Toy Story 3 not only delivers as a secondary sequel to a very successful Disney Pixar film, it also delivers as a great re-imagining of the Old Hollywood prison flick; most notably Cool Hand Luke!
The third installment was more nostalgic and sad than anything but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t great. I couldn’t believe that there were some jackhole critics on Rotten Tomatoes that had to ruin the series consecutive “100% ripe” ratings, all due to the fact that it wasn’t “happy” enough. Yes, the series started as a children’s franchise but it was smart enough to hold the attention of a maturing audience. This current installment wasn’t just an attempt to milk the Toy Story series for all it was worth. It was a chance to give the audience more of what they wanted and to revisit some much loved characters one last time. Disney and Pixar have continuous success with their animated features. They didn’t have to do Toy Story 3.
Also, much of the film’s premise was a re-imagining of the Old Hollywood prison movie, including the film this blog is dedicated to. What I’ve posted above is a clip from Cool Hand Luke. If you’ve seen Toy Story 3, or if you’re a Newman fan and want a reason to see it, zoom ahead to about the 7:30 mark in the video. Yes, Toy Story 3 reinvents “the box!”
As if seeing Mr. Potato Head get thrown in “the box” (now a daycare sand box) wasn’t funny enough, the entire conflict the film surrounds, toys escaping for pre-k hell, is a clever take on the old-school prison genre in general, and while the film is most definitely enjoyable to newcomers in their single digits, these parallels are thrown in for the older fans. Where it truly succeeds is that it could most definitely stand alone. Had you never even heard of the original two films, you could still appreciate this one.
There aren’t many areas that I would critique. I would have liked to have been more familiarized with some of the newer characters. Also, (minor spoiler) I think the kid in me would have liked a little sign from Andy that maybe he would one day check up on his old “friends,” although I know this would not be realistic.