TOY STORY 3 (2010)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Wow, I saw Toy Story 3 and it’s really very nice!

To be honest, I’ve never seen Toy Story 1 & 2 and probably wasn’t interested in this franchise at all. But the good reviews (verbally and online) makes it too good to pass up, so here I am!

The toys’ owner, Andy, is entering college and he must decide between keeping his toys in the attic or discarding them. A turn of events lands the toys in the donation box to Sunnyside Children’s Daycare Centre. The toys think they are in paradise because they will no longer be obsolete and they enjoyed a nice welcome from the toys there – their leader, Lotso the strawberry-scented bear and his minions. The children turn out to be ’tiny terrors’ who lick, suck, dismantle and dip toys in paint while Lotso and his minions aren’t as kind as they appear to be. Soon, they hatch an escape plan to get back to Andy before he leaves for college.

Somehow, I don’t think I played with my toys the way Andy did – the opening sequence is out-of-this-world but totally possible with the creative minds of young children. It’s always heartwarming to see how these toys stand up and protect one another, perhaps even better than us, humans, do. Certain parts of the story induce tears and at times, I’m inclined to make a swear word involving “bear”. Barbie does a good job of showing girl power as compared to “girls’ toy” Ken. The Potatoheads are also adorable, with their easy-to-fix body parts, which is especially useful for an escape.

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