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21st July 2010

Summary:

Old friends and new faces as Andy's toys find themselves in a brand new home - and in thrilling 3D!

In the first Toy Story film, loveable sheriff toy Woody (Tom Hanks) had to cope with the arrival of brash new astronaut toy Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen). The story continued in Toy Story 2, where Woody was kidnapped by an obsessive toy collector and had to be rescued by his loyal friends. And now Toy Story 3 has arrived - in glorious 3D. Years have passed and Andy, the boy who owns the toys, is all grown up and leaving to go to college in a few days' time. Reluctantly, he donates his trusty collection of toys to charity, and that's when Woody and the gang find themselves in a new home. At first it seems like toys' paradise, but soon a dark side is revealed and our heroes decided to make a break for freedom...

Review:

Since I felt none of the other reviews here do the movie justice, I became compelled to write my own. It is the most inspired film I have ever encountered.

The creators of Toy Story 3 have an imagination that is unparalleled. I cannot begin to compare any of the other animated movies that I have ever seen to it. It is a fantasy in an unconventional sense: aside from the talking toys, the environment and settings are typical; commonplace. Yet, the Pixar Team manages to cram every last drop of energy into the incredibly clever story and inventive plot devices out of just common household objects. The animation is so brilliant that it captures shading, lighting, and textures that have yet to be seen on film.

Then, Toy Story 3 becomes a beautiful elaboration on the first two, with very clever character development. Its maturity of relationships is concise but witty: Woody, the wise sheriff, leading the other toys with courage and finesse; a spaceman winning the love of a cowgirl; the loyalty of the dog, slinky; the grumpy married potato and his devoted wife; the superficial relationship of Ken and Barbie; the broken spirit of a lost teddy bear. At the same time, Pixar uses a metaphor that is so strong that it drives the audience to love these characters with all of their hearts. It is a similar emotional complex to a happy puppy who is brought into a home and has nothing on its mind but playing with its youthful owners. But these toys never age, and as its owners, once in their playful youths, leave for work and college, these toys still know nothing more than their youth and happiness of living to one day play again. As you leave for work every morning, your dog doesn't know where you go. And every day, he does nothing more than pray that you come back to see him, every day waiting for you to bring out the ball again for a game of fetch.

Finally comes Pixar's ability to integrate so many emotions - fear, love, action, and comedy, among others - with each having so much vigor in its own right, that the movie becomes a roller coaster of animation and adventure, wound together by the constant movement of setting and storyline, always keeping the audience guessing on what might happen next. It is a brilliant tale; a perfect movie for children and adults alike. I cannot wait to see it again.