I can’t think of a film studio like Pixar that has ever released a weak movie. Toy Story 3 continues Pixar’s streak. It’s been over a decade since the last installment of Toy Story, but the characters feel just as alive.
Toy Story 3 takes place after many of the toys (Bo-peep and Wheezy being the most notable) have been gotten rid of. This was a good move, because Toy Story 3 has a very large cast. The people at Pixar did a very good job at juggling them all though.
The first scene is a fun and action-packed re-imagining of the opening of the first film when Andy is playing with his toys. The movie follows the toys as they are relocated to a nursery called “Sunnyside” which may not be as pleasant as it sounds.
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“TS3” gets pretty intense for a movie who’s main audience may be kids. There is a freaky baby like the one from “The Twilight Zone” and a scary hissing monkey. The most intense scene takes place at the climax of the movie when the toys end up in an incinerator at a junk yard. The toys accept defeat and link arms awaiting their fiery end. The score is really cool during this scene and I actually believed for a second that they were all going to die. They are saved though in a truely “Toy Story” way that makes the rescue seem like less of a forced deus-ex-machina mechanism.
There were a lot of times I found myself laughing out loud during “TS3” and many times that I laughed pretty hard. Just as in most Pixar movies (excluding “Up”) “Toy Story 3” has good humor, not the lame and childish attempts at humor that are present in most Dreamworks films. Barbie and Ken are probably responsible for the most laughs. Ken is puts on a show for Barbie, Mr. Potatohead becomes Mr. Pitahead, and Buzz starts speaking Spanish and does a dance for a surprised Jessie. These things all happen in a short span of time while the toys are trying to escape. I wish there was more of Kristen Schaal’s character, Trixie, because she is pretty funny.
It’s hard to find things to complain about this movie, there are very few third installment into a film series that are this good. The villain of this film, Lotso, is very similar to The Prospector from “Toy Story 2”, but it is done in such a fresh way this time that you don’t even notice.
I could not keep myself from getting teary-eyed both times I saw the ending. Only Pixar can get me to cry about someone giving their toys away. It feels like a good ending to the “Toy Story” trilogy.