Toy Story 3 Review
Toy Story 3 heralded the return of one of the most popular animated franchises of all time. The original two's massive success in the 90's abruptly ended until a few years ago when out of the blue a trailer for ToyStory 3 appeared; and right then it was like I was a little boy again excited to watch my favourite gang of toys come to life. This time we see the group after the inevitable has occurred: Andy has grown up, with boy-band hair, a fashion sense and modern technology to occupy him it's clear he has no time for toys anymore. Indeed the opening shows the toys' desperation to be played with again, stealing Andy's cellphone and putting in the toy box and then ringing it in the hopes that when he found it he would remember all the fun times he had with them. This really shows how times have changed for the toys and sets the tone for the whole movie; it isn't just Andy that's grown up, it's Toy Story as well.
After the heart-wrenching opening we soon learn Andy is going to college, and so he has to pack up all of his possessions to take with him or throw away; including the gang. Luckily it is clear Andy still has some attachment to the group and after bagging them up proceeds to take them to the Attic where they will remain safe & together. However he doesn't make it to the attic and absent mindedly places the bag on the floor. When his mum comes along she mistakes it for trash and puts it on the curb; the toys luckily manage to break out but are heart-broken, thinking Andy really doesn't care about them any more. So they sneak into the box for donation to the day care centre: Sunnyside. Upon arrival it appears that Sunnyside is a marvellous place where they will always be played with and their owners will never grow up. However soon it is clear that not everything is Sunny at Sunnyside, leading to a frankly amazing Great Escape sequence that is pure brilliance. The story takes a darker turn from previous adventures and shows the maturity that comes with this conclusion and the frightening reality that eventually toys aren't needed any more.
The film sees Tom Hanks and Tim Allen reprising their infamous roles as Woody and Buzz Lightyear; they do a magnificent job with emotion and hilarity packed into every scene they do;
Buzz's spanish scene, spoken entirely by Tim Allen, is a personal favourite being very very funny. However the duo aren't as much in the limelight as they used to be: now the story revolves more around all the characters on the whole: from Rex's neurotic tendencies to Mr Potato Head's hilarious sarcastic humour. We really see how the group have grown together and how strong their bonds have become.
One of the best things about this movie, and indeed about all three movies is how gorgeous they are. Pixar has done a great job with the animation, with every movement being fluid and smooth from woody's loping run to Buzz's superb action set pieces. All the lighting is excellent and every detail is done brilliantly, from Buzz's plastic sheen to Woody's stitching. It makes the movie a joy to watch and looks even better in blu-ray.
Another stand out, again something that has been consistently excellent throughout the series, is the music. It is so well done and so emotive, it really enhances the mood of the scene and draws the viewer even further into the story. Randy Newman did a really excellent job with all the new & recurring pieces of music, including the well known favourite "you've got a friend in me" and indeed he won a Grammy for the score.
This movie recaptures your childhood once again, but in a much more mature and serious way, the story is the real standout here and really pulls at the heart strings; it really is a fitting conclusion to this epic series of movies. The entire movie is gorgeous from the outset and it really is a joy to watch, this combined with the music makes this a standout movie. I really can't find a flaw through the entire film, this feels like the conclusion to my childhood in a way; and it is a film that I will remember for many years to come.
This film is amazing! the best of them all! it has a great storyline and had me hooked since the first second of it starting. The extra features are also good! I truly recommend this to any person any age!
Toy story 3 was hilarious! Twists and turns, laughter and sadness - made us adults feel like we had grown up with Andy - the kids loved it and glued to the TV arent the words! Could watch this over & over and would say its the best Toy Story yet!
The final episode of the Toy Story trilogy, Toy Story 3, is due for release on DVD this month. The film, produced by Pixar Animation and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, was directed by Lee Unkrich a major contributor to the making of the first two films.
The voice-overs are once again charmingly provided by a whole host of highly regarded celebrities: Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear and Joan Cusack as Jessie. Other big names include Estelle Harris, John Ratzenberger and Wallace Shawn plus many more from the previous films. Some additional characters have been written into the new script this time and their voice-overs include the likes of Michael Keaton, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeff Garlin and Timothy Dalton to name but a few.
The story opens with 17 year old Andy packing his things ready for his first day at college. Most of the toys are destined for storage in the attic but he decides to take Woody with him. The toys mistakenly wind up at the Sunnyside Day-Care Centre for toddlers where things start to become very dark and sinister indeed. The friends have to deal with rejection, evil dolls, imprisonment and cruelty not forgetting the menacing Lotso Bear (head of the Day-Care Centre toys). There are chase scenes and suspenseful escapes as Woody (who gets reprogrammed at least twice) comes to rescue them.
Some say the film is satirical; particularly with regard to the humorous Barbie and Ken storyline, and a number of reviewers have actually gone so far as to say there are threads of communist dictatorship, slavery, capitalism, brainwashing and unemployment running through the narrative! Others have even drawn parallels with the Holocaust.
In short the film has something for everyone, adults or children alike, would-be philosophers or simply those of you who just really enjoy a jolly good story.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. The creative minds behind Disney/Pixar's groundbreaking animated blockbusters invite you back inside the toy box for a heartwarming and hilarious movie experience you'll never forget. In Toy Story 3, Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen) and the rest of the Toy Story gang return for an all-new adventure, along with a few new faces - some plastic, some plush - including Barbie's counterpart Ken (voiced by Michael Keaton), a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants (voiced by Timothy Dalton) and a strawberry-scented bear named Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear (voiced by Ned Beatty). As Andy prepares to depart for college, Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the rest of Andy's faithful toys wonder what will become of them. But, when a mix-up lands them at Sunnyside Daycare, they meet a host of new toys and soon discover a wild new adventure is just beginning. Buzzing with hours of bonus features, including the Pixar short film Day & Night, Toy Story 3 goes to infinity and beyond! Actors Tom Hanks, Joan Cusack, Tim Allen, John Ratzenberger, Wallace Shawn, Ned Beatty, Don Rickles, Jodi Benson & Estelle Harris Director Lee Unkrich Certificate Universal Suitable for All Year 2010 Screen Widescreen Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.1) Additional Languages English Audio Description ; Hindi Subtitles English ; English for the hearing impaired
Third instalment in the Pixar/Disney CGI-animated series, filmed for theatrical release using Disney Digital 3D. When their owner, Andy (voiced by John Morris), clears out his bedroom in preparation for starting college, Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen) and the rest of the toy-box gang are dumped in the donations box at a local nursery school and find themselves at the mercy of a horde of wild, sticky-fingered toddlers. As they struggle to stay together while coping with the chaos, the gang meet a new bunch of toys led by pink teddy bear Lotso (Ned Beatty), while Barbie (Jodie Benson) is at last united with her male counterpart, Ken (Michael Keaton). The yearning to return home cannot be ignored, however, and many comical adventures ensue as the toys make a series of elaborate escape attempts. The film won Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature Film and Music (Original Song).