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Harry finally reviews TOY STORY 3 - BUT it is almost entirely regarding the ending, so SPOILER WARNING!

I've been working on cracking my feelings about TOY STORY 3 for an entire week. At one level, it is the best film I've seen this year in terms of entertainment, thrills, laughs, emotion and just pure enjoyability. TOY STORY 3, like the two prior incarnations, is a near perfect film. It's an absolute blast. I went in with as little information about the actual story for this one as I could - and as the film played - my face was a combination of an open mouthed smile, wide opened eyes and cheeks that turned to waterfalls throughout. Then at another level, the movie pissed me off. Oh sure, it's just an amazing gift of awesome. Technically light years ahead of the two previous films. The detail and the restraint used by the artists that made this film is amazing. The original film couldn't have this detail, level of movement and work because... the computers simply were not up to it. The detail is lovely. But how could TOY STORY 3 piss me off? I'll tell you. And this has been the part that has been driving me fucking bugnuts. I've come to the conclusion that there is no reason to feel shame for the MASSIVE PROBLEM that I have with the story. I can accept the ending. I can even say I cried throughout it. And when I exited the theater I was wholly in love with the film. Then I started to write my first review. A curious thing happens to me when I start writing a review. I don't think about the films I'm writing about in a consistently linear manner. Often time the A to B to C, all the way to Z of the plot and story... I just don't care about. Because I've always considered THEME over all else. To look past the various exchanges between characters - and really boil the film down to what is it about. What is the great THEME of TOY STORY 3? Without a doubt it is LETTING GO and MOVING ON. My favorite film with this theme is INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE - and I know people that scream at me for saying that. I know evil people like MORIARTY, that have given me a good deal of strife over my love of LAST CRUSADE - and there at the end of the film when the Grail is just beyond grasp and Indy's Bond of a Father tells him to "Let it go, Indiana" - CHILLS. I love it. LOVE IT! But there's a reason that Indy let's go. Taking it. Reaching further still for the grail will result in destruction. LETTING GO was absolutely integral to survival. No matter how great the potential glory, fame and riches that clutching that Grail - the pursuit of his Father's entire life - all that is meaningless when held next to the preservation of life. AND for me, that's why I love INDIANA JONES 3 so much. Well that and I love Connery and Ford's chemistry, the Blonde is crazy fucking hot, I love Hitler's autograph in the Grail diary, I love the dialogue in the film and find some of it the most awesome crazy quotables around. BUT the lesson of letting go and recognizing personal self-destruction, well those are the great reasons I love LAST CRUSADE. But here... in this movie... I fall out of love with ANDY because he hands over WOODY. Now I get it. Ultimately, that's what Woody wanted, to be with his friends with an ideal imaginative great kid with a peculiar imagination. And Andy has one of those stupid mothers that would harp about his toys. Handing him a box and a trash bag and telling him to choose. What the hell? It is bad enough that this family has never figured out the actual value of Woody in the collectibles sphere... but the idea that in the end, Andy would give up WOODY. It kinda pisses me off. Now, we've never found out why ANDY had Woody - and in all the time in that house, we've never seen Andy's father. I bring this up, because I'm writing this on FATHER'S DAY. What is Andy's father situation? The father isn't there the day the boy goes off to college? We met Andy right after the birth of Andy's sister - and there was no Father then. I like to think that Andy's father died in some manner that left Andy's mom with the money to buy the house and take care of the two kids. Whatever happened to Andy's father, he was out of the picture significantly in advance of the first film... but... I always harbored the suspicion that WOODY was Andy's father's toy. That Woody's obsessive compulsion to be there for ANDY came from that relationship he had with Andy's father. And that it was possible, that Woody never necessarily knew this. I imagine that Woody was played with by his previous owner, that he went into the attic - then perhaps when Andy's father passed away, his Grandmother went through her son's things and found Woody - remembered how much that Woody meant to Andy's father - and felt it should go to Andy. Obviously WOODY meant everything to Andy for awhile. The wallpaper, the bedsheets - all for a toy that was beyond Andy's time. But this toy meant the most. Even at the end of the movie, he finds it incredibly hard to let go of Woody, but there's something about the notion of Woody still being played with that makes him happy. The notion though of leaving childish things behind, giving your toys to the next generation... I loathe that conceit. Now, my own Toy Story resulted in almost the entirety of my 70's & 80's Action Figure collection going to pay for my College books, but there is literally no force on this planet that could get me to give up Vietnam Andy. That was my Woody. My dachshund, Dr. Demento - my childhood dog, not unlike Andy btw - tore off Andy's right arm and left leg in a massive argument he and I had about the ownership of, at that time, merely Andy. You see, Vietnam Andy started off life as a Raggedy Andy. When "Dr." maimed him, I applied Elmer's Glue to the torn cloth to "seal his wounds" - as a child does, I remember searching my room for something. In my 3-4 year old brain, something missing arms & legs was "Vietnam". I was young, didn't know much about Vietnam, but in the 70s - soldiers with missing limbs were just about everywhere, kinda like today unfortunately, and to my child brain - this battle-damage made Andy - VIETNAM ANDY - and as I said, I was searching my room and I found this rubber barbed wire necklace that I got at Oat Willies when I went with my parents, yes, they were Hippies... and I wrapped the rubber barbed wire necklace around Andy and ran to show my parents: VIETNAM ANDY. My parents, being the kind of hippies that threw Psychedelic Light Shows, published UNDERGROUND COMICS and were politically active - they gave me all kinds of good stroke - having me show it off to their friends... but most important. Andy, Dr and I had a great many backyard adventures - and when I went to College, I took him with me. At my Dad's house - in my old room - he was the centerpiece of the toy army that I created. His appendages were sewn shut by my mother to enhance my battlefield repairs - and Andy hopped and fought my 12 inch GI JOES, Gene Simmons, Alien, Roger Moore's Moonraker doll, Boba Fett and the large run of Johnny West toys that were all in the same scale with him, though he was technically slightly taller. I can't conceive of letting him and my old playschool Chainsaw go. So watching ANDY hand over Woody - KILLED ME. I'm still angry at that ignorant bastard boy. And I love that he played with them one last time, but I'm angry. Very angry. I'm like that Strawberry Bear bitter. And yes, I love the movie. I've pretty much decided that this is absolutely not the end of the TOY STORY. I'm hoping for a second trilogy - the first would be a pure Bonnie story. I'd love a TOY STORY that was all about how the toys subtly help their child as opposed to a major crisis story. The second would be Bonnie as a teenager that hears about Andy being hurt - and wanting to take Woody, who has ANDY on one boot and BONNIE on the other, to visit. With Woody ultimately staying. And the third film would be about ANDY & BONNIE's home - and the children they raise. And yes, that's a pat story arc - and yes I expect PIXAR to do much better, but I am absolutely not accepting TOY STORY 3 as the final act. I love these films and as we all know - we all to a one do love them. The fact that Pixar gets the toys to emote is simple, that they get their audiences to emote is miraculous. As most of us know, watching TOY STORY 3 with an audience is something of wonder. To see a film play an audience like this is something that should be MORE common, but sadly isn't. My silly personal hang-up aside, seriously - I love the film... all you should see it more often. Not that I need to tell you that. The way this summer is going, I imagine you'll just find yourself going to it again and again because not only is it that good, it makes everything else look rather dreary by comparison. And before I go. HOW MANY OF YOU - had your sphincter's tighten to make diamonds during that incinerator sequence. When Buzz looked at Jessie, I lost it. When they all started holding hands, I kinda began to freak. Here... in a TOY STORY movie, we were looking at all our beloved characters accepting their fate, holding hands and committing to die together. I still kinda shake thinking about it. That they took us right to the edge of that inky black fate and yet pulled us back in a manner so absurdly perfect that I was clapping through tears. While the majority of this review is detailing the single problem I have with... not so much the movie, as the societal bs that guilts the newborne MEN & WOMEN to put behind their childhoods... something that prematurely ages, makes one dreary and frankly OLD... well it is something of a tragedy in a Toy's story. Knowing the kind of person that John Lassiter is... I find myself doubting seriously if this is the last time Woody and Andy see each other - and often times, letting go... leads to regret, and I wonder... will they explore that? If so, when. After this weekend's success, I imagine that on Monday - Team Pixar will begin to think... Do they have enough for a second trilogy - and I say YES! So long as Tom Hanks can speak, there should be a Toy Story. Now I know this is all back story that I made up in my head.

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  • June 20, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Oh, goodness.

    by Stallion_Cornell

    It was a perfect film. That's all.

  • June 20, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Is this a review?

    by WavingFlagsInSpace

    It seemed more like a solipsistic therapy session...

  • June 20, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Haven't seen it yet, but I want to.

    by Mike_D

    perhaps sometime this week.

  • June 20, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Only you could review toy story and...

    by hipsterism

    Use the word fuck to talk about a kids movie . I am sure this will change once you have kids.

  • June 20, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    pictures, harry

    by mr. smith

    i know you have enough from the contest to make a museum display of toy love.

  • June 20, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST


    by pushabutton

    isn't the point of the story about moving on? As in no more Toy Story movies? It's a miracle that we got 3 movies that all are great. What are the chances we would get another? Can you say "Kingdom of the crystal skull"? It's better to not even attempt another. The only thing I could even fathom would be the dreaded prequel, about how andy ended up with woody in the first place, but please Pixar don't.

  • June 20, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Harry, not everyone has the luxury...

    by Bones

    Harry, not everyone has the luxury of holding onto their childhood.<p> There are financial problems that force people to sell their treasures. There are the inevitable losses that happen when toys are shared with younger siblings, relatives, etc. There are thefts. And there are also people who simply grow up--whose inner child is replaced with an inner adult.<p> You have been able to keep your childhood close to you and make your career with it.<p> I am a science fiction/fantasy illustrator - so I have as well.<p> Many people are not so lucky.<p> If it makes you feel any better, I hated The 40 Year Old Virgin for basically mocking my lifestyle (except that I am married and most definitely NOT a virgin). Why is it wrong to like Cycling, Asia, Six Million Dollar Man toys and enjoying your life?<p> Because most people don't get to keep their childhood as close as we do.<p> Andy didn't grow up to be a geek. He grew up a normal kid who grows into a normal young adult.<p> The next sequel will be about Geeky Andy trying to buy the toys all back and then keeping them on a shelf of in his basement under glass for decades. And it won't be about a Child playing with his Toys - which is what these films are about...

  • June 20, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST



    nail on head.

  • June 20, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    harry have you seen this trailer

    by james4543

  • June 20, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    I like Harry's reviews...Why

    by james4543

    do you people give him a hard time?

  • June 20, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST

    You want ANOTHER TS series?

    by JackBauer@CTU

    Jesus, man, why can't we just leave perfection as is? It's that rare, perfect, complete trilogy. DONE. It's dumb, business-minded, studio ideas like this that give us a fourth INDIANA JONES or DIE HARD movie. LEAVE. IT. ALONE.

  • June 20, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Vietnam War

    by JoeD

    Once I saw Vietnam get mentioned I bailed on this review.

  • June 20, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Are you serious?

    by Cerpin

    Sometimes I wish you'd just put up a picture of a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" instead of these sad commentaries.

  • June 20, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Harry's problem

    by pugtastic

    Is it me, or is Harry having a problem with this because it is an authentic experience of growing up which he's never had to do.

  • June 20, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    I think Harry needs to go on Oprah or Dr. Phill

    by RPLocke

  • June 20, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    I don't care for Pixar movies

    by Jay_Lenos_Ugly_Wife

    Aside from The Incredibles which was decent. Too family friendly/Rated G/be a good person and eat your vegetables. I'm not saying their next movie should be Akira or anything, just do something a bit more adult and different. I know they're owned by Disney but after all their success they have enough clout to do something outside the box.

  • June 20, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST


    by IsaacTheRed

    I agree with Harry on this one. The ending was total BS, but i loved the movie.

  • June 20, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST


    by Sonic Reducer

    You're spot on about Harry. I get the geek status and all but it's flat ass sad! That's why things around the world get worse, people don't want to grow up and move on. Can't be twelve forever Harry!!

  • June 20, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Oh, leave him alone.

    by catlettuce4

    Harry's personality and articles like this have been the core of AICN since the beginning and are the main draw. Why would you bother coming here if stuff like this bothers you? That's Harry... take it or leave it. But don't ask him to change, that's just being stupid.

  • June 20, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Harry, you are the reason internet film geeks aren't taken serio

    by AmericanMovieFan

    Reviews like this are totally self-serving and lend no assistance to people deciding whether or not to see a film. This review has nothing to do with the movie. It's you taking someone else's vision personally at a level that's unhealthy. Also, as many have pointed out, this film series portrays the toys of a normal kid. An average kid who loves his toys as a child but eventually moves on to other interests and has no time to play make believe, has no room or interest in keeping his toys pristine and on a shelf display. I would say 90% of toy owners fit this mold. You, sir, are in the minority. Your review serves a tiny minority and furthermore, your job lends itself to this minority viewpoint. But your job is to review films for a wide variety of people. I am a proud film geek, but I understand the limits of film geekery. You apparently don't. There's a reason Entourage lampooned you. You take yourself way too seriously, dude. Also, think about it this way- what if they extended the Andy/Toys universe into his adulthood? What would that film look like? What would that be a story about? It'd a sad, creepy pathetic tale of a ManChild with an unhealthy obsession with heaps of plastic moldings made in Taiwan, that's what it would be about. Nobody wants to see that movie. Nobody.

  • June 20, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Oh forgot to say one thing

    by Jay_Lenos_Ugly_Wife

    Maybe I'm the only one but it bugs the hell out of me how every animated movie these days use celebrity voices. It kills the illusion when I hear a fish voiced by Whoopi Goldberg or Ellen or whomever. Just hire real voice actors. I can understand why financily, because you need that famous celebrity to go promote the movie on talk shows and such but it still sucks.

  • June 20, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Movie critics are a sad lot these days

    by RPLocke

    They're basically talking to a wall.

  • June 20, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Got It, BUT....


    I guess a lot depends on how you read the motivations of Andy, Woody, and the rest of Andy's toys... Why does Woody CHOOSE to NOT go to college with Andy, but rather to stick with the rest of Andy's crew as they are donated to the little girl? And the, why does Andy decide, basically, to go alone with Woody's chosen course - not realizing, granted that Woody is conscious, or has chosen anything? Andy isn't letting Woody, or his other toys "go" because he has outgrown them. He is letting them go because he loves them, and he feels that they can bring a LOT of pleasure to someone (the little girl) who will PLAY with them, not sit them on a shelf or behind glass (remember the whole riff on toy COLLECTORS in Toy Story 2?), and will thus put the toys to the "use" for which they were made (the use that we, in the audience, realize gives the toys real satisfation, is the genuine MEANING of their "lives"). Guess what I am trying to say is that I don't think the movie is about letting go as in "outgrowing"... it is about letting go when it is best for the one BEING let go. It is what parents go through when they "let go" and encourage their kids to move on and begin their OWN lives. Andy "lets go" of his toys for their good, and the good of the girl, not because he has moved past them, in much the way that Andy's Mom is "letting him go" (to college and, by extension, out of her house and out of a portion of her life) because it is best for HIM. Which still packs a heck of a wallop. Shadow PS - Yeah, what DID happen to Andy's Dad?

  • June 20, 2010, 4:48 p.m. CST

    johnnyrandom - You call Harry fat but....

    by james4543

    How the fuck do we know your not fat? Harry has the BALLS to post pictures of himself & you don't.

  • June 20, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Like LOST

    by MaxHeadroom

    let go and move on - you will always have whatever story in your head. Glad that Mattel let them treat Ken like a metrosexual.

  • June 20, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    ANDY and BONNIE and the children they raise?

    by Zauriel

    Dude, he's 18, and she's like 5. I know Toy Story is for adults just as much as kids, but c'mon.

  • June 20, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    You're pathetic harry

    by bullet3

    You realize that normal people don't actually keep their toys, because you know, normal people grow up and lead actual lives. The movie is perfect in portraying the importance of moving on, transition , and growing up. Just because you've never been able to grow up and get rid of your toys (and have been fortunate enough to make a career out of this) doesn't mean everyone else should. Kudos to Pixar for sending the right message (and making another absolutely great movie)

  • June 20, 2010, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Indiana Jones is better than Toy Story

    by RPLocke

    Toy Story 1 was the best one. The rest are forgettable.

  • June 20, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST

    You would have a point ....

    by Nickytea

    If the movie was about Andy. Andy is not the lead. He is not the focal point on which the themes, and even most of the narrative, hinge. What Woody mean's to any is not so important as what Andy means to Woody, or Woody to the other toys and their combined meaning to Andy.

  • June 20, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    Harry you are right

    by ckone

    I already saw the film twice, once on a digital screen and once in Disney 3D( I preferred the digital, 3-D was TOO dark all over) but I and my wife, could not believe how bleak the circumstances were, I actually had to talk to my wife yesterday to tell her that she has to imagine that this is not the end, and that years later, Andy comes home from College with a girl and meets up with Bonnie again and she digs out the old toys to give back to Andy as he is just about to have a baby, SOMETHING to give her hope that they didn't end up away from him forever. That one thing, giving up Woody really did hurt, especially when you think in Part two, when his mom even mentions that Woody was a family toy...not just random, he meant something to her too! Even my boys hated that Andy called them Junk! In the middle of the showing, my 8 year old looks at me and goes, " he caled them JUNK!!!" Being a tride and true geek, It was hard to explain that one.. especially to a kid who plans (at this piont anyway) to never give up a single one of his toys. And I don't plan on making him choose paper or plastic either! Here's hoping they make a new Trilogy with Bonnie, who I liked, and somehow Woody runs into BoPeep again..oh could they get rid of her?? This movie is wickedly cruel and beautiful at the same time. Ugh, I have to see it again...and again.

  • June 20, 2010, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Andy calling his toys "junk" = flames on optimus

    by Mike_D

    had to say it

  • June 20, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Projection Harry...

    by conspiracy

    Pure defensive emotions in action...that is why you "hate" the character of Andy.</p><p> You see...Andy hasn't just "moved on", he has just acquired the mature outlook so many have not...; unselfish, forward looking, a life prioritized with goals and a future that have no place for the "Toys" as he once knew them. This maturity makes some people uncomfortable, as they are seeing an act they themselves have been unable to do succinctly brought to life before their eyes. Also, Andy, being the mature, unselfish character he is..didn't easily give away Woody...he gave the toys to someone who can best appreciate what they have to offer...who will learn from playing with them as he did...and who with luck will one day pass them on as well.

  • June 20, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    I don't usually go in for Harry bashing...

    by cool_britannia79

    ...but this was a useless, self obsessed rant. This has never even vaguely resembled a review. Completely worthless.

  • June 20, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST

    "ignorant bastard boy"?

    by TheHumanBurrito

    Hey, I love(d) some of my childhood stuff too, but ultimately they are just THINGS which are only as valuable as the individual decides they are. Don't complain about not getting to "understand" Woody's Andy obsession when you don't seem to understand that some people can enjoy then move on from material objects. Hardly a case of "ignorant" on the fictional character's behalf...

  • June 20, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a GREAT movie...

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    a good parallel to draw to Toy Story 3. I think they both scratch the same itch for me. You have these characters that you've liked for a decade, and you just get to watch them do what they're good at.

  • June 20, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Harry doesn't review films...

    by p0llk4t

    ...he blogs about them. Once you realize that, you won't take anything he says very seriously. In fact...Harry needs to come to grips with that as well. He's not a journalist, an author, or a reviewer...he's simply a blogger and a TBer.

  • June 20, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    What p0llk4t said above.

    by fiester

    Spot on assessment.

  • June 20, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    I think you got it backwards.

    by CoursinLarry

    Wasn't the movie about Woody letting go? Realizing that he couldn't keep trying to stand in the way of what Andy was going to become? I mean, didn't the scene where he watched, through the cardboard box slit, Andy's mom saying goodbye to her child kinda make it obvious?

  • June 20, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    I liked

    by Prisoner_Zero

    the bit about Indiana Jones. The relevance was tenuous but I too get a bit of a chill at that perfect moment when Jones Snr tells his son to "let it go". After that...this review got a bit creepy at times.<br /><br />Still, no matter what you wrote at least people were always gonna hate at least one review more than this. Step forward Mr. Armond White, the internet's biggest douchebag of the year, whom I am almost completely convinced hasn't even seen this movie (Hamm is one of the villains? What a fucking retard)<br /><br />Would love to hear Harry's thoughts on Armond's review.

  • June 20, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Jesus fucking Christ

    by ballyhoo

    Harry... What the hell?

  • June 20, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Pretty sure you missed the point

    by Novaman5000

    The point is that he handed woody over, to have a "life" with bonnie that he could no longer give all his toys. A "life" of being played with again. It was Andy growing up. If that annoys you, fine, but it's not a flaw of the film.

  • June 20, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST

    And yeah I'd definitely argue that it's more Woody's

    by Novaman5000

    story than Andy's. Woody had to let go just as much as Andy did.

  • June 20, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Letting Go

    by Gordak

    I think that's the theme for audiences as well and Pixar. I'm sure they loved the franchise as much as anything else, but things run its course and it's okay to let it go into different hands, mostly the imaginations of the kids that see the movie and buy the toys. And that's what I loved, they both had their own takes on these toys. So you could either be the obsessive collector from Toy Story 2 or the young mind from Toy Story 3.

  • June 20, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Perhaps people would like the ending better...

    by conspiracy

    if it had showed a 40yr old Andy sitting on the floor of his studio Apt. with a box of Pop Tarts at his side..Star Wars on the TV set, alone...his wife having left him years ago as he desperately tried to extend his childhood...,and playing with the toys just as he always had.</p><p>What kind issues would they Toys have developed by that time?

  • June 20, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    In Addition

    by Gordak

    How to Train Your Dragon did a lot more for me than Toy Story 3.

  • June 20, 2010, 5:24 p.m. CST

    So, Toy Story 3 basically ends like Lost did?

    by RPLocke


  • June 20, 2010, 5:32 p.m. CST

    I hear ya but...

    by Evil Chicken

    It was time to let go. I LOVED this film and it was a beautiful ending to the series.

  • June 20, 2010, 5:34 p.m. CST

    A Safe Place

    by NeighborNotInTheBiz

    What pleased me during the ending was that Andy was fully engaged playing fantasy scenarios with Bonnie. A few more moments re-immersed in his childhood and then time to drive off into young adulthood. There's always summer and the eventual day she outgrows her toys; maybe then Woody comes back and awaits Andy's kids. In the mythos of Toy Story, being played with is the best state a toy may attain. To keep a toy for its collectibility is a sin and sitting on a dorm shelf or boxed in the attic is just a hair away from being collected. I like what Andy did; he's a good kid.

  • June 20, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    i like how people go into nerd rage if you don't totally love th

    by HaterofCrap


  • June 20, 2010, 5:36 p.m. CST

    I feel bad for all of you who "grew up"

    by ckone

    You all suck. And sound like giant asses. Just like some people move on , others are able to grow and still have room for the things they loved as a kid, and make it work in their life. I don't think that you HAVE to have a career in entertainment to make that acceptable,but I guess it makes it easier. But to a lot of us who I guess never grew up , but where still able to have careers, families and keep our inner child intact, the movie strikes a different chord.

  • June 20, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Moving Forward

    by Ray_Marden

    Upfront, I haven't seen this movie, but I find this "review" somehwat disturbing. It reads like a vendetta against the ending due to personal issues. On the smaller scale, what is the ideal ending? Playing with one toy endlessly? Shoving it in a box to never be used? Tossing it as if it had no value? Continuing it bringing joy and happiness really is the "best" scenario. Additionally - again with admission of not having seen this yet - it sounds like a broader message of maturity and the core importance of life. I'm not saying people have to give up or ignore things they cherish, but the beauty of life is that it always goes on and some new amazing/shocking/wonderful/painful/fascinating thing happens. In that light, is life just about toys? Or it is family? Exploratiojn? Making an impact? Sharing one's younger joys? Having new amazing experiences and subsequent memories? If one just focuses on one aspect from years ago, that isn't much of a life to live.

