Thursday, September 9, 2010

Movie Review: Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3


Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3 is an American 3D computer-animated film. It is the third and final film in the Toy Story series. The film is produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures.  Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, John Ratzenberger, Wallace Shawn, Jeff Pidgeon, Jodi Benson, R. Lee Ermey, John Morris, and Laurie Metcalf all reprised their voice-acting roles from the previous films. Jim Varney, who played Slinky Dog in the first two films, and Joe Ranft, who portrayed Wheezy and Lenny, both died before production began on the third film. The role of Slinky was taken over by Blake Clark, while Ranft's characters and various others were written out of the story (Wheezy, Etch, and Bo Peep were mentioned in the beginning). New characters include voice-overs by Ned Beatty, Timothy Dalton, Bonnie Hunt, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeff Garlin and Michael Keaton.

Apparently Toy Story 3 made a lot of money.  It broke all sorts of box-office records.  It is the highest grossing film for Pixar Animation Studios ever.  That aside, let's get to the review.

Andy, the star human kid of the show, is now 17 and is going to college.  The toys haven't been played with in years, of course, and their fate is doomed.  Through a series of mishaps they end up at a day-care center where an evil bear has setup a police state and sentences them to torture via 2 year-old kids, who destroy toys.  After escaping they go through the terrors of finding their way home.

"The Claw"
Let's talk about the title.  Toy Story 3?  Yeah, it's like McDonalds, you know exactly what you're getting, generic poop.  This movie was already done, and better, with Over the Hedge.  I heard many adult people describe Toy Story 3 as simply amazing.  Amazing?  Really?  What movie did they see?  This movie has severe schizophrenia.  The movie was quintessentially for children, but every single theme in the movie was super adult.  The main plot deal with a fascist leader, that imposes martial law on the other toys, and who has severe separation issues of his own.  Also the lead villain is extremely subtle in his manipulation of the toys.  I just don't know if I had children, if I would want them to watch this movie.  There was nothing happy about this movie.  At one point, the toys are tortured.  Really?  Torture?  And, the toys are dismembered by the toddlers.  Someone at Pixar is sick in the head.  Or, maybe I am just overly sensitive.

I might be the only guy in the universe to say this, but I didn't like this movie.  The setting was all wrong for the story, and at the end of the movie I was left with absolutely no sense of accomplishment.  I am sure it was the journey that was important, but the ending was ... blah.  The movie literally could have been 2 minutes long.

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