Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Toy Story 3 ***** (MY 100TH BLOG!)

This is my 100th post! Thank you so much to everyone who has been reading right from the first blog in April 2009 and any new readers from then on. You really have no idea how much I appreciate the support. This is my passion so to have you as a public enjoying (hopefully) and supporting what I write is a feeling you'll never quite understand until you do it yourself. Please keep reading and keep talking about film! I really mean it, thank you.

Remember the wild adventures Toy Story 1 and 2 took you on as a child, making you truly believe that those toys that sit on the end of your bed were alive? Well, your Barbies and Action Men are about to have a whole new lease of life when you watch this heart warming, cathartic film. It hasn't lost any of its charm over the years we've awaited Pixar to bring out this entertaining film, which means all those loving memories you have of the other 2 aren't tainted at all.

As well as inventively being introduced to our beloved characters Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Mr and Mrs Potato Head, Rex, Hamm, Slinky Dog, Bullseye, and the 3 aliens by a home video of Andy playing an imaginative game with them, we're now also in love with whole new characters making just an impact on us as the favourites have done! Lotso the not so nice cuddly bear, Barbie and Ken, and Chatter Telephone to name a few play memorable parts that create this new story, but still retaining it's childlike edge that so many kids will now adore in a whole new generation. But fear not, if you grew up with Toy Story you'll remember the jokes, the banter and the affection this cast have with each other. It really does bring a satisfying sense of warmth within you.

The animation is, in a word, incredible. Pixar know how to create these characters that you instantly know you can trust or be aware of through features such as the eyes or voice. It's brilliant to relate to children and the colours they use just shout out LOOK AT ME! In terms of the 3D effect, it hardly enhanced my viewing, making me want to boycott the whole idea completely now. Anyhow, the way in which they create the world these characters live in is so realistic but keeps that cartoon like edge, drawing it out from the crowd as it's so professional yet easy on the eye to recognise. The legendary John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton wrote the story, plus Lee Unkrich directed it, so you would expect it to be Disney Pixar's finest.

The story isn't stuck in the past either. It's grown up with the generation it was introduced to. Andy is going off to college, stuck in a dilemma on whether to keep these toys or not. By the end of this, I guarantee the next time you have to have a clean out, you'll think twice about a bin bag stuck up in the loft full of your childhood memories! It's easy to understand as a film on it's own, but it also relates back to common jokes in the previous films to keep that original audience even more entertained, for example "The claaaaaaw."

So, if you want to be completely entertained with light hearted comedy, a good memory jog of your old favourite characters and the Pixar perfect animation, watch this film. You won't be disappointed!

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