Friday, June 8, 2012
RECENTLY VIEWED: TOY STORY 3
Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure film, and the third installment in the Toy Story series. It was produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Toy Story 3 was also the first film to be released theatrically with 7.1 surround sound.
The plot focuses on the toys Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen), and their friends dealing with an uncertain future as their owner, Andy, prepares to leave for college. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, John Ratzenberger, Wallace Shawn, Jeff Pidgeon, Jodi Benson, R. Lee Ermey, John Morris and Laurie Metcalf reprised their voice-over roles from the previous films. Jim Varney, who played Slinky Dog in the first two films, and Joe Ranft, who portrayed Lenny and Wheezy, both died before production began on Toy Story 3. The role of Slinky Dog was taken over by Blake Clark, while Ranft's characters and various others were written out of the story. New characters include performances by Ned Beatty, Timothy Dalton, Kristen Schaal, Bonnie Hunt, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeff Garlin, and Michael Keaton.
The feature broke Shrek the Third's record as the biggest opening day North American gross for an animated film unadjusted for inflation and a big opening with an unadjusted gross of $110,307,189. It is also the highest-grossing opening weekend for a Pixar film, as well as the highest-grossing opening weekend for a film to have opened in the month of June. The film is the highest-grossing film of 2010 in the United States and Canada, and the highest-grossing film of 2010 worldwide. In July, it surpassed Finding Nemo to become Pixar's highest ever grossing film at the North American box office. In early August, the film surpassed Shrek 2 as the highest-grossing animated film of all-time worldwide; later that month, Toy Story 3 became the first ever animated film in history to make over $1 billion worldwide. It is currently the 8th highest-grossing film of all time.
Toy Story 3 was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Sound Editing. It was the third animated film (after Beauty and the Beast and Up) to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. It won the awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song.
While the voice superstars of the film are Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, character actor Ned Beatty, who you do not seem much in films any more, stole the film away, as the evil teddy bear Lasso. Beatty really was great and created a voice for his character so it is hard to tell it is him. Another memorable voice is Michael Keaton as the Ken doll. He provided some of the biggest laughs in the whole movie.
Toy Story 3 became the highest-grossing film of 2010 and Pixar's highest-grossing film of all time. It is also the second highest grossing G-rated movie of all time and Disney's second film to reach $400 million (the other being Dead Man's Chest with $423 million), but dispite all the hype and stats, Toy Story 3 is just a great movie that the whole family will enjoy. I love seeing the old toys that I grew up come to life, and as a child I often wondered what my toys did when I went to bed. Now I know...
MY RATING: 10 OUT OF 10