Woody, Buzz and the whole gang are back. As their owner Andy prepares to depart for college, his loyal toys find themselves in daycare where untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice. It’s all for one and one for all as they join Barbie’s counterpart Ken, a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear to plan their great escape.
Rating: 10 out of 10
There is something so magical about the ages between 4 and 10. There’s no limitation on what we can achieve, who we could become, or what we can imagine. To date, there are few, if any, films that convey the sense of child-like wonder as the Toy Story films have. Toy Story 3 is the best of all 3. It’s about so much more than just toys coming to life. It’s about the loss of innocence and the time to say goodbye to childish things and move on.
It picks up around eight years after Toy Story 2. Andy, the little boy from the first and second films, is all grown up and getting ready to move to college. Many of the toys are gone from the previous installments but Andy has held onto his favorite ones in his old toy box. When he has to clean up his room before moving away, there’s a mixup with his mother and the toys end up being donated to a daycare. From there, it’s 100 minutes of pure fun that will make you laugh, cheer, and cry. The animation is even more stellar and the performances of all the voice actors is as good as ever. But, the secret to Pixar’s success is their team of writers that put together film after film of brilliant stories that always capture our imagination and make us feel just like we did before we had to grow up. Toy Story 3 is their best film to date.