Movie Reviews

Film Review: “Toy Story 3”

(Disney/Pixar. Rated G. 1 hour, 43 minutes. Directed by Lee Unkrich.) Tom Hanks (Woody), Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear), Wallace Shawn (Rex), John Ratzenberger (Hamm), Michael Keaton (Ken), Estelle Harris (Mrs. Potato Head), Don Rickles (Mr. Potato Head), Joan Cusack (Jessie), Jodi Benson (Barbie), Timothy Dalton (Mr. Pricklepants). Music by Randy Newman.

Poised to make 10 kajillion dollars this weekend, Toy Story 3 doesn’t disappoint. As my colleague Jared rather emphatically stated, “What do you need to review? It’s Pixar!! That’s all you need to know!” Relax, folks: yes, it’s good. Very good, in fact. Why the heck we had to wait 11 years, I don’t know.

I’ll keep it short: Andy, the toys’ owner, is now 17 and ready for college. The toys are troubled about their uncertain future, and almost get thrown out with the trash. They end up at a daycare center where the toddlers are hard on new toys, and a strawberry-scented bear named Lotso (Ned Beatty) harder still. Much of the fun comes when Woody leads the troops over the wall. Also good for giggles are the Mattel recruits: fashion-plate Ken, besotted Barbie, and the Dream House. “Disney Digital 3D” is impressive but not really needed. Be warned: this one tugs at the heartstrings more than you expect. Preceded by the expected Pixar short, “Day and Night,” also good.