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Genre: Children's DVDs - Disney / Universal, suitable for all / Director: Lee Unkrich / Actors: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Don Rickles ... / DVD released 2010-11-22 at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL, Widescreen, Colour, Digital Sound, Subtitled

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      07.03.2014 10:04
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      a classic film

      Background

      Toystory 1 came out back in 1995 when I was *cough* 9 years old. Its one of the first times I remember having such a hype about and want not only to see the film but also have as many of the toys as possible. My sister Rebecca was obsessed with Buzz and finally managed to get one for her birthday after not being able to at Christmas. The success of Toystory was quite unexpected hence why many children were left disappointed by not being able to get a Toystory toy, short sighted retailers simply didn't order enough. Tom Hanks was always picked to be Woody and signed up almost straight away, Billy Crystal was asked to be Buzz but turned it down, a role he regretted turning down, he did however voice Sully in Monsters Inc, Tim Allen was then asked and accepted. Toystory 2 came out in 2000, due to the success of the first one it was given a full theatrical realise and the craze for it was still there and I remember going to see it in the cinema having not seen the first in the cinema I wanted to make sure I saw this one. There was then a long gap between the second and third of 10 years, rumours about the third circulated with storylines based on a faulty Buzz being sent back to Taiwan being the big one. The reasons why there was a long gap is mainly down to Disney who now owned Pixar and there were several disagreements on how the sequels will happen/take place. These were finally resolved and the third one was created in 2010.

      Plot

      Toystory 3 picks up several years after Toystory 2, Andy is now getting ready to go to college and he has to make a decision on his old childhood toys. Most of the toys have gone, Bo Peep being a big one but Buzz, Woody, Rex, Hamm, Mr and Mrs Potato head, the three aliens, Jessie, Bullseye and Slinky dog still remain, along side several army figures who soon depart. After a mix up the toys and a Barbie from Mollies room end up in the trash, the toys make a dash for it and go into the box Andys mum is donating to the Sunnyside centre a day nursery for young children. Once in they meet an array of toys including Lots-O-Huggin bear who takes the all the toys except Barbie, who falls in love with the Ken, to a new room, which is for much smaller children than they hoped for. Its soon clear the Lots-O and his side kicks Kens and Big Baby have created a horrible system for all the toys at the centre. Woody manages to escape before discovering this only to be found by Bonnie, who takes him home and plays with him. Here he finds out from an old clown that knew Lots-O about how Lots-O hates children and indeed most other toys because he was abandoned by his previous owner Daisy, Woody decides he has to go back and help the others escape. Once inside the plot to escape begins. The escape scenes are very good, the writers at Pixar do write and create fantastic escape scenes for Toystory, the escape from Sunnyside has to be my favourite. I've also read that several scenes featured in the third film, the opening scene in particular, were actually old ideas which were meant to feature on the first film but not created due to budget needs, don't forget Toystory when it first come out was expected to be such a successful film so the budgets on it were smaller than two and three.

      My thoughts

      Toystory is a film I have pretty much grown up with, coming out in 1995 its a film I was as a child and loved very much. When the third one come out there was no doubt in my mind about going to see it at the cinema, in 3D, Me and a friend headed off and saw it in the opening weekend and loved it. The one thing I noted whilst in there was that there were no kids at all in the screening, a majority of the people in there were around my age and I do attribute some of its success down to adults like me who have grown up with the films going to see the final part. Toystory 3 for me is for me one of the best films at offering a great storyline which not only children can enjoy but adults too, some of the scenes and dialogue I found very much aimed at adults with meanings only we would understand but at the same time children still enjoy them in their own way. Toystory 3 is a film people my age have grown up with and in a way Andy has grown up with us so to watch him go off to college makes us think about our own life both as a care free child with toys to being adults and no longer having these toys. In the film there were several scenes I did cry at, quite heavily because it is a film I've loved as a child and as an adult and the final scenes especially were incredibly well done.

      The future

      Toystory 3 is meant to be the final part to a great trilogy of films. The third part ended things well both for the toys and for the audience, as much as I love Toystory I really do not want the trilogy being ruined and a fourth being created. I know some short films were created, one last year which I haven't seen, these are ok so long as it doesn't turn into anther feature film with a big story line around it. The Toystory trilogy for me was a film for all, for an animated film this is a brave step and it did spawn the creation of other animated films both adults and children can enjoy and its legacy will live on. Its future should be as a classic film for all with not more additions being made. I really do hope the creators agree with me and not do a fourth!

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      05.01.2014 18:08
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      A great third film

      About the film
      Toy Story 3 is the third film in the Toy Story series by Disney. The film was released on 19th July 2010 and it has a run time of 103 minutes. As this is a Disney film, Toy Story 3 is rated U.

      Plot
      Andy is now 17 years old and getting ready to go off to college. He hasn't played with his toys in years and Woody, Buzz and the gang are feeling left out. Andy only plans on taking Woody away with him and puts Buzz and most of the other toys in a bag ready to be stored in the attic. But, Andy's mother mistakes the bag for rubbish and puts it out on the street. Now wanting to be thrown away Buzz gathers the toys together and they all hide in a box with Barbie, who is destined to go to Sunnyside Daycare. Woody follows and tries to explain the mix up but they won't listen. The toys think that Andy didn't want them anymore.

