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Toy Story 3 / Day and Night talkback

Go see Toy Story 3 in 3D if only to see one of the best animated shorts ever created – Teddy Newton’s Day and Night. Both films are great – Newton’s short is a masterpiece. Post your thoughts in our comments section below (Comments are open only to those who have seen the films).

UPDATE: After garnering near unanimous rave reviews and generating good word-of-mouth among movie-goers, Toy Story 3 won the U.S. box office race this weekend, collecting a $109 million gross in its first three days of release.

  • William Skaleski

    Thought it was a very solid entry in the series, but didn’t quite match above the other two. Not that much emotion put into it.

    Day and Night was also pretty neat. Loved the use of 2D animation from the company.

  • Roberto Severino

    I just came home from the movies, and I thought the movie wasn’t so bad for a trilogy film, even though some of it seemed recycled from the sequel (Lotso the Bear acted and even resembled Stinky Pete, even though he’s a completely different toy). Still, I thought it was a great ending a great trilogy.

    As for the Day and Night short, I thought it was really amazing. Lively posing and very appealing animation all around, and I was chuckling all the way through. Everyone in the theater was laughing and giggling, especially the little kids. It reminded me of why I started loving the art of animation and cartooning in the first place.

    Pixar does it again, and what a great job they did too.

  • eric sue

    Enjoyed both films. Day and Night is truly somthing special. If you would have pitched this idea to any other studio, it would have not pass.
    Toy Story 3 is just GREAT!. One of the best franchise ever. Much darker than expected… Man, and that garbage scene – My heart stopped for a second.
    Very well done. Hats off to Pixar

  • Devyn

    Day and Night was a hoot but why get all preachy at the end? For me that killed the fun momentum they had.

  • N/A

    So great, the short was pixars best yer.
    TS3 was also fantastic, the best of them 3.

  • Dan

    Please Pixar, please make 2D films, if you can do magic with CG, you can also make magic with 2D! You can be the rebirth of 2D classic animation with your winning group of talent!!!

  • Enjoyed both. TS3 is the weakest in the trilogy. It’s a good film, and a must see… but felt the characters were in a constant state of peril. Much darker than the first two for sure.

    Was that Sid as the garbage man?

  • Thought they were both really excellent. Very happy to see Totoro make an appearance. And I agree about it being kind of dark.

    Man, I really, really enjoyed Day & Night. Didn’t think it was too preachy at all. Very well done.

  • Tim Hodge

    Maybe it’s just where I am in life, but TS3 had some incredibly poignant moments. I lost my fight to hold back tears.

    The toys are fictional, but the emotions are quite real.

    – T

  • Toystory3fan

    I LOVED Toy Story 3.

    the first movie was the VERy first movie i remember seeing. I grew up very verrry sililar to Andy so i relate to the character 10000%. I ‘m even going off to college!
    But anyway the movie was AWesome. So emotional and dark yet funny and charming. Even with all the new characters it doesnt seem crowded! GO do yourself a favor and go see it!

  • top cat james

    Hope Pixar makes some shorts with Spanish Buzz-those scenes were among the funniest in the franchise’s history with some absolutely terrific posing and animation. Very gratifying to see these characters once again, even as stated above, the film was not quite as emotionally involving as the previous two films.

    “Day & Night” was exhilerating-just blown away. Any idea who provided the speech at the end?

    Also noteworthy was the theatre erupting in groans when the “Smurfs” trailer came on. bwa ha ha. Maybe there’s hope for humanity after all.

  • Archagon

    “Not that much emotion put into it.”

    What?! What about [spoiler] the fade to black in the beginning? the scene in the aluminum incinerator? the donation scene at the end? [/spoiler]


    I loved Toy Story 3, especially as it finds the toys at the tail end of life and dealing with a sort of retirement, and… toy Hell (in the incinerator scene). But there is an afterlife for the toys, it seems.

    Day and Night I liked but the constant use of Las Vegas as a fun place for night bothered me a little. It seemed too easy.

  • Jody Morgan

    Day & Night: Like Devyn, I thought the preachy bit near the end disrupted the momentum, but I could accept it since (a) it was largely earned by the storytelling that came before and (b) it’s an important message. I’d rank it as equal to Geri’s Game as the best short Pixar’s done to date, and a truly great piece of animation.

