Posted on 6/24/10 04:26 PM
The original Toy Story launched Pixar Animation into what it is today, the greatest animation production company in the world (at least by my opinion). You don't have to be smart, or even an adult, to appreciate what Pixar has done for animation. Most of us were just kids when the first two installments of the Toy Story franchise were released, and even though we are much older and more mature, I'm happy to tell you that it's still hard to resist those dang little toys. Toy Story 3 is not only a very worthy successor to the first two, but it is also a simple realization that you're never too old to re-live your childhood.
The setting in TS3 takes place only a few days before Andy has to leave for college, which means it's judgement day for the toys. Woody (Tom Hanks) assures his fellow friends that Andy would never throw them away, and that they will all be put in the attic for safekeeping. But one thing leads to another, and all the toys end up in the Sunnyside daycare center. At first the place seems like a dream come true, a place where Woody and the gang will always be played with. Instead, daycare turns out to be a far more horrible place than they thought, where toddlers are practically biting the toys heads off left and right. Like in the two other installments, the toys try to escape in order to get back to their precious owner once again. Even with a plot that is still the same structure and formula, Pixar manages to make the funniest movie of the year thus far.
Almost all the toys make a re-appearance, with the exception of a few such as Wheezy and Little Bo Peep. I know, i think something died in all of us when the lil' penguin didn't show up. Thankfully, the crew at Pixar has created a full ensemble of new characters, some of them so good that i consider them instant classics. We have the new Ken doll, Lots O' Huggin Bear, Mr. Pricklepants and even a unicorn! All the new toys fit in as if they had always been there, and it just goes to prove that Pixar isn't all about nostalgia, they're also master story tellers.
With all the crude and adult films out there such as Hot Tub Time Machine and Get Him to the Greek, it's amazing that a G rated flick can muster up so much laughter in the audience by adults and children. The screenplay was written this time around by Michael Arndt, the guy that also wrote a screenplay for Little Miss Sunshine. His writing with the help of John Lasseter provides not only a lot of laughs but also spot on comedic timing, and if you think that TS3 is all about the comedy than you've got another thing coming. Watch the film, you might just shed a few tears.
By now i think it's quite obvious to you that i love this film. The animation is great, the characters are fantastic, and the script balances both slapstick comedy and heartfelt emotion. Who thought that a movie with the number 3 in it could be so good? Even sequels are hard to make, and it just goes to show that Pixar really gives animation in general a whole new meaning.
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