Action/Adventure, Comedy, Animation and Sequel
June 18, 2010
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Michael Keaton
Walt Disney Studios
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Toy Story 3
By Hannah Goodwyn
- Disney and Pixar Animation latest release brings our favorite cartoon toys from the 1990s back to the big screen in Toy Story 3. This latest installment features those familiar faces - the ever-loyal cowboy Woody (Tom Hanks), the to-infinity-and-beyond space ranger Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, and others.
The Movie in a Minute or Less
While Andy prepares to leave for college, Woody, Buzz, and the rest of his discarded toys are taken to a local daycare inhabited by rowdy toddlers. Anxious to get back home -- or to anywhere but that daycare, Andy's toy plan their "great escape" out of the building, and passed the guards set up by the toy in charge.
What Works – and What Doesn't – in Toy Story 3
Why is this movie in 3D? That is the question moviegoers will have on their minds from the get-go. The animation is wonderful, but the 3D element just didn't seem to be there. Even before the film starts, we're subjected to a short title "Day and Night." The artistry is there in animation form, but it was not entertaining at all. (The pre-teen sitting next to me even said, "This is boring.") My sentiments exactly.
Despite these complaints, Toy Story 3 ends up being a wonderfullly made film. Though it doesn't compare with the original, it's far better than the second one. With the inclusion of new characters - a Ken for Barbie, a purple bear named Lotso, and more, the movie starts to become engaging about midway through. The first bit is just setting the scene, catching audiences up on the history of Andy and his toys. The storyline works, and there are a few especially funny scenes toward the end of the film involving Buzz.
In the End
Rated G, Toy Story 3 is suitable for all moviegoing ages. Parents should know that at one point the bad toys are seen gambling, Barbie's Ken is perceived to being wearing heels, and there are moments of peril -- albeit cartoon peril.
The third film in a successful franchise, Toy Story 3 will definitely bring in the box office dollars with its funny dialogue and redemptive story. That said, the film is likely to only appeal to children, parents, and adults who are already fans.
Hannah Goodwyn is the Family and Entertainment producer for CBN.com. For more articles and information, visit Hannah's bio page.
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