    Toy Story 3: Not better than the first two, but not appreciably worse either; it’s a worthy conclusion for the franchise, which is a heck of an accomplishment. While not as fresh or consistently great as the first two movies, it was pretty close, and had scenes as funny or as touching as anything Pixar’s done. What Mr. Potato Head had to do for the big plan at the 2/3 mark of the movie had me laughing out loud repeatedly, and I imagine pretty much everyone’s going to say that the garbage scene brought them to tears, or nearly so. Very highly recommended, whether you prefer watching it in 2d or 3d.

  • Both were fantastic. I especially LOVED Day & Night, and the quote in the end practically made me choke up. In a good way. Excellent job, Pixar!

  • I felt like this was the most emotionally charged film in the series and maybe the most exciting as well. I didn’t expect the third movie to be as good as the other two, but this one is every bit as good as the other two, and even better in some ways.

    Just like Tim Hodge said, be prepared to cry.

    Day and Night was mesmerizing. A very clever short which was fun to watch.

  • Brendan Spillane

    Not since Bud Luckey’s “Boundin'” have I been impressed with a Pixar short as the very latest one from Teddy Newton, “Day & Night!” Funny AND visually daring, with personality to spare! It certainly deserves to WIN the Oscar for Best Animated Short Subject- which would be sweet justice after last year’s snubbing of Teddy’s “Presto” film & the vastly overrated “Logorama” taking home the award.

  • joecab

    I loved them both (short and movie), but boy I could barely watch the end through the tears. Every TS movie gets more into what the real role of toys are in our lives. The short is a marvel in 3D, lemme tell ya.

    And YES Sid was that garbageman near the end. Same actor returned to do his voice, too! Isn’t that great?

    Also sad to hear about Wheezy being one of the toys now in good hands with someone else. We miss ya Joe.

  • Both the film and the short are amazing!! Anybody that says TS3 hasn’t got any emotion put in it must be dead inside!! Loved all the new toys too! Ken stole the show!

  • WONDERFUL! Anyone who held back tears has a stone heart. My little brother loves Toy Story but cause he’s autistic I don’t think he could understand the emotional side of it all, but enjoyed it none the less. I know the kids around us were scared out of their mind when they were getting pulled into the dumpster (screamed out loud “NOOOO!”) and that monkey should give a few of them nightmares.

    Overall a sad and scary movie, but very similar format from the last two movies. Cause Pixar makes each movie so differently, the Toy Story formula can uniquely been seen only in Toy Story. I still don’t why Bo Peep wasn’t included. I get about Weezy and even Slinky Dog’s VA is no longer with us, but what happened to BO? Slinky Dog had a few lines, but they don’t explain where Bo went (already forgot if they made it sound that she had a good fate, but a few people in the audience are like “AWW”).

    Night and Day was nice, but cause it was a bit preachy I don’t think people could get into it the same way as previous shorts. We were bombarded with MILLIONS of trailers and we were waiting for the movie so long, the short just seemed like more filler. I have to ask that for Pixar’s next movie we get a Fun and Happy one, where when you leave the theater you’re pumped up and not BAWLING your eyes out.

    Incredibles 2. That’s the only sequel I’ve been asking for ever in my life and I’m still waiting, but this was a great sequel to a classic. Go see it.

  • hash

    Heres my TL;DR review
    TS3 is HILARIOUS! Loved it. Felt more like TS2.5 though. Not emotional enough for an ending.


  • E.W. Swan

    Toy Story’s box office will be immune to my criticisms, but I thought it was by far the weakest of the three entries. Mind you, I laughed heartily at Spanish Buzz and Michael Keaton as Ken, but I really felt like I’d already seen this movie.

    Then there’s the over-casting. I don’t get the logic behind paying Whoopi Goldberg a bunch of money to voice a character, then only giving her a few lines to read. It contributes to my feeling that the movie suffers from an overabundance of characters, both old and new. I was pleased to get a bigger dose of Mrs. Potato Head, however!

    The ending felt awfully long and drawn-out and manipulative. I already know who these characters are; I shouldn’t need a recap. I understand Pixar wanted to give us a chance to say good-bye, but it was a strange way to end the movie after a near-constant ruckus.

  • Archagon

    Bo Peep wasn’t included partly because they couldn’t hire the voice actor.

  • Day and Night was really great and unique!

