ShoWest: Alex's First Reaction to Seeing Pixar's Toy Story 3!
by Alex Billington
March 16, 2010
Early today in Las Vegas at the ShoWest convention, Disney showed the entirety of Pixar's Toy Story 3 to an audience of theater owners as a preview of their summer line-up (Prince of Persia screens on Thursday). I was lucky enough to attend and catch this very first showing of the movie and, as expected, it was another wonderful Pixar film. This is not a review, since the version we saw wasn't 100% finished, but I wanted to at least write up my initial reaction to the sequel to compliment other reaction write-ups on SlashFilm, Latino Review, and Cinema Blend. In brief, it's everything I was expecting, but not too much more beyond that.
Pixar has done a great job of keeping the actual storyline of Toy Story 3 a secret and for that reason, I'm not going to say much about it, but it is a very wild ride. It's actually a great story that has a few twists and turns and deviates from the norm quite a bit, but it's still as great as any other movie from Pixar. I did really enjoy it and have a fun time watching it, but that's really all there was, nothing more to make it extraordinary. It's a bit hard to say, because I love Pixar so much, but it felt like this lacked the same magic of Pixar movies of past (at least up until the ending). But if you love the Toy Story movies, you're going to love this one, too.
There are a whole bunch of new characters we got to meet along the way and it was great not only seeing old friends like Jessie, Hamm, and Bullseye again, but hearing all the new ones, too. Timothy Dalton voices one of the new characters, as do Whoopi Goldberg and Kristen Schaal. Jeff Garlin is in it briefly, too, and so is Richard Kind in a very small, but memorable role. For those who grew up with Toy Story over the years, it's such a wonderful return to that world and (since this is in the trailers) it's an emotional "hand off" as Andy is obviously going to college and can't keep the toys. The last 20 minutes were easily the best in the movie.
I had a great time, but I don't think this will become a new Pixar favorite for me. However, it is, without question, one summer movie you must see, especially if you're a fan of the wonderful Toy Story franchise.