'Toy Story 3': A Mom's Review

Amy Jo Jones

Toy Story 3Have you seen Toy Story 3?

If you haven't gone to see it, have you talked to your friends -- your grown-up friends -- who have?

Did they admit to you that they cried when they saw it? (If they didn't, then they are LYING!)

I took my 5-year-old to see Toy Story 3, and to be honest, I was expecting to be mildly entertained, thinking this would be as entertaining as a children's movie can be, but I was wrong: This is not a children's movie. At all.

I don't mean to say your children won't love it -- they will! In fact, they will adore it! I won't be giving anything away if I tell you that Toy Story 3 is about Andy, the toys' owner, who has outgrown his toy friends and is going away to college. His mother tells him he needs to choose a new home for the toys: the attic or the trash. A mix-up happens and a wild adventure ensues.

The film brings back all of the favorites from Toy Story and Toy Story 2 like Sheriff Woody (the voice of Tom Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (the voice of Tim Allen). The themes of childhood -- like toys, new friendships, and imagination -- are all over this film, so kids will be able to relate all the way through and be completely captivated. Adults will find there's another layer to the story that's just below the (beautifully animated by Pixar) surface. Themes about growing up, solving big problems (really big ones!), moving on, and accepting change. Disney does a beautiful job of combining the two so that families can see this together and it can work for any age group.

The child in you will laugh at the antics and root for the good guys. The adult in you will remember your favorite childhood possessions and the happiness they brought to you. If you are a parent, you might steal loving glances at your 5-year-old, who is happily playing with his Star Wars action figures in the back seat all the way home, and hope he stays little just a little while longer.

What did you think of Toy Story 3? Did you cry? If you haven't seen it, do you think you will?


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