It's been 15 years since the original
"Toy Story" and 11 since its only other sequel ... but it was well worth the
wait for "Toy Story 3."
"Toy Story 3" retains the freshness and
innovation that has been Pixar's hallmark since their very first film, the
first "Toy Story." Some of the older toys are now gone (like Bo Peep,
originally voiced by Annie Potts), but most of the remaining cast are back,
including Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear, and even John
Morris, the original Andy, as now-17-year-old Andy.
Like many successful children's films, the writing has
layers of nuance that will allow adults to enjoy it in ways that children
won't catch. That makes it a great cross-over film. When I went, at least
half of the audience were adults without children in tow. But while it's a
great film for adults, it's a bit dark and scary for young children. I might
hesitate to bring a child under the age of 7 to see this. And yes, I cried.
My grade: A