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Nov 9, 2010
'Toy Story 3' DVD Goes to Infinity and Beyond
Take one last trek with Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the old gang in Pixar's 'final' chapter, now out on Blu-ray and DVD
Oh, adulthood – you're no fun. At least that's how you might feel after Toy Story 3, a reminder that our feelings toward playthings don't last forever. We move on, grow up and learn that life isn't just make-believe.
The third, "last" and best film in the Pixar series deals with this universal coming-of-age transition affectionately, swirling in the talking-toy funnies we've come to know from its predecessors. Now on DVD/Blu-ray (win it right here at MetroParent.com!), Toy Story 3 is a must-have for anyone who has a kid or who's been a kid, who wants one last romp with Woody and Buzz Lightyear, or who'd like to relive childhood vicariously through them.
We all are, or have been, Andy, the kid we've followed since 1995's first installment in the saga (the second was released four years later) – from every new toy to every new adventure he took them on. But now he's a college-bound teenager, having outgrown his playtime pals and ready to move with his life – without his childhood friends.
When they – including film-fan faves like Rex and the Potato Heads – are dropped off at daycare for the next generation to mess with, they're stuck with some crazy kids who need a time-out more than they need new toys. To flee from Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear, the jaded, washed-up bossman – and his accomplices Ken (uh-huh: Barbie's beau) and Big Baby, a creepy, inked-up doll – the gaggle's gotta devise a prison-break plan to get back home... wherever that may be now.
It's an intense journey of action-movie proportions, with a fist-clenching, sweat-seeping climax that shifts into the sad so-long to one of cinema's greatest masterpieces. Heart also comes early on during a rewind that plays like an old VHS family video. Remember the silent through-the-years montage in Up, Pixar's last film? As sweet as that.
But hey, don't cry: There's lots to laugh about, too. The addition of Ken, as a flamboyant fashionista, is hilariously over-the-top as he struggles to be understood as more than a girly toy, and playtime pioneers like the Potato Heads make goof-off funnies with their detachable body parts. That the wisecracks are so shoot-and-score, and that the tiptop animation and timeless story is some of the best in Pixar's already-accomplished trajectory, makes the final farewell that much harder.
Still not ready to let go? Lucky you: There are enough extras on the four-disc combo pack (two Blu-ray discs, one DVD and one on-the-go digital copy) to ease the pain, including a saga-spanning trivia game, behind-the-scenes features and a creators' commentary. There's also the charming short film "Day & Night."
It doesn't make saying goodbye to Toy Story any easier, but it's hope that the makers will, no doubt, warm our hearts again.