Toy Story 3 (2010)
Reviewed on 2010 July 18
I’ve been neglecting the newer films lately, trying to do some much-needed remodeling in our basement and dealing with that other four-letter word we call W-O-R-K, and I thought I’d start up again with something I knew I’d love. This is a great hat trick in the Toy Story franchise, with Woody once again trying to convince his cynical friends he and Andy have their best interests at heart.
After a clever Pixar short with a ’60s feel, the saga of Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) and Buzz (Tim Allen) and the rest of the posse continues. Andy (John Morris) is about to go to college, and as he’s packing his mother is prodding him to do something with all his beloved childhood toys. Through a chain of events that only the Pixar people can dream up, the toys wind up at a day care center. Woody is convinced they’re destined for the safe and secure (if dull) attic, but the toys fear Andy will just toss them on the trash heap and are insistent on staying at the Sunnyside Day Care, where they’ll at least be loved and played with. Woody feels that they should be loyal to Andy and that they’re making a mistake.
I honestly thought this had the best and most detailed plot of all three Toy Storys and I loved the first two. This one had some of the best minor jokes; Pixar sets up big laughs well, but they also have lots of throwaway bits too. The whole theater lost it when Barbie quoted John Locke to show just how authority should originate.
Four chocolate morsels.