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.)
“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?