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Toy Story 3
June 18, 2010
Voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Don Rickles,
Michael Keaton, John Ratzenberger, Wallace Shawn
Overall PTC Traffic
Explosions, peril, fantasy violence
With their owner Andy grown up and
moving on to college, Andy’s toys – cowboy Woody, cowgirl Jessie, astronaut Buzz
Lightyear, and all the rest – question their future. Woody insists it is their
duty to stay in the attic, where they will always be there for Andy; but the
other toys jump at the chance to be donated to the Sunnyside Daycare Center,
where they will be surrounded by children who play with and love them. But
Sunnyside turns out to be a nightmarish prison, dominated by the stuffed bear
Lotso. Can Woody save his friends from daycare? And can all the toys face
existence without an owner?
Like its predecessors Toy Story
and Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3 is a completely family-friendly film,
delightful for children and adults alike. As in the previous outings, the
characters are confronted with fantasy situations perilous to toys: being
slammed around by children, thrown into a garbage dumpster, sent to an
incinerator, and the like. There is also some innuendo surrounding Barbie’s
companion Ken, including his obsession with clothes and his “dream house;” and
Ken is mocked by the other toys for being “just an accessory.” The innuendo
extends to dialogue, with Barbie remarking, “Nice ascot!” on meeting Ken, and
similar comments. Most such examples are amusing to adults, but will go over the
heads of children.
Toy Story 3 is filled with
adventure and comedy, and contains the familiar lessons from previous movies:
loyalty, courage, kindness, and doing the right thing are all celebrated…but the
story involving Andy moving to college also allows the film to become meditative
and even poignant, with powerful lessons about facing change, making choices,
and moving on, which will help children understand difficult circumstances, and
which may touch adults even more deeply than children.
Every indication from Pixar is that
this film is intended as the last Toy Story movie; and the beloved
characters couldn’t ask for a better sendoff. For once again providing
delightful family-friendly entertainment with strong, positive messages, the
Parents Television Council is pleased to award Toy Story 3 with the
PTC Seal of ApprovalTM. The PTC does not recommend this film for
viewers under age five.
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