Saturday, 2 July 2011

DVD Review: Toy Story 3

Rating: 8.5/10 - Excellent

Toy Story 3 may be a seen as a child's film about talking toys but it was made for adults who grew up with its predecessors. The first film in the trilogy was groundbreaking for its use of 3-D animation and well-written story. The second was a decent follow-up. The third finishes the tale well. It may make some adult viewers feel nostalgic but will also gain some new child fans, who could then watch the first two films.

Director: Lee Unkrich. Screenplay: Michael Arndt. Story: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich. Producer: Darla K. Anderson. Cinematography: Jeremy Lasky and Kim White. Editing: Ken Schretzmann. Studio: Pixar. Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures. Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Don Rickles, Michael Keaton, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Blake Clark, Estelle Harris and Jodi Benson. Age Restriction: PG. Running Time: 103 Minutes.

Toy Story 3 features Andy, the owner of the toy characters in the film. Andy is leaving for university, which makes the toys worry that he will throw them away. Andy decides to take Woody with him and puts the other toys in a garbage bag for storage in the attic. But the toys are accidentally thrown out when Andy's mom finds the bag and puts it on the curb with the trash, causing them to think they are no longer wanted. They escape and climb in a box to be donated to the Sunnyside Daycare. Woody, the only toy who saw what really happened, is forced to follow the others and tries to explain they were thrown out by mistake, but they refuse to listen.

The lovable characters are back, including the cowboy, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, the cowgirl; Jessie, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Dinosaur and Barbie.

In its 15 year life from 1995 to 2010, Pixar made 11 films. These films are basically a list of classics. They are Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL E and Up. Toy Story 2 was the eleventh. Cars 2 is due out in SA this year.

Verdict: Toy Story 3 is an entertaining film with various themes and strong character subplots within it. One of the most entertaining is how Barbie meets Ken. They were designed for each other but the film makers make their courtship rather cute. Essentially the movie forces its characters and the viewer to grow up. That is not to say that a child watching the film will not be a child anymore when it ends but those who watching Toy Story at the age of ten, when it was released in 1995, may break out into tears.

Alistair Anderson

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