— by RACHEL COYNE —
Let’s just get one thing out of the way: I am a total Pixar fangirl and have felt varying degrees of love and admiration for everything they have created so far.
Now that that’s cleared up, here’s some not-shocking news: I’m really excited to see “Toy Story 3.”
I really liked this past summer’s release, “Up,” but found it to be more serious and poignant in tone (was anyone not crying after that opening montage?), so I’m looking forward to seeing something a bit more lighthearted in Pixar’s next offering.
And while sequels are usually equated with lazy filmmaking and pale in comparison to the original, Pixar already proved they know how to do a sequel right with 1999’s “Toy Story 2,” which I actually liked a bit better than the first one.
Which reminds me of another famous movie trilogy with a superior second part: “The Godfather.” That’s right, I just compared a cartoon to “The Godfather.” Let’s just hope this part three doesn’t feature an overwrought Sofia Coppola death scene …
In the third “Toy Story” installment, Andy is all grown up and heading off to college. So where does that leave his roomful of toys? Donated to a daycare center, which probably is the toy equivalent of Hell.
After having enough abuse from the toddler crowd, Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toys decide to band together and make an escape. Where they’re escaping to, I don’t know, but I can’t wait to find out.
“Toy Story 3” invites you to play on June 18, 2010.
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