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Toy Story 3 Review

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When Walt Disney Pictured released its first Toy Story in the theaters in 1995, few movie goers expected its critical and commercial success so great that it would generate another two box-office smashes, Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3? Produced by Pixar, these computer-animated films have generated DVD’s, spin-offs, toys, clothes, merchandise, even theme park attractions. No wonder the National Film Registry mentions them as “culturally, historically, aesthetically significant.”

With DVD’s of TS1 and TS2 already on my shelf, I quickly accepted the opportunity to preview TS3 before its November 23, 2010, release just five months after it premiered on the big screen June 18, 2010. I just got a 55″ LED Edge flatscreen so seeing it in Blu-Ray as home theater was almost as good as a front row opening night seat.

In hi-definition, Toy Story 3 was a visual wonderland. The Blu-Ray disk produced high contrast color, realistic texture, detail, clarity, and vibrance making things almost jump from the screen. Even the subtle details pop. Its quality soundtrack was sharp, clean, and warm with voices appropriate and in snyc with the action. Call TS3 an AV powerhouse.

They say that a sequel never equals the artistic merit of the original. Not true at all. Toy Story 3’s tone mirrors its two predecessors. It gives closure to the story of Andy growing up and away. Furthermore 3 has its own compelling story, worth seeing without 1 and/or 2. This is a face off: friendship, loyalty, and generosity vs abandonment, cruelty, and deceit. Everything is not as it first seems. Things happen and it is what we make of them that makes us.

Brief synopsis of Toy Story 3:
College bound Andy decides to bring Woody along with him but store the other toys in the attic. Things go wrong and the toys end up in Sunnyside Daycare. Woody to the rescue then…Bonnie takes Woody home…kind and wise acting Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear restrains, controls, then imprisons the toys like an organized crime boss…Chuckles tells all about Lotso…Woody plans the toys’ escape…they’re out then…Lotso and his crew move in. Things look bad as a garbage truck heads for the local landfill and its incinerator. Woody and his friends hold hands preparing for the end. Of course they escape and return home. From there it’s on to Bonnie’s where they are wanted and played with again as Woody tells Andy, “So long, partner.”

Love the working out of details in the credits as clips of what happens to the toys now free from Lotso screen. My only regret is that he couldn’t be redeemed in this movie. Well, maybe there will be a next time around even though Toy Story 3 is the last of the series for now.

Here’s the trailer.

And some details on the available releases.

TOY STORY 3 – Bonus Features:

DVD :

? Day & Night ? The innovative and entertaining short from the imagination of Pixar artist and Director Teddy Newton.

? Toys! ? A closer look at all of Toy Story 3?s beloved toys from updating the classic characters to the creation of the Sunnyside Daycare and Bonnie?s Room toys.

? Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: The Science of Adventure ? Produced in conjunction with NASA, this hybrid animation documentary of Buzz?s visit to the International Space Station focuses on research in zero gravity and Buzz?s triumphant return to Earth.

? Paths to Pixar: Editorial ? Pixar editors, past and future share anecdotes about their careers.

? The Gang?s All Here ? A touching look at the returning voice talent for Toy Story 3 and an introduction to the voices of the new characters.

? A Toy?s Eye View: Creating A Whole New Land ? A sneak peek at the new Toy Story-themed playland at Hong Kong Disneyland.

? Studio Stories ? A series of amusing animated anecdotes about life at Pixar.

? ?Where?s Gordon?? ? An animator finds a hidden room at Pixar.

? ?Cereal Bar? ? The majestic and expansive Pixar cereal bar is explored.

? ?Clean Start? ? The Toy Story 3 animators shave their heads to mark the start of the film.

BLU-RAY COMBO PACK: Everything on the DVD plus?

? Toy Story Trivia Dash ? This cool game challenges you to sprint to the finish with Woody, Buzz, Jessie and Rex as you quickly answer questions about all three Toy Story movies.

? Cine-Explore ? Commentary by Director Lee Unkrich and Producer Darla K. Anderson.

? Beyond the Toybox: An Alternative Commentary Track Featuring Leads from Story, Tech, Art and Animation ? Commentary by Story Supervisor Jason Katz, Supervising Technical Director Guido Quaroni, Production Designer Bob Pauley and Supervising Animators Bobby Podesta and Michael Venturini.

? Beginnings: Setting A Story In Motion ? Screenwriter Michael Arndt analyzes successful opening scenes from Toy Story, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles.

? Bonnie?s Playtime: A Story Roundtable ? A roundtable discussion with Director Lee Unkrich and the story artists who brought the ?Bonnie?s Playtime? scene to life.

? Roundin? Up A Western Opening ? The development of the movie?s exciting opening scene.

? Life Of A Shot ? Toy Story 3 artists and technicians describe their contributions to a few of the shots in the film?s ?Western Opening.?

? Goodbye Andy ? An exploration of character design, acting and animation in the scene ?Andy?s Goodbye.?

? Accidental Toymakers ? By creating the Toy Story characters, the Pixar filmmakers found themselves in the unlikely role of toy designers. Meet the toy company that took a chance on manufacturing the now iconic toys and learn of their incredible success that began with a modest number of Woody and Buzz Lightyear toys 15 years ago.

? Making of Day & Night ? The story behind the unique 2D/3D blended short.

The product(s) featured in this review was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of my family and/or self. Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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