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Capone declares TOY STORY 3 the best film of the year so far, the best 3-D he's ever seen, and the best of the TOY STORY movies!

Published at: June 18, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST by Capone

Hey, everyone. Capone in Chicago here. How is it possible that the folks at Pixar keep managing to surprise me? Did I expect to like TOY STORY 3? Well, yeah. What about Pixar or this franchise would lead you to believe anything else? I might have been a little concerned that the original film's director (and the second film's co-director) John Lasseter is only listed as one of three "story" men (the other two being Andrew Stanton and Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich); Michael Arndt, who won the screenwriting Oscar for LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, is credited with the screenplay. But after about 10 minutes, I realized that this third installment in the adventures of Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, Hamm, Rex and those weird little green rubber alien dudes was going to be the best one yet. Let's get the hyperbole out of the way right now. This is the best Toy Story movie, period. This is the best 3D experience I've ever had, period. And this is the best film of 2010 so far, arguably. And I pity those of you that don't have the ability to see TOY STORY 3 in IMAX, because the opening action sequence alone--which appears to take place in a Grand Canyon-like location--is worth the IMAX and 3D upcharges. And wait until you see the landfill dump section of the film. On the IMAX screen, you can almost smell it. What the Pixar team has done is something I think they've been building to for a while, especially with their most recent efforts WALL-E and UP. It seems very clear they want to be taken seriously as an animation house and not just a place that produces films for children. There's no doubt that the now-15-year-old TOY STORY was a big hit with kids, but those kids and young adults are in their 20s and 30s (OK, some of us are older still) today. So, rather than repeat a proven formula (an illness known as sequel-itis), TOY STORY 3 is most definitely a film for an older crowd that has or is preparing to put away childish things, or at least pass them along to someone who can still appreciate them. This film deals with mortality, maturity, and never forgetting the friends (real and inanimate) who made us the person we are today. The stories you may have heard about tears, they are not lies. But you will cry not because of anything truly sad that happens on screen; the emotion comes from recognizing your own life in that of the 17-year-old Andy, heading off to college. More than the other two TOY STORY films, this one's most unforgettable moments are not loaded with chases or danger or humor--although all three are in great supply. The scenes you will cherish are more haunting. One is the aforementioned landfill sequence. I won't give anything away, but there's a moment where all the toys are holding hands and not talking. It's as poignant a moment as Pixar has ever created, and combined with the looks on their faces as they hold hands, it's also an emotional high point of any film you'll see this year. The other one is more grounded in reality, and it's toward the end of the film. Andy spends much of the movie packing up his room, deciding what is going to get trashed, what gets stored in the attic, and what goes with him to college. At the end of the film, just before he drives off with his packed-up car, his mother (Laurie Metcalf is perfection) rushes up the stairs clearly in a frenzy trying to make sure her son hasn't forgotten anything. The second she steps in his room, she freezes and says looking at the empty space and says "Oh, Andy... " The flash flood of tears at this exact moment could drown small children. Just thinking of that scene chokes me up. I know I haven't talked much about the main story, which involves the toys getting shipped off to a daycare facility to get played with by a whole group of children. The prospects excite most of the toys, but not Woody (still Tom Hanks; still great), who is still very much bonded to Andy. A mishap back home makes all the other toys think Andy was going to throw them away, but Woody knows different. Still, he fails to convince them to escape with him. When they meet an entire platoon of new, seemingly friendly toys at the daycare, Andy's toys (minus Woody, but including Tim Allen's Buzz Lightyear) decide they have found a new home. If you ever need proof that the Pixar people have not lost an iota of their creativity, you need look no further than these new toys, including Lotso, the strawberry-smelling stuffed bear (Ned Beatty), a sticky octopus named Stretch (Whoopi Goldberg), a Ken doll (Michael Keaton), and a freakishly rendered baby doll named Big Baby, who has clearly seen action--the teardrop "tattoo" under its left eye tell us as much. Big Baby will haunt you when you sleep and when you're awake. Not that the old standard toys get the short shrift. I particularly liked Mr. Potato Head's surreal, body-less escape attempt from the daycare that is impossible to describe with any accuracy with words. Of the new characters, Ken will become an instant fan favorite. He lives in the dream house, complete with an elevator, disco, and the biggest closet any doll has a right to have. He's way into clothes and accessories, but he also falls madly in love with Barbie (Jodi Benson, the voice of THE LITTLE MERMAID's Ariel). I heard a lot of people coming out of the screening I attended saying (but not complaining) that TOY STORY 3 was dark, even for adults. I don't quite agree. The film, its characters and its creators have matured. And the more the TOY STORY films resemble reality and address real emotions, the darker they might seem. To me, this isn't a bad sort of darkness at all; it's life. More than the first two films, this one is Woody's journey. In a really strong side story, after Woody leaves the daycare, he ends up at the home of one of the workers at the center who has a little girl named Bonnie. She reminded me a little bit of Boo in MONSTETS INC., but much sweeter. Bonnie's toys--including ones voiced by Bonnie Hunt, Jeff Garlin, animator Bud Luckey, and the irrepressible Timothy Dalton--love her with the same intensity that Woody feels for Andy. It's a warm and moving moment that sets Woody down an inevitable path. TOY STORY 3 is exquisite to look upon as well, and the 3D is perfection. Other than a few deliberately gimmicky moments, the filmmakers don't abuse the the 3D. Instead, they use it to create some of the finest depth-of-field moments I've ever seen. Rather than calling attention to the technology, the Pixar people seem to want you to forget they're even using it, which is exactly what happens. But every so often, your eyes wander away from the action to some small detail in the background, and suddenly you realize just how good everything looks. I remember being stunned last year, when the first two TOY STORY movies were reissued in 3D, at how beautiful the animation was. In my memory, I remembered at least the first one being somewhat primitive, but I was wrong. But the new film--in both subtle and very obvious ways--puts the others to shame, even beyond the 3D. The only question racing through my head this week is how soon can I see TOY STORY 3 again. This is the gold standard of filmmaking, and if the Academy has a tough time finding 10 films to fill up its Best Picture race, why not slot this one in twice for kicks. It's that good, but please don't take my word for it. And I'm begging you: if there's an IMAX screen playing this movie within 100 miles of you, it's worth the journey and the money. Alright, everybody else: you have your benchmark for the year. This is what you should be aiming for. Start jumping. And by the way, prepare yourself for yet another dialogue-free and utterly original opening act to Toy Story 3 with the Pixar short DAY AND NIGHT, which is loaded with creative genius. And the hits keep on coming.
-- Capone capone@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter



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  • June 18, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Better 3D than Avatar?

    by kwisatzhaderach

    I'll believe it when I see it. The opening shot of Jake coming out of the cryo chamber was breathtaking. <p> Can't wait for Dalton as Mr Pricklepants.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Jesus

    by Series7

    Watched Mary and Max last night, how Up won the Oscar for best animated feature is unfuckingbelievable. That movie is a fucking powerhouse.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    This feels like the same thing all over again

    by Series7

    Toy Story 1 is my favorite movie of all time, but TS3 is going to have to do something amazing to top How To Train Your Dragon.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Bitch!

    by Scalvador

    First?

  • June 18, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Fourth...

    by Scalvador

    Story of my life. Oh well, Pixar are on about the same level of reliability as Chris Nolan, so no suprises here.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    About time

    by BetaRayBill07

    Jesus set an alarm next time.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Not really surprised...

    by Lemure_v2

    CAN. NOT. WAIT.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Great! Haven't heard a bad word, yet.

    by Jaka

    Won't be going for at least a couple weeks, though. They'll be ten of us (including four children ages 6-16 *cough*) going to our local IMAX, which is thankfully only six miles away (on the freeway, even). It's great to have one so close, but that 100 mile rule seems to apply. It's almost always way OVER packed. I'd rather wait a couple weeks and avoid some of the crowd. For me, it makes enjoying a film that much easier.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    EXACTLY! Capone! Right ON!

    by End_Of_Line

    I agree with your review 100%! I loved it SO Much. Can't wait to see it again.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Here's a bad word...

    by JShanW

    It's great, but a bit racist in a couple places. Mexicans are Disney's new jews.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Well I haven't heard that from anybody else, either

    by Jaka

    I'm sure I'll be able to make that conclusion, or not, myself, though.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    BEST TOY!

    by FlickaPoo

  • June 18, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    ...BEST STORY!!

    by FlickaPoo

  • June 18, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    ...BEST NUMBER!!!

    by FlickaPoo

  • June 18, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    thank you capone for the review..

    by Six Demon Bag

    you seem to be the only one who watches films on a reg basis around here.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    JShanW

    by Series7

    I always knew that hawaiian shirt with hot sauce bottles on it wearing man was made up of pure hatred just like Walt before him.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    ...BEST USE OF COWBOY WOODY SINCE BROKEBACK...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...MOUNTAIN!!!!

