For years, Pixar has been producing some of the most beautiful, heartfelt work coming out of Hollywood, but because what they produce is (computer) animated, it really hasn’t garnered the awards that it deserves. The 2010-2011 awards season will be no exception, despite the release of the beautiful Toy Story 3, a film that manages to be simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking.
In Toy Story 3, we find the toys dealing with the inevitable departure of their beloved owner, Andy. He is going away to college and not wont to take along his childhood playthings. This creates a crisis for the toys and they turn, as ever, to the steady leadership of Andy’s most beloved toy, Woody. But things go awry for the toys, and they soon find themselves in mortal danger. What will be their ultimate fate?
Most of the beloved toys from the previous installments of Toy Story make a return here: Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Mr. and Mrs. Potatohead, Rex, Hamm and Slinky Dog, among others. But one of the best newcomers is Ken, who woos Barbie and provides several moments of comic relief in a movie that tugs at your heartstrings at every available opportunity (as does the ever irrepressible Buzz).
I absolutely adored this movie. Whether that’s partially nostalgia or not, Toy Story proudly closes the chapter on the franchise and reinforces my belief that sooner or later, Pixar will be rightfully awarded for their efforts.