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Toy Story 3 also known as “Toy Story 3: An IMAX 3D Experience,” “Toy Story in 3D,” “Lelulugu 3,” “Oyuncak hikayesi 3,” “Povestea jucariilor 3,” “,” “Tzatzooa Shel Sippur 3,” “История игрушек 3”

Reviewed by: Daniel Thompson

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Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Kids, Family, 3D, Drama, Sequel
1 hr. 50 min.
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June 18, 2010 (wide—3,900+ theaters)
DVD: November 2, 2010
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Featuring: Cheech Marin (Lenny), Tom Hanks (Woody—voice), Michael Keaton (Ken—voice), Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear—voice), Joan Cusack (Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl—voice), Whoopi Goldberg (Stretch the Octopus—voice), R. Lee Ermey (Sergeant—voice), John Ratzenberger (Hamm the Piggy Bank—voice), Wallace Shawn (Rex the Green Dinosaur—voice), Timothy Dalton (Mr. Pricklepants—voice), Bonnie Hunt (Dolly—voice), Kristen Schaal (Trixie—voice), Laurie Metcalf (Mrs. Davis—voice), Ned Beatty (Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear—voice), Jodi Benson (Barbie—voice), Don Rickles (Mr. Potato Head—voice), Blake Clark (Slinky Dog—voice), more »
Director: Lee Unkrich
Producer: Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures, Darla K. Anderson, John Lasseter
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Reviews of other films in this series: Toy Story (1995), Toy Story 2 (1999)

“No toy gets left behind.”

Fifteen years ago I walked into a film called “Toy Story,” and I wasn’t happy about it for several reasons. First of all, I was of the age where kid’s movies no longer appealed to me, much less cartoons. Next, this particular kid’s movie wasn’t even a cartoon, but this new computer generated animation that I thought would never catch on. To top it all off, it was a movie about toys. That’s right: plastic, inanimate objects that come to life when no one’s watching. Needless to say, I didn’t leave the theater with the same cynical attitude with which I entered it. I was completely enthralled by a film that was both funny and engaging, and there was no hesitation from me when “Toy Story 2” came out five years later. I remember it being the first time I didn’t think of an animated film as just a cartoon, but an actual movie.

“Toy Story” was a revelation in filmmaking brought to you by Pixar animation. In the last fifteen years Pixar has continued to deliver incredible animated features for kids of all ages, even kids in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s. From “Finding Nemo” to “The Incredibles” as well as last year’s “Up”, Pixar never ceases to produce winning films. While some of those movies may be more entertaining and complex, none of them are as endearing as “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2”. The folks at Pixar have brought us back to the world of Woody and Buzz Lightyear for one more adventurous romp that is a hilarious, touching, and altogether fitting conclusion to the “Toy Story” universe.

At the beginning of “Toy Story 3”, we pick up our friends years after their last adventure. Andy, their owner, is now grown up and is going to college. Buzz, Woody and the gang just don’t get played with anymore. They fear they will be deserted, put away in the attic, or even worse thrown away. Woody, the leader of the toys and Andy’s favorite, tries his best to keep everyone calm, but he too knows that Andy is growing up and their future is in doubt. Through a series of accidents, the gang winds up being donated to Sunnyside daycare where they meet a throng of new toys.

Sunnyside initially looks like Toy Utopia: a place where toys are loved and played with daily, never to be forgotten. Unfortunately, it turns out that it’s more like Toy Hell: a place run by a bitter toy bear named Lotso that makes all the new toys stay in the toddler room where they are mistreated day after day. Woody and the gang decide they must get back to Andy by any means necessary, even if it means escaping Sunnyside. This setup leads to quite an adventure for the gang, most of which takes place in the style of a classic “prison-break” film.

“Toy Story 3” is a superbly made film. The voiceover acting is outstanding, returning the likes of Tim Allen and Tom Hanks in the lead roles. Michael Keaton voices Barbie’s dream guy Ken in the film and is hilarious from start to finish. The messages in the film about loyalty, honesty, and friendship are timeless and presented in such a pristine manner.

It’s impressive that the viewer cares so much about these toys and their plight in life. It’s even more amazing that the filmmakers have made three films about them, and we still care as much as we do. Very few “part 3” films are worth seeing. “Shrek the Third”, “Jurassic Park III” and “Spider-Man 3” are just a few of many examples of poorer sequels to excellent films. “Toy Story 3” not only bucks that trend, but manages to be the most memorable of film of the franchise.

