Richard’s Year of Movies — Toy Story 3

That’s it.  I’m saying let Pixar run the economy, because they can clearly do no wrong.  Well, okay, Cars, but even with that, they’re hitting .900 with a warning track fly ball as their only out.

One of my favorite things about going to see a Pixar film is listening to the kids in the audience.  During the previews, they’re fidgeting and babbling and screaming and generally making you hate life, but once the film is under way, they shut right up.  And for that alone we should be eternally grateful to them.

And yeah, I cried at the end of Toy Story 3.  And not because the kid was giving up his toys and my thriving man-child felt the painful tug of some lost action figure from my childhood.  It was that the toys were not only getting one last chance to play with the kid they’d watched grow up, but it was a curtain call for the entire series.  It was when the finality of things finally hit me.  Just like with Return of the King — when that map came up and we saw all the locales the previous two and a half films had taken us to, I lost it, knowing that this was indeed the end.

Some people think Andy’s a little weird for being so emotionally attached to his toys, but I think those toys, especially Woody, tie in to the fact that we never see Andy’s father.  For whatever reason, he’s not around, and it’s very likely those toys are the only thing Andy has left from him.  So looking at it that way, I can see why he’d be hesitant to let them go, and why he’s so obviously affectionate towards them — they were a sort of surrogate dad to him.

But that’s digging too deep.  Not as deep as those who are painting this as a Holocaust metaphor or a depiction of the death of God though.  I’m all for meaning and interpretation — I was an English major, for crying out loud — but when a film is as consistently fun and entertaining as Toy Story 3, I’m not going to wrack my brain trying to figure out what it all means.

So now Pixar has more sequels coming, which is a little disappointing.  I don’t want to see them turn into Disney and their parade of direct-to-video nonsense.  And one of those sequels is Cars 2, which is going to have to come up with one hell of an interesting premise to get me excited for it.  But the real thing that irks me is that we can get a third Toy Story and second Cars and Monsters Inc., but I still don’t have a damn Incredibles sequel!  Come on already!

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