Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the toys are at it again on the big screen, this time facing a life-changing event as their owner, Andy, prepares to leave home and start college. Yes, its been 11 years since Toy Story 2, and 15 years since the original Toy Story came out in 1995. With this length of time passing, a clever story line and sharp animation are a must, and Toy Story 3 delivers.
I’ve always considered the original and TS 2 to be classics, probably among my top 50 movies of all-time. Toy Story 3 is far edgier and funnier. It’s Toy Story meets Die Hard, if that’s possible. It’s an action movie masquerading as an animation. Karlstad, MN resident Ned Beatty lends his voice to the movie’s most sinister character, "Lots-O-Huggin Bear" and nearly steals the show. The plot twists are numerous and unexpected (I guess that’s why they are called twists) and the 109-minute adventure rolls seamlessly along.
And while I thought the animation was excellent, I’m still not sold on the 3-D aspect of this or any other recent 3-D movie. Maybe I don’t fully understand the intent, but I never once felt like the action was jumping off the screen towards me. Am I missing something?
Toy Story 3 is a must-see. It helps if you’ve seen 1 and 2, but it’s not a deal-breaker by any means. Kids and adults alike will enjoy.
The Verdict: 4 out of 5.