Toy Story 3 Review- The Best of the Three

Toy Story 3 - one big family

The new Toy Story is out and it’s the best of the three, say many of the audience members who saw the screening at the El Capitan in Hollywood.   

Fifteen years ago, Pixar entered the realm of filmmaking with the first f feature length computer animated Toy Story.  Suddenly the public saw that a virtual animation camera could move around in photo realistic sets instead of scanned flat drawings.  It wasn’t long after that CG became the constant of animation and the romantic fairy tales of princes and princesses came to an end.  

Tom Hanks reprises his role as cowboy Woody, while Tim Allen returns as his partner, Buzz Lightyear as their owner, Andy, packs up for college.  His loyal toys find themselves being donated to day care.

Sunnyside Day Care Center where the toys find themselves, turns out to be a nightmarish trap as the youngest of the populations play with the toys by hanging, flinging, defacing and generally abusing them.  Like an awful nursing home, Sunnyside is a wretched purgatory for them as the toys plan their escape. They are prevented by a strawberry scented teddy bear, Lots-o-Huggin (voiced by Ned Beatty) and his team, including Ken ( Michael Keaton).  Rescued by Bonnie, the daughter of the owner, Woody meets up with a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants (Timothy Dalton).  

Toy Story # - the escape

When he realizes what Lotso’s scheme is, he realizes that he must return to Sunnyside and help rescue his friends.  After all, they are all family.  

The toys find themselves in real peril as they escape from the day care and are tossed into the garbage, only to be rescued from sure melt down at the last moment when people in the audience applauded.

Fun Zone

Directed by Lee Unkrich, and produced by Darla K Anderson, the story was written by Michael Arndt and executive produced by John Lasseter, who directed Toy Story and Toy Story 2.  

Eleven years ago, in 1999 Toy Story 2 topped the market at $485 million.  Now, with the 3D and IMAX versions, that will probably go much higher.  

Toy Story Fun Zone - Dancing with the stars

The time between then and the current Toy Story 3 was due to political upheaval between Disney and Pixar.  

The story explores, with surprising seriousness, the dire straits toys can encounter once they’ve outlived their owners’ affections.  The movie is rated G. There is nothing overtly violent in language or images.  

In addition to the wonderful movie, members of El Capitan audience also get to experience the Toy Story Fun Zone.  Just behind the theater, this 25,000 square foot attraction offers Ferris rides, interactive games, and dancing toys – all based on the movie.  Attendees can take their pictures with the toys and participate in rope swinging, shut slides, money bars as well as play with super slinky steps, Mr and Mrs. Potato Head and Toy Story Legos.   Crafts are available for kids and a special place, Lotso’s Lounge, is for families who want to host birthday parties there.  

Toy Story Fun Zone - photos with the characters

The Fun Zone/movie combination goes from June 18th through August 29th.  Daily shows are at 10, 1, 4, 7 and 9 pm.   Prices range from $13 to $30. Group rates are for twenty or more.  To order tickets call 800-Disney6 or go to

Hanks and Allen are already hoping for a Toy Story 4.  

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