There’s not much negative I can say about “Toy Story 3”. Its content is on par with the first two films and falls securely into a G rating. My only complaint was the 3D. I paid the extra three bucks for the 3D showing for this film, and it was completely useless. Unlike “How to Train Your Dragon”, where the 3D greatly enhanced the picture, it did nothing for this film, and I would highly suggest you save your money and stick with the 2D version of “Toy Story 3”.

As “Toy Story 3” neared its end, I began to realize how attached I was to these characters. It was like they were my toys, and it was the last time I was going to get to see them. Even in an animated movie the filmmakers deftly remind us that we’re growing up, too. They do so with an ending that packs quite an emotional punch to anyone who has followed these films over the last 15 years. I see a lot of movies, none of which bring me to tears, but there’s just something about the end of this one that’s really nostalgic, and the handling of it cements the “Toy Story” franchise as one of the greatest trilogies of all time. On second thought, maybe viewing this in 3D isn’t such a bad way to go. That way if you happen to shed a tear, not that this reviewer did or anything, but if you happen to, it’ll be behind those glasses, and no one will know the difference.

Violence: Mild / Profanity: None / Sex/Nudity: Minor

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Positive—I was fortunate enough to win contest tickets to see the advance screening of “Toy Story 3” and decided to take my nephew and his friend to go and see it with me in Digital 3D. I walked in expecting the best from this film, and, for the most part, I was not disappointed. “Toy Story 3” was well done. The plot was good. The same characters from the first two movies (minus a few from the first movie) returned, and it was nice to see that Disney and Pixar didn’t add TOO many new toys to this movie.

Was it a funny movie? Not really. Was it still good nonetheless? Yes. This movie was rated G, and apart for a couple questionable scenes lived up to it’s G rating. Now granted, though this movie was as clean as a lot of children’s movies get nowadays, there are still a couple issues to point out. There are a couple scenes of peril, some of the toys in the day care are seen being tossed and abused a little by the toddlers in the “Cattapillar room” at Sunnyside Daycare, and there may have been an issue concerning the Ken doll, however I feel that aspect can possibly be overlooked.

Overall, I recommend “Toy Story 3.” Is there going to be a “Toy Story 4”? Probably not. Was “Toy Story 3” as good as the first two movies? Sadly, the answer is “no.” However, if you are looking for a good family movie to take the kids to, you won’t be disappointed or ashamed to see this movie. I recommend it to ages 5 and up. Good job Disney and Pixar. Another success.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
Alexander Malsan, age 20 (USA)
Positive—This was my favorite of the Toy Story movies. The movie was technically well-done, and the story was entertaining for my husband and me. There were a few tense moments in which my children (ages 7, 5, and 3) felt scared, but these were resolved satisfactorily and all 3 of my kids fully enjoyed the movie. Refreshingly, the heroes in this movie were truly honorable, acting in kind and unselfish ways at personal cost. It seems that so often lately, Hollywood has been bringing us “flawed” heroes—implying that there is no such thing as a truly principled person. In Toy Story 3, the characters truly care for one another, sacrifice for each other, and show forgiveness and compassion even to their enemies. Thanks, Pixar, for a movie I’m glad to bring my kids to!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Lisa, age 34 (Philippines)
Positive—I loved both Toy Story 1 and 2. Pixar has made great movies through out the years, but none of them can compare to Toy Story. was a little worried when the third movie hit theaters. Was I excited and willing to see it? Of course. But, usually the “third” movie in every trilogy stinks. I didn’t like Wall-E, and though Up was good, it just wasn’t memorable. I’m pleased to say I was COMPLETELY surprised!!!… I’ve never had that much fun sitting in a theater watching a movie in the longest time. Not only was this movie funny and entertaining, but the plot of the movie was SUPER great!