      When the toys arrive at Sunnydale, they think that they're going to be happy there. Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear, Big Baby and Ken give the new toys a wonderful tour and everything seems great. Woody however, does not stay at Sunnydale and instead plans to go back and find Andy. While Woody is gone, Lotso shows his true nature. He runs Sunnyside and captures Buzz. After Mr Potato Head sees Andy (with the eye he lost at home) searching for the lost toys, he knows that Andy didn't want to throw them out after all. The toys must rescue Buzz and escape from a hellish life at Sunnydale.

      Cast
      Tom Hanks as Woody
      Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear
      Joan Cusack as Jessie
      Ned Beatty as Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear
      John Morris as Andy
      Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head
      Blake Clark as Slinky Dog
      Wallace Shawn as Rex
      John Ratzenberger as Hamm
      Estelle Harris as Mrs. Potato Head
      Michael Keaton as Ken
      Jodi Benson as Barbie
      Emily Hahn as Bonnie
      Jeff Pidgeon as Aliens

      What I thought
      The Toy Story series of films are some of my favourite things to come from Disney. Until recently though, I hadn't seen the third film even though my husband had bought me a Lotso bear the other year. He bought me the whole box set on DVD for Christmas and it didn't take me long to finally see that third film.

      In this film, Andy is all grown up and getting ready to go off to college. He doesn't want to leave his toys behind as they brought him so much pleasure as a child but chooses to only take Woody with him. The beginning of the film was actually really sad, as the previous two films showed just how much Andy and the toys loved each other. However, it was nice to have a different setting and a whole new storyline going on.

      Although Andy is gone for the majority of the film, the well-known and much loved characters from the first two films are back. Woody and Buzz are just too funny together but I also love the rest of the toys. Some of my favourites are Slinky Dog and Rex. I really enjoyed how the storyline took the toys to a daycare centre as this introduced a whole new range of characters as well though. Lotso is a super cute looking bear but is mean and old. There is a fabulous purple octopus and a super creepy baby doll. Then there is Ken, Barbie's love interest and he was hilarious.

      Toy Story 3 is a film that is suitable for both adults and children. However, there are a few scenes that children might find quite upsetting or disturbing and also a few scenes that adults might get emotional over. Due to there being a few scenes that aren't completely child friendly, I would advise to let children watch this one with an adult present or close by. There were actually a couple of points where I didn't want to watch as I was scared of what would happen and also a couple of points that made me well up.

      The animation and voice acting in Toy Story 3 is absolutely spot on and I cannot fault it in any way. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen reprise their roles as Woody and Buzz respectively although Buzz gets a bit of a makeover during this film. One of the things that I dislike though about the voice acting in this film, and the series, is that you can mostly tell who the actors are playing each part. This makes it hard to think of the characters as cartoons. Children won't feel this way though but it is something that always bugs me a little bit.

      Overall though, Toy Story 3 is a wonderful film and a great addition to the series.

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        23.02.2013 23:07
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        Simply brilliant.

        ~*~*~ Toy Story 3 ~*~*~

        I love Toy Story, but not only do I like it so do my children so it can often be found playing out from my TV. If there isn't anything on the telly, my children will have a swift look through the DVD's and as they quickly go past The Cat in the Hat in disgust they will often choose one of the Toy Story films and Toy Story 3 seems to be the one they choose the most.

        As you are more than likely aware this is the third edition to the Toy Story films and it was the last one out. It was released in 2010.

        ~ The plot ~

        Andy hasn't acquired any new toys since the last film so this isn't about the introduction of a new toy. Andy is 17 now and is off to college the next week, Mom wants him to clear his room and sister Molly wants his room when he is gone.
        Andy's mother brings in rubbish bags for the rubbish, a college box, a box for the attic and a box for Sunnyside Daycare. She wants Andy and Molly to sort their toys out and what ever they no longer want to donate to the childrens daycare place.

        We see Molly sorting her toys and throws in an xylophone and Barbie into the donation box, we then see Andy go over to his toy box where he picks up Buzz and Woody. He looks at them and pops Woody in the box destined to go with him to college, and puts Buzz and the rest of the toys in a black bin bag which he plans to put in the attic. He brings the steps down and proceeds up the attic with the bag of toys however he sees Molly struggling with her donation box so he puts his bag down to help Molly. As he leaves the steps to the attic fold back up and the bag of toys get tumbled along, Andy's mum is heading across the landing and picks up the bag assuming it is rubbish and takes it out to the curb for the trash (bin) men.

        Woody watches in horror as his friends get thrown out and steps up to help them.

        Things don't quite go to plan but the toys do get out of the trash bag and make their way to the boots of Andy's mum car and jump into the box heading for Sunnyside.

        Woody tries to explain the mistake but the toys are having none of it and insist that Andy has thrown them out, Barbie is in hysterics and in the end they all, including Woody, end up in Sunnyside.

        It is here we meet a new character - Bonnie.

        We see the box being put into one of the play rooms in Sunnyside and the toys are welcomed by all the other toys already there. They are shown around by Lotso, and the toys seem to find the fact they will now be played with again a brilliant thing and they are glad to be there. They want to be played with again and they want to feel loved.