  • June 20, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    This is adressed in Toy Story 2

    by BobParr

    The whole theme was about kids eventually giving up their toys. Woody accepts this but knows he will have his BFF Buzz Lightyear with him.

  • June 20, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    The Ending

    by animatemeplease

    I think a better close to the ending in the incinerater scene, would have been to have Woody thinking back to all the great times he had with Andy, and using the line he did in the end and said So long Partner and have them all fall to there fate, would have made this film great, Pixar and risk don't go well together when it comes to these ideas, Pixar makes kids movies, and they always will

  • June 20, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Harry is Woody

    by BobParr

    This is a major peek into this man-child's psyche. He seems to resent anyone who grows up. Harry is Woody.<P> Harry should have called this an essay instead of a review.

  • June 20, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST

    My legos...

    by Weresmurf77

    When I had my son in 2003, I named him Liam. I had a giant collection of Lego. When I say giant, this collection, contains roughly $20,000 I would estimate worth of Lego in there. A fair estimate by all means. I'm talking like, three boxes, massive boxes full of the stuff I've collected over a lifetime. I, am *very* protective of it. I've had it since I was 2. I never had duplo, or any of that megablok crap. I always had normal Lego. I always just had it. People gave me it for every birthday, christmas etc, because I'd always ask for it. Mum would buy it for me, I'd buy it out of my own money, even as a teen, I'd occasionally buy a Lego set. Hell, I still these days buy the occasional Lego set to add to it. One might say '20 thousand dollars is a HUGE amount of Lego! Thats like a mountain!' but with lego prices? Not really... it's a giant amount, around 3 boxes, going onto 4, but nothing embarassingly bad that requires its own room. Anyhow I digress. I was protective of my lego. I rarely let others play with it for some reason. I was proud of my collection. Only my best friends were allowed to play with the collection. We once tipped it all up on some blankets in a loungeroom and it was like Scrooge McDucks moneybin. It was a GIGANTIC pile!!!! Technic lego, medieval lego, police lego, fire lego... amazing. Then I had my son. I gave most of my lego away to a charity one day instead of passing it on to my son. I kept one half box. This would be 'our' new collection to start. Sounds odd I know to some. But I guess Harry, the thing is that part of the movies theme is about letting go and moving on. Becoming a parent, is twofold, you must let go of your past, you must look to the future, but you must also provide for those who will come in your wake. I've given my boy a start for his own collection, he loves lego as much as I did. He asks for it all the time now. He's particularly fond of Construction themed lego. Bulldozers, trucks, etc. Let's see where he goes from here. He's 6 now. In twenty years time? Maybe he'll be giving away most of his collection to some kids who don't have anything and starting a collection anew with his own son or daughter?

  • June 20, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Harry resented this movie because...

    by AsimovLives

    ... it says that people need to grow up and became adults? Is that it? Harry, aren't, you, like, 39 or something? You will have to grow up someday, or else you will be this creepy uncle that everybody's embaraced about. It's onething to still retain some of your inner childhood, it's another to be of adult age and have nothing but your inner childhood. That is a curse not a blessing.

  • June 20, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    One of the most beautiful shots ever is in this...

    by DanielKurland

    When Lotso sees his former owner with the new Lotso through the window, and it starts to rain, but over the glass, it looks like Lotso is crying! So, so crazy wonderful. That, and the ending made me cry.

  • June 20, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Harry's toys

    by JoeD

    are the angriest most resentful toys on the planet. Let them out of their fucking plastic cages and let some kids play with them you gigantic red manchild.

  • June 20, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Andy's dad

    by iceman199

    I always thought Andy's dad died and he dealt with that loss through his intense play with his Toys. We never see him with friends, except at the birthday party ... and those could be his cousins for all we know. And as far as growing up, I have thousands of comics books stored in my closet that I would give up in a second to make my son or daughters lives better. If I have to raise tuition by selling, then so be it. And I won't even shed a tear.

  • June 20, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    I still have all my toys.

    by RPLocke

    I think people who throw away toys never really cared about toys in the first place.

  • June 20, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Wasn't the adult collector a villain in TS2?

    by cool_britannia79

    Am I remembering that right?

  • June 20, 2010, 6:05 p.m. CST

    I Think It's Perfect

    by ronaldtheshort

    I thought this was the perfect end to the trilogy and another Toy Story would be too much. The only thing I would have changed was the fact that they didn't tell us where some of the other toys went. R.C. was one of my favorites from the first movie and he practically saved their asses in the end. However, him, Bo Peep, and the others are all shrugged off with a couple lines of dialogue. You couldn't show us their happy lives in their new homes in the credits or something? You gave me closure on the army men, but not the other central characters from the first two movies?! Oh well. I still loved it.

  • June 20, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Am I the only who picked up on the religous undertone?

    by Logan_1973

    When Lotso says "where's your kid now?"...damn many times have we heard "where's your God now?" in the movies. I think this film had an undertone of faith going on; Woody had faith in his kid (god); that he would do the right thing for him and his loved ones. Thoughts?

  • June 20, 2010, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Isn't Woody a valuable collectors item?

    by Hesiod2k7

    As are Bulls-eye and Jessie? We know the internet exists in this TS world, but apparently there's not "Woody's Roundup" webpage dedicated to memorabilia like there is every other fucking collectible on the planet? So, no one thought to look up Woody on the internet to find out if he was worth something? No one took him to Antiques Road Show? (Now that would be a great plotline, wouldn't it? Woody escaping with a bunch of old metal wagons, coin banks and china dolls?). No. You just hand ghim off to some other kid instead of keeping him as a collecrtible at home and him becoming a family heirloom. Which, if course, he was in teh first place. The huge gaping plot hole of all three movies was the retcon that Woody was a cowboy Howdy Doody in the 2nd movie. If so, how come Jessie has a memory of her 1950's owner, but not Woody? His only memory of ownership is Andy. Either Woody had a sever head injury, or he's in deep deni

  • June 20, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Who the movie is speaking to

    by pantherec77

    Harry I'm glad you're such a fan of the series but you need to realize that Pixar is addressing a legitimate human experience that most of us go through in our lives. I just finished watching this movie with my 3 and 5 year old. The entire time I was secretly hoping that it would end with Andy putting the toys in his attic and then 15 years later bringing them out for his own children to begin the cycle again. It would never have occurred to me that he should keep these toys for himself. I remember I had this bear, literally called Teddy, that I carried around with me everywhere. When I was five someone stole him while I was in the house and my father literally went door to door in the projects to find him again. He was found and I enjoyed playing with him for about another year. When I was eight my aunt asked me to pass some of my toys onto my niece. I remember having a woody/andy moment as I made the decision to give "Teddy" to my niece and immediately after when no one was around I cried about it in my room. I found out he got thrown in the trash a year or so later and I was furious but even still at eight the only thing I regretted was not passing the bear onto my children. It never occurred to me that I should keep the bear for myself. This was the human experience Pixar was reminding us of. For 98% of us, Pixar was right on the money, however for the 2% who refuse to give up toys they are too old for, they risked angering their fan base. i'm not saying you shouldn't keep your inner child alive, but play with your nephew using his toys, not the ones you keep locked up for yourself.

  • June 20, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST

    But it didn't actually play out that way

    by Peter David

    It wasn't about Andy letting Woody go. Woody was letting Andy go. <p> Remember, Woody wasn't supposed to be in the box that was being given away to the little girl. Andy was surprised to see him. But when the little girl saw him, she immediately reached for him. Would you have seriously found Andy more endearing if he'd said to the little girl, "No, you can't have him, he's mine," and gets into a tug of war with the child over a toy?<p> It wasn't about what you say it's about. It was about putting the needs of others over your own needs. It was about being where you can best serve the needs of others. Woody decided that, as a toy, his first, best duty was to be where children would be able to play with him, a lesson he first learned back in the previous film. And for Andy, at that moment in time--particularly when he saw how overjoyed the little girl was upon seeing Woody--he decided that it was better to make the little girl happy than to make himself happy. He chose doing a good deed over his own desires.<p> How can you possibly condemn that?

  • June 20, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Andy doesn't just hand over Woody

    by ebolamonkey

    Woody chooses to go and be with his friends and the little girl who made him feel like a toy again rather than a distant reminder of Andy's childhood. Watch the movie again. Woody puts himself in the box.

  • June 20, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Peter David

    by iceman199

    Couldn't have said it better myself.

  • June 20, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Very disappointing "review"

    by Blanket-Man

    I was so eager to see Harry's take. I couldn't wait to read the world's biggest (no pun intended) TS fan share his no-doubt-similar-to-mine thoughts about TS3. Instead, there's the ridiculous out-of-left-field take that completely misses the point of the ending. I was about to type something similar to Mr. David (I assume that's the "real" Peter David?), reminding Harry that Woody himself made the decision to leave Andy, stay with his friends, and go to Bonnie, who needed him MORE than Andy did. But PD said it much better than I could. I'm curious to hear Mr. Knowles' response...

  • June 20, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Felt EXACT same way

    by antonphd

    But I'm not angry just sad. :(

  • June 20, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Marry a woman who already has a toy collection

    by shutupfanboy

    An anime one, not a Barbie one, worked for me. I also got rid of my toys expect my Star Wars, Joes and Batman figures and have spent a fortune getting certain Transformers and Joes back. It also doesn't help the new round of toys since 2000 have been pretty bad ass. I'll pass it down to my kids and hopefully they will too. My Dad still uses his train set for Christmas for our Charlie Brown tree in the basement and uses the one I got when I was born for the main one. Toys have become fine china in certain families. Also, I don't trust any reviewer who hates Last Crusade, probably like that "dark" bullshit in Temple thus missing that Temple had no fucking point other then Steven wanting to tag Cate. I'll get this for my nephew for Christmas if they have a 3 Pack. The end doesn't sound like it would piss me off, but calling his toys junk would make no sense with the ending.

  • June 20, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    I make video games for a living

    by antonphd

    I am in awe of pixar of course. I agree about the whole growing out of childhood thing. And I also thought a lot about the absence of Andys father and what that meant to his connection to woody especially in the speech at the end... I imagine this was a speech Andys dad gave to him about Woody. I think we'll get more adventures of Woody and friends. I hope.

  • June 20, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    I agree COMPLETELY with Peter David.

    by DrumsInTheDeep

    Andy fully intended to keep Woody, and may have even thought he was lost at one point, but nevertheless was surprised to see him in the box at the end of the film. And once the girl saw him, and it was obvious that she had an attachment, Andy did the right thing and let his toy go. Completely obvious to anyone with the psychological development beyond a twelve-year-old.

  • June 20, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Toy Story 3 is a MASTERPIECE

    by fassbinder79

    I went into this hoping it would be good for my wife's sake. The only films I really had any desire to see this year were/are Inception & Tron Legacy. The 3D for Toy Story 3 didn't impress me that much. Frankly I didn't notice at all (especially in comparison to Avatar). But who cares about 3D when you have a film this incredible. Toy Story 3 is the Godfather 2 of kids films in my opinion. It will be difficult for other films to top it.... And Pixar has set a very high standard for themselves going forward after this movie. It didn't grab me in the same way that many Japanese anime films have. Its not Akira. And I don't think its as good as Secret of Nimh where American titles are concerned. But this is without a doubt the best film that Pixar has released. And it is the best American animated film since Iron Giant (I still prefer 2D animation to CG and that isn't going to change anytime soon). The fact that it is a sequel (let alone the THIRD film in the series) and is this strong is admirable though. It has some of the most memorable films sequences (i.e. the incinerator) that I've ever seen in ANY film animated OR live action. I think its interesting what Knowles has criticisms with about the film. The biggest thing that impressed me about it overall was how psychological it is. It is a much deeper film than the superficial product placement would indicate. The film short (Day And Night) playing before the film is BRILLIANT and a real treat (I LOVED Presto too that showed before Wall E -- And my opinion Presto was BETTER than Wall E). I think Toy Story in many ways sets up a Citizen Kane like conclusion. Harry K. seems to have issues with Andy giving up Woody but for me that was the genius in the film's conclusion. It made me think of the John Irving novel that Door In The Floor is based on and I imagine that Andy ten years later will very likely regret having given up his "toy." But I think the fact that the film can provoke this kind of reaction tells you how good it really is. And those who choose not to see it... Its their loss.

  • June 20, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Harry should respond to us

    by AmericanMovieFan

    I'm calling for Harry to give us a rebuttal as it seems we all feel the same way about this "review" of his. We're all loyal readers of this site who generally take an even-handed approach to reading the site's material and we all agree that this 'review' is sad, pathetic misses the movie's point and reveals a very unhealthy, immature side of Harry. I challenge Harry to write a follow up piece to this "review" in which he can either explain himself in a manner that doesn't seem like he's the ManChild he's presented himself as, or at the very least he admits that this was NOT A REVIEW but a diary entry made public.

  • June 20, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST

    I mean, what was Andy supposed to do?

    by DrumsInTheDeep

    "How did you get in here--oh, er, uh, sorry, no, I'm keeping this oneOHGODDONTTOUCHHIM!"

  • June 20, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Peter David NAILED IT.

    by HardcoreRocker

    Nailed it. That is all.

  • June 20, 2010, 7 p.m. CST

    I think giving his toy to the girl

    by antonphd

    Was a metaphor for everything we leave to the next generation. From our toys to the planet. When he gave his toys to the little girl it almost felt like he died and he was passing on his history and everything important to him to her. I think giving his toys away as he went off to college was his final lesson before he moved on from childhood. The lesson of passing life on to the next generation.

  • June 20, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Peter David

    by fassbinder79

    Perfect post! I think you nailed it. I think the ending can mean different things to different people but your take is on point.

  • June 20, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST

    "Toy Story 3 is the Godfather 2 of kids films..."

    by DanielKurland

    DEAD on.

  • June 20, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Show me a 17-year-old,

    by Subtitles_Off

    off to college, who has to have his favorite childhood toy with him, and I'll show you a kid who needs to get laid.<P>There are genuine criticisms that ought to be leveled at this year's sentimental Pixar Kool-Aid (ten points to the first person, a month or so from now, who points out the generic Pixar template of characters on a slapstick adventure is getting moth-eaten) but the ending is a sincere moment that genuinely soars.

  • June 20, 2010, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Harry's 70's References

    by filegumbo

    Harry, I am bit older than you, 40 and born in 1969. You very often make references to cultural things in the 70's as if they had such a profound influence on you when there is no way they could have. You were either an infant or a very small child. You exaggerate your personal knowledge of those times. Now, I realize that your parents being the pop culture people they were, you must have filtered a lot of this over the years and subtly made it your own, but you all to frequently speak as if you have deep personal knowledge of times which you would have been far too young to have any comprehension of. I remember the 70's too, but not in the deep political and sociological way you pretend to. I rode my Big Wheel, watched the Super Friends, and ate Honey Comb cereal. I did not feel profoundly influenced by Vietnam.

  • June 20, 2010, 7:14 p.m. CST

    hahahaha you crazy fool.

    by jolliff89

    harry, i would agree with someone near the top of this page that I wouldn't even call this a review. This is the word stream of nonsense i've heard, ofcourse he has to give up the toy, you just defined what the movie is about. I thought at first when you said that the remake of nightmare on elm street was amazing that it was one review that slipped through the cracks and you just had an off night, but come on, your words above are insane. hahah,

  • June 20, 2010, 7:16 p.m. CST

    FUCK. YOU. HARRY. You Fucking Douchebag.

    by KosherWookie

    As a disabled veteran, I just have to say that your whole 'Vietnam Andy' story makes me want to turn you into "Kent State Fat Boy." FUCK YOU IN THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS, you insensitive douchebag. Even if the story is true (and knowing your age, and fucked-up parents, it probaby isn't)... WHY THE FUCK would you feel the need to inflict this on people? For all of the super-sensitive, touchie-feelie, feel-good bullshit you express with your shallow liberal affectations... You have no soul, no conscience and not one shred of decency. Pary that we never meet.

  • June 20, 2010, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Great, can we get an Incredibles II now?

    by RPLocke

    Do we really need a Cars II?

  • June 20, 2010, 7:17 p.m. CST

    This is why other countries hate the US

    by GhostDad

    Seriously. A morbidly obese man in his 30s scoffing at the notion of outgrowing toys and passing them on to the next generation of kids, when kids elsewhere grow up playing with sticks and an old bicycle tire. Harry, what you call "nostalgia" and "childhood" is just materialism. Childhood isn't about the toys you had, the toys are just the objects you use to learn about responsibility, caring for things you hold dear, and growing your imagination. The point of childhood isn't to forever remain a child, it's to grow into adults, and the transition from childhood to adult hood. If I printed this review out and showed it to a child in Africa or the Middle East or even in some of the poorer areas in America, they would think it was written by an alien.

  • June 20, 2010, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Thank you Peter David

    by havingsaidthat

    because you fucking nailed it! I hope Harry reads that and realizes he is wrong.

  • June 20, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Pray, that is.

    by KosherWookie

    Sorry, bad arthritis.

  • June 20, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    So Harry you think woody is like C3PO??

    by Six Demon Bag

    Passed from Father to son<p>and Bonnie is a good 12 years younger than Andy.

  • June 20, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Harry..It is NOT the END!! They are making a...

    by LegendarySpartanBlood

    Toy Story short film that will be played in front of Cars 2(June 24th, 2011). Don't know exactly of what but Lee Unkrich revealed that on Darkhorizons website.

  • June 20, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST


    by Rebeck2

    LOL! Very funny and I can just see that. They could call it the "Harry Knowles Ending" - Andy runs away yelling that she could have ripped him, and yeah, his arm is loose now, it's definitely loose...look what you did!

  • June 20, 2010, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Novaman5000 also brings up a great point

    by havingsaidthat

    that plus Peter David's take are spot on.

  • June 20, 2010, 7:22 p.m. CST

    you also obviously don't like passing on meals

    by GhostDad

    Is your goal to die of a heart attack by 45 so you don't have to grow up?

  • June 20, 2010, 7:24 p.m. CST


    by RipleyGrady

    So you loved the movie, yet was entirely pissed about its content and motivation...well at least for the one aspect. Sounds like a bizarre convoluted review that misses the real point of the film.

  • June 20, 2010, 7:26 p.m. CST


    by fassbinder79

    Right on about Incredibles 2. Why the fuck are they making Cars 2? ? And why is Brad Bird turning to live action? Sad. :(

  • June 20, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    The incinerator scene

    by Amazing Maurice

    that totally choked me up.<P>One of the most heartbreaking things I've seen in a movie for a long time.<P>And none of it is real!<P>Not only is it fiction, its fiction about TOYS!<P>And on top of that, it's computer generated animation!<P>And I crying!<P>Actually fucking CRYING I say!

  • June 20, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Also dont have children ever.

    by GhostDad

    I'm picturing a christmas where 5 year old Harry Jr looks on sadly as his dad unwraps cool action figure after cool action figure, then reminds his family "THESE ARE FOR ME!"

  • June 20, 2010, 7:30 p.m. CST


    by fassbinder79

    Love that scene too. And other than the incinerator sequence my personal fave was when Rex just before they entered the Day Care building said something like "But there's a rainbow on it"

  • June 20, 2010, 7:32 p.m. CST


    by JoeD

    is Michael Jackson.

  • June 20, 2010, 7:32 p.m. CST


    by JoeD

    he's staring at me from the top of the page.

  • June 20, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    I don't expect Harry to relate to andy

    by Six Demon Bag

    And his actions. He seems to fit the AL profile.

  • June 20, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST


    by GhostDad

    C'mon, let's not insult anyone now. Michael Jackson had talent.

  • June 20, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Whoa, hold on there, AmericanMovieFan

    by Peter David

    "We're all loyal readers of this site who generally take an even-handed approach to reading the site's material and we all agree that this 'review' is sad, pathetic misses the movie's point and reveals a very unhealthy, immature side of Harry."<p> Look: everyone sees movies through the prisms of their own experience. Everyone. It's not as if everyone else on AICN is a clear-eyed, pristine-minded individual with unfailingly even-handed analysis while Harry is some sort of aberration. The fact is that he provided a take on the film's ending that hadn't occurred to me. I like it when people do that. After giving it some thought, I decided that he was off base for the reasons that I enumerated. That doesn't mean Harry was out of line for introducing his thoughts on the matter. Making people think is good. Being provocative is good. It's possible to disagree with someone's opinion without turning it into a referendum on their character.<p> Just saying.<p> And yes, BlanketMan, I am "that" Peter David, assuming you're referring to the fiction writer (as opposed to the Peter David who wrote a book about the Gulf War or the Peter David who's some sort of Canadian political hotshot.)

  • June 20, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    I've never seen a Harry review without massive spoilers


  • June 20, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    we love Harry because he is a big kid

    by Beniffer

    who will never grow up .. now, this movie I loved. I understand the moving on .. I think it makes a great point .. I just don't know if it was one for children ..

  • June 20, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST


    by Rebeck2

    I understand your anger, but Harry sees everything in life through movies - kind of like Tarantino - so Vietnam is more of a concept to him than anything else. I agree though, and I winced a little when he told that story. He doesn't mean it to be, but it is insensitive. May this hopeless liberal ask you where you served and how you're disabled?

  • June 20, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Oh, and PS>

    by Rebeck2

    "Kent State Fat Boy" - LOL. That was s good one.

  • June 20, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST


    by KosherWookie

    Pretty much every unpleasant one since 1982. Panama; First Gulf; Fucking Sebia (we all called it that); Second Gulf; Afghanistan. Knees and back TOTALLY fucked up (you get that jumping out of perfectly good airplanes to rescue dumbass pilots).

  • June 20, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Though At Second Redaing...

    by KosherWookie

    "Kent State Fat-Ass" sings better...

  • June 20, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Is Peter David. . .

    by BroVinny

    . . . *the* Peter David? 'Cos that would be cool.

  • June 20, 2010, 7:48 p.m. CST

    As for 'Hopeless Liberal' Bebeck...

    by KosherWookie

    I am also EXTREMELY liberal socially. Just VERY conservative when it comes to fiscal stuff.

  • June 20, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST

    once again peter david

    by mr. smith

    you are my hero

  • June 20, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Though Come To Think Of It..

    by KosherWookie

    I DID giggle like a little girl when the Army National Guard troops opened fire in the opening sequence of WATCHMEN... Prompting me to admit to one of my more liberal friends: "Dude, I think my Inner Child is a fascist..."

  • June 20, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Agree with Harry on when Buzz looked at Jessie...

    by Tacom

    in the incinerator. That's when I started to crying. The whole thing with the toys held hands to be together in their final moments was amazing. I don't agree on Andy being a douche at the end. He DIDN'T want to give away Woody. Andy wasn't doing it because of "societal bs" It would have been great(for the audience) if Andy took Woody to college but Woody wanted to be with his friends and give them a new home where they could all be played with.

  • June 20, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Wow, KW

    by Rebeck2

    That's amazing. You must have a world of stories from that amount of experience. Have you ever written any of it down? "Fucking Serbia" - I like it. Interesting too because we know so little about that conflict and I don't think I've ever read any real definitive American take on it - in book form or even as a movie. Is there one in your opinion? Well, in all seriousness, I appreciate your service and your sacrifice, and I hope that the VA isn't fucking you over and is giving you all the help you need.

  • June 20, 2010, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Twenty years from now...

    by Peter David

    Andy's going to wind up spending a ton of money on eBay buying a Cowboy Woody doll to relive his childhood. Hell, maybe THAT'S the sequel.

  • June 20, 2010, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Yeah, its like us giving our Optimus Prime away!!!!

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    "Here you go little kid...take my Optimus Prime..." <BR><BR> WTF??????<BR><BR> (just kidding)

  • June 20, 2010, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Peter David

    by BetaRayBill07

    Nice job.

  • June 20, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    I recently bought of couple of LEGO sets

    by DrumsInTheDeep

    I owned as a kid on ebay. I was super excited to open the package, then I painstakingly put them together according to the guide, and there they sit on a shelf. "Play" with them? Are you kidding?! Do I wish I had kept them the first time? ABSOLUTELY NOT. It's about the joy of the re-discovery.

  • June 20, 2010, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Kids these days don't play with toys

    by RPLocke

    They buy 200 dollar Star Wars toys and keep them in the package.