  • Pixar proves they still have it.

    Hell, I wept looking at the storyboards.

    Go see it. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Anthony D.

    Toy Story 3 was great and had a perfect ending. Day and Night was a great short. It was like a combination of the classic 2-D Disney shorts wth Pixar and Chuck Jones’ “Now Hear This”.

  • Tamara

    To me, Toy Story 3 connected to me on a deeply emotional level, heck, I think it would connect the same way if you ever had a special toy in your childhood. It brought me and everyone in the theater to tears.

    After the fantastic opening, I felt the movie had a fairly slow beginning, but once the toys realize [SPOILERS] Sunnyside was more like a prison [END SPOILERS], that’s when the movie really started picking up the pace. Yet, despite its darker tone, it still managed to throw in many comedic moments.

    As for the Day & Night short, it was wonderful. It was both visually daring and comedic. However, as others stated before, I couldn’t help but feel it was a bit preachy toward the end. I also did not care much for the reused Las Vegas scenes.

    I can’t wait for the next Pixar film. They did it again!

  • It would be absolutely fantastic if Pixar made a hand drawn film in the quality and style of Teddy Newton’s Night and Day. Seeing it in 3D is a sight to behold.

    Toy Story 3 was wonderful as well. it would be impossible to rank them all since they are all very good and wonderful. I think some of the scenes towards the end were some of the most terrifying and touching moments Pixar has ever done.

    The 3D for it I don’t think really made too much of a difference, but I think some of the scenes towards the end were particularity effective with it though. pay the extra few bucks to see the short in 3d though.

  • @ Brendan Spillane

    Presto wasn’t done by Teddy, it was done by Doug Sweetland. And it lost to ‘The House of Small Cubes’ which was a Japanese animated short. And I agree ‘Legorama’ was overrated but none of the shorts nominated in 2009 really stood out.

  • Tommy Lee

    It’s is a fair movie. The magic and passion of the first one is not there. It feels like an addition to the 2nd part.

    For day and night I’ve got the sensation that I was looking a Gerald McBoing cartoon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNsyQDmEopw

    Great for a night out but far from memorable.

  • I got to see it at the midnight screening last night (whoo!), and was waiting for this very Talkback post to appear all day. I went out of my way to avoid any spoilers before the film came out, barring trailers I couldn’t avoid anyway.

    So here’s the short version, free of the kind of massive damage spoilers I avoided. I was worried about the existance of Toy Story 3 for fears of whether Lee Unkridge could replace John Lasseter as director, and whether the filmmakers could match or surpass the earlier two timeless classics. Could they or couldn’t they?

    Thank god they did. I’m relieved that TS3 is just as good as the first two. Complete with excellent storytelling and animation, of course. I was surprised with the at-times thouroughly depressing storyline, but you needed it to feel empathy for the characters in a critical peril.

    I see alot of talk about the ending scene around here. I’ll say that while it moved me, I didn’t tear up from it. What I wanted to happen did happen, and I’m glad for it because it was the ultimate sacrifice.

    All in all, I’d say the Toy Story trilogy, critically, is debatably the best trilogy in film history. I’m so proud I got to see all three of them in their original runs.

  • Kate

    This is the best Toy Story of the three. Not ashamed to say I completely lost my shit during the incinerator scene. I was a mess for the rest of the movie, but that hit me hard. What a great movie.

  • Mike Clark

    Saw it at the El Capitan this afternoon with my kids who are now in college. We managed to reserve (at $30 a head!) the same seats we had when Toy Story 1 premiered there in 1995 when the kids were 6 and 8.

    The audience was with TS3 moment to moment and every spoken line and visual joke landed with a bang. I was surprised at the emotional depth of TS3 and agree with the others that you must have a hanky handy during the incinerator scene. The final ‘donation’ scene is also very emotional. This may not be a good film for the kindergarten set. Many scary situations and the baby doll is very disturbing.

    Can’t wait for the Blu Ray!

  • Everyone says TS3 is so much darker than the first 2 TS films, but I remember the first one being really dark at times, and on a much more visceral level. I don’t think this was any darker.

    Anyway I loved TS3, what a great conclusion to the series.

    As for Teddy Newton’s ‘Night and Day’, it is by far Pixar’s best short, and the first thing worth seeing in 3D in a long time!

