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article imageOp-Ed: Review: 'Toy Story 3' hits all the right notes Special

By Michael Bearak     Jun 19, 2010 in Entertainment
Disney's Pixar has hit a home run with 'Toy Story 3' which continues follow the adventures of a group of toys owned by a boy named Andy.
Truly there aren't a lot of sequels that are as good as the original, and most of the time the more sequels you have the poorer the story and plot. Still, Disney Pixar doesn't miss very often and in the 15 year run of the 'Toy Story' movies they have been right on target each time.
It has been 11 years since 'Toy Story 2' and now Disney shows us the dilemma of a boy who is heading off to college and has to part with his toys. Most of us at some point were forced to decide what to do with our Star Wars figures, our G.I. Joes, Barbies (for the female readers), and Hot Wheels. For some of us those decisions were made by our parents, as was my case, where my Star Wars figures and space crafts were given away never to be seen again.
So Andy, the hero sort of is forced to decide what he is going to do with a huge box of toys. He is less than a week from heading off to college and his mother is pushing him to decide what to do with the toys. Andy is torn between what to do with all of them, and of course goes with old faithful in Andy.
In the end though Disney does a great job of portraying friendship and teamwork throughout the movie as the crew gets itself in and out of trouble. Jokes aside, which there are plenty, Disney gives a parent plenty to talk to their child about after the movie is over as life building tools. Again, one of the wonderful things about Disney is that they write stories and movies with morals and with a purpose.
In the end when Andy (if you don't want me to ruin the end of the movie for you stop reading here) has to again decide what he is going to do with his toys Woody leaves him a note "suggesting" he gives the toys to a little girl who knows how to take care of her toys and to play with them respectfully. Teary goodbyes are made between Woody and the other toys. The movie closes with Andy taking the toys to young Bonnie so that they would have a purpose and not just sit in the attic.
Andy goes through all the toys with young Bonnie, who is four or five years old, and in the end comes to Woody in the bottom of the box. Woody was supposed to be going off to college with Andy, and when Bonnie sees Woody (she met him earlier in the movie) she gets all excited and Andy sees that excitement in her eyes and quickly remembers all the good times he and Woody had growing up. Bonnie's excitement grows as Andy once more pulls Woody's cord getting him to speak one last time saying, "There's a snake in my boots." The voice of the great Tom Hanks echoing through the theater, enough to bring a tear to your eyes as you can see the pain in Andy's decision. Finally he gives Bonnie Woody too and the 17 year old and the little girl play in the front yard with all the toys, along with Bonnie's too. Finally it is time for Andy to drive off, all of his old toys sitting on the front porch of their new home, and Woody and his friends come to life one more time to watch Andy head off into the sunset.
While the three movies have been outstanding, the end of 'Toy Story 3' is the perfect end to the movies bringing closure to the stories with no need for anything more.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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