I absolutely loved this movie, and I’m planning on seeing it again whenever possible. I thought the message of loyalty, friendship, and forgiveness was extremely refreshing. It’s great seeing friends in a movie remaining loyal and true to each other, where movies these days give you the message of “looking out for only me”. Woody and Buzz wanted to be there for Andy even though he was grown up and too old to play with them, and I think you could use that as an example to your kids of how Jesus is always there for us even when we get to busy, forget about Him, etc. There were a few “scary” scenes in the movie you may want to be cautious of if you have a younger kid. Other than that, I think it’s a great movie. I recommend this movie. :)
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Sarah, age 19 (USA)
Positive—I’ve just seen “Toy Story 3,” and I am in awe. The reviewer has it spot-on. Truly this is one of the great film trilogies. And Pixar! I mean, those people could make a movie about a bunch of old toys getting donated to a day-care, and it would bring me to tears! Wait, they did! I also second the reviewer’s comments about the 3-D. I saw this movie first with my wife in 2-D, and then with the kids in 3-D, and I can tell you all that the 3-D adds nothing. In fact, I took my glasses off several times during the movie just to check, and it looked perfectly normal without them. The 3-D effect is more like … slightly 3-D. As if the screen were bumpy, rather than the objects floating in 3-dimensional space. But whether you see it in 2-D or 3, being plenty of Kleenex for the ending!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Timothy Blaisdell, age 46 (USA)
Positive—Simply incredible. I’m 18 and going off to college soon. I couldnt help but notice this movie is pure symbolism. From the begining I could tell that it was meant to stand out against our soon to be materialist postmodern culture.The parallels this movie displays with Christian theology are ingenious. Andy’s departure to college was meant to catch the attention of the generation who grew up watching the toy story movies, we are now also going away to college.

But this whole movie is a metaphor for the present and the future of Christians, try to follow me on this thought. Andy represents Jesus/Christianity. The toys have an interesting choice from the very begining, follow Andy, or give in and follow the easier path that leads to uncertainty, but also a possible sense of freedom (follow christianity/Jesus, or take the easy materialist approach to life).

Interestingly enough one toy says “we can become masters of our own destiny,” This represents the antibiblical worldview that is recently in full bloom which questions tradition, authority, and the moral absolutes rooted in the Christian religion. The outcome that corresponds to their actions leads them to a place that seems dream like at first, but proves to be no more than a deception. I dont want to spoil any more but see if you also find some type of metophor that ultimately leads them to “heaven” from their decision to follow Andy. Hint: the rapture is included
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Jon, age B (USA)
Positive—I have been waiting for TS3 for a few months and was not dissappointed at all! What a film. I laughed and cried as did most of the adults in the theater. My godsons were delighted and thought the film was AWESOME (their words). It was gutwrenching to watch Woody and Buzz finally leave Andy and move on but, hey, that’s life!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Reba, age 40+ (USA)
Positive—Fabulous movie! I loved it! It fully lives up to its predecessors, continuing the story of some of our favorite and best-loved toys from the first two: Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Bullseye, Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head, Slinky, Hamm, Rex, and the three aliens. It’s funny and heartfelt, a fitting good-bye to toys that have become friends over the years. Aside from a few scenes that may be scary for younger children, it’s a movie the whole family will enjoy. So buy your ticket or DVD and settle in for the final two hours of fun with the Toy Story gang.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Sarah C., age 19 (USA)
Positive—Once again Pixar has made an outstanding movie. It is at times hilarious, poignent, touching, funny, endearing, and so much more. A fun, creative, and entertaining movie. Unlike other so-called family films that resort to crude humor focused on bodily funtions and slip in sexual innuendos, Toy Story and other Pixar films are truly family friendly; consistently high quality works of art.

My teenage son and I thoroughly enjoyed it and laughed out loud, as did the other adults and kids in the audience. Some little kids may be scared by a few scenes tha t are about as dark as Sid’s room in the first Toy Story movie. However, this mom enthusiastcally recommends it. Caring for others, self-sacrifice, loyalty, putting others first, friendship, growing up responsibly, being a good steward, valuing others, liberty are just some of the positive messages portrayed. Well done.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Torri, age +40 (USA)
Positive—Whether or not the creators at Pixar decide to make a fourth adventure for the toys, “Toy Story 3” is probably the best conclusion to the trilogy of the three films. I went with my family today and all I can say is WOW! The film stands out as a beacon of bright light in the midst of the growing darkness of films that Hollywood is assembly line producing more and more. It stands out in its quality of writing, creativity, voice acting, character development, CG, and other fine aspects that I could honestly go on and on about with only positive things to say about the team who worked on the movie, including their short film “Day and Night” which is also possibly one of their best shorts to go side by side with it.

The messages that were threaded in this movie were done in such a powerful and moving way that I know will stay with me for the rest of my life. Firstly, the relationship between Andy and his toys. We all have our favorite toys that, as we grow older, we outgrow them and put them away in a closet or up in an attic to gather dust. When Woody and his friends are taken to Sunnyside Daycare by mistake they are told by Lotso that it is the perfect paradise for old and forgotten toys who will have a playtime that lasts forever. While most of Andy’s toys are ready to embrace the fact that Andy doesn’t love them anymore and has thrown them away, Woody knows better. He insists to them that Andy would not get rid of them after all this time, that he would never give up on them and abandon them.

