Toy Story 3(2010)
Woody, Buzz and the gang are back for Disney/Pixar's third (and probably final) Toy Story adventure.... More
The toys are dumped in a daycare centre after their owner, Andy, departs for college. There they meet a bunch of new pals, not including Ken (as in Barbie & Ken). Voiced by Michael Keaton, Ken isn't the simple-minded, fun-loving guy you might imagine but rather a vain narcissist.
This installment is written by Michael Arndt, the scribe of Little Miss Sunshine.Hide
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BY Andrew Hedley Flicks Writer
In 1999, the first Toy Story sequel wowed audiences by expanding upon 1995’s original to become something even more thrilling, funny and involving. Eleven years later, the third, and likely final, instalment caps off a remarkably strong trilogy. With great relief, the much-anticipated Toy Story 3 truly is top-shelf family entertainment.... More
Broad enough to please a wide age-bracket (from current kids to adults who have grown up with the characters), the third adventure nonetheless touches on unsettling themes – mortality, regret and moving forward with life. It makes sense that the film was penned by Michael Arndt, whose Little Miss Sunshine provided a similar balance of mirth and melancholy. There’s a new character, in particular, whose desperate bitterness would feel right at home in a Coen brothers flick.
Taking the guise of a prison-escape scenario, the plot offers plenty of opportunity for miniaturised hijinks, chugging along with momentum until a genuinely surprising climax (not yet revealed in any advertising). This takes the characters into unsettling, armrest-gripping territory that might upset the very young.
A trilogy that has spanned 15 years understandably wraps up in a moving way (bring tissues) but let’s not suggest that this movie is anything but a riot. A highlight is Michael Keaton voicing Ken (the glittered yin to Barbie’s yang) – his every line and gesture is pure gold.
As to where this one places in Pixar’s repertoire, well, it might not be as ambitious as WALL-E or Up but it builds on a strong base and reaches new heights. Clever animation, inventive direction, and canny comic timing means Toy Story 3 is hugely satisfying.Hide
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