‘Toy Story 3’ (Film)


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The End of an Era and the Beginning of a New One

This was a ‘Toy Story’ movie I had to see at the cinema in 2010!

‘Toy Story 3’ is the third film of what was once called the ‘Toy Story’ trilogy! It’s been ten years in the making, but worthwhile the wait as it contains a brilliant story for our ‘Toy Story’ characters. It’s a film that reflects me as I’ve grown out of playing with toys and have happy memories of these films.

In ‘Toy Story 3’, Andy is now grown-up and seventeen years old, on his way to college. With the fate of Andy’s toys undecided, a mix-up causes Woody, Buzz and their friends to go to Sunnyside Daycare where toys are played with every day? Will Andy’s toys end at Sunnyside for the rest of their lives?

This ‘Toy Story’ movie features the triumphant return of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as the voices of Woody and Buzz Lightyear. Hearing these two voices for Woody and Buzz brought back happy memories from the first two movies as it felt like they’d never been away and slipped back in easily.

I recall 2010 very well, as I’d finished my university degree that year in Cardiff at the age of 21. I’d seen plenty of Disney/Pixar movies in the interim with the likes of ‘Monsters Inc.’; ‘Finding Nemo’ and ‘The Incredibles’. I didn’t imagine in my wildest dreams that a ‘Toy Story 3’ would ever be made.

I love the opening scene of ‘Toy Story 3’. The film opens with an action scene where Woody, Buzz and Jessie fight the menaces of Mr. Potato Head (as One-Eyed Bart); Mrs Potato Head (as One-Eyed Betty) and Hamm (as Evil Dr. Pork Chop). This is all in the child’s imagination of Andy when he’s a kid.

I just loved that opening sequence. It brought back such happy memories of the first two ‘Toy Story’ movies for me and I loved some of the jokes that were featured in that scene. I loved it when Woody, Buzz and Jessie saved a steam train; Rex became a giant and Slinky had built-in force-fields.

I could sense how time has passed since the time I saw ‘Toy Story 2’ when I was playing toys to ‘Toy Story 3’ when I wasn’t. I’ve now given away most of my toys including my ‘Power Rangers’ Megazords which I loved so much. I can’t believe how I could have given those away so easily! (sigh)

I saw ‘Toy Story 3’ at the cinema with my parents in Nantgarw, where we usually go to see films at the cinema nowadays. It was a memorable event and I didn’t know what to expect when I saw the film. I was pleased that the film ended both on a sad note and looked to a bright future for the toys.

I soon had the DVD of ‘Toy Story 3’ (no more VHSs) for Christmas in 2010. My parents and I watched it as a family on Christmas Day, before I was watching it repeatedly on my DVD player that Christmas. It’s great to have all three ‘Toy Story’ films on DVD and I can watch them whenever I like.

In the film, the future of Andy’s toys is at a crisis point since they’re no longer played with anymore. Woody is convinced that all will be well whatever happens and that they’ll always be together. Woody even has faith that Andy still wants them since he’s kept certain toys he likes over the years.

At one point, Andy decides to take Woody to college and put the rest of the toys in the attic. But Andy’s mom mistakes the toys as garbage when they’re put in a trash bag. Woody witnesses this and he tries to convince the toys that Andy was putting them in the attic, but the toys don’t believe him.

It was pretty shocking when the toys at Sunnyside are mistreated by the toddlers. The scenes do look horrific, but this is sadly is what happens in real-life when kids mistreat toys that don’t belong to them. Eventually Andy’s toys become prisoners at Sunnyside and they wish they went back home.

Woody is the loyal toy out of the group who decides to return to Andy after they’ve mistakenly been taken to Sunnyside. I like how loyal Woody is to Andy and that he doesn’t give up on him. I also like when he hears his friends are in danger at Sunnyside, he selflessly goes back so he can rescue them.

Buzz Lightyear is great in this ‘Toy Story’ film. Despite staying with the toys at Sunnyside, he manages to keep everyone together. It gets pear-shaped when Buzz gets switched to demo-mode and becomes ‘space-ranger’ again. I found it so funny when Buzz got switched to his Spanish mode.