  • June 20, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST

    The Incinerator Scene

    by Rebeck2

    Let me jump on the bandwagon - that moment was perfection. Pixar often have these scenes that just cut straight to your heart (UP's marriage montage, Jessie's story from TS2, Wall-E's rebooting) and you know IN THE MOMENT that you are watching a classic piece of cinema (no exaggeration) that will be remembered and talked about for a long time. The scene where they finally stop fighting and accept their imminent death is incredibly moving. And the reprise of the old "claw" joke makes it even better.

  • June 20, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Oh..and "filegumbo" I gotta agree....

    by conspiracy

    I am was a Vietnam Vet, lifelong Army...and ya know what "I" remember about the early 1970's? B-52's practicing at the airport, Josie and the Pussycats, Fat Albert, being afraid of Thunderstorms, and my grandfather letting me sip his beer..after which I didn't drink again till I was 23. I don't remember Hippies (they were all gone in Cali by 1973 I think), or limbless vets being EVERYWHERE despite being raised in a military family.</p><p>All I can say is Harry has one INCREDIBLE and DETAILED memory.

  • June 20, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Wanna see HELL for a Toy?

    by conspiracy

    The collectibles area at Comic/Dragon/Anime-Con. NEW IN BOX!

  • June 20, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    **** Not the ending I expected either ****

    by GeorgieBoy

    What I wanted to see was Andy passing on Woody and the toys to his own kids sometime down the road. Not sure how to get to that point without boxing them for 6-10 years though.<br><br> So I guess giving the toys to that little girl was the best thing for the toys themselves. It's just that *WE* wanted them to stay with Andy.<br><br> Now maybe in that 6-10 years after Andy finishes college, gets married, and has his own kids, he can find the little girl (who will be about ready to go off to college herself) and get the toys back for his own kids.<br><br> <b>THEN</b> the toys can have a DIFFERENT kind of adventure instead of the same old "a toy gets lost/separated from the group and a rescue is attempted!" (Which seems to be the basic storyline for all three movies.)<br><br> I'd like to see the toys actually STAY with their owner for the whole movie for a change. BRING ON TOY STORY 4!!!!

  • June 20, 2010, 8:32 p.m. CST

    I said it once and I'll say it again.....

    by GarysMidgetCorpse

    HARRYIZAFAGGOT.....a very liberal one

  • June 20, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST

    "...I was clapping through tears"

    by Fleet

    I bet you didn't spill your superzied coke and large buttered popcorn though, did you you fat fuck... This isn't a review, it's a ridiculous jumble of words pertaining to your completely skewed vision of childhood nostalgia...

  • June 20, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST

    I know it's unusual for me to break character

    by JettL1993

    But you're an idiot Harry, work out those abandonment issues before you review this great film

  • June 20, 2010, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Does harry even know how to write a spoiler free review?

    by bohdi71

    A review isnt a breakdown of the ending. And whilel Im on the subject If I read another review that tells me there is a twist in the ending of a movie I will lose it.

  • June 20, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST

    No Worries, Rebeck...

    by KosherWookie

    I'm well cared-for! Retired GI pay,plus VA benefits and disability rating mean I will never want fro medical care. As for Sebia--- It will be a few years before the definitive 'take' can be written. Going in, we were sold a bill of goods (Serb Christians are EVIL,the poor Bosnian Muslims faced 'ethnic cleansing...'); when the reality turned out to be different the press desserted in droves. For the record: The Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslim terrorists) were the most vicious bastards on the planet (and that's counting my ex-wife). Anyway, I did my bit for 25 years and am safely pensionedoff now...

  • June 20, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST

    I also missed R/C

    by degausser

    what happened to him? he wasn't even given the honor of a mention.

  • June 20, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST


    by moto

    Technically speaking, Andy told Bonnie that he needed her to take care of some toys for him. I don't know the exact dialogue, but if you watch it a second time, pay close attention to the dialogue. It implies that he's handing over his beloved toys to Bonnie so she can watch over them while he's gone. <P> Now, I know the logic of him coming back to this kid years later to say, "Give me back my toys now" is unrealistic, but the writing speaks for itself. <P> Now even if Andy did hand over Woody to Bonnie for good, it was a kind gesture and showed that he loved Woody and treasured him AS A TOY. Thus, when he sees Bonnie using such great imagination like he did when he was little with those toys, he knows that it's the right thing to do. To give Woody to someone that can keep that magic alive. In short, he believed in Woody as more than just a piece of plastic. Thus, he wanted the best for him.

  • June 20, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Harry criticizes Toy Story 3, but loves The Elm Street remake

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave


  • June 20, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Jesus, Harry...

    by yesiamaplant

    ...the entire reason you are so upset over the ending is because you're exactly the kind of person Lasseter didn't want Andy turning into. You're more akin to the toy store owner from part 2 than Andy, which is why you're always going to be a child in the worst way.

  • June 20, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Just Pathetic

    by Gordbuster

    I have ready this site for years and years, and never have I commented on a thread. This post pulled me in. I will not restate what Peter David has already hit so perfectly, but I will add that it is truly sad that there are people in this world that cannot hold the whimsy of childhood in there heart without a hunk of plastic on the shelf to represent it. If Andy had been so soulless as he had been portrayed, he would not have sat down in the grass and had one final play time with Bonnie and his toys. He was firm that these were special and that they were to be cared for, but unlike Al (in TS 2) was not adamant that they be horded by petty, cheeto-eating man-children. I guess that would have been the preferred Geek ending, that Andy end up being like Al, with a pathetic life, while cuddling with Woody every night. They could be together forever then! YAY!

  • June 20, 2010, 8:56 p.m. CST

    moto +1

    by AxeEmAll

    I absolutely agree with moto. Furthermore, the movie is about Andy's relationship to his toys and his unique self outgrowing them even if Andy has much for fondness for Woody. Andy hasn't played with Woody for years since the toy was in the trunk with the rest of the gang. Bringing Woody to college as a memento without Andy playing with him makes Woody a museum piece in Toy Story 2, which is equivalent to toy hell in a way. The whole point of the trilogy is that toys have to be played with. That's the reason why Woody and his pals have been doing their best to get Andy's attention to play with them after their owner had outgrown them. According to Pixar, toys are meant to be played. Any could have difficulty letting go of Woody for nostalgic reasons, but it does not change the fact that toys are a child's playthings, and Andy being a grownup realizes this and gives Woody to Bonnie.

  • June 20, 2010, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Their will not be a Toy Story 4


    they will keep it classy, the ending is perfect, any more stories would be queer.

  • June 20, 2010, 8:57 p.m. CST

    by MisterBlonde

    What the fuck is wrong with Harry Knowles

  • June 20, 2010, 8:57 p.m. CST

    AnDy could have difficulty... my bad

    by AxeEmAll

  • June 20, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Did you not see the look on Andy's face?

    by SifoDyasJr.

    When she reached for Woody, it was abundantly clear that he did not want to let go, but then he realized, as Woody did, that Bonnie was going to be the right home for him. The 'acting' was so good that Andy's voice actor and all of the animators on that scene should be nominated for the Best Actor category next year.

  • June 20, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    unless of course ...



  • June 20, 2010, 9 p.m. CST

    or toy story vs puppet master


  • June 20, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST

    The girl buys a Chucky Doll and the toys are attacked.

    by RPLocke

  • June 20, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Shadowprime said it best

    by NeverTalksBack

    I love you Harry, and always enjoy your reviews, always. But this is a bit overboard. I'm a 34 year old artist, comic book, star wars geek too, I don't want to grow up either. I still have my original yoda an R-2, R-2 resides in my back pack. But if one of my nieces or nephews, of which I have many, fell in love with one of those precious keepsakes of my childhood, I'd give them up in a heartbeat. It's not about growing up to me, it's about giving a sweet child, maybe a child you see a little of yourself in, the joy of something you found joy and fun in. Loved Toy Story 3 completely ;)

  • June 20, 2010, 9:09 p.m. CST


    by Gilkuliehe

    These movies are told from the toys' perspective. And from there, this was a perfect ending. It is said over and over again that the purpose of the toys is to be PLAYED WITH. It is the first scene in all three movies, toys coming to life through the eyes of a child playing. These toys are getting ready to die. They know they lost his purpose not because Andy has grown up, because he no longer plays with them. They all know it, except for Woody, who holds on to his owner and refuses to accept the truth. That's why the ending is so perfect, the toys get to keep on living, and Woody gets to say goodbye. If Andy were a man child like Harry, these characters will be kept all on display, never played with again. Unless you're telling us you play with your toys everyday putting the same effort Andy does when he's a kid, then you completely missed the point of these movies. It's TOY STORY, not MAN CHILD STORY damnit.

  • June 20, 2010, 9:10 p.m. CST

    SifoDyasJr.; I was more impressed...

    by DanielKurland

    with the work on Bonnie's face. Her reactions and sheer enjoyment of playing with toys was heart warming.

  • June 20, 2010, 9:12 p.m. CST

    i only wish that Woody had finally spoken to Andy


    think about it, Woody has been Andy's favorite toy and Woody has adored Andy for years, and has gone to extreme lengths to reunite with Andy each time they got separated. they only thing Woody had to do to get Andy's attention again was to speak to him. Heck, Woody spoke to Sid in the first film, if only to freak the little bastard out. And Woody gets an opportunity to speak to Andy early on in TS3 when the toys steal Andy's cell phone and call it with the home phone so he'll come looking for it. Can't Woody just say "Screw the rules" just once and tell Andy how he feels? I mean, if you had toys that you had your whole life that were really alive and could talk and cared about me that much, I wouldn't toss them or give them away. Sure, some would try to capitalize on it, and they'd probably risk looking like the idiot who tries to make money on Michigan J. Frog in those old Warner Bros. cartoons, but one can hope that Andy wouldn't do that (heck, Woody's a collector's item, and Andy doesn't know it? he never did a Google search all these years?) and he'd keep Woody and the gang. that's my only gripe with the film. otherwise, the film was riveting. the incinerator scene is one of the most stomach-churning, angst-filled, horrifically beautiful scenes i've ever seen in a film, and i too teared up when Andy gives Bonnie his toys and plays with them one last time. but i hope there is no Toy Story 4. sure, they could do the "Bonnie trilogy", but it would feel more like treading the same ground that they explored in the first three films. and i do hope that an older Bonnie someday gives the toys back to a married Andy to give to his children. but Toy Story 3 is about letting go, and that's just how the story should truly end, with Andy letting go of the toys, the toys letting go of Andy, and the audience letting go of them all.

  • June 20, 2010, 9:17 p.m. CST


    by NeverTalksBack

    I was thinking about that at the end, when Andy was about to drive away, would've been kinda cool if Woody had winked at him and Andy would've done a little double take or something before driving away with a smile..

  • June 20, 2010, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Harry I'm sorry

    by DDayMachine

    You made this site for people like you....that loved movies and everything behind them. I have been a regular visitor to your site for a few years now and I rarely post anything in the talkbacks but I do read through them. Its pretty sad the negativity people come up with. Why? I ask myself every time I read some post that reminds me of a 14 year old kid whose older brother taught him to cuss last week. So I'm sorry that you are doing exactly what you want to do in this world and people want to burn you at the steak for it. Thank you for your honest feedback on your reviews. I don't care if its a review, blog, or just a thought that came to your mind. There are thousands of me that come to your site and don't post anything negative and I just wanted to remind you of that. You are doing something in this world that I look forward to on a regular basis and I want to thank you for one can ever hear that enough. When you are on top....people will always try to knock you off.

  • June 20, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST


    by Loveinformant

    But i feel that ultimately the theme of "Letting Go" runs deeper and the story serves the theme perfectly. Harry is spot on that Woody is Andy's dad's toys given to Andy by his father before passing away, which is why he is so attached to Woody, and why Woody has such a strong sense of "being there" for Andy. I think that Andy letting go of Woody indicates he has dealt with his fathers death. I say this with confidence because there is a strong theme of mortality throughout the movie. So Andy letting go of Woody is the best thing that could have happened.

  • June 20, 2010, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Woody's eyes in Toy Story creep me out

    by RPLocke

    That is one creepy looking doll.

  • June 20, 2010, 9:39 p.m. CST

    I lost all my old toys which makes me a bigger jerk

    by Tacom

    At least Andy gave them to someone who'll take care of them, Harry.

  • June 20, 2010, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Pixar has far exceeded

    by Powerring

    Anything Disney ever did for me as a kid. Photo realistic characters with fluid movement and breathtaking backdrops. Stories that are airtight and have the power to move humans of all ages. If an animated feature ever wins best picture, Pixar will have made it. Pixar's animated features are superior to most movie out there including a number of live action oscar winners. Pixar has batted 1000!

  • June 20, 2010, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Forever Young

    by tatoosh

    May the good Lord be with you Down every road you roam And may sunshine and happiness surround you when you're far from home And may you grow to be proud Dignified and true And do unto others As you'd have done to you Be courageous and be brave And in my heart you'll always stay Forever Young May good fortune be with you May your guiding light be strong Build a stairway to heaven with a prince or a vagabond And may you never love in vain and in my heart you will remain Forever Young... And when you finally fly away I'll be hoping that I served you well For all the wisdom of a lifetime No one can ever tell But whatever road you choose I'm right behind you, win or lose Forever Young..... You can give up youth, Harry, but you can stay still stay young at heart. Let it go. You'll evolve in ways that surprise you.

  • June 20, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Harry, what you describe is something unique to....

    by jimmy_009

    ...our generation, this idea that we can't let our childhoods go. My father never kept any of his old stuff, his dad didn't either. For some reason we are totally obsessed with our childhoods to the point where movies, TV shows, and comic books become these Holy things that can never be let go, that are constantly being "raped" and must be discussed as if it were canon. All this stuff has to be kept high on a shelf forever. Collecting every little bit of Goonies or Star Wars or keeping action figures or what not. I see it in a lot of my friends and myself, and frankly I think it's quite sad. If you can step back and look at why our generation is "stuck" in it's childhood. I thought it was PERFECT for Andy to let these toys go. He is actually growing up. Should he keep this toy in his dorm room the first time he's fucking a girl there? I'm sure Woody would be thrilled about that right? He's an adult, and for once some writers actually decided that maybe it's for the best that we let go of childhood things instead of being a generation of sad little boys and girls that refuse to be men and women. Maybe it's being a dad now and realizing that everyone has their "magical time" in life but once it's gone it's gone. I thought "let it go" and "pass it on to the next generation" was a great message. "Cling desperately to the past" would not be.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST

    are you serious harry?!

    by raidahguy

    you have some issues man...

  • June 20, 2010, 10:08 p.m. CST

    look! pixar nerd rage!

    by HaterofCrap

    fuck this movie. fuck everything pixar. sappy horseshit.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:12 p.m. CST

    The only thing I didn't like was the 3D

    by jimmy_009

    Did anyone even notice it was in 3D? My brain has completely adjusted to 3D to the point where the only way it registers is in the ticket price. Once you've seen enough movies this way it's like something shifts and the viewing experience becomes just as flat as a non-3D showing. If my theater had shown it in 2D I would have seen it on that screen instead. Unfortunately they are force feeding us 3D even though it is completely losing it's effect.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:14 p.m. CST

    OH. MY. GOD.

    by WizardandGlass

    You know, its been almost a year since I actually read one of Harry's reviews on this site...I just got sick of his writing style. But I just got home from taking my 3 year old son to see TS3, and I was just wanted to hear Harry's opinion (for some reason). Well, after that ridiculous commentary, I'm going back to ignoring his reviews.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST



    Harry, I totally feel where you are coming from on this one.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Oh shit. JettL1993 broke character.

    by MyScreenplayWasRejected

  • June 20, 2010, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Seriously, Jett broke character to say how fucking stupid you ar

    by Cartagia

    That should say something.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:22 p.m. CST

    It is kinda funny...

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    given the resolution that the movie was made by people who have toys all over their cubicles. You guys suppose Bonnie ever gets a new girlfriend toy for Woody?

  • June 20, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST

    JettL : I Say This As Your Constant Defender


    And biggest fan: Don't break character. <br><br> Did Andy Kaufman break character? No. Don't do it.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST

    3D Was Week


    Wished I had skipped it and seen it in 2D. Probably better in Imax 3d.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Loving the wave of anti-harry

    by Gault

    The guy needs to wake up to himself and realise he's not big anywhere except his wheelchair.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Pixar Nerd Rage?

    by RPLocke

    Shit, Pixar is the only studio critics love. EVERY Pixar movie gets excellent reviews no matter how shit the movie is.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:36 p.m. CST

    He didn't like it???

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    I thought Harry worshipped at the altar of Pixar? What? No werewolves in it?

  • June 20, 2010, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Pixar hasn't made a shit movie.

    by DrumsInTheDeep

    Even Cars was better than 90% of the garbage Dreamworks trots out. RPLocke should know this.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:39 p.m. CST

    That said, the whole "moving on" theme...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob getting to be such a fuckin' cliche! Christ, the Lost finale shoulda killed that one for the next couple of years at least. Too many people in Hollywood are death-obsessed these days. WTF?

  • June 20, 2010, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Okay I didn't read ALL of it but...

    by boardbrtn

    You say Andy gave up on Woody, and I agree... kind of... You see, this movie you say is all about moving on and what not, but I think it's a bit more limited than that... For Woody, this is all about him moving on from being ANDY's toy. The rest of the toys are okay with Andy growing up and not enjoying the toys the way he used to, but Woody has an attachment to the boy, unlike the others... Andy has moved on, he's grown up and moved on to things like computers and iPods (just like most kids). He does have great memories of Woody, Buzz, etc. but they dont keep his attention the same way they used to. He didn't GIVE UP on Woody, he simply found a better use for him than throwing him up in the attic... There were 3 possible endings for this series... 1.) The toys end up in Andy's attic until his own kids pull them down to play with them. This ending (to me) is the most simple and I'd expect a bit more from Pixar. 2.) The toys are given to another kid. 3.) The toys wind up in a scrap yard and have no one to play with them... This would be the most difficult to make work (IMO) and would've pissed off a whole lot of us Toy Story fans (myself included)...

  • June 20, 2010, 10:45 p.m. CST


    by future help

    my ten favorites of all time: 1.Big Lebowski 2.Life Aquatic 3.Repo Man 4.Jackie Brown 5.Empire & Raiders 6.Die Hard & Aliens 7.Brazil 8.Mulholand Drive 9.Fargo 10.Punch Drunk Love 11.the Incredibles.........just quickly off the top of my head. GoodNight ALL!

  • June 20, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST

    I don't know where I am!

    by Juggernaut125

    "It's either a cafe in Paris, or a Bistro in New York. Just go with it."

  • June 20, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Vietnam Andy

    by watch_the_world_burn

    That's fucking funny. That's going in my next book.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    Wall E wasn't very good. Admit it. I don't need to see the robot picking up trash for an hour.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Peter David

    by AmericanMovieFan

    You still ended up disagreeing with Harry. If I implied all TBer's were mature adults and Harry was unique in his viewpoint, I apologize. Harry is, sadly, not unique. My room mate in college was similar in his zeal for South Park and Halo. But these TB's are very interesting to me. I've seen them get into long debates before, some epic, but this is one for the records. Harry has revealed a scary-sad side to himself that he's only hinted at in the past. He's admitted to his love of movies and childish stuff before, but he somehow put it in an adult context, slightly disconnected from the material, just enough to sound cogent. I guess my main gripe is that he framed his "review" in such a way that he believed it was of any benefit for us to hear these particular thoughts of his or that his opinion, his extremely personal opinion, of Toy Story 3, was going to impact the viewers of this site in some profound way. I guess I'm tired of Harry lending undue gravitas to his very personal opinions which are often in apropos of nothing that a movie news site should be about. This is why more and more I find myself reading JoBlo's reviews instead. They manage to show the geek love without making it personal the way Harry does. You know, there's been a bit of a revolution in terms of movie reviewing and journalism, with many attempting to marry traditional journalism with internet blogging. Hence, the journalism has been geekified and the blogging has become more professional. Harry has become analog. Maybe he should stick to rumors and movie news rather than personal opinion.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:49 p.m. CST


    by Juggernaut125

    He-Man wasn't in the regular 3-D screening I just watched. It makes sense though. He-Man is so HUGE only an IMAX screen could contain him.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Vietnam Andy

    by watch_the_world_burn

    That's fucking funny. That's going in my next book.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST

    "We Do A Lot Of Improv Here..."

    by Rebeck2

    That line cracked me up.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Harry, that was a great idea . . .

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    about tying Woody to Andy's father and giving that toy an even greater depth than it already had. Too bad they missed the boat on that one. That would have been the ultimate final chapter: Andy letting go of Woody only after letting go his father's death. It would have tied everything together. Alas.

  • June 20, 2010, 11 p.m. CST

    A Better Ending?

    by Razorsox

    Throughout the movie I was thinking along some of the same lines as Harry. I think a perfect ending to this trilogy would have been Andy putting the toys in the attic and a shot from the toys point of view as Andy says goodbye or gives them a look and the screen goes black as he closes the lid. Then a caption that says ...10 years later...and we hear a child's voice and exciment while the screen is still black. The lid opens and we see a child's head from the pov of the toys. Then we see an adult Andy and his son getting the toys out and playing with them together. The ending would have tied the themes together much nicer. It basically would have been the same thing but replacing Bonnie with Andy's son and it would have given more meaning to what Woody said about always being there for Andy. Maybe its just me, but I'm 30 and some of the toys or collectibles I treasure the most are from the early seventies that were passed on to me by my uncle and I can't wait to pass them on to a son or nephew one day. That ending would have wrapped the entire trilogy up nicely for me.

  • June 20, 2010, 11 p.m. CST

    Fuck you Harry

    by Cyan09

    seriously, that's your problem with the film? because Andy moves on, completely keeping with the theme and tone of the movie? because he didn't hang on to a childhood possession that another kid obviously had much more use for instead of letting it collect dust? like you, being a fat greedy selfish bastard, would have done? Fuck you.

  • June 20, 2010, 11:01 p.m. CST


    by DrumsInTheDeep

    I can't, and I won't. You're in the minority on that one.

  • June 20, 2010, 11:07 p.m. CST

    They should have ended the movie at the incinerator.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    They slide in...credits and outtakes. <BR><BR> Kid audiences would be scarred lol...their version of Optimus Prime getting killed.<BR> And every adult will think about the toys that got thrown away back then when they weren't looking.

  • June 20, 2010, 11:10 p.m. CST

    SPOILER: It's about talking toys. Wheeeee!

    by Uncle Stan

    NOT cool news.

  • June 20, 2010, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Andy's sister

    by paladinryan

    I thought the toys were eventually going to go to Molly (his sister). I mean they kind of set that expectation up when she was asking what she could have of his and all that. But when she threw Barbie in the box I figured that probably wasn't going to happen. I got the sense too that Andy would come back for the toys later and give them to his kids. That's not something we need to see on the screen though--the ending they showed us (boardbrtn's 2nd) was more creative and simply better in that we got to know and love a new character (Bonnie). My only problem with the film was Bo Peep. I mean, did they really have to cut her out? Maybe they'll reunite in the short they're doing with Cars. I was disappointed she wasn't with Bonnie.

  • June 20, 2010, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Oh and the incinerator scene

    by paladinryan

    That was the boldest, heartwrenching move in an animated film since the killing of Nicodemus and the sinking of the block in Secret of Nimh. Even more affected than WALL-E's death for me. The way they did the faces of Buzz and Jessie--oh my. Superb.

  • June 20, 2010, 11:26 p.m. CST

    This is more epic than the BLADE II review


    "The notion though of leaving childish things behind, giving your toys to the next generation... I loathe that conceit." What an embarrassment...

