Jan 30, 2011

Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3, 2010
Director: Lee Unkrich
Cast (voices): Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, John Cusack

Stage: Home theatre

Toy Story 3 in short: Woody, Buzz and the whole gang are back. As their owner Andy prepares to depart for college, his loyal toys find themselves in daycare where untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice. So, it's all for one and one for all as they join Barbie's counterpart Ken, a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear to plan their great escape

Preps: haven't seen a good cartoon in a while. Don't remember the former sequels, hence I don't know what to expect. However, cartoons are something different now that at the days of Disney's reign.

Reality: This cartoon has a good point and a good storyline. The script therefore is, as I expect, funny and makes a good statement in the end. The dialogues are funny and I spend half of the time thinking, where does this voice come from (to be exact, who is this voice). Finally, a revelation, one of my favourites, Tom Hanks as the lead voice. Up to this point I am more than impressed. The luvable feeling you have for your old toys and feeling cold-hearted every time you are trying to give them somewhere else than your shelf.. well, I can relate to that. I still have some of the toys that I grew up with.
What truly happens with the toys once you wear them out, is the real question here. As you are a child, the toys do have a soul and you imagine they can talk, jump, do all kind of stuff you want them to. And as a child you make it happen. Now, after this period either they are dumped in a bin or given to someone else. In this piece, the graveyard for the toys seems local kindergarten, where they torture the toys in every way possible. Escaping from that place and returning to the rightful owner seems the plot or the story to begin with.
Also, a negative icon in this mess, the violet Bear, that has taken the Godfather role in the kindergarten, making all of other toys subordinates, however, this is only a field where he expresses his inner depressiveness because being neglected once when he was a toy. As a reflection to a real movie action, usually the villains express something subconscious from the childhood. However, in cartoon world, also the villains are punished / turn into good ones. Not in this one. Toy story feels real here, because also in real life, villains, hardly ever turn into something extremely positive in the end. No exceptions to this rule here. After you think the violet Godfather turned into a good one and will redeem his debt to his so called friends, he turns again and shows his bad nature. Like in real life.
The music is great and vivid, the scenes are well chosen. But my favourite, of course, the scenario. Cartoon or animated movie, nowadays the script is really thoroughly thought through. And shows irony, black humour, surpasses the border of being just well. And this is the one thing you will love about this piece. Of course, battle between good and evil is on the road, as always. And you will think about your childhood pals, what did you do with them and who plays with them now.

My personal rating: 8,0 (an excellent piece in its genre).

Toy Story on IMDB

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