When it comes to making sequels of films I stand by one measure of whether it is good or not, can it stand alone without having seen any of the previous film. Now we’re talking about a third part. How do you judge it by the same measure? You don’t. You have to see if it makes a whole. Does it complete the circle of life to the story? (No pun intended) “Toy Story 3” not only completes the circle but flies, “to infinity and beyond”.
Bringing together all the original creative team from the previous films, along with the spirit of those passed, Lee Unkrich (Finding Nemo, Monsters) takes on sole duty of directing this final installment of Andy’s toys. Lending their written voice to the script is Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine), John Lasseter (Cars, Toy Story 1&2), Andrew Stanton (Wall-E, Finding Nemo) and Unkrich. Bringing emotion through his power of memorable music is the quintessential Randy Newman (Just about any Disney/Pixar Animated feature since 1995). And this is just the tip of the iceberg of an amazing group of individual artists and creative minds that The Walt Disney Company has. Least we not forget the talented voices resuming their roles of Woody and Buzz, Tom Hanks (Angles & Demons, Charlie Wilson’s War) and Tim Allen (Wild Hogs, The Santa Clause series).
Our story picks up as Andy is about to leave for college. It’s been years since the toys have been played with as they use to with Andy, the adventures, the stories, the action. What do you do with your toys when you are going to go to college? Put them in the attic. Just don’t put them in a garbage bag or else someone will throw it on the curb as we are about to learn. This gives our toys the thought that Andy only wants Woody and not the rest of them, being Buzz, Jessie, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Rex, Hamm, and Slinky. Barbie is with Andy’s little sister, Molly who has decided to give Barbie to the Sunnyside Preschool as a donation. Most of the other toys have already been donated or sold through garage sales. So this leaves the rest to find out what to do since Andy doesn’t want them anymore, or so they think. They decide to join Barbie and head to Sunnyside to be played with by all the children. Woody however knows the truth and tries to convince them that Andy was not throwing them away. Unfortunately majority rules and they end up at the day care. Woody knows he has to be with Andy and needs all their help to get back to him. With the help of some new characters, Ken, Mr. Pricklepants, Buttercup, Dolly, Chatter Telephone, and Lotso the gang try to help a friend.
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Families won’t want to miss adding the Blu-ray Combo Pack, 2 Disc Blu-ray or the DVD edition of Toy Story 3 to their home movie collections. Fans of all ages who have come to love and cherish these unique characters, can explore them in a whole new way as the Disney●Pixar team provides a more in-depth look into Pixar Animation Studios and the creation of its characters with hours of exclusive bonus features on the Blu-ray Disc version of the film including filmmaker commentary with Director Lee Unkrich and Producer Darla K. Anderson, amusing views of life at Pixar, analysis of favorite scenes, the Toy Story Trivia Dash game, and much, much more!
TOY STORY 3 – Bonus Features:
· Day & Night – The innovative and entertaining short from the imagination of Pixar artist and Director Teddy Newton.
· Toys! – A closer look at all of Toy Story 3’s beloved toys from updating the classic characters to the creation of the Sunnyside Daycare and Bonnie’s Room toys.
· Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: The Science of Adventure – Produced in conjunction with NASA, this hybrid animation documentary of Buzz’s visit to the International Space Station focuses on research in zero gravity and Buzz’s triumphant return to Earth.
· Paths to Pixar: Editorial – Pixar editors, past and future share anecdotes about their careers.
· The Gang’s All Here – A touching look at the returning voice talent for Toy Story 3 and an introduction to the voices of the new characters.
· A Toy’s Eye View: Creating A Whole New Land – A sneak peek at the new Toy Story-themed playland at Hong Kong Disneyland.
· Studio Stories – A series of amusing animated anecdotes about life at Pixar.
– “Where’s Gordon?” – An animator finds a hidden room at Pixar.
– “Cereal Bar” – The majestic and expansive Pixar cereal bar is explored.
– “Clean Start” – The Toy Story 3 animators shave their heads to mark the start of the film.
BLU-RAY COMBO PACK: Everything on the DVD plus…
· Toy Story Trivia Dash – This cool game challenges you to sprint to the finish with Woody, Buzz, Jessie and Rex as you quickly answer questions about all three Toy Story movies.
· Cine-Explore – Commentary by Director Lee Unkrich and Producer Darla K. Anderson.
· Beyond the Toybox: An Alternative Commentary Track Featuring Leads from Story, Tech, Art and Animation – Commentary by Story Supervisor Jason Katz, Supervising Technical Director Guido Quaroni, Production Designer Bob Pauley and Supervising Animators Bobby Podesta and Michael Venturini.
· Beginnings: Setting A Story In Motion – Screenwriter Michael Arndt analyzes successful opening scenes from Toy Story, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles.
· Bonnie’s Playtime: A Story Roundtable – A roundtable discussion with Director Lee Unkrich and the story artists who brought the “Bonnie’s Playtime” scene to life.
· Roundin’ Up A Western Opening – The development of the movie’s exciting opening scene.
· Life Of A Shot – Toy Story 3 artists and technicians describe their contributions to a few of the shots in the film’s “Western Opening.”
· Goodbye Andy – An exploration of character des
ign, acting and animation in the scene “Andy’s Goodbye.”
· Accidental Toymakers – By creating the Toy Story characters, the Pixar filmmakers found themselves in the unlikely role of toy designers. Meet the toy company that took a chance on manufacturing the now iconic toys and learn of their incredible success that began with a modest number of Woody and Buzz Lightyear toys 15 years ago.
· Making of Day & Night – The story behind the unique 2D/3D blended short.