The creators of the beloved Toy Story
films re-open the toy box and bring moviegoers back to the delightful world of Woody, Buzz and our favourite gang of toy characters in Toy Story 3
. Woody and Buzz had accepted that their owner Andy would grow up someday, but what happens when that day arrives? In the third installment, Andy is preparing to depart for college, leaving his loyal toys troubled about their uncertain future. Lee Unkrich (co-director of Toy Story 2
and Finding Nemo
) directs this highly anticipated film, and Michael Arndt, the Academy Award®-winning screenwriter of Little Miss Sunshine
, brings his unique talents and comedic sensibilities to the proceedings.
Stills from Toy Story 3 (Click for larger image) Blu-ray Extras:
- "Day & Night" Theatrical Short
- Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: The Science Of Adventure
Find a better third movie in any franchise to date, and you’ll really be doing something special. For Toy Story 3
sets a massively high bar for future threequels, and delivers the best family film in some time as it does so.
It picks up some time after Toy Story 2, with Andy off to college, leaving the likes of Woody, Buzz and Mr Potato Head with an uncertain future. A series of events soon leave them in the midst of a daycare centre, but things, inevitably, don’t turn out quite as expected.
To say any more about the story would be to spoil some of the fun, so instead, let’s just say this: Toy Story 3 is a sensational piece of work. It takes a little bit of time to ultimately get going, but when it starts firing on all cylinders, it’s packed with some genuinely incredible action sequences, moments of real suspense, and some terrific comedy, too. It’s all blended together effortlessly well, and is tied up with an ending that’ll surely melt the hardest of hearts.
And, what’s more, its high definition presentation is reference standard. Animated generally comes out better than anything else when presented in 1080p, and Toy Story 3 more than proves that. It looks, and sounds, staggering. And that this presentational work is attached to such a terrific film makes this, ultimately, one of the finest Blu-rays on the market. Easily recommended. --Jon Foster