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Toy Story 3: Movie Review

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Rated: G
Directed by: Lee Unkrich
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Michael Keaton, Don Rickles, Timothy Dalton, Joan Cusack, Whoopi Goldberg
Released by: Pixar Animation Studios

In Short: “Toy Story 3” is a cinematic work of pure genius that will leave you with a tear in your eye and a huge smile on your face.

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And Better Than Ever Before

From the moment you pop on your 3-D glasses and settle in for “Toy Story 3,” it is obvious you’re in for a treat. And that isn’t even because the long-anticipated follow-up to the 1995 original and 1999 sequel has begun.

No, the fun starts with a wonderful short called “Day & Night,” six minutes of grin-inducing hilarity that needs to be seen to be understood. It’s so clever and funny that it brings cheers from the audience as it ends. As usual, the Pixar Animation Studios gang really knows how to capture the attention of young and old alike; it is pure genius.

The same can be said for “Toy Story 3.” Once again a marvelous collaboration between Pixar head John Lasseter and director Lee Unkrich (along with assistance this time from Michael Arndt, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Little Miss Sunshine,” and the company’s corps of talented animators and seasoned vocal actors), the film is incredibly creative and gorgeously animated.

Toy Story 3 toys Lots-O'-Huggin'-Bear (voice of Ned Beatty) and Buzz Lightyear (voice of Tim Allen) in Toy Story 3

All the key players are back, as Andy, the boy who originally owned all the toys, has grown up and is about to head off to college. Naturally, Woody the cowboy, his pal Buzz Lightyear (the astronaut), and their extended toy family—Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Jesse the cowgirl, Rex the dinosaur, Hamm the piggybank, and Slinky Dog—are all worried about what is going to happen to them as their beloved owner is about to leave.

Through a series of mistakes, the wonderful toy characters end up being donated to a day-care center, where the fun—and peril—ensues. The adventure in “Toy Story 3” is a wild ride, filled with comic moments juxtaposed against some seriously scary sequences. Some may even upset the tiniest members of the audience, so parents of particularly sensitive youngsters should be warned.

But the G-rated storytelling triumph that is “Toy Story 3” is sure to make everyone else laugh, cry and leave the theater (make sure to wait for all the “outtakes” to unspool before rising) with a smile that goes from ear to ear. Young or old, we predict that anyone who sees “Toy Story 3” for the first time will feel the urge to see it all over again! This just may be the animated movie that finally grabs the Best Picture Award come Oscar time. It will sure be hard to beat and is the best film of the year so far.


Reviewed by Jenny Peters


(Updated 06/18/10 CT)

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