Toy Story 3

 

Disney•Pixar

 

Rating: G

 

Reason for the Rating: N/A

 

Plot Summary: Woody and his friends are accidentally shipped to a day care, where they face perilous toddlers, evil teddy bears, and have to make it back home by the time Andy leaves for college.

 

PopFam Recommends: As usual, Pixar created a movie that can be not only enjoyed, but loved by all ages. See it with your whole family!

 

Woody and Buzz’s owner, Andy, has finally grown up, and it’s time to head to college. Andy has to clean out his room to make way for his little sister, and decide what to do with all the “junk” he’s accumulated over the years.

 

The toys panic, thinking for sure they’ll be thrown away, rather than going to the attic for storage. But Woody believes that Andy still cares about them. Andy does still care for them and intends to bring Woody to college and put the rest in storage, but they are accidentally given away to a day care.

 

At first, the toys are dazzled by the colorful day-care center where they will be played with every day. They haven’t been played with for years. But after one day with the kiddos, they realize that being played with by destructive 2-year-olds is more than they can handle.

 

Buzz (Tim Allen) tries to get them switched into another room with older children, but he discovers a sinister plot headed by Lotso Huggin’ (Ned Beatty), a jolly pink bear with a grudge, and enforced by his gang of thugs…that is, a Ken doll, an insect toy, a baby doll, and a couple of robots. This gang keeps a prison, not a day care, in which those lowest on the pecking order are played with by the toddlers who will destroy them. All toys are locked in at night, the halls are patrolled, a crazy monkey serves as a security camera. They can’t get away.

 

Woody (Tom Hanks) and his friends have to find a way out before they are ripped to shreds by toddlers and Andy leaves for college.

 

A slew of new lovable toys enter the scene, such as Mr. Pricklypants (Timothy Dalton), a serious thespian hedgehog, Trixie the Triceritops (Kristen Schaal), and even Spanish Buzz Lightyear. The new characters are so good, I’m almost hoping for a fourth movie.

 

Most times when the third movie in a series rolls around, you have pretty low expectations, but not when it’s Pixar. Pixar carefully crafts their plots and themes, somehow always coming up with gold. Toy Story 3 is not an exception. It’s a shining example of this principle, and perhaps one of their best movies yet (though every movie always seems like their best). It’s a movie about a bunch of toys, in fact it’s the third movie about a bunch of toys. But this movie is deeply touching, funny, exciting, and even beautiful.

 

Ken and Barbie, both impossibly cheery and into clothes, make the movie funnier than most children’s movies, while Lotso and his Baby Doll bouncer make for villains creepy enough for a Stephen King novel, while the relationship between the toys as they face imminent death is as touching as the scenes on Mount Doom between Frodo and Sam in Return of the King. It’s simply an excellent movie in so many different ways.

 

The 3D does add to the movie as well, as the moviemakers didn’t stoop to any cheap gimmicks, but simply use it to immerse you even more in the experience.

 

Let’s Talk About It

Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:

 

• Why do you think Lotso had turned out to be so mean?

 

• Jesse had gone through the same thing as Lotso; why do you think she hadn’t become mean like Lotso?

 

• Do you think you would have made the choice Woody did, to stay with his friends rather than go with Andy to college? Why or why not?

 

--AV

 

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