  • Toy Story 3 was excellent!
    I think it’s right up there with the first film while being in a league of it’s own. It’s a great expansion on the Toy Story universe and it’s (as many have already said) a truly fitting and emotional end to the series. We’ve known these characters for 15 years, it was hard not to shed a tear or two by the end of the film.

    Day and Night was something else. It was highly anticipated. 2D, CGI and 3D. I love how it all just worked. I admit the “archive” audio took me by surprise for a second but I can live with that.

    Seeing Toy Story 3 in IMAX 3D was fantastic and the opening sequence in particular was mind blowing, not to mention an extremely fun sequence which played on our first introductions ever to those characters.


  • Adam

    Nonsense, Archagon, Annie Potts is used in the video game.

    TS3 was amazing. I’m still processing it. The climax felt a little deus ex machina/Brave Little Toaster, but who cares. The finale is what broke me down. I’m still misty.
    I didn’t see Night and Day in 3D, but feel I better after reading comments online.

  • Memorable. Truly amazing.

    If you didn’t watched it yet, turn off your computer and go. NOW.

    Really, where will this end? Pixar takes it into a whole new and higher level every time.

  • markus

    Yep there’s Brave little toaster references trough out all the Toy story trilogy. I agree with the deus ex machina but it was emotionally satisfying and there was a reason for it (We are eternally grateful..). The story has enough turns to keep you interested trough all the movie. They try to milk a little bit too much the nostalgic moments but this time is really goodbye for the Toy story characters.

  • Emily

    Uhh…I just got back from seeing Toy Story 3. I thought it was amazing. So was the short. Congrats to the Pixar team!

  • Nathan Strum

    Day and Night was amazing. I agree about the narration disrupting the film, but not because it was preachy, but rather because it was simply unnecessary. The visuals conveyed the message perfectly fine without it. This is also one of the cleverest uses of stereoscopic 3-D I’ve seen.

    Toy Story 3 was perfect. I too avoided spoilers, and am glad I did. The commercials and trailers simply can’t convey how good the movie is. It’s an amazing ride, and for animation and film buffs, the little nods and tributes abound. I felt it was a perfect way to wind up the series, and yeah, I (and half the audience I was with) teared-up near the end. Must be one of the drawbacks of those 3-D glasses. Yeah, that’s what must have happened.

    The theater was packed for the 10:05 PM show I went to, and everyone loved it. There was none of the usual fidgeting that you see when audiences get bored or lose attention. They were completely involved with the film all the way through. It was one of those rare films that while I’m watching, I was thinking, “I hope they’re not getting near the end yet… oh good, there’s more!”

    I didn’t think it was all that “dark”. There are some pretty tense moments in Toy Story 3, but I think they were necessary to the emotional core of the characters and story. The comedy, joy, and heart throughout the rest of the film more than counters any heaviness. For my money (and man… movies are expensive now), the whole thing was worth it just for that sequence with Mr. Potato Head. I’ll never think of tortillas the same way, ever again. I’d love to know who animated that.

    At the moment, having just gotten home from the theater, this is my favorite of the three films. Someone working on the film described to me like “visiting with old friends”, and I have to agree wholeheartedly. Everyone gets their moment to shine in the film, and I found the entire movie very entertaining and emotionally satisfying.

  • Fantastic! Another solid story from the masters! Had me tearful at the end, but I won’t ruin it for those of you who haven’t seen it yet. This is my second viewing. Also the short was wonderful. Nice to see hand drawn animation again.

  • Mike

    The voice at the end of “Day & Night” is that of Dr. Wayne Dyer, a motivational speaker that director Teddy Newton would often hear though tapes his mother would play in his youth.

  • Have only seen Day and Night (with Teddy Newton introducing! Last week at Annecy) I thought it was an excellent flagship filmas to how 3D CAN add value to the film making process. Nice concept, excellent execution, but not as tight as some of their others.

    I’m looking forward to TS3.

  • I loved Toy Story 3, I thought it had a lot of heart, humor, and the great storytelling we’ve come to expect from Pixar.

    For some reason though, I didn’t get into Day & Night as much as I’d hoped I would. I think I felt like it was more of a proof of concept than a story.

  • Adam

    A note: this isn’t the last we’ve seen of the characters. Lee Unkrich announced a couple of days ago on Twitter that there will be a Toy Story short before Cars 2.