        Woody still isn't happy and feels he is betraying Andy by being there. They are Andy's toys and Woody is not willing for them to forget that. He ends up trying to make his way back home but he gets picked up by Bonnie who slips him in her bag and takes him to her house where he meets new toys and of course, gets played with.
        It is here that Woody learns of Lotso's past. It turns out that Lotso was once a much loved toy, along with Big Baby and Chuckles the Clown, their owner Daisy accidently left them behind after a picnic and when the toys eventually made it back home it turns out that Daisy has gotten a new Lotso (which was more than likely bought to pacify the child by the worn out parents!!!). Lotso then turns into a grumpy bear and they end up at the daycare.

        Woody heads back to Sunnyside to rescue the toys in Bonnies backpack the next day and they are all happy to see him.

        A lot of drama follows and the film is just fantastic. The ending is magically sweet and I felt tears welling the first time I watched it!

        There's also very funny moments like when Buzz gets re-set but ends up in a Spanish mode!


        ~ My thoughts ~

        I really enjoyed this and so did my children, and we still do. I think the way the toys come to life is amazing and my 5 year old sets his toys in such a way each night that should they too come to life they can manage to get up and about easily enough! He dislikes me putting anything on top of the telly for instance as it may be too high to get down from!

        I just think the whole concept of the film, not just the third one but all of them is brilliant. The attention to detail is brilliant. The way that the toys move it spot on.

        It is a brilliant family film.


        ~ The cast ~


        Tom Hanks as Woody
        Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear
        Joan Cusack as Jessie
        Ned Beatty as Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear
        John Morris as Andy
        Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head
        Blake Clark as Slinky Dog
        Wallace Shawn as Rex
        John Ratzenberger as Hamm
        Estelle Harris as Mrs. Potato Head
        Michael Keaton as Ken
        Jodi Benson as Barbie
        Emily Hahn as Bonnie
        Jeff Pidgeon as Aliens
        Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants
        Kristen Schaal as Trixie
        Jeff Garlin as Buttercup
        Bonnie Hunt as Dolly
        Whoopi Goldberg as Stretch
        Jack Angel as Chunk
        Jan Rabson as Sparks
        John Cygan as Twitch
        Laurie Metcalf as Andy's Mom
        Lori Alan as Bonnie's Mom
        R. Lee Ermey as Sarge
        Teddy Newton as Chatter Telephone
        Richard Kind as Bookworm
        Bud Luckey as Chuckles
        Javier Fernandez-Peña as Spanish Buzz
        Beatrice Miller as Molly
        Charlie Bright as Peaty/Young Andy
        Amber Kroner as Peatrice
        Brianna Maiwand as Peanelope
        Erik von Detten as Sid
        Jack Willis as Frog
        Lee Unkrich as Jack-in-the-box
        Bob Peterson as Janitor
        Woody Smith as Big Baby


        ~ Favourite Quotes ~

        Andy to Bonnie when explaining all the toys -

        Andy: And Hamm, he'll keep your money safe, but he's also one of the most dastardly villains of all time: Evil Dr. Porkchop!

        Bonnie when playing with the toys -

        (Pulls Woodys string which makes him say - ' Somebodies poisoned the waterhole ')

        Poison (said with a slight lisp) now who would do such a mean thing?!


        ~ Overall ~

        I just think the film is adorable, the graphics are amazing and I just simply love it. It's brilliant for kids, where they can see the toys come alive and of course with their imaginations they just believe it all, like it's all real!

        I really have nothing bad to say at all.


        ~ Price and Availability ~

        I have seen this on Amazon for £6.06 with free delivery. It is also available in many more places, Asda, Tesco, etc. Prices will of course vary.

        It is also often shown on Sky Movies.


        Thanks for reading :o) x

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          04.01.2013 03:05

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          I would recommend to a friend

          Last week, I re-lived the magic of friendship in "Toy Story 3". The film, which has had mixed reviews, was perfect in my eyes. With humor that both children today, and college students who grew up with the films could understand and enjoy. There were the same friendly faces, and a few new ones who showed up, and the bonds that were formed between the toys and Andy were both moving and hilarious!

          Andy going to college, and realizing that it's okay to let go of childhood dreams. I don't want to spoil any of the storyline, but I can tell you this--- surround yourself with good friends, some who you "grew up" with, and if you can't get a hold of anyone, then remember them fondly as you watch this film. I was happy to share the tears of growing up and the hope of the future with some of my colleagues. We grew up with Andy, and now we are letting go, TOGETHER.

          Growing up and moving on can be tough to say the least; but growing up can be so meaningful when you have a few good friends by your side to share the laughs, tears and the memories of what once was, and what's coming to be.

          So here's to good friends, and here's to good memories. Thanks Disney/Pixar for reminding us all the importance of friendship, and the importance of letting go.

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          17.07.2012 17:43

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          All over briliant family film

          We've all been there, we've watched Woody, Buzz and the gang on their previous two adventure and we've laughed, we've feared, been surprised but we haven't cried... yet.

          Yes, that's right you're going to need to prepare the tissues for this one as the toys take you back to your childhood once again in the latest installment of the franchise.

          As the toy's trusty owner Andy heads off to university, the gang find themselves in a predicament. After years of all storage and no play, it's time for them to find a new home.

          The toys are at first presented with an almost Utopian destination, a child's nursery, but all is not as it seems. With the native toys taking a disliking to the gang, they're on their own in toy hell.

