‘Toy Story 3’ soars to infinity and beyond

It has been more than a decade since the 3-D animation movie Toy Story has hit the theatres. Yet somehow, it managed to circumvent the proverbial curse of third installments.  Toy Story 3 is fearless. It knew how to tug at every moviegoer’s heartstrings.

The movie managed to soar to infinity and beyond anybody’s expectations.

The plot of the movie revolved around the passage of the toys’ owner Andy, from childhood to becoming a college teenager. Faced with the prospect of going to a university, Andy was forced to segregate the stuff in his room. The lead character of the film, Sheriff Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), rallied the morale of his fellow toys to brace for an (un)exciting life in the attic. By some twist of fate however, the other toys wound up in a cardboard box and donated to the Sunny Day Care Center.

The voices of Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Don Rickles, Michael Keaton, and Wallace Shawn gave life to the other toys and perfected the stirring of emotions all throughout the film. Director Lee Unkrich gradually gave a few laughs and made the overall storytelling very appealing to anyone, regardless of their age.

The new characters are lovable and huggable, especially the soft, pink teddy bear named Lotsa who managed to stay smelling like strawberries and ran the system in the day care center. A humorous addition are the Mattel iconic toys Barbie and Ken, who managed to have personalities in reverse of the role that they were meant to play.

Toy Story 3 is a definite must-see. Indeed, Toy Story 3 may be considered as a pioneer of 3-D animation and the innovator of ironic representations in a children’s film. The story may be about things made out of plastic and metal, yet it managed to successfully spin the tale and capture the heart of the audience.