A third amazing piece of Toy Story | Movie Review
By ARAN KIRSCHENMANN
Bellevue Reporter Columnist
June 21, 2010 · Updated 4:22 PM
Toy Story 3 marks the return of young boy Andy’s beloved toys in another adventure years after the end of Toy Story 2. The film takes place when the now much older Andy is getting ready to leave for college and his toys are never played with anymore.
A packing misunderstanding soon takes Andy’s old toys to Sunny Side Daycare for donation. The toys of Sunny Side Daycare are controlled by the not-so-huggable teddy bear Lotso. Things at the seemingly perfect daycare quickly get ugly and every toy must use their strengths to make things right for themselves, for the toys at the daycare and for their college-bound owner.
Toy Story 3 had almost all of the films’ original main toys such as loyal cowboy Woody, courageous Buzz Lightyear, spunky cowgirl Jessie, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Rex, Hamm, Slinky Dog, Barbie, and of course the three Aliens.
Along with them, there were also numerous other new toys, my favorite by far being the Ken doll, voiced by Michael Keaton. He was easily the most hilarious toy and it was interesting to see the different sides of his character throughout the film.
Much like the characters in Toy Story 3, the cast had old and new members. Tom Hanks is still voicing Woody, and Buzz Lightyear is still the voice of Tim Allen. Much of the other character’s voices weren’t changed either throughout all three movies. Only a few of the original characters had any change of casting, most notably the replacement of Jim Varney by Blake Clark as the voice of Slinky Dog. The director of Toy Story 3 is Lee Unkrich, who also helped John Lasseter, the director of the original Toy Story, with the second Toy Story film.
The 3D in Toy Story 3 was exciting, especially during the many action filled scenes. The film also featured an adorable Disney Pixar short with awe-worthy visual and sound effects. Going and seeing Toy Story 3 was incredible fun and a great experience.
This movie was fantastic all the way through without a single dull bit. Although many, including myself, find that the third film in a series rarely matches up to its first ones, this was not the case for Toy Story 3. It was filled with witty, hysterical scenes, and the story of growing up, forgiveness, and moving on was wonderful.
The newest Toy Story really had it all, with moments that made the entire theater laugh out loud and touching parts that caused me to tear up. It even made me remember and appreciate my own no longer regularly played with toys.
Toy Story 3 is a very sweet, clever movie and one of the best films I’ve seen all year. I would recommend it to everyone of all ages.