June 18, 2010 Toy Story 3
Studio: Pixar Rating: G Appropriate for all audiences.
Not only are all of the old familiar faces back in the third chapter of the "Toy Story" adventure...in this edition we meet plenty of new characters as well.
Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang have a big problem. Their owner Andy is headed off to college. Through a series of misunderstandings, they wind up at a daycare center named Sunnyside.
At first, things seem great in their new home...but Woody has reservations. He only wants to be with Andy.
As the toys get used to their new surroundings, one of my favorite scenes in the series takes place.
For the first time ever, destiny brings together two characters who were literally made for each other. Ken...and Barbie.
It's hard to believe that Mattel wouldn't let Barbie appear in the original "Toy Story." Obviously, they wised up.
Settling into their new home, the toys discover Sunnyside might not be so perfect after all. They then set out to escape...and make their way back home.
Pixar sets the bar pretty high. Movie after movie delivers excellent entertainment. But I think "Toy Story 3" is the best of the series...and certainly one of the best films Pixar has ever created.
There are some pretty deep themes being explored here. Growing up. Moving on from childhood and childish things. Separation...and facing an uncertain future.
In fact, some moments as the film moves to its climax get really intense.
But I wouldn't characterize it as dark. Instead, it just feels...real. And do you know how silly I feel saying that about a movie that features talking toys?
As always, the voice work is great. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen shine as Woody and Buzz. A supporting that includes Don Rickles, John Ratzenberger, Wallace Shawn and Jodi Benson is joined by new cast members, Ned Beatty, Micheal Keaton, Whoopi Goldberg and Timothy Dalton.
And it's in 3D, some of the best I've seen at the movies. The pictures jump off of the screen and draw you into the story. It reminded me of how effective the technique was in "Avatar." This is equally as good.
Let me trot old an old saying. "You will laugh and you will cry." This is an amazing movie. See it with someone you care about.
On my rating scale, "Toy Story 3" hits a HOME RUN.