Monday, June 21, 2010

Review: Toy Story 3

Disney/Pixar made a movie.  Another movie.  Another good movie.  That's really all you need to know.  There's nothing more that needs to be said.  The Toy Story series is now one of the most solid film trilogies of all time.  If you're judging solely in the animated category, it is the most solid film trilogy of all time.  Of course, you're not surprised that Toy Story 3 is good.  It's a Pixar film, after all.  Even when their films aren't great they're still at the top of the cartoon heap.  Yet, maybe you should be a little surprised.  Or, at the very least, a little impressed.  Toy Story is Disney's Star Wars, it generates tie-ins and merchandise in abundance.  Everything is a toy, after all, and is thus born prepared to return to forms of plastic or plush.  The first film installment hit theaters in 1995.  It's now rolling through a decade and a half of child belovedness.  Middle schoolers who saw the flick in its original run may now be dragging their own spawn to the trilogy's 3D conclusion.  With 15 years, a never ending stream of Disney Store products, a permanent place in Disney theme parks, and a quality timelessness to its animation, these characters have transcended every generation gap.  Toy Story doesn't cater to any one audience, it doesn't have to.  It's themes are broad, its characters recognizable.  Every child falls in love with it if only because they already recognize its key players from the floor of their playroom.   Where am I going with this?  Toy Story 3 is good.  Really good.  It's an instant classic perhaps in spite of the fact that with the momentum built up from all that came prior, it didn't have to be...

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