Pixar was brave to release Toy Story 3; after all, it had been over a decade since Toy Story 2 blitzed our cinemas. But like everything Pixar has done so far, it was flawless.
Toy Story 3 featured our favourite toys – Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Bullseye, Rex, Ham, Slinky, Mr and Mrs Potato Head and the three Pizza Planet aliens – on arguably the biggest adventure of their lives, and that is saying a lot. Andy is all grown up now, and leaving to college in just days. The toys have not been played with for years. When Andy packs for college, he throws all the toys but Woody in a trash bag and intends on taking them to the attic, when Andy’s mum throws them out.
Doubting Andy, the other toys decide to be donated to Sunnyshore Day Care Centre with Andy’s sister’s Barbie doll. Woody follows, trying to convince the toys that Andy wanted to keep the toys. Their adventure at Sunnyshore is utterly hilarious from start to finish.
The new characters added fit in perfectly and are wonderful, especially Ken, Lotso and Trixie the triceratops. The movie manages to balance out action with beauty and adds in a whole lot of humour along the way.
Very few sequels live up to expectations, but Toy Story 3 did just that. It was utterly captivating from start to finish. The plot was intense, the animation was superb. It was the perfect movie to be the first I’ve ever watched in 3D. It kept me guessing right until the final scene.
The last 15 minutes or so were the most enthralling scenes I have ever watched. They were so emotionally charged. I shed more than a tear; not one of sadness, but one of happiness. The end scene seemed so fitting and stirring. The music added to the wondrous movie.
The only bad thing I saw in this movie was that many of my personal favourites were not in it. Bo Peep, Wheezy, RC, Etch, Mike and Lenny were all absent, presumably thrown away. The new characters were wonderful though. The monkey was creepy, but Ken was extremely funny and Bonnie’s toys [Bonnie’s a kid at Sunnyshore] were very cute. Dolly and Trixie especially had me laughing.
All in all, Toy Story 3 was a beautiful ending to a series I really don’t want to end. I’ll miss these toys.