“Now Woody, he’s been my pal for as long as I can remember. He’s brave, like a cowboy should be. And kind, and smart. But the thing that makes Woody special, is he’ll never give up on you… ever. He’ll be there for you, no matter what.”
We might have enjoyed Woody, Buzz, Rex, Mr and Mrs. Potato Head, as well as numerous other toys’ adventures during the first and second title; the “Toy Story” series have been sending messages worldwide regarding the value of friendship, life goals, and the steadfastness in sticking to those ideologies. In a simpler note, the movies make children cherish their toys all the way more, making them believe that their squeaky toys, dolls, and action figures love them dearly.
It was not until a decade later that we got to be part of our lovable toys’ adventures again. “Toy Story 3” picks up exactly a decade after the first two movies, seemingly moving in real time with reality. Andy is now departing for college, and while we are introduced with the usual insecurity of the toys, this time, they are directly addressing the problem; whether Andy still wants them or not. After several events, the toys find themselves in Sunnyside Daycare, where a strawberry-scented bear doll named Lotso is in charge. Woody, however, decides to go back to Andy rather than staying in the tempting place. Buzz and the others, however, are oblivious towards the darker nature of Sunnyside Daycare, and they will find out, that nothing is as friendly as it seems.
“Toy Story 3” has two primary plots, one being Andy’s ownership, and the other being escaping the torturous Sunnyside Daycare. This time, we are again introduced to a toy villain, but it is the only notable villain this time around, since human antagonists are not included, but believe me, this one is the ultimate villain of all throughout the series >:| . Regardless, the most concluding part is how the toys deal with their decision concerning Andy, and their debate regarding Andy’s maturity that makes him think less and less of them; that is the part where it is the most empathy-inducing, for years and years they have been inside that toy box without getting played with directly, and this is the time when they decide whether they would like to have their fate ‘controlled’ by their owner, or be independent.
Serious decision-making aside, “Toy Story 3” is certainly the darkest title out of the ones so far; from Lotso’s tyranny, Buzz’s interrogation, to the children in the Caterpillar Room’s realistic playstyle, and most importantly, the toys’ struggle to escape the deadly landfill, the movie adapts with the current generation, providing seriousness blanketed with cartoony styles of visual and interactions; this is a glorious attempt to fit with the current era. Nowadays, when the title is too bright, it cannot satisfy adults (except those who still have their inner child intact), and when the title is too dark, children will be frightened. “Toy Story 3” balances the serving and is able to satisfy fans from a decade ago, as well as newcomers.
On top of this, everything else we know and love about the series is still there; inventive escapes, problems piling up one upon another, and the moral realization of the toys regarding their fate. When “Toy Story 2” delivers all of those nicely, the third title reduces the comedic moments and replaces them with the above-mentioned darker scenes, which is not a bad thing at all in my honest personal opinion.
The most superb aspect of this movie is the fact that it remains realistic and gives us a true conclusion in the face of maturity; instead of creating another movie where they debate about Andy’s love towards them, this third entry addresses the issue directly with the now young-adult Andy. We are not given a movie where the ultimate question for all toys remain unanswered, but rather, we are delivered an emotional conclusion for it.
Staying true with time, “Toy Story 3” is a wonderful, heart-wrenching movie, where we are emotionally connected with the toys that we have come to know and love; a connection that is kind of difficult to be found in movies starring humans. The utilization of toys as the main characters are being exploited to the max here, and it is simply flawless.
Now, let’s see if you shed a drop of tear or two after watching this 😛 .
Rating from me: 4.5/5