We are huge Toy Story fans in this household. From the very first time we played the first Toy Story movie for Aiden 7 or so years ago Toy Story has been a part of our lives. My son Owen is, by far, the biggest fan though. He adores Toy Story. Buzz Lightyear and Woody are like part of our family. When Toy Story 2 came out it was memorized within a few weeks. We have worn out at least two Toy Story DVD's. I am not exaggerating when I say the movies have been played thousands of times in our home over the years.
So when Toy Story 3 came out in theatres we all went to see it. We were on vacation and it was easily one of the highlights of the vacation for the kids.
Toy Story 3 welcomes Woody (voice of Tom Hanks), Buzz (voice of Tim Allen) and the whole gang back as Andy prepares to depart for college and his loyal toys find themselves in… day care! These untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice, so it’s all for one and one for all as plans for the great escape get underway. More than a few new faces—some plastic, some plush—join the adventure, including iconic swinging bachelor and Barbie’s counterpart Ken (voice of Michael Keaton), a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants (voice of Timothy Dalton) and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear (voice of Ned Beatty). Directed by Lee Unkrich (co-director of Toy Story 2 and Finding Nemo), produced by Pixar veteran Darla K. Anderson (Cars, Monsters, Inc.) and written by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine), Toy Story 3 is a comical new adventure!
We were definitely NOT disappointed with Toy Story 3... which is why I was almost giddy with excitement when I was sent a copy of the Blu-Ray combo pack to review.
I can honestly say I enjoyed Toy Story 3 just as much as my kids did. It even made me cry. Seriously. I love it. It is just fit so perfectly. And since we had worn out our second Toy Story 1 DVD we bought the special edition and have had a few "Toy Story" marathons over the past couple weeks.
Owen has Buzz Lightyear and Woody on his bed each night and Olivia has been carting around Jessie and Bullseye for weeks now.
I love that Toy Story 3 is 100 % family friendly. I love that the storyline is so engaging for kids and adults alike. I love the excellent animation. I love that the movie producers have managed to keep the same voices for everyone throughout the whole series. I just think it is all around brilliant.
The Blu-Ray Combo pack is extra cool- we watch the Blu-ray at home, the DVD copy in the van (perfect for long drives) and the digital copy on the computer! I think it is great that all three versions are included.
There is a TON of cool bonus features too (our favourite being the Day & Night short movie):
TOY STORY 3 - Bonus Features:
· Day & Night – The innovative and entertaining short from the imagination of Pixar artist and Director Teddy Newton.
· Toys! – A closer look at all of Toy Story 3’s beloved toys from updating the classic characters to the creation of the Sunnyside Daycare and Bonnie’s Room toys.
· Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: The Science of Adventure – Produced in conjunction with NASA, this hybrid animation documentary of Buzz’s visit to the International Space Station focuses on research in zero gravity and Buzz’s triumphant return to Earth.
· Paths to Pixar: Editorial – Pixar editors, past and future share anecdotes about their careers.
· The Gang’s All Here – A touching look at the returning voice talent for Toy Story 3 and an introduction to the voices of the new characters.
· A Toy’s Eye View: Creating A Whole New Land – A sneak peek at the new Toy Story-themed playland at Hong Kong Disneyland.
· Studio Stories – A series of amusing animated anecdotes about life at Pixar.
Ø “Where’s Gordon?” – An animator finds a hidden room at Pixar.
Ø “Cereal Bar” – The majestic and expansive Pixar cereal bar is explored.
Ø “Clean Start” – The Toy Story 3 animators shave their heads to mark the start of the film.
BLU-RAY COMBO PACK: Everything on the DVD plus…
· Toy Story Trivia Dash – This cool game challenges you to sprint to the finish with Woody, Buzz, Jessie and Rex as you quickly answer questions about all three Toy Story movies.
· Cine-Explore – Commentary by Director Lee Unkrich and Producer Darla K. Anderson.
· Beyond the Toybox: An Alternative Commentary Track Featuring Leads from Story, Tech, Art and Animation – Commentary by Story Supervisor Jason Katz, Supervising Technical Director Guido Quaroni, Production Designer Bob Pauley and Supervising Animators Bobby Podesta and Michael Venturini.
· Beginnings: Setting A Story In Motion – Screenwriter Michael Arndt analyzes successful opening scenes from Toy Story, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles.
· Bonnie’s Playtime: A Story Roundtable – A roundtable discussion with Director Lee Unkrich and the story artists who brought the “Bonnie’s Playtime” scene to life.
· Roundin’ Up A Western Opening – The development of the movie’s exciting opening scene.
· Life Of A Shot – Toy Story 3 artists and technicians describe their contributions to a few of the shots in the film’s “Western Opening.”
· Goodbye Andy – An exploration of character design, acting and animation in the scene “Andy’s Goodbye.”
· Accidental Toymakers – By creating the Toy Story characters, the Pixar filmmakers found themselves in the unlikely role of toy designers. Meet the toy company that took a chance on manufacturing the now iconic toys and learn of their incredible success that began with a modest number of Woody and Buzz Lightyear toys 15 years ago.
· Making of Day & Night – The story behind the unique 2D/3D blended short.
You can download PDF coloring & activity pages here:
Thanks so much to Disney Pixar for sending me a copy of this movie to review!