Published On: Mon, Jun 21st, 2010

Movie Mikes Review of ‘Toy Story 3’

MOVIE MIKES SCORE: 4 out of 4 stars

By: Mike Gencarelli


For those who haven’t seen this movie yet, What are you doing? “Toy Story 3″ has everything a movie needs plus more. Easily the best summer movie so far, which I known isn’t saying much, but also one the best of the year! The film has the charm and the spark of the first two films; but improves upon both. One thing that is remarkable about Pixar is that the film is in 3D but only for the effect of depth and to make it look amazing. And it sure does look remarkable with the 3D and it doesn’t need or have any cheap effects. Pixar and Disney consistently deliver better and better films every year. Last years “Up” was easily my favorite movie of the WHOLE year. “Toy Story 3″ is magical and continues to show that Disney and Pixar are unstoppable.

For those who don’t know and are wondering how they would continue the series after 11 years, let me explain. The film picks up with Andy heading to college and the toys are at a crossroads between the attic, being donated or tossed out with the garbage. By accident they are discarded but luckily end up at Sunnyside Daycare. Here they meet lots of other toys that are in the same situation as them. But are these new toys friends or foes? The toys need to get back to Andy before it is too late and he leaves for school.

The third sequel is amplified in every way possible. EMOTION is the big one though and I will get to that in a minute. The action in the film is so intense you find yourself biting your nails and gripping the seat. During the film you really become engaged with the story and its tense situations. The comedy is superb and stepped up from its earlier films, especially when Buzz goes into “Spanish mode”. The opening scene of the film has one of the funniest and most action packed scenes of all three movies. Alright so back to the emotion. If you think you can get out of this film without shedding a tear, think again it’s not happening. And if you are convinced you won’t, you shouldn’t be seeing this film. For those who have loved and been attached to these lovable characters since 1995 you will be very happy with the film no question! It delivers in every way possible.

The original cast members all return and are all just as fun and lovable as they were in the first two films. There are some great new characters that join our old favorites. Ned Beatty voices Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear, who is in charge of the toys at Sunnyside Daycare. Whoopi Goldberg lends her voice as the octopus, Stretch. Even a James Bond lends his voice to one of the new characters as Timothy Dalton voices the porcupine, Mr. Pricklepants. Though the best new character award has to go to Ken who is voiced by none other than Michael Keaton. Keaton steals the show as the metrosexual plastic doll who has all the best lines and the best fashion. And fans of the Japanese film company, Studio Ghibli, should keep an eye out for Totoro from “My Neighbour Totoro”. Also keep an eye out for the bully, Sid from the first “Toy Story”.

So get your family and friends together and head to the local theater, preferably in 3-D or IMAX and get ready to enjoy one heck of a great film. Don’t forget those tissues, trust me!

Directed by: Lee Unkrich
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Don Rickles, John Ratzenberger and Michael Keaton
Studio: Pixar Animation Studios
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures

Our Score: 4 out of 4 stars

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