          A brilliant family film, Toy Story 3 brings the characters to a new generation of fans with the viewers of the previous 2 likely to be in Andy's position and not interested in toys anymore, the kids will love seeing the film for what it is, a fabulous cartoon. But for the older members of the audience, the nostalgia may just bring a tear or two to the eye as we reflect on all those happy childhood moments spend with our oldest and first friends, out toys.

          Fabulous family film and well worth the wait. A perfect close to Disney and Pixar's timeless and classic series.

          5 stars

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          Go out and get this film!!!!

          Toy Story 3, possibly the final instalment in the series of films. Directed by Lee Unkrich and written by Michael Arndt. In this film Andy if off to college!! And this leaves the toys to be sorted! Will they be put in the loft or will they head off to college with Andy??? With loads of exciting new caracters like Lotso the strawberry smelling bear and Buttercup the unicorn.

          Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the gang are facing tough decisions in this film when Andy decides to take woody to college, while the rest of the gang barely manage to escape being carted off in a rubbish truck. All the toys end up in a day care centre *sunnyside* but what will this hold...

          I feel this film in fun filled for all the family although i couldn't watch it as many times as my daughter (who if i let her would watch it constantly all day everyday and now knows the words...) I have to admit though when we did watch it together i couldn't help but feel teary in a couple of scenes and on the edge of my seat.

          Joining familiar old characters and new i think this film is very well done... they set it as though real time had passed Andy has grown up as have most of us who watched this when we were young (I sure remember going to the cinema to see Toy story 2 with my dad!)

          All in all I'm not going to spoil you with all the best bits your going to have to watch for yourselves :D

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          08.07.2012 23:36

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          Overall family friendly film.

          Wow, this film was unbelievably sad! I'm sure anyone who saw this film (and isn't made of stone) cried at least once during this film. Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang reunite for the last time to give us all a fond farewell in this heart warming finale. Most sequels are not the greatest, but this is almost as good as the first Toy Story film! Andy is all grown up and off to college and needs to get rid of some of childhood toys and some childhood friends too. His mom encourages him to donate his toys to a day care centre, the toys are understandably sad and feeling rejected, try to settle into their new life at the day care centre, with Lotso, the cuddly grandpa bear of the new community, who makes the whole experience seem wonderful. Until, horror of horrors, our beloved gang are forced to be the toys allocated to the youngest kids who treat the toys terribly! It goes without saying, they quickly try and escape this horrible place before Lotso and his muscle men catch them of course! The gang end up in a recycling centre, with the evil Lotso who is trying to destroy their chances of being happy with a loving child like Andy ever again! This is where the sad art comes in. No, sad is not the word. Heart wrenching and the stuff of nightmares! Perhaps a little too deep for a kids film? They obviously manage to escape (now that really would be too deep if they didn't!) and Andy is briefly reunited with his pals, before deciding on a sweet and strange little girl, who Woody had a brief encounter with earlier in the film when he was separated from his pals, before he returned to save them. So, we leave the gang, happy in the knowledge that they will live a full and happy life with their new owner, except, what happens when she leaves for college?

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          amazing film that i would love to watch again but not the same as the first one.

          What else can I say about this film other than that it had to be the last Toy Story that Disney should do but it did go out on a high. The film picks up with flashing through Andy's childhood and the whole film is about when he is going to college. Andy appears to have forgotten all about our favourite group of toys and we find ourselves thinking about all the toys we have chucked away over the years.
          The whole plot of the film is inventive and good and is something I don't think I could have thought of in a million years. The relationships between the characters are as good as they have always been and you spare a thought for poor boo peep when Woody breifly mentions that she was binned. The budding realtionship between Buzz and Jess is one of the relationship where I wasn't convinced 100% and can't help thinking about Jess and Woody together but they were reddemed in the bin lorry and also their dance at the end.
          There are two pivotal points in the film where you are finding yourself on the verge of tears and when it is all over you know that that was it. If they were to pick up the story again I can't say I think it was a good idea. All in all amazing feel but dosen't give me the same feeling as the first.

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          An excellent, heartfelt and touching animation that actually superceeds the original Two Story.

          What can I say about this film? As near to cinematic animation perfection as you can get in my humble opinion.

          The most important element a film like this has to have, is a good yarn - and boy does this film have one. Its got drama, sadness and pathos, and lots and lots of fun and laughter for both your child and yourself. The story is basically as follows:

          Andy is off to college, and is growing up but his past childhood is remembered to him through his old toys Woody and Buzz and co. However, after deciding to put them in the attic, the bag he puts them is mistaken for rubbish, and off they go, out as garbage. The toy team escapes, only to end up at the mercy of some pretty evil toys, with history, at the local playgroup. Then ensues an escape of 'great escape' proportions, (it even has a secret informer on the inside, in the image of a toy telephone!).

          After trials and thrills and spills of all kinds, Andy's toys get a new home with a kind kid, curtesy of Andy, as he says goodbye to his childhood.

          Apart from the animation, the plot is really clever, with so many puns and hidden metaphors that will keep the adults interested while the kids laugh at the toy's antics. There are, as I say, lots of really quite emotional moments too, which I think is where Toy Story as an enterprise has been so successful over the three films, not just this one, culminating in the touching final scene when Andy gives his toys away. For myself I could really relate to that moment when you leave your childhood behind and move into adulthood. After all we all at some point think back to those great toys we used to play with.

