The Toy Story Trilogy
Rarely do sequels and especially the final installment in trilogies ever compare with the initial film. Pixar animation has been at the top of the box office with all three Toy Story films. The first film Toy Story came out in 1995. In this film the much loved toy Woody feared he was going to be replaced by the more high-tech Buzz Lightyear toy. In 1999 the second film, Toy Story 2, Woody is taken at a garage sale and his posse of toys have to get him back. In the third installment, Toy Story 3, the friendly gang of toys are back with a new adventure in 3D.
Toy Story 3
I have been a Toy Story fan since it initially came out in 1995 when I was only 6-years-old. I was a little embarrassed when at age 21 I drove down to the movie theater to see the late showing of the film. My embarrassment didn’t last long when I realized most of the crowd appeared to be older than I was. The parents looked just as excited as their children to see the film and as we all put on our 3D glasses, we were all 6-years-old once again.
In the beginning of the film the same group of toys we know and love were accidentally donated to a daycare facility. Several of the toys there explain to the Woody, Buzz, and the gang what a daycare is. Where children come and play with the toys, and when the children get older, new ones come to take their place. This sounds so exciting to the toys. They will no longer have to deal with their child growing older and not needing them anymore.
Shortly after arrival they realize it isn’t a paradise at all. The way the toys are treated are just plain awful. These toys have staged a master escape before and plan to do it again. They are out of their realm though and need the help of some of the toys at the daycare facility. Adding new characters to the plot makes it that much more exciting. The Ken doll is one of the new additions and it brought me back to Ken being the hero in my dolly-wood scenarios at home.
This film is just as exciting as the first two. If I had to rank them first to last according to which is my favorite I would say the original Toy Story, then Toy Story 3, and then Toy Story 2.
The animation in this film bring the characters to life. It may be difficult to imagine being young again and enjoying a children’s movie but the 3-dimensional art makes it less of a stretch. Children and even some adults flinched during parts of the movies due to the realism.
Don’t Just Take My Word For It
While I would give the film a solid 9/10, don’t just take my opinion.
The International Movie Database 9.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes 8.7/10
Coming Soon 9.5/10