Just got back from it, and I’m speechless. I’m going to come out and say this movie is a 10/10. It satisfies, and goes beyond expectations.
It starts out with Day & Night. This clever short is a throwback to the older Pixar shorts, and none the less creative. Every gag was effective, and definately prepared the audience for what was soon to come.
The first part of the movie was handled PERFECTLY.
The original title card, as you’ve known, was recreated, and every fond memory of Andy playing is relived again as well. Did I mention it starts with the ORIGINAL You’ve Got a Friend in Me?Which brings me to my next point, the music. Another thing that was handled perfectly. Memorable tunes are reused from the first two movies, and it really makes the difference.
Action scenes weren’t even too prolonged or anything, it wasn’t even noticeable, which means it was just right. [spoil]And while Lotso may sound similar to Stinky Pete in concept, he’s really a different beast on screen, trust me![/spoil] The climax really pushed you to the edge of your seat. You thought the ‘Rough Play’ clip was hard to watch? It get’s really tense. [spoil]Big Baby also turns out to be a surprisingly emotional character, but before things could get too intense, Pixar gives him that comedic touch.[/spoil] The ending was just classic Toy Story, having a general good feeling, and some equally warm music to accompany it.
Remember, this review is not from a critic’s perspective, but from a fan’s. The wait is worth it! Here’s some final little nitpicks of mine to finish this off:
[spoil]Sid - he actually plays a decent role, and even has a voice (sorta).
Spanish Buzz - the transformation back was also incredibly well done.
Bonnie - I couldn’t think of anyone better to have the toys.
Aliens - More than comic relief, yet when they save the gang, it couldn’t be more uncanny…
Mr. P - For once not grouchy (see above)!
[spoil]Small role for Pizza Planet truck
No mutant toys (although Sid was good enough)
Little explanation for the loss of Andy’s other toys (this is the only one that really matters in this list, but just adds to the emotion)
No Utility Belt Buzz (he was a minor character, but since Zurg was there, one must wonder where he is).[/spoil]