Children, untouched by reality, have the most vivid imaginations, reflected in the games they play. Some people are lucky enough to retain that as adults; and the fantastic minds behind Toy Story 3 certainly belong to that category.
It’s a nostalgic time for Andy’s toys. Their owner is going away to college, and they are as unsure about their future as a college kid. Will they be trashed, put away in the attic or accompany Andy to college? Sheriff Woody makes it to the college box, but no self respecting leader leaves his team.
So the whole bunch accidentally lands up at Sunny Side Day Care. Things here are not as ‘sunny’ as they seem. Welcomed and tricked by the resident gang of toys, lead by Lotsa the Bear, they land up in the hands of unruly kids. While Woody escapes, the others have no way out from this ‘play date with destiny’. Woody learns about the bear ‘rigging the system’ and returns with a plan.
The entire world of the toys seems so real with the hurt of rejection, the rebellion against an unfair system and a love story between Barbie and (a very metro sexual) Ken. The mimicry of our lifestyle with the toys gambling, sunbathing and partying is so innovative, its rib-tickling. Each personality is etched out distinctly in the eyes and body language of the toys; whether its a twisted Baby Doll, an annoying monkey or righteous Cow Girl.
Clever dialogues and perfectly ‘animated’ expressions assure a smile as bright as astronaut Buzz in Spanish mode. The sheer brilliance of the movie is that even though you know its animated, the events and the subsequent emotions are so real, it strikes that chord with your heart. The message is driven home with loyalty topping the list.
Despite the characters, this is as human as it gets.
Contributed by Raashi Malhotra