Toy Story 3: Pixar's Best Since Nemo

To Infinity and Beyond!

The theater in downtown Berkeley was half empty. Judging from this and the trailers we’d seen, we looked at each other slightly concerned.

Our concern went away very quickly. Starting with the usual Pixar short, titled Day & Night we were blown away. The short is hard to describe because of its simplicity: it consists of two characters (“Day” and “Night”) that walk through the screen and see in their “transparent” bodies the world they are living in projected (I hope this description makes SOME sense).

The brilliant and thought-provoking short led to a classic Toy Story-style opening, that quickly got us hooked. The glasses sure help the delivery but the movie hardly seems to force any “3-D kung-fu” moves that have become such a staple lately.

But in the midst of the ever-improving animation, the story (written by Little Miss Sunshine‘s Michael Arndt) continued to show why Pixar is one of the best studios out there. A whole slew of new characters get introduced in this movie and the bulk of it takes place in a new environment: a daycare where the main characters get played with (read abused) by a bunch of crazy toddlers.

I won’t give out much about the movie here. There is lots of laughs: the now-famous Spanish-talking Buzz Lightyear, resulting from a reboot of the figure in the movie, is hilarious! There is also lots of special moments that may make you shed a tear… I know someone who did. 🙂

I know the string of perfect reviews for Pixar movies has been broken. But I don’t care. The story and the delivery of the closing movie for the Toy Story series was amazing: it’s, simply put, the best movie they’ve put out since Finding Nemo.

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  2. Absolutely right. I hadnt seen such a flawless movie since Finding Nemo. I was fortunate enough to be 8 like Andy was back in 1995, So in a way the movie talked to my generation directly, especially during the last part, when very symbolically we pass the Toy Story legacy to a younger generation and its their turn to play.

  3. I loved the first one, was kind of on the fence with part II, but TS 3 was amazing. The 3D was nice touch, but it was the story line that did me in. I cried at several instances throughout the movie. It was action packed and kept you wondering: “what’s gonna happen?”
    The new characters gave it a twist and made it enjoyable. It was nice to see Andy all grown up: ) I did notice they changed the voice of the Andy’s mother (not Laurie Metcalf anymore??).

    5 stars and 2 thumbs up!!

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