  • June 20, 2010, 11:26 p.m. CST

    i was just about to hit the hay

    by Juggernaut125

    <p>when I started thinking about Harry's review some more. (Goddamn I need a life...) And I wanted to send him my thoughts before I sleep.</p> <p>Harry, you and I are a lot alike. Both about the same age. Love of movies and all things geeky. I loved my Star Wars action figures, G.I. Joe action figures, Transformers stuff. I have great memories of playing with them with my best friend. But my tastes out grew them. Nintendo and comic books became my world of imagination... and girls... (I imagined girls a LOT). But I still love toys and will buy one once in a while if it strikes my fancy.</p> <p>I don't think I've really grown up. I've matured. Become more intelligent, responsible and understanding of others. Which is why I guess you have a right to your anger from the movie's ending.</p> <p>But honestly I think you need to rethink your review. Writing about your negative feelings reads as if you feel slighted by Pixar and the movie you WANTED. If you can't let go of your own childhood, that's fine. It's not easy. But when you lash out at the movie and it's FICTIONAL characters because they are able to move on in a logical, heart warming way, then you just sound like a douche. It's not the movie's fault that you are a man-child.</p>

  • June 20, 2010, 11:31 p.m. CST

    never saw any of the toy story films

    by Warcraft

    and never will. they never looked even remotely interesting to me. so meh.

  • June 20, 2010, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Growing up

    by kitkats99

    Right before I went away to college, my parents had a huge garage sale and my brother and I cleaned our rooms out of almost everything. We'd been the kind of kids to collect almost every toy,ever, and actually leave them in the package instead of playing with them so they were collectible. We had Xmen, Ninja Turtles, HeMan,Power Rangers and just about everything else you can imagine from 1982-1999. I saved a few special things in my closet... mostly things people had given me as gifts, but also this Cabbage Patch baby doll named Leroy that Id had my entire life. The garage sale went incredibly well and pretty much everything was sold, and on the last day, this little girl and her mom came in and her mom bought a bunch of our old VHS disney movies and some stuff of my parents. The little girl, probably 3-4 years old, was digging frantically through the toy bins on the ground, and when I approached her, I realized she had a tiny empty baby stroller with her. I will never forget the look on that little girls face as I strapped little Leroy into the his new moms stroller, or the look on her face FOUR YEARS later, when I was returning to my parents house right before graduation and saw her, her mother, and Leroy on the ferry boat that leads to the island on which they live.

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  • June 20, 2010, 11:32 p.m. CST

    I think one of the most surprising things about TS3

    by Juggernaut125

    for me, is that Don Rickles is STILL ALIVE to do voice work for it. :)

  • June 20, 2010, 11:32 p.m. CST

    You know...Harry did not "LASH OUT" at the

    by ckone

    movie. He is not bashing it, he goes out of his way to say how awesome it was. He was just pointing to the ONE thing that did not ring true to him and it stuck out more than a mere flaw, to HIM. I can't understand why some of you are roasting him for it.

  • June 20, 2010, 11:34 p.m. CST

    The Blu-Ray needs a "manchild cut"

    by GhostDad

    Where as he's handing the toys over, he suddenly has a asperger meltdown and starts hitting himself in the head and screaming, cut to 20 years later and Andy's dying alone and peeing in mountain dew bottles so he doesn't have to pause the nostalgic cartoon he's watching. Then we see Woody, perches on a shelf next to stacks of newspaper and pizza boxes, finally having enough and throwing himself off the shelf and breaking. Leading to Andy shelling out 3 months worth of unemployment for a new Woody, and the cycle repeats.

  • June 20, 2010, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Great movie and ending to the trilogy!

    by Fletch Gannon

    I love all of the comments that have been posted and definitely agree with a majority of them that Harry didn't get the point at the end which is his right. I think of all of the endings possible this one is the best. Andy driving down the road with his toys in the foreground is a much better ending then him storing them in the attic for 10 years to play with him with his son or daughter. Andy's future is uncertain and will remain unknown as all of our futures are.

  • June 20, 2010, 11:37 p.m. CST

    RE: Warcraft

    by dignan26

    Some guy on the internet: "I have so little to do and so much time on my hands that I'll go and register disapproval of a subject that I am completely ignorant about. I rule!" No you don't.

  • June 20, 2010, 11:37 p.m. CST

    @ cykone...

    by Fletch Gannon

    Because he made this one point the whole point of his review or more like rant. He went on and on about his dislike of this one particular moment and as an afterthought said...oh and I thought it was great. From what I read...nah Harry you didn't.

  • June 20, 2010, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Sorry, but ya gotta let go.

    by BurnHollywood

    "Moving on" is part of the game. You think letting your toys go hurts? Wait until you lose one or both of your parents. Or your wife leaves you (happens more often than not). When you grow older, your children will become strangers and "move on" away from you, and by the end, you'll be growing old in a world that'll carry on without you.<p> Glad to hear Pixar's staying put in the real world and giving the little ones the straight dope.

  • June 20, 2010, 11:40 p.m. CST

    and Toy Story 4

    by GhostDad

    Can be about man child Andy's katana sword collection going on an adventure with his wall scrolls.

  • June 20, 2010, 11:45 p.m. CST


    by BurnHollywood

    ROFLMAO. Oh, that's wicked, bro...

  • June 20, 2010, 11:54 p.m. CST

    I brought one toy to college

    by Quackfu

    And it was my little cousin's Slimer from the movie "Ghostbusters." My dog had chewed off a hand. One drunken night I applied accesories through a creative use of electrical tape and a paper clip and made a pirate motiff. Renamed him "Chernobyl Sperm" and gave him the task of invading capitalistic uteruses. Still makes me giggle.

  • June 20, 2010, 11:54 p.m. CST

    It's important to note that Andy isn't "old" yet.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    He just barely hit his late teens.<BR> I know plenty of kids older than Andy that still play with Poke-cards and other "kid" stuff...doesnt mean they are "man childs".<BR><BR> And I don't get the "outgrowing" stuff argument. So what's Andy supposed to be into as a teenager? Warcraft and basketball right? Why put people in a box like that?<BR> If Andy wants to keep the f'n doll, let him keep the f'n doll.

  • June 20, 2010, 11:54 p.m. CST

    It's important to note that Andy isn't "old" yet.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    He just barely hit his late teens.<BR> I know plenty of kids older than Andy that still play with Poke-cards and other "kid" stuff...doesnt mean they are "man childs".<BR><BR> And I don't get the "outgrowing" stuff argument. So what's Andy supposed to be into as a teenager? Warcraft and basketball right? Why put people in a box like that?<BR> If Andy wants to keep the f'n doll, let him keep the f'n doll.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:06 a.m. CST


    by wonderllama

    Hold on, is this a review of Toy Story 3 or an alternate universe version of the series. If only you'd IMAGINES that Andy got Woody from an old Chinese Shop, you could have written half your 'review' about Gremlins instead. Just ridiculous.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Just want to let everone know they can follow me on Twitter now

    by JettL1993

    I've held out for a while but my buddy j-Bruck finally convinved me to hit up twitter, feel free to follow me, user name JettL93<P><P>

  • June 21, 2010, 12:13 a.m. CST


    by GhostDad

    We're not trying to put Andy in a box and saying what he should be interested in. What we're saying is that this movie was made for a mainstream audience, and the VAST majority of people probably didn't think twice about Andy handing his toys over, as most people in their late teens stop playing with their toys. The objection to this review isn't that "Andy needs to be a jock" or whatever, it's that the need for a "geek" ending where Andy refuses to hand over his beloved toys to a child that would actually get something out of owning them shows a complete disconnect with the rest of the world.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Whoa Whoa...was it really that good?

    by Gordak

    I think we need to pump the brakes a little here. Nobody thought it was a retread from the plot of Toy Story 2? The entire end sequence is almost beat by beat the same...conveyor belts, villain not giving up and continuing to be a bastard, sent to villain hell. There was a lot of "we have to do this" dialogue and no where near as interesting as the first one. To call it the "Godfather" of kid's films....ummmmm no. The incinerator scene was powerful, yes, but cheapened by the claw savior and will only get you once whereas the "Up" sequence will deliver every time.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:13 a.m. CST

    sorry, theres an extra T in there

    by JettL1993 <P>just remove the spaces

  • June 21, 2010, 12:22 a.m. CST

    be sure to follow me on twitter

    by JettL1993

    i plan on having a big superman reboot scoop later tomorrow

  • June 21, 2010, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Shorter Harry's Review of TS3

    by Ye Not Guilty

    "I loved the movie but it's not the film I would have made, so as a producer, it pisses me off."

  • June 21, 2010, 12:47 a.m. CST

    The toys will come full circle

    by JettL1993

    Although we will not be doing a fourth film, when we wrote the last scene we all kind of created a future for the characters, and you should be happy to know that bonnie will grow up to marry andy and they will have kids that play with the toys

  • June 21, 2010, 12:48 a.m. CST

    I understand how you feel, Harry

    by daggor

    I was angry when early previews made it look like Andy may have gotten rid of his toys. I was still mad when previews made it look like Andy's mom got rid of them. When the full clip of Andy going back to the original films "which toy should I bring?" scene - and we see Andy choose Woody to go to college, I started crying right then and there. The film works for me because Andy chose to keep Woody, but Woody chose to deceive Andy so he and his friends could be played with again. Andy chose to keep Woody, but he didn't know Woody was in the box, but decided when he saw the new girl reminded him of himself & was finally discovered Woody was in the box that Woody would be safe and enjoyed. I would have preferred Woody and the gang to be put in storage to be played with by Andy's children, but this film's ending works for me.

  • June 21, 2010, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Woody needed to go.

    by The Garbage Man

    Andy's story was about letting go of the past, leaving his home and his parent(s?) and starting a new life. Woody's story needed to mirror that: leaving his home, his parent (Andy) and starting a new life (with Bonnie and the new toys). <p>Maybe it's just me, but I was halfheartedly hoping during the flashback sequences showcasing Andy's wacky imagination that the ending of Toy Story 3 would show Andy leaving college to join Pixar.

  • June 21, 2010, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Toy Story is WOODY's STORY, not Andy's Story.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Agreed that the mainstream audience would probably expect Andy to part with the least most of them. Mainstream audience probably would also have accepted Andy retaining Woody, as it's the meaningful toy. <BR><BR> This movie hinged on Woody's decision.<BR> If Woody stayed in the other box, Andy would have gladly stayed with him. He jumps into the donations box, and Andy feels compelled to hand it over to a little girl who wants to so much.<BR> <BR> From the beginning of the movie, Andy wants to keep Woody. Not a second guess. As he is driving away, he probably still wants Woody. Woody spends the whole movie trying to get back to Andy, and in the end, Woody himself initiates the separation.<BR> <BR> I'm thinking that's the point. It's not about Andy's willingness to part with a favorite toy. Andy still values Woody. Toy Story is Woody's Story. Toy Story 1 is Woody's fear of being replaced. Toy Story 2 is Woody's fear of being outgrown. Toy Story 3 is Woody coming to terms that Andy has to move on and so does he.<BR><BR> This is why there should NOT be a sequel, or animated short where Andy comes back, because it breaks that resolution. Let Woody move on with his decision. Buzz is right...their time with Andy is "mission complete." Let's make this new little girl happy. <BR><BR> A girl is more risky than a boy though. Andy held onto Woody and Buzz until he was 17. For little girls, by the time they hit junior high and start having them slumber parties, those toys will be OUTTA THERE! lol.

  • June 21, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST

    GibsonUSA Returns

    by antonphd

    yeah, i think you are right. and after they have all just had a near death experience how could he leave them?

  • June 21, 2010, 1:14 a.m. CST

    AVATAR had the best 3D.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    But it also rocked in 2D.<p>What am I?

  • June 21, 2010, 1:16 a.m. CST


    by antonphd

    nice story.

  • June 21, 2010, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Give Harry some credit here.

    by antonphd

    He knew he'd get a lot of shit for saying what he really felt and thought about the end of the film. He was being honest. It's not like he doesn't soul search. He does that in front of us all in his reviews. Which is what we like about him. He let's movies touch him and challenge him and change him. And not just the art house films. He let's the popcorn flicks get inside as well. Just like us. That's why we come here to this website and read the reviews. So, Harry told the truth about how he felt. He told the whole world. He knows that people are going to judge him. But we don't have to. We can disagree but we don't have to condemn Harry for not wanting to stop being a kid. He's a big red furry Peter Pan after all.

  • June 21, 2010, 1:30 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I might be very hrsh her,e but i think Harry's detailed memories of the 70s are based on the movies. There are moments when i'm convinced that Harry no longer can see the difference between the movies and reality.

  • June 21, 2010, 1:31 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I admire the guts it took him to pour his heart like that. but i don't think he was self-aware enough of the consequences of what he said and how he thinks.

  • June 21, 2010, 1:33 a.m. CST

    and if Harry grew up there'd be no AICN

    by antonphd

    and if we were all as grown up as we say Harry should be then we wouldn't be writing comments on AICN about Toy Story 3.

  • June 21, 2010, 1:43 a.m. CST

    by JettL1993

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  • June 21, 2010, 1:51 a.m. CST


    by antonphd

    i've been reading Harry's reviews here since Titanic. i'm certain that you are wrong about him. Harry is a film poet. he's not a very good writer but that's because he doesn't apply himself since he found this niche as a movie film reviewer. what you are misinterpreting as a lack of self awareness and a blurring between fiction and reality is just Harry being a poet when he writes. if you sat him down and made him write a straight up review i'm certain that he's write circles around most critics. but that's not was he loves. he is a passionate film lover and he loves writing with as much passion as he feels when watching films. which is why he won't write about films that don't make him feel anything. Harry isn't the only film reviewer who is a poet. Ebert certainly is. you can feel the difference between someone who is a poet when writing about films and someone who just runs down the check list. in addition to be a poet Harry happens to be a voice of my generation of film lovers and he is very fluent in the culture that has shaped how my generation experiences films. Harry could 'grow up' but then he'd just be Kevin Smith and his reviews would be Cop Out and what would be the point?

  • June 21, 2010, 1:53 a.m. CST


    by GhostDad

    I 100% agree with you. In fact, I know a lot of people who sadly have fallen into that mindset. I know someone a few years younger than me who was recently talking about waiting in line for Empire Strikes Back and having it spoiled. I was maybe 1 year old, and he wasn't even born yet, but vividly describes the experience. It's not even so much movies, but what they've read from other places, or heard people describe. It's like you need some kind of geek pedigree, whether real or not, to talk about geek movies.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:05 a.m. CST

    Kevin Smith

    by antonphd

    i wish Kevin Smith the best as a director by the way. he's made him mark on pop culture history. not many people will get to do that. but he's grown up and moved on. he likes his new life. good for him.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Jett You Are Overcompensating

    by Prisoner_Zero

    for breaking character earlier. We don't need linked to your twitter for the third time in as many hours. Besides your schtick stopped being funny, oh...about a day and a half after you started it, so nobody wants to look at your twitter anyway.<br /><br />On second thoughts Twitter IS only for attention seeking faggots who think people give a shit about the mundane tripe they come out go nuts.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Are you insane? No more. This was the end.

    by Grievey

    The last thing anyone wants is for Disney to abuse Toy Story with endless sequels like they do the rest of their movies on DVD. This was the perfect ending to the story, and we don't need to see any more. Jesus, some people just can't handle leaving things to their own imagination.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Incinerator Scene Totally Reminded me of The Brave Little Toaste

    by achapin14

    That scene totally got to me and I immediately had a flashback of myself as a child watching The Brave Little Toaster and being terried watching the scene in the junkyard. This movie was AMAZING and there hasn't been a film in years that got me choked up like I did with this one.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Is this a remake of the first two?

    by Flip63Hole

    I must be a grouch, I can't tell if TS3 really is a movie or if everybody's just joshin' around, making stuff up. The same toys from the other movies walk around, act cute, almost die and come to some sort of convenient conclusion AGAIN? And it's a masterpiece? Sounds like they almost get incinerated, then don't, they almost go somewhere "bad", then don't, and the kid gives the toys to his sister: THE END... When this is free on network television and if there happens to be nothing else on, I may check it out. Though from the reviews I know everything that happens, so I'll probably pass...

  • June 21, 2010, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Go see it Flipshit...

    by ckone

    You have it all wrong. They GO to the bad places, they end up somewhere but NOT the sister, the movie is beautiful to behold, the textures are a millions times more amazing than even part two. The Toys look alive as ever. And as convenient as you may think it is, the ending is anything but a retread.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Harry's review

    by CimmerianWarrior

    People, don't forget that Harry holds films sacred more than almost anyone else, and that his view is a minority view and that he has never tried to hide that fact. This site is an altar to childhood. Remember a couple of weeks ago how everyone was fondly remebering the greatness of standing line and being able to see Vader say, "I am your father" as a child? That was great stuff. I think Harry is feeling like the toy being given away is like that memory also being removed and taken away. Remember, this man's life's work is film and I guess toys, especially toys that come from films, like the one we are talking about. Harry's view, if not appreciated, should be ignored, not impugned. Harry's unique perspective, were it to change, would mean this site would no longer exist. So in that vein, it makes absolutely no sense to insult the man that created a site that you frequent. Aren't you yourself/yourselves just as at fault as you find Harry to be? After all, you are here, aren't you? If you are so much more mature than Harry, why are you here in his sandbox in the first place? Let him have his views without grilling the poor man.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Jebus H. Christ.

    by midgarddragon

    I knew there'd be something inconsistent and stupid in this review, but seriously? One plot point. The ultimate resolution that HAD to happen, and we get a rant about how much it shouldn't have happened? No. Quit reviewing movies, you're not good at it and you are not very intelligent about film.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:58 a.m. CST

    "Foolow it - stay up to date on H-woods hottest scopps"

    by livrule

    LOL .... Can we have that in English?? fuck!

  • June 21, 2010, 3:02 a.m. CST

    New low for the fat man ....

    by livrule

    Fuck me ..... that was insane!

  • June 21, 2010, 3:02 a.m. CST

    Yeah Harry

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    Andy should have looked at that poor little girl at the end of the movie and explained: <br> <br> "No...I'm sorry. You don't get Woody. I know he's the one who moves you from crippling shyness to happy and engaged with the world, but fat chance you little wastrel. Woody and I are off to college where I'll turn his face to the wall the first time I have sex and smoke grass." <br> <br> There's a really funny and sinister movie to made about Woody: The College Years. Andy masturbating five times a day and contemplating suicide for his D in biochemistry, while Woody looks on in horror. <br> <br>Woody talking to an exquisitely animated anthropomorphic pregnancy test after Andy and his girlfriend come back from spring break.

  • June 21, 2010, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Reviews like that make me think

    by V'Shael

    Harry IS Al from the second movie.<br /><br />He collects the toys from his youth. He preserves them, cares for them in his own way, values them. (The same way some comic collectors will buy 3 of the same issue and slap them in mylar bags with boards etc.)<br /><br />And yeah, he may even take them out on occasion and play with them.<br /><br />But he's talked about his nieces and nephews and what not in his columns before. And I'm not sure it would ever occur to him to give some of his toys to the kids. Because they are HIS toys. (Perhaps he calls them collectables instead of toys.) And the kids wouldn't care for them in the *right* way. They'd get scuffed and dirty, and even broken.<br /><br />Just like a toy should.<br /><br />

  • June 21, 2010, 3:18 a.m. CST

    The Most Self Indulgent Piece of Crap I've Read

    by Akira Cowabunga

    in a long time! This ain't no fucking review. It's a blog entry.

  • June 21, 2010, 3:19 a.m. CST

    GhostDad wins the talkback



  • June 21, 2010, 3:40 a.m. CST



    Are you kidding me? Of course I'm self-aware. I'm human, that's what we do. Separates us from the goldfish. It's what we try to teach computers that control our fates. <BR><BR>Writing a piece about NEVER GIVING UP YOUR FAVORITE TOYS - is tantamount to having your underwear slightly exposed on a schoolbus... YOU'RE ASKING FOR THE WEDGIE, BECAUSE YOU LIKE THE SENSATION OF THAT COTTON PULLED TIGHT UP AGAINST THAT PUCKERED ANUS. I kid. But really - The biggest problem I had writing the review was the hang up of looking like a dork that says, "KEEP YOUR CHILDHOOD CLOSE". <BR><BR>Of course, I learned this ABSURD notion of mine from CITIZEN KANE. The entire fucking point of the movie is to not lose that item that gave you your greatest joy. I mean. That's the ultimate solution to the mystery. Never lose that which gives you joy. If you do, you die a tired weary old man. Of course a modern American kid isn't raised by film geeks and knew CITIZEN KANE and its themes before STAR WARS opened - because his parents hung out with nothing but University Film Grads, projectionists and artists. <BR><BR>Of course, foolish me, I took the message of CITIZEN KANE literally. Find myself constantly happy and in good cheer. I also learned from Jose Ferrer's performance of CYRANO DE BERGERAC to not let insults bother me, because they come from the mouths of idiots.

  • June 21, 2010, 3:45 a.m. CST



    No... I'm a combination of characters. AL is in it only for the profit. He sees only the dollars. I know the values, I'm aware of the history. But I play with the toys nearly every time a kid enters my house. By kid, I mean not only little kids of friends and my nephew - but all my Adult immature grown children. And I move them around, take photos of them playing with each other. Like my Hallmark Robby the Robot that plays Galaga on my desk. At least twice a day Robby will say something, then a game of Galaga begins... which I also play on my computer - I can pretend I'm playing against Robby. Childish? HELL YES! Invigorating and happy filled? You bet.

  • June 21, 2010, 3:48 a.m. CST

    "if Harry grew up there'd be no AICN"

    by AsimovLives

    Nonsnese. Adulthood doesn't make your passions go away, you just have a different perspective on them, tempered by experience and influenced by a more mature view on things (hopefully).<br><br>To paraquote from another classic story that´s also about growing up, Peter Pan: "growing up, it is the greatest adventure.">br<<br>People afraid of growing up on ground sit will kill their "inner child inside", that is more a show of their own insecurities then anything else. I should know. But eventually, you do embrace the fact you are an adult and you grew up. and you know what? I love being an adult. It's the best phase of our lives, by far.

  • June 21, 2010, 3:53 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    It's this fascinating thing about us humans that we can mistake our own creation of our own mind as reality. and if we stick with them long enough, we start t beleiv ethem as real as reality. sometimes, even more then reality. Some say this is a consequence of our capacity to project, which was a necessary trait when we were hunter-gatherers in pre-history, as possiblilitate humans to predict the prey's actions and understand our enviroment around my making mental maps. The problem is that kind of projection can lead to other paths, like, to mysticism and deep religious fantasies, where he start to mistake invented mental construsts for actual observable material reality. What helped us survive once can also fuck us up.

  • June 21, 2010, 3:58 a.m. CST

    Harry, I think you also missed the point of Citizen Kane.

    by V'Shael

    The lesson wasn't hang on with the grim grip of death to whatever gives you joy. It was about how one man was driven for success and a variety of other things. None of which ultimately mattered. Because wealth and power do not necessarily make you happy.<br /><br />He could have been happy with a wife and kids and a good family and friends. A George Bailey type of existence. But he didn't take that path in life. And on his deathbed, he HAD to go all the way back to his childhood to find one truly happy memory.<br /><br />The morale was NOT to hang on to your childhood toys. <br /><br />Good god, do you think we'd want to see George Bailey hanging on to a pair of ice skates he'd had ever since he was 6 or something?

  • June 21, 2010, 4:03 a.m. CST

    "Writing a piece about NEVER GIVING UP YOUR FAVORITE TOYS...

    by AsimovLives

    ... is tantamount to having your underwear slightly exposed on a schoolbus"<br><br>It is indeed, and that's the part where i can't help admire your candure, Harry. I certainly couldn't pour my heart like that. Otr if i did, i wouldn't do it so openly. I'd be more defensive.<br><br>But i'm not sure if being so open hearted and to indulge so openly in all this childish things is an overall good thing. It can make you honest and open and make you lovable. But it cna also have the opposite effect, as if you lived perpectually in Neverland. Look at the exmaple of Michael Jackson, it got creepy.<br><br>The point is that it's grat to retain something of our childhood in our hearts, it's indeed a good thing. And most of us boys are even wired that way, to still retain some of our childhood charactistics, which is why men tend to be more playful. But we shouldn't let our inner child dominate us, or else you don't have an inner child but an inner spoiled brat. And who wants that shit?

  • June 21, 2010, 4:13 a.m. CST

    The ending of CITIZEN KANE as i see it...

    by AsimovLives

    ... when Kane says Rosebud, he's remembering the last moment in his life when he was innocent. The day he was removed from his parents to be brough up by a bunch of legal tutors, it was the day his childhood ended. And Kane, by the end of his life, had his soul completly corrupted. He was clinging to the last memory he had of a time when she was still innocent, a boy who was just a boy playing with his sledge being a boy and nothing else.<br><br>Some of the best stories ever told are about that, the end of innocence.