Of course, the daycare is not all it is said to be and thus the toys face the difficult task of escaping the daycare, something Woody is willing to return to help his friends even after he escaped once trying to get back to Andy. Other messages I found that stood out as a refreshing breath of air were the close bonds shared by Woody and his friends. Throughout the whole film it speaks about sticking together no matter what, even when temptation comes to you, holding on to the truth even when it means the possibility of losing your life for it, love continues even when the one you love is separate from you( such as with Woody coming to terms with Andy going to college), sacrifice, and facing the troubles of life together with the ones you care about most.

What makes this story so beautiful and a real heart tugger is that this, as my mom says it best, is a human story told through the toys' perspective about the life they’ve lived and will continue to live, thanks to what Andy does at the end of the movie. I forget that these are toys and that they are people who I can relate to, who I have grown up with, and who I connect with for who they are and have become in this third film.

Nothing prepared me for the tears I was going to have for this film nor the amount of laughs I got from such a beautiful story as “Toy Story 3”.

Overall, it lives up to its G-rating. It’s just as good in 2-D instead of paying the extra three dollars for the three-dimensional charge. There are a few intense scenes in this film that had me worrying if the toys would make it or not. This is definitely the kind of film that will make you appreciate your toys and want to take them out to play with them again.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Caroline, age 21 (USA)
Positive—In my opinion, this film has the potential to be one of the best movies of 2010. The production, direction, and execution of “Toy Story 3” is nearly flawless. Pixar has hardly ever ceased to amaze me (“Cars” is probably the lone exception). Not only it is a wonderfully made animated feature, it’s engaging and it appeals to both kids and adults. The film promotes sound, moral values, and I found nothing to be objectionable in “Toy Story 3.”

Although Ned Beatty lent his voice to a villian, I felt that he stole the whole show. My other favorite character is the metrosexual, fashion-forward Ken doll (voiced by Michael Keaton). Take your family, take your friends, and even your family friends to see this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Shannon H., age 28 (USA)
Positive—This film was entertaining. My kids liked it. My 9 year old seemed a bit bothered. The film was dark. We didn’t check reviews, because it was “Toy Story.” I agree with Stephanie that they should have made it more light. That is why we went to “Toy Story.” It had too many sad and scary parts. We left wanting something that we didn’t get.

Morally, I was only surprised by the Ken and Barbie. Funny as it was that Ken and Barbie get together, it is assumed that she stayed in his house while with him. Not being married, it becomes another suttle chip at the foundation of marriage and morality. What is it with adult entertainers and writers? Don’t they get it? Are they ignorant or uncaring?
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Chris Ransom, age 44 (USA)
Positive—I viewed this movie with my eight year old and six year old. For the most part I was ok with this movie. So many times you wonder if the filmmakers are trying to reach the parents or the kids. In this film I felt as if both were thought of. There were a few parts that as an adult I knew where they were going, in the humor department especially. While I was aware of it, I don’t think my kids were, and it was very mild. As in any movie these days if you go deep enough we can find something that “ruffles the feathers.” And while they just don’t make them like they used to, this film seemed to be done in a tastful maner.

The way the movie ends up is a good reality check for all of us as to how fast our lives go, and how we are here on this Earth for a short time. This movie was no veggie tales but I was comfortable with it when leaving the theater. As a believer in Christ I did not feel like there was any moral issues, however there were a few “stupids” and words of that nature that did require a little bit of discussion afterwords with the kids.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Joe, age 41 (USA)
Positive—I saw this movie for the first time a few hours ago, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Disney and Pixar have crafted another wonderful movie with positive messages, and this one is a fitting conclusion to the Toy Story saga. Biblically speaking, there is nothing offensive.

There are a few scenes that may be intense for those under eight years of age, but nothing over the top. It earned the G rating, and deserves the Oscars for Best Animated Film and Best Picture (the Academy Awards will be in February).

I caught myself about to cry during one scene (for fear of revealing a major plot point, I can’t and won’t say which scene it was). Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and the rest of the cast (minus Jim Varney) return, along with all-new voice casting, which includes the original Batman (Michael Keaton) and my favoorite James Bond (Timothy Dalton).

