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Toy Story 3 (2010)

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Tue Jul 13 2010

The ‘Toy Story’ films are deservedly seen as the gold standard for computer-generated animation, putting their gorgeously detailed digital craftsmanship at the service of a pleasingly simple fantasy set-up, warm, complex characterisation and classically elegant storytelling. But, like the best children’s stories, they’re also about something seriously scary: the separation anxiety with which all kids (and plenty of adults) are familiar and the spectre of its extreme extrapolation, total abandonment. It doesn’t take a sociologist to work out why such themes might strike a chord at a time when family life is so fragile for so many; the ‘Toy Story’ cycle broaches the subject with an emotional honesty that allows young viewers to exercise those anxieties in safety – even if it stops short of the kind of traumatic wallop associated with, say, Bambi’s mum.

This third outing finds the gang – Woody the cowboy (voiced by Tom Hanks), space ranger Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), cowgirl Jessie (Joan Cusack), timid dinosaur Rex (Wallace Shawn) and various other dog, pig and potato-based playthings – facing the reality of their long-indifferent owner leaving for college. The toys fear indefinite leave in the attic or – worse – the trash; the middle ground is relocation to Sunnyside, a day-care centre where, perhaps, they can serve new owners. All seems well on their arrival – sweet kids, welcoming new toys – but jeopardy is, of course, around the corner.

The film is in 3D but, hang-gliding escapades notwithstanding, in-your-face effects take a back seat to more subtle applications, such as environmental immersion, mock-heroic playfulness and suspenseful contrasts of scale. That said, the opening adventure sequence is an assured stereo set piece and the short preceding the main feature, ‘Day & Night’, a high-concept gem.

There are several elements in ‘Toy Story 3’ that echo its predecessors: the outside-world escape plot, the reversion of Buzz to factory-setting-level naivety, the trustworthiness of new pals. But there are also many witty novelties, from a when-Barbie-met-Ken subplot to a 2D makeover for Mr Potato Head and gags about toys as Method actors. This is also a film willing to flirt with darker matter, including mortal jeopardy at a landfill, freaky clown, monkey and baby toys and a flashback in which a toy feels abandoned. Emotional responsibility is mutable in the toy-owner dynamic: at some points the toy feels like the owner’s vulnerable child, at others like its diligent parent. Either role, these reassuring movies recognise at their darkest moments, can yield the kind of despair that prompts one character to growl: ‘We’re all just trash waiting to be thrown away.’

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Rated:

U

UK release:

Fri Jul 16, 2010

Duration:

108 mins

Cast and crew

Voices:

Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack

Director:

Lee Unkrich

Screenwriter:

John Lasseter

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Halii

this film is the best it is so lovely i really like it and it is really enjoyable to watch if you havent watched it you have to i love it. i will give it a big 5 out of 5 itz brilliant.

Halii

this film is the best it is so lovely i really like it and it is really enjoyable to watch if you havent watched it you have to i love it. i will give it a big 5 out of 5 itz brilliant.

Hazzi

this is 1 of the best films ever it is funny sad and enjoyable for any ages 3d is the best and i like when everthing comes close to you. Have a hapy day during the film and the weekend.

Hazzi

this is 1 of the best films ever it is funny sad and enjoyable for any ages 3d is the best and i like when everthing comes close to you. Have a hapy day during the film and the weekend.

ellie:)!

i have waited ten years for the third film to come out, and tbh, it was worth the wait. the 3d version is the best 3d film i have ever seen, no joke. i absolutely loved the story line, and everything to it. made me cry though!

ellie:)!

i have waited ten years for the third film to come out, and tbh, it was worth the wait. the 3d version is the best 3d film i have ever seen, no joke. i absolutely loved the story line, and everything to it. made me cry though!

LOOSTER

ToyStory is great, so funny and exciting. But at the end it's quite upsetting. You have to see this movie!!

