A tale of two stories

Editor, Debbie and her young friend, Elise very lucky enough to catch a sneak preview of the new Toy Story 3 movie at the weekend and the generation gap had one in tears and one in fits of laughter.

Woody, Buzz and the gang are back, eleven years after the last installment in the Toy Story saga and boy, was it worth the wait! Andy is all grown up and about to head off to college but what will this mean for the trusty toys which have been his constant companions throughout childhood?

Disney Pixar championed the use of Computer Generated Imagery, providing cinemas goers with an animation experience never seen before. Toy Story 3 takes technology one step further by using 3D animation, and this is the first movie I’ve seen in 3D that I’ve actually enjoyed.

For those that remember the first two installments, you will be aware that no Toy Story movie would be complete without a comedic misunderstanding which has the adorable band of toys heading off on an adventure. In Toy Story 3, Andy has packed up his toy box but can’t bare to give away his much loved toys. With Woody all set to accompany Andy to college, the rest of the toys are to be put in storage for the next generation of Davis children. Thanks to Andy’s over-zealous mother however, the toys find themselves in Sunnyside Day Care Centre, as star attractions in the toddler room.

Now anyone who has ever encountered the type of play which takes place in a toddler room will know that toys don’t last long. So it’s left to Woody to rescue his friends and get them back to Andy’s room before he heads off to college. Humour is key to the success of this movie but an emotional twist at the end will have all accompanying adults fighting back the tears. So overcome with emotion was I that never again will I discard any of the toys which my son, Euan, is rapidly growing out of – they will be found decent and caring homes.

Thankfully, I was not the only adult sniffing into hankies as we exited the cinema. My companion, the lovable ten year old Elise, looked at all of us in total disbelief. For her the movie was a simple comedic romp, with funny toys doing silly things, but more about what Elise thought next week.

Toy Story 3 is in cinemas from this week. If you consider yourself to be past the age of animated Disney movies, then think again. Toy Story 3 has mass appeal across all ages and achieves something which few sequels ever do and that is improve on the original.

Embrace your inner child, this is a movie not to be missed.

Still need convincing? View the trailer.

Reviewed by Debbie McTaggart

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