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Saturday, July 10, 2010

TOY STORY 3

By D.E.Levine

Director: Lee Unkrich
Writer: Michael Arndt
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 et al.
Producer: Darla K. Anderson
Executive Producers: John Lasseter
Original Music: Randy Newman
Running Time: 103 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Genre: Family, Comedy

This may well be the best of the Toy Story franchise. It's funny while being sensitive, emotional and downright clever.

The first two Toy Story films were fun and very successful. The third has the added attraction of being in 3D.

Toy Story 3 begins with a runaway train containing Troll dolls chased after by Sheriff Woody. It's a great beginning and turns out to be the way Andy played with his toys.

Now Andy is grown and leaving for college. Now that it's time to put his childish toys away Andy plans to put them in the attic. Through and error the garbage bag Andy packs the toys in is placed curbside for pickup by the garbage truck.

Woody, who was scheduled to go to college with Andy, ingeniously rescues the toys and they wind up at Sunnydale Day Care Center.

At Sunnydale the toys are greeted by other toys including Ken, who is a narcissist and smooth operator who is immediately attracted to the newly arrived Barbie.

While the film was written with children in mind and is certainly appealing to them, there are so many adult jokes that the film is hysterically funny for adults.

There's also the added benefit of adults relating to the toys on a different level since many have played with them in the past during their own childhoods.

As with every Disney film, there's a morale to the story, in fact there are several.

While this is an animated film, the characters are so appealing and the story so clever, that adults and children alike become totally immersed in the story and feel regret when it ends.

This film is definitely a winner and not to be missed.