  • June 21, 2010, 4:30 a.m. CST

    Harry since you are at least glancing over this

    by Prisoner_Zero

    I'll ask again; any thoughts you'd like to share on Armond White's review? Maybe it's not cool for critics to turn critic on other critics, but surely this would be a justifiable exception?

  • June 21, 2010, 4:37 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    They call that meta-criticism, don't they? I actually find it cool that reviewers make coments on other reviewers. It brings down this erroneous notion that critics operate in a vaccum without awareness and knowledge of their fellow critics. What is true among us the geekry is also true about critics and reviewers. Only they reply and coment to each others in parties. They do it sophisticatedly, and without resorting to call each other motherfuckers... mostly.

  • June 21, 2010, 4:44 a.m. CST

    Armond White

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    At this point, don't we all realize that Armond White is a self-serving prick? Even THIS is too much digital ink for that guy.<br> <br> If only New York Press would fire him and replace him with Massawyrm.

  • June 21, 2010, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Story Cheats Some


    But you have to admit..the TOY STORY stories cheat a bit in that we KNOW these toys are NOT just objects. They have feelings, thoughts - they are basically PEOPLE. They feel loss, betrayal, pain, etc. With that, the movies can never be "just" about not hanging on to material possessions - as some here seem to want to suggest. The movies cannot "just" be about whether we hang onto "things", because Woody and Buzz and company AREN'T things, in the TOY STORY universe. So to bash Harry for failing to take them that way is, i think, failing to deal with the movies as they are.... Shadow

  • June 21, 2010, 4:47 a.m. CST

    I was worried

    by Prisoner_Zero

    that the fact that at least half of the comments under his TS3 review were simply outraged people calling him a nigger in caps lock might overshadow his own extreme douchebaggery. So far it doesn't even seem to have come up though. I think I commented previously that his "review" shouldn't even be considered as such, I don't believe at all that he has even seen anything other than the trailer for this movie.

  • June 21, 2010, 4:57 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    That reminded me of this other subject: That's the thing about trailers is that they are supposed to give us an indication of the movie to be. It's those, mostly, that makes people want to watch the movie or not. If i watch a movie trailer and it makes me decide not to bother watching it, how wrong or how right i am for making that decison?

  • June 21, 2010, 6:05 a.m. CST


    by DiscoGodfather

    Your argument holds some water, but I always saw it as, to paraphrase Jessie in TS2, the toys being alive because Andy believes they are. The opening sequence of TS3 (and the whole of TS1) captures this perfectly. We assign these toys relatable personalities because, to an extent, Andy did, and essentially we as children did with our own toys. TS3 is the logical summation of the lives of the toys as seen from Andy's POV. They move on to Bonnie, personalities intact, because Andy made it so. Though this opens a teeny-tiny series plot hole, an addresses an issue someone made earlier; someone questioned earlier if Andy ever researched the value of the "Woody's Roundup" toys. Jessie and Bullseye showed up anonymously in his room at the end of TS2, yet somehow at the end of TS3 he knew their names, so he had to have done some sort of research. Nerdy observation, yes, but only because I have a 3-year-old and have seen the first 2 TS movies more times than I can count.

  • June 21, 2010, 6:22 a.m. CST

    He-Man Scene

    by DiscoGodfather

    Also, I saw TS3 in both IMAX and a normal theatre, less than 48 hours apart, and didn't notice any differences. So, no He-Man scene I'm aware of.

  • June 21, 2010, 6:25 a.m. CST

    I'm with Harry on the LAST CRUSADE thing...

    by spud_mcspud_returns

    I too loved that movie for that very sequence - Indy letting the Grail go because his Dad tells him to, because he realises it's the right thing to do in that situation. Knowing that his Dad's entire life was given to finding this thing, but that his Dad would watch it disappear into the earth in order to save his (way more important to him) son is the entire Indy movie series in a nutshell. After all the stuff Indy goes after - the end of CRUSADE gives him the biggest lesson of all: nothing is important as life. No treasure can compare to THAT. This is why CRUSADE was such a great way to close out that trilogy.<P> And it also illustrates exactly why CRYSTAL SKULL was so unnecessary and shite. I mean, what does Indy need with a wife and kid?? Bullshit. Way to end the series, guys - we see our hero Indiana Jones finally tied down and lured away from what he loves to do more than life itself, to end up with a Marion none of us recognise, and a whingeing son who only Bay and Spielberg can bear to put in their movies. Bullshit. Shenanigans. Absolute horseshit...

  • June 21, 2010, 6:30 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Everything that is wrong with CRYSTAL SKULLFUCK is foreshadowed and previously presented in LAST CRUSADE. CRYSTAL SKULLFUCK must did it worst an dumber.

  • June 21, 2010, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Andys Father??

    by RandomVillain

    Look, Im curious about Andy and his family as well. But this is called TOY Story, not ANDY Story. As for being all pissy about Andy handing Woody over, did you forget and not notice the fact that Andy never wanted to?! He tried to hang onto Woody until that damn Bonnie gave him the puppy eyes and Andy saw how much Bonnie loved Woody.

  • June 21, 2010, 6:49 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    CRYSTAL SKULLFUCK must did it worst an dumber = CRYSTAL SKULLFUCK just did it worst and dumber

  • June 21, 2010, 7:06 a.m. CST

    I can confirm no differences between imax and regular

    by JettL1993

    the only differences we made were to the 3D version, and that was just changes to the depth field algarithim, no additional scenes were added to either versions

  • June 21, 2010, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Razorsox and AmericanMovieFan

    by Peter David

    "I think a perfect ending to this trilogy would have been Andy putting the toys in the attic and a shot from the toys point of view as Andy says goodbye or gives them a look and the screen goes black as he closes the lid. Then a caption that says ...10 years later.."<p> That ending occurred to me as well. I suspect it occurred to a lot of people. That's why it's not a good ending: It's predictable. A good ending is one that you didn't see coming but, once it's here, you totally see how it got to that point and it seems almost inevitable.<p> "If I implied all TBer's were mature adults and Harry was unique in his viewpoint, I apologize."<p> Not necessary. It's just that I took issue with the notion of my name being invoked at the same time that it was asserted that there was some sort of global feeling that Harry had serious issues.<p> The fact is, I still have stuff from my childhood. There's a little red rocking chair that my paternal grandfather gave me when I was five. Although I've never made any conscious effort to hold onto it, it's still here, in my living room, having survived multiple moves, and my seven year old daughter sits in it to watch TV. I like that sort of continuity in my life. And I have fond memories of a particular plush dog that was my constant companion as a child. It developed a hole in its underside and all the stuffing fell out--in fact, I don't recall a time when it DID have stuffing. But I loved this floppy little thing. God only knows what happened to it, but if I stumbled over one of him on eBay, I'd definitely try to get him.<p> All I was saying was that that particular aspect of my life, and my feelings about it, did nothing to impact on the end of TS3 for me. And that, in fact, I didn't think that Harry's personal feelings about such things were relevant to the ending because that wasn't what the ending was about. I just didn't want to make it seem as if I was signing on to the notion that Harry was somehow screwed up for having that point of view.

  • June 21, 2010, 7:30 a.m. CST

    The 3D Experience

    by Mr.Stiggs

    Harry's creepy self analysis aside...Did anyone else think that the 3D presentation of Toy Story 3 was HORRIBLE? The image was dark, unfocused and displayed severe motion "trails" whenever fast action was displayed onscreen. It was so uncomfortable that I watched the last 1/3 of the film without wearing the 3D glasses. I noticed that many people were also rubbing their eyes and taking off the glasses for extended periods. My wife and I both left the cinema with severe headcahes. I saw Avatar in 3D and I felt that experience was far superior to this one. Did anyone else find the Toy Story 3 3D projection to be as problematic as I?

  • June 21, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST

    But Harry forgets one thing about the ending...

    by rbatty024

    before Andy goes off to college he plays with his toys. I didn't interpret this as the last time he will ever act like a child, but rather as a signal that he can always return to his childhood, albeit from the perspective of an adult. <p> Toy Story 3 is partly about leaving childhood behind, and it is something we all must do at one point or another. That doesn't mean that I don't return to the films that I loved as a child and it doesn't mean I don't hang out with childhood friends, but it does mean I no longer have the luxury of playtime every day. The world is a different place, and, for better and for worse, I have a much different perspective on it. Sure, you lose something when you grow older, but I still wouldn't give adulthood up for anything.

  • June 21, 2010, 7:54 a.m. CST


    by Peter David

    No, I didn't notice that at all. Perhaps there was something wrong with the projection system in your theater.<p> I think 3D is a tricky tool. It's easy to put in all kinds of sequences specifically designed to take advantage of the format--a yo yo coming toward the audience, that kind of thing--but such things are attacked as being cheap, obvious exploitation that have nothing to do with storytelling. If, on the other hand, it's used simply for providing depth that wouldn't have been there otherwise, it's so subtle that people overlook it and say that it wasn't worthwhile to put into 3D.<p> For my money, I agree with whoever extolled the virtues of "Dragons'" 3D. There were overt, breathtaking moments such as the flight sequences. But there were also marvelously subtle bits such as, toward the end, where after the explosion there's ash falling everywhere and it makes you feel as if you're actually right there in a way that 2D does not.

  • June 21, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Does childhood really need to die or does it ever?

    by shutupfanboy

    We have been taught from 13 years up or even younger that we need to put childish things away to grow up. I counter to grow up, its not about things, its about experiences. Our experiences make us grow up whether it be through work, love or extreme hard times, those experiences define us. Why do we have to give up childish things when they are just going to be replace by adult things. Owning or driving a car is a step we associate with adulthood due to the great responsibility of having a machine that can literally kill people if not used properly. Yet, to get that thing, we must go through a series of experiences to drive it. Then after we get a car, we have to learn a skill which usually has things attached whether it be a computer, tools or a gun, we have to be taught how to use it. Childish things are just there to be played with. Yet, we still have to learn about what we are playing with. As a kid from the 80s, I got toys I learned about through TV or movies. I also had the responsibility to make sure I didn't break when I was young. That still continues to today with my car, laptop and my house. Are we just trading up from one big toy to another til we get to the point that we look around and go, ok thats enough? Or does it truly end, people buy new cars and houses, so isn't that trading up as well? I see no difference between having a toy collection and a car collection or a DVD collection or any collection that we use the word "hobby" instead of toy. Like I said early, I don't mind the ending, but I can see where it can go either way. I did give up a lot of my toys to make a tenth of their worth due to my mother's love for yard sales. It cost me a James Doohan, Scotty from Star Trek, autograph. I don't hate my mom for it, but I blame myself for not taking care of my things when I was younger. I also should have put my foot down a little bit for stuff I wanted to keep, but the idea of getting more money to buy NES games was too tantalizing. The irony is that the figures I gave up are worth more then the $5 to $10 NES I can get on the Wii. Oh well, its all part of the experience. The reality is that our childhood never dies, it just evolves and it shouldn't die, because part of what makes us who we are is our past. So, sit down with a NES and play Zelda, or bust out the figures from the Darth Vader case or have Optimus vs. Megatron every once and awhile. What are they going to do take your adult card? If they do will they take the massive debt and soul crushing job as well? Still, I like being married and its nice to being with someone who gets you and your "hobby".

  • June 21, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    It's not a matter of childhood dying

    by Peter David

    It's a matter of id, ego and super-ego. When we're children, we want what we want when we want it. The sign of growing maturity is the development of the super-ego, and the elevation of others' needs above one's own. There's nothing wrong with having a strong inner child. Indeed, if you're raising children of your own, it's almost a necessity.

  • June 21, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Regarding the dark 3D

    by rbatty024

    Some movie theaters will dim their projectionist light in an attempt to make it last longer (from what I've read it doesn't accomplish this). This may have been the problem at your particular theater. If you plan on going back to the same theater you might want to tell them about the problem so that they stop the practice. I've had the same problems with non-3D films (although I would imagine it would be even worse in 3D) and it is not a pleasant experience, given that I pay over ten bucks a ticket.

  • June 21, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Gene Simmons

    by vitruvius

    I love my Gene Simmons doll...Still have it from when I was a kid. Stands right next to Luke Skywalker and that chrome/black robot from Battlestar Galactica with the shifty red eye. So happy my mom never threw away my toys.

  • June 21, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST

    America is the real Super-Ego

    by shutupfanboy

    I was going to have this whole long speech about how the environment of America makes it harder to let go of childhood as well as making an argument for the Super-ego. Then, I found out this might be the real Peter David, I was going to respond to. So if this is the real "Peter David" let me say this, the next time you tell your PR person when you are going to bring your fat ass back to a signing table, you might want to make sure its less then an hour of when you are really are coming back. I went to your table three times and got three different answers when you would return, so I said "Fuck it" someone must be really enjoying themselves at the buffet. Christ, I almost missed a train, because your selfish ignorant ass. Fuck you, dude, just fuck you.

  • June 21, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Regarding Dark 3D


    3D splits 1 image into 2, and then you look at it through polarized lenses. Of course it's darker. Unless you have a projection system that is twice as bright, you'll get dimmer 3d. I have yet to see 3d that wasn't dark, but we don't have a commercial Imax theater in Memphis (our Imax, at the Pink Palace Museum, was funded by Union Planters Bank on the condition that it only show educational films and documentaries, and still hasn't been refitted for Imax 3d, as I understand it). <br><br> Still, unless they make special accommodations, 3d will always be darker than 2d. <br><br> That being said, Avatar looked pretty good here, and the 3D on "How to Train Your Dragon" was the best 3D I've seen, even if typically dark (Avatar has been the closest to not seeming typically dark). So, I expect it's different everywhere, and for everybody. <br><br> The one thing I do know is that I'm looking forward to a form of 3d that doesn't require you to wear glasses. That's getting old.

  • June 21, 2010, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Thank You Harry

    by End_Of_Line

    Thank you Harry for finally getting something up about your FEELINGS towards TS3. I don't particularly agree with your assessment, or anger towards the ending (personally I thought it was a beautiful ending). I can appreciate the fact that this film is ART, and has the ability to cause this kind of discussion. <br> <br> Is that something you can say about any other mainstream computer animated film in recent memory? While I loved the ride of Dragon, it did not have the power that TS3 has had to rip the hearts out of so many viewers. <br> <br> Great art spurs discussions, and Pixar has succeeded in creating a film that emotionally resonates with people in very different ways. <br> <br> Harry pointed out some things about the film that I hadn't thought about before, and I can appreciate that. Personally, I believe that someday, Woody will end up with Andy again - but in the meantime, Woody will be allowed to have a life that will bring joy to someone in a way that he wouldn't by going to college and sitting on a shelf. <br> <br> But the fact that so many people are outraged at Harry for having an opinion that is different over an animated movie about TOYS proves that Pixar has created something truly magical with this trilogy. I was blown away by he movie and feel that is is very nearly perfect. I haven't stopped thinking about it since seeing in last Monday evening, and that is something I can't say about any film I've seen in years. <br> <br> Thank you for that Pixar!

  • June 21, 2010, 8:59 a.m. CST

    I like Weresmurf77's Lego story

    by bah

    It hits on an important point. Kids should be allowed to develop their own favorite toys. I'm all for family heritage toys, but a parent shouldn't expect their kid to automatically love the same things they loved. The same goes for movies. People my age carefully consider whether to show their kids Star Wars in release or chronological order. Turns out my kid doesn't even like the movies (he enjoys the characters, just not the movies. I went release order, BTW, but he hasn't even wanted to watch Jedi).

  • June 21, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    No more sequels, please

    by bah

    And that includes scrubbing Monsters Inc 2. How can you possibly top that ending?

  • June 21, 2010, 9:08 a.m. CST

    I thought this one was really dark.

    by jimmy_009

    I see it on a digital screen and everything seemed really dark, and not just the "night" scenes. I figured maybe it was because I was in the far back row, maybe it just wasn't as bright. But it was still the darkest 3D movie I've seen. Personally I hope this trend goes away because I'm tired of seeing good movies in 3D. They are force feeding it to us and it's not even that great anymore.

  • June 21, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST


    by Peter David

    Well, first of all, I don't have a PR person. Sometimes my wife is gracious enough to stay at my table in order to accommodate fan questions while I'm away.<p> Second, understand that I'm under no obligation to be at a table and sign autographs at conventions. Typically my contracts stipulate some panel appearances and one or two specified signings. That's all. I voluntarily go above and beyond in order to make myself as accessible as possible.<p> Third, if I'm not back at my table when I say I'm going to be, it's because some other obligation has run over. A panel has gone too long; an interview that was supposed to start at a particular time was delayed. Most of the time, it's because fans have intercepted me en route and are asking me for advice, or to sign books, or are asking questions that they didn't have the chance to ask during panels. Plus on occasion I'll actually be waiting for someone else to show up and they're running late. It takes me far longer than it does you to get from point A to point B because of all the fans who want a moment of my time, and I want to accommodate them as well. So I count on the graciousness of people waiting at my table that they'll understand that I'm on my way.<p> And sometimes they don't. Sometimes they act like petulant brats and go on websites and make pointless attacks on my weight. Just for the record, if I do take a lunch break at a convention, it's typically a sandwich that I eat at my table, which usually gets interrupted half a dozen times by people who want books signed, which I typically do.<p> I hope you don't mind that I responded to your rant with a mature attitude. Basically you were howling that you didn't get what you want when you wanted it, and I explained the global challenges in trying to be everywhere at once and accommodate everyone's needs. I thought it would be a nice illustration of the gulf between ego and super-ego.

  • June 21, 2010, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Why I wont see pixar movies in the cinema

    by TheJudger

    Because, and I'm not saying this for laughs. The damn place smells like beast milk shit piss powdered diapers. These movies pull in more toddler/parent combos than any other kids movies that show up at my local cinema, and it's just not a very enjoyable experience to be surrounded in baby cries and that shitty pissy powder fresh diaper tit juice smell. God I'm getting sick to my gut just thinking about it, even more so when I realize the buttery popcorn aroma is magically chernabogged into this putrid gut twisting smell. Pixar movies rock, but I'm playing it safe. I walked out of walle because of the smell. Never again!!!! I know other have walked into this waft of hell. It cant be just me and my cinema. It's utter fucking hell isn't it!

  • June 21, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST

    The thing about Andy reuniting with Woody

    by JoeD

    is that it seems to be ingrained in the notion that everyone must have a happy ending. One day, whether they reunite with Andy or not, these toys will end up at the dump or at the bottom of the incinerator. They faced their own deaths, and realized what it was that awaited them in the future. But that is something for the future. For now, why be in an attic or on a shelf? Life in an attic is meaningless. Their job in life is to bring joy to others. A life lived purely for longevity or personal enjoyment is no life at all. That's something I took away from this movie. That, and memories are powerful things. We associate memories with objects, but memories have nothing to do with things. It has to do with experiences. A fishing pole I took on trips with my grandfather is not the special thing. The trip with my grandfather is what is valuable, what should be preserved. The pole is a pole. I do not love it. Another pole would have served. Another grandfather would not have.

  • June 21, 2010, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Aqua Teen Hunger Force

    by Series7

    Anyone else see the Hamburger/french fry/drink hanging out with each other when Andy's box of toys gets dumped out on the day care floor. Anyone think is is a subtle Pixar wink wink at Aqua Teen?

  • June 21, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST


    by shutupfanboy

    Just have whoever is at that desk, say "I am not sure when he is coming back." Ok, I can understand that considering I didn't see you there at all that day. There is no need to say "Oh, he'll be back around 2pm then I came back a little after 2pm and no one is there. All I was going to do is ask for an autograph and tell you how much I enjoyed your work on the B5 books. Its not like I was going out of way to bash you or stalk you. Just don't have someone lie for you and then I waste my time and my friends' time to continually see if you are there. There are other things I would like to do while I was there or maybe even leave early. I know that it comes off like fan bitching, but really I spent my money to go to this convention which sucked anyway. It was Wizard World Philly two or three years ago. Sorry, if I want to come up to someone who is a great writer and tell them how much I enjoy their work. Won't happen again. Also, for the fat jokes, I am a fattie too, but when you are gone for almost two hours for a "lunch" break, what the hell am I supposed to think, you are doing charity work with the blind?

  • June 21, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST

    The Ending...

    by Zbranek001

    It was Woody who decided to stay with his friends and let Andy go... and for that I loved it!

  • June 21, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST


    by gotilk

    TALKBACKERS picking on Harry because he didn't like the fact that Andy let Woody go. Fact is, "growing up" is what you do. What you have to do. Some of us do it with misery (and hate it when others can bypass this misery in the process, calling them "babymen" and grown children, etc) and others refuse to lie to ourselves and others about what makes us happy in the process. Fact is, you don't grow up.. you don't survive. Everything else is projected bullshit. You guys joke about things like Dr Phil and Oprah as it relates to Harry, but you don't realize YOU are the ones buying into that cheap, dimestore therapy philosophy bullshit by supporting the concept of "growing up" as a static set of rules that actually make ZERO logical sense and never stand up to any real scrutiny. How about YOU grow up and start living a life that makes you happy instead of calling everyone that lives differently than you a man-child. Just makes you look like an empty-headed talkback-tough-guy pussy.

  • June 21, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST

    If Woody had stayed with Andy...

    by rbatty024

    then it would have seemed as if you can go into adulthood without losing anything. Sure, you can keep part of your childhood, but that does not mean that it is the same as when you were a child. Change is inevitable and the ending communicated that beautifully.

  • June 21, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Let it be

    by pudgemorgan

    I say let the franchise end here, no need to carry it on. If viewed as a final installment, TS3 will be remembered that much sweeter as the years go by, much like you expressed for The Last Crusade (which probably because of its availability on cable as a kid, is my favorite Indy movie, despite everyone elses opinion or better judgement). I'm confident that if they ever wanted to, Pixar would still be able to make an awesome follow-up, I just don't think its necessary, they can put all there effort into creating another imaginative world to play in. The story of Woody and Buzz has been told, and the epilogue should only exists in the viewer's mind (Harry, you already have the next three planned in your head, leave them there exactly as you see them) I'm reminded of the epilogue from Harry Potter, which was the only thing I hated from the series. Sure you may have expected or even wished things to turn out that way, but they should have left that part up for the reader. Seeing the toys realization of death, but perserverance to keep entertaining kids reminds me of the Joe Ranft (story-board artist) rememberance video on the TS2 DVD I watched this weekend.

  • June 21, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    fuck the "growing up" concept

    by MariusXe

    I'm 26, and still collect Superhero Comics maniacaly,love series and movies like a 12 year old and have a few Batman and Superman Statues in my livingroom. On the other hand I'm in college getting an education, have sex more than once a week, was in bed with more than 30 women in my life, am heavily tattooed and sing in a pretty well know band here in germany in which I play almost every weekend for about 300 to 1000 people. Yeah, I didn't grew up yet, but I have actually fun in my life. go grow up yourself, fuckers.

  • June 21, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    MariusXe: We should all be so cool.

    by Playkins

    Can I have an autograph? Tattoos and over 30 women! Wow!

  • June 21, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST

    This is a sad generation...

    by jimmy_009

    ...of children in adult bodies. It's embarrassing. It's no coincidence how many 30 somethings have returned to live with their parents after college. We were raised by the babyboomers who were the first generation raised on TV. Now we're feeling the full effect of that, with the added bonus of the Internet and video games. How many of you think Michael Jackson "never growing up" was kind of creepy? Now realize how many kids that grew up watching Michael Jackson have never grown up either. They fill rooms with trinkets from their past, or fill holes in their live with junk. First off people that compulsively collect stuff in general, yeah that's creepy. Have you ever watched the show Hoarders? People that compulsively collect things are filling some void in their life with stuff. You can say "I just like it" or whatever to make you feel better about it, but have you ever stopped and thought "why am I really doing this?" It's sad to me that our generation and the next will be raising children when they essentially behave like children themselves. Grow up is right. Move on. Keep those one or two things that really mean something to you, but for fuck sake, don't be one of those creepy collectors that fills that endless void with endless amounts of garbage.