  • June 18, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    The movie probably couldn't be any more relevant to my life

    by Clabog592

    I grew up with this franchise. Woody and Buzz feel like my childhood friends that I haven't seen in a very long time. But what makes this movie so relevant to where I am in my life right now is that at the end of the summer I will be heading off to college for the first time, and I'll have to let go. And another similarity I have to Andy? My name is Andrew too. its almost freaky how well timed this movie is in relevance to my life

  • June 18, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Favorite Pixar?

    by Amishplaya4

    Just curious what everyones favorite Pixar film is. Before TS3 mine was Wall-e, but this one suprised me enough to take it's place.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    ...sounds good though. Cool.

    by FlickaPoo

  • June 18, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Saw it last night. Quick, spoiler-free, review

    by Kief_Ledger

    In one word: terrific. In a few more: Pixar hit this sequel way the fuck outta the park, arguably more so than they did with Toy Story 2. Each character is given a moment or two to truly shine, and the finale is among Pixar's best emotional work, right alongside "When she loved me" and the part in Wall-E when EVE remembers Wall-E taking care of her. I can't say it is the best of the three, but that is mainly because I am undeniably biased towards the first film since it was THE movie I watched the most as a child. What really struck me as I walked out of the theater is just how tightly scripted TS3 is. Each point in the plot makes perfect sense, and nothing is ever forgotten or left behind. Definitely in Pixar's top 5, and just for fun even though I know many won't care: 1. Wall-E 2. Toy Story 3. Toy Story 3 4. Monsters Inc. 5. Ratatouille

  • June 18, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Pixar does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    NICE! Just read the headline...<p> I know so little about TS3 that i'll keep spoiler free and read the rest after i've seen the flick.<p> As for fave Pixar's - TOY STORY, WALL-E, INCREDIBLES, and TOY STORY 2 would be mine. The rest are also good, but not quite as marvellous as those four.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST

    ...I had no desire to see this before. Now I do...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...well done.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Can't get excited about an animation

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    No matter how good it is.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    So hard to rate all of Pixar's films now.

    by End_Of_Line

    Every one of them has something that makes them special. <br> <br> Even Cars had a great performance from Paul Neuman. Here's hoping that Pixar can continue this kind of quality in their next couple sequels.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Amish

    by JoeD

    The Incredibles for me, followed by Up, then Monsters Inc. After that, it's probably Ratatouille and Wall-E in a tie. Toy Story and Toy Story 2 round out my list. But the thing about Pixar is that the last ones on my list are animation classics and better than the vast majority of anything that has hit theaters in the last 10 years. Also...Kung Fu Panda is hanging around there. I know it's Dreamworks, but that movie has so much more heart than anything else they've produced that I'm giving it to Pixar. Just for the hell of it.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Day and Night

    by Chocolate_Giddyup

    I want every living person to see that short film.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Hyperbole OVERLOAD!

    by thatfilmlover

    next your be telling me it's better than the first film.. oh wait...

  • June 18, 2010, 12:46 p.m. CST

    This was actually a Transformers 3 review

    by EddieMurphysLaugh

  • June 18, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    by slone13

    Sucks for you

  • June 18, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    I think the biggest problem with TS3...

    by End_Of_Line

    Living up to the hype. I'm guilty, too. But I loves it! <br> <br> Now if only Harry and Massawyrm could wake up from their cocaine and whiskey induced all night love fest and post their reviews...

  • June 18, 2010, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Better 3D than How to Train Your Dragon?

    by Retlaw Kciuq

    That's a no. I love both movies, Toy Story 3 the best film of the year thus far, but How to Train Your Dragon is the best 3D feature since this new revolution and you're kidding yourself if you don't believe that.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Ebert said "Meh"

    by c4andmore

    bubble popped

  • June 18, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST

    100% on rotten

    by Amishplaya4

    If it stays this way, Toy Story franchise is The only movie series with 100% for each movie. I would have assumed Cannonball Run Movies already did that.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Watch Armond White come along and fuck it all up

    by Dharma4

    He'll connect it with 9/11 or some stupid shit

  • June 18, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST

    But are there Smurfs?

    by Snookeroo

    'Cause we're clamoring for that, you know.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    However...

    by Retlaw Kciuq

    I do understand where Capone is coming from with the new depth that 3D creates and I've been one to point it out since I saw Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D that it really allows you to see everything with a new perspective. I don't need the gags but I do appreciate that depth.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Ebert lost some of his heart with his jaw

    by Jaka

    I'm over that guy. He's a grumpy old man now.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST

    I DEMAND A SEQUEL TO THE INCREDIBLES!

    by RICHARD_GERE_RAPED_MY_GERBIL

    I DEMAND A SEQUEL TO THE INCREDIBLES! I DEMAND A SEQUEL TO THE INCREDIBLES! I DEMAND A SEQUEL TO THE INCREDIBLES! I DEMAND A SEQUEL TO THE INCREDIBLES! I DEMAND A SEQUEL TO THE INCREDIBLES! I DEMAND A SEQUEL TO THE INCREDIBLES! I DEMAND A SEQUEL TO THE INCREDIBLES! I DEMAND A SEQUEL TO THE INCREDIBLES! I DEMAND A SEQUEL TO THE INCREDIBLES! I DEMAND A SEQUEL TO THE INCREDIBLES! I DEMAND A SEQUEL TO THE INCREDIBLES! I DEMAND A SEQUEL TO THE INCREDIBLES!<p>(FUCK YOU TOM WANKS)

  • June 18, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Man I can not wait

    by eric haislar

    Seeing it tonight with the Mrs.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Roger Ebert Said The 3D Sucked Donkey Balls

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    Don't get me started.

  • June 18, 2010, 1 p.m. CST

    About that "every toy joins hands" scene...

    by Anime_Nut

    WOW. The tempest of emotions I experienced in that one, defining moment is impossible to describe with any degree of accuracy. I could watch that scene on my tiny iPhone screen, and it would still rank as one of the greatest movie moments EVER. I was shocked by the tears that flowed, both during and after that scene had passed.<p> I can't wait to see it again JUST to experience other people's reactions to that sequence -- as well as the Miyazaki reference. That was just PRICELESS.

  • June 18, 2010, 1 p.m. CST

    Best 3-d

    by Amishplaya4

    Did anyone see Captain EO at epcot? I remember that being great 3-d. Avatars best 3-D was in the first 3 minutes with him waking up. Hopefully this fad goes away again. It's not 3-D as much as it is forced perspective.

  • June 18, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    I wish more studio's

    by eric haislar

    where like Pixar. They are truly in it for the art and not the money.

  • June 18, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    During the incinerator scene...

    by SifoDyasJr.

    I really didn't know what was going to happen. It was very powerful. And then followed with an even MORE powerful scene that was so brilliant yet so simple that it was the perfect end to this perfect trilogy.

  • June 18, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Powerful ending

    by Amishplaya4

    To go from the joining hands scene to Bonnie saying "my cowboy" scene was too much. I had to keep thinking about Gary Colemans death photo to keep from crying

  • June 18, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    A Toy Story short will be with Cars 2

    by eric haislar

    http://www.cinematical.com/2010/06/18/pixar-bringing-toy-story-characters-back-for-cars-2/

  • June 18, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Thank God the Real 3-D Glasses hid my tears

    by SifoDyasJr.

    I was bawling at the end. The best part about Pixar, and I hope and pray that other studios follow their lead, is that they have proven not once, but 11 times now that you CAN make great art and turn a very very healthy profit if you let your creators go nuts without suit interference and focus group testing.

  • June 18, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    "the best 3-D he's ever seen" Must not have seen many...

    by TheMovieTruth

    Did you try taking off your glasses during the showing? Part of the film was not even in 3D. It was like Clash of the Titans 3D. I thought it was very sub-par. The film is worht seeing but it is the weakest of the three.

  • June 18, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Does anyone have a link to the Gary Coleman pic?

    by CRISPIN_GLOVERS_ACID_FLASHBACK

    The "death photo"?

  • June 18, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST

    CRISPIN_GLOVERS_ACID_FLASHBACK

    by eric haislar

    I don't think it was ever released. I googled it myself could not find anything.

  • June 18, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Cool beans...

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    ...maybe we'll see a Jonah Hex review by Sunday!

  • June 18, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    The Monkey

    by TheHamperYeti

    How is nothing about the god forsaken cymbal monkey mentioned? That thing is really the "haunt you while you are awake" stuff in the movie.

  • June 18, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST

    erichaislar - I FOUND ONE

    by CRISPIN_GLOVERS_ACID_FLASHBACK

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31749_162-2000 7255-10391698.html

  • June 18, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    saw it last night, and i teared up in the final scene

    by GLENN_THE_TOOL

    and i'm a 26 year old man. Andy wasn't the only one who grew up with these characters - we did too. and we got to know the toys even more intimately than Andy, as we get to see them when Andy isn't around. the "holding hands" scene is truly a moment of awe and dread, as the toys have seemingly ran out of cleverness and luck, and convey with their eyes to one another that this is the end, and at least they get to go out together. damn you, Pixar, you magnificent bastards. you've done it once again. bravo, and thank you.

  • June 18, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Pixar just #%&*@# my eyeballs!!!!

    by thepoohguy

    Seriously. Never before in seeing a Pixar/Disney movie did I ever think it was going to be the most horrific ending of a movie ever only to have the most incredible heartfelt ending ever. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Pixar KNOWS about STORY first and characters second. This was by far one of the best "ensemble" movies of all time. It's been a long time since I've wanted to go back to a theater and see a movie a second time, but it was INCREDIBLE! Definitely best of the 3. Although, I wouldn't call this a trilogy, they each could stand on their own. Their really is no intertwined story linking them all three together.

  • June 18, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    TheMovieTruth

    by Series7

    Yeah that was the same thing during UP. I kept taking off my glasses and the shit wasn't 3-D.

  • June 18, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Toy Story 4:Woodys Revenge

    by Amishplaya4

    Woody gets Liitle Bo Peeps head in a box,so him and Buzz go on a quest for blood lust

  • June 18, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    i'm glad people are loving this film

    by JettL1993

    when i came on board they had just scraped the diney written script and we wanted to start from scratch, i also designed some of the new characters and i hope they become classics

  • June 18, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    erichaislar

    by thepoohguy

    Tried your link...Page not found.

  • June 18, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    thepoohguy: REMOVE THE SPACES

    by CRISPIN_GLOVERS_ACID_FLASHBACK

    FROM THE LINK

  • June 18, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Capone is right

    by The Funketeer

    I hate 3d and it didn't bother me at all so I guess I could say it was my best 3d experience yet. Oh wait Coraline was my best 3d experience yet and the only movie where I think 3d added to the experience. But this is the best of the 3 Toy Story films and is also the best film I've seen this year. It's funny, thrilling, sad, intense... It's a perfect movie.

  • June 18, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    thepoohguy

    by eric haislar

    did you remove the spaces this dumb website put's in links?

  • June 18, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST

    PIXAR

    by BilboRing

    They just OWN every and any other animation studio. Hell, they trounce most regular movie studios. Even A Bugs Life is still better than most of the animation rubbish thrown out there today. I do hope they don't get too too dark or mature with their movies and lose their audience. I doubt it too. Can you imagine getting a job working for them? Must be a dream come true.

