The first thing I realized while watching Toy Story 3 is that I hate having to watch 20 minutes of not Toy Story 3 before the movie starts. And no, you can't just show up 20 minutes late to the movie, because there are no more seats left when that happens.
I know I complain about previews every time I see a movie, but back when I was a kid, they would only have one preview before a movie, and even then, everyone would fast-forward through it on the VCR machine.
When I first heard about the plot to the movie, I said, "That sounds like The Brave Little Toaster," which is a movie the Toy Story guys made before Pixar. And sure enough, the movie did remind me of The Brave Little Toaster, especially since both movies have big dramatic finales at the exact same location.
I'm told that I'm not allowed to give spoilers about the movie...which kind of makes it hard to write about the movie. I mean, how can I talk about the movie if I'm not allowed to talk about things that are in the movie?
Buzz is cool in this movie, but that's because Buzz is usually cool. Woody is his normal self. I never really liked Woody. He's not very funny. Plus, he throws too many hissy fits for my tastes. But underneath all that, he's very concerned about his friends, which is nice of him. I still like Buzz better.
The movie is on the same par as the other Toy Story movies. If you liked the other ones, you'll like this one, which is good. I haven't seen any Pixar movies since "The Incredibles", which I didn't like very much--it's a well-done movie; I just didn't like it--so I'm glad to see they made another film I liked.
I should see "Up", but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I saw a bit of "Ratatouille", and it looked okay, but the characters had French accents which were too thick for me to understand. My friend Paul says he fell asleep halfway through that movie, but since I started watching halfway through, that wasn't a problem.
Question: Why don't they have songs in Pixar movies? They had a few songs in Toy Story, especially that "You've Got a Friend in Me" song that they play a lot, but you never see the characters sing, like they do in, say, The Jungle Book. I know Walt Disney insisted on songs in his movies because he was a major fan of music, but do people not like songs in their animated movies anymore?
Side-note: For Monsters, Inc., they originally had Mike and Sully sing a song during the ending credits, but they replaced that with bloopers after a few weeks, as a sort of gimmick to get people to see the movie in theaters again. I kinda liked that song better than the bloopers.