The first Toy Story movie was one of my favorite movies growing up. It was a classic. Now, fifteen years later a new addition has been added to the series. Toy Story 3 meets expectations very well, bringing plenty of laughs and charm, which you've come go expect from a Disney/ Pixar collaboration.
Andy is all grown up and is going off to college. After a misunderstanding the toys end up in a box to Sunnyside Daycare, opposed to the attic. When they get to daycare, they get put in the dreaded Caterpillar Room, where the youngsters tear apart toys and use their heads to paint or bang in blocks. The toys then realize that the daycare is ruled by a dictator toy who will throw them in the sandbox if they step out of line. Woody (after previously escaping) returns to help the toys in a daring escape plan.
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and the rest of the cast reprise their roles as the toys. There are also some great new additions to the gang. Barbie meets Ken at the daycare and their scenes are hilarious. Michael Keaton voices Ken and he is great in the role. There's also Timothy Dalton as a stuffed porcupine, Jeff Garlin as Buttercup the unicorn and Ned Beatty as Lotso, the stuffed bear who's head of the daycare.
Woody is the same cowboy you’ve seen before, he cares about Andy and insists they stay there for him even though Andy is leaving for college. Buzz Lightyear was funny in the first movie and the second, but he is even better here. Buzz starts out as one of the group leaders like Woody, then the evil daycare toys set him to ‘demo mode’, making him obey every command. Later Andy’s toys reset him back to his factory setting. However, they accidentally turn Buzz into Spanish. Spanish Buzz is one of the funniest animated characters ever.
Toy Story 3 keeps with the series’ tradition of being funny and heart-warming at the same time. The original characters reprise their roles, while introducing some fun new characters. This movie is the biggest of the series, and I’m hesitant to say (as Toy Story was a classic growing up), but Toy Story 3 may be the best movie in the series. Toy Story 3 is the perfect ending to the great family trilogy.