Not a cheap plaything.
By John DeSando, WCBE's "It's Movie Time," "Cinema Classics," and "On the Marquee'
Hamm the Piggy Bank: "C'mon. Let's go see how much we're going for on eBay."
Pixar can't seem to make a bad animation. Toy Story 3 has all the stunning visuals of its ground-breaking first story 15 years ago, but now it seems dedicated to developing character and crafting first-rate dialogue (see above), and I'm saying that without considering the deft use of 3-D, which doesn't distract yet seems to lend richness, like its characters.
Toy Story 3 boasts the returning voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as Woody and Buzz, who, with other famous toys like Jessie, the Potato Heads, Rex, Ken, and Barbie, are abandoned to day care while Andy goes to college. Empty nesters will identify with the sense of loss for the toys, constant partners of Andy. Andy's mother also suffers.
This is another Pixar winner, and it's very good.
John DeSando teaches film at Franklin University and co-hosts WCBE 90.5's It's Movie Time, Cinema Classics, and On the Marquee, which can be heard streaming at http://publicbroadcasting.net/wcbe/ppr/index.shtml and on demand at http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wcbe/arts.artsmain Contact him at JDeSando@Columbus.RR.com