I enjoyed this movie from beginning to end. Have some tissues handy, because you’ll need them.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Danno, age 24 (USA)
Neutral—I thoroughly enjoyed “Toy Story” 1 and 2, but this film left me disappointed. I found it to be way too dark. I strongly recommend that if you are a parent of a little one that you either see the film first by yourself to see if it is something your child could handle or read the story to your child to prepare him or her. There were very intense moments, and I feel Pixar was going a bit too far. While it was great to see the beloved characters again, I found the film to be way too frightening and emotional for a small child to handle. Children were screaming in my theater, and adults (men, too!) were crying quite a bit near the end of the film. It was an emotionally draining experience. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I saw the film, but I would NOT recommend it for young children.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Lenora, age 32 (USA)
Neutral—Being a Pixar fan, a “Toy Story” fan, and a 3D fan, I was looking forward to this movie. While it was not bad, my wife and I both agreed we enjoyed “Shrek 3D” better. I wish I had not spent the extra money on the 3D version, as it was very shallow, meaning not much depth, and nothing coming out of the screen. The Pixar short, before the movie was somewhat unusual, but not one of their better ones, in my opinion.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Howard, age 65 (USA)
Neutral—This movie was better than the originals. It was a great ending to the sequel, however, I thought that it could do without 4 main points that I disagreed with: the advertisement of yoga, the implication of co-habitation, the scene of gambling, and maybe the fear factor for younger viewers. I thought about buying it, but due to the first 3 objections listed, I won’t buy this movie when it comes out.

I did really like the movie, other than these objections. It was funny and entertaining. And everyone I went with liked the ending! Hopefully, this review helps people see some objections raised by this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Matt, age 28 (USA)
Neutral—A wonderful technical achievement? Yes. A tear-jerker at the end? Yes, that too. But… to be honest, for a large chunk of the film I was simply bored. I found the plot to be straightforward and somewhat predictable, and there weren’t any of those completely unforeseen moments that characterized “Toy Story 2,” i.e. “No, Buzz, I AM your father!” Plus, we had a hard time buying the on-screen Andy as a high school grad—he looked and sounded like a junior high student. So, good effort, Pixar—but not as good as “Toy Story 2.”
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Chris, age 46 (USA)
Neutral—My family saw this movie in the theater shortly after it came out. Was it as good as the first two? Sadly, no. It’s darker and more intense than the first one (the horrors Buzz and Woody endure at Sid’s house are child’s play by comparison), and less comedic than the second. Will there be a fourth installment? Frankly, I hope not. They pushed the envelope with this one, and I feel a fourth part would probably be of lesser quality. Personally, I was a bit disappointed with this installment. While bathroom humor (however mild) is sadly nothing new to Pixar, it was a bit of a shock to see it creep in every now and then in a Toy Story movie (that crack about the “Lincoln Logs” in the sandbox was totally unnecessary). Also, the entire “feel” of the movie was just…different…than the previous two.

TS1 was about resolving conflict and overcoming jealousy, so you might say it was somewhat serious, but in a way that won’t frighten most kids. TS2 was more positive and comedic, even though there is a shadow of the fear of Andy growing up.

TS3, however, is all about how Andy is too old to enjoy playing with his toys anymore. The mood is definitely more melancholy, and downright scary in certain parts. I found Big Baby creepier than the monkey everyone mentions, probably because her (his?) facial expression never changes, no matter what she is doing, and she never talks, save in baby-noises. The part where she turns her head around 180 degrees in a split-second only adds to her creepiness.

But the most frightening thing about this movie is the dump scene, where our heroes are bulldozed onto a conveyor belt leading to a shredder, which leads to a pit with a furnace-flame at the bottom. Unable to climb out of the pit, Woody and Friends join hands (or hooves, or paws) and resign themselves to (apparent) death. Of course they are rescued, but only at the last possible minute, which seems like ten very suspenseful minutes. For this scene alone, TS3 should have gotten a PG rating. That, and the more mature theme of Andy growing up and the toys having to accept that he doesn’t really need them anymore.

On a more positive note, there were several applaudable themes throughout the movie. One thing that stood out was the part where Buzz and Woody risked their own lives to save Lotso from the shredder, even though he was their enemy--a very Biblical theme! I also loved the scenes at Bonnie’s house, when she is playing with her toys. Somehow Pixar makes a kid’s playtime interesting and fun--even for those of us who, sadly, don’t get the enjoyment out of playing anymore. The fact that Bonnie’s toys view themselves as a theatrical troupe acting out different plays was enchanting and funny--but isn’t it true in a way? I found it quite delightful, and way too short. This is what makes Andy’s giving his beloved toys to Bonnie feel so right (although it’s still rather sad). Bonnie understands how to play with them as Andy did--using her imagination.

The scene where Andy joins Bonnie in her playtime, just before he leaves for college, is sweet and touching and somehow hopeful. While we get the feeling Andy would have preferred to keep his toys, perhaps until he had kids of his own (intending to put them in the attic instead of throwing them away or selling them), and that he’s especially reluctant to part with Woody, he knows that they will be happier with Bonnie--being loved and played with in a way he is unable to do any longer.