  • June 21, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Last Crusade

    by kolchak

    Something I actually agree with Harry on. Oh, fuck. Do I have to commit suicide now?

  • June 21, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Toy Story ending...

    by Red43jes

    I think that Pixar put a nice thought into the ending of Toy Story 3. Andy did something selfless- you could tell that he still had fond thoughts of Woody, heck he even looked at the other toys, and you just knew he missed that part of his life. Its not often that someone is willing to do something selfless and give up something that gave them joy when they were a kid like that. to me, I thought it was such a kind gesture, and it showed kids that you DON'T have to hold onto all that stuff that you had as a kid, that you can give it to someone else to enjoy, and you just might feel good about it. I mean, do we have to resort to being like Comic Book Guy on the Simpsons? Its just stuff. I have fond memories of playing with my Star Wars figures as a kid, but man, what the heck would I do with all that stuff now? I would have NO WHERE to PUT IT! I hope some kid somewhere has my old Millennium Falcon, and is enjoying the hell out of it. :-)

  • June 21, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    jimmy_009: I agree completely

    by Playkins

    I'm 35, and when I realized the very same thing, I got rid of nearly every toy I own. Strangely, the last remnants are the Ultraman vinyl doll my parents got me in Japan back in 81, and my Gumby and Pokey that dates to 1979. So, basically I held on to my Buzz and Woody. Makes me no better I guess. I can tell you for sure that I don't give a shit about the "Smurfs" movie or the fact that they are doing updated remakes about stuff from my childhood.<P> I'd go so far as to say we're not a generation of man-children, but we're a generation that is obsessed with nostalgia. It's as though any attempt to recapture that magic is taken as a threat to our individual memories. Ironically, I think we need to "let go" just a little.

  • June 21, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Flagelation would suffice.

  • June 21, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Harry - you are supposed to learn from the message...

    by coconutgroves

    Let it go man. You are expecting Andy to have Woody his entire life? Come on man. Andy didn't want to give him away, but realized Woody would bring joy to Bonnie. Andy didn't need Woody anymore, he had moved on. Life lessons man. And you comment about Andy getting together with Bonnie and having kids was disturbing.

  • June 21, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Harry - you are supposed to learn from the message...

    by coconutgroves

    Let it go man. You are expecting Andy to have Woody his entire life? Come on man. Andy didn't want to give him away, but realized Woody would bring joy to Bonnie. Andy didn't need Woody anymore, he had moved on. Life lessons man. And you comment about Andy getting together with Bonnie and having kids was disturbing.

  • June 21, 2010, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Great film but I had a hard time buying...

    by Jared

    ...that a college bound Andy would be waxing poetic about his Mr. Potato Head and Piggy Bank. That said, he does come off a bit emo and he's certainly a sensitive guy so maybe it does make sense.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    summer 2010

    by Jared

    Toy Story 3 was the first movie this summer to generate any actual dramatic tension or urgency. I was sad to see the film end as opposed to frequently checking my watch with Iron Man 2, etc.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Toy Story 3 and Up

    by JoeD

    Toy Story 3 and Up would make a great double feature. There are some very similar themes of bitterness, loss, and finally letting go of our past possessions, but not our past memories. Carl chucked all the accumulated crap out of his house to save his new friend, even though these were things he accumulated with his beloved wife. But when the crap hit the fan, he let them go, because they were not his wife, and his wife was dead. Pixar rocks.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Well, as I said Fanboy

    by Peter David

    I don't take lunch breaks at cons away from my table. And sometimes things come up so that I'm late getting back to my table. I'm not there to be solely at your disposal. Really not much to say beyond that, aside from that you give me little incentive to return to Philadelphia.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    The only part I didn't like was (Spoiler)

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    As beautiful an image as it was for them all to want to go down together in silence and acceptance, it would have been incredibly more poignant had Bo Peep been there. That was the biggest "WTF" of the whole movie. I guess I can sort of understand that she was probably Andy's most female character, but he kept Mrs Potato Head and not Bo Peep? He didn't even hand her down to his sister? Did the actress not want to be back? Is she dead?? <p> I mean, I guess her being there wouldn't have given Woody the same kind of passive feelings towards his friends (feeling like he could let them stay in the day care center, etc). </p> <p> And now that I think about it, how annoying was it that yet again, the characters don't believe in Woody - even after all of the years they've been together, as much the leader he's been. It was just something they didn't HAVE to do. </p>

  • June 21, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    I mean, what would have been Woody's motivation?

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    To lie yet again? So they didn't want to get thrown out??

  • June 21, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Harry, Vietnam Andy and Woody

    by skimn

    Boy Harry, let me join the chorus of how wrong you are. Your story about Vietnam Andy in of itself illustrates the power of memory. TS3 starts with videotape footage and young Andy playing with Woody, Buzz and all the rest. What are home movies but captured memories? And what price tag can you put on memories? Andy will have those memories forever, and is willing to share the joy he experienced by giving his toys away.<p>Another aspect is that Woody belongs with Buzz and Jessie and the others. THEY are family. And they would be incomplete without each other.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST

    I REALLY wanna see a pic of Vietnam Andy

    by skoolbus

  • June 21, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST


    by workshed Kane, upon a second viewing, Rosebud is not implicit but quite clearly mentioned in the scene where he meets Susan Alexander for the first time and that he had been to the warehouse looking for it earlier that evening. Imo, his innocence and naivety disappear on the night that Jim Gettys brings him down to earth.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    by Trazadone

    Harry, most adults aren't morbidly obese 30-somethings who hold on to all of their toys. Most grow up, get jobs, marry, have kids, etc. Furthermore, Andy wasn't getting rid of Woody, it was made clear that he had decided to keep him. In fact, my impression was that he was going to take him to college with him until he got distracted with other things. Andy is like 17 in this film, most 17-year olds aren't quite as concerened about their toys as you obviously were (and most likely still are).

  • June 21, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST


    by jimmy_009

    Lots of toys were gone. While she was a big part of the toy's universe, she probably wasn't that big a part of Andy's and would be one of the first he would likely get rid of or pass to his sister. I missed her as a character, but I completely bought that it's been 10 years and not all of them are going to make it to that point. I think it added an emotional resonance to the movie that a main character is no longer with us. No goodbye, just gone. It really fit the tone of the movie. As for the characters not believing Woody, I think it comes more from the perspective that they see what he can't, that's it's time to move forward. They know he's Andy's favorite, and he's likely to do whatever it takes to make them stay with Andy. I'm sure they know he's honest, but that even that honesty doesn't compete with his devotion and his devotion would win out every time. It's his biggest strength and weakness. I think as a viewer I could relate to the other characters so it didn't seem out of place to me. I wouldn't have believed him either.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    "Is [Bo Peep's actress] dead??"

    by bah

    That's Annie Potts. She's alive.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Yeah that was my first thought, how big of a douche is Woodey to the toys inbetween the films. Fuck even Buzz was done dealing with him. They all just must hate him, or maybe it's the whole notion of jealousy from the other toys.

  • June 21, 2010, noon CST

    One of the scenes that Harry and others...

    by jimmy_009

    ...seem to be missing is the scene with Andy and his mom that Woody looks in on. I think this is the scene that explains why Andy and Woody are bother prepared to let go and move on. The mother basically says that she will be with him always, -even if she is not there-. Imagine if her mom had insisted on going to college with him. Woody recognized that this was his role as well. Being "there" for him is not the same thing as being there with him all the time. He will always support Andy and Andy will always have the memories of Woody. I think this scene really sets up the conclusion and explains why both characters were prepared to move forward separately.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST

    if you're lucky, you can do both...

    by Y282

    balance life, keep the child your parents allowed you to be, be the adult that allows others to have the best childhood they can.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    bo peep wasnt in the film cause she wasnt andys toy..

    by Six Demon Bag

    the connection andy had with his toys were not the same as his sisters, stated in the fact that she didnt even hesitate when tossing barbie peep got the ax just as quickly.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    How heartbreaking was that "cellphone" scene at the beginning?

    by darthvedder81

    You think the gang is trying to get out of some sort of cartoony scrape when they are really desperately trying to get Andy to talk and or play with them. That stabbed me right in the heart...

  • June 21, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST


    by Arch Nemesis

    Direct The Hobbit (films). Finish your master opus, c'mon.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST


    by Arch Nemesis

    Just realized, Peter DAVID! Ok, um, write more Hulk!

  • June 21, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    The scene where Buzz looks at Jessie,

    by skimn

    they join does each character until Woody completes the circle...holy shit!..That was like something out of Schindler's List. My God, I thought. What balls does Pixar have to include such a harrowing moment in a G rated "kiddie" film? Wow...

  • June 21, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Bo Peep

    by BetaRayBill07

    Have any of you wondering about Bo Peep even seen the movie? Woody clearly says she was among those donated at some point after TS2. Watch the movie next time geniuses.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Even more amazing? Pixar pulls a done-to-death

    by skimn

    15 year old Mission Impossible gag (when Woody falls from the tree), and still gets away with it.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Godo observation. I would even say, that was the final nail in the coffin of Kane's innocence. The whole movie, one could say, is a continuous stripping of Kane's innocence until his total corruption. But himself,i think Kane saw the mokent when he was interrupted palying with his sledge and being give to the care of his legal guardians as when it all began, the last moment when he was an innocent boy, and how for him that was his Paradise Lost moment.

  • June 21, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST


    by zerofactor

    If Woody had gone to college he would have been hollowed out and made into a bong by the end of Andy's freshman year. If not by Andy, then by his stoner roomate who wanted to f*ck with the kid that brought a toy

  • June 21, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    This review should have been sent to the Marx brothers!!!!

    by performingmonkey

    Brilliant movie. Brilliant ending. Just LET GO, all of you. Indiana...let it gooooooooo!!!!!

  • June 21, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    I am not surprised

    by Todaysfate

    If T.S.3 diodnt have some sort of emotional impact after Wall-E and UP ... it would have felt like a let down. I'll bet CARS2 has more emotional weight to it as well.

  • June 21, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    The characters didn't believe in Woody but...

    by paladinryan

    Woody was wrong too. That's what I really liked about the film: that none of the original plans was the "right one." But they all had to go through their journeys to realize that.

  • June 21, 2010, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Dude...its A MOVIE....

    by srangel351

    get over it Harry! LOL its just a movie!! enjoy it for what it was! I think people can nitpick any of the greatest films of all time and find something wrong with them, but we all gotta relax...and love these films for what they are. Sure there can be holes in the plot...or certain things that are out of character but you just have to accept them. I for one saw what Andy did as very generous. As someone who has owned toys that I don't think I could ever give away, I think he made a very generous sacrifice, and to a very deserving child. So lets LET IT GO and MOVE ON....I look forward to seeing our favorite toys in the animated shorts that Pixar is planning for the future.

  • June 21, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Great review, Harry

    by FlyingToupee

    I've struggled with some of the same issues regarding my comic collection and other childhood memorabilia. I think that letting go of the things you love(beyond family and your personal idea of a deity) contributes to the unhappiness of a great many adults. They lose their sense of wonder and the faculties to use their imagination. Kind of like Mrs. Minchen in Cuaron's A LITTLE PRINCESS.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Could people stop with the fat jokes please?

    by FlyingToupee

    It's getting old.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    What is Woody's backstory?

    by Zardoz

    After TS2 I always wondered: why doesn't Woody know who he is? Obviously it's a story telling conceit to show the audience who Woody was in his "prime", but why doesn't he remember his past? Surely in his 50+ years of existence he had more than one owner beside Andy, right? I think you got part of that right, Harry: Woody was passed down from generation to generation in Andy's family. I think they should have put all the toys together in the attic at the end of TS3, then cut to: 20 years later, the box they're stored in is opened up and an adult Andy takes them out to give to his own children. And then the circle is complete. But the ending they had was good enough for me. And yeah, that incinerator scene was seriously powerful stuff. The way they accepted their fates, hand-in-hand, together, was very moving. I hope I have some good friends and family with me like that at the end when it comes, to face death together with stoic resolve. Brilliant! I'm definitely seeing this again. TS3 and Inception are going to be the 2 biggest films of the Summer...

  • June 21, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    I disagree Harry.

    by Mooly

    I was into He-man when I was a kid. I had almost every figure, watched the shows, owned the clothes and nagged my parents to buy me even certal that had cut out cardboard He-man masks. I still have fond memories of going to see the crappy he-Man movie. However, as I got older and the me-man craze died down, the toys sat hidden away unused but not forgotten. One day my parents asked me if they could sell them in a garage sale and I said I didn't care. They sold a bag of 5 figures for $1 or $2. Yes, there was already a collectors market...but we weren't thinking about that. Years later I regretted selling them but it was a while. In fact, it wasn't until I heard they were going to bring the line back in 2001 (?) that I regretted selling them. I rushed out to buy the new figs, but times have changed and mainstream toy marketing these days is crap compared to back in the day so the line died under stress of toy shelves filled with nothing but 6 different versions of he-man. While i swore up and down they would sit in the case, I have recently had a kid. He is 2 and found them in my box of "collectibles" stuff and instantly wanted to play with them. they are now all open and scattered about the floor to be beaten on, probably broken or with lost pieces like my original set. In other words...loved and enjoyed. But first I had to let go of that collector mindset.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Growing Up

    by antonphd

    "Growing Up" is about learning to take responsibility for yourself. When you are kid someone else cares for you and makes decisions for you and takes ultimate responsibility for your actions in the community. When you care for yourself and you make your own decisions and you take responsibility for your actions in the community then you have "Grown Up". Playing does not have to end because you have grown up. At usually it doesn't. Sports. Camping. Art. Music. TV. All of these things are play. Toys are no different except they have not been as traditionally accepted as say sports paraphernalia and statues and soap operas. I make "toys" for a living. I make video games. I have nearly every single video game I have bought as an adult. They are a part of the life I have lived. I treasure them. Not more than people of course. But I do treasure them. I take them out and play them once in a while. I also love art and science and politics. I love life. I love living. There's everything right about that. And my hot wife who's in studying to be an anthropologist plays video games even more than I do.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Rosebud is a pussy

    by antonphd

    Didn't you guys see the HBO film about making Citizen Kane? Rosebud is a pussy. The movie is a fuck you.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST


    by jimmy_009

    Have you ever considered that the holding on to those childhood things for dear life is simply masking whatever thing that is making a person happy if they got rid of it? I know lots of people that horde these kinds of processions and obsess over childhood memories. They are NOT happier for it. They are perpetually frustrated with their lives and how they aren't as happy as they were when they were children. Getting rid of their junk isn't what causes adults growing up to be unhappy, in fact I'd say it's the first step in becoming a happy well adjusted adult. I'm not saying don't have some things from your youth. I still have books and movies I enjoy, but I don't obsess over this stuff any more like many in our generation seem to. I'm completely happy and am looking forward to enjoying a life as an ADULT. Believe it or not life as an adult can be just as exciting and full of wonder as life as a kid.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST


    by Todaysfate

    Well said.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    I have no idea what harry is on about

    by D o o d

    This movie is just incredible. I mean it's got everything and more. All those gripes Harry's just moaning about are things personal to him and in no way represent my feelings. I loved this movie and my only gripe is that 3D is a fad and I can't wait for it to go away!

  • June 21, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    There is no doubt.

    by Todaysfate

    3D really sucks. AVATAR in IMAX3D ... kinda impressive. Kinda. Everything else. Just really bad. 3D can make a good movie otherwise seem bad.

  • June 21, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Mom looking at Andy's empty room

    by Beezbo

    This was easily the scene that had me choked up, not Andy and Woody letting go of each other later. As a father, watching this scene in a theater with my 7 year-old daughter on Father's Day was rough! Maybe the scene with Andy giving up Woody didn't hit me as hard because a) I never really had a favorite toy in any way comparable to Woody and b) I thought Andy even considering bringing Woody to college was sort of creepy and weird. I can see not wanting to throw him out, but bringing a kiddie toy to your dorm room? Was I alone in thinking that it was the mother who should have wanted to keep the toys? My daughter has a stuffed toy that she has slept with and absolutely loved for years. I believe that she will soon outgrow it, but my wife and I would never even dream of getting rid of it. I can easily let go of my own childhood - it's letting go of my children that will be hard.

  • June 21, 2010, 3:32 p.m. CST


    by Sprinky

    A)When was the last time you saw a therapist B) Write a book. Really you feel much better after that. Not sure though if anyone else want to read your ramblings of not willing to give up your action toys.

  • June 21, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST


    by Todaysfate

    Good post. My daughter is 15 going on 16 .... she doesnt want to see the movie with me but im trying to convince her. Her brother is 17, just left home this weekend.

  • June 21, 2010, 4:04 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    About the whole Woody's round up being worth money. Also what about all the memorabilia he had in his room in the first one? Like the bed sheets and other stuff, how did he get all that? Unless his dad had saved ALL that stuff for him as well?

  • June 21, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST


    by chuckmoose

    I had much the same experience. It's a movie with a lot to offer, with many potentially effecting scenes. I thought Harry's "review" was out of place and best left to a personal blog, but at least it proves that the movie has the ability to make people think and feel.

  • June 21, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Andy had no friends

    by drewlicious

    At least that's what I'm guessing from the footage in those home videos. In his sophomore year in college they'll find a dead co-ed in his trunk and these videos will allow everyone to make perfect sense. In fact if he brought Woody along to college more than likely he would have been the one telling him to burn things.

  • June 21, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST

    The Absence of Bo Peep

    by Peter David

    Not really surprising. There are, to me, a variety of character reasons for her not to be here, but the most practical is that she's not really a toy. She's a porcelain doll who decorated a lamp. Yes, Andy used her for a damsel in distress, but in neither of the previous two movies did she wander out into the world, and there's a reason for that: She's highly breakable. I mean yeah, sure, you buy the premise, you buy the bit. In reality, for instance, Slinky should never be able to untwist himself after waht he was put through. But there's only so far you can push suspension of disbelief. Woody's ripped arm barely made it through the previous film, and we saw Buzz get busted up in the first one. There's simply no way Bo Peep survives the pounding that the toys were put through in this film. There was no place for her in the story.

  • June 21, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Hey, you know...Woody could have paid Andy's tuition!

    by FeralAngel

    Andy could have sold that sucker on eBay and gotten enough bread to pay off his college fees. Instead of taking him to college, where he'd probably get barfed or peed on by those crazy partyin' preppies. Whoa, lost opportunity. What a dumb kid.

  • June 21, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Toy Storys 1, 2 and 3=THE SAME DAMN STORY!!!

    by FeralAngel

    Okay, Pixar's artistry is irreproachable, unequaled, unassailable, I get that...but it still told the same damn story 3 fucking times!!! Oh, no, the toys get separated, Andy needs them, they gotta get back to him by hook or crook. And Pixar pulled every fucking emotional button shamelessly, and yes I mean shamelessly. I enjoyed the movie while watching it, but afterward...I felt like I'd been, pardon the expression, played. Toy Story 3 toyed with my emotions, bro. I don't like that, even when Pixar does it. Left an empty, somewhat betrayed feeling where warmth and rainbows and puppydogs ought to be. Fuck. That's all I have to say, is, FUCK.

  • June 21, 2010, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Sorry, meant PUSHED every emotional button

    by FeralAngel

    I was going to say, pulled every string, but changed my mind and mixed my metaphors a little there. But I still think the SHAMELESSLY bit was right.

  • June 21, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST


    by Todaysfate

    PIXAR will toy with your emotions and you will LIKE IT.

  • June 21, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST



    You don't question Van Gogh. You don't question Da Vinci. You don't question genius. So I don't question Pixar. In a hundred years time, people will look back on these films and realise just how important they are to the history of film, but sadly nobody will ever care what you think Mr Knowles, because, unfortunately, you do not understand that what Pixar are doing is genius, and your opinion is irrelevant.

  • June 21, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Maybe Harry Does Not Get It?

    by Dave I

    Three reasons: <p><p>1) Ultimately, maybe Andy gave Woody away because it was best for the girl AND for Woody. Being Andy's shelf-ornament in college is not that much better than being stuck in the museum ala. how things would have happened to Woody in Toy Story 2. <p><p>2) It actually gives Woody free will. The decision, as written, does not have anything to do with Andy but has EVERYTHING to do with WOODY. Woody is the one to push Andy to do make decisions. There is something powerful about that. Finally; <p><p>3) This is, or at least SHOULD, be the end of Toy Story. Not because I did not love it. I did. Right now to me this is the best marketed-toward-kids movie I have ever seen, and feels like one of those all time greats of any genre. However, their story is over. We know how the story will go. Sure there can and will be great adventures. But THIS story, the one about Woody, Buzz, and Andy is over. Let it end. Anything else just seems like it would be tacked on. <p><p>It was an amazingly great and moving movie, and I cannot help but disagree absolutely with Harry's gripe on this one. <p><p>Not that anyone does or should care. <p><p>-Cheers

  • June 21, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Sorry to say it, but you are missing the point

    by Hedkickboy

    All due respect to you, Harry, but you are missing the point of Andy giving Bonnie Woody. After all the Woody has done for Andy through the years, Andy is doing the selfless thing, and giving Woody to a caring home where he will be played with. One of the themes of TS3 (and the entire trilogy) is toys are happiest when loved and played with. If Andy took Woody to college, he'd sit on a shelf, but never be played with again. With Bonnie, Woody would be loved and played with, just like when Andy was a boy. Andy loves Woody so much, he wants him to be happy, even if it hurts Andy a little. Beautiful ending.

  • June 21, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST

    C'mon, No Wall-E tie-in?

    by OnO

    I haven't seen it, but I believe somewhere in the future Woody and Buzz somehow end up in Wall-E's truck.

  • June 21, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST


    by Juggernaut125


  • June 21, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST

    There actually is a Wall-E tie-in

    by Peter David

    Buzz's batteries were produced by Buy N Large,the corporation that made the world unlivable. . PAD

  • June 21, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    This is ridiculous

    by Viewer 3

    The only thing that saved this was being smart enough to call your grievance a "silly hang-up". Because let's be honest, that's being kind.<p><p>The more I read this review (meaning hardly at all) the more I can SORT of understand the reasoning behind dedicating 5 million words of this 10 million word review to explaining why these retrospective anecdotes relate to your personal feelings on the film. I mean, I can somewhat relate in that I have certain movies that mean more/less to me based SOLELY on previous experiences of my life that I unwillingly attach to them.<p><p>The only difference is, I wouldn't write a REVIEW about it. I wouldn't present something as though it's a potential flaw in the film when in actuality it's nothing more than a personal issue that will most likely have no similar effect on the overwhelming majority of the movie-going audience. But I can almost cut you some slack given how many times you attempt to emphasize that you "get it", with "it" being the original intention of the film. So it seems as though you're fully aware of how silly and "personal" ("meaningless") it is when compared to how everyone else who is NOT you will feel when watching the movie.<p><p>But still. I need something to hate today, and I've decided that this will be it.

  • June 21, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST

    About the bullshit of Harry's "Inner Child"

    by FluffyUnbound

    Guess what, Harry? I hate to break it to you, but the "collector" definitely, unquestionably is not maintaining his "inner child". You moved on, too, you just were too much of a fucking hoarder [yeah, just like the people on Bravo] to actually get rid of your trash. And then you lucked out and the "collector market" actually gave your trash a dollar value. You "moved on" the moment your toys stopped being TOYS, and became items in a collection. Real kids took their Star Wars figures out of the package and bashed them into each other and melted some of them to be "the ones that got hit by blasters" and played with those motherfuckers until they broke, or until they got lost outside in the bushes somewhere. The very first time you bought something and put it in a box without opening it, you stopped being a kid. So please don't lecture us about how Andy shouldn't "move on" because somehow that's emotionally empty. The guy who was a Ferengi at 8 really shouldn't lecture other people about that shit.

  • June 21, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Good point, Viewer 3

    by Peter David

    It wasn't really a review. A review is basically a surfacy commentary on whether the writer thinks the movie is worth your time and money. The writer is sort of a designated viewer. This was more of a critical essay about broader themes.