LOOSTER

ToyStory is great, so funny and exciting. But at the end it's quite upsetting. You have to see this movie!!

louis

toy story is great so funny and exciting and at the end its quite upsetting but you have got to see this movie

louis

toy story is great so funny and exciting and at the end its quite upsetting but you have got to see this movie

oldbrit

Brilliant story, brilliant script, great animation and a touching thoughtful end to a wonderful three film series. .I often wonder if it is because animated movies take so long to make that the scripts are infinitely better than live action blockbusters

oldbrit

Brilliant story, brilliant script, great animation and a touching thoughtful end to a wonderful three film series. .I often wonder if it is because animated movies take so long to make that the scripts are infinitely better than live action blockbusters

RT

Marvellous conclusion to the Toy Story franchise that thoroughly deserves all its accolades it gets for both its storytelling and for dragging the entire animation, which was as good as dead before the original TS, into the 21st Century.

RT

Marvellous conclusion to the Toy Story franchise that thoroughly deserves all its accolades it gets for both its storytelling and for dragging the entire animation, which was as good as dead before the original TS, into the 21st Century.

Rachel

I thought this film was absolutly amazing! It brought back good memories of when I watched toy story 1 as a child. My 10 year old brother loved this as well, and all 6 of us that went were crying with laughter! Best film I have seen since shutter island. I do understand to clapping comment, I think it is very much an american thing.

Rachel

I thought this film was absolutly amazing! It brought back good memories of when I watched toy story 1 as a child. My 10 year old brother loved this as well, and all 6 of us that went were crying with laughter! Best film I have seen since shutter island. I do understand to clapping comment, I think it is very much an american thing.

noonar

absolutely brilliant, i laughed as much if not more than my kids ! our group ages ranged from 4 to 69 and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. well done pixar a brilliant ending to a much loved story.

noonar

absolutely brilliant, i laughed as much if not more than my kids ! our group ages ranged from 4 to 69 and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. well done pixar a brilliant ending to a much loved story.

ric

I was disappointed with '3D' again(& THAT WAS IN FRONT ROW) but otherwise movie was fab. The appaulse at the end still sucks-would you do that in your own home.WOO-YEAH,C'MON Its very sad people!! Insult was aimed at audiences NOT THE MOVIE.Cheezy,embarrassed-i think not!

ric

I was disappointed with '3D' again(& THAT WAS IN FRONT ROW) but otherwise movie was fab. The appaulse at the end still sucks-would you do that in your own home.WOO-YEAH,C'MON Its very sad people!! Insult was aimed at audiences NOT THE MOVIE.Cheezy,embarrassed-i think not!

scrumpyjack

It IS the perfect ending (though Id like to have seen a grown up, respectable Sid, the bad boy from the first, if only for a few seconds) but its 5 star film, but No. 1 is. By the way, Watched it again in 2d and its just as good, and im NORMALLY a 3D fan for this type of film. 8/10

scrumpyjack

It IS the perfect ending (though Id like to have seen a grown up, respectable Sid, the bad boy from the first, if only for a few seconds) but its 5 star film, but No. 1 is. By the way, Watched it again in 2d and its just as good, and im NORMALLY a 3D fan for this type of film. 8/10

Godbluff

Well - for those that didn't think was the perfect end to the trilogy, I would ask one question... What the hell would you do to improve it? I could not see a word, action, gag, pacing, idea or rendering that was not perfect in this. This is entertainment as as labour of love - despite all the commerciality - the craft and art stands out. Fab film - my kids loved it. You will not be disappointed (unless you don't like this kind of thing and shouldn't have gone in the first place).

Godbluff

Well - for those that didn't think was the perfect end to the trilogy, I would ask one question... What the hell would you do to improve it? I could not see a word, action, gag, pacing, idea or rendering that was not perfect in this. This is entertainment as as labour of love - despite all the commerciality - the craft and art stands out. Fab film - my kids loved it. You will not be disappointed (unless you don't like this kind of thing and shouldn't have gone in the first place).

Kate

Absolutely fantastic, will watch it again and again. As brilliant if not better that 1 and 2.

Kate

Absolutely fantastic, will watch it again and again. As brilliant if not better that 1 and 2.

Mike

Strewth - the film industry marketing departments have been putting in overtime filling this page with comments! ‘ It’s hard to believe it’s 14 years since TS1 came along. Even if you missed TS1 and 2, you won’t find it hard to get into the main characters. There’s the usual excellent mix of gags – many for kids and more subtle gags and references for adults – CGI aside, this is something Pixar’s always been great at. Mr Potatohead as a tortilla had me in creases. ‘ But truth be told, this isn’t a 5 star film. Okay, your kids might think it’s good, but by Christmas something else will have come along and they’ll find it hard to remember the plot of TS3. It’s unlikely to win Oscars next spring. Me? I thought it was worth 3, possibly 4 stars – but no more. Funny, and great to take the kids to. But bear in mind that the film industry spends a lot of time and money filling in review pages like these, so don’t get carried away by some of those below.