So, overall, I would say this was a good movie, and I’m glad we saw it. Because of the issues listed at the beginning of this review, I would NOT recommend it to kids under ten, eight at the youngest (or perhaps a VERY mature six or seven), but older children and adults--and of course we twenty-somethings who grew up with these movies--should be able to enjoy its better parts.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Rebekah G., age 25 (USA)
Negative—The majority of “Toy Story 3” movie was extremely disappointing and very scary for children. The writers crossed the lines in a negative aspect of what is a film for children. There is enough “darkness” in the media, and this movie exposed more to our children than was necessary. The movie theatre that I attended to was 80% children under the age of 8 years old. Several parents left the theatre with crying children, as the movie became more violent. Children were screaming, covering their eyes and ears with the Monkey and then especially with the music with the scene at the end when the toys were destined for the metal chipper—then to be burned alive. Come on writers give your head a shake. This was… ridiculous where you went with this film.

Parents are taking their children on the basis of a fun, light, colorful film and this film was just the opposite. The last 10 minutes of the film was what majority of us were expecting the film to be and then want to buy it for our collection. Not going to happen and I hope many others NEVER purchase it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Stephanie, age 38 (Canada)
Negative—I’m looking at this film from a mother’s point of view, and since this movie is meant to be a children’s/family movie, I think the opinions of small children should matter. My 8 and 6 year-old children were scared by the movie, and the ending left them both crying. They have both told me of their own accord that they don’t want me to buy it. Now my children have watched “Spider-man,” “GI Joe,” “Star Wars,” etc., and enjoy them. But there’s something about your personal toys and teddy bears that’s not supposed to scare you. The writers here didn’t think about small children, at all. The themes were WAY too adult. My children shouldn’t have to face the idea of their toys gearing up for death. My children are innocent, and “Toy Story” has always been a movie that explored innocence. But not so with this one. For my personal feelings, I was entertained in areas, but, overall, not that impressed. I enjoyed “Toy Story 2” far more.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Tracey, age 33 (USA)
Negative—This movie had a great story and wrapped up the Woody/Andy saga as a terrific trilogy. My one objection is with the intensity of the conflict and climax of the story. We took our youngest as a family outing for her 6th birthday because she loved Toy Story 1 and 2 on DVD. Perfect timing for such an iconic movie to come out, we thought… a super way to celebrate her childhood. Even before the climax in the chipper, however, she very maturely looked over at me and said, “This movie is just too much for me to handle. I don’t think I can take it anymore.” She watched the rest of the movie from my lap for comfort. More or less, with the build up, it became a horror flick for a small child which is not what I wanted her to see.

Our 8, 12, and 15 year-olds loved it, but agreed that it was much more intense than the others and over the top for younger kids. Thankfully, at the end, a truly beautiful resolution occurred and plenty of time was given to bring the intensity back down. Again, I was deeply touched by the story. We will not purchase this for our collection, however, for one reason: not age appropriate for younger viewers.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Becky, age 44 (USA)
Comments from young people
Positive—I grew up loving Toy Story and I wasn’t disappointing when I saw Toy Story 3. The film was very good not only in visual appearance as far as animation but also in creativity and cleverness. It catered to the adult and older audiences without depending on rude or inappropriate material but simply through sophistication. I really felt attached to the characters and I think any one can find something to enjoy no matter their age. A warning however: even though the movie is designed for very young audiences the climax was very intense and potentially scary for children. (spoiler) I found myself on the edge of my seat as the characters resign themselves to death and I’m not sure that child should have to watch such intense peril. Over all as far as my movie experience went, I loved the film instantaneously and without a doubt.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Molly, age 17 (USA)
Positive—The best (and the most poignant) scenes of Toy Story 3 are in the last twenty minutes. Other than Passion of the Christ, Toy Story 3 is the only movie that has ever made me cry. After the film was over, I went to the bathroom inside the theater, locked myself up in the stall, and cried for fifteen minutes before I could bear to move on. Parents, you’ll wish you had a box of tissues by the end of the movie. The end is especially bittersweet, as many reviewers have pointed out, and it makes a fitting conclusion for a franchise that began fifteen years ago. I’ve watched Toy Story since I was a little kid, five years old. When I was young, I used to play with toys like Pokémon dolls and Lego sets. Now I’m seventeen, one year away from college, just like Andy, and it’s about time for me to put childish things aside and to become a man. I realize that I’ve grown up alongside this character.