  • Isaac

    Toy Story 3 is really fun. Took a while to get going, thirty odd minutes I think, but after that the pacing was excellent. Pretty dark for a kids’ movie. Most importantly, the movie avoids stock gags, scenes, and acting, which really sets it above the rest.

    Oh, and I loved Mr Potato Head.

  • Sant

    Toy Story 3 is perfect, I loved the dark tone the film had (why is anybody suprised? The first Toy Story was pretty dark) A perfect film for audiences, but even more so for all of us that were Andy’s age when Toy Story was released

    I think it’s impossible to rate a film like this, to me it was a natural conclusion to the series, a story about letting go, about maturity and passing.

  • Greg Ehrbar

    Maybe it’s because I have children at toy-playing age (not that I ever passed it completely) or had a sister who was at that age, but the ending make we weep like a Tiny Tears.

    I saw TS3 twice. First time it was a toss up between 2 and 3 as best, but second time, after seeing the story construction and the showcasing of each character, TS3 won the match. Michael Keaton was great, and Jodi Benson was outstanding as Barbie, who really had a lot of great material she ran with. The whole cast was superb (including all the “additional voices” (insert applause).

    There was virtually no lull, yet there were still good peaks and valleys. How does Pixar do it over and over again? Maybe it’s because they’re allowed to. I don’t know, but it’s great to be along for the ride.

    Day and night, to my mind (insert remark here), a tribute to the Gene Deitch/Jules Feiffer era of design and cartooning with a twist. Cool stuff. I’m going again.

  • Toy Story 3 was great but I agree with some that it was the “weakest” installment. TS2 is simply too tough an act to follow. TS3 did bring the emotion however–wonderful ending. Bittersweet.

    My sister and I agreed almost instantly that “Day & Night” is one of Pixar’s most clever shorts.

    I haven’t really added anything of substance to this conversation but still glad to be able to share my thoughts!

  • It was so great. SO great. I loved the theme of growing up and moving on to new things; as a young adult just setting out in the world with a lot of old toys still sitting around in my room at home, it really hit home with me. I liked how Andy growing up and moving out was paralleled with the toys saying goodbye to their own “childhood” and realizing that even though something wonderful was ending, new and wonderful things were still on the way.

    Pixar has sure been finding all the most sensitive spots in my heart to stab at. They played right on my soft spots for sad robots and couples growing old together, and now they got straight to my present emotional situation. Thanks.

    Day and Night was absolutely clever and brilliant; however, I didn’t think the point needed to be pounded in with a radio-tower-shaped hammer. Fantastic concept though, and a million originality points for the animation style.

  • Mike

    Best Picture Oscar nomination anyone?

    I think it is that great!

  • BoxBoy

    Toy Story 3 -was amazing! I cant remember having such a good time at the movies – it was such a rewarding experience! It felt similiar to when Toy Story came out.

    If you get a chance, see it in IMAX 3D – it really adds to Day and Night!

    The movie was just superb. The movie had depth – it made the audience laugh – scared – even cry. This movie deserves a second viewing.

  • Kyle

    “Bo Peep wasn’t included partly because they couldn’t hire the voice actor.”

    Whats your source for this? I haven’t heard anything about them wanting to get her and not being able to.

    Anyway, I absolutely loved the movie. Toy Story 2 is my favorite movie of all time, so I need to take TS3 in to see where the 3rd ranks for me, but its definitely up there.

    I really have no complaints. maybe upon repeat viewings I’ll adjust my opinion on it, but right now I’m still in awe. I had smile I walking out of the theater that lasted for like, 10 mins.

    I don’t see the Stinky Pete / Lotso comparison. maybe on paper their similar, but the difference here is that they didn’t waste any time hiding his motivations, it was reveals pretty early on. and even when I thought I knew where they were going with it (that they were trying to make him forgivable and accepted again by the toys), they surprise me by making him even colder.

    I love that they got John Morris back for Andy, and even Erik von Detten for Sid, despite going unnoticed by most.

  • Roberto Severino

    “I don’t see the Stinky Pete / Lotso comparison. maybe on paper their similar, but the difference here is that they didn’t waste any time hiding his motivations, it was reveals pretty early on. and even when I thought I knew where they were going with it (that they were trying to make him forgivable and accepted again by the toys), they surprise me by making him even colder.”

