Toy Story 3 is Pixar’s latest instalment of the story that introduced us to Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz (Tim Allen). With Andy having turned seventeen and being ready to go to college, the toys finally decide it is unlikely he will ever be play with them again and find the prospect of being donated to Sunnyside Daycare where children will play with them far more appealing than being relegated to the cosy but lonely attic.
Woody tries to discourage them from pursuing this course of action but their misguided anger at Andy for a simple accident of circumstance gets in the way and leads to unfortunate consequences when they place their trust in welcoming teddy bear, Lotso (Ned Beatty), who happens to be hiding his true colours.
Luckily for the toys, they find some unexpected allies who help them to defeat the villainous bear with the help of Woody who returns to rescue his friends and finally end up finding a suitable home at Bonnie’s (Emily Hahn) where they are treated with love.
The dialogue between Ken (Michael Keaton) and Barbie (Jody Benson), Molly’s rejected toy, who hit it off on meeting are a highlight and will have you in stitches while Buzz in his Spanish mode makes for an interesting romantic development between him and Jessie (Joan Cusack) so humour is ever present and allows for some light-heartedness.
Toy Story 3 is the most perilous adventure the toys have been on to date as it is at its most dramatic and darkest and the final climactic moment makes for one very sentimental scene leading you to wonder how toys that once belonged to us and were treasured so lovingly, then got dispatched and promptly forgotten. It is far more likely you’ll see the adults get touched at the heartstrings way more than the children.
With Toy Story 3, Pixar takes the audience on a journey back to their childhood and powerfully reminds them of what it was like back when they were innocent, free and dared to dream to infinity and beyond.