I have wanted to do a review of Toy Story 3 for a while now, but I honestly didn't know where to put it. I spend more time on gamespot than anywhere else really so here we go.
When I first heard that Toy Story 3 was coming out I was at school, bored, and hanging out in the off-topic forum. All of a sudden I see a new topic about the brand new Toy Story 3 trailer. Basically people started freaking out and talking about just how much they needed to see this movie. In fact one guy had started e-humming "You Got a Friend in Me".
I was mostly just confused. Up until that point I had not realized just how beloved the franchise was and how touched people had been left by it. I think what happened was that I was just slightly older than most people who fell in love with these particular movies and that I already had enough things that I loved in my childhood. Sure visuals were great and I had fun, but this love that people apparently had of it and its sequel? No.
So before the movie begins we have the obligatory Pixar short called Day and Night. This short definitely ranks as the most creative animated short I have ever seen. We see our world through these two creatures and any sound they make comes directly from our world. I'd like to describe this more, but frankly it's something you'll just have to see to understand and it's amazing.
Finally I get to the movie. Yeah that took forever, but I feel it's important you get that beginning view from me. As the movie opens up we see Mr. Potato Head hijacking a train. Woody is there to stop him, and what follows is one of the more entertaining ways of reintroducing characters that I have seen from a film. It turns out it's just Andy playing with his toys back when he was little. His Mom has him doing this on video and we see a bit of Andy growing up throughout the years.
Skip ahead to today and Andy is getting ready to go to college and the toys are working on a scheme to get played with. Unfortunately just like the rest of us he is too old to really be doing that anymore. We also find out that some toys have disappeared over the years. When Andy is packing things to go into the attic his mom mistakes his toys for trash and leaves them for the garbage man (Who is Sid btw). They escape and decide to get donated to Sunnyside Day Care. There they meet they meet Lotso who turns out to be an evil bear, but is pink and cuddly at first site.
Ok here is where I get to my own opinions of the movie. Earlier I said that growing up I didn't get the love that everyone had for these movies (Nor did I even realize that love was there by so many). Toy Story 3 however made me see it. In fact it did more than that, it made me feel it. I loved the humor in this movie. All the old characters were great such as Slinky, Hamm, and Mr. Potato head. I especially enjoyed Rex, his line "He held me he actually held me" was so excellently delivered due to the nature of the character to freak out over the smallest of things really cracked me up. Also new characters like Barbie and Ken were really fantastic. I loved the line, "Have you ever felt like you were.........made for each other?" There is also a lot more humor that I won't get into that is really great.
Beyond that however I really enjoyed seeing Buzz and Woody working together. Seeing those two together was really special. Especially when the two jumped down to help save a certain someone in the dump. It really made me feel as those two had become an inseparable team who belong together no matter what.
Two scenes however really seal the deal and push the movie over the top for me. The first one I gotta talk about is the incinerator. When they are trying to get out of the dump they momentarily believe what they are seeing up ahead is daylight. It's not daylight though it's in fact a furnace. They eventually get into the part that is heading down into the fire and they realize that nothing they are capable of doing is going to help. Instead they lock hands and face the fire scared, but in a way accepting of their ultimate fate. Everyone gets saved (Thank god) and it's quite an emotional thrill ride to say the least. However I would like to take a moment to argue that it's because they decided to stick together at the very end that they all got saved. Had they not I feel that only a few would have been saved and the ones that were not would have had to watch the other get saved.
The other scene that makes this movie beyond great is the where Andy gives away his toys to Bonnie. This is where Pixar really worked to give each character the proper send off they deserve. Andy introduces each character to this little girl while describing which each one was like to him personally, and draws the audience to tears while doing so. Finally Andy gives away Woody, but not before almost drawing himself to tears. He then plays with them (along with Bonnie) one last time.
Also during the credits there is a dance scene between Buzz and Jessie which reminded me of the credits of Slumdog Millionaire, except this actually had something to do with plot.
Anyways this movie is, as of right now, the frontrunner for movie of the year. In fact no other movie even comes close. I feel confident saying that this, beyond any other movie Pixar has created, is their finest work. If you haven't seen it yet I can only suggest that you find whatever theatre is showing it soonest near you and go now.