The acceptance of change, the pain of loss, and the bonds of friendship are major themes portrayed in this movie. The Toy Story series is ultimately a tale about change in life. No matter how hard we try, we can’t stop time from moving on. Parents, treasure the time you have with your kids, because in a heartbeat they’ll be gone. Kids, love the Lord your God while you’re young and have strength.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—John, age 17 (USA)
Positive—I saw “Toy Story 2” when I was 2, and now the third one comes out when I’m 1,3 and I still love these characters! I thought the storyline went well and was easy to follow. The rating was well deserved, and the action was enough to keep me on the edge wondering what would happen next. I noticed a few younger kids watching had to be taken out by their parents during one of the scenes, but I was very pleased with this. Plus, if you are a Studio Ghibli fan, you would notice that when they were at the little girl Bonnie’s house, a stuffed animal Totoro was seen walking around for several scenes. All in all… Great film!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Hannah Peters, age 13 (USA)
Positive—I enjoyed “Toy Story” 1 and 2, but doubted whether or not they could pull off “Toy Story 3.” (I thought maybe they were pushing their luck.) However, I was pleasantly surprised after viewing the movie. The plot, voice acting and moral lessons were all phenomenal, not to mention the outstanding animation.

The story that unfolds during the film will keep all ages entertained with its witty humor, drama and even a few somber scenes. There is little to no derogatory comments that could be said about this film, besides the fact that there were a few overly scary/dramatic moments that seem to be a bit “out of character” for a G film. Overall, “Toy Story 3” was a excellent film for all ages and a good end to the fifteen-year-old movie series.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—John Riordan, age 16 (USA)
Positive—Pixar has done itself another beauty to add to its collection of best movies made! In “Toy Story 3” there are some special things to look for. I’ll tell you a couple of them. Lotso the bear happens to have also been in the Pixar movie, “Up” alongside a bed; Nemo makes a cameo as a sticker on Andy’s toybox. The others are for you to discover!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Emily, age 12 (USA)
Positive—As a life-long Toy Story fan, I can say that this was a wonderful movie that is just as good as its prequels and a good end to the trilogy. What made this an excellent movie is the fact that it evokes many emotions. It will make you laugh, feel happy, feel suspense, feel sad (and possibly cry), which makes it a well rounded film. Although I thoroughly enjoyed this movie I do not think that it is appropriately rated G. There are some frightening images and intense scenes that I do not believe are suitable for young children. If your child is easily spooked, don’t take him to see this movie. Over all, Toy Story 3 was an epic movie that is a definite “must see.”
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Sam, age 17 (USA)
Positive—I went to see this movie with a few friends, all of us very excited because we have been waiting YEARS to see this. To my delight, the movie not only lived up to our expectations, but surpassed them. This is an enjoyable, funny, moving, and deep movie that is not only excellent for kids, but also great for teenagers like myself who loves the other movies. They kept all my favourite characters, and the new ones were great (Me and my friends loved Ken—he was hilarous!)

There are very few moral issues in the movie, and while many kids movies have snuck in comments for adults that aren’t appropriate for kids. This move however, is a great watch and a laugh for adults without losing its innocence. The only thing that was slightly concernly was the monkey—I jumped in my seat when we first came face to face with it, and it could give some kids nightmares. The furnace scene too was slightly disturbing, but I knew that our heroes would be alright, so wasn’t as scared about it.

Overall, awesome movie! Loved it, and will be buying the DVD. I think you should definately take your kids to see it, and I also think my fellow teenagers would love it too!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Beccy, age 15 (Australia)
Positive—“Toy Story” is a part of my childhood and this movie was the perfect closing to the series. To the man who put negative… I do not know what…you are talking about. It was not in the slightest bit scarym and I do not think little kids are going to be scared of a toy monkey. Woody kicks his butt. There is always some type of antagonist to each storywork. Kids, families, and teenagers like myself loved this movie. Toys are apart of childhood and this movie just brings the child in you out again. You get so attached to the movie, I know I was and I believe everyone who sees this movie will be. I highly reccomend this movie for anyone. If you are looking for a movie filled with action, drama, and comedy this movie is for you. Toy Story is awesome!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Nathan, age 15 (USA)
Positive—This movie was amazing, and I really enjoyed it. Some people are saying it was very violent, but it really wasn’t. The movie was made not just for little kids (Pixar is known for movies that are made for everyone, this one especially for people who grew up with the series, as I did), and the incinerator scene is one of the best film scenes of all time, and it was amazing.

