Movie Review- Toy Story 3

It’s a familiar scene: getting ready to leave for college, reminiscing while going through your old things and fighting with a younger sibling who’s eager to take your room. Except in most cases, your old toys probably don’t come alive. Toy Story 3 provides a healthy dose of nostalgia along with an entertaining, but predictable plotline. All of the usual characters like Woody and Buzz Lightyear return, and they find themselves in yet another challenging predicament. They are accidentally donated to Sunnyside Daycare and need to find their way back to their owner, Andy, before he leaves for college. At Sunnyside, Woody and his friends encounter a toy dictatorship that prevents them from leaving. The toys in charge include a self-absorbed Ken doll, a creepy “Big Baby”, and an evil strawberry-scented bear named Lotso, the mastermind behind the prison-like environment.

Viewers will likely recognize many of the famous voices behind the characters, including Tim Allen as Buzz and Joan Cusack as Jessie the cowgirl. Pixar animates Toy Story 3 in the same colorful style as the previous two films, which allows the viewer to see the world from the perspective of a toy. This perspective draws viewers into the life of the toys and the children who play with them.

One can’t help but feel sympathy for the toys when the Sunnyside toddlers return from recess and menacingly scour the room for something to play with, stepping on dolls and drooling on matchbox cars until they find the perfect toy to torment.

The group of toys encounter many challenges in their quest to return to Andy, ranging from humorous to slightly frightening. Overall, Toy Story 3 is worth watching for anyone who enjoyed the previous Toy Story installments, as well as fans of Disney/Pixar films.

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