  • June 18, 2010, 1:38 p.m. CST

    So I'm guessing all of you

    by Series7

    Haven't seen Mary and Max then?

  • June 18, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Ya know, if you took off your glasses during Avatar...

    by Jaka

    ...the movie wasn't in 3D. THAT'S WHY YOU HAVE TO WEAR THE GLASSES!! LMFAO!

  • June 18, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST

    just saw it

    by KermitTheGremlin

    I laughed, cried, and was genuinely shocked. Will be seeing it again.

  • June 18, 2010, 2 p.m. CST

    Ebert gave it 3 stars

    by BizarroJerry

    What's so bad about that?

  • June 18, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Lol, another strike against the 3D haters...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Cameron did it right, and now it seems the Pixar boys have, too. 3D is here to stay.

  • June 18, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Does this make Toy Story the best trilogy ever?

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    An equal to LOTR, and much better than the SW OT and the Godfather films?

  • June 18, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Best film of the year?

    by BumLove

    Really? Really?

  • June 18, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Looks like JettL1993 hit another one out of the park

    by BumLove

  • June 18, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Pixar is overhyped but hey, if you liked it fun for you

    by RPLocke

    The first one is still the best.

  • June 18, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Toy Story promotes hoarding!!!!

    by Boo_Radley

    Makes people all sentimental and hang on to old shit. Jeers to you Pixar!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • June 18, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Just saw it!

    by IHaveSeenEveryEpisodeOfPrisonBreak

    It was good, very good! However, the best sequel is still Transformers 2.

  • June 18, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    How low can fanboys go? Attacking Ebert

    by BetterCallSaul

    because he gave TS3 a good review, just not a great one?? So he found some flaws in it, stated that he felt it wasn't as good as the first 2, but still gave it a positive review.

  • June 18, 2010, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Roger Ebert

    by Amishplaya4

    I heard he hates Jaws now

  • June 18, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    I just love how no one even acknowledges Jet---er....that studio

    by HapaPapa72

    Like a wart you get used to.

  • June 18, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST

    PIXAR does nothing for me....

    by Jobacca

    And I've tried...I've really,really tried. I've seen everything they've ever done(with the exception of UP,which has been sitting on my DVD-to-do pile for 3 months)and...I just dont feel ANYTHING at PIXAR movies. I seem to be incapable of connecting on an emotional level with anything CGI. Pop in Dumbo or Bambi though,and let the embarassing waterworks begin.....

  • June 18, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Very good, but not the best.

    by robogeek.com

    Where's Bo Peep?

  • June 18, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Skip the 3-D and the IMAX...

    by ninpobugei

    Both of these things are nothing more than money grabs. I've found the past few films that were touted in 3-D to be just as good in 2-D. Personally, I'll never again pay an upcharge for 3-D. It's just not worth it.

  • June 18, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Bo Peep

    by Horgy

    She's gone. Just...gone. (another touching scene. The look on Woody's face is heartbreaking.)

  • June 18, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST

    One word of warning.

    by Horgy

    You will have Cymbal-Monkey-fueled nightmares. That thing was fucking TERRIFYING.

  • June 18, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Jobacca

    by RPLocke

    I agree. I haven't like any Pixar movie since Incredibles. Yet, critics eat this shit up like it's crack.

  • June 18, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST

    YES, that monkey scared the fuck outta me

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Reminded me of that creepy poster for Monkey Shines, brrrr...<BR><BR>Anyways, BRILLIANT film, a perfect trilogy-capper (NO TOY STORY 4, for God's sake!!!), and the emotional bits worked perfectly with the comedy (Buzz's "Spanish Mode" had the whole theater howling) and action. I can't say a bad thing about the film, aside from MAYBE Lotso's ultimate fate being a bit too similar to Stinky Pete's in Toy Story 2. Wonderful. And hey, Totoro...!

  • June 18, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    And Kudos to Blake Clark

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Slinky is one of my favorite Toy Story characters, and I was dreading hearing someone other than Jim Varney in the role, but Clark is pretty durn close to Varney's voice. I just wish there was a dedication to Varney somewhere in the end credits (Woody's line about "The toys we lost" immidiately reminded me of both Varney and also the late Joe Ranft, who voiced the AWOL Wheezy). Still, for a voice recast, Clark did a commendable job.

  • June 18, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    What was the hilarious line about getting past the monkey?

    by SifoDyasJr.

    I can't remember it exactly, but it had me laughing hard.

  • June 18, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    @Boo_Radley

    by Alientoast

    Some people do it for personal reasons, others do it with the hopes they are worth money some day!

  • June 18, 2010, 4:56 p.m. CST

    It's not official yet, but Armond White

    by TheReason

    is already bashing TS3. In his review of Jonah Hex, he states "Jonah Hex -- The Neveldine & Taylor screenplay is easier better than Toy Story 3" He goes on to criticize TS3 throughout. Pixar Fanboys are going to be livid!!!

  • June 18, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Here's the link -- http://tinyurl.com/25djwhs

    by TheReason

  • June 18, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    yeah Armond says Jonah Hex is the better film.

    by Novaman5000

    Remind me why RT considers his opinion again?

  • June 18, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST

    No one cares about Armond White

    by Deathpool

    The guy is a troll and it's pretty well known, literally no one cares about what he thinks other than to laugh about it.

  • June 18, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Just too bad him and this one other jackass,

    by Novaman5000

    Cole Smithey, who said the movie was "too sad" and the 3d didn't pop out at you like in "quality 3d films", ruined the 100%. Jackasses, though we all saw this coming. Commented to my coworkers just this morning that Armond was going to bash TS3 any minute now.

  • June 18, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    It's official now. RT score of 99%

    by SifoDyasJr.

    Fuck you Armond White and Rotten Tomatoes for not banning that troll a long time ago.

  • June 18, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    RPLocke

    by pdennett316

    You're dead inside man....dead! What happened to you to kill your soul? Was it Charlie's Angels 2??

  • June 18, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Email RT and demand that Armond get removed

    by SifoDyasJr.

    There were only a couple of e-mail addresses in the 'Contact us' one of which was advertise@flixster-inc.com

  • June 18, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST

    The NPR reviews

    by Turingtestee

    were surprisingly glowing as well.

  • June 18, 2010, 5:32 p.m. CST

    pdennett316

    by RPLocke

    I think A Team did me in.

  • June 18, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    SATAN > Armond White

    by ORIONgods

  • June 18, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    God, what to say that hasn't been said.

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

  • June 18, 2010, 6:04 p.m. CST

    I'm sticking that monkey head in Armond's bed.

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

  • June 18, 2010, 7 p.m. CST

    So we finally found a movie talkbackers aren't cynical about

    by terry1978

    Saints be praised. They do have hearts.

  • June 18, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Sid is listed in the cast

    by Anime_Nut

    I was able to tear my my eyes away from the shenanigans going on in the animation window long enough to see the end of the cast listing: "Sid ......... Erik Von Detten".<p> Does ANYBODY recall seeing him in the movie. If he's supposed to be one of the garbage men, I don't think he was ever identified as such. Maybe it was the guy with fond memories of Lotso?

  • June 18, 2010, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Sid is one of the garbage men.

    by End_Of_Line

    He's wearing the same tshirt with the skull on it. <br> <br> Harry and Wyrm... I don't think I'm alone in saying I'm really disappinted you didn't get your stuff together and post reviews today. Boo. Why would Disney grant you advance previews if you don't even follow through.

  • June 18, 2010, 7:48 p.m. CST

    The movie was really really good...

    by Mr. Profit

    Seriously, I know people tend to think Pixar can do no wrong and go into overdrive with their hyperbole, but this is probably their most well rounded film. Everything works. The animation is a leap up from 1 and 2 without looking drastically different. The story was solid. It was funny, it had heart, I just really enjoyed it. <P>But I do disagree with Capone saying it's not dark. It is dark. Not that dark is bad. It works. It makes you think. And the last 20 minutes of the film made the audience silent. <P>The sequence holding hands was a really fucking strong scene, that I don't think will be topped this year. Like I said the end sequence made the audience silent. And not in a bad way. It just makes you think about life.<P>Other things I noticed, the majority of the audience was older. And I liked how the movie wasn't obvious in it's way of connecting/referencing things from previous films. <P>Go see this movie guys, it was great.

  • June 18, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Oh, and I didn't see it in 3D

    by Mr. Profit

    I saw it in 2D digital projection and it fucking looked amazing and crisp. And the opening short was cool, but I prefer the one that played before "Up".

  • June 18, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST

    AICN Reviews

    by IHaveSeenEveryEpisodeOfPrisonBreak

    Why do people care about these So called reviews? They are meaningless trash. I have more faith in Armond White.

  • June 18, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST

    The flood took out the Nashville IMAX...

    by ChrisPC24

    Too bad, because it's a real one and not a fake "IMAX Digital" screen. From what I heard, there was water up the screen. It'll be this fall before it's back up and running. Hopefully, it'll be open in time for TRON Legacy.

  • June 18, 2010, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Come Oscar time, that hand holding scene...

    by terry1978

    Will be the clip they show during the awards when it's announced for Best...whatever.

  • June 18, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Easter Eggs

    by Mr. Profit

    In case anyone was wondering: http://tinyurl.com/TS3EasterEggs

  • June 18, 2010, 8:10 p.m. CST

    not in HK till 15th July

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    the crap (clash of the titans, alice and robin hood) seems to be getting worldwide releases, even the average (IM2) movies but not the good stuff

  • June 18, 2010, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Pixar

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Is it because these guys care about what they are doing, they want to be profitable, but aren't driven by money, but creativity and passion, what makes them keeping hitting home runs. <br />2010 so far has been a very disappointing year for movies, good to see Pixar still has it, whilst the other studios have for the most part produced crap to mediocre.

