Monday 5 July 2010

Toy Story 3 - Some scary parts, but Lots-O heart

We procrastinate just a wee bit in this family. We've had movie passes here for about 2 1/2 years, just sitting there stuck to the fridge, waiting to be used. We had TONS of time to use them. They weren't going to expire forever. Well, forever came on June 30, 2010. I decided to make use of the passes and took the kids to see Toy Story 3. (It said 'no passes' but the ticket chick let me use them. Thanks ticket chickie.)

First of all, the short before the movie was cute, but - for the most part - over the heads of my kids (3 and 5)... although, upon seeing this picture, Alex just said she loved these guys and now both kids want to watch the short again. It is cute.

I had heard Toy Story 3 was scary from a few Twitterers. (There's an incinerator...) There were also lots of others that said their kids did fine. We went for the 2D version since Alexandria is pretty sensitive when it comes to movies - and 3D freaks her out when it's scary. (And really, kids movies are pretty scary! Have you seen the unnecessarily scary seal in Happy Feet?! But... I digress...)

I was pretty sure I was going to end up with a little girl curled up on my lap at some point during the movie. And... I did. I looked over and she had her ears plugged and eyes covered. Her knees were pulled up to her chest. I brought her onto my lap and let her bury her head in my chest. Then she said, "Mommy! I want to leave!!" If we'd been on our own, we would have left. Zachary, however, was enjoying himself and wanted to stay. I assured her the scary parts would be over very shortly and things would be ok.

There are lots of new toys, which is really cool. Peas in a pod? Cute! Dolly? Sweet. Ken? FA-bulous! (Said with my best high finger snap.)

It is the scariest of the three Toy Stories. Remember the freaky toys in Sid's room in Toy Story? It's got nothing on Toy Story 3. It's always scary when toys get mean. Lots-O-Huggin' Bear is not a nice guy. Big and purple and fuzzy, but definitely NOT nice.

And Big Baby is pretty creepy looking.

The absolute scariest character, though is the Monkey Shines-esque toy monkey! I was freaked out! And man, did he ever shriek!! This is basically what the character looks like. Scary shit.

I wouldn't rank it quite as high as the first Toy Story, but it is definitely worth of the franchise. A very cute movie. Spanish Buzz is hilarious - and the moves! Oh my....

As with most Pixar movies, the credits are a treat. Woody's nerdy, white guy dance is worth staying for, for sure.

And, as a bonus, when we came out of the theatre the skies were filled with 'Toy Story' clouds... big fluffy, white ones with flat bottoms. Nice touch.

So, all in all, I would recommend this movie. But, you know your kids. Usually even after a 'scary' movie, such as Disney's The Princess and The Frog or Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Alex wants to watch them immediately again. She wasn't so sure she'd want to watch this one right away again.
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