Toy Story 3 DVD Review

Title: Toy Story 3 (Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)

Release Date: November 2, 2010

About the Movie:

Toy Story 3 welcomes Woody (voice of Tom Hanks), Buzz (voice of Tim Allen) and the whole gang back as Andy prepares to depart for college and his loyal toys find themselves in… day care!  These untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice, so it’s all for one and one for all as plans for the great escape get underway. More than a few new faces—some plastic, some plush—join the adventure, including iconic swinging bachelor and Barbie’s counterpart Ken (voice of Michael Keaton), a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants (voice of Timothy Dalton) and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear (voice of Ned Beatty).  Directed by Lee Unkrich (co-director of Toy Story 2 and Finding Nemo), produced by Pixar veteran Darla K. Anderson (CarsMonsters, Inc.) and written by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine), Toy Story 3 is a comical new adventure!

Bonus Features on Blu-Ray and DVD Combo Pack:

  • 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.
  • 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 design, 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.

My Review:

I am ashamed to admit it but I never did see Toy Story and Toy Story 2. After watching Toy Story 3, I can now say with confidence, what the heck was I thinking?!? This movie is fantastic! It made me howl with laughter and shed tears and kept me captivated from start to finish. This is the perfect movie for the entire family- from little kids to teens to adults!

Even though I missed the first two movies, I was up to speed right away on who all the characters were. I figured out that Andy, the character now heading to college, was a youngster in the previous two films and these were his beloved toys. Woody played by Tom Hanks was his very special toy and Andy was planning on bringing him to college. The other toys like Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and Rex were headed for the attic for safe storage. However, that’s not what ended up happening! The toys all ended up being donated to Sunnyside Daycare and you would think that would be a good thing right? However, this daycare was ruled by an evil teddy bear that smelled of strawberries.  The movie follows the toys at the daycare as they try to escape their captors and get back home to Andy before he heads off to college.

I LOVED the Potato Head couple! They were so cute! I giggled at the end when Mr. Potato Head said “Get out of my butt!” to the peas in a pod. Also, Mrs. Potato Head left her eye back in Andy’s room so she could always see what was going on at the homefront. It was silly, but made me laugh all the same. The FUNNIEST part of the movie were the scenes between Barbie and Ken! Ken was hilarious!

With all the laughing going on in our house, we also had some tears. There’s a scene towards the end that was a real tearjerker. I won’t ruin it for you, but it did touch my heart.

I highly recommend Toy Story 3! Pick it up to watch with your family or buy as a Christmas gift. It’s in stores now!

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*I was not financially compensated for this review. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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