Thursday, February 24, 2011

Toy Story 3 (2010) - Movie Marathon Drive-Thru Review: Film #10

On the Menu:
TOY STORY 3 (2010)
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Don Rickles, Michael Keaton, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris, Laurie Metcalf, Jodi Benson, Timothy Dalton, Bonnie Hunt, Blake Clark, Jeff Garlin, R. Lee Ermey, Richard Kind, Whoopi Goldberg and John Morris. Directed by Lee Unkrich. Run time: 103 minutes. Rated: G.

At First Bite: I think the announcement of an upcoming TOY STORY 3 came out in 2007. I won't say that I was ever full of anticipation, but I had commented to a friend that it might be the first 3D movie I attend (having skipped on ALICE IN WONDERLAND). Alas, I did not see it in the theater.

Tough to Swallow: When the toys reset Buzz they never replace the screws they take out.

I guess no one checks the footage of the daycare security cameras. Otherwise, they'd see toys running around on their own.

How does Slinky Dog detach from the magnet?

This movie is rated G? There is a serious creep factor involved here, especially for a family flick.

Something to Chew On: Sid, the neighbor in the 1st movie, appears as a garbageman.

Blake Clark replaced Jim Varney as the voice of Slinky Dog. Varney died in 2000.

Laraine Newman has an Additional Voice credit.

Ken wears 21 different outfits.

The Pizza Planet delivery truck shows up in a flashback sequence. The truck has appeared in every Pixar film. Another trademark is the combination of letters/numbers A113, which appears on Andy's mom's license plate.

TOY STORY 3 is the solo directing debut of Unkrich. He had previously only co-directed.

It was the first animated film to make $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

The film received 5 Oscar nominations. It won Animated Feature Film and Music (Original Song).

Aftertaste: Kudos, Pixar, you nailed it again. I think maybe your only "miss" would be CARS (and you're making a sequel?). I think everyone would be more eager to see THE INCREDIBLES 2.

Anyway, I enjoyed TOY STORY 3 thoroughly. It's funny, sad, creepy and ends on a positive note. My favorite character is Big Baby, which is pretty sad and creepy in its own right.

There was definitely a moment near the end that, while it didn't make me cry, did tug on the heartstring. Come to think of it, there were two moments like that.

I would say it's better than the second movie (4 stars), but equal to the original.

It should have been rated PG though.


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