          This film is not just a farsical kids romp that could only be watched once. Its a film to savour again and again, if not just for the masterful animation, and the excellent voice talents. I would implore kids and adults alike to but this film and laugh and cry again and again!

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            A perfect finale to a classic family series of films

            ==Introduction==

            Toy Story 3 is the third instalment in one of the most successful animated film franchises in history, created by Pixar animation; this was the first of the three films to be developed in 3D and was originally shown in I-Max Cinemas. This is widely believed to be the final instalment in this successful film series and was the highest grossing film in the world in 2010, at 102 minutes it is the longest film in the series, but it flies by enjoyably with a plot heavy on action and double dealing and a cast who clearly love their characters as much as the audience do.


            ==Plot==

            Woody, Buzz and the crew return, as their owner Andy prepares to head off to college, in doing so Andy is forced by his mother to decide whether to put his toys in the attic, take them with him or leave them for the local day care centre for kids. Due to a mix up the toys all end up in the local day care centre and meet another group of toys who on the face of it seem delighted to see them. As the plot unravels it becomes clear that the day care centre isn't quite the toy nirvana they had dreamed of and the gang plot their escape to return to Andy.

            ==The Cast==
            The cast is a wonderful mix of the favourite characters from previous films and some new faces, as always the quality of the voice acting is exceptional. The difference between this and many other films is that nobody tries to show off or showboat, it has a real ensemble feel to it and the cast are all seasoned actors who seem to understand that sometimes the whole is more satisfying than the individual performances. I will give a brief summary of the main characters as well as a few of the new characters who I found particularly appealing and enjoyable for your attention.

            Tom Hanks ... Woody

            As always Hanks is the anchor that allows the others to play their parts so well, he is amiable and reliable as the amiable and reliable Woody, always available with a smart remark, but more often than not remaining the sane and balanced leader whilst those around him panic, prevaricate or simply get thrown against walls by unruly kids.

            Tim Allen ... Buzz Lightyear

            The Redford to Woody's Paul Newman, he is the perfect partner in crime, organised, regimented, but still somewhat vulnerable, Buzz has a character change in this film, but he also still has the same weaknesses as in previous films (Namely Jessie). Allen gives Lightyear the right amount of gravitas allied to a certain element of insecurity beneath his invulnerable spacesuit. His timing is perfect he is regimented, funny and a perfect foil to some of the wackier characters in this film.

            Joan Cusack ... Jessie

            Joan Cusack is given a little more to do than simply be the love interest for Buzz, she is both smart and at times a little naïve, an integral part of the toys, she along with Buzz and Woody are leaders of a disparate band of toys. Cusack is perfectly cast and clearly relishes her role telling the two main characters what they should be doing, sweet, sassy and always up for a challenge, she is a great role model character to young kids everywhere.

            Ned Beatty ... Lotso

            Lotso Fun Bear is one of the new characters voiced in this film, portrayed by seasoned actor Ned Beaty he is a deep warm voiced character who seems like a friendly grandparent but beneath the friendly purple cuddly exterior there seems to be something much darker hiding. Beatty is excellent as Lotso, he absolutely nails the part presenting a wonderful calming influence, while the animation hints at something slightly more disturbing beneath this friendly bears exterior, I didn't recognise who was playing Lotso until the credits which is a credit to this popular character actor, one of my favourite characters in this film, the actor adds a real depth to him and he is a memorable addition to the Toy Story cast.

            Don Rickles ... Mr. Potato Head

            One of the comedic characters in all three films, Mr Potato Head plays a pivotal role, as the eyes, ears, nose and head of some of the more strategic elements of the film, his combination with Estella Harris as Mrs Potato Head is always amusing and they almost feel like the custodians, the grandparents of this disparate band of friends.

            Michael Keaton ... Ken

            One of the most amusing of the new character's, Ken is the male model toy who was always associated with Barbie, in this film, Ken is a clothes obsessed camp character, obsessed by his looks and with little time for anything else. Keaton is excellent and shows the range which made him such a hit in the eighties with films like Beatlejuice. He is funny, ad-libs some great lines and really captures how you would imagine this plastic man to be.

            Wallace Shawn ... Rex

            Shawn is very good as the slightly slow and socially needy dinosaur Rex, whilst one of the minor characters he gets some good lines.

            John Ratzenberger ... Hamm

            Ratzenberger returns as the piggy bank, Hamm, playing a crazed villain in the opening scenes and a reliable member of team Toy Story for the rest of the film.

            Estelle Harris ... Mrs. Potato Head

            The perfect foil to the grouchy Mr Potato Head, Harris makes Mrs Potato Head kind and slightly neurotic, like an amusing cameo aunt in an American sitcom, she steals scenes whenever she is in them.

            Jodi Benson ... Barbie

            A plastic woman who is renowned for her looks, Benson portrays her well, the relationship with Ken proves vacuous and slightly made up, but Barbie being a modern independent woman shows exactly how to deal with that and has a few of the films best lines thrown in for good measure.

            Timothy Dalton ... Mr. Pricklepants

            A brief appearance, but Dalton again shows his comedic pedigree as the British thespian hedgehog, Mr Pricklepants, grand, self assured and a hedgehog, his lines are sparse, but he really is amusing as one of the groups new friends when he does appear.

