Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film, the third installment in the Toy Story series, and the sequel to Toy Story 2 (1999). It was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Lee Unkrich, the editor of Toy Story (1995) and co-director of Toy Story 2, written by Michael Arndt, while Unkrich wrote the story along with John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton, respectively director and co-writer of the first two films. The film was released in theaters June 18, 2010, and played worldwide from June through October in the Disney Digital 3-D, RealD, and IMAX 3D formats. Toy Story 3 was the first film to be released theatrically with Dolby Surround 7.1 sound.
The plot focuses on the toys Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and their friends dealing with an uncertain future as their owner, Andy, prepares to leave for college. The film features an ensemble voice cast with Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris, Jodi Benson, and John Morris reprising their roles from the previous films, and Ned Beatty, Michael Keaton, Whoopi Goldberg, Blake Clark (replacing Jim Varney), Timothy Dalton, Kristen Schaal, Bonnie Hunt, and Jeff Garlin joining the returning cast.
Like its predecessors, Toy Story 3 received critical acclaim upon release. It became the second Pixar film (after Up) and third animated film overall (after Beauty and the Beast and Up) to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. The film received four more Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Sound Editing, Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, winning the latter two. Toy Story 3 grossed over $1 billion worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing film of 2010—both in North America and worldwide—and the fifth highest-grossing film at the time of its release, as well as the third highest-grossing animated film of all time and the first animated film to generate $1 billion in ticket sales. A sequel, Toy Story 4, directed by Lasseter is scheduled to be released on June 21, 2019.
Andy is now 17 and off to college and he has to wonder what he plans on doing with the toys that he grew up with. The toys wonder themselves what will become of them even though they know the day would come eventually. Andy decides to put them in the attic but his mom accidentally thinks it is trash and the toys eventually land inside a donation box to Sunnyside Day Care, where the toys believe that they will get more play time with new kids. But they soon discover that not everything is as it seems at Sunnyside as they soon become prisoners inside the day care which leads to many things happening in the process.
Now, I was very worried especially how threequels to other computer animated films are inferior to their predecessors (Shrek The Third and Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs).
But, right from the start, I knew that I wouldn’t be disappointed. I have just seen something that I’ve never seen before, a strong trilogy of films that got better with every film. This really is my favorite movie of the year so far. In fact, I was moved by the end of this film.
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I almost teared up a bit when you heard Andy talking about these toys to this small kid that he’s donating them to. It’s the perfect finale to this story. It’s a great to see Woody and Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the Toy Story gang on the big screen once again and it is also one of the rare summer movies this year that hasn’t disappointed me, the other being Iron Man 2. The story is very well-written by Michael Arndt, who wrote one of my favorite movies from the last decade ‘Little Miss Sunshine’, the visuals are astonishing, the cast is well-acted in this, and above all, this is the first 3D film that I’ve seen where I wouldn’t have mind seeing this in 2D. Like if I had to see this again on the big screen in 2D, I wouldn’t mind seeing it.
Bottom line, Toy Story 3 really is the best movie I’ve seen all year. It doesn’t disappoint, it never gets boring, and it’s just a lot of fun.
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