Director: Lee Unkrich
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles
"To infinity and beyond!"
I couldn't help myself. I just had to say it. It's been 11 years since I heard it in the last Toy Story. "To infinity and beyond!". Ok, it's out of my system now.
Toy Story is back in this 3D animation of epic proportions. Woody, Buzz and most of the other characters we love make a return to the big screen with the addition of some brilliant new characters such as a metrosexual Ken doll (Michael Keaton) and an old-timer bear named Lotso. Oh and the forever sad clown, Chuckles. Years down the track, little Andy is all grown up and about to head off to college. Meanwhile, the toys haven't been played with for years. Andy decides to store the guys in the attic but through a series of unfortunate circumstances, they end up in daycare. I'll stop with the story here because simply put, the toys go on an incredible journey surviving the perils of daycare and the evil plans of the criminal mastermind. (I won't say who that is but you'll see...)
The one worry that you might have is that the story could get stale being 3 movies into the franchise. You'd be wrong. Written by Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) and John Lasseter (co-wrote and directed the first one), you don't for a second feel like "We've been here already". They've gone beyond just making us laugh, they make us feel like this is a real movie, not just an animation.
For most people it's not a question of if they will watch this flick but when. As we've all grown to learn, the Toy Story series and Pixar movies in general will always deliver. This movie is hilarious. Non-stop laughs that are accompanied by amazing 3D effects. Perfect for all ages, both my 6 year-old neice and I were in stitches. It's such a complete movie that toward the end, after 15 years and 3 movies, it even tugs on the heart strings.
(Get to the cinema before starting time as the customary Pixar animation short that leads into the main event is brilliant in itself.)
Check out a snippet from the movie