Movie Review: Toy Story 3 (2010)

Posted: April 8, 2012 in Animation, Comedy
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Andy (John Morris) is going off to college, his mom (Laurie Metcalf) wants him to decide what to do with his toys.  He decides to take Woody (Tom Hanks) to college, and take the rest of them up to the attic in a garbage bag.  Mom sees the garbage bag, and thinks Andy wants to toss the other toys, The toys besides Woody, are taken to the curb and loaded up in the garbage truck.  Woody manages to rescue the other toys and land them in a day care center as donated toys.  Woody is adamant to go back home to Andy, but the other toys want to stay in the day care center and get played with.

At first everything in the day care center seems like a dream come true, sure the kids play a little rough, but Barbie (Jodie Benson) meets Ken (Michael Keaton) and best of all there’s a friendly bear named Lotso (Ned Beatty) But when Buzz (Tim Allen) asks Lotso for age appropriate kids to play with him, Lotso turns into a totalitarian dictator, turning the day care center into a prison, locking the toys in cages, and setting Buzz back to his factory settings so he forgets his friends.  Woody ends up in a young girl, Molly’s (Beatrice Miller)  house across the street, when he hears to truth about Lotso from a clown toy named Chuckles (Bud Luckey) Lotso was lost and then replaced by a little girl who loved him, and that turned him bitter.   Does Woody have time to rescue his toy friends, and get back to Andy before he leaves for college?

This is a great movie.  A very simple story told with a great deal of comedy, intelligence and a touching finish.  The two funniest gags are Mr. Potato Head disguised as a tortilla to break of day care prison, and Spanish Buzz, my cynical side would say those two gags were done to boost the Latin audience in America and around the world, but those gags were bust a gut funny so my cynical side can take a walk.   Honestly, the only quibble I have with the story is that the day care center scenes might be too intense for young kids.  The actors were top notch.  Hanks superb as Woody, Beatty  is amazing as the sinister Lotso, Michael Keaton rediscovers his comedic touch as metrosexual clothes horse Ken.  John Ratzenberger is always funny as Ham, and Don Rickels is funny without his usual mean streak stand up persona.  Kudos to the writers, including John Lassiter, who’s had a hand in all the really good Disney Pixar movies.

Toy Story 3. Playtime for adults and kids alike.

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