  • June 18, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Can someone explain the "

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • June 18, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST

    "It's just a dinosaur!" joke to me?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Sorry about the double post, but I don't really get the joke where Woody is looking online for Andy's house, and there's an IM bubble and he says, "Who's Velocistar 257?" (or whatever number), and the triceratops toy voiced by Bonnie Hunt quickly shuts the IM conversation down? It's featured in every trailer and TV spot, yet I'm not really sure what it's supposed to mean. Why would the triceratops care if Woody knew who she was talking to?

  • June 18, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Miyamoto_Musashi

    by Lockesley

    I beg to differ. I believe that Pixar is motivated by profit. This movie was targeted to adults. And it's working by the fact that all of these crazy Pixar fans violently defend this movie by calling for the death of Armond White. There were at 2 families who had to deal with traumatized children at my screening. I agree that parents need to decide what their children watch. I agree that movies need to gently deal with real life issues like mortality. But subjecting small kids to unexpected, shocking horrifying imagery is kind of a douche bag move. Leave it to parents to discuss real life issues. Toy Story 3 was essentially saying to a kid, want to see something cool? but then showing them a dead puppy. Not a fun experience.

  • June 18, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Nasty In The Pasty

    by Mr. Profit

    I took it to be like anytime someone asks to use your PC/Laptop and you let them and forget to log out of IM and someone with a funny name, IM's you and it raises eyebrows and you get embarrassed. <P>It's happened to me before where someone you have been conversing with via IM decides to IM you while someone is using your PC and it's usually something stupid like "Hi Baby! HEARTS HEARTS HEARTS" and you quickly get made fun of.<P>That's what I got from it. She is a dino, using the PC behind everyone's back to chat with another dino from down the block when no one is around to pay attention, but got caught.

  • June 18, 2010, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Just saw TS3..

    by TheNewDirector

    ... and it was amazing, funny, entertaining, and the hand hold scene and what happens after... awesome and very emotional. The 3D wasn't that great not sure what capone saw.

  • June 18, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Lockesley

    by Mr. Profit

    I do agree Pixar is motivated by profit. Which publicly traded company that is apart of a large multi-media conglomerate parent company would not be? If Pixar weren't profitable, there would be no movies. <P>I think what people are trying to articulate though, is while being a profitable company with a proven track record and releasing movies with mainstream appeal, they put story first, rather than merchandising first. <P>All the other stuff comes after they have a tight story. And that is how they continue to maintain their profitability. All of their movies put the story first. And I guess that is a luxury they can afford being that they only have 1 major release each year, unlike other studios that have many. <P>As far as it's rating is concerned, I agree it's dark. The monkey was fucking scary looking. And the baby had some blood in blood out tear drop tattoo on his face. But any responsible parent would look into the rating and the reasons why the movie is rated that way before even buying a ticket.

  • June 18, 2010, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Thanks Capone, can't wait!

    by NeverTalksBack

    Going to see this in a few hours, CANNOT wait. Pixar is always gold ;)

  • June 18, 2010, 10:34 p.m. CST

    As for Armond White

    by thepoohguy

    He had zero credibility with this statement in his review: <BR> <BR> "Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin), who defies North and South allegiance, to address political and moral responsibility that Toy Story 3 trivializes. Seeking to avenge his wife and son’s murder by Confederate madman Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich, a perverse John Brown), Jonah’s post-Civil War adventure parallels contemporary malaise." <BR> <BR> So Toy Story trivializes morality but Jonah is driven by REVENGE and that's moral? Seriously, the guy is an idiot!

  • June 18, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Gotta love fanboys

    by RPLocke

    You can always tell when they don't agree with you.

  • June 18, 2010, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Look, even Ebert has called Armond a troll

    by WickedJacob

    Look him up on wikipedia. But for the love of God, don't go to his site. In the internet age, critics are a desperate for a way to stand out from the crowd. If you can't be really really good at what you do, the next best thing is to be really, really, really bad at it. So stop rewarding him.

  • June 18, 2010, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Armond White

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    It's pretty amazing but this guy deserves every complaint against him. Truly the worst critic, in fact one of the worst minds I've ever encountered in writing. If he is just getting along because his shittiness inflames people, that is a sad commentary on what "sells". I mean his reviews are absolute horseshit, the gold standard of horseshit. Pick a gold standardi n any other category and he is its analog when it comes to movie reviewing or any kind of commentary, really. The worst.

  • June 18, 2010, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Armond White is a Genius and an Asshole!

    by IHaveSeenEveryEpisodeOfPrisonBreak

    He has a goal and achieves it with every "review" he writes. People are the reason he is still around and why his reviews Are accepted. For example: there have been hundreds of great TS3 reviews posted. He goes against the grain and gets hits to his reviews. Gotta appreciate the evil genius of it all! People are sheep and he is an evil shepard

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  • June 18, 2010, 11:33 p.m. CST

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  • June 19, 2010, 12:45 a.m. CST

    My no-experience, normal dude review of TOY STORY 3

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    I LOVE Pixar, and I LOVE Toy Story 1 & 2. Pixar doesn't need praise from me (or most other people), so with that said...I don't know if its the films or just me, but Toy Story 3 was almost like Iron man 2: a solid flick, but somehow lacking the magic of the previous installment. When I come out of movies feeling this way, especially after the theater audience applauds the movie, I wonder if it's just me...outgrowing movies or something? I don't know. <BR><BR> Ugh, I love Pixar so much that I'm so hesistant to say anything negative about their work, but since this movie has 99% on rottentomatoes and doesnt need me defending it, here it goes bluntly (IMPLIED SPOILERS AHEAD): <BR><BR> 1.) This movie seems to exist solely for the purpose of its opening sequence, and its last 5 mins.<BR> All the stuff with Sunnyside, the teddy bear's background, and Ken seems to be just filler connecting the intro and the ending. In fact, the "main storyline" of the film could have been almost completely edited out and it could have been simply a touching finale with Andy and his toys as he goes off to college. That's the main point. The whole Sunnyside thing felt like a side-story extended to being the main story. <BR><BR> 2.) The story was predictable. We are introduced to a new little girl. Gee, I wonder what's going to happen? Nothing wrong with a standard story told well, and as usual Pixar delivered quality, but I'm still trying to think of what made this stand out. <BR><BR> 3.) The characters were not fleshed out. Is Ken a good guy or a bad guy? I can't figure it out. By the end of the movie I still couldn't figure out whether he saw the error of his ways, or whether he is still a scheming a-hole that just wanted to get with Barbie.<BR><BR> Also, during the tour of the Sunnyside facility, we're introduced to the "repair" center where old toys get massages and repairs. How did those dolls, that plush elephant, and those Lego men qualify as "keepers"? And why are all the toys so happy to see Woody and gang's arrival, seeming so sincere, when underneath it all you have oppressed toys trying to escape? Were all the happy toys welcoming our heroes just faking it, or simply evil-hearted? <BR><BR> 4.) It lacked memorable lines/memorable moments/funny moments. People today still quote Toy Story 1. I cant imagine any lines or moments becoming classics here. Leaving the theater, people were saying the best part was Buzz's dance, which did make me laugh, but had nothing to do with the story or what was going on.<BR> In every Toy Story, we have to see a "dillusioned" Buzz that thinks he's a real space ranger, and here he was the least funny in that form (of the three movies). He didn't say anything funny or do anything funny like the one in Toy Story 2 did.<BR> No moment in this movie comes close to the most touching moments of Up. <BR><BR> 5.) The movie just didn't feel as tight as the first two. The first one was very simple and tight. So was the second...Woody gets kidnapped and the toys go to get him back. This one was felt like, less tight.<BR><BR><BR><BR> The holding hands moment didnt get me because I knew this was a rated G movie, and that Ken, Barbie, and others were still out there. <BR> The mom in the empty room didnt get me either because I was thinking why a 17 yr old boy would lose his room just because he's going off to college. Don't college freshmen usually keep their rooms? It's not like he's moving away for a job...won't he be back right after the semester ends? Why would he lose his room? <BR><BR><BR><BR> The truth is, if you put all three Toy Storys in front of me, I'd probably watch Toy Story 2 first, followed by the first one. There's some magic lost in this one...and once again, I don't know if it's just me or the movie. But the toys in Al's Toy Barn for some reason is so much better to me than in Sunnyside.<BR> Again, I love Pixar, and this was a very good movie. Toy Story 3 is the best recent CG movie by far, steamrolling over Shrek. Still, I wouldnt give this a 99% on rottentomatoes. Maybe like, an 85%.

  • June 19, 2010, 1:07 a.m. CST

    My Pixar list.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    1. The Incredibles<BR> 2. Up<BR> 3. Toy Story 2<BR> 4. Toy Story <BR> 5. Monsters, Inc. <BR> 6. Toy Story 3<BR> 7. Ratatoulle<BR> 8. A Bug's Life<BR> 9. Cars

  • June 19, 2010, 1:15 a.m. CST

    GibsonUSA

    by Johnny Smith

    Why do you hate WALL*E?

  • June 19, 2010, 1:19 a.m. CST

    GibsonUSA

    by Anime_Nut

    Andrew Stanton says, "Fuck you too."<p> Poor Nemo. Poor WALL-E.