  • June 21, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST

    I have a problem with the ending as well.

    by Ash Talon

    I have a problem with the ending of TS3 as well. But for completely opposite reasons as Harry. <p> The TS cast of characters don't make much of a hard choice at the end of the film. Moving isn't so hard for them, since they're going into a paradise environment. They're heading into another single-owner environment who is now going to have way too many toys. <P> I thought the better ending would be for the main cast to go back to the day care and sacrifice themselves for the good of numerous children. They could take turns being in the possession of the younglings. I know they showed this in the credits sequence, but the main cast wasn't there. Basically, the main cast are elitists. They let the other daycare toys suffer abuse, but they aren't willing to take on that role themselves. <p> If the main cast sacrificed themselves for the greater good (daycare), you'd have a great theme for the kids, ie give your toys to the needy. The Bonnie girl looks to be far from needy. In fact, she's well on her way to being spoiled. <p> Otherwise, it's a fun movie. I loved making the day care portion into a prison break movie.

  • June 21, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST


    by Epsilon

    Harry, you are one seriously screwed up mofo. Good fucking grief. Do you not understand that maybe, just maybe, not everyone has the unhealthy attachment to toys that you do? Look man, I was an only child, so toys were a BIG thing for me when I was a kid because I didn't have siblings to play with. But do I know where any of those toys are now? Hell fucking no. I have the memories of them, that's enough. I don't need the toys, which, btw, aren't fucking alive in real life. You should find a therapist as quickly as possible, and when you do, please take a printout of this review with you so he can understand how fucked up you are and how to best help you.

  • June 21, 2010, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Despite being hopelessly wrong...

    by rbatty024

    at least Harry started an interesting conversation.

  • June 21, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST

    He attended college, right?

    by Dustoff74

    Spare the psycho-babble and stick to reviewing the material, not your issues. although i am saddened that Harry didn't share his Fap moments during the movie instead of Vietnam and its horrors to a 4 year old.

  • June 21, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST

    I'm choking on the nerdboy angst on display here

    by the flashlight

    My god. Is the geek community really this crippled by deep-seated inferiority complexes that they feel compelled to defend the fact that they may have held on to some toys or other possessions from childhood out of a sense of nostalgia? I held on to quite a few toys from childhood, mostly due to the fact that I grew up in a family that didn't have a lot of money, so what little I was given I took care of and kept nice. For a while my motivation to hold on to these things was mostly nostalgia, but over time it evolved into a feeling that I wanted to pass down these things to my own children, which I have in fact done. How many nerdboys here are going to throw a stroke when I tell them that I gave my two sons my original full-size good condition Shogun Warriors that I had squirreled away all these years? And they got played with, and played with, and played with. And I couldn't have been happier. One day I'll do the same with my life-long comic book collection. All those long-boxes won't be doing me any good when I'm 6 feet under, so why not pass it on to someone else who will enjoy it the way I did? As for TS3, I had one minor problem with the story - to my mind, Buzz should have been upset, jealous, angry that in a moment of truth, Andy chose Woody over him to take to college. I kept waiting to Buzz ask "why not me?" but he never did. Otherwise, I thought it was a fantastic film, albeit with a much darker ending that I would have ever imagined with the fire pit. Andy choosing to give his toys (including Woody) to another little kid down the street didn't faze me a bit. What would Andy have done with Woody at college? Most likely he would have been stuffed in a box or a drawer, or put on a shelf as a "collectible." Excuse me Harry, but wasn't that the message of the second film? Some obnoxious nerd-man toy mogul/collector who sees no value in the toys beyond their monetary value and no use for them other than an empty existence sitting in plastic cases?

  • June 21, 2010, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Some of my toys

    by BizarroJerry

    I recently gave a big batch of my Star Wars toys to my 8 year old nephew. One day he found them in my parents basement. He had lots of fun playing with them, so, instead of keep them out of sentimentality, I figured they're doing no good in this carrying case. And he loved getting them. I even play with them with the kid sometimes. Now, there are some toys I intend to keep, but only a few. Let some kids actually enjoy them!<p>Now, I do think it would've maybe been in keeping with the story if he kept Woody for the sake of passing him on to his kid or something. But I think we also have to forget he's some old collectible, Harry. That was only a major point of the second movie. Not this one.<p>It sounds more to me that you don't like the implication that the film has a message, and is suggesting YOU shouldn't keep your toys.

  • June 21, 2010, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Ash Talon

    by jimmy_009

    Would you be selfish for finding and working your dream job? I mean, you -could- be working with the homeless instead, so that must make you selfish? The girl is basically another version of Andy: someone that's incredibly creative. It's only natural that they would want to be with a kid who can make the most of them. Woody saw that and did something for himself and his friends that he thought they deserved (especially given what they've been through over the course of three movies). Besides, it made for a happier ending, which is what people go to the movies for.

  • June 21, 2010, 10:12 p.m. CST

    It's never established anywhere that Andy...

    by jimmy_009

    ..knows that Woody is valuable in a monetary sense. In fact no one seems to be privy to this except Al. Not everyone is a "collector", in fact most people aren't.

  • June 21, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST


    by Warcraft

    Some guy on the internet: "I have so little to do I am going to post about a guy who has so little to do and so much time on his hands that he'll go and register disapproval of a subject that he is completely ignorant about. I rule!" No you don't, and I never registered disapproval of this series, quit making shit up douche.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Harry's college books

    by nursey

    Didn't work

  • June 22, 2010, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Last Crusade frekain rocks...

    by Kontarsky

    However, no int in this film. Liked the first two, but I've grown up and could care less about this. Up wasn't really to my liking and I'm kinda tired of Pixar, tbh.

  • June 22, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    The Beauty of Andy Giving Up Woody

    by Dave I

    As a non-collector of toys, the beauty of Andy giving up Woody, to me at least, has to be the act of growing up and the selflessness. This may be a bit outside of the AICN demographic as there seems at least to be some segment that collects toys a/o holds on to them. <p><p>For most, I believe Andy is a pretty good snapshot of what happens. You get older and you sort of put away childish things. Not that they are bad, but even Biblically there is a line about that. You could argue people are more materialistic than is healthy. Regardless, Andy is what happens. I realize in the movie he loves Woody, but even then there is the disconnect because whenever they play the toy is passive outside of gizmos to animate them (a pull string on Woody, buttons on Buzz, etc.). Still, Pixar was wise to let the child-and-toy relationship reflect real life. Sure, Woody is special to Andy, but his favorite toys have been collecting dust for YEARS. Bonnie, the young girl, loves Woody, and giving Woody to her is the right thing to do. Sure, he could play with Woody, but he won't. It is not the same. Andy is moving on. And sure, maybe as adults we can get nostalgic, but for most of us, to actually break out a toy and play with it like a kid would probably be forced and even if you did play with toys like a five-year-old it is not going to be all of the time. <p><p>The magic of toys is the memories they make with kids. I do not have toys because of that. Most are probably similar; you collect them and they become part of the decoration, I do not play with them unless it is with my daughter and if I did my wife would probably look at me different and start sleeping in a separate bed.<p> <p>Yet I found Toy Story (the third in particular, but the whole series) very profoundly moving in part because it recalls those memories and touches on that loss of, perhaps not innocence, but of truly being a child. You can try to hold on to that, but for most real life obligations take the place of toys, and even if they do not other biological, hormonal, relationship-based, and intellectual pursuits take their place. Having a young daughter, who LOVES Toy Story and was spellbound by the third one (her first in the theatre) only highlighted that for me and made me realize how special it is for her when she plays and explores. <p><p>To some extent, toys are simply tools. I do not believe they come to life when I leave the house, but I still find it more fulfilling for them to be used by kids as play things than to sit on a shelf and just look nice. There is just lots of unused potential to create new memories and make somebody happy. That is worth more to me than having things sit in the attic or looking kind of cool hanging unused/unopened on my walls. Because of that, Andy giving up Woody seemed like maybe not the only option but definitely the right one. <p><p>-Cheers

  • June 22, 2010, 10:15 a.m. CST

    One More Thought about a New York Press Critic

    by Dave I

    As to Armond White, is he just hired because being a contrarian sparks outrage or controversy (and apparently racist remarks) in a manner that generates revenue? I just skimmed some of his arguments on Rottentomatoes and they all seem vapid and uncompelling, and he seems like a bit of a douche so I did not want to generate hits for him on the New York Press website and thus justify his continued status as a critic. I do not really care that he dislikes popular widely-acclaimed movies, but even as a dissenting opinion I do not think he is very good (or sincere for that matter). <p><p>Which kind of brings me to the point; why not just ignore him and eventually he'll get fired if all he is good for is trying to stir up drama over movies (possibly by lying or at least being prone to hyperbole). As long as he has an audience and gets rewarded for being controversial (apparently for the sake of being controversial) he'll have a job. <p><p>-Cheers

  • June 22, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    JettL1993 breaking character

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    That was a big mistake.

  • June 22, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Gordak, Yes, It WAS That Good

    by Dave I

    It paralleled Toy Story 2 visually, but contextually things were different (not to mention the outcomes). I think that is more clever than anything. The incinerator scene remains powerful because them being saved does not take away the undertones of their friendship and just the injected humanity of them realizing there was no escape and holding hands as friends facing the inevitable. The impact of Andy's and Woody's decisions were also very gutting. Also, the parallels showed mortality and the inexorable passing of time. They hinted at the losses, of Andy's mom losing Andy to college/adulthood, of the sooner-than-later passing of the dog, the loss of childhood, and how even if we want to hold on to things (be it your favorite toy, your youth, family structure, friends, or life itself), they are fleeting. <p><p>I am a huge fan of Pixar in general, but feel this movie ranks up there as one of the best and will be one of my favorites (at least in part for personal reasons, but mainly because I believe it is a great film in a great series of films). It is a kid's movie, but the symbolism, implications, just the depth of the story and the bittersweet message behind it, and the payoff of watching the characters (toys, humans, and animal) age over the years on-screen and in the years between the movies, all make it, to me, every bit as good as the hype. I found it to be an incredible movie and an absolute success for kids (based on mine and others) AND adults (based on myself, my parents, and everybody I know or have talked to that has seen it, not to mention the critics). Not that Gordak has to agree, but overall, yeah, I think it really WAS that good! <p><p>-Cheers

  • June 22, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Andy has no father figure, keeps his old toys, and

    by ricarleite2

    is a handsome young man. Yep, you got it: gay.

  • June 22, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    You've Got This All Wrong

    by EmpireJones

    1. The trilogy is about WOODY, not Andy. Ep 1, Woody is jealous because Buzz competes with him as Andy's #1 toy. Ep 2, Woody starts to deal with an opportunity for fame vs. family. Ep 3, Woody deals with wanting to be with Andy even if it means leaving his friends and an opportunity to be loved by a new child that will fulfill his basic needs. VERY little of the story is really about Andy. He appears in what seems like 10 minutes of TS1 and even less in TS2. He gets some more screen time in TS3, but it is to develop Woody's dilema and a build up to what Woody ultimately decides (jumping into the "donate" bin rather than stay in the "off to college" bin). 2. Harry has a right to his opinions- to call him a dumb, living-in-his-mothers-basement childish buffoon only further reinforces the belief that we as a society can't tolerate another's point of view and have to make snide comments. What is this, it's like a bunch of born again Christians telling us that unless we go to church we're going to hell? Harry has a right to write whatever he wants and to crucify him for it only shows your own lack of comfort in your own skin. Because I can listen to plenty of shit and think, "That's not how I would react, but it's his choice..." 3. Lastly, this is NOT the end of Toy Story. There will be the new short at the biginning of Cars 2, and they wouldn't be doing that unless there would be more stories with these wonderful characters told down the line. Because of the age difference between Andy and Bonnie, I agree that right now the idea of them together at the end is a stretch- but if one day in the story Andy is 35 and Bonnie is 24, then who knows?

  • June 22, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Thunderbolt Ross, Breaking Character


    That's what I'm saying. Did Andy Kaufmann ever break character? No.<br><br> It's like the girl playing Mickey Mouse at Disney World asking to use your cell phone. Destroys the illusion.

  • June 22, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST

    The story

    by Colin62

    Was rather similar to the story in the 2nd movie. The animation was gorgeous and certain scenes were fantastic, but its still a retread of the "toy retirement home" vs "remain a personal possesion". They just changed the locations and added more characters. Toy story 3 is pretty much Escape from LA. Story (as with UP) needed more work.

  • June 22, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Hey Colin62, I See Your Point . . .

    by Dave I

    Yes, it paralleled Toy Story 2 in that it was a get-back-to-Andy plotline, at least in part at first. However, there were fundamental differences. First, those parallels only magnified the differences. The dog was too old to help as in TS2, so Woody had to try something different. Also, the toys as a group were abducted and did not want to leave until they realized the situation was rigged against them. Similar, but highlights their dilemma of returning to Andy to be put into storage, be torn apart by unruly kids too young to know better, or try to find something else. Also, the resolution made it fundamentally different. It ended up not being Escape from Daycare so much as realizing life as you knew it was done and then moving on. I think what some are calling a retread was really a clever way to twist the premise of the second movie and show how time has made things they could do in the past ineffective and what they could hold onto prior has changed in kind of hurtful ways. The initial premise is very similar. How it plays out, and the underlying theme, are fundamentally different. Additionally, the toys seemed to really grow as a group and possibly in the most fundamental fashion (and definitely ONE of the most meaningful changes) of the series. I see what you are saying, it just struck me in a radically different manner. <p><p>-Cheers

  • June 22, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    To Infinity and WITHOUT Harry

    by AGNT009

    Geez dude, get a grip. I just discovered your site and that was way too much. I too got misty eyed at the ending, which was done well. I too was an Andy with a big imagination with my toys, but I didnt react like you did. Watching him let go of Woody was just reminding me when I had to finally grow up. Also that old saying, if you love someone, let them go. Andy knew he couldnt play with them the way they deserved to be played with, and he found the perfect little girl to keep the adventures alive for them. Notice how he gave each toy a "how to play with me" bio as he introduced them, so as to keep their roles the same for the most part in the imagination of the little girl. As much as I know its risky to make a 4th movie and more, Pixar could knock another out of the park easily. I love how the toys have access to the daycare still because the little girl still goes there. And notice how Zurg showed up there? I think another movie could focus on the little girl and the toys helping her somehow. Maybe address bullies or something, and how the toys somehow help her win over that bully kid at the daycare. Give Andy a cameo as he's home visiting from college, but leave it short and sweet, and STILL grown up. The girl could bring Woody as show and tell, and the little bully kid steals him to bully her, and once again, you have a rescue scenario that could be part of the plot. The toys could also encourage her to play outside, get some exercise, and not so much emphasis on video games. Parents would appreciate those lessons being taught. As for Harry's Woody storyline of being passed down to cant buy bed sheets and fully theme a toy in your bedroom if the toy is from another decade. Woody and his tv shows were currently on tv in Andys time if I remember correctly. Harry is building an army of disgruntled Prospector toys, growing angry every day that they are caged by plastic force fields, keeping them out of the hands of children who would play with them. Id be very afraid to go to sleep in that house of yours Harry. Very afraid.

  • June 22, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Harry, is Yoko a real girl?

    by gun_will_travel

    Because if she is, you both need to re-watch "The 40-Year Old Virgin." Heck, you should watch it with her even if she is a blow-up doll, which I am beginning to suspect. Grow up, sell your toys, and invest in real relationships!

  • June 22, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    I have a confession

    by AmericanMovieFan

    I had the entire Ghostusters toy set as a little kid. The fire station, the car, the Ghostbusters themselves. I have never played with anything more than I played with that stuff. It still stings to think I gave all of it away. It stings like a motherfucker. I regret it quite often in a whistful moment. However, I know I wouldn't be playing with them and that someone else got to play with them while I moved on and saw them as collector's items rather than toys. So I can relate. But thank G-d, I'm still not Harry. WOW.

  • June 22, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Crap Toys

    by Todaysfate

    I was so inspired by this debate that I thought I would get out my 200+ GIJoe action figures from the 80s out and let my kids and nephew have them to play with. The little rubber band holding them together at the waste was broken on almost all of them. Pieces of junk. Proof that toys arent meant to least forever. Just give the kids a cell phone and they won't need anything else.

  • June 22, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Peter David & sufb

    by 300 monkeys

    I worked a for a big-time LA comic book store in the 80's and 90's, and during that time we hosted Peter David a few times for signing events. He was always a prince, not only willing to sign whatever was put in front of him, but also a warm personality that seemed genuinely engaged in talking to an endless stream of fanboys. And you know, you really can't fake that stuff (Frank Miller!). So I am feeling a little geek-group embarrassment for this site to see him raise his head and make an intelligent contribution to this crazy thread ... only to be set upon by the ironically named shutupfanboy, because sufb didn't get that autograph he wanted that time! Sufb, please watch Toy Story 2 and 3 again, and The Last Crusade, and then LET IT GO! Mr David, I'm sure that you knew what this site is like, and that you can take care of yourself, but I just had to weigh in on this. Peace

  • June 22, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST

    I cried like a bitch

    by blunted666

    It was the perfect length and pace. The story didn't have that tangle-of-TV-cords plot mess going on, and every little move played me like a sucker. I felt kind of sad remembering Jim Varney had passed a few years back

  • June 22, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST


    by maverick2484

    My parents sold our house, the home in which I had lived my entire life, the month before I went away to university. So I packed up my room knowing that I would never see it again and discovered things that I had long ago forgotten about...Batman figures, issues of Nintendo Power from 1992, that sort of thing. Why on earth did I keep them? Maybe so that I could one day have the pleasure of finding them again, an inadvertent gift from my childhood self. Anyways, I saw the movie today and it brought back some of the beautiful sadness from that time...knowing that, metaphorically (and literally in my case) you can never go home again, but then, would you really want to? Home isn't what you remember. Andy could have kept Woody, be keeping Woody won't make him that carefree 6 year-old again. No, he did the right thing by giving Woody away. Less obvious than Andy handing him down to his own child, which is how I thought the movie might end. Andy and Woody pay tribute to the time they spent together, and then move on to the next phase, as all of us must do in our own way. What a beautiful, perfect (and, not least of all, fun!) film. The sort of thing you hope to be able to share with your own children when they're young, and then again when they're about to leave the nest.

  • June 22, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST

    300 Monkeys

    by Peter David

    Thanks for the kind words. One of the sad-but-true aspects of conventions is that you can sign autographs for a thousand people and send them all home happy and no one ever hears from them. Yet you somehow manage to piss off the thousand and first guy, and he's the one who makes his voice heard. And since it's human nature to believe the worst of people, that's oftentimes what gains traction. So I appreciate you taking the time out to say something.<p>

  • June 22, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST

    You know...

    by ckone

    Right now a Toy Story 4 seems wrong, but in ten years time?? I think it would be a great idea to bring another chapter in, maybe instead of it being about a rescue or something, it could be about how Bonnie actually plays with them, maybe we can spend time with the toys being played with for a while..more like the opening of TS3...where we get to see her imagination...that would be cool. But in ten years time...yeah, I would be ready to go back for more.

  • June 22, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Did you hate it when Willy Wonka....

    by dacanesta

    ...handed over his beloved chocolate factory to a fitting benefactor?

  • June 22, 2010, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Peter David . . .

    by Dave I

    For what it's worth, I think most of us appreciate when somebody we admire (author, artist, tracer, athlete, musician, etc.) is gracious enough to sign an autograph or shoot the bull with fans or admirers. I won't comment on SUFB, I don't really know his situation that day or anything about him, but generally speaking I think the majority of people are just thrilled to be able to meet celebs or artists (or whatever venue) and have them be remotely gracious to them. <p><p>If you even read this or if it makes any impression. Just saying, some of us just try to be appreciative and cool with people who work in the field we enjoy, and it was nice (and probably unnecessary) for you to explain your side of things, but stuff happens. <p><p>-Cheers

  • June 22, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Dave I

    by Peter David

    Don't get me wrong: I never said that fans aren't grateful or are unappreciative. In fact, far from it: The vast, VAST majority of the time, they're effusive in their the time. All I'm saying is that, in the grand tradition of the squeaky wheel getting the grease, those who for whatever reason are unhappy are much louder in voicing their complaints than happy people are to voice their satisfaction. And worse, that it's the complaints that people seem to remember.

  • June 23, 2010, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Still creeped out

    by Ddaddy36

    This was published four days ago and I'm still creeped out thinking about Andy and Bonnie doing it.

  • June 23, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST


    by redkamel

    That movie was perfect. I too have my toy hang ups and my favorite ones. But the movie was about moving on. Woody moved on, and saw what was really important in life; being with his friends and being there for SOMEONE, not just being there for ANDY. Andy moved on because, well, he went to college and gave his toys away. I mean seriously, everyone has a toy they loved, but I don't think "keeping it vs giving it to someone who will love it" is much of a thing to get in a fight about. My toys are in the attic, but rest assured, they will be given to my kids to use as I did. Vintage TF, thundercats, GI Joe, Exo Squad...the whole lot of them.<p>In the end the movie is about Woody, Buzz and the crew, not Andy. The whole father subplot would have been cool, but might have made Woody seem unsympathetic if he left Andy. The ending would have been a lot more complicated, and a lot more "individual" (with 3 separate endings) and a lot less "friends"

  • June 23, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    If it hadn't been for 2

    by Colin62

    I could accept this film on its not inconsiderable merits. But there was already a 2. And I concede there is arguably a minor thematic adjustment but it still felt like Toy Story 2 Redux. With much less Zurg. Boo.

  • June 23, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST


    by FlyingToupee

  • June 23, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST

    I prefer Ben and Jerry's

    by FlyingToupee

  • June 24, 2010, 12:54 a.m. CST

    The thing that bothers me most about this "review".....

    by CSILevel3 the idea of the third movie of a new trilogy being made about the children of ANDY and BONNIE. Andy is conceivably 13-14 years older than Bonnie, which would make him 32 when she would be 18, and it just kinda creeps me out....

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  • June 24, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST


    by Atomic_Crusader

    ...there, just over the horizon, the barbarian horde salivate at the easy pickins'. Decadent.

  • June 24, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST


    by packpick

    Harry dosent mind stuff like that look at his marriage pervo;)

  • June 24, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST


    by The Dum Guy

    I've heard that guys who marry a woman 10 or plus years younger than them live longer.<br><br> I would hope they aren't in their twenties when they do this (the men).

  • June 24, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Harry, you're a gem

    by Cathy904

    Your fanbase is a little hard on you, and each other, but your funny articles make me laugh a lot, and your serious articles are very compelling. Rock on.

  • June 24, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Harry - you are a whiny, pathetic manchild,

    by Tony2826

    and because you obviously never grew up, no body else should be allowed to either.

  • June 24, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Last Crusade is one of the best movies ever.....

    by jaysin420

    now why don't they give Connery whatever he wants and make the next movie a direct sequel to that one? Skulls would take place after, or even better we could all just forget it even happened.

  • June 24, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Connery doesn't want anything

    by Peter David

    Except to remain retired.

  • June 25, 2010, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Harry, you misread the film.

    by sambom

    I don't care much for the torrents of abuse directed at Harry, but I tend to agree with the substance of the criticisms here. Namely, that Harry has completely misread this film. First and foremost, the story is about Woody letting go of Andy, not the other way around. Secondly, the ending is not about Andy leaving his childhood behind, but choosing to put another person's happiness in front of his own. Ultimately, that's really what putting your childhood behind you is about anyway. Learning not to throw tantrums when you don't get what you want is an important step to maturity. As is the lesson that it is a noble thing to make another person happy, even at your own expense. Keeping Woody for himself merely for nostalgic purposes would be a selfish thing to do. He's not letting go of his childhood, he's passing it on. I'd be interested to hear Harry's response to these criticisms of his reading of the film.

  • June 25, 2010, 4:46 a.m. CST

    Who Criticized Last Crusade?

    by hst666

    Not as good as Raiders, but way better than Temple of Doom.

  • June 25, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST

    This was a cry for help not a review

    by shield^wolf

    Harry, I know you love toys, and you seem to have Daddy issues, but what did you want Andy to do - say no to the little girl who said "My cowboy" all cutely? Andy realized that it was time to move on and become a man, even though it was hard. For godsakes he is going to COLLEGE and he still hesitated about taking a cowboy doll away from a 3 year old girl. He made Woody and a little girl happy but I guess you would prefer if he took the doll from her, made her cry then took Woody to college and then hid him in a drawer because he got teased mercilessly on his first day in residence for bringing a doll with him. Roll Credits. Best ending ever.