    Upon rereading my other comment, I realized that I wasn’t clear about what I was trying to say. I really meant that a lot of Lotso’s characterization throughout the film seemed very reminiscent of Stinky Pete and that they seemed to have used him as a model for this new character (even the part where he’s tied to a truck seems similar to the part where Stinky Pete is taken by this little girl, though it was a lighter consequence for him), but you do have a very good point. Lotso’s true intentions are revealed early on during film, while we don’t find out what Stinky Pete’s really up to until the climax of Toy Story 2.

    I also agree that Lotso was really cold throughout the movie, even colder than I expected, especially when he mercilessly pushed Woody into the dumpster and then having him and his friends almost incinerated, and then tricking them into letting him get away, so in that way, he was a far deeper character than Stinky Pete ever was.

  • Nipplenuts McGurk

    Wow. I am a softie. Tears were wildly running down my face during a couple scenes …and then again during the credits just from thinking about those moments again.

    Thing is – I almost had no interest in seeing TS3….as much as I loved the first 2, the trailers weren’t really doing anything for me. It kind of felt more of the same, and I was getting the “creepy human” vibe – which, once I was in the theater, vanished. So glad I went, and so glad my first impressions were wrong.

    The story itself is partially about nostalgia, and I love that there were those beats to get the viewer nostalgic. The recreation of TS1’s opening scene just really got me…the second Potato Head said “MoneyMoneyMoney!”, the movie won me…..and the final frame of the movie matches the first frame of TS1…just a beautiful touch that says “Goodbye, but we’re not gone.”

    …and Day and Night…what else can I say. Wonderful. I saw the movie in 2D, but based on some comments here, the 3D aspect of the short in particular sounds pretty cool….think I’ll go again in IMAX 3D. :)

  • BobT

    The art book of this film supposedly explains why Bo Peep isn’t in this film.
    It was just kinda hard to give her a place in the story (she already had very little screen time in part 2).

    Unkrich wanted to put her in the film since she’s a core character, but felt there wasn’t anything special for Andy to say when he hands the toys over, since she’s a lamp.

    I got this info from a thread at the Pixar Planet forums.

  • in a day and night teddy newton went from a genius to a god

  • Brad

    Unkrich wanted to put [Bo Peep] in the film since she’s a core character, but felt there wasn’t anything special for Andy to say when he hands the toys over, since she’s a lamp.

    And her absence means one less reason for Woody to stay with the group.

    And anyway, she was originally conceived as a replacement for Barbie, but they have the original now.

    Speaking of that – I saw a sneak preview of the film on Monday, and since then I’ve read the graphic novel and Little Golden Book adaptations, and both leave out Barbie and Ken; I’m not sure if it’s licensing or just crowd management. They also left out the monkey, who was one of my favorites.

  • Karen

    I doubt Annie Potts (voice of Bo Peep) would have been hard to get. Besides, Bo Peep wasn’t one of Andy’s toys. She was his kid sister Molly’s lamp.

  • Peter F

    I had a huge grin on my face the entire time (when I wasn’t choked up). Absolutely fantastic, both the short and the film. So glad I didn’t waste time seeing it in blurry 3D form, because every frame was so packed with beautiful color, detail and texture. Nobody touches Pixar.

    Loved seeing Totoro in CG form, BTW :)

  • Dave O.

    Saw it last night in an audience full of adults in the 20-35 range. Maybe it was the audience, but I couldn’t help feeling manipulated through the entire movie: here’s the spot where you sigh, here’s the twist, and here’s the over-the-top climax. I know… its a blockbuster… its what they do, but this franchise’s characters are so popular, all that any film in the Toy Story canon can be is (another) rescue mission.

    The script was nothing special… it depended heavily on backstory way more than TS2 did and riffed on ‘The Great Escape’ like ‘Chicken Run’ did. The ensemble cast kept growing and growing, and for what? So that Disney can test-market the cuteness factor (staying power) of new characters like Mr. Pricklepants?

    The art direction and animation were a little stiff somehow as well. There were few moments of pure animation, the brief scene where Woody is trying to get out of the daycare bathroom and Buzz’s wacky (token) amnesia scene come to mind. I thought sending the kids to the seventh level of Hell was interesting in kind of a Žižekian twist to all of this corporate Lasseter schlock.

