Sunday, July 04, 2010

Toy Story 3

Instead of dazzling me with Pixar technical wizardry, Toy Story 3 pulled me in with its intricate plot of interlocking escapes & non-stop perils. Though the movie is of course mostly cartoon humor, loss & abandonment are major themes. It goes to some pretty dark places. A day care center is a brutalizing internment camp, run by a purple teddy bear who is almost as scary as John Huston in Chinatown. I was taken aback by a harrowing sequence in which the toys confront a hell-mouth in a garbage incinerator. Its intensity shook me. After scenes like this, the movie's sentimental moments are well-earned. I got teary at the end, & I couldn't believe it.

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