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Toy Story 3 (2010) – movie review by Kate

Toy Story 3 (2010)

Movie reviews by Kate

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Rating: G

Genre: Children’s

Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles

Director: Lee Unkrich

Plot: Woody, Buzz and the whole gang are back. As their owner Andy prepares to depart for college, his loyal toys find themselves in daycare where untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice. So, it’s all for one and one for all as they join Barbie’s counterpart Ken, a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear to plan their great escape.  Walt Disney Studios

Running Time: 1:43

Kate says -4 stars “We’ve loved these toys for 15 years now, Woody, Buzz and the gang.  We know them. We know their personalities and quirks.  We are connected to them. We feel like they are our toys. We care about what will happen to them as Andy makes the transition from childhood to young adulthood. Toy Story 3 is funny, heart-felt, clever, imaginative and beautiful. From the opening “play scene”, to the “prison break” action which lasts almost the entire second half, to the emotional resolution, this movie delivers on all fronts to all ages. May I suggest telling yourself,”They’re only toys. They’re only toys…pieces of plastic…not real,”  in order to keep from bawling your eyes out over the touching final scene, and then you’ll still cry.”

Ebert says – 3 stars “This is a jolly, slapstick comedy, lacking the almost eerie humanity that infused the earlier “Toy Story” sagas, and happier with action and jokes than with characters and emotions. But hey, what can you expect from a movie named “Toy Story 3,” especially with the humans mostly offstage? I expect its target audience will love it, and at the box office, it may take right up where “How to Train Your Dragon” left off.” (read full review)

Roger Moore (Orlando Sentinel) says3 1/2 stars“Dazzling, scary and sentimental, Toy Story 3 is a  dark and emotional conclusion to the film series that made Pixar famous.There are laughs, perhaps somewhat fewer than the first two movies about toys who make belonging to that one little boy their mission in life. But the heart of this piece is nothing less than startling, and the finale is unexpected as it is tearful.” (read full review)
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Owen Gleiberman (Entertainment Weekly) says “A” You won’t be alone if you go to see Toy Story 3 with ginormous expectations. After 15 years, the original Toy Story remains — to me — the most ticklish, delightful, and transporting of all Pixar films…I wasn’t disappointed. Yet even with the bar raised high, Toy Story 3 enchanted and moved me so deeply I was flabbergasted that a digitally animated comedy about plastic playthings could have this effect. Fifteen years after Toy Story, its heroes look more old-fashioned and analog than ever. They really are relics in a world of techno gizmos. Yet all they’ve ever wanted is a home, and in the supremely moving final scenes of Toy Story 3, their simple desire to be played with is the furthest thing from selfish. It mirrors a child’s own essential need to indulge her imagination through play. Toy Story 3 is a salute to the magic of making believe.” (read full review)
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