Genre: CG Animation
Director: Lee Unkrich
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don
Rickles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris, John
Morris, Laurie Metcalf, R. Lee Ermey, Jodi Benson, Ned Beatty,
Michael Keaton, Timothy Dalton, Jeff Garlin, Bonnie Hunt, Whoopi
Goldberg, Kristen Schaal, Blake Clark
RunTime: 1 hr 49 mins
Released By: Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures
Official Website: http://disney.go.com/toystory/
Opening Day: 17 June 2010
creators of the beloved "Toy Story" films re-open
the toy box and bring moviegoers back to the delightful world
of our favorite gang of toy characters in "Toy Story
3." As Andy prepares to depart for college, Buzz, Woody
and the rest of his loyal toys are troubled about their uncertain
future. Directed by Lee Unkrich (co-director of "Toy
Story 2" and "Finding Nemo"), "Toy Story
3" is a comical new adventure in Disney Digital 3D that
lands the toys in a room full of untamed tots who can't wait
to get their sticky little fingers on these "new"
toys. It's pandemonium as they try to stay together, ensuring
"no toy gets left behind." Meanwhile, Barbie comes
face to plastic face with Ken (yes, that Ken).
Eleven years. That is how long we have been waiting for them.
we are referring to Woody the adorable cowboy pull string
doll, Buzz Lightyear the awesome space ranger action figure,
Rex the large green synthetic dinosaur, Hamm the witty plastic
piggy bank, Slinky the toy dachshund with a metal slinky for
its body, and Mr. Potato Head the sarcastic Playskool potato
shaped toy. We last saw these toys in 1999’s Toy Story
2, which was the first movie ever to be entirely created and
screened in the theatres digitally. Some regarded it to be
a solid and successful sequel to 1995’s Toy Story, which
is rare of the majority of sequels from other films.
years. That is how long we have been waiting for this third
movie of the phenomenal global franchise. After 11 long years,
here it is finally – and do we love it?
word to sum up the third instalment: Perfect.
whole gang from Andy’s room is back. The problem is,
Andy is no longer the little boy we used to know. As he prepares
to depart for college, these loyal toys find themselves in
a day care centre where kids do not play nice. So it’s
up to Woody and Buzz to lead the gang in a great escape back
home. The big adventure is joined by other toys, both good
and bad. Amongst them is a pink strawberry scented bear called
Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear, a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants,
and everyone’s favourite Barbie accessory, Ken.
does everything from Pixar work? Because of the geniuses behind
it. In this day and age where animated films are becoming
snazzier, the folks at Pixar maintain what matters most –
this 109 minute feature (we won’t want to give too much
away for the six minute short “Day and Night”
which precedes the movie, but we can tell you it’s a
refreshing look at life), the filmmakers made sure that it
was as good as the first two, and audiences would walk away
with the feeling that it is one grand story when put together.
15 years have passed since the landmark Toy Story in 1995,
but the unique look and fascination of the film remains, while
exploiting the latest advancements in technology. You’d
witness it while watching the film in Digital 3-D, and as
we try to empathise with Mr. Potato Head - it’s an eye
Unkrich (co director for Toy Story 2, Monster’s Inc.
and Finding Nemo) takes on the role to bring the voices of
Tom Hank’s Woody, Tim Allen’s Buzz Lightyear,
Wallace Shawn’s Rex, John Ratzenberger’s Hamm,
Blake Clark’s Slinky Dog and Don Rickles’ Mr.
Potato Head to life. The wonderful voice cast is joined by
Ned Beatty, Michael Keaton, Timothy Dalton, Jodi Benson and
Whoopi Goldberg in a colourful palette of characters which
are memorably personalised.
comedy is filled with big sets and adrenaline pumping adventure.
These take place not only in the day care centre, but at locations
like a rubbish dump and gasp, an incinerator. The action is
engaging, and whether you are a kid who still brings your
toys to bed or an adult who displays your toys on the shelves,
you will feel the true emotions of the screenwriters throughout
the advanced technology, there is an old school charm. Amidst
the humour, there are life lessons to be learnt. Amidst the
laughter, there are tears to be shed. And most importantly,
amidst the exhilarating valour, there is lots of heart.
years. It was worth the wait, and thanks for reminding us
that through the film medium, as long as we believe, there
are worthwhile emotions to be experienced.
Review by John Li