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Toy Story 3

Posted: Thu, 17th Jun 2010, 7:52am

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Just got back from my local theater. I'm a manager there, so we pretty much get to see everything at least a day or two early. I was a little hesitant to even go tonight to check this one out.. but WOW. I'm glad I did.

Going in to watching it I was sure it would be good, seeing how it is another Toy Story.. (and being Disney/Pixar - of course) but yeeeeeesh, what a pleasant surprise. This was better than "good".

I enjoyed it. From beginning to end. This movie was surprisingly hilarious. Very funny. I felt a little silly, laughing hysterically during a kids movie. But everyone else seemed to agree smile. The ending was brilliant, imo. A perfect way to close the movie. It truly brings closure to the Toy Story story, which I was very pleased with. It brought a tear to my eye. Yes, it really did. I'd say this was the best of the 3, and by far the most humorous. Also, there was an interesting short film at the beginning, as accustom with all Pixar flicks - which I also really enjoyed.

I'd highly recommend seeing this. Great movie.

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Posted: Thu, 17th Jun 2010, 8:07am

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I was going to say just a moment ealier- why haven't we been talking about this more recently?

It's hugely monumental, and we get all this hype for years leading up to the release- and then it seems to just come with a faint wimper (at least compared to how it should be treated/what you'd expect)- very much like Indy 4. It just..........kinda.........came. There wasn't as much anticipation right beforehand. I find myself kind of in the same position with Toy Story 3. (And this whole summer for movies too, really.)

It's all just sorta snuck up on me. I wish I had more enthusiasm and anticipation and excitement overall- I guess I'm just growing too much into a worrisome and stressed and 'no-time-for-movies-anymore' adult.

How......sad. unsure

But yeah, this looks awesome. I need to figure out how to get myself pumped for it once again.
Posted: Thu, 17th Jun 2010, 8:12am

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Atom wrote:

There wasn't as much anticipation right beforehand. I find myself kind of in the same position with Toy Story 3. (And this whole summer for movies too, really.)
Haha, strangely, that's exactly how I have been feeling recently too, man. Which is why I nearly decided against even bother seeing it tonight. But I'm glad I did.

At least we still have Inception to look forward to this summer.

Unfortunately, that's about it unsure.
Posted: Thu, 17th Jun 2010, 8:22am

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I agree that it would've been a lot cooler if there had been a gigantic marketing push à la Iron Man 2 for this, but I think the fact of the matter is that marketing or not, everybody is going to be seeing this anyway, right? I mean, Toy Story pretty much defined a whole generation's childhood, and jumpstarted the most successful and loved CG animation company ever. You'd have to be mad not to see Toy Story 3 smile

Can't wait to see this.

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Posted: Thu, 17th Jun 2010, 3:14pm

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I'm very excited to see this film. But since I work in a cinema I won't be able to see it until sometime next week. Additionally, I'm really not looking forward to all the kids, families, and creeper men that this film will attract for the next month...

Heh, at least I can see it for free! smile
Posted: Thu, 17th Jun 2010, 4:16pm

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FreshMentos wrote:

Additionally, I'm really not looking forward to all the kids, families, and creeper men that this film will attract for the next month...
Surprising.. how many of those types you see in kids shows like this, eh?
Posted: Thu, 17th Jun 2010, 6:29pm

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miker wrote:



I'd highly recommend seeing this. Great movie.
So far it's been universally lauded by critics..looking forward to seeing this.
Posted: Thu, 17th Jun 2010, 6:34pm

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miker wrote:

FreshMentos wrote:

Additionally, I'm really not looking forward to all the kids, families, and creeper men that this film will attract for the next month...
Surprising.. how many of those types you see in kids shows like this, eh?
I can't tell if you're being sarcastic... But quite a few to answer your question.
Posted: Thu, 17th Jun 2010, 7:18pm

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FreshMentos wrote:

miker wrote:

FreshMentos wrote:

Additionally, I'm really not looking forward to all the kids, families, and creeper men that this film will attract for the next month...
Surprising.. how many of those types you see in kids shows like this, eh?
I can't tell if you're being sarcastic... But quite a few to answer your question.
Haha, no, no sarcasm intended. I know.. exactly how that is, working at a movie theater myself.
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2010, 2:54am

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Toy Story was one of the first movies I saw as a kid, and I definitely be seeing Toy Story 3.
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2010, 6:44am

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Just got back from the midnight showing.

