Toy Story 3

29 Jun

I went to see Toy Story 3 the other day, and I think it stands a few notches below their best work. The villain has a very similar voice and demeanour as the one in Toy Story 2, and there were a few too many winking references to the first two films. These are minor complaints sure, but considering their stellar body of work it’s a reasonable criticism.

What I didn’t expect was for the movie to be quite so dark for so much of its runtime. Pixar is no stranger to big themes, and this one turns into Papillon for about half the movie. It’s still really good, and if you’ve got children to entertain there’s nothing else to recommend above this, but be warned: you will probably cry. There’s an air of melancholy around it that’s hard to see past, Toy Story came out so long ago that it’s possible that kids who saw that are now old enough to take their own children to the third installment .

Do you feel old yet?

The next Pixar film won’t be out until late 2012. Called Brave, it’s their first movie to be written and directed by a woman, so expect pre-emptive calls that Pixar is over and they’ve sold out to the siren song of Disney Princess merchandising money. Still, I have a lot of faith in the creative team. There’ll be a trailer in about a year, probably right after they figure out what the hell Monsters Inc 2 is going to be about.

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2 Responses to “Toy Story 3”

  1. Erinkyan June 29, 2010 at 8:40 am #

    Technically I believe Cars 2 is coming out next year… but I could see why you would want to pretend that Brave will be the next Pixar film to be released.

    • liamjordan June 29, 2010 at 8:48 am #

      Oh shit so it is. I was looking at the Wikipedia page and I must have just skimmed over it, which shows how little I care about that movie. What is it with amazing actors doing a voice role in a cartoon and then woosh they’re dead, Orson Welles, Paul Newman and now Dennis Hopper. Sad times.

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