Jessie the cowgirl (voiced by Joan Cusack) returns to ‘Toy Story 3’. When Andy is playing with the toys less and less, Jessie despairs that it’s being like with Emily (her former owner) all over again and doesn’t believe what Woody says. I like the romance shared between Buzz and Jessie in this movie.

Returning to ‘Toy Story 3’ are Rex the dinosaur (voiced by Wallace Shawn); Mr Potato Head (voiced by Don Rickles); Mrs Potato Head (voiced by Estelle Harris); Hamm the piggy bank (voiced by John Ratzenberger); Slinky Dog (now voiced by Blake Clark); Bullseye, Woody’s horse and the three green aliens from Pizza Planet.

I was saddened that Bo Peep wasn’t in this movie. She was Woody’s love interest in the first two ‘Toy Story’ movies and it was so sad to think that she got sold off in the interim between ‘Toy Story 2’ and ‘Toy Story 3’. I’m pleased the mention of Bo Peep highlights the sadness for Woody in character.

There are new characters featured in ‘Toy Story 3’. There’s Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear – Lotso for short (voiced by Ned Beatty who played Ottis in the original ‘Superman’ movies). Lotso is like the mayor of Sunnyside and smells like strawberries. But his plush, huggable exterior hides a dark history for him.

There’s also Barbie (voiced by Jodi Benson) and Ken (voiced by ‘Batman’s Michael Keaton). I actually liked Barbie in this movie compared to ‘Toy Story 2’. Ken is also very funny and he doesn’t like it he’s a girl’s toy. Sometimes the romance between Barbie and Ken is sloppy, but it does turn out to be real.

There’s also new toys of Bonnie’s, including Mr. Prickplepants (voiced by Timothy Dalton of ‘James Bond’ fame); Trixie the triceratops (voiced by Kristen Schaal); Buttercup (voiced by Jeff Garlin); Dolly (voiced by Bonnie Hunt). These new toys add onto the regular line-up of the ‘Toy Story’ characters.

It’s worth mentioning Andy (who was voiced by John Morris in all three ‘Toy Story’ films). I like how far Andy has come in his journey of coming-of-age from being a happy boy playing with toys to being a young adult and going to college. Andy reflects me when I was a young boy and growing up in life.

I love the last scene of ‘Toy Story 3’ where Andy gives his toys to the little girl Bonnie (voiced by Emily Hahn) who becomes their new owner. It’s a lovely scene where Andy introduces each of the toys to Bonnie. Andy also has one last playtime with his toys with Bonnie before he goes to college.

I love the montage scene during the end credits where Sunnyside Daycare is happy once again and the ‘Toy Story’ characters are enjoying a new life with Bonnie’s toys at her house. The scenes are funny to watch. I liked Buzz and Jessie dancing to the Spanish version of ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’.

Randy Newman triumphantly returns to compose the music and songs of ‘Toy Story 3’ which resembles the music of the first two films. The songs include ‘We Belong Together’, performed by Randy Newman and the Spanish version of ‘You Got a Friend in Me’ performed by the Gypsy Kings.

The DVD special features are as follows. There’s the ‘Day & Night’ theatrical short; a filmmakers commentary; ‘Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: The Science of Adventure’; ‘Paths to Pixar: Editorial’; ‘Studio Stories; Where’s Gordon’; ‘Studio Stories: Cereal Bar’; ‘Studio Stories: Clean Start’; ‘Toys!’; ‘The Gang’s All Here’ and ‘A Toy’s Eye View: Creating a Whole New Land’. For the Blu-ray disc, there are also live movie chats; movie mails; movie challenges and more.

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‘Toy Story 3’ is a superb third film in a series that has been well-worth waiting for! The story is great and it ends the Andy era of ‘Toy Story’ with a sense of closure as well as beginning a new one for the Bonnie era for our ‘Toy Story’ characters. I’m so pleased with the way this film turned out in the end.

Many things happened after ‘Toy Story 3’, including a series of shorts called ‘Toy Story Toons’ as well as two half-hour specials with our characters in ‘Toy Story of Terror’ and ‘Toy Story That Time Forget’. There is now a ‘Toy Story 4’ being made for 2019. Oh goody! I wonder what that’ll be like!

‘Toy Story 3’ rating – 10/10

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