Monday, June 21, 2010

Pixar makes another great movie no matter what age you are. A review of "Toy Story 3"

Toy Story 3

Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen

Writers: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich (Story). Michael Ardnt (Screenplay)

Director: Lee Unkrich.

****’s out of four

(Photo: Disney/Pixar)

While watching this latest opus from Pixar, I got to start thinking of my own toys and what they meant to me. I also got a little sad, because unlike Andy (the main boy in all three movies) I did not save my toys until I got older. In fact I was selling my toys off when I was just nine. What can I say, it was the eighties and I wanted money. Now looking back I wish I would have saved onto them because I had some really cool stuff(the complete voltron, castle greyskull, star studio,ect). The characters in Toy Story 3 are at the end of that journey when childhood becomes adulthood.

Andy has been keeping his toys in a big wooden box for most of his life. He is going to college soon and has three choices to make on where to put them, attic, donate, or garbage. Through a series of mistakes that start with a garbage bag the toys end up at a daycare. There they are met by Lotso Hugs (Ned Beatty) a big purple bear with the voice of a southern gentleman. Lotso tricks most of the toys into staying because of their resentment towards Andy for abandoning them. Woody (Tom Hanks) is the only one who knows what Andy’s intentions were. The truth is that the daycare is a prison run by Lotso and his henchmen. The toys are forced into the toddler wing where they are broken and slobbered on repeatedly. When the other toys learn of Andy trying to find them. The get together with some of the other toys in the prison to escape.

(Photo: Disney/Pixar)

Toy Story 3 is the perfect ending to a great trilogy. There were a few moments that were some of the most impressive acting out this year from an ensemble cast. Michael Arndt who wrote the very charming “Little Miss Sunshine” gets full screenplay credit in this one because he knows how to time very funny moments with very dramatic moments and make the two overlap In some parts. There have been some reviews saying that this was a much darker Toy Story than the previous ones. Yet can you really accept a story about a boy who decides to give up a part of his childhood and his toys and not be a little on the dark side. After all what happens to toys when no one wants to play with them anymore. I like to think that my toys are in a safe place where they are loved by another child, but I can deny the fact that they might be discarded and put in the incinerator too. It’s very impressive to have a movie that deals with very mature topics such as death, resentment, losing your innocence and have it be rated G. In a genre that usually plays down towards kids I am happy that there are still filmmakers that want to try and inspire the kids we know and the kid inside all of us too.