Let’s hear it for the toys

Toy Story 3, toys (not just) for tots, rated G, Re­gal Sta­dium 14, 4 chiles

Pasatiempo - - Moving Images - Robert B. Ker

When Toy Story came out in 1995 (where has the time gone?), it re­flected the chang­ing of the guard in an­i­mated film. It starred the cow­boy Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), rep­re­sent­ing old-fash­ioned, hand-drawn an­i­ma­tion. Woody’s world is shaken up when the space­man Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen) en­ters. Toy Story was the first fea­ture-length com­puter-an­i­ma­tion film, and like Buzz, it rep­re­sented the shiny new wave of the fu­ture. But in the end of the film, Buzz and Woody learn to ap­pre­ci­ate each other, and Pixar, the com­pany that pro­duced the film, es­tab­lished the gold stan­dard of mar­ry­ing old­fash­ioned sto­ry­telling to new­fan­gled technology.

Toy Story 3 ar­rives just as Hollywood has grown in­fat­u­ated with an­other tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ment: dig­i­tal 3-D. Un­sur­pris­ingly, Pixar nails this, too. The movie looks out­stand­ing, with daz­zling depth of vi­sion, rich tex­tures, and ex­pres­sive char­ac­ters. But it’s the sto­ry­telling that truly in­spires. Based on a screen­play pri­mar­ily cred­ited to Michael Arndt ( Lit­tle Miss Sun­shine), Toy Story 3 is a heart­felt tale of the value of friend­ship, the

To the third di­men­sion, and be­yond: Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and Woody (Tom Hanks)

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