            Kristen Schaal ... Trixie

            I really like Kristen Schaal from her work in Flight of the Conchords, she is funny, self-depreciating and kooky, she brings these same qualities as Trixie the dinosaur, conducting an odd online relationship with a dinosaur down the street, she throws in some amusing asides and adds to the fun, perfectly capturing her character.


            ==Who will it appeal to==

            I think this is a film that will appeal to almost everyone, it is obviously aimed at families, but our baby is too young to appreciate this yet and we took a lot from the film, enjoying the adventure and the comedic elements equally. The characters are generically interesting to kids and adults alike as most of us will have owned at least one of the toys seen in this film, they have personalities and these are well rounded.

            The film is colourful and offers a bright and attractive scene for kids to enjoy, the film is fast paced enough to be exciting without ever being too complicated, whilst the script is smart and funny and any off the radar comments which adults will understand won't throw kids completely, this is an excellent family film but should be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys the animations of Pixar and a film with excitement and amusing characters.


            ==Was it any good==

            I really enjoyed this film, much more than I expected to, the early scenes with a make believe game are probably the weakest for me, the film really does grab you and pull you in, the toys love their owner and despite being all grown up and a teenager its clear he loves them too, the scenes where we wonder if Andy will give the toys up is emotive and really does bring a lump to the throat as does the beautifully paced ending.

            I found the film well paced throughout, the characters are given time to find their feet again while the new toys are all given enough space to explain their relevance, the animation is top drawer and really looks realistic, I even enjoyed the little touches like the stuffed rabbit toy from Studio Ghibli who appears in one home.

            The film has a solid story and as the ending nears the fast paced action scenes are breathless and frenetic and I felt nervous, which is weird when its clear this is a cartoon.

            The actors really do care for their characters, there is only showboating when absolutely necessary, all the original cast savour their moments portraying their toys while the new characters make a real impression, particularly Ned Beatty as Lotso the psychotic bear and Michael Keaton as the perfectly coiffured Ken.

            The film is fun, involving, perfect for all ages and very funny. I loved the in-jokes, from the take off of Mission Impossible 2 as Woody falls to the ground, through really quite deep quotes, such as Lotso shouting something at Woody which is a take on a popular bible quote, I won't spoil it for you, but it is at a pivotal moment and absolutely blew me away.

            This is up with the best animated films, as good as the previous films and up there with Shrek and others of this ilk, it's not as emotive as a film like Up, but it did give me a lump in my throat, the final scene with Andy and the toys is something many of us have experienced and is handled in a mature and caring way which will leave viewers feeling satisfied with the outcome.

            The film-makers have put a lot of love into this film and it really shows, it looks perfect, it never cuts corners and unlike many third films it doesn't feel tired or dragged out, this is a perfect end to the series and a tribute to everyone involved with it.


            ==The Music==

            Randy Newman returns and his music is gentle and melodic, whilst his voice seems perfectly suited to this kind of film, it is enjoyable music which captures the mood of the film perfectly, there are excellent music accompaniments to some of the faster moments as well as Ken's fashion show, but the moments where Newman sings still add a melancholic edge to the film which is well worth savouring.


            ==Interesting Facts==

            The screenplay took over 2 and a half years to create, it was the first animated film to take over $1 billion dollars worldwide and was the first sequel to be nominated for the best picture Oscar, without either of its predecessors being nominated.


            ==Best Quotes==


            Lotso: When the kids get old, new ones come in. When they get old, new ones replace them. You'll never be outgrown, or neglected. Never abandoned or forgotten. No owners means - no heartbreak!
            Jessie: Yee-haw!

            Buzz Lightyear: We're going in the attic now, folks. Keep your accessories with you at all times. Spare parts, batteries, anything you need for an orderly transition.


            Barbie: Authority should derive from the consent of the governed, not from threat of force!


            Buttercup: My name's Buttercup. You've met Baron von Shush.


            Hamm the Piggy Bank: Hey, where's that fur-ball Lotso?
            Slinky Dog: Yeah, I'd like to loosen his stitching.
            Woody: Forget it, guys. He's not worth it.


            Mr. Potato Head: But these toddlers... they don't know how to play with us!
            Rex the Green Dinosaur: They're too young!
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            Ken: Barbie, come with me! Live in my Dream House! I know it's crazy! I know we've just met! Aw, heck - you don't know me from GI Joe. But when I look at you I feel like we were...
            Ken, Barbie: ...made for each other.
            Ken, Barbie: [gasp]

            Ken: No one appreciates clothes here, Barbie! No one.


            ==Price==

            We watched this film on television and have now ordered the entire box-set on Amazon for £23.06, Toy Story 3 alone costs £13.15 but is available for much less second hand.

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              28.08.2011 01:31

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              Recommended for everyone of all ages

              Toy Story 3 lets us relive our childhood past as we're taken on a journey with our two protagonists, Woody and Buzz, along with their toy friends. I absolutely loved the computer animation, which goes to show how much they've improved since Toy Story.

              We see Andy all grown up and ready for college, but the toys still want him to play with them as they attempt to catch his attention without much success. As Andy cleans out his room, he puts all his toys, except Woody, in a garbage trash and is about to store them in the attic when his mother interrupts him and he sets the bag on the floor. Woody witnesses his mother mistaking the bag for trash and carries it downstairs much to his horror. The other toys don't know anything that's going on but later come to the conclusion that Andy meant to throw them out so they decide to stow away in the car to be donated to charity.

