in the film is friendship. The warmth and camaraderie of the toys is ever-present. The story is beautifully written and the whole gang is back with all the recognizable voices.
The best part of the story is Buzz Lightyear's accidental transformation into a Spanish Buzz Lightyear. Hilarious!
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Tue, 1 Mar 2011 | Review by: hardusludus
When PIXAR released "Ratatouille" in 2007, everyone could feel a small movement towards films for adults. With "Wall-E" this change was magnified, although it meant that it appealed a bit less to kids. With "Up", PIXAR nailed it. A film that adults would go to see even without their kids, as well as a complete kid's film. I know that I, along with millions of other eager movie-goers around the world, waited in anticipation for "Toy Story 3".
Would it have the same adult edge as "Up"? Will it have the laughs of the previous two "Toy Story" installments? Would it be able to succeed in being nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, making PIXAR the first studio with two animated films to have done so? Well now the wait is of course over. We all saw this film. We all had mixed feelings. It is a kid's film. It's also an adult's film, although not in the same way as "Wall-E" or "Up".
The visuals are magnificent. The voice talent is magnificent. The story is perfect, although lacking in that one element which made the previous 3 PIXAR films more than perfect. As an overall film it's very good, just not magnificent.
The sad truth is that we had become spoilt. Like a little child, we expected to always get what we had most loved. Lee Unkrich replaced John Lasseter as the director. I think I speak for the world when I say that we would have preferred to have the entire trilogy directed by John. Buy this film, but don't expect toooo much....
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Tue, 1 Mar 2011 | Review by: Micky B
This is the third and final film of the series, set eleven years after the previous picture. Andy is now growing up; about to move on with his life, and is packing to go to college. But when he goes, what is going to happen to his childhood play-pals: Woody; Buzz Lightyear; Mr and Mrs Potato Head; Stretch; Rex; Slinky Dog, and all the rest of the toys he loved so much?
It's a very moving scenario; not dissimilar to the final chapter, "The Enchanted Place", from "The House at Pooh Corner" - the second and last of the Winnie-the Pooh books - in which Christopher Robin tries to tell Pooh in a round-about way that he, Christopher Robin, must now move on to more grown-up things!
But don't worry, folks: there is a happy ending... but not before you've gone through at least half a box of tissues from wiping the tears from your eyes!
Wonderful entertainment... though I personally found the sequence of the toys' escaping from the Sunnyside Daycare (to which they are at first sent) a bit long-winded and boring!
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