Wednesday, February 16, 2011

MOVIE REVIEW: Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3
Number of Nominations: 5
Categories: Best Picture, Best Animated Feature, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Song ("We Belong Together"), Best Sound Editing
Availability in US: DVD, Blu-ray
Trailer: Click for Trailer
Historically, the Academy hasn't always given animated films the recognition they deserve. True, Walt Disney was given an honorary award (one Oscar statuette and 7 miniature statuettes) for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but for about 60 years after that the Academy didn't show much love for animation. Then, in 2001, the Academy tried to make things right by introducing the Best Animated Feature Oscar. Unfortunately, though the move was well intentioned, some people believe giving animated features their own "mini-Best Picture" category has further decreased these films' chances of seriously competing in the major categories. In Academy Awards history, only three animated films have been nominated for Best Picture: Beauty and the Beast, Up, and Toy Story 3. No animated film has ever won Best Picture. Films that may have deserved consideration, like Up and Finding Nemo, haven't been taken seriously. Make no mistake: Toy Story 3 deserves real consideration.

Easily one of the three best films of the year, Toy Story 3 picks up several years after part 2 left off, with Andy headed off to college and trying to decide what to do with his old toys. When our heroes Buzz Lightyear and Woody accidentally get donated to the daycare, they have to navigate all sorts of perils to get back where they belong.

Toy Story 3 does everything right: It is funny, poignant, engaging, and just plain fun to watch. Praised by critics and almost universally loved by audiences, Toy Story 3 quickly became the highest grossing film of the year, the fifth-highest grossing film of all-time, and highest grossing animated film ever. The film succeeds in the same way many Pixar films have before it, by not going for the cheap laughs or just playing to the younger audiences, but by making a genuinely fun and entertaining film that parents, kids, and kids at heart can enjoy together.

Grade: A+

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