Toy Story 3—movie

Pixar’s Toy Story 3 is an absolute joy from beginning to end. The story, the animation, the “acting”…there is not one false note.

This time around, Andy is getting ready to go to college and leave his toys behind. The toys, all gathered together in a box, are meant to be stored in the attic, but instead are mistakenly sent off to a day-care center. Woody tries to convince his fellow toys that the day-care was an error and the rest of the story is centered on their struggle to escape the horrors of the center and head for home.

In addition to Tom Hank’s Woody and Tim Allen’s Buzz Lightyear, it’s great to see old friends Jessie (Joan Cusack) and Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head (Don Rickles and Estelle Harris). Pixar does some wonderful stunts with Mr. Potato Head and Rickles voices him to perfection. There are several new toys that make quite an impression– Mr. Pricklepants (Timothy Dalton), Lotso (Ned Beatty), and Ken (Michael Keaton)—all are great additions to the mix.

It’s hard to say just where the credit belongs –to the animators, the screenwriters or to the actors voicing the characters. Let’s just say that all are masters at their respective jobs. The dialogue is so imaginative and just spot on. Ken in particular has some of the wittiest dialogue and is probably the most metrosexual character—human or animated—ever seen on the screen.

Toy Story 3 also contains some fabulous dancing between Buzz Lightyear and Jessie, choreographed by Dancing with the Stars’ Tony Dovolani and Cheryl Burke. Buzz Lightyear could teach Buzz Aldrin a few things. And once again there is some wonderful music, courtesy of Randy Newman.

Unlike some reports I’ve read, I did not cry, but I did find myself caring about what happened to this merry band of toys and that’s the beauty of Toy Story 3.

4 nuggets out of 4


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4 Responses to “Toy Story 3—movie”

  1. rita Says:

    “Buzz Lightyear could teach Buzz Aldrin a few things.” That’s really funny.


  2. rita Says:

    Which Buzz? I don’t watch DWTS, Buzz L. was, yes.


    • Joan Fuchsman Says:

      Yes. Buzz A. could barely move. Once he came down the stairs in the opening of the show, that was pretty much it for his movement.


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