How many ways can we say Pixar does it again? The best things about Disney-Pixar‘s repeat success is the oxymoronic innovation it brings with.
Toy Story 3 sets a precedent all its own. The film is a natural resolution for long-term fans, but equally rewarding to new comers. The film picks up days before Andy is going to leave for college. Due to some miscommunication between Andy and his mother, our favorite toys end up bound for Sunnyside Day Care. The adventure of finding their true home begins there.
As is the case with sequels and trilogies, there is always the fear of destroying the original, but with Toy Story 3 the story development and screenplay is as consistent as the first. Pixar does a very good job of making sure the integrity of the first two Toy Stories remain in tact, while consistently creating the next chapter.
Furthermore, like the first Toy Story, technological innovation is a major component to the success of Toy Story 3. Unlike other films in which you can easily forsake 3D as a waste, Toy Story 3 uses 3D seamlessly. It is not a gimmick but a component of the film that places you into the wonderful world of the Toys.
As for the Toys themselves, they definitely have grown and they definitely have diversified. A large new cast is added to the film, but no screen time is lost on the old favorites. Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz (Tim Allen) still share the same undeniable friendship. Woody and Jesse (Joan Cusack) still feel like they are opposite sides of an issue. Buzz is still in love with Jesse, but he is finally able to express that infatuation thanks to a little Spanish charm.
These endearing moments lead to certain heartache at the climax of the film that is bound to move you. Thanks to the high quality animation and the true to heart development of the story you don’t necessarily need to know all the characters to be swept away by the film’s layered message.
Whether you are a child or an adult, whether you have seen other Toy Story films or not (which if you haven’t do yourself a favor and watch them too), whether you like innovation or story, Toy Story 3 is one film not to be missed.