A few years ago when Disney and Pixar were in contract talks to extend their partnership, Disney decided to come up with their own idea for Toy Story 3. The storyline involved Buzz Lightyear getting shipped off to Taiwan and the other toys trying to rescue him. After Disney bought Pixar and made John Lasseter the CCO, Lasseter famously went and scrapped all development. Pixar took over and started from scratch. And oh boy, we should be thankful because the Toy Story 3 that was directed by Lee Unkrich and released on June 18th, 2010 is nothing short of magnificent. [Read more…]
During the past week, reviews for Toy Story 3 started to come in, but on the eve of the film’s release, they’re flying in faster than you can read them all! As of this post, the new addition to the Toy Story franchise is still sitting at an astounding 100% on the Tomatometer on Rotten Tomatoes.
It is not new ground for the franchise, as the previous two entries also finished with 100%. However, the two earlier Toy Story films were released in the 1990’s, when less reviews were published, and blogging was not as rampant as it is today. Today, big releases can get over 200 reviews, which makes attaining the elusive 100% rating extremely difficult.
Reviews are still pouring in, so we should resist the urge to get attached to that 100%. It would be an amazing finish to a trilogy that has been a critical darling as well as a fan favorite, but over the next few days, we should have a clearer picture.
Here are some quotes of reviews that I have collected from some of the biggest publications across the continent. I will ONLY be posting spoiler-free quotes here, but will include the links to the full reviews. Please, please, be careful if you decide to click the links. The full reviews will be a bit spoiler-y, and you have waited this long.
“In providing sheer moviegoing satisfaction — plot, characters, verbal wit and visual delight, cheap laughs and honest sentiment — “Toy Story 3” is wondrously generous and inventive.”
“How the animation wizards at Pixar keep coming up with innovative and rapturous stories is one of the miracles in modern film. How director Lee Unkrich, veteran Pixar writers John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton, and Little Miss Sunshine co-writer Michael Arndt devised a fresh plot and enchanting characters in this third Toy Story go-round is perhaps the most impressive feat of all.”
“…even with the bar raised high, Toy Story 3 enchanted and moved me so deeply I was flabbergasted that a digitally animated comedy about plastic playthings could have this effect.
“Toy Story 3 represents a virtuoso performance by the Pixar team, led by director Lee Unkrich (the codirector of Toy Story 2 and Finding Nemo). I think it’s the studio’s greatest achievement since The Incredibles, and — just maybe — since the original Toy Story.”
“Pixar married the world of modern computer animation and sophisticated storytelling with the original “Toy Story” in 1995, and since then it has been the hands-down leading studio of any kind in Hollywood.
“It has never made a film that could be considered close to weak; most have been outright great. “Toy Story 3″ continues that tradition.”
“Toy Story 3…completes a trilogy of the best that animation can be. This is a “3” that deserves a [rating of] “4,” the best Toy Story yet – and make sure you get there in time for the short opener Day & Night, another of Pixar’s finest moments.”
“Pixar is the one studio that really knows how to use 3-D to its best advantage, never allowing the technology to overwhelm the storytelling.
“Toy Story 3 is a terrific film that ends with an emotional payoff that should satisfy all who have invested in the characters over the past 15 years. In a summer that will be littered with bad sequels, bad 3-D and bad storytelling, it is a movie to be heartily embraced.”
Toy Story 3 opens tomorrow, June 18th!
Well, sort of. Mike Scott, movie critic for the Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans, posted the following on his twitter account earlier today:
Screened “Toy Story 3” today. Stands to reason that Pixar will produce a sub-par movie at SOME point. It ain’t this time, though.
This continues the positive reviews coming from early screenings of ‘Toy Story 3’. Expect a more in-depth review from Scott in the near future, but safe to say, he enjoyed it. The floodgates for reviews of the film will open soon, and we shall see what other critics have to say. Given Pixar’s track record and current buzz about the movie, it looks like we will have another winner. Like we expected anything else from film director, Lee Unkrich, and crew.