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5.0 out of 5 stars Toy Story - Remember the good old days of your childhood?, 1 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Toy Story 3 [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
I remember seeing the original Toy Story when I was just 9 years old when life was so much simpler and the adventure of Toy Story provided some welcome entertainment. 15 years later and we now have Toy Story 3; life is a lot more complicated, but Toy Story 3 isn't just casual entertainment, it becomes a welcome escapism reminiscent of a childhood long gone. There was no doubt whatsoever that this film would be a success as the franchise had built up quite a following. Every adults inner child would have been screaming incessantly as soon as it heard the announcement that there would be a third Toy Story. I know I was excited from the moment I saw the teaser for the film and wanted to know more and more every day as to where they would take the story next.

Andy (John Morris) is now 17 years old and preparing to go to college. Almost all Andy's old toys have already been either thrown away in the trash or donated, all the toys that are left are Buzz (Tim Allen), Woody (Tom Hanks), Jessie (Joan Cusack), Bullseye, Slinky Dog (Blake Clark), Mr & Mrs. Potato Head (Don Rickles & Estelle Harris), Hamm (John Ratzenberger), Rex (Wallace Shawn) and the Green Aliens (Jeff Pidgeon). They are worried about what will happen to them when Andy goes to college, will they be thrown in the trash, left in the attic or will Andy take them with him. The third option being the most unlikely. When Andy is packing his stuff, the toys find themselves ending up in Sunnyside day care centre, which seems like heaven to them all. Run by Lotso (Ned Beaty), what seems to be a heaven for toys turns out to be somewhat of a hell for the old gang and they have to find a way back home before Andy goes to college.

I'm a massive fan of the original movies as these are something I've literally grown up with. The bits of adult type humour I didn't really get when I watched the films when I was younger, I enjoy watching again and getting new and more fruitful laughs. Toy Story 2 was shown on TV a few weeks ago and it was a genuine pleasure to watch something I had not watched for a number of years and still managing to be able to enjoy the humour and the message to pass onto the kids about friendship and loyalty. The message was strong then, and it's good to know that the message hasn't been lost in the 11 year gap leading to Toy Story 3, and is actually even stronger. The characters that were left are tied together, stronger than ever by the fact that it's only them left and they do not want to be split up, but in fact if they can't stay with Andy, they want a new home where they will be played with every day.

The animation has seen a significant upgrade in almost every department. Lee Unkrich has commented that when approaching the animation for this movie, the makers have not approached it in the mind that it must look the same as the last two instalments. They animators approached it with the mind of making Toy Story 3 look how they would have wanted the originals to look, had the technology been as advanced as it is now. There's definitely an upgrade in look and feel of the characters and the atmosphere of the whole thing, especially with the human characters as it makes their story a lot more believable, and allows the viewer to invest more emotion into the story.

The characters both new and old are excellent and create some hilarious moments. Possibly the best addition to the Toy Story cast was Barbie's male counterpart, Ken who's as camp and image obsessed as you would possibly imagine him to be. Lotso, the villain of the film was quite the typical villain you would expect. A mob boss of sorts in the setting of the day care centre, he's a toy that was lost and replaced as a youngster who feels bitter and angry towards the humans and the toys that play with them. Although I understood why Lotso was the character he was, I never really understood why he was so hell bent on keeping the toys locked up in the day care centre. Perhaps that was just a negative symptom of me not paying much attention to that part of the story.

Overall, however, the film was truly splendid from start to finish. The characters were both as enjoyable and lovable as I remember them and it contained some truly hearty laughs, my personal favourite was the Spanish Buzz Lightyear trying to win Jessie's heart. I would highly recommend this to anyone still in touch with their inner child, or someone looking to introduce these characters to a new generation as it's promising entertainment for the entire family.
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Initial post: 1 Oct 2010 10:05:27 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 11 Oct 2010 13:48:17 BDT
BabyBrain says:
because its not released yet you twerp. its a fab review of the film there to help people who havnt seen it in the cinema decide whether or not to pay for it now and pre order. so unless you are pirating dvds then you also do not have the dvd nor does anyone else. so why not skip the sarcasm, save yourself from looking an idiot and keep quiet. i enjoyed the review :)

Posted on 11 Oct 2010 20:53:09 BDT
Thanks Steven, a very well-written informative review.

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In reply to an earlier post on 1 Nov 2010 07:01:57 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Nov 2010 07:03:02 GMT
Ema, the point is he doesn't have the blu ray, so he shouldn't review it. Period. The insults aside, guys reviewing films before they are even released on said format is horrid. I sincerely wish Amazon would change it. Do you see my review of it yet? NO you don't because I don't have it. You can bet I will give a review about the blu ray though when I do.
Mr. Abernathy I couldn't agree more!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2010 19:55:10 GMT
Brittanix says:
Could someone please tell me if German language is also available on the disc? Thanks!

Posted on 14 Nov 2010 16:26:46 GMT
PGee says:
Great review,went to see this at cinema with my brother and his children,we all enjoyed it remember taking my son to see TS 1 &2 ,he's now at Uni .
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