Will you see ‘Toy Story 3′ this weekend?

A grown Andy tries decide what to do with his toys as he goes off to college. (Yes, I am tearing up!) (Disney Pixar)

A grown Andy tries decide what to do with his toys as he goes off to college. (Yes, I am tearing up!) (Disney Pixar)

Much like the Harry Potter movie sequels, our family has been counting down the days until “Toy Story 3” comes out!

For those not counting down, the movie opens tonight across the country and we are pumped to see it. We are planning to take all three kids when Michael gets home from work.

The big kids saw “Toy Story 1” and “Toy Story 2” on DVD because they weren’t alive when they came out in the theater. We borrowed both movies in May so our 3-year-old would know who the characters were before seeing the third one. She didn’t seem to like it as much as the older kids did when they were little and still do now.

I am wondering if the kids who saw it in 1995 and 1999 are more excited to see the new one than the little kids? I read one story online about college students tweeting about the movie and showing up for early screenings of it. (This link was a call out for college students to attend early screenings and start spreading the word.)

Here is the gist of the movie from AP’s review:

“The premise is compelling: Andy (voiced by John Morris) is no longer a kid playing all day in his room with Woody (Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Allen), cowgirl Jessie (Cusack) and the rest. He’s heading off to college, and as he’s cleaning out his room, he must decide what to do with his old friends. Mom (Laurie Metcalf) gives him two options: stick them in a box for storage in the attic or throw them in a trash bag for the garbage men.”

“The toys, including the neurotic dinosaur Rex (Wallace Shawn), know-it-all piggy bank Hamm (John Ratzenberger) and wisecracking Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head (Don Rickles and Estelle Harris), are understandably freaked out by both prospects. Plus, they’re just sad to see their friend go and have all the good times end. It raises the kind of deep, existential question you don’t often see in a kids movie: If no one acknowledges you, do you still exist?”

“Through a couple of mix-ups (and some “Mission: Impossible”-style maneuvering), they wind up instead at a day care, which seems awesome: Kids play with you all day! And new kids are constantly coming through, so the toys will never be bored or lonely! It’s paradise — until they’re placed in the room with all the wildly grabby toddlers, rather than the older kids who play a little more gently. And the whole place is run with a firm, fuzzy paw by Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear (the excellent Beatty), who’s all Southern charm at first but is actually a Machiavellian tyrant. He’s like a pink, strawberry-scented Tennessee Williams character.”

The AP reviewer gave the movie a B. She was a worthy addition but didn’t seem as fresh as the first two. (But doesn’t that make sense?)

I did find it interesting that the AP reviewer says the 3-D is unnecessary. You always wonder if you could save a few bucks on each ticket and forgo the 3-D or if you will be missing some element important to the story.  The AP reporter feels the 3-D didn’t really add to the story.

Has your family been anxiously awaiting “Toy Story 3”? Will you see it right away? Is your college or high school student interested to see it as well? Who do you think the new movie will attract more: previous fans who have grown up or new kids?

71 comments Add your comment

Kathy

June 18th, 2010
7:24 am

Yes! Using our free tickets today! Little E is so excited! We love the Toy story franchise.

Belle

June 18th, 2010
7:36 am

YES!! I’ve already purchased tickets for the Sunday Matinee. My little one loves to watch Toy Story and is going to love this.

Cheryl

June 18th, 2010
7:40 am

Yes! My children all love the 1st two movies. We will be seeing the non-3D version though because the glasses don’t fit the 4 and 2 year olds. When we saw the re-release back in the fall of 1 and 2, the 4 year old just finally took off the glasses.

Becky

June 18th, 2010
8:07 am

No, we won’t be seeing it until it comes out on DVD..Or maybe comes on TV..We’re just not that into seeing the newest movies right off, guess some might think that’s strange..I have never been a huge movie fan..So to all that are going to see it, have fun..

Jeff

June 18th, 2010
8:08 am

Might be taking the munchkin to see it this weekend for father’s day. TWG, I’m extremely disappointed in your lack of run-up to father’s day. You do a great job here and I support you but the complete lack of respect that father’s day gets in the media relative to mother’s day is a shame. Everything in the run up to mother’s day is rah-rah no matter what, and IF there is a father’s day focus, it tends to be along the lines of a lecture like we got last year by obama. Sad.

But i won’t disengage, see you monday.

JJ

June 18th, 2010
8:09 am

Probably not this weekend, because my Saturday is booked solid and I need sunday for housework and grilling with the neighbors.

We will eventually see it. My daughter LOVED both the previous Toy Stories and she really wants to go see the third one.

We did go see Shrek 4 a few weeks back. It was pretty good, basically the Shrek, Donkey & Puss Show. I still like the first one the best!!