  • June 19, 2010, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Your The Best Aroundddddddddddd

    by Broseph

    Nothings ever gonna keep you down

  • June 19, 2010, 1:55 a.m. CST

    My Pixar List

    by gotilk

    Since we're doing this now.<br><br> 1. UP<br> 2. A Bug's Life<br> 3. Toy Story 2<br> 4. Monsters, Inc.<br> 5. Toy Story <br> 6. WALL-E <br> 7. The Incredibles<br> 8. Ratatoulle <br> 9. Cars<br><br> Going to see 3 Sunday. Cannot wait. I think it's VERY important to understand my list (as I'm sure it's a priority for you, lol) that you consider with only one exception (CARS), the difference in amount of sheer love and joy I feel for these films is a very small amount. I love Ratatoulle *this* tiny bit much less than UP. But Cars simply did not work for me. I've seen it twice and although it IS great, it didn't leave me feeling the way I've felt leaving each of these other films. I've never quite understood the way people feel about A Bug's Life. I adored it and have always hoped for another BUG film. Part of this could be that when I was a kid, bugs were my thing and I had zero interest in cars. I was into collecting bugs, reading books, listening to music, toying with electronics, building structures and watching Star Trek. I'm still not much into cars. Except I've always loved Chargers for some reason. Just an awesome looking/feeling car. And I had a Coronet that I loved. Felt like a tank and had some real power to it. But other than that, show me a car and I'll show you a guy that has NO idea what's under the hood, what year it is, etc. Give me a good audio system and few repair needs and I'm happy. Give the car a personality and I'll probably just frown.<br><br>I'm looking forward to 3's 3D. In UP I loved the way it was used. Immersion over gimmicks. Some people I've spoken to even thought that a lot of it was 2D (NOT the case AT ALL). It was that subtle. I'm really hoping they go for that same effect in 3. As if you're looking through a window into a world that has its own dimensional qualities as well. I think the reason why some people have that feeling that "some of it wasn't even 3D" is because in the case of a film like UP, you just forget it and find yourself immersed in the world. And technically, just because you remove your glasses and don't see any major double vision effects does not mean there's no 3d happening in the scene. It could be a part of the scene you're not focusing on that is giving the image depth, like the edges or something deep in the scene. It takes very little overlap in some situations to give the sense of depth. Just because you peek out of the glasses and it doesn't look like you've had 12 kamakazis doesn't mean it's not 3d. You're probably just not looking in the right places in the image. I'm so excited to see this now, even more so as the great reviews are pouring in.

  • June 19, 2010, 4:02 a.m. CST

    Toy Story 3 = Best movie of the Summer! (so far!)

    by Zardoz

    And it's the best of the trilogy, too! Pixar just really knows how to make a good movie. I watched the first two films the other day, and the advancement in the animation in TS3 is incredible. I hadn't watched the first two in a long time, and while the story holds up in both of them, the animation is starting to look a little dated. Comparing all 3 is like looking at the evolution of technology and Pixar. TS3 looks absolutely incredible, so photo-real at times it's amazing! And the story and jokes and, of course, the characters, are fantastic! I loved it! Definitely going to see it again and again... But if you live in the SF Bay Area don't go see it in IMAX at the Metreon: there's TONS of dust on the print! AMC knows it, and should really pull the movie entirely, but they're issuing passes afterward if you complain. They say they're going to get a new print but they don't know when...

  • June 19, 2010, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Since you all did it...

    by Mr. Profit

    <P>1- Wall-E <P>2- Toy Story 3 <P>3- Up <P>4- Finding Nemo <P>5- The Incredibles <P>6- Toy Story 2

  • June 19, 2010, 5:40 a.m. CST

    GibsonUSA (Spoilers)

    by Mr. Profit

    Responding to your questions: <P>The Sunnyside Storyline was to tie Andy to Bonnie. The movie's storyline was to show how as the years passed many toys did not make it to that point. The toys hadn't been played with in ages and they were trying to figure ways to be played with. The only one who had hope was Woody, but the other toys lost faith. So when the opportunity to go play with new kids at a day care arises, they are all happy. But ultimately they realize they belong to Andy and are willing to accept a fate of being in the attic because they have become a family. <P>Bonnie was shown to have an imagination just like Andy's. She genuinely cared for her toys and even rescued toys from the day care. Sure history may repeat itself in the future when she outgrows them, but she is still very young, and when Andy passes the toys on to her, her love of Woody and the others rivals Andy's. <P>I thought all the characters got a moment to shine. Ken was a bad guy initially. But finding Barbie made him good. He was a toy that did not fit in with the others, was made fun of, but now he has someone to share everything with. He realized he was wrong when he came to stand up to Lotso. <P>Lotso was running the equivalent of the mob. He was the leader and had a well orchestrated operation that oppressed the toys in the toddler room. When they got a tour of the daycare it was all a sham. They were told nice things so that they wouldn't be leery about being in the room with the young kids who destroy toys. <P>Spanish Buzz made everyone laugh. Especially since Buzz is somewhat awkward around Jessie, but being the Latin Lover version of Buzz made him more forward with his feelings. Also "Up" had different kind of touching moments. But the same criticism you leveled at Toy Story 3 can be said of Up. A lot of people just love the first 10 minutes and say nothing of the middle. <P>Every plot introduced in the movie was resolved. So I think it was the tightest scripted of the 3. The holding hand moment was touching, not because you thought they were going to die, but because they thought they were going to die. And since they bonded as a family, they accepted fate because they had ran out of ideas to save themselves. <P>And as a freshman, I lost my room. So did my best friend. A lot of people lose their rooms because they move away to school. The moment got me because when I left, a similar thing happened. It's sad for a parent when their kid leaves. Any parent who loves their kid would want to figure out ways to keep them living at home forever if they could. Also remember Andy's mom is single. She raised him by herself. So it's even sadder for him to go.

  • June 19, 2010, 7:16 a.m. CST

    this movie was phenomenal

    by The_Crimson_King

    I was nothing less than awe struck by Toy Story 3, not only because of the incredible CGI and 3D, but also because of the strength of the story, characters and script, the combination of the two is just something we don't see often enough in movies these days and it was awe inspiring, I'm definitely gonna see it again

  • June 19, 2010, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Saw Toy Story 3!

    by NeverTalksBack

    Fucking amazing, brilliant, beautiful, emotional, and in my opinion absolutely perfect! I blubbered like a little girl through the last 20 minutes! Truly great job by Pixar as always. This may be my favorite Pixar film now, supplanting WallE from the top spot ;)

  • June 19, 2010, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Harry can't stop crying long enough to review

    by Blanket-Man

    Knowing how emotional Our Fearless Leader is, the only excuse I'll accept from him for not reviewing TS3 yet is that the poor slob can't stop blubbering long enough to type anything coherent. Cuz that's pretty much how I feel - I thought UP was too sad for a kiddie flick; TS3 had me bawling in my seat more than any movie I've ever seen at a theater. Can't type anymore... something in my eye...

  • June 19, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Tears of Joy

    by therealsasquatch32

    Before seeing Toy Story 3, my favorite Pixar movie was Up. Toy Story 3 has definitely made me ponder that, as I cried more while watching TS3 than I did Up (I'm a 25 year old male, btw). Nothing like sitting in the middle of the theater and crying like a little baby in front of giggling children and their grandmothers. Pixar movies may be advertised for children, but they possess a lot more emotional depth that adults can relate to. One of the most successful aspects of Pixar films is how they are able to make a lot of the story, message, and even jokes play to adults AND children. In the case of TS3, Pixar did a wonderful job in reminding us about everything we've left behind, while recognizing the importance of letting go. We all had that special toy that our parents could never get away from us, a toy (or toys) that shaped our childhood. The movie really touches on every facet of the situation: Woody refusing to accept the reality that Andy had moved on, the other toys depression and jaded feelings over being abandoned, Andy growing past needing the comfort & role the toys provided, Lotso's bitterness and need for revenge over being replaced, etc. The film has all the feelings, and in the end, wraps up the overall story nicely. Toy Story 4? Ehh, I'm sure they'd do a great job with it...but there would need to be a shift in the theme. You can't do another film about growing up and moving on, but I also have no idea where they could go with the story. So, hopefully they end the story on a high note and move on to new characters & stories to wow us with.

  • June 19, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Toy Story meets 'Of Mice and Men'

    by SmokingRobot

    Great video: http://tinyurl.com/28pvlo5

  • June 19, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Ebert

    by paburrows

    Im sorry, but each review that he does seems to get more and more incomprehencible. He's becoming a little senile.

  • June 19, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    I'm sure it's great, but I have zero interest in it

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    Nothing worse than being stuck in a theater with a a bunch of weepy "adults"

  • June 19, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    i thought the 21st century would bring flying cars.

    by RedHorseVector

    turns out, it brought about the revolution of grown men who are unashamed to cry at children's movies.

  • June 19, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Have you guys seen the comments

    by eric haislar

    on Armond White's website? People are calling him a stupid nigger. I mean come on the dude is a troll and all but really do we need to go there? Thought's anyone?

  • June 19, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Armond White

    by Zardoz

    What kind of name is that for a brother, anyway? (Pretentious much?)

  • June 19, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Capone nailed this review on the head

    by xcornealiousx

    nothing else worth commenting on. That good.

  • June 19, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Armond White is an oreo anyway

    by brodiebruce_405

    And he's just a name dropper who thins he's SUMMINK

  • June 19, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST

    I'll be the troll who didn't like UP

    by mooseaka

    Take away the first 10 minutes, and UP was a Dreamworks Animation movie. Unless of course you love talking dogs and silly action sequences. For some reason, a rat cooking in Paris was more believable for me.

  • June 19, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Piracy is going to kill this film

    by vadakinX

    Any film released in the US in June is being pushed back to July in many other territories because of the World Cup. Karate Kid, A-Team and Toy Story 3 all have scattered release dates because the studios are afraid that the World Cup will hurt box office returns if the films are released in June. <p> However, what they fail to realise is that most people don't watch every game of the World Cup. The first 2 weeks, the group stages tend to be the lowest watched, with only the big teams being watched by most viewers and then you have those who watch their own country. <p> This leaves a hell of a lot of time to go to the cinema to watch a movie but of course the studios have pushed them all back. This results in an increase in illegal downloads. It happened back in 2006 during the World Cup. Superman Returns was one of the most pirated films of the year, partly because the US release was during the World Cup and other territories had to wait from 2 weeks up to 2 months to get it. <p> Toy Story 3 should do very well in the US but I'd expect lower returns in other territories where it's released later due to the idiotic decision to delay the release.

  • June 19, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST

    How on earth is Up "Like a Dreamworks movie"?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I don't remember a single pop song montage, random movie reference, or fart joke in the entire thing (yeah, Russell buries his scat offscreen, but that's pretty much the only body function reference in the whole film). It was ALL story, ALL heart, and as good as anything Pixar has ever done.