It would totally recommend this movie to people my age and up, and little kids who aren’t usually afraid (it wasn’t anything bad, just some easily afraid children could be scared, the monkey was actually pretty funny, my little siblings loved it!). Randy Newman does a great job with the score, which adds so much to an already emotional movie. I would definitely recommend this movie, which made laugh, great plot with twists, and last 20 minutes with an ending that will at the very least will choke up most people. Amazing movie, and magnificent end to an magnificent trilogy.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Eric, age 13 (USA)
Positive—This movie was the best I`ve seen this year. I grew up with Toy Story and I really enjoyed the plot. I loved the part when Buzz was in Spanish mode. My brother and I laughed at that. I also liked when Ken did his wardrobe scene. It showed how ridiculous it is to put so much emphasis on clothes. The end of the story (when the toys were going to die in the furnace) reminded me of the story in the Bible about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego when they were going to die for doing the right thing. Woody was willing to do the right thing by saving Lotso, even though Lotso was the evil character.

I almost cried when Andy gave his old toys to Bonnie, especially Woody, who was his first and most favorite toy of all. It was a great way to end the Toy Story series. I`m going to buy it when it comes out for me and my family to enjoy. Thank You PIXAR for another great film to take the family to see. Toy Story 3 is an instant classic.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Jonathan, age 15 (USA)
Positive—When I was watching this, I found it disappointing. I was laughing, true, but the emotion that is present in most pixar movies seemed lost, and I was prepared to dismiss this movie. But after watching the final ten minutes, I found myself holding back tears. The last minutes made the whole movie and (hopefully) concluded the Toy Story saga.

Looking at it from a Christian perspective, it’s very good. Several positive themes involve loyalty, sacrifice, and letting go of the past. Family wise, I’d probably recommend it to children ten and up. A character that freaked me out somewhat was a cymbal banging monkey, and some might be disturbed by a mute, but not silent, baby doll. If I could rate this (G, PG, etc) I’d give it a PG. Not just for the frightening images, but for the emotional content. You need to be a bit older to truly appreciate this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Ray Keeishe, age 15 (USA)
Positive—Wow! I just saw it last night with a 16-year-old, a 12-year-old, and my mom. To be honest this is not even just for kids. Think of five-year-olds. They weren’t even alive when 2nd one came out. In fact, it was eleven years before it came out. Anyway, my point is that adults who don’t even have children will and should like this film. Personally I thought it was very funny, the plot was very good, and was very clever. It was the best way to end the toy story legacy. And you HAVE no heart if you left the theatre without crying your eyes out! I was crying when we were in the parking lot getting our car. Anyway, very entertaining movie. I’m glad Pixar keeps making good, clean movies for kids (and older people.) In my opinion, it should be nominated for best picture! Anyway I give it 5 *****
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Noah, age 13 (Canada)
Positive—This movie was great; it is one of the best movies I have ever seen. It was very funny, and there was no bad language. It was fun to see all the trouble the toys got into and how they helped each other out. I would highly recommend seeing this movie; it is a great family movie, sure to bring lots of laughs.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Jai, age 14 (Australia)
Positive—“Toy Story 3” is the best animated film I have ever seen. In my opinion, it is the best movie of the trilogy. There is no objectionable content (other than some mild peril) in this movie. I would recommend this movie to anyone, regardless of age.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Caleb, age 12 (USA)
Positive—Great Movie! I loved the 1st and 2nd, so I had really hoped this one would be good as well. And it was.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Titus, age 15 (USA)
Positive—This movie showed team work and the kindness of others. It also showed love and compassion. The toys stand up for what is right. This would help a child to understand that they should always stand for what is right in Gods eyes. I suggest seeing this movie, it had a very good message on friendship throughout it. I think it was better then the first and second one! The new introduced characters are all adorable. My friend and I were talking about the film way after we left the drive-in movie theater.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—GodsLilGrl, age 14 (USA)
Positive—I went to see “Toy Story 3” shortly after it came out in theatres with my whole family. Everyone LOVED it! It was just as good (if not better than) then “Toy Story” 1 and 2. There was nothing offensive whatsoever in it. Afterward, my older brothers (in their 20s) said that after seeing this movie they felt bad about giving their toys away. It had good lessons, such as don’t abandon your friends. Overall, it was a great movie, and we will buy it soon. It is totally worth the money.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Brianna, age 14 (USA)
Positive—I think this was a great movie. My whole family, ages 5 to 65, enjoyed it! It was very high quality with no inappropriate humor for young people.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Julia, age 8 (USA)