[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by . said: [...]

Becky

June 18th, 2010
8:15 am

@Jeff and the other Dad’s that we have on here..

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY (((:)))

Lori

June 18th, 2010
8:17 am

Yep, I’m sure I will. Love Pixar.

Andrea

June 18th, 2010
8:24 am

YES!!! We will be seeing it this weekend. I am excited to see it.

Happy Father’s Day to our male bloggers!

BlondeHoney

June 18th, 2010
8:29 am

My boys were 10 & 9 when the original came out and we all LOVED it. By the time #2 came out, they were older and although we saw 2, it wasn’t the same as when they were 9 and 10. Interesting about the college students, though; they were small people when the original was released so their nostalgic memories of the original are generating excitement for the latest installment.
And ditto Becky & Andrea…to all our Dads in the blogosphere, HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!! :)

Hey, Jeff...

June 18th, 2010
8:31 am

…as I posted back in May, Mother’d Day is known as MOTHER”S DAY, while Father’s Day is also known as Sunday…get over it…

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

June 18th, 2010
8:50 am

Jeff — I had a list of gift ideas to run from my husband but when I finally got ready to post it the AJC already had done three articles on gift ideas and places to go and had a whole package put together. So I felt like my thunder was gone and the topic had been covered. But now I feel terrible that I didn’t — it was truly that I was shocked to see how much had already been done on it.

Michael wrote a great list for me last year that ran for like a week on the front and I guess other people got the idea –

JJ

June 18th, 2010
8:57 am

Actually, I withdraw my earlier statement…I probably will NOT go see it in the theater, as it is way to expensive to go see a movie anymore. I paid $44 for 4 of us to see Shrek, not to mention $30 for a small popcorn and three drinks. that was $74.00 for 2 hours of movie…..

And HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO OUR MALE BLOGGERS!!!! My father passed away about 17 years ago, so I obviously don’t celebrate that day any more. My father was a great man and I miss him dearly. I miss his sense of humor, his great advice and well, just Him!!! I miss that my daughter never really got to know him, she was only 2 when he passed away.

Jeff

June 18th, 2010
9:00 am

Thanks TWG, I believe your heart’s in the right place and MOST of the others on here are as well, which is why I am comfortable participating in this “family”, as you call it. I hope eveyone shows the fathers in their lives that they ARE important. Encouragement works more than the finger-wag.

TDB

June 18th, 2010
9:01 am

My 16 yo wants to see it, he remember the first ones when they came out. The 12 yo also wants to see it. Althought don’t know if we will be able to go this weekend.

ABC

June 18th, 2010
9:01 am

Absolutely! Anything by Pixar is better than Shrek or most other films that pass for kids’ movies these days.

Lady Strange

June 18th, 2010
9:07 am

I won’t be seeing it in the theatre. My son is still too young to sit through a movie and right now his favorite thing to watch is Cars or Noddy. LOL

irisheyes

June 18th, 2010
9:21 am

We won’t. My middle one is very sensitive to loud noises, and movie theaters are a bad place to be if you have that. :-) Besides, who wants to spend that kind of money? We will try to go to Regal’s free movies though this summer. Sure the movies are older, they’re ones my kids haven’t seen yet.

JATL

June 18th, 2010
9:31 am

We are SO excited about it! We have lots of plans this weekend, so I’m not sure we’ll make it, but we will see it during the week if not. We’re going camping next weekend, so I told my oldest we would see it this week if not this weekend (although I’m hoping to squeeze it in -maybe Sunday night). My oldest is 4, and he’s REALLY into Toy Story and loves 1 & 2. They’re also among my absolutely favorite kid movies, so we’re all excited.

FCM

June 18th, 2010
9:39 am

Jeff, Tiger, Wayne, and the other Dad’s…you are appreciated. Even more so because you take the time to be active in your child’s life–which is a true dad.

(My ex always wanted me to take the kids a leave so he could sleep late, and watch NASCAR and do his thing without the kids. How that differed from what he wanted every other day I still don’t know. So again, my heartfelt best wishes to the Dad’s who want to interact in their kids’ lives).

HAPPY DAD’S DAY!

As to TS3. Yes we will go see it. They want to see it but haven’t started “bugging” me yet. Thinking we will go Sunday. Their Dad is not in the country so they will not be with him. We are seeing my Dad on Saturday–I think–he is being funny about comitting to it.

As to Liliana not being “in to the story” the way the older kids were…she is her own person with her own likes and dislikes. She may be really into something that the older kids will never like. Or she may really be too young for the whole concept yet (she is only 3) and view it the same as she does Winnie the Pooh. Unless you can get her to express it –and again she is only 3–you will never know which it is. It certainly isn’t worth getting concerned about.

