Siebenaler: Toy Story 3 home video reviewWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The biggest movie of the year is here. The animation, characters, and story improve to an even higher level as Andy goes to college in the third installment of the “Toy Story” film series. The DVD extra features include the voice talent feature, in-depth shorts centering on the Pixar short, detailed scene analysis, and a fun Buzz Lightyear documentary co-created with NASA. The 4-Disc Blu-ray version includes all these features plus a trivia game, commentary from director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson, and even extras about toy designs of the famous characters. Fans can get it all with the “Ultimate Toy Box 3-Movie Collection” that contains all three TOY STORY releases on Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy for each film with an additional Blu-ray disc for Toy Story 3.
Filmmakers increase the sentiment and danger in this quality tale while still piling on the fun with increased interactions among toys and human characters outside Andy’s house. “Toy Story 3” reunites Buzz (voiced by Tim Allen), Jeesie (Joan Cusack) and Woody (Tom Hanks) plus piggy bank Ham, dog Slink, dinosaur Rex, Mr. Potato Head, Mrs. Potato Head and Woody’s faithful horse Bullseye.
The large character list functions incredibly well in the plot and includes new characters like Ken, voiced by Michael Keaton; Mr. Pricklepants, voiced by Timothy Dalton and Lots-o’-Huggin Bear, voiced by Ned Beatty. This lovable group hits a key crossroad as another toy presents a new “no owners means no heartbreak” philosophy, which creates a wider scope.
The toys retain their physical characteristics with some great new variations. Woody’s long legged runs and the Potato Head couple provide some nice comic highlights. Trust, misunderstandings, and genuine care drive the plot as Andy’s room still serves as the central location. Andy’s Mom, his sister Molly and a new character named Bonnie come into full view this time as the human characters play expanded roles, especially during an incredibly sweet sequence in a front yard near the end.
This high quality film uses several filmmaking techniques including subtitles, flashbacks and multiple camera angles. Returning music composer Randy Newman sings his classic song “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” along with a fun Spanish version and the new “We Belong Together” song at the ending credits. Audiences will also enjoy the “Night & Day” short before the film, which features richly detailed background with two basic silhouette characters in forefront.
“Toy Story 3” definitely requires more than one viewing so you can catch all the hidden jokes and references set in the background of several scenes. Fans will love the quick cameo voices and special character/object appearances from the previous installments. Highly recommended and rated G.