Opens: June 18, 2010
Website: Official Toy Story site
Starring: Voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, John Ratzenberger
My Review: Let’s just get one thing out of the way: I am a total Pixar fangirl and have felt varying degrees of love and admiration for everything they have created so far.
Now that that’s cleared up, here’s some not-shocking news: I’m really excited to see Toy Story 3! I really liked this past summer’s release, Up, but found it to be more serious and poignant in tone (was anyone not crying after that opening montage?), so I’m looking forward to seeing something a bit more lighthearted in Pixar’s next offering. And while sequels are usually equated with lazy filmmaking and pale in comparison to the original, Pixar already proved they know how to do a sequel right with 1999’s Toy Story 2, which I actually liked a bit better than the first one. Which reminds me of another famous movie trilogy with a superior second part: The Godfather. That’s right, I just compared a cartoon to The Godfather. Let’s just hope this part three doesn’t feature an overwrought Sofia Coppola death scene…
In the third Toy Story installment, Andy is all grown up and heading off to college. So where does that leave his roomful of toys? Donated to a daycare center, which is probably the toy equivalent of Hell. After having enough abuse from the toddler crowd, Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the toys decide to band together and make an escape. Where they’re escaping to, I don’t know, but I can’t wait to find out.
Would I Pay For It?: Definitely. I’ll even brave a theater full of children to see a Pixar movie on the big screen. I’ll just be sure to pack my angry eyes in case they get too rowdy.