Toy Story 3
by Laura Tucker
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The original two Toy Story movies answered for us what happens to our toys when we’re not around. It turns out they have a whole world of their own, like a mini community just for them, one that’s dependent on our world. Now in Toy Story 3, we’re answering another question. What happens to our toys when we outgrow them?
All our favorites are back for Toy Story 3, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Mr. Potato Head, and Hamm, which means Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, and John Ratzenberger are back as well. But this time Andy’s not a little boy anymore. He’s now a 17-year-old on his way off to college. He’s aged, but we’ve aged more than him somehow in the fifteen years since the first movie in the franchise.
Andy’s mom (voice of Laurie Metcalf) gives him the same garbage ultimatum of many parents. Clean it up or it goes in the bag. She wants him to make that difficult decision with everything in his room, including his toys. College, attic, or garbage. All his toys are just looking for a little action having been stuck in a closed chest, assumably for years.
While most toys are hoping for the attic, just to be safe, that’s indeed Andy’s intention. He places them all in a garbage bag to carry them up to his attic. All except Woody. Woody was always his most special toy, and that one he puts in his college pile. He gets interrupted, though, on his way to the attic, and leaves the bag of toys on the floor. His mom misinterprets it as garbage and takes it out to the curb.
Woody makes his way down to the curb to try to save his friends. The toys escape and run for the safety of the donation box. These are the toys Andy’s brother Molly is giving up to be donated to a local daycare. Andy’s toys decide to join them, thinking at least they’ll be saved from the garbage, despite Woody trying to convince them to stay. He reluctantly tags along as well.
At Sunnyside Daycare, the toys are initially excited to see all the kids that will play with them, yet realize soon enough this is the life they were imagining. The daycare kids are brutal, and any kind of play isn’t necessarily good play. Woody decides to return to Andy, but the others are reluctant. He’s found buy a young girl, Bonnie, and she takes him home with her.
The toys spend the reset of the movie realizing what they’re after. It isn’t necessarily just to be played with, but to be loved. There’s a difference, although they never saw that at Andy’s house, as they had both. In many ways, that’s what we’re all discovering and finding out in our lives. Playing can be fun, but we all need to be loved, and if we can find a place to have both, than that’s where we need to be.
Toy Story 3 is out on DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack. The DVD also includes the Day & Night Pixar short, a closer look at the toys, an animated documentary of Buzz’s trip to the International Space Station, a look at the voice actors, and more. The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes everyone that’s on the DVD, as well as a Toy Story trivia game, commentary by those behind-the scenes, and more.
Laura Tucker is the webmaster of Reality Shack and its accompanying Reality Shack Blog, provides reviews at Viewpoints, and provides entertainment news pieces at Gather. She is also an Associate Instructor and 2nd dan black belt in tae kwon do with South Elgin Martial Arts. Laura can be reached at LauraBelle@realityshack.com.
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