Go Ahead & Put The “Toy Story” Trilogy In The Best Ever Category
Think about this: “Cars” is widely regarded as Pixar’s poorest effort. Pixar’s bar is so high that a fine movie like “Cars” is a weak effort. It would probably be Dreamworks animation’s best movie. That is how off the charts fantastic Pixar is. They are the Apple of animated films.
As expected, “Toy Story 3” continues the streak of greatness. While “Finding Nemo” is still my favorite Pixar flick, the first “Toy Story” is a close second. This latest flick does nothing to disappoint the “Toy Story” franchise, if anything, it is the finest of the three movies.
This time around, Woody and Buzz (the brilliant Tom Hanks & Tim Allen) are dealing with the fact that their owner, Andy, is off to college. For fear of being thrown away, Woody, Buzz, Jessie (Joan Cusack), Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head (Don Rickles & Estelle Harris), Rex (Wallace Shawn), those weird alien dolls, Slinky Dog (Blake Clark, filling in for the deceased Jim Varney), and my personal favorite, Hamm (voiced by the brilliant John Ratzenberger), all decide to hide in a box of toys headed to a day care center.
Day care sounds like a match made in heaven for retired toys right? Well, not when the toys are being run by Lotso (Ned Beatty), a big stuffed bear with a downright evil agenda. At his side is the doll Ken (hilariously voiced by Michael Keaton) and a gang of toys that force Andy’s toys to be used and abused by preschoolers. To be honest, the initial shock of seeing Buzz and the others be abused by the kids is a bit scary.
So Woody escapes, he goes back, funny things happen, you get the idea. This movie isn’t about a story so much as it the message and the characters. There are a few moments that are actually very harrowing and scary for Woody and the gang. At one point, I was nervous for them so I can’t imagine what an eight year old kid was thinking. Yikes.
Most of all, I was sobbing. Yes, full on sobbing for the last 20 minutes or so of the movie. I challenge any adult who owned a toy to fight through the ending because if you make it through without tears, you may have no soul. “Toy Story 3” makes you feel good about letting go of your childhood. It’s a 90-plus minute love letter to being a kid.
Up until now, “Toy Story 3” is my favorite movie of 2010. It’s just a fun ride with a huge heart that it wears on its sleeve. It’s impossible to dislike any of the characters, thanks to the amazing character development…of toys. It’s just another mark of excellence from Pixar, who really have yet to fail.