Buzz Lightyear: We're going in the attic now, folks. Keep your accessories with you at all times. Spare parts, batteries, anything you need for an orderly transition.
"No toy gets left behind."
Toy Story 3 is the perfect ending to the most beloved animated franchise ever, that everyone was hoping for. The movie is a lot of things. It is entertaining, funny, insightful, touching and sad. It is also the only animated prison drama I have ever seen.
All the characters are back from the first two, with some exceptions. Some were lost along the years like Bopeep and Etch-o-Sketch, but the core group is still together in 17 year old Andy's toy chest. I don't know what 17 year old kid keeps his childhood toys in his room, but that is a discussion for another time. Andy is going off to college and decides to put all the toys in the attic with one exception; he will be taking Woody to college with him. When a mistake is made and all the toys are thrown out, they decide to go to a daycare that is ran by a huge Teddy bear named Lotso. He is the dictating warden and isn't as nice as he looks. From there it is an escape movie, with a lot of humorous and touching plot developments along the way.
The film is all about growing up, moving on and leaving things behind. Andy has grown up with these toys and the toys have been with him for years also. It is hard for both to move on and start their new lives. Andy's struggles with moving on with his toys is pretty insightful as to the experience of leaving for college. Although with real people the issue of what is being left behind is normally not toys.
I don't if I like this one more than the first, but I know I like it more than the second. I would have to go re-watch the first, since I haven't seen it in years; to make that decision. I can say that I couldn't see an ending to animated franchise being any better than this. Pretty much perfect in every way.
Woody: So long... partner.