Mike

Strewth - the film industry marketing departments have been putting in overtime filling this page with comments! ‘ It’s hard to believe it’s 14 years since TS1 came along. Even if you missed TS1 and 2, you won’t find it hard to get into the main characters. There’s the usual excellent mix of gags – many for kids and more subtle gags and references for adults – CGI aside, this is something Pixar’s always been great at. Mr Potatohead as a tortilla had me in creases. ‘ But truth be told, this isn’t a 5 star film. Okay, your kids might think it’s good, but by Christmas something else will have come along and they’ll find it hard to remember the plot of TS3. It’s unlikely to win Oscars next spring. Me? I thought it was worth 3, possibly 4 stars – but no more. Funny, and great to take the kids to. But bear in mind that the film industry spends a lot of time and money filling in review pages like these, so don’t get carried away by some of those below.

Gil

An awesome ending to the best franchise in CGI animation. I have never been to a film where the whole auditorium applauded like this. It was truly worth it.

Gil

An awesome ending to the best franchise in CGI animation. I have never been to a film where the whole auditorium applauded like this. It was truly worth it.

Justin Berkovi

A great film but for some reason I felt the sentimental parts were not as poignant as the previous Toy Story films. For me this was the most humourous Toy Story but I prefer a simpler, perhaps more subtle script. All in all though a beautifully executed third part of the series although I didnt' see the point of watching it in 3D.

Justin Berkovi

A great film but for some reason I felt the sentimental parts were not as poignant as the previous Toy Story films. For me this was the most humourous Toy Story but I prefer a simpler, perhaps more subtle script. All in all though a beautifully executed third part of the series although I didnt' see the point of watching it in 3D.

Godfrey

Great to read the consistently appreciative reviews... what a marvellous movie this is. But Ric's comment strikes a sour note... what the hell does "stupid and 'american' " mean regarding audiences' spontaneous applause? Given that Toy Story 3 is an 'american' movie and given that it is so brilliant, Ric's insult rather undermines intself, doesn't it? And what's 'cheezy' about wanting to applaud an event like this; that applause itself is more to do with an audience sharing a recognition of its own collective enjoyment. A pity Ric is too, well... uptight, strapped-down and frankly 'british' to let his feelings express themselves. I suspect for him, 'cheezy' translates as 'embarassed'.

Godfrey

Great to read the consistently appreciative reviews... what a marvellous movie this is. But Ric's comment strikes a sour note... what the hell does "stupid and 'american' " mean regarding audiences' spontaneous applause? Given that Toy Story 3 is an 'american' movie and given that it is so brilliant, Ric's insult rather undermines intself, doesn't it? And what's 'cheezy' about wanting to applaud an event like this; that applause itself is more to do with an audience sharing a recognition of its own collective enjoyment. A pity Ric is too, well... uptight, strapped-down and frankly 'british' to let his feelings express themselves. I suspect for him, 'cheezy' translates as 'embarassed'.

iain

Brilliant, witty, gloriously inventive and quite remarkably moving. Pixar reign supreme (although How to Train Your Dragon runs a very close second for animated movie of the year... if not movie of the year, period.)

iain

Brilliant, witty, gloriously inventive and quite remarkably moving. Pixar reign supreme (although How to Train Your Dragon runs a very close second for animated movie of the year... if not movie of the year, period.)

JenDom

The round of applause that happened after this film ended was spontaneous and heartfelt and thoroughly deserved. This film was thoughtful, funny, exciting, profound and extremely touching. It treated its audience with intelligence.

JenDom

The round of applause that happened after this film ended was spontaneous and heartfelt and thoroughly deserved. This film was thoughtful, funny, exciting, profound and extremely touching. It treated its audience with intelligence.

Eye

Is a great movie, can't wait for the dvd so i can watch time and time again.. And there's nothing wrong with a round of applause at the end of the film if you enjoyed it..

Eye

Is a great movie, can't wait for the dvd so i can watch time and time again.. And there's nothing wrong with a round of applause at the end of the film if you enjoyed it..

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