Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3:
Or How I Learned To Stop Being Scared Of The Evil Doctor Porkchop
And Be Reminded To Never Trust A Carebear The Smells Like Strawberries

I know this isn't a shock to some of you, but deep down inside, in the places I don't like to talk about at parties, I, like many, am just a big kid. Sure my transformers and toy collections are pretty well known to most, and my love of classic cartoons and puppetry and the like as well, so its only natural that I would love a film, and more importantly, a series of films, with the concept of the Toy Story series. After all, who didn't think their toys came to life when they weren't around or asleep and had complex and interesting lives of their own? I know I sure as heck believed mine did, hell I still believe mine do. But I guess thats just part of the wonder, love and joy that has always been connected to the Toy Story series, that feeling of never really growing up, and being transported back to your childhood and having happy memories you thought long forgotten return like an old friend that you are so glad to see, and sharing those memories with your loved ones, you have to love any movie, or series of films that can do that.

I was both overjoyed and saddened when it was announced there was to be a third, and more so, a final Toy Story movie, the pixar fan in me was happy to see their flagship come out of dry dock for one more tour of duty, but the kid in me was saddened it would be the very last one. But thats kind of what you're ment to feel when you see Toy Story 3, you're ment to feel mixed emotions, its like saying good bye to life long friends who are moving away. But thats kind of the main point to the film, after a hilariously awesome opening action scene where main characters Woody the Sheriff, Jessie the cowgirl and her horse Bullseye, and Buzz Lightyear save a trainload of orphans (troll dolls) from villains One Eyed Bart, One Eyed Betty (Mr. And Mrs. Potatohead) and The Evil Doctor Porkchop (Hamm the Piggy Bank), the film opens, its now many years after the first and second movies both take place, Andy, the boy who owns all of films cast, is 17 and heading off to college, and the toys all spend their time living in Andy's toy chest which he hardly opens, life is hard for a toy that doesn't get played with anymore, they feel overjoyed at even the slightest touch from their owner, even tricking now teenage Andy into noticing they are there by stealing his and his sister's cellphones so he comes looking for them when they ring.

After Andy picks up the two phones, he leaves the room, and the toys come out of the toy chest and talk about whats just happened, Woody mentions that of all the toys that Andy's had, he's hung on to each of them all of his life, that means they all mean something to him, explaining they weren't allowed to be sold off at yard sales, like many others, this is what happened to most of the missing cast of the last two films, though only Bo Peep and Etch The Etch-a-Sketch are named among the sold toys, its assumed this is what happened to all of the missing cast of Andy's toys. Buzz declares that there is no chance of them ever getting played with again, and states everyone should gather up their accessories and prepare for their new life together up in the attic, which I guess to a toy is sort of like a retirement community. They all scurry back to the toy chest when they hear Andy and his mother coming up the stairs, his mother telling him to put what he wants to keep in the attic and toss the rest of his unpacked things that he won't need out. Andy grabs a garbage bag and puts all of the cast except for Woody in it, Woody, he puts in a box marked "College", as Andy makes his way to the attic with his garbage bag of his favorite toys, he's stopped by his sister, and leaves the bag at the bottom of the stairs to the attic, Andy's mother mistakes this for trash and puts the bag on the corner with the rest of the trash. Woody, seeing this and realizing he has to save his friends, runs out to save them before the garbage truck comes to get them. Woody makes it there to late, and believes them all to be dead, he then sees a recycle container running for the garage and discovers they've all made it out alive, but are furious at the belief the Andy would toss them out, Woody tries to explain what happened, but they don't listen, they all climb into a box marked "Donation Toys To Sunnyside Daycare" and decide to start a new life together there, believing atleast the children there will atleast play with them.

From there the film takes the normal toy story style twists and turns and moments of complete hilarity as they discover that the daycare they end up at is really toy prison run by a carebear like bear named Lots-o-huggin bear, or Lotso for short, Woody unknowing of this escapes and is found by a girl named Bonnie, who takes him home, where he is told the story of Lotso, who went crazy when his owner lost him, and how he made it back to her, only to discover that she'd replaced him with another Lots-o-huggin bear that looked exactly like him, Woody is then told how he became the head of the daycares toys, and turned it from a place of joy and fun, to a corrupt prison state under his rule, Woody rushes back to the daycare to save everyone. Around the time that Woody is being told what happens there, the rest of the cast is discovering as well, when Buzz sneaks out of the toddler room, a nightmare like place where toys are mistreated and damaged constantly by the to young for them children, he discovers what really is going on at the daycare, when he confronts Lotso, Buzz's back panel is removed, and he is set from play to Demo, making him as he was through most of the first film, truly believing he is action hero Buzz Lightyear, an office of the Galactic Alliance, Lotso convinces Buzz that he works for him and Buzz is left to guard his friends, whom he is told are criminals.

Woody makes it back to the daycare and after reuniting with the rest of the cast forms a plan to get them all out by escaping through a garbage chute to the outside world, but first they need to fix Buzz. the cast is able to subdue Buzz and after finding a manual, is able to find the switch to change him back, however they hold the reset button down to long and Buzz leaps up in spanish mode, Buzz is now speaking spanish and moving around like a combination of a Spanish Bullfighter, swordsman, and ballroom dancer, this seriously leads to some of the most hilarious moments in the film, from there, they all set about their escape, and after a confrontation with Lotso outside the gates of the daycare, they eventually make it back to Andy's house, where Woody's hatched a plan to keep them all together no matter what. And with out ruining the ending, in true toy story fashion, it will make you happy and joyful and really glad you let your inner child out to play for afew hours time.

So the big question, is this movie worth seeing? Hell yes! The opening sequence, as well as the whole act where Buzz is stuck in spanish mode are worth the ticket price alone! But the film, as is customary with Pixar, and more so the Toy Story films, the visuals alone are worth the viewing, but the story is also as great as it can be, and you will be glad you saw it, even if you don't have children to take with you. So if you haven't seen it yet, you really have too, even if you go just to see how the Toy Story series, which was really only ment to be one movie until Disney started to see dollar signs, finally ends. You will not be let down, I promise you that.

here is the trailer..




  1. I can't wait to see this now! Thanks, BC!

  2. Hahaha!! I'm telling ya, that nickname so fits you Bez.. lol

    Also you really should, its funny, and touching and just so very good, I had a hard time not giving away to much of the story in the review, its just so good, its surprisingly dark at points too.

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