Wayne

June 18th, 2010
10:02 am

Thanks! Hmmm… Got me thinking about what to do on Sunday. Maybe we’ll go to the matinee to see this. Although the weather is supposed to be nice this weekend, I dunno that I want to spend it in a theater.

dad

June 18th, 2010
10:03 am

I guess I will have to show the other 2 movies to my son first. I saw the first Toy Story many years ago, never saw the second.

Pixar has recently stepped up its game. Wall E was such a wonderful film and then UP! just blew me away.

It seems they are getting better with each movie.

The only movie they’ve made that I didn’t like was Cars. It had no real substance.

MomOf2Girls

June 18th, 2010
10:12 am

We’ll get to it eventually, but not opening weekend. I have no desire to deal with the crowds, and the movie will still be there after the initial swarms.

@dad, I thought Cars was one of the better messages, actually. It was all about making your life meaningful by having your priorities straight. I cry at the end every time I watch it (I know, I’m just that way!). The lesson that had been building the entire movie came to fruition in the decision made at the end of the race, and in such a way that even my younger girl (5 at the time) had an “ah-ha” moment. I’m sorry that you don’t see the substance in this, but to each his own.

Mattie

June 18th, 2010
10:13 am

My teens and their friends went to the 12:01 AM show at Mall of GA last night to see it in IMAX 3-D. They claim it was worth every bit of the $17.50 ticket price.

dad

June 18th, 2010
10:17 am

MomOf2Girls, Maybe I should watch it again.

I just didn’t think it compared with the last 2. Having an elderly relative and trying to deal with the problems made UP! very relatable to me. And Wall E was just amazing.

I may be in the minority, but I like “preachy” movies and music. I like it when a film points its finger at society and says shame on you.

JATL

June 18th, 2010
10:22 am

@dad -Wasn’t UP amazing?!?! Pixar has, indeed, stepped up the game (we’re also big fans of Wall-E). I’m anticipating the best Toy Story yet with TS3 due to that fact. @Momof2Girls -I’m also anticipating getting weepy at the grown Andy and the discarded toys. The Velveteen Rabbit still makes me bawl to this day, and most of the Pixar movies tug at my heartstrings in some way! Cars actually didn’t make me cry, but I did love it! With UP, my husband and I were both glad our oldest son was too engrossed in the film at the theater to notice us weeping not once but twice during the movie! When we are playing “UP” in the car, I just hear that music and tear up!

As far as seeing it in 3-D -nope. We won’t be seeing any more 3-D movies until they come out with kid-sized glasses for them! Why don’t they do that? It makes no sense to me to make a bunch of 3-D kid’s movies and no suitable glasses for 1/2 of the kids! My 4 year old just took his off, and I know he saw most of “How to Train Your Dragon” as a blur.

dad

June 18th, 2010
10:27 am

The 3d thing is getting a little stale to me. A film’s worth is in the story. I can appreciate the animation and the special effects, but for me, I think that this 3d business is just too ubiquitous.

Wayne

June 18th, 2010
10:40 am

I don’t have sight in one eye – it’s just about completely gone now but even when I was younger I couldn’t really see the 3D effects. But for the kids, why don’t they make smaller glasses for them? Especially for a kids movie??

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

June 18th, 2010
10:40 am

Hopefully my Father’s Day gift will be being granted clemency from having to go see TS3! I think the last movie I took him to see where I didn’t actually take a little nap was “how to tame your dragon”. I actually really liked that one, but it seems like it’s a pretty rare kids movie that I like. Counting the days until we can have Rocky and Godfather marathons!

My kid can’t stand wearing the 3D glasses, so I got lucky there. Maybe I’m a traditionalist but 3D takes away from my movie experience. but then again, I still miss the days of vinyl records, when you’d bring home your LP and take a knife down the side of the wrapping on the jacket, and hope that the lyrics were printed on the paper covering the album itself. Jeez, I think I’m dating myself here!

Thanks to all the F-day well wishers!

FCM

June 18th, 2010
11:32 am

Cars is an animated remake of “Doc Hollywood”. It was done under duress–PIXAR was under contract to make something, there was a writers strike, Eisener was being a butt head.

PIXAR now has more say in its productions then it did then….Personally I hated WALL E.

dad

June 18th, 2010
11:44 am

Tiger Ocho Cinco, I still buy records. I love the sound of them.