  • June 26, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST

    It's about 9/11

    by anansi133

    Going into the theater, the big question in my mind, was how they would have spent 11 years in crafting this story? How might they possibly top the second one in terms of letting go? Nine years ago the big question in my mind, was whether or not this country would totally lose its shit over the unscheduled demolition of two buildings. And for the most part, it seems like we haven't. Our 'leadership' sure has, but that's a different story. Lotso represents our collective rage at having been made fools of. And the incinerator scene is one way to stay true to reality while telling a childrens' story post 9/11. The toys represent childhood, but they also represent family-ourselves when we're children. Will our parents set us free when it's time, or will they try to keep us in the blister pack forever, keeping us as unchanging representations of their own ideals. When Andy lets go of Woody, he's allowing Woody to self actualize, in a way Woody never could while sitting on a bookshelf in college.

  • June 26, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST

    They Already Made a Movie For Harry's Kind


    It was called Toy Story 2. He's the big fat toy collector played by Wayne Knight. Anyone who keeps Toys Past the age of 14 (around the tie they enter high school) just to play with them needs to grow up or get counseling.

  • June 26, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST



  • June 26, 2010, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Peter David and A Movie Hits Home

    by MrStinger

    Peter David completely understood the real meaning of the movie's ending. My one tweak to his observation is that Bonnie not only reached for Woody, she RECOGNIZED him. "My cowboy!" she said. That had to resonate with Andy, and if he said "you can't have my toy" the movie would end with everyone hating Andy. The ending in the film is the only correct possible ending for the story. <P> <P> This movie hit home with me in a way I don't think many of you can understand. When the first Toy Story came out, my only child was very young, and it was one of the first movies we took him to see. We immediately ran to Burger King to get all of the toys, and he played with them happily through his childhood. His Christmas wish that year was for a Slinky Dog. <P> <P> In about five weeks, we will be taking him to college, and, like Andy, he will be leaving behind childish things. This is gut-wrenching in a way you cannot know unless it's happened to you. <P> <P> His toys won't go into the attic or be given away. They will go into storage and made available to him when he has a home of his own and children who may enjoy them. <P> <P> I cried during this film, never moreso than when Andy's Mom realizes he's walking out of his room for the last time. When we look down into a box being readied for storage to see Woody, Buzz, Slinky, Rex, Hamm, and the others, I'll cry again. <P> <P> As a complete aside, there is a very good movie to be made about Andy going online to try and buy a Woody for his son, only to realize when he sees the auction item photos the reason it isn't listed as "mint" condition--there's a name, ANDY, scrawled on the bottom of a boot...

  • June 26, 2010, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Toy Story 3 is a POS

    by peterl

    Toy Story 3 is a horrible movie. Though some of it technically 'works', as in, the scene when they hold hands getting ready to die is touching, so it works. That tone clearly doesn't belong in a Toy Story movie. Try to picture anything even remotely similar to that feel in parts 1 or 2. Pixars creative team has turned middle aged men dealing with getting old. Their work lately is boring, melodramatic and preachy. They have lost touch with what made them successful. Which was sweet, thoughtful movies that made people (especially kids) feel good. Little kids (lets say six-ish) will not understand the character reversals of Buzz, won't understand the motivations of Lotso being evil (kids can not understand the mentality of a Hitler / dictator type - and they shouldn't be forced to try. Putting that on someone so young is mean spirited), can't read subtitles as fast as they would need to and don't identify with growing old. This is a movie for, and by, middle aged sad sacks. I can't think of an example of a movie more disloyal to it's predecessors. I mean, why not let Lotso redeem himself in the end as he appeared to for a moment, he was hurt (that's the only reason why he was mean) show him some warmth if you care about the character. But they don't. And don't even get me started on the Bo Peep / Woody angle, completely unnecessary. And don't say it's realistic, there is no realistic in a world of talking toys with what should have been creative minds at the helm, things did not have to be so dramatically simple and manipulative. This is another example (Transformers, The Dark Knight, Superman Returns, etc.) of selfish grown ups ruining something that kids hold dear in an attempt to make it appeal to themselves. Adults are supposed to be trying to make things nice and happy for kids. Not sad and reflective to suit ourselves. Adults need to grow up. It is a mean, hard, somber movie. For Toy Story....that means it sucks about as much as it can suck.

  • June 26, 2010, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah...

    by peterl

    And it suffers from the self indulgent "just fucking end it already!!!" ending that all self important (I'm looking at you Lord of the Rings) movies do. Andy going through each toy with the new kid...what cheesy, sappy crap. Andy may have grown up but I wanted to smack him until he cried like a six year old. And that new kid BTW, was retarded, speach impediment and all.... That is some lame paint by numbers shit. I'd trade a thousand of her for one Boo.

  • June 26, 2010, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Oh, oh yeah....

    by peterl

    Don't try to force feed your animation geek side projects on kids. Kids don't have "My Neighbour Totoro" toys. That movie does not appeal to the North American mentality, and in my opinion, that's because North American kids grow up with better movies. Comparing masters prime to prime.... Miyazaki is no Walt Disney. That's why he has nothing to compare to Disneyland, his vision is smaller. Its another example of the creators forcing themselves on an audience instead of understanding and making what the audience loves.

  • June 27, 2010, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Oh, oh, oh yeah....

    by peterl

    Anyone notice the strong Mexican influence in this movie (The new Andy kid looked Latin, the Tortilla, the Latin Buzz / theme song edit)? Anyone been to Disneyland lately? That's a Latino market man. A market that hasn't been factored into Toy Story prior to this "sell more toys" affair. Why are they making Cars 2? and Cars Land in California Adventure?.....because white trash kids love cars....because their parents are fucking stupid and let them watch it over and over before they have developed an ability to call bull shit!! Cars suuuucked!!!! Pixar will go down if they keep their current mentality of toys before quality.

  • June 27, 2010, 1:01 a.m. CST

    I agree with Harry about one thing

    by wackedfuck

    Andy's mom. She's a total pain. I understand that she's a single mom doing the best she can to raise two kids, but really. Going through your kids' stuff while their away (Toy Story 2)? Kind of low, if you ask me. She wouldn't like it if someone went through her things when she wasn't around, would she?

  • June 27, 2010, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Last crusade was an unnecessary apology...

    by peterl

    Temple of Doom opened Jones up. He could have gone to the Arctic, Tibet, Africa, wherever. Instead they became being visually repetitive. Indiana Jones was dead in '84. Deal with it.

  • June 27, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST



    Are you insane?

  • June 27, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Oh just shut up Peterl

    by TotoroSan

    We get it. You are a fucking twerp teenager trying your hand at trolling. News flash. You suck at it. Now go return to your masturbation and come back when you grow up a little.

  • June 27, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST


    by peterl

    Sorry for calling out 'My Neighbour Totoro', you seem to like it. I used to like pointless movies that appeared to say something when they actually say nothing. That use random thoughts as a fill in for intelligence...back when I was a fucking twerp teenager. You would probably like Eraserhead. Maybe you could even fool someone into thinking you're even smart for enjoying pointless nonsense, if you could put together a clever argument. But you probably won't. Because you suck at that. PS. I will never outgrow masturbation.

  • June 27, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST


    by peterl


  • June 27, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST


    by peterl


  • June 27, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST

    So, is Cars 2 going to be overhyped as well

    by RPLocke

    I can't wait for the critics to fawn over that one even though Cars 1 was terrible.

  • June 28, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Saw this movie yesterday.

    by Warcraft

    Didn't see the first two so I don't have any attatchment to the characters but, regarding the ending. I gotta say all the people writing paragraph after paragraph going into all the depth and symbolism about why andy gave up woody are wasting their time, as is harry for complaining about it. It simply boils down to this, it would have been an extremely dick move on andy's part NOT to give the toy over. I mean did you see the look on the girl's face when andy first hesitated to hand woody over? what kind of a douche would andy be if he didn't hand it over? I mean harry, would you have actually prefered andy to tell the little girl to fuck off and keep his toy? really??? grow the fuck up. If andy would have kept the toy from the girl I would have shat my pants and thanked god I didn't waste time on the first two movies. as it stands, I'm actually interested in seeing them now, thanks to the MATURE ending of this film.

  • June 28, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    "Let it go, Harry....let it go..."

    by arjaybee

    I don't want to see anymore Toy Story movies because these 3 movies are great. I think Pixar is letting go of Toy Story with this installment as well. It's time to let go.

  • June 28, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Man, that bums me out.

    by ganda1f

    I was under the impression in the first film that Woody was a family hand-down toy, and I came to the same conclusion as Harry - that he must have been handed down from Andy's absent father, for him to have been so keen on such an old toy.<br><br>The end fits the theme of this film, but it makes the classic bad-sequel mistake of killing some of the joy the first films hold. Andy giving Woody away - rather than keeping him for his own children - implies that Woody's past is somewhat more mundane. <br><br> And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why grown-ups who think too much should not watch Toy Story films.

  • June 28, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    guys, it wasn't andy's intention to give him up

    by Warcraft

    for fucks sake. woody CHOSE to jump into that box. for all we know, woody COULD have been a hand me down from his dad. there's nothing to say that isn't the case. the fact of the matter is andy didn't expect woody to be in the box, the girl got attatched to woody earlier in the film, and wanted him back. andy, being a GROWN UP, saw that it was time to let someone else enjoy him, regardless of woody's oh so mysterious past. in a million years i never would have imagined defending a fucking toy movie. holy shit aicn what the fuck have you done to me?????

  • June 28, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Warcraft ...

    by ganda1f

    You are correct. On all counts. Hm. I guess I wasn't paying attention.<br><br> Probably because I was crying ... er, I mean, because I was thinking about tits and explosions.

  • June 28, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST

    I took my three year old to it...

    by boogel

    And the first scene in Bonnie's room you her my daughter scream 'Totoro'. So yes, kids do get the reference.

  • June 29, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    fuck boogel i KNEW that funny anime toy looked familiar!

    by Warcraft

    i was like, isnt that a miyazaki character???

  • June 29, 2010, 6:01 p.m. CST

    It should've ended in the incinerator

    by Cruzboy

    The incinerator scene was one of the most intense sequences I've seen in a long time. Everyone in the cinema was seriously gripped! I know I'm a dark fucker, but I think that would've been one of the most fitting and memorable endings in movie history had it ended there. As soon as that claw came down, it was like 'fuck, I forgot this is meant to be a kid's movie!' The actualy ending was nice but extremely Hollywood. They need to make an alternate ending for the dvd so it ends there. Would've been a much more powerful story. Pixar films have evolved into more than just kids films. When I looked around the cinema last night, I couldn't see one person under 16. Incredible!

  • June 29, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST

    boogel, Warcraft, Cruzboy

    by peterl

    Cruzboy, you are right. While I hate that they had to gritty up Toy Story, if you're going to go that way, save me the drawn out - cringe inducing - pussy ending. Boogel and Warcraft: two geeks weigh in and one isn't even immediately sure that it was a Miyazaki character. Point proven. If anyone should have recognized that force feeding instantly it should have been someone who hangs out here. Boogel, I'm sure your three year old loves Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Goonies and a bunch of other things from your generation that you force on her. Congraulations on getting her beat up daily throughout primary school. I hope she grows up cool enough to shrug you off.

  • June 29, 2010, 8:40 p.m. CST

    peterl, I'm not following your point in regards to myself.

    by Warcraft

    are you saying i should have been nerdy enough to instantly recognize the blink and you miss it cameo of totoro? I'm confused. i like miyazaki stuff but i haven't seen it all, but his art style is pretty unique.

  • June 29, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST


    by peterl

    I'm saying that if you didn't recognize it, and you are probably part of the only audience that would be expected to recognize it, then it clearly is not recognizable. It is an obscure reference made to satisfy the old men at Pixar, and not the audience of little kids that made them rich. Like referencing Tarzan in the Crystal Skull, stupid. As inorganic as stuffing in Spanish language components. As inorganic as forcing Indiana Jones into Familiar locales and situations instead of stretching to apologize for the Temple of Doom (Last Crusade). Toy Story 3 was a train wreck, just a slicker train wreck than the Crystal Skull.

  • June 29, 2010, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Harry was right...

    by peterl

    Even though I hate that blubbering moron's reviews. The majority of this talkback is arguing over whether or not Andy should or should not have given away Woody. Fact is that it was a contrived situation, a full on attempted tear jerker that was following up on a full on attempted tear jerker (the incinerator). One semblance of authenticity or originality and that scene would not exist. Woody should have been more than just a toy, he was demoted. It's what killed The Lost World. In Jurassic Park you build up these huge powerful dinosaurs, in the lost world you're hunting them in the first two minutes, they're demoted. I would argue that in the Temple of Doom, when Indiana Jones rocks that Indian guard off screen and sends him sliding into frame and they cut to him standing there, that's as iconic as he ever was. The icon was established in Raiders but blown up there, so the audience (whether or not they like the movie) were like "Fuckin rights!". Last Crusade, he just repeats shit for giggles. He was demoted. Demotion is the hallmark of all shit sequels, all the good sequels up the scale of the characters. Empire Strikes Back - promotions all around, Toy Story 2 - promotions, Godfather 2 - promotion, and arguably theTemple of Doom - promotion (in terms of the scale of the Indiana Jones character....well they were all "Indiana Jones and the".. from there on out)

  • June 29, 2010, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Bo Peep...

    by peterl

    Having Bo Peep gone, RC gone, Wheezy gone. Thrown out or given away, In the first few minutes Pixar made a very familiar mistake, you can't recover from it. They marginalized the characters. They're something to be thrown out. On a side note, the characters showed themselves alive to Sid, it was important enough to them to scare a bully that they do that. Why couldn't Woody talk to Andy? Say goodbye, because they were so important to eachother. If Woody symbolized Andy's Dad, taken care of. If Woody felt that he had to move on to another kid, taken care of. It would have at least shown that he was more than something to be forgotten.

  • June 29, 2010, 10:05 p.m. CST

    The Harry move on comments....

    by peterl

    You never move on. That's poppycock. That is part of your life. Maybe he's a bit compulsive..whatever. He doesn't hold on to toys, it's very clear he's holding on to symbols of things that are finished. That at least shows some respect. I have no problem with that. Woody was childhood in the first two movies, he was not an object. He was never presented as an object. He could not leave Andy because Andy couldn't be without him, they needed eachother. It was sweet. You can come to an understanding and have an ending with that but you can't give it away. In Toy Story 3 Andy just gave away a toy, because he never knew how much he meant to Woody. Or that Woody put himself in the box. Woody got the shaft. You can't dismiss things like that. It feels fake. If Disney had made this movie without Pixar everyone would be up in arms about how disingenuous it was to dismiss characters like that.

  • June 29, 2010, 11:49 p.m. CST

    oh i see now peterl, thanks for the clarification.

    by Warcraft

    my lack of reading skills for the lose.

  • June 30, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST


    by SuperUltraNinja

    are a sad, strange little man.

  • June 30, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST


    by peterl

    Clever. If you have anything else to say get it out. I'm about to end this thread with some closing remarks.

  • July 1, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    In other news...

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    Harry would like you to know that he thinks Jackie Paper is a fucking asshole.

  • July 1, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Ahhh thank God for you Harry

    by Mockingbuddha

    You talk about toys and movies they way I felt about certain books as a kid. I feel you man. Ignore the mosquitos. I forget who said every grownup is guilty of the murder of at least one child. It may be necessary, but it hurts. It's like falling in love for the first time. Even though every single person experiences it, no one ever experiences it like I did... No one can understand.

  • July 1, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Word up Mockingbuddha

    by peterl

    Lets turn the tide on these naysaying fuckers

  • July 1, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Word up Mockingbuddha

    by peterl

    Lets turn the tide on these naysaying fuckers

  • July 1, 2010, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Word up Mockingbuddha II

    by peterl

    Wait. No one is paying attention anymore.. *Harumph*

  • July 4, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Reading into it TOO MUCH...

    by martinez3D

    Its cool to read into back story sometimes but its better to just deal with whatever they have presented you with cuz everything else is merely your own perception, I loved the ending with Andy giving his toys to that cool imaginative little girl, they even showed how great she treated her toys so I had no worries when Andy handed Woody over. I agree with you on the theme being letting go and moving on, DEAD ON man. I just think you got a lil carried away with your own perception on Andy's intentions, still a great flick and for the most part a great reiview.

  • July 5, 2010, 5:35 a.m. CST

    wrong way around harry

    by riggs_riggs_hey_riggs_where_are_you_riggs_riggs

    The WHOLE POINT was that Andy didn't want Woody as much as Woody wanted Andy. Andy hadn't played with Woody for years. He didn't even notice he was missing. And IMO he was only taking him to college for nostalgia sake. As soon as Andy sees how much the little girl wants Woody, he gives him up. The point of the scene is that Woody chose his family over Andy. An idea built beautifully scene by scene through the movie (into the crescendo of dramatic hand-holding in the mouth of the furnace). And in the final stunning moments, Woody got to play with Andy one last time. So some of us AICN geeks never threw our toys away. Well, Andy isn't a collector. He's just an average guy moving on. It's Woody's story. And it's Woody's ending.

  • July 5, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Project much?

    by don_gately

    Really, this is about as prime an example of dragging your own ideas about "the way people should behave" into a movie as I've read.

  • July 6, 2010, 12:25 a.m. CST

    by the_box_drone

    That incinerator scene at the end was SO effective, that I actually forgot what kind of movie I was watching for a minute & half-expected a Hans Christian Anderson ending. I've never prayed harder for a Deus Ex Machina.

  • July 7, 2010, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Toy Story 3 was a perfect movie....

    by thot

    ...they got everything right. If it doesn't get a Best Pic nom. it'll be a travesty. The ending made perfect sense and was an excellent finish to the trilogy. Way to go Pixar! Two thumbs WAY up!!!

  • July 8, 2010, 12:30 a.m. CST

    TS3 and Jedi

    by R_dub

    I hope no one missed the Big Baby homage to Darth Vader tossing Lotso into the garbage bin!

  • July 8, 2010, 11:11 p.m. CST

    There are NO dads in these films

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    Not for Andy, not for Sid, not for kids in daycare. Bonnie has a dad, I guess that's who he is, but he's in the background in the yard at the end. Bonnie's mom has all of the lines. Did John Lasseter have a father? Was it his edict that Andy not have a father, and did that set the tone for fathers to be non-entities in this series?

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  • July 11, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Great movie

    by matineer

    The characterization and real emotions in this movie put most current live-action releases to shame, IMHO. I don't mean to be critical, but this just excelled over most shows I've seen lately.

  • July 12, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Best movie so far

    by Jabroni

    TS3 has been the best summer film thus far (IM2 coming at a close second). This movie was way more emotionally draining than I thought it would be. I loved it. As a kid at heart and now a father of 2 boys, the tought of letting go for any reason, was very emotional for me. I thought the film was equal parts funny and emotional. Out of all the movie I have see thus far this summer, this one left me the most fullfilled. I thought it was a perfect ending to a great trilogy. And I have to disagree with Harry, there is no need for another Trilogy, UNLESS they do 3 prequels to let us know how Woody did get with Andy.

  • July 14, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    I want to fuck Andy's mom

    by Abominable Snowcone


  • July 19, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST

    another review that's more about harry than the movie he's suppo

    by hazelam

    what's the frakking point of a movie review you can't read till after you've seen the bloody movie? from the "why AICN reviews are different blurb, "a film review that DOES NOT SPOIL the film for you, the reader." big frakkiing fail there. because you wanted to talk about one point in the movie you disagreed with you turn the whole frakking review into a spoiler. so you wouldn't have given the toy away, you'd have held onto it and watched that little girl cry? you know, i can believe that of a so called film reviewer willing to slate a film without seeing it because the film makers did something he didn't like. tell you what harry, why don't you make a film then we can slate that without watching it, would that be fun?

  • July 20, 2010, 9:50 p.m. CST

    only retards care about "spoilers"

    by Rupee88

    don't read a review unless you've seen the film already...if you are reading a full review to decide whether or not to go, you are an idiot.

  • July 23, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST

    This Was a GREAT Movie!!!!

    by Autodidact

    I'm really glad I got out to see it on the big screen in 3D. Saw it this afternoon and it was beatiful, hilarious, moving, and probably the best couple hours I've had in months. Definitely the best movie I've seen in god knows how long. <p> Honestly can't say how much I loved this movie. It's been the same for all Toy Story movies, but with 11 years since the last one came out it's pretty amazing that it all still works perfectly and feels so fresh. <p> Seriously, so glad I went to see this. Now I'm regretting not seeing How To Train Your Dragon.

  • July 26, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST


    by Lemure_v2

    Harry raves about films like xXx, Van Helsing, and the Elm Street remake, but dislikes Toy Story 3 because a 17 yr old and a 5 yr old don't end up together. ISSUES!!!!

  • July 26, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST

    I knew it

    by Nasty_Nick

    I knew as I watched the end of this movie that Harry's review would consider it to be a growing up type of an ending while I personally saw it as a "moving on" ending and that toys are still cool since Andy was still having a hell of a time playing with them.

  • July 28, 2010, 3:49 a.m. CST

    Second trilogy?!

    by deathvalley69

    Harry, man, please....grow up.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Toy Story 3, I agree with Harry

    by Krisprolls

    I agree with Harry about Andy giving up his toys especially Woody. There's no way I would have given up Woody or Buzz to the recycling toy box. Out of all those toys I would have kept hold of Woody, Buzz and Bullseye. It did shock me when Andy just handed over Woody, yes with trepidation but handed over non the less. We use our toys as a worry doll and if we have problems we can sometimes confide in them cos they listen but don't talk back. PS some of us are happy still playing with toys.

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  • Aug. 6, 2010, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Harry clearly needs a serious toy intervention.

    by detinue

    A crack team of AICN talkbackers should immediately be dispatched to Harry's house in Austin, to sit him down, to talk sense into him, and to remove all said toys from the place for his own mental wellbeing.<p> To borrow from Michael Keaton's character in the movie "Night Shift": Mission in life - make Harry a MAN!

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST


    by comicgeekoidtoo

    If you needed further evidence that trying desperately to cling onto your childhood (as opposed to just remaining young at heart) is bad for you, you could find few better examples than Harry

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  • Oct. 29, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Agree to disagree

    by ThePixelSeeker

    Listen, I know that this is a very late talk back. But I was reading your review and couldn't help myself. I just have to say that the fact that you want a second series is crazy talk. I'm not saying I wouldn't love for them to be able to make a second series and be able to "pull it off". As a matter of fact, I'd love that! But the way that they ended this movie is too epic. It was probably the most dramatic thing in any of the three movies. However, if they do decide to make another movie, it will have to be completely different toys, or your idea.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 6:20 a.m. CST

    Just re-watched on blu-ray (my first)

    by ricarleite2

    And Harry is the most stupid reviewer ever. How he's even this famous and successful is beyond me. He is the absolute worse.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST


    by Bobthegrinch

    What an awful review of a great movie. It's not so much a review as a stream of whining from someone who throwing a hissy fit because these fantastic film makers have different ideas about their own characters than someone running a website. Woody is clearly Andys toy, not his dads, as he had the bedspread and whatnot. Even if it is established in Toy Story 2 that Woody was on telly in the black and white days, it's clear he's still relevant or in some updated toon by the fact that Andy could get hold of so much product featuring him. The character of Andy is not meant to represent solely the life of Harry Knowles. Also getting rid of toys doesn't mean you're abandoning your inner child. I've got rid of all my old toys (save a few Batman figures which just look too cool) because realistically they were simply taking up space I needed for pursuits now more important to me. It doesn't mean I don't still get giddy like a kid when I hear the opening theme on a new episode of Dr Who, go sledging or talk in stupid voices. You're sense of fun or childhood innocence isn't defined by how many items that come in a packet contain a warning about potential choking hazards you own. We should commend the character of Andy for handing over items he clearly loved out of selflessness. The expression on his face showed that he hasn't let go of his inner child, he's just not a little boy anymore.