              When they arrive at Sunnyside, Lotso and many other toys greet him. Everything seems perfect, but when it came to recess time, they soon find out that it wasn't what they were hoping for. Woody manages to escape until he's taken by Bonnie and meets other new toys. He discovers the dark truth about Lotso and travels back in order to save his friends.

              Back in Sunnyside, things don't seem too good as Buzz is taken by Lotso and reverted back to his original "Space Ranger" personality. The other toys don't know this until Buzz displays his strange behavior and doesn't seem to recognize them.

              I loved the bits of humor incorporated in this film and I found myself laughing at some parts. The baby creeped me out the most, with its half open eye and look that reminded me of porcelain dolls. This is one of the movies where I would watch it again and recommend to everyone.

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              22.08.2011 20:15

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              "A finale that takes you to infinity and beyond"

              Well what can i say, they said the toys would go out with a bang....and they did! Lets face it, everyone loves a bit of Woody, Buzz and the gang and you wont be disappointed.

              In the last addition to the legendary story so far, Andy is due to leave for college and mistakingly, the toys are donated to Sunnyside Daycare. It is here, that we meet Lotso the fluffy bear, Ken, Baby and many more scarily recognisable toys who have all gone through the same transition in life.
              However, the gang soon realise that Sunnyside and its cuddily residents aren't as heavenly as they seem and before long, they embark on yet another heartwarming yet tense adventure to return to their rightful owner.

              The love and friendship we have gained for Woody and his friends is tried and tested as they teach us once again about life, love and loyalty with the perfect amount of laughter, tears and breathless moments along the way.

              A finale that takes you to infinity and beyond!

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              This is one of the greatest line of films ever made and this film is as good as the previous two!

              Okay so the story of pixar is one of my favourite reads. John lassiteur was a young apprentice at disney and his futuristic ideas did not match the old conventional ones of the disney creative producers. John wanted to make a film purely with computer graphics and disney said this isnt possible and it would hurt animation. Disney hand draw all their scenes and characters and use the old draw the characters by the edge of the paper and flick through for action shots. John wanted to try something completely different and use computer graphics so disney actually fired him. He kept dreaming of making a film with computer graphics and the co-founder of apple computers liked his ideas and they formed a partnership. After a few years of just not making the computer graphics work and not gaining enough interest, the financing was running short and they faced closing so they appealed to disney to help them and disney refused. Luckily for john though some investors liked his ideas and bought into his company, which he added very talented friends on the creative side and they came up with a plot of toys that come to life. There was huge interest in the movie and the technology kept improving to the point they had a perfect storyline and the computer graphics to match. They formed the company 'Pixar' and released toy story.

              When toy story came out people could not believe the graphics (CGI) on display and the buzz around pixar was massive. So much so that disney offered pixar a percentage into the company so that disney could own the rights to pixar films, of course...they said no. Disney struggled to create films after toy story because people were now interested in CGI animation and fell out of love with disneys hand drawn characters, so in a desperate attempt disney starting releasing sequels to there huge films like pochahontus and mulan, which all failed. The pressure was then on Pixar to once again show disney how it is done and they released toy story 2, which was bigger than the first film and the highest grossing film of the year. Pixar then sold there CGI technology which just about every film today uses. Disney conceeded that without pixar they would not survive so they worked hard on forming a partnership with pixar which is why today disneypixar exists!

              Toy story 3 was often discussed because pixar do not release films because it is simply expected from them. But they decided to do it only when they had the original voices signed up for the film.

              This film is simply GENIUS. Not only is it a great storyline with the typical slapstick moments for the kids to laugh at and the emotional rollercoaster for the adults to enjoy, the new characters are perfectly fitted to the film. The concept of the film is that these toys have spent 18 years together and they are no longer wanted by the now grown up andy and there is scenes which made tens of people cry in the cinema and once you watch this film you will also be holding back the tears. This film symbolises so much more than just an animated film. The original came out in 1995 and back then i was a kid, you were a kid or your child was 5 and loved this film so much they would watch it over and over. Toy story 3 shows how things change over the years and it is of little surprise to me that so many people were in floods of tears at the end of the film. However the good news is there is talks of toy story 4! But this film is honestly just so amazing and if you like toy story you will not be disappointed and even if you arent a fan of the previous 2 toy story films then this could be the one that changes your mind about one of the most iconic animated films of all time.

              The storyline follows the toys being sent to a day care centre where they meet new toys, but these toys are deceptive and not nice at all so the mission is simple...Get out of there! There is the typical funny quirks of pixars writers and great action for the kids to enjoy and it all leads up to the heartbreaking end. The new characters are a great addition to all the old characters and i have to give a special mention to ken & barbie who are by far the best sub story line in the film.

              To sum up this film, if you have not seen it then you will not be wasting one penny by buying this film, one of the greatest companies in pixar with one of the most brilliant and iconic films of all time!

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              90 minutes of cinematic heaven

              How long was Toy Story 3 in the works for? 10 years? Well if something like this can be created by taking one's time, then all sequels need to just take a chill pill and not rush themselves on to the big screen!

