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5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy completion of a classic trilogy, June 12, 2010
This review is from: Toy Story 3 (DVD)
I went to the San Francisco Film Festival screening at Pixar Studios last night not really knowing what to expect. Toy Story has been with us for 15 years now (20, in terms of actual development) and I had a sinking feeling that maybe all the character potential had been used in the first two and this was some shameless plot by Disney to exploit the franchise ("Little Mermaid 3", anyone?). Well, shame on me for underestimating the capabilities of Pixar, who once again have shown how a small studio in Emeryville is a storytelling powerhouse that leaves the rest of the industry in the dust.

Toy Story 3 is the tale of Andy, the toys' owner, going to college and their quest to determine their future - headed between the attic or a daycare center. If you've enjoyed the way the first two films blend character drama with innovative action and humor, this cocktail hits its stride in the third film, which draws on everything we already know about the characters and then adds two new entire sets of toys to the plot. There's a new villain, two very amusing romance sub-plots and a litany of visual gags that push the envelope even further. I'm not allowed to go into any details but the second half of the film is a familiar set piece performed in a completely new way that will forever change your view of certain toys and day care centers.

Apart from a level of animation that sets the bar in the industry and an attention to detail that makes you wonder what most "real" films actually do in pre-production, the real genius of the third film is to provide a satisfying conclusion that gives every character a completed character arc. About 20 minutes before the end, I was wondering how they would do this since there were some fairly dark moments (similar to those in Wall-E and Up), but naturally they manage to pull it together. There's literally not a single wasted shot, let alone a wasted scene, and the pace quickens throughout to keep the tension mounting.

Overall, this is another Pixar classic that easily has enough for both kids and adults (and movie aficionados). It's not difficult to see why each of their movies takes five years to complete - yet despite the technical wizardry, the success of their movies is fundamentally routed in their stories, a fact which most other studios seem to forget these days. As to whether the stage is set for Toy Story 4, I suppose they could always pull it off given the creativity at work here, but I think there was a deliberate attempt to make this the last in the series.
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Initial post: Jun 17, 2010 12:59:35 PM PDT
Excellent review with no spoilers and celebrating Pixar's great legacy. I can't wait to see it. Congratulations.

PD: Hope there is no TS4, they just announced two more sequels (Cars 2 and Monsters, Inc. 2). I hope they develop more original ideas in the future, because they are great at that.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2010 1:12:12 PM PDT
Thanks for the feedback! It's tricky writing a review without giving anything anyway. Apparently, Cars 2 has been in the works for a while, but I'd much prefer to see something entirely new and original than more sequels.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2010 2:15:48 PM PDT
You're welcome, I like when they are good thoughtful revews like yours. Many are really disappointing. I agree, I prefer something orirginal but next year is Cars 2 and in 2012 we will have an original film (Brave) and at the end of that year Monsters, Inc. 2. Do you know by any chance why Newt was cancelled? Neither Pixar nor Disney has said anything about it. Thay just replace it with M2.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2010 2:21:01 PM PDT
They mentioned Brave at the Q&A after the move but there was no mention of Newt, and I haven't managed to find out anything other than a curt "The film has been canceled". Interestingly, there's a ton of construction at the Pixar Studios facility - it looks like it could be at least doubling in size, so it's curious to see a project get canceled.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2010 2:51:56 PM PDT
J. Young says:
As a mother to a 3 year old who is just getting into all these movies that I have loved--I'm so glad they are going to make another Monsters Inc! I saw the first one in college and Boo reminded me of myself (ponytail holders and all) as a 2 year old! I'm so happy that my son will get to enjoy not only that movie, but the ones in the future as well!

Posted on Aug 14, 2010 9:31:24 AM PDT
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Posted on Sep 24, 2010 11:57:10 AM PDT
J. puskar says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2010 11:59:27 AM PDT
Disney bought Pixar in 2006 - but this was made by Pixar's Studios in Emeryville rather than the Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2010 1:19:06 PM PDT
You're absolutely right, although Disney bought Pixar, they have complete independence for their projects and all of their films from 2006 onwards (Cars-TS3) are still being made in the Emeryville studio just like the ones before the purchase. The only thing that has changed is that Disney is the owner and distributes all the films (like always) but Pixar has complete control over their work and works independently from the big studio at Burbank (as always). So TS3 IS a Pixar film.

Posted on Nov 26, 2010 9:38:51 AM PST
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