I cried.

Cause I'm a man.

See it immediately... 7 times... in a row... and then go again tomorrow... and the next day... wash, rinse, repeat...
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2010, 7:13am

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The film has a 100% rating out of 92 reviews on Rottentomatoes. That's insane.
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2010, 7:15am

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It's seriously one of the best movies I've ever seen.

No joke.

I cried too Ev smile
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2010, 7:24am

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Oh man, I might have to see this alone then. I'm really looking forward to this. Loved the trailers and the timing of the storyline with my life, and I am certainly loving the reception. I'll see this sometime next week hopefully.
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2010, 7:56am

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The Toy Story films are right up there with the first Back to the Future for me as (some of) the best movies ever made. I CAN NOT WAIT FOR THIS. When do we get it in the UK?
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2010, 8:40am

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If I ever get around to seeing the second one, I'll see this too.
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2010, 3:06pm

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Andy is going off to college. I'm going off to college. This is going to be epic. I think I'll drop everything and go see it right now. smile

And yes, the Rottentomatoes is just ridiculous. 100% with 112 reviews. And for the entire series, it's 100% with 329 reviews. Insane.
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2010, 5:27pm

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Pooky wrote:

The film has a 100% rating out of 92 reviews on Rottentomatoes. That's insane.
That is, amazing. Is there a film that has ever had that many great review after 100 or so ratings? None the less...
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2010, 10:21pm

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Fxhome Dude wrote:

Pooky wrote:

The film has a 100% rating out of 92 reviews on Rottentomatoes. That's insane.
That is, amazing. Is there a film that has ever had that many great review after 100 or so ratings? None the less...
It has 137 now. Only Toy Story 2 (140) and Man on Wire (142) are above it on RottenTomatoes smile
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2010, 11:57pm

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Armond White and Cole Smithey ruined it.

This ties in nicely to one of the central themes of the movie - loss of innocence. There can be no perfection any more - not in a world where people like that exist to write negative reviews so they can garner attention and stroke their egos.
Posted: Sat, 19th Jun 2010, 5:03am

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I saw Toy Story 3 in 3D tonight.

It was absolutely brilliant, all the way through.

The 3D was very good. The storyline was fantastic. The CGI world, as expected, was very good and very detailed. It is astounding how much work must go into these films.

Just brilliant! Go see it!

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Posted: Sat, 19th Jun 2010, 9:58am

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I can't wait to see this! smile
Posted: Sat, 19th Jun 2010, 2:26pm

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Why do they even count Armond White's reviews? Honestly, he's a complete troll.
Posted: Sun, 20th Jun 2010, 9:56pm

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Man, you guys are really making me want to see it! Pixar is just the kind of people that put in detail in the things they do. They really stick to the story!



So, should I bring some tissues? smile
Posted: Mon, 21st Jun 2010, 10:45am

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27th of August is release in Norway. That rather annoys me.
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jun 2010, 6:00am

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There isn't much I can say that will register with anyone who isn't (about) my age and was (about) my age when I saw the first one. Just because I hit the exact age of Andy in the first one, I saw it in theaters, etc. Things that people- even a few years younger, wouldn't have had the opportunity for. And that older folks won't be able to relate as well. (Aculag, you have no soul.)

A perfect ending to the series, and a damn near perfect movie. I have, very rarely, cried in movies. I cried in this one, and I came very close to crying on instances before and after the moment I cried throughout the film. One thing that isn't so much a negative as it is a caution is that seeing the movie in 3D wasn't anything particularly astounding- mostly by virtue of the fact that the movie is just that 'great' as-is. But also because it really doesn't offer all that much of a difference in immersion the way that, say, Shrek Forever After or How To Train Your Dragon did in spades.

But this movie doesn't need to. At all. 3D isn't required, so to speak, for this movie to be perfect/amazing/astounding. (And boy, how the animation is!) Just, really, don't waste that extra cash (or waiting in a longer line at the theater before showtime) to see it in 3D. Does close to nothing for this movie. But then again.........really......how could it, ya know?