    This may very well be the last Disney movie I see. I’m growing up and its time to leave these weak set-ups for the kids.

  • I wasn’t expecting to even see this, and I still haven’t seen Toy Story 2. But my sister saw this the night it came out, and came back raving about it, which got me interested. And I must admit that it completely lived up to my raised expectations. It was really, really good. Not having seen TS1 since it first came out, and never having seen TS2, there were probably some things that went over my head in terms of character relationships (I assume Buzz had a crush on Jessie in TS2?) but I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Several scenes, especially the incinerator bit, really made my eyes well up.

    The only thing I didn’t like was the human characters. I know they’re important to the story, but something about their eyes, and their facial expressions, really bugged me. And every kid in every Pixar movie always seems exactly the same to me. They have this seemingly forced sense of innocence and whimsy. It’s like an uber-exaggeration of how some children act, some of the time, only every Pixar kid does it. This dislike of the human characters’ acting and expressions is probably why I didn’t like Up.

    Anyway, it’s ultimately a pretty small complaint given how little the humans are onscreen.

    Day and Night was also great, and I didn’t think it got too preachy at the end at all.

    Now I’ve got to go watch the first two.

  • Good stuff. Big, long, emotional tug on the heartstrings… and successful too. That deserves an applause.

  • Without revealing any spoilers to others, can someone please tell me where that tortilla came from? I saw it as it was taken by hand out of a piece of luggage, but how was it “set up”? My eyes were so full of tears that maybe I missed things!

  • Liberal Propaganda

    This is by far liberal propaganda by progressives in the movie industry to indoctrinate our children. Disney CEO is a progressive, and now apparently so is this PIXAR director. Dr. Wayne Dyer is evil. His spiritual teachings never speak of God… that is why the liberal progressives love him.

    It’s a shame that they had to make this political.

    • Marco

      I know I’m late, but what the hell are you talking about?

  • Lala-Marin

    I went into the movie theater expecting to cry, and, as much as I tried to fight it, from the incinerator scene until about fifteen minutes after the movie ended, my eyes kept welling up.

    I was the same age as Andy when the first film was released, and cannot count how many times I’ve seen it since (it has become something of an institution in my family), so I think I was in the right place emotionally. It was an appropriate follow up to Toy Story 2, and just as good as the first installment.

  • Polyvios Christoforos

    I would have to say a word about Day and Night. It has a very interesting premise and some pantomime comedy. Then it all comes together as these two charcters realize their true potential and then switch places.

    This film is a happy marriage of 2D and CG animation and I think that my people agree with me. I wish Pixar could do more of this 2D stuff.

  • kevito

    LOVED THE SHORT. Yay for Pixar experimentation! I’ve enjoyed all of their shorts, but moving outside of the standard storytelling box is something I’ll welcome anytime, especially in an overly commercial and slick theatrical world. Interesting story telling with a philosophical twist at the end. Any body know what the end audio was from or if it was recorded specifically for the short?

    LOVED THE FILM. Haven’t laughed so hard in a really long time. Dark and adult-themed moments, but still seemed like it would appeal to the kiddies. I want to see it again.

    In contrast, the trailers before the fun started brought on depression for the state of the industry. How about we repeat ourselves again, eh? Many talented artists obviously worked on that stuff, but wtf with that freakin owl movie? Seriously? They spent money on making that thing?

  • blueiguana

    I am surprised that so many people liked Day and Night. After sitting through what seemed liked hours of trailers, I was excited for what I assumed would be a great short. For the first several minutes, the theater seemed confused – there wasn’t much of an opening to let you know that the trailers had ended, and no one seemed to know how to react. Once it got going, it was fun to watch, then the momentum stopped dead when the preachy voices came in – I ended up feeling beaten over the head about what a rotten bigot I must be.

    So that is the lead-in to TS3: a heavy message about tolerance, then whee! a toy fantasy scene! My mind was still thinking and my emotions were facillating among wtf?, anger, and bewilderment when I was supposed to be having fun.

    Only a few of all of the reviews that I have read (other sites included) took the children in the audience into consideration. When all of the two-timing and back-stabbing was going on, he was asking, “Why is he doing that?” “Is he bad?” “Why is he angry?” It was too much for them to handle and he couldn’t understand what was going on.

