Toy Story 3

Disney Pixar

Mark Haddon

Pixar's greatest characters are back. We've been waiting 11 years for Toy Story 3. But we never imagined it would be this good.

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In 1995, when the original Toy Story film came out, it was an immediate hit simply because it was the first fully computer generated animation.  On top of this, it was also a damn good film with some adorable characters.  Who couldn't watch it without fondly thinking of all their childhood toys?  Roll out four years to 1999 and they were back.  It was with some trepidation that I went to see it - would it live up to the same standards as the original?!  It did and again, a massive hit!  (Some people say it was better than the first, but the original film will always hold the top spot in my heart!)  Then, in 2010, 11 years after the second film, Pixar bring the gang back for another film.  "Uh-oh" was the first thing that came to mind when I saw the teaser.  Was this just their attempt to rinse the public of some more money, riding on the back of the 3D band-wagon?

I can reassure you that this is most definitely not the case!  The third installment in the Toy Story enterprise is, in one short word, excellent!  The writers have moved the characters (both toys and humans alike) along and brought them with us in to 2010.  With Andy ready to go off to college, Woody's gang has slimmed down and are contemplating their future with Andy gone.  A sensible decision by Pixar to keep Andy's gang of Toys quite small - any more than they had would have been difficult to keep track of on their adventures.  It was good to see all of the old favourites though: Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Bullseye, Mr. Potato Head, Mrs. Potato Head, 3 alien squeak toys from Pizza Planet, Slinky Dog, Rex, and Hamm the Piggy Bank are all present and correct!

The film, similar to its predecessors, has a fairly simple plot line and it is the twists and turns along the way that keep everything busy.  There are plenty of new characters, some good, some bad and some just confused.  The film is also filled with some wonderful comedy gems which, without spoiling the film for those yet to see it, include some 'Ken' moments (as in 'Barbie & Ken").  There is also a scene involving Mr Potato Head, a tortilla wrap and a courgette which had most people in the cinema crying with laughter.  Then there is the Buzz Spanish moment, but you have to watch it to find out more about that one...

Even if this film had been a let down, I think it would have a been a must-see for anyone who had seen the previous two.  Fortunately, however, it is another gem in Pixar's crown as the leading animation house in the world (in my opinion at least!).  From this experience, I really should learn to stop doubting Pixar.  Over the last 15 years, they have produced nothing but the best quality films.  Having re-watched many recently, I cannot think of a single one which is not worthy of the description "excellent" or "brilliant".  The only problem I have with Toy Story 3 is working out where to put it in my Pixar rankings - I just don't want to move anything down!



Reviewed on 23/07/2010 by Angela


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