The emotional resonance of this movie for me is so heavy and great and impossible to explain that is aches me to think about. But this is, for the most part, also an incredibly good thing.

Also, I saw The Karate Kid right after it in theaters and was incredibly, incredibly surprised by how excellent it was as well. Even back-to-back with a damn-near-masterpiece like Toy Story 3, Karate Kid held up well. And was absolutely beautifully-shot and scenic, too.

Not that a terrible lot of you guys will see it or care, but I thought it was worth mentioning. Yes, TS3 was amazing- but that also sort of goes without saying (and newcomer director Lee Unkrich does a terrific job!)- it is The Karate Kid that needs the praise. Because it truly, truly was an exceptional film itself. Even with all the plot formula in the world. It just......worked.

Anywho, an easy 10/10 for Toy Story 3. And a very cautiously-rewarded but deserving 9/10 for Karate Kid. Just when I begin to worry about kids films, the industry does a threepeat and gives us How to Train Your Dragon, Toy Story, and the rarity of an exceptional live-action kid's movie.

Just..........great.
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jun 2010, 7:02am

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Short film before Toy Story was fantastic. I hope it wins best animated short. Tron trailer in 3D was badass. Owls had me laughing again. This all got me excited for 3DS.

Spoilers ahead:
Then Toy Story was amazing. If my parents weren't there, I would've cried. Perfect film. Excellent themes. Great closure. And I disagree with Atom, that 3D was perfect, felt like looking through a window, more clear than Avatar. Added a lot to the immersion to me. I've never had a problem with any 3D, I know for sure my eyes "work" for it. Glasses also hide your tears, and then you can still come out of the theater a man. wink

One thing that kind of bothered me is the mention of Bopeep. Woody acted all sad, and we never heard about it again. I thought they'd find her and other toys somewhere. Ah well (I haven't seen 2 in ages, did they go somewhere in 2? Or did they just disappear in between films?). Also the ending still would have been great if they died in the fire. But I mean, I knew they couldn't do it. smile

And lastly, this is kind of funny:
http://www.joblo.com/index.php?id=32671


Good news about Karate Kid, I feel like if anyone likes it I'll probably like it. I just love the idea of Karate Kid, martial arts, then Jackie Chan is fun/badass.
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jun 2010, 4:35pm

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While that guardian owl movie does look stupid and unintentionally-hilarious as hell, it's also directed by 300/Watchmen's visionary Zach Snyder, who I quite like, and the 3D in the trailer alone is massively, massively more impressive and immersive than any other movie I've seen with the technology. Even Shrek 4 (which I would consider to date 'the best').

I'm still not sold on 3D, but if there's a person and a movie to do it- I wouldn't doubt it'd be a CG animated slow-mo fest from Zach Snyder. It has lines as cheesy and gay as all get out in it, but that owl trailer is also jaw-droppingly visceral and visually beautiful.

Maybe I'll take my little sister to see it.
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jun 2010, 6:54pm

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Haha, the "Epic as F*ck OWL MOVIE". I'll probably still see it. Seeing as I work at a movie theater and all. There's one thing we should know by now. Never trust movie trailers. Clash Of The Titans was the perfect example of this.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jun 2010, 2:01am

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You know who they should have put in this movie?



I wonder what this guy's up to fifteen years later. Great film though, I almost cried at the end.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jun 2010, 2:35am

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He is in the movie. I haven't seen the movie yet myself, but apparently, he has a cameo as a garbage man.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jun 2010, 2:47am

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Yup. He's in it a few times actually. Look for the skull t-shirt.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jun 2010, 8:35am

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Haha, oh man. I need to go re-watch this then.

Actually, I noticed another reference to once of their early shorts. The reference is when we see all the toys in the day care center hiding under the couch. That references their early short, Tin Toy. They were pretty slick with all the little references in this one.

I liked how they opened it up, with the home videos. Seemed like appropriate way to introduce us back to the characters and set the mood of the film. Also, the short film, Day and Night, was probably the best Pixar short I have seen. Just awesome and unique.

