A touching, family film that remarkably prolongs a timeless gem.
The animation company Pixar began in 1979 as a graphics group working with production company Lucasfilm LTD. It wasn’t until 1995 when they released their first feature Toy Story (1995). Pixar followed this with A Bugs Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006), Ratatouille (2007), WALL-E (2008), Up (2009) and Toy Story 3 (2010). Each of Pixar’s eleven releases received tremendous popular and critical success. With such success from these previous films it was almost inevitable that a third would eventually be released.
Facing an eleven year gap which has seen its original audience, which helped it become a high grossing film, become adults Pixar had a tough task to create a film which showed originality to gain new audiences, but also reach out to a nostalgic audience.
The most recent addition to the Toy Story franchise sees Andy’s unnamed mom mistakenly donate ours and Andy’s favourite childhood toys to a local day care centre instead of putting them in the attic before Andy leaves for college. While Andy throws his toys out of the pram it’s up to Woody to convince the gang they weren’t abandoned and to return home. Brimming with ingenious plot points Toy Story 3’s narrative is clever and has much more to it than the summary suggests.
Toy Story 3’s success is not only gained with a revival of the undeniably brilliant, original cast, but with new characters who are unrelentingly funny; especially Ken, voiced by Michael Keaton.
The film is very well paced, comfortably sitting between near tedious and unrelenting. Every scene is enjoyable and brought many laughs.
As a member of the original audience I was anxious about whether I may have outgrown it, but fortunately Toy Story 3 is perfect for the whole family. It combines childish humour with film references which entertains an older audience. The almost merciless buzz surrounding the film is very similar to that of Inception with those who haven’t seen it feeling that the “bring a tissue scene” isn’t as good as it is cracked up to be. Well in the case of both of those films they achieve all of the credit they are getting. Toy Story 3 soars to infinity and beyond; 10/10.