  • June 19, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Monsters, Inc. whoops so much ass

    by hitchens

    Just want to give Monsters, Inc. some damn deserved love in this talkback. How can people make lists so fast has always been over my head. It's like they walk out of a theater and ten minutes later they have a new fourth favorite movie of all time. What kind of emotional gauge do these people use? The way a film ages always affects how I feel about it.<p> As I've never cried in a theater until monday at Capone's IMAX premiere, I have to say this Toy Story 3 business is for real. Anyone who doesn't feel this one is probably too scared to examine their own inevitable death, which somehow an animation studio fit into a children's picture. They also had an antagonist who is too hurt by his past to change, even though he asks Woody for help (who does heroically). I liked that message for kids. You've gotta do what you do, but know there are sour grapes out there!

  • June 19, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST

    It always comes down to their race, man

    by terry1978

    Armond could be an asian dude or a latino dude, and they'd call him a gook or a spic if they disagreed. That's just how people act online.

  • June 19, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Piracy? This film will be huge no matter what.

    by gotilk

    And anyone who downloads this and watches it in 2d on a little (or big) computer screen is a douche.

  • June 19, 2010, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Mr. Profit (SPOILERS!)

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    To me, they technically could have skipped the whole Sunnyside storyline completely. The toys were put into a trashbag very early into the movie. They could have skipped from that directly to the landfill. <BR><BR> Andy (and the toys) could have known about Bonnie already. But for the sake of the movie, Andy and the mom haven't seen Bonnie's family in a long time. Just to get to Sunnyside, which seemed shoved in there. Everything about Sunnyside, from the teddy bear's background and system, to the Mission Impossible escape, all had nothing to do with the beginning and end of the movie, which were the important parts. It felt like filler. <BR><BR> The only reason they wanted to go back to Andy was because the day care was crap. If the day care was good, they wouldn't have even thought of going back.<BR> It's like wanting your ex-girlfriend back only because the new one sucks. <BR><BR> To me it was never made clear whether Ken was a good guy or not. Initially it seemed the only reason he was nice to Barbie was because she was hot. He never gave a crap about anyone else and helped to rough up Buzz. When the bear told him to release Buzz, he didnt want to. When Barbie confronted him, he tossed her in "jail" without any hesitation, and helped to guard her and the others without any sign of heart. The only reason he let Barbie out was because she manipulated him. Otherwise, she'd still be in there and he wouldnt give a crap. <BR><BR> So all the toys in the nicer side of the daycare were in on the sham, and were all only faking nice to Woody and friends, knowing they would be sent to the toddler room? Wouldnt that make them all bad guys? And not just bad guys, but despicable bad guys who would pretend to be your friend. I could not cheer for any of them during the end credits when the army men landed. They were probably faking nice to the army men too! <BR><BR> This post is getting long, and I dont want to be seen as some dude being overly picky at little things in a movie. There just seems something lost in the overall, grand scheme of things. Things just didnt make sense. It wasnt tight. Why weren't the toddlers monitored in the daycare, freely putting Mr Potato Head parts in their mouth and nose?? How could the teddy bear even control which toys were where?....Wouldnt the day care workers control that?<BR<BR> 1.) In Toy Story 1, Woody says the line "The word I'm looking for I can't say, because there are preschool toys around"...which acknowledges that preschool toys exist in the universe. Preschool toys are designed for very young kids, and thus would not mind being thrown around and handled more roughly (they are designed for that!). <BR><BR> 2.) So in Toy Story 3, why are Mr. Potato Head and other, as Buzz put it "non-age appropriate toys" left in the toddler room? Why would the toddler toys even be hiding if they were designed to be played with that way? How can the teddy bear control which toys go in which room?<BR> I dont think this is overly picky...it was blatant to me as I was watching. <BR><BR> Again, a good movie, and I have to watch it again tonight with family....and I WILL enjoy it most likely....but Toy Story 2 was so much more a magical experience for me.

  • June 19, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST

    (SPOILERS) pt 2

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    (they cut my post off) <BR><BR> 1.) In Toy Story 1, Woody says the line "The word I'm looking for I can't say, because there are preschool toys around"...which acknowledges that preschool toys exist in the universe. Preschool toys are designed for very young kids, and thus would not mind being thrown around and handled more roughly (they are designed for that!). <BR><BR> 2.) So in Toy Story 3, why are Mr. Potato Head and other, as Buzz put it "non-age appropriate toys" left in the toddler room? Why would the toddler toys even be hiding if they were designed to be played with that way? How can the teddy bear control which toys go in which room?<BR> I dont think this is overly picky...it was blatant to me as I was watching. <BR><BR> Again, a good movie, and I have to watch it again tonight with family....and I WILL enjoy it most likely....but Toy Story 2 was so much more a magical experience for me.

  • June 19, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Armond White

    by D_T

    Hahaha, what a simple minded contrarian and fucktard moron of a movie reviewer. <p> Negative? Really? <p> I won't even give the New York Press the value of my click to school his silly ass in his column.

  • June 19, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST

    RE: GibsonUSA Returns

    by therealsasquatch32

    I think the overall message is that most of the toys were so afraid of Lotso and his regime, that they played along in fear of being sent to the little kids' room. %R%RLotso had intimidated them all into thinking newer toys were bad, and that they were in the right for shoving them to the bratty, younger kids.%R%RI don't think the other toys were bad, they were just stuck between a rock and a hard place. Either they play along, or they get thrown to the little kids. That's why they included the stuff with the toy phone, he was the only one that had the guts to actually speak up and help them.

  • June 19, 2010, 8:32 p.m. CST

    TS3 - 2D VS IMAX 3D

    by The_Ordi

    The only argument that I would pose to Capone is the notion of having to see it in IMAX 3D. I saw it on both formats an I honestly enjoyed the 2D viewing more. No clunky glasses or watching for the big 3D moments allowed me to see the movie as what is is: a great story comprised of imaginative storytelling and incredible artwork. Night and Day, however, was incredible in IMAX 3D. I preferred that viewing over its 2D counterpart.

  • June 19, 2010, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Emotional movies

    by TheLeader

    I bet everyone in here who is afraid to be around people crying during movies or see emotional movies in the first place are guys who spend all their time trying to convince people they're not gay. Grow the fuck up!

  • June 19, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Mike and Sully are the greatest comedy team...

    by FeralAngel

    ...since Abbott and Costello. And they're just ONE of the delights that make Monsters Inc. my fave Pixar movie. I love the layered monster world Pixar created - totally believable - and John Goodman and Billy Crystal do incredible voice work, sheer genius. Now, having said that...I do not want to see a sequel. It seems so unnecessary. However, if Pixar has a truly compelling creative reason to bring Mike, Sully and Boo back, then I'll be there warming my butt in a theater seat when Monsters2 opens. AND I'll be hoping for the best. But I really wish Pixar wouldn't do sequels...seems crass somehow..especially Cars 2 (what a freaking bore that was!)

  • June 19, 2010, 10:36 p.m. CST

    My impression.

    by gotilk

    My dog needed to be groomed today and since this is my first dog grooming appointment, I had no idea the wait time would be 3 hours. So I had some time to kill and there it was about 300 yards away, playing at just the right time. As an aside, there was a lady in line ahead of me with 3 kids and she was balking at the extra money for the kid's tickets because of the 3d. So she asks for the 2d showing instead. The oldest of the 3 kids looked SO disappointed but lucked out when the wait would have been too long for the next 2d showing. The kid looked so excited that fate erred in his favor he actually jumped off the ground. This 3d thing isn't going away any time soon, thank goodness. And the 3d in Toy Story is some of the best dimensional, immersive 3d yet. Less gimmicky advantages taken with more expanses and dramatic focus in their place. The short, Day and Night, must have been SO amazing to work on with its multiple dimensions and contexts, crossing over each other and making the audience's brains overclock. THAT is the main reason for me to go back and see this in IMAX 3D for a second viewing. wow.<br><br>But Toy Story 3 was better than I ever expected it to be, even with all the glowing reviews out there. I'm fresh off it, so I'll just give my basic response. It floored me emotionally. I've loved all the Pixar films with one exception which was still a *like* (Cars). But this is the pinnacle. From the amazing action opening, capturing the essence of play to the beautiful detail of the dump scene. (a kid in the audience at my showing actually yelled "look at all that beautiful TRASH!!!") This is a film that must be seen with an audience. I'll be seeing it again with an older audience at a later showing, probably at the local real IMAX theater, because I predict the more adult audience will be reacting to the film with just as much enthusiasm. We're all so lucky to be living in a time that gives us something like Pixar. There are so many favorite moments for me, all of them spoilers because the moments are so great. Like Barbie's "authority moment" (if you've seen it, you'll know what I mean) and the others the reviews mention, the hand-holding, big-baby's practical Frankenstein/Jedi homage moments, Andy's mom and her awakening to the reality of the moment (one of the best CG character moments ever captured with it's almost gut-punch power), the background detail that WILL require a blu-ray purchase to truly see... a laundry list of moments that add up to what I see at this time as Pixar's absolute best. If you don't end up loving this film, you might want to check your pulse.<br><br>And lastly, congrats to Hollywood for giving the audience a reason to not download movies. Because NOTHING beats the presentation of this film in 3D. Nothing. Avatar was amazing and stunning in its 3d presentation, but this one has a heart. SEE IT!! You will not regret it. And you will not be seeing the film if you see it in 2d, period. Some would say that "if it NEEDS 3D to be great, then it's not great in the first place"..<br><br>POPPYCOCK!!<br><br>That's like saying Singin' In The Rain NEEDS technicolor to be a classic. Of course it doesn't NEED it, but what exactly the fuck is the point in seeing it in black and white??? THAT is the point. This film doesn't NEED to be 3d.. it *IS 3D* and seeing it flat or on a small computer screen, compressed to hell or shot with a digital camera is cheating no-one but YOURSELF.

