Toy Story 3 Movie Review

Toy Story 3 Movie Review


Director Lee Unkrich (co-director of “Toy Story 2” and “Monsters. Inc.”) with screenwriter Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) have produced a wonderfully satisfying yet dark and complicated sequel in Toy Story 3, the third in this trilogy of fine movies. This warm and wonderful movie is expected to go to the top of the charts in this summer’s lightweight movie season and will be a great addition to Disney/Pixar’s other recent successes.

 

It doesn’t have the razzle dazzle presence of the original film, the movie that made Pixar a household name, but it has a greater emotional depth, without adding weight to the characters. The 3D is neither trashy nor too showy, and somehow manages to enhance the lively animation.

 

Several new characters are joining the original cast. The most interesting new toy is Lotso, voiced nicely by Ned Beatty. Lotso is a huge, pink, fuzzy, strawberry scented teddy bear who seems to suffer from some nasty inner turmoil. Michael Keaton is wonderful as Ken and Timothy Dalton plays the overbearing Mr. Pricklepants as well as the frightening Big Baby.

 

Toy Story 3 starts out as the teenage Andy, played by John Morris, prepares to leave home for college and his mother, played by Laurie Metcalf, makes him go through and throw out his junk.

 

Woody, played by Tom Hanks and Buzz, played by Tim Allen and friends soon find themselves in a day care center surrounded by a scary mob of preschoolers.

 

The menace behind all of this turns out to be Lotso, the giant pink Teddy Bear, who “bears” one big grudge.

 

Other returning cast members include Don Rickles and Estelle Harris playing Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Joan Cusack, playing Jessie and John Ratzenberger playing Hamm.


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