FCM, what didn’t you like about Wall E?

penguinmom

June 18th, 2010
11:47 am

I find it difficult to imagine that the 3-D really adds anything to these types of movies. We don’t pay the extra for the kids movies. The only movie I’ve seen recently with the 3-D, I stopped noticing the 3-D after just a little while and it didn’t really seem to add anything at all to the movie. I think it’s just a gimmick to get people who think they’ll miss something to spend the extra.

We are planning on seeing it but I don’t have high expectations. It doesn’t look like it will rise to the level of the other two in story. Probably will be better visually because the technology has improved so much.

@Tiger – LOL! Have you noticed that turntables are coming back into style?

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

June 18th, 2010
11:57 am

@FCM….I’m with you on Wall-E, although I can’t say I hated it because I fell asleep about 10 minutes into it and woke up at the credits. Just didn’t do it for me at all.

@Dad and penguinmom…I just read something about vinyl making a serious comeback because people are getting somewhat tone deaf now from digital reproductions. Kind of like how film is still better than digital photographs. One of those things were I wish I had kept my vinyl library…might actually be worth something!

JJ

June 18th, 2010
12:10 pm

I still have all my vinyl Journey albums…and Saturday Night Life soundtrack on vinyl……not to mention Donna Summer, Bee Gees, ELO etc…..in a box in my garage..

catlady

June 18th, 2010
12:13 pm

My daughter sent me a picture of my granddaughter (33 months) watching Toy Story (1) on Sunday for the first time. She was enchanted.

motherjanegoose

June 18th, 2010
12:15 pm

Not this weekend…my husband and I are currently about 1 block from the bay in Oregon. We drove down the coast yesterday in the 60 degree weather…awewsome views.

I may go see the movie sometime, when I get home.

We did enjoy UP, last year, as a family! I am also in the camp that movies have gotten way too expensive!

Happy Father’s Day to those here who are great Dads. You will reap your rewards! Thanks for joining us here on the blog!

My kids have a big surprise for my husband, when he gets home and it will be fun!

JATL

June 18th, 2010
12:50 pm

I LOVE vinyl and wish it would make a huge comeback. When you buy records now, they’re expensive! I miss the sound of the record right before the music starts, and I also LOVE listening to readings on vinyl. Forget books on tape or cd -if they would put more books on vinyl, I would probably buy a turntable again. Something about the timbre of the voice…

JJ

June 18th, 2010
1:04 pm

Um catlady – 33 months is practically 3 years old…….time to stop counting in months…LOL….

ABC

June 18th, 2010
1:07 pm

@JJ, you are so right. I think once a child turns 2, you can stop designating age in months. Kinda like how Theresa still calls her 3-year-old a baby. Really grates on my nerves.

JJ

June 18th, 2010
1:29 pm

Remember the line in City Slickers, where Billy Crystal’s mom calls him on his 40th birthday and says “Oh my baby is 480 months old today”…..LOL

Jeff

June 18th, 2010
1:41 pm

Happy Father’s Day Tiger. Keep up the good work.

Wayne

June 18th, 2010
1:56 pm

That’s a good point Jeff! Happy Father’s Day to all a’ youse guys.

motherjanegoose

June 18th, 2010
2:27 pm

@ Wayne and everyone:

and a Happy Southern Father’s Day to Y’all

I miss my sweet tea..can someone bring me a gallon….LOL!

JD

June 18th, 2010
2:27 pm

Tiger, I still have my Skynard collection (including the one with the fire), Zepplin, ZZ Top and pretty much all the others in that music group. Let me know when you get a player and I’ll sent a few to get started. Happy Father’s Day to you, Jeff and all the other great dads!

smh728

June 18th, 2010
2:35 pm

no desire to see the movie this weekend. we’ll wait for dvd or even tv. theater prices are too high to high.

penguinmom

June 18th, 2010
2:40 pm

@Tiger – my husband and I are packrats so we have all of our vinyls plus most of my parent’s records that I remember from growing up (Bill Cosby and Roger Miller albums are classics). He still has a turntable but we haven’t got it hooked up at the moment… It’s on our list of projects, just not high up. I also have all the Disney records from their ReadAlong record club. We’ve recorded most of those to CD for our kids to listen to…

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

June 18th, 2010
3:08 pm

Jeff and Wayne…thanks guys and ditto.

If I could only have a handful of my vinyls back, they’d have to be Tom Petty Hard Promises, Springsteen Born to Run (that one had the jacket that opened up like a book!), KISS double platinum live (SHINY), and Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Blues…..I imagine those in original mint condition would go for something on EBAY.

JD

June 18th, 2010
3:20 pm

I have the Tom Petty album….what’s it worth?

JJ

June 18th, 2010
3:26 pm

I have The Beatles White Album on vinyl that has NEVER been opened. Still has the celyphane intact. I wonder how much that would go for?????