3 ½ stars
"Amigos! We're all amigos!" (Woody)
The highest grossing animated feature ever. One of the most anticipated films of 2010 summer. Frankly speaking, I don't understand all the love directed to the 'Toy Story' trilogy. Of course, I can understand that the initial film was the first feature-length computer-animated movie, that is why all the praise was well-deserved. However, there are several pictures that are really not to my liking, while the whole world is mad about them (like 'The Social Network' this year), and I include here 'Toy Story'. Not that I don't like it at all, I just don't share the global obsession with it.
Although two first movies were directed by John Lasseter, this time Lee Unkrich takes the helm as the director, and besides the old characters, he introduces new playthings to us. It is logical that someday Andy (John Morris) will grow up and go to college, and in his life, there won't be any room for his favorite toys. Eventually, this day comes, and he decides to move them to the attic but in the light of a horrible mistake, Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), and their friends come to be in the Sunnyside daycare, ruled by Lots-o'-Hugging Bear (Ned Beatty). Once again, the heroes have to meet difficulties on the way, to argue, and to iron out the differences of opinions. What appeals to me in every Pixar work is that they do input much deep meaning in every film for children, and friendship is the dominant theme and pillar of the entire franchise. Generally, every aspect of filmmaking is kept in stable equilibrium: the dialogs are well-written, the animation is masterful, and the deeds are heroic. 'Toy Story' also has a great villain, in whom many movies lack nowadays.
Even though I don't share completely the rapturous attitude towards the Toy Story phenomenon, I do agree that it's a great high quality picture about friendship, and I stake, it'll be the Best Animated Film of 2010.
Rating: 3 ½ stars (see what that means)
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