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Mindless Review: Toy Story 3

I just saw Toy Story 3 and I can easily say that not only is it my favorite of the Toy Story movies, but is also the front runner for my Movie of the Year.

The movie starts off with a fantastic opening sequences (and one of the highlights of the movie) in which Andy is playing with his toys but everything is happening as Andy sees it in his imagination.  When play time is over we see a series of events occur through the eye of a video camera in which Andy is growing up.

Fast-forward to present day and Andy is 17 and ready to head off to college.  Having long since left his toys in his toy box longing for the day when Andy will play with them, the time comes for Andy to decide what he will do with his old toys.  Events unfold and we find Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen) and the gang at a Sunnyside Daycare with hopes of being played with by children for years to come.

But we soon learn that there’s a dark side to Sunnyside and the movie turns into a prison break movie with toys.  It’s at Sunnyside that we meet many of the new characters for the third installment including Lotso (Ned Beatty) the Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear and leader of the toys at Sunnyside and Ken (Micheal Keaton) one of Lotso’s men.

There’s also alot of cameos from a bunch of toys you might recognize playing with throughout the years.  My personal favorite is the appearance of a plush Totoro doll.

There are alot of very funny moments in Toy Story 3 some of my favorites involve Mr. Potato Head and a tortilla, and Buzz’s spanish mode.

The last half hour or so really picks up in terms or action and suspense.  The set pieces that we find the toys in and is a real testament to the storytelling and animation abilities of the people over at Pixar.

It’s hard to review a Pixar movie because you already know what to expect from them.  Great animation paired with some great storytelling and great performances by the cast.  The love and care that Pixar takes in all it’s films is definitely present here and maybe even more so since it’s returning to the franchise that started it all.

Ultimately what we have with Toy Story 3 is a tale of what happens to our toys when we no longer need them.  And it’s a tale thats filled with plenty of laughs and a few tears at the end (yes I’ll admit my eyes got a bit watery).  Toy Story 3 shows why the folks at Pixar are masters of their craft.

Toy Story 3 is a great movie that anyone young or old can enjoy, it’s a great third installment as well as a great way of brining the story of these toys to a close.

Toy Story 3: 9.5/10

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