Starts July 29
by Shelly S.
Director: Lee Unkrich; Recommendation (6 and up)
Woody, the cowboy and his gang return to the big screen facing yet another extremely difficult challenge: Andy is heading off to college but has decided to take Woody with him while the others are to be left behind. This immediately sets Woody aside from the others and the misunderstanding grows as the absent-minded teenager chooses a trash bag instead of a box to store his toys in the attic. His mother collects the trash bags and places them on the corner setting the displaced toy into panic. Despite his secure future, Woody doesn’t abandon Buzz Lightyear and his friends even when they chose to be donated to the local day care. He consistently reminds them that they are Andy’s toys and that the day care is not the place to be. On the surface the day care center appears to be a nice place but they soon learn that the toddlers don’t know how to play with them, and at night it is being run by a disillusioned strawberry-smelling bear and his gang.
Usually seeing the number 3 after a title on a film is discouraging since the film usually has nothing new to offer but Toy Story 3 shines through by making us laugh at even the age-old characters like Barbie and Ken dancing away to Dream Weaver while trying on their various wardrobes. The film was suspenseful as we watched Mr. Potatohead turn into a flat potato in order to escape and the trash trucks seemed always to be looming on the outskirts to clean up the unwanted toys. It certainly gives kids a chance to think about what happens to their toys when they are not cared for or played with, as well as giving us adults the time to reflect how fast our children are growing up. Of course there are the Toy Story products that accompany the film such as a Buzz Light year robot and bed sheets among other items, which are now available to buy.