Toy Story 3: One For The Ages

Posted: 19/07/2010 by TK in Entertainment, Mindless Thoughts
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I’ve been trying to write this post since TnT started out but it has been incredibly difficult.

Third time's a charm

After all, how do you sum up your entire childhood and the closure to it in 500 words?
You see, even though I’ve seen Toy Story 3 around three weeks ago, the movie has had an impact on me and others of my generation like no other. I even walked out of the theater with tears in my eyes, forgetting my actual age for a moment, and allowing myself to be swept back to the time when I actually thought my toys (especially my beloved Minnie) would come to life when I left the house.
The movie in its actuality follows a fairly simple and routine-like plot-line for the trilogy and that is the toys venturing out on an adventure, only to go a bit too far, and have to find their way back home.
But this time around, the movie reflects the inevitable: growing-up, something the older fans (like me) can obviously relate to. Andy is now the one to step out of home bounds as he is going to college, like many of us. The toys are not. And in the midst of the confusion, they end up being donated to the local Day Care Center. That’s where all of the action, the comedy, the heartfelt moments come into play taking you on an hour and a half long ride that you just don’t want to come to an end.
But I’m not here to tell you the story. A lot of websites will do that for you, and even better, I recommend skipping the latest Twilight “movie” to see Toy Story 3 because nothing can compare to you seeing it.
I’m here to write just about how much we underestimate movies like this one. We are always looking for the bigger, the most expensive, and the most high-tech but they more often than one seem to disappoint us in terms of content (Ahem Avatar). But pieces like Toy Story 3 don’t come around everyday. In fact, not since the first and second movies had there been anything like it, and many thought it could not duplicate the success of its predecessors. But it has, and it has charmed everyone.
Especially the ones who watched with wide eyes as Buzz came into Andy’s room for the first time, believing he was an actual space ranger. Or memorized To infinity and beyond, a line that has become more than just a cartoonish catchphrase. Or when Woody and Buzz finally agreed to be friend, promoting You’ve Got A Friend In Me to blast out of the speakers. Or when Woody met Jessy, his female counterpart that you just couldn’t but love.

You've Got A Friend In Me


But that was almost ten years ago. And we’ve all grown up since then. We’ve moved on to more responsibilities, abandoning the days of childhood play and make-believe. The days of watching Toy Story and Toy Story 2 were placed behind us, unless there was nothing else on tv and Disney Channel happened to be airing it once again.
And then the news came out that a third movie would finally come out and we all rushed to the cinemas, clutching our stuffed Woodys and Buzzs, and our hearts and fondest memories, jumping over the long line of children who had not been as fortunate as us to grow up with the series.
We were allowed to go back to those glorious days, even if it were for two hours, but it was something substantial. Otherwise, the last 15 minutes of the movie would not have had us all on the verge of, or in, tears, thinking about the old days and how far we’ve come along.
Sadly, this is the final one and all we have now are just fond recollections of the three films and every emotion we have felt throughout this almost 15 year long journey. And of course, we’ll always remember that our dreams extend to infinity and beyond
PS: In case you’ve missed it, I’ve posted the delightful trailer to the film right here for your viewing enjoyment🙂

Comments
  1. moudz says:

    This was by far one of the best movies I’ve seen so far this year! My favorite character: Mr. Cucumber Head!! Priceless😀

  2. Edrees says:

    Amen to that Tala!
    I haven’t watched the movie myself, but I’ve been planning to, months before it came out! Hopefully after my midterms this week I’ll head to Dunes which is the closest theatre offering it.
    Anyways, I’ve always been obsessed with its predecessors, and I couldn’t believe it when I read that the third movie was about Andy heading on to college because this is my first year in college. Many of the toys that “starred” in Toy Story (not all the toys were concocted by Pixar- many toys that are famous to any child living in the US were included in the movies) were childhood toys that either I used to play with or my younger brother did. The series is full of childhood memories that can’t be forgotten.

    • Tal says:

      Edress, I couldn’t agree more. I am obsessed with the series so much that I have the original movie on VHS, the soundtrack, and a Woody doll, and I wouldn’t give them up for anything.
      You just have to watch the third movie. If you’re that excited about it now, you’re going to come out of it just wanting to watch it all over again.
      I forgot to add that even the 3D was used for good use and not just a de-facto thing.
      Enjoy it!🙂

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