  • June 19, 2010, 10:48 p.m. CST

    And 3d is a "distraction" like color and sound is.

    by gotilk

    I get it, I do. But it just seems like an "old farty" way of looking at it. Anything sensory can be a distraction if you focus on it. I think Pixar USED it (and does on its other 3d releases) but did not focus on it. If the audience chooses to watch it as a novel thing, no matter how it's presented it will be viewed that way. I find with quality 3d films there's a moment of the "wow factor" and then the effect just slips away and I'm immersed in the story. I see it as just another layer of reality, like sound and color were. They were BOTH distractions in their first few years. Adverts focused on it, all the marketing, etc. CINEMASCOPE was even subject to accusations of novelty, gimmickry, etc. If you choose to view the advancement as a distraction, that's the way you'll see it. To me it's the last great obvious next step. No-one will, ever really want smell or interactivity at the cinema. Motion , maybe. But even that is not as obvious as binocular vision.

  • June 19, 2010, 11:03 p.m. CST

    3-D IMAX is overrated!

    by ganymede3010

    Don't get me wrong, it's the best way to watch a blockbuster film. However, one of my local theaters(2 years old) has a non IMAX-3D screen that's every bit as good. The screen is large enough where size doesn't even matter. So to those who can't see a movie in IMAX, don't feel bad, just go to one the newer theaters in your area and I'm sure they're screens will suffice.

  • June 19, 2010, 11:33 p.m. CST

    It's true.

    by gotilk

    A lot of the bigger Real-D equipped cinemas are just as good.

  • June 20, 2010, 12:10 a.m. CST

    gotilk

    by RPLocke

    Some times it bothers me when I go see like Iron Man 2 on an Imax screen, and it's always letterboxed, and then the frames fill the screen, and then it's back to letterbox. At least the Real 3D theaters don't do that.

  • June 20, 2010, 12:17 a.m. CST

    RPLocke

    by gotilk

    Yeah that bugs me, too. Bothered me with Batman.

  • June 20, 2010, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Loved it!

    by RedJester

    Awesome, awesome flick!

  • June 20, 2010, 1:52 a.m. CST

    GibsonUSA (Spoilers)

    by Mr. Profit

    I have seen many toddlers beat the shit out of and break their toys. So I can understand why they were hiding. <P>Lotso had a lot of power and ran the pre-school like a mob. Due to being "replaced" he was bitter and his bitterness extended to any new toys. So when the opportunity to be at Sunnyside arrived, he took it and intimidated his way to being a leader. He had henchmen working with him, car guards watching, the monkey, and he influenced that cholo baby to be his right hand toy. <P>So any new toy coming in was placed in the toddler room so that they never posed a threat to the existing toys. And that way, none of them would ever get replaced. <P>That is also why they had a "repair" station. To ensure the toys who were with the operation were always fixed and not in danger of being discarded. <P>I still disagree about the daycare it needed to happen. If you think about it, going to Andy's attic is like Toy Heaven. Their fate (minus Woody) was to settle in a life of darkness and doing nothing until someone some day sold them or brought them out. And they didn't want that. So the daycare of course appealed to them.<P>Being accidentally sent to the daycare had to happen so that the ending could work. Bonnie was the only kid there who showed a love for toys that rivaled Andy. <P>The toys needed the adventure to realize that they were really and truly a family. And after going through the hell of daycare, and facing down "death" at the dump, they were willing to accept going back to Andy and going to Toy Heaven (the attic) together as a family. <P>And if Woody never met Bonnie on her way home, never played with her and her toys, and never made an impact on her, in the end Andy would have never given his toys to her. Woody now wanting to stay with them all, wrote on the post it to donate the toys to Bonnie down the street. Woody gave them all a second chance to be together again. <P>And when Andy gave his toys to her, if she hadn't said "My Cowboy!" when he pulled Woody out the box, he would have taken Woody to college and separated him from his toy family who he now appreciated more than ever.

  • June 20, 2010, 4:55 a.m. CST

    The best 3D is A V A T A R. Period.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Now move along people, nothing to see here, except for overhyped Pixar love (as always).

  • June 20, 2010, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Thank you Pixar

    by JoeD

    for making me sob like a bitch in front of my girlfriend. I had a knot in my throat the size of a softball for the last 20 minutes of this movie. Andy playing with his toys one last time was perfect on every level. It wasn't sentimental, it was genuine. Thanks again Pixar. You don't talk down to your audience. You don't treat kids like hyperactive overfed buffoons. You give them movies they can grow up with, and understand over time. You're making classics. Every damn year.

  • June 20, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    FATHER GEEK

    by End_Of_Line

    Happy Father's Day to you! <br> <br> Since Haary's review on TS3 seems to be AWOL, I would love to read your review or thoughts on the film! Were going to see it again this afternoon. I can't think of a better Fathers Day gift.

  • June 20, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Toy Story 4: Woody Hex

    by Peter David

    Sid from the original "Toy Story" shows up (all grown up and totally psychotic since the toy-attack incident from the first film) and destroys all of Woody's toy friends, leaving Woody's face partly melted. Now it's up to Woody Hex (and the only other survivor, Buzzeye--Bullseye but with Buzz Lightyear's head attached)--to track down his friends' killer and seek vengeance upon him. The climactic sequence when Sid dies from the snake in his boot would be an instant classic.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Motoko Kusanagi

    by gotilk

    No doubt that Avatar was the best 3d presentation so far. One of my favorite cinema experiences of all time. But this presentation was as good and really had heart. Not that Avatar did not, even in my opinion. It did. But seriously give this one a chance. It'll be worth your time. It's not hype. Felt a bit hyped to me, too, before I watched it.

  • June 20, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST

    And the infantilization...

    by Jay Retread

    ...of America continues.

  • June 20, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Well, we're a young country

    by Peter David

    So "Toy Story" is pretty much right in our wheelhouse.

  • June 20, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Capone: half right/Mr. Profit completely right

    by paladinryan

    Definitely the best movie of the year so far. Not sure about the 3-D. Better than UP, but didn't wow me like some others. Mr. Profit's comments on the cohesion of the narrative are spot on. I lost my room too when I became a freshman. As the oldest I had the biggest room, but then that went to my younger brother. And so on. Watching the film, I was reminded of how much like Andy I was when I was younger. I mean at that moment. It felt real. And I loved the Barbie-Ken stuff. Mattel finally GOT IT. Oh, and the Cool Hand Luke and Miyzaki tributes are awesome. Actually, before Totoro showed up, I was thinking this really has a Miyzaki spirit to it. Nice that he was first on their Thanks To List before Mr. Jobs.

  • June 20, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Everything will be 3D eventually

    by MattmanReturns

    We see the world in three dimensions, therefore it's a logical step for film and TV. Anyone who doesn't believe that is kidding themselves.

  • June 20, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    If it's summer, it's another Pixar movie

    by RPLocke

    Watch the audience flock to another overhyped Pixar movie that was the sane as the last one.

  • June 20, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Another summer

    by JoeD

    Another bunch of angry losers hating anything created by people with talent.

  • June 20, 2010, 3:29 p.m. CST

    MattmanReturns....the problem is...

    by Bouncy X

    these 3D movies are not 3 dimensional at all. there is no depth or 3 dimensionality to any of it. it just looks like a moving pop-up book or viewmaster. i admited CGI animated movies seem to fare better in the effect but live action benefits nothing at all from it. and if 3D ticket prices weren't any different, TS3 would probably have made a good 10 to 20 million less. now thats not a knock against it but it means other movies that normally wouldnt do well are perceived to be hits because they were in 3D and had higher ticket prices to boost their box office take.

  • June 20, 2010, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Better than Animal Kingdom?

    by Cruzboy

    That's one of the best films 've seen in the past few years.

  • June 20, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Peter David

    by Bramton1

    Sid was in Toy Story 3. He grows up and became a garbage man. Did you notice that the garbage collector man was wearing a black t-shirt with a skull on it? Or that Erik von Detten is credited as the voice of Sid in this movie?

  • June 20, 2010, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Things I hope the TOY STORY 3 DVD resolves.....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    It was interesting because this wkend my friend watched The Karate Kid and I watched Toy Story, and we both came out feeling the same way. Apparently these movies are awesome, large sections of the audiences clapped, and we can see the quality....but somehow we walked out feeling unfulfilled, like something was off....and we can't tell whether it's the movie, or just us. <BR><BR> For me, Toy Story just doesn't feel like it's wrapped up. Like Andy literally drove into the sunset but left me with more questions than answers...I don't feel resolution. I hope the DVD, with what I assume will contain bonus footage and extras like crazy, will bring clarity to the following: <BR><BR> 1. Ken's motivations. <BR> Watch the scene where he is grilling Buzz (when the bear wasn't even around). Look at his face. He is filled with anger...he looks like he wants to kill Buzz. And this was after he acted all nice and gentle with Barbie. What a son of a bitch. And this attitude does not change. When he rides in on the truck with the bear, and when he is doing roll call, he still has that look on his face of total disdain for the good guys. His only soft spot is for Barbie, and even she is expendable. <BR><BR> 2. The character of the toys at the daycare.<BR> These toys BEAT the truth out of that telephone toy. They BEAT it out of him. And still had grins on their faces near the garbage shoot. No noted remorse. They also held down Buzz to reprogram him, and were ready to kill the good guys by throwing them in the dumpster.<BR> These toys, along with Ken, are still so shady to me. Woody explaining that they've been used, and they turning on the bear that used them does not resolve their character. <BR><BR> 3. WHY DIDNT THE TOYS JUST ESCAPE DURING THE DAYTIME??<BR> Woody initially escaped AND got back in during the daytime. Nightime is the only time the bad toys can patrol. You see daycare workers opening and closing doors repeatedly during the movie. Just follow right behind them! Do EXACTLY as Woody did the first time...sneak out a closing door and out the window...or better yet...JUST WALK OUT THE FRONT DOOR!<BR> Why is it every toy attempts escape at night? Especially the smallass toys like the little rabbit...it could have hopped it way out the front door like nothing. Just follow behind a daycare worker and take it slow.<BR><BR> 4. Why toddlers aren't given toddler toys.<BR> When you order a Happy Meal, you can request toddler toys specially designed for the younger kids...that have larger, sturdier parts. In Toy Story 1 Woody says "...because there are preschool toys around", which means that they exist. A preschool toy should not be afraid to be played with by preschoolers, that is their exact function.<BR> What kind of daycare is this where toddlers can be sticking small Mr. Potato Head parts up their noses? Huggy bear should have ZERO control in toy allocation. <BR><BR> 5. Who qualifies to be "keepers"?<BR> Why is it that Rex is thrown to the caterpillar room, while all those smaller, flimsier dinosaur toys get the safe room? Is it just because he is new? Only the toys originally in the butterfly room may stay in the butterfly room? <BR><BR> 6. Why Andy hasnt seen Bonnie in forever, even though they are close neighbors.<BR> Yes, Bonnie lives "right around the corner" to Andy, according to Woody's Mapquest. The moms seem to be very close, yet the mom appeared to not have seen Bonnie since she was a baby. Even my casual friend neighbors...I see their kids playing in the front yard, growing up. Andy recognized Bonnie..."Is this Bonnie??"...as if she'd been away for ages, even though she lives right around the corner?