              I don't think I ever truly appreciated the magic of the first two films - I think I was probably too young at the time and never went back to them again a few years on. There was a lot of hype about this third movie, but what with the number of animated movies currently being produced, there is such a high standard to compete with.

              Let me say this - Toy Story 3 is the second best modern animated film I have seen (Finding Nemo is my favourite). The storyline, the 'acting', the script...I almost feel this could have been a live action superhero movie if it wanted to be. Everything about this film was just pure genius. Whether this was a decade in the making, or something that just fell together instinctively, its 90 minutes of cinematic heaven. The storyline is very simple to appeal to children, but its executed in such an exciting, fast-paced and empathetic manner that you are carried along effortlessly along the journey the toys go on throughout the film.

              I think its fantastic that the original toys (actors) got on board again. Suddenly it felt like we had travelled back in time and not actually waited a decade. I guess thats when you realize how powerful something can be, when it takes you back to a previous time in your life. What am I saying?? ITS A CARTOON MOVIE!!

              The ending will have every mother in tears as any mother can relate to it. At the end of the day, its a cartoon and its aimed at pleasing kids, but there are many points of morality that adults are able to relate to. Its simply wonderful.

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              Great Family movie.Highly recommend

              TOY STORY 3

              Toy Story 3 is the best one in the series for me .Myself and my Family went to see it at the cinema mid year 2010,and later bought it when released on DVD. We all enjoyed the movie immensely and were sad to see the series come to an end.
              Disney PIXAR movies never fail to amaze and entertain me, from the old to the new they are all fantastic.


              THE MOVIE

              Andy is all grown up and preparing to leave for college. Woody and the gang are kept in an old toy box in Andy's room, desperate to be played with. Andy's mum tells him to clear out his bedroom before he leaves. Andy puts Woody in a box which he is taking to college with him, and puts the others in a bin bag intending to keep them in the attack. Molly distracts Andy and he leaves the bag in the middle of the hall way to help her. Andy's mum assumes the bag is trash and puts it outside, Woody sees this and rushes to help his friends.
              The toys free themselves and jump in a box for Sunnyside Day Care centre. Unaware of the troubles that lie ahead.
              Upon entering Sunnyside they meet a bunch of new toys, not all what they seem. I won't tell you who the villains are, as I don't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't watched it yet. They find themselves being rough handled by the toddlers of Sunnyside, who don't know how to play nice. They become trapped in Sunnyside by some bad toys who have sacrificed the gang, so they have an easy life with the older kids.
              Buzz was captured by the baddies and switched to demo mode, which gave the villains a chance to use Buzz to their advantage. The evil toy empire was preventing any of them from leaving, with the help from evil Buzz! As always the toys had a plan and were determined to get out of there.
              Woody and the gang experience a lot in this movie, all of which stirs an emotion. There is friendship, bravery,alot of comedy and some pretty scary bits as well!

              WHAT I LIKED

              I loved the Ken and Barbie romance, it is hilarious! When Mr Potato Head uses a tortilla wrap as his base,then a sausage! Very Funny! The new characters, the story, the music...near enough everything, I loved it! Also I NEVER cry at movies but I did at this, which shows the sheer brilliance of it. It can be watched and loved by all and it is!


              WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE

              There isn't a lot that I didn't like, apart from the part where Buzz starts speaking Spanish after Rex holds his reset button for too long! There are subtitles but for younger children who can't read well enough yet, it could be a bit of a pain, but I read what he was saying to my daughter in a buzzy kind of voice lol. This isn't in the movie for a long time, 10 minutes or so.


              THE CHARACTERS

              Woody
              Buzz Lightyear
              Jessie
              Rex
              Hamm
              Mrs Potato Head
              Mr Potato Head
              Slinky Dog
              Lots'o Huggin' Bear (Lotso)
              Big Baby
              Barbie
              Ken
              Bonnie (Little girl)
              Chatter Telephone

              There are a lot of other new toys but they don't play a big part in the movie.

              THE DVD

              The case of the movie, is an average size DVD case with a picture of the toys with the words, Toy Story 3, Disney PIXAR. The movie is rated U (universal) although there are a few scary bits in there which might frighten younger kids.

              DVD BONUS FEATURES

              "Day & Night" theatrical short
              Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: The science of adventure
              The Gang's All Here- A look at returning voice talent
              3 Studio Stories
              Plus much more!

              BACK OF COVER DESCRIPTION

              The creative minds behind Disney Pixar's groundbreaking animated blockbusters invite you back inside the toy box for a heartwarming and hilarious movie experience you'll never forget. In Toy Story 3, Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen) and the rest of the Toy Story gang return for an all-new adventure, along with a few new faces-some plastic, some plush- including Barbie's counterpart Ken (voiced by Michael Keaton), a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Prickle pants (voiced by Timothy Dalton) and a strawberry-scented bear named Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear (voiced by Ned Beatty).
              It's "the biggest, best, most exciting Toy Story of them all," raves Access Hollywood's Scott Mantz.
              As Andy prepares to depart for college, Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the rest of Andy's faithful toys wonder what will become of them. But, when a mix-up lands them at Sunnyside Daycare, they meet a host of new toys and soon discover a wild new adventure is just beginning.

              Buzzing with hours of bonus features, including the Pixar short film Day & Night, Toy Story 3 goes to infinity and beyond!

              Runtime is 103 minutes

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