Toy Story 3 continues the epic adventures of those lovable toys with Woody, Buzz and all the rest moving to a child care center as part of their retirement plan.
Film making 25/25
Bonus Features 25/25
All is not as it would seem at the seemingly friendly child care center for Woody, Buzz and all the rest, Buzz is even concerned about this. But what could possibly go wrong for these toys as they have the assurance of the resident group that they will enjoy their new surroundings.
Being able to play with the kids, get any necessary repairs and fixes as well as spending nights and weekends relaxing and enjoying all the splendors an empty daycare could offer. The nightmare begins when they are locked in and made to play with the precocious toddlers who paint with them, take them apart and use them as nose picking tools.
All this may seem a bit farfetched but when Buzz is set to demo mode the rest are on their own to rescue themselves but Woody does not give up on his best friend. The toys end up pulling themselves out of their current mess and even make a few new friends along the way.
By the way, they wound up in such trouble because Andy, the human, is going to college and went to store his toys in the attic. On the way there he was side tracked by his younger sister and mom threw the toys in the trash only to have them make a break for it and wound up at the daycare.
Toy Story 3 is in my opinion the best of the movies with some fantastic humor and a story good enough for the film to stand out on its own merits. I thought Toy Story was a great film but catered more toward kids while Toy Story 2 more so went on the coat tails of the first film.
Toy Story 3 is funny enough for adults and has a great story that was original even though it did continue the epic drama of the toys and Andy growing up. The main theme of Andy still wanting to keep his beloved play things and in the end giving them up to a little girl who would take as much care for them as he did was a great plot.
The final scene were Andy is giving his toys to the little girl is actually heart wrenching and very poignant, we all hate to give things up we grew up with. The film really has a great emotional appeal for adults and kids will love the toys themselves even if they don’t always understand the jokes.
The film was well voiced with some seasoned actors and a few new ones but with one change in an actor who had passed away between filming the second and this release. The movie is well animated and has plenty of drama but toned down for the kids sake and humor that is both for kids and adults.
Toy Story 3 is the stand out and exception to the cinematic rule that sequels never amount to its original predecessors, I think Toy Story 3 is better. If you don’t believe me the numbers do not lie, Toy Story grossed $361 million, Toy Story 2 grossed $485 million and Toy Story 3 has pulled in $1,060 million and it’s not even Christmas yet.
That is over a billion dollars for an animated film, a good days take for any form of entertainment and just proof that there is still some magic left in those old toys and their story. Toy Story 3 is the highest grossing animated film and the fifth highest film of all time, not bad since it only released this June in theatres and just now on DVD and Blu-ray.
Toy Story 3 is great with audio and video both up to the usual Pixar standards, as in perfect, you could not have better a animated picture or sound. I always have hesitations when talking about an animated film and video quality but the films animation and computer effects are fantastic.
The films transfer to Blu-ray is also perfect with only a very few technical problems like aliasing to be found throughout the film, but this is hard to find. The audio is likewise fantastic with the DTS-HD Master track in 7.1 surround sound and absolutely perfect, you could not ask for a better audio.
Voice is clear and sharp with never any overlying action covering things, bass is nice, well prioritized and surround is fantastic and totally believable. Audio and video are definitely up to the high standard of both Disney and Pixar to make a fantastic Blu-ray set for this animated gem.
Picture in Picture, audio commentary and a Blu-ray disc full of bonus features along with the standard DVD and digital copy of the film to enjoy on your computer round out this set. You could not ask for more with bonus features including over five hours of extras and the audio commentary and Picture in Picture content that is on the film.
This about rounds out another perfect film by Pixar and makes a must have collection addition for anyone of any age. Adults will not only thoroughly enjoy the film but appreciate the huge amount of extra features while kids will fall in love with the toys all over again.
Toy Story 3 is going to be the must have film of the year and filling stockings for Christmas if you don’t already own it.