Visually, it was solid. I like how they kept the same but improved look from the first. This was the first 3d film I have seen since Spy Kids 3d. It was different, but I'm not too sure what to think. To me, the 3d stood out most in the opening scene, probably because it had the most elaborate camera movement. There were a lot of visually interesting toys in the day care place. I really like the monkey toy, but I am not really a fan of all the barbie/ken stuff. And the part where Mr. Potato-head puts his parts on the tortilla was great.

This film was obviously not intended to be as funny as the first two, but it definitely wrapped up the story correctly. At the begging when the army guys leave, I could already sense the general feel of the movie. At the part where they are riding the conveyor belt towards the fire, and they just hold hands and face their death, I thought the movie was going to end. Haha, that would be quite a different ending. The first movie was the first film I ever saw, so I am glad to be able to see these characters on the screen again.

Overall, this is a great movie and I'd recommend it to anyone.
Posted: Thu, 24th Jun 2010, 1:40am

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My god. That was wonderful. I'll post my full review tomorrow, when I'm done crying.
Posted: Mon, 28th Jun 2010, 2:19am

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Whoa! Is all I can say.
In my opinion, that was the best out of all the three! Amazing with all the detail! Pixar, you really outdid yourself today. Again. Honestly, that was the first movie I cried in. I mean fully. I tried to control it, but still I got tears.


SPOLIER WARNING:
The purple Bear seemed a little like the evil toy with the axe in the 2nd one though. He was acting all good at first and then turned all bad. Kinda saw that coming. Anyway, I thought it was very comical in some parts, there were also some parts (in my perspective) that seemed a little creepy. Like the doll with the twitching eye sitting on the swing staring up at the sky. Then, turning all the way like an Owl. wink The fire pit part was great at making me really think that it was going to be the end! Burned up plastic wasn't my idea of ending the series.
The REAL ending made me cry like crazy. I broke when he said "Thanks guys"


Anyway,
I could go into more details that you probably don't care about so I will end it here.
Recommended for EVERYONE!!!!!

By the way, I took it from you guys that the 3D was just for the depth like Shrek 4. So I watched it in 2D and thought it was just as good!

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Posted: Mon, 28th Jun 2010, 6:26am

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Did anyone else notice that the story from this film was lifted straight out of The Brave Little Toaster? They are almost exactly the same.

SPOILERS AHEAD:

Boy leaving for college leaves his toys/appliances behind. The toys/appliances end up in a daycare/repair shop full of evil toys/appliances, who tell them their owner doesn't care about them. The good toys/appliances escape, try to get reunited with their owner, end up in a trash dump at one point, almost get destroyed by a trash shredder/compactor, but are finally reunited with their owner. There were a couple other similarities I noticed at the time but can't recall while I am writing this.

Don't get me wrong, Toy Story 3 was a much better film, was really quite excellent, but the two stories share an uncanny number of major plot points.

The opening short, while brilliant and original, doesn't come close to Presto, which I consider their finest short film, but its also not a full-out comedy like some of their shorts, including Presto, are.
Posted: Thu, 1st Jul 2010, 9:03am

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Axeman wrote:

The opening short, while brilliant and original, doesn't come close to Presto, which I consider their finest short film, but its also not a full-out comedy like some of their shorts, including Presto, are.
Agreed. Although I really liked that they pushed to deliver a more meaningful message on this one - unlike any of their other shorts. It's true, I think at times we are all guilty of becoming too comfortable with what our society has conceptualized as "normal". The short, being a truly unique concept, captures that idea nearly perfectly. It makes me want to step outside of film/idea's that I'm familiar with and broaden my views in a way.
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I just now got to see Toy Story 3 (actually this past Monday). My wife and kids all loved it, and I have to say that I very much enjoyed it. The story was very well written, and it moved along really well without ever over doing it.

SPOILERS:

I thought the scene toward the end when they were heading toward the furnace at the landfill was very appropriately tense and extremely effective. I mean, when the toys all held hands and were just about to accept their fate while staring into the fire, I couldn't believe how much I cared about these fictional characters, which were fictional toy characters at that.

END SPOILERS.

Overall, very well done and very enjoyable.
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Sure was! Yes, in things like that, you can see how much you can get attached to fictional beings. smile