  • June 20, 2010, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Gibson

    by JoeD

    You're thinking too hard about this. It's easier to focus on themes in this movie than perceived plot holes. And speaking of themes, if some of this isn't explained...just use your imagination. It's what a kid would do. Some plot points need to happen in order to bring the story to a respectable conclusion. Something happens that isn't totally explained, and that makes something else happen. To explain all of this would require appendices, and that would just be sad for a movie like this. Talking about Lotso's power to allocate toys, what qualifies as a toddler toy, why exactly teenaged Andy hasn't been snooping on the 7 year old girl down the street, etc, etc. Just accept it. Needing everything to be explained word for word is why the Star Wars prequels happened. And we all know how that turned out.

  • June 20, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Best 3-D? Not by a longshot

    by FilmFan311

    Truly enjoyed Toy Story 3, but I wondered throughout most of the movie why I had agreed to chop off a few extra bucks off my gift card to watch it in 3-D. Pixar Films, normally great looking on their own, made me think that the 3-D experience would be great. Not the case at all. Still a great time at the movies, but see it the regular way instead. P.S. Chuckles Rules!

  • June 20, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Bramton

    by Peter David

    Yes, I've learned that since. But even psychotic guys have to earn a living, so it doesn't negate anything I suggested.

  • June 20, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST

    IMAX digital 3D is the way to go!!!!

    by Vegasorbust74

    I saw Toy Story 3, by the way the best movie of the year, at an IMAX digital screen. I know most people complain that the screen is smaller then an film IMAX screen and not worth the price of admission. The smaller IMAX screen, mixed with two digital projectors produce a brighter and clearer image then any other format so far. I dread seeing a 3D movie at a standard movie house due to the fact the image will be VERY dark and lifeless. As for the complaint about Toy Story 3 not being so 3-D, the way Pixar made this version is more of a window your looking in to. The images are not popping out into your face, its all about depth.

  • June 20, 2010, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Day & Night

    by tomandshell

    The opening short was not quite dialogue-free, but it SHOULD have been. It was very creatively making it's point, and then they second guessed the audience and clumsily spelled out the message in a somewhat preachy way. Show me, don't tell me. It was imaginative and close to perfection, until they decided to bash me over the head with the spoonfed moral instead of letting the audience reflect, unpack and digest it by themselves. Give us a little more credit next time, Pixar. You should know we have brains and good taste, because we already bought a ticket to your movie instead of Jonah Hex.

  • June 20, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    It's

    by tomandshell

    My stupid iPhone autocorrected its to it's. I did not intend for a possessive pronoun to have an apostrophe. Pet peeve alert!

  • June 20, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Michael Keaton as the voice of a "Ken" doll

    by Triple_J_72

    I know a certain Batman fan whose brain will explode when he finds this out. LOL

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  • June 21, 2010, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Gibson, the toys are shady but...

    by Mr. Profit

    When Woody threw down the proof (the tag) that Daisy didn't replace him because she didn't want him, but replaced him because he was lost, that is what Big Baby needed to turn on Lotso. Remember Lotso didn't let the baby see what happened and took his word for it. All of them didn't change their minds, but since Baby was second in command, they didn't do anything to stop them if he was turning on Lotso. <P>The toys can't escape in the day because they are locked up. And then the kids Play with them. The doors were also locked from the outside. Escaping would have been impossible. And since Woody got the inside deal from the phone, he learned the whole operation. And the break out of this nature could only happen at night when no one can see Woody get the keys tie up the monkey and do the other things they did. <P>Woody was able to escape during the day, because he is only 1 toy, and he is built with arms and legs. It was easy for him to leave alone, especially since it happened prior to the reveal that Lotso deceived them and the pre-school kids came. <P>Finally, I have lived in my neighborhood for a long time. I know people who I have not seen in ages. Also while Andy's Mom may know Bonnie, it doesn't mean Andy would know her well. Maybe on a "Oh yeah the baby down the block" kinda way. But what teenager has any neighbor's baby on their radar unless they are a perv? I don't pay attention to babies at all. They all look the same to me. So it could be totally realistic that Andy doesn't pay attention to Bonnie, even though she is down the street. <P>And Ken was "Bad" because he wanted to be accepted. He was a girl's toy that didn't know it. All the other toys did and made fun of it. So all he wanted to do was fit in. So when Barbie came along, he finally had someone to help him fit in. That's why he changed in the end.

  • June 21, 2010, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Also Mr. Potato Head is age appropriate for pre-school kids...

    by Mr. Profit

    The pre-school kids looked like they were 2. Mr. Potato Head is for kids between 2 and 6 years old. So it's believable. Threat to the kids as hazards.

  • June 21, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Not better than Toy Story 2

    by DoctorWho?

    ...which is a flawless movie. Perfectly done. I cry every time during that scene where Jesse gets donated. <p> The latest one was good but I was expecting more of an emotional punch. Spoiler: The toys holding hands and resigning themselves to their fate was pretty heavy but other than a few moments ,nothing great.<p> I was entertained but 2 is still my fave.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:20 p.m. CST

    As good as the others, but TS2 still my favorite

    by jawsfan

    I loved TS3. I saw it in 2-D because the special glasses for 3-D are proving to be a bit too uncomfortable to me. My ears are just uneven enough for the glasses to sit awkwardly and uncomfortably on my head. Besides, if the story is good enough it really doesn't matter if the movie is in 3-D or not. But I still enjoyed TS2 a bit better, though the "holding hands" scene and the "my cowboy" scene at the end are brilliantly done and heartbreaking. I like 3-D but I don't love it. It is and will always be a gimmick. It won't save a movie from a bad script, and any movie with a great script doesn't need 3-D to be a great movie.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Here's why more movies will be released in 3-D

    by jawsfan

    Because the ticket price jumps significantly for use of the glasses. The glasses, which are reusable, are a money-making machine. The same pair of glasses will be "sold" over and over and over again with each new ticket sold. Most of that money goes directly to the studios. It's the gift that keeps on giving. Before 3-D you only had to pay for a seat in the theater. Now you have to pay for that AND for a special item to unscramble the your line of sight to the screen. Next thing you know, they will release 2-D movies in a scrambled version and make you pay for special glasses that bring the image into regular focus for you. It's not enough that you pay to go TO the movie. Soon you will have to pay extra to BE ABLE TO SEE the movie once you're in the theater. And don't forget to bring $3.50 for a 16.9 ounce bottle of water.

  • June 22, 2010, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Gibson

    by SavageJuicebox

    You're thinking about it too hard dude. Try to extrapolate the imaginary details of any story and it loses all meaning. Stop.

  • June 22, 2010, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Nice Review, Pretty Much Agree 100%

    by Dave I

    I think this review captures my sentiments quite nicely. I expected to like this movie, I thought I would like it a lot. I really was not prepared for quite how moving it was going to be, and on the levels that it was. <p><p>-Cheers

  • June 23, 2010, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Don't think it's being too picky....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    (SPOILERS.) <BR><BR> It's not about being overly picky about the universe or thinking too hard. Suspension of disbelief isnt the issue. There are no questions raised about how the toys can talk and walk and smell. The imagination of the story is bought into.<BR><BR> It's when things start to not make sense in its own established fictional universe. Woody almost casually escapes Sunnyside. He does what you would expect...he basically follows the human workers right out of the building. Then he follows Bonnie back into the building. So logic dictates that he round up Jess, Potato Head, Rex, and Barbie and try get the heck outta there with the same strategy right? Just follow the workers right out the front door... <BR> Nope. Suddenly its near impossible to get out. Suddenly it requires this elaborate Mission Impossible effort. It contradicts what was established earlier...that Woody merely climbs a toilet and gets out. I know Rex is not as mobile as Woody, but did they even attempt the most simple and proven solution?<BR> Is this really thinking too much on the part of the viewer?<BR><BR> Next is Ken and the toy residents of Sunnyside. They decieve the good guys. Ken straps Buzz to a chair and looks like he's about to hurt somebody. Doesn't wanna let Buzz go even when the ringleader orders it. Shows zero compassion for any of the prisoners,including Barbie, riding in on that truck with a big smile on his face with his goons. Barbie manipulates him and demands the location of the instruction manual...he absolutely refuses until Barbie starts ripping his shirts.<BR> Okay, at this point (without even thinking to hard), Ken looks like scum.<BR> The other toys are no better, BEATING the truth out of the telephone toy.<BR> Suddenly, Woody gives a little speech, Ken runs in and says something nice about Barbie, and suddenly sincerely a good guy?? And in the end credits he's some kind of great guy now? <BR>Um....no....thoughout the entire movie he's been built up to be an asshole. There is no reason to believe he still doesn't wanna kick Buzz's ass, or would drop Barbie should she get out of line. <BR><BR> I've read reviews on other sites by numerous people boasting about Pixar being character and story driven. Okay, well the above issue is directly about character, no? <BR> That's why its hoped the DVD addresses this stuff, cause it feels unresolved.