    After months of him asking to see the movie, he came out saying he really didn’t like it. My daughter thought that it was “good,” but wasn’t all that excited about it. (Although we both loved Buttercup the Unicorn.) The incineratior scene was WAAAYYY too heavy for this movie. If it had been shortened a bit, it wouldn’t have been so bad, but the emotion just kept piling up. At our showing, there were very few children, but I can imagine that there are going to be some freaked-ou kids in the theaters. I was praying that my kids didn’t understand what was happening or they would have been crying in terror way beyond the scene.

    I think that this is much more an adult movie than a child’s movie. The kids won’t understand so many of the references and implications and the scariness makes it that much worse. And the baby was freaky! But I had to laugh because my daughter has that doll – complete with the droopy eye. I think I’ll have nightmares from the baby and maybe from the monkey, too.

  • Jackson

    “It was too much for them to handle and he couldn’t understand what was going on.”

    Wow. Your kids need to get out more.

    The movie is crystal clear, and not one kid I’ve talked to had any trouble understanding anything. The screaming of the chimp scared a few kids, but thats about it. The film is terrific.

  • ctd

    ** I am looking for the full quote of the speech used at the end of Day & Night, I read from a previous person above that it was from Dr. Wayne Dyer, but I am looking for the quote, preferably the full speech. Anyone know it? **

  • Archagon

    “Whats your source for this? I haven’t heard anything about them wanting to get her and not being able to.”

    Admittedly, I think I found the info in an IMDb comment, so maybe… not so accurate.

  • Oliver

    Has Armond White started posting comments here under false name(s)..? :-)

  • Giovanni Jones

    “When all of the two-timing and back-stabbing was going on, he was asking, “Why is he doing that?” “Is he bad?” “Why is he angry?” It was too much for them to handle and he couldn’t understand what was going on.”

    I envy these lucky children who do not live in such an environment. Adults, too. Can we move there?

    I might also advise careful discretion when watching “Leave It to Beaver,” especially the episodes featuring Eddie Haskell, Lumpy, Gilbert, Whitey, Richard and Fred Rutherford as these situations are extremely gritty and realistic with regards to two-timing and backstabbing.

  • Scarabim

    **In contrast, the trailers before the fun started brought on depression for the state of the industry. How about we repeat ourselves again, eh? Many talented artists obviously worked on that stuff, but wtf with that freakin owl movie? Seriously? They spent money on making that thing?**

    It’s all the fault of Watership Down. Ever since that book appeared, authors have been imitating it – thus there’s a glut of animals-on-quests books, with wolves, elephants, cats, dogs, foxes and now bleedin’ owls. At least the Watership Down rabbits never made helmets. Yeesh.


    TS3 was a great film. I enjoyed it.

    the inter cartoon ‘night and day’ was the most bone headed thing I’ve sen disney put out in a long time. It started out with a fart of thunder and a urinatination of a waterfall. Then night and day fought intensely, punching kicking and choaking each other. Last thing I need kids seeing is more examples of fighting. Fighting is for the retarded brutes of elementary school and future gas pumpers or america. Then they fell off a cliff and one tried to drown the other while executing a perfect sleper hold. It contains tons of homoeretic thrusting and images in the crotches. It ends with a blonde busty bikini woman in one’s crotch and then BAM, some big made up vegas style falus in the other’s groin. It was like BOING, just trying to be straight at the end to make up for all the other gay stuff. It was an awful intro, but good to start low to make Ts3 even better by comparison

  • Blueiguana> Friend’s kid (about 5) saw it at the preview and loved it. I think it wasn’t that hard for kids to follow.

  • Ed Thompson

    My impressions of the 2 films:

    “Day and Night” did not need the narration. I thought the short was better than Partly Cloudy, but not as good as the ones before Nemo, Incredibles, and Ratatouille. But that is just a matter of opinion, not some serious flaw in the film.

    For me, Toy Story 3 was probably the weakest of the 3 Toy Story films. I do think this is the best film I have seen this summer, animated or not, but this has been a down season for films. I enjoyed How to Train your Dragon more than this film, but that may be because I had such low expectations for that film going in and it was so much better than those expectations. I also felt that the villain Lotso was too similar to Toy Story 2, especially with the similar outcome of what happened to Stinky Pete and Lotso to close out their parts in the 2 films. The danger to the toys in Toy Story 3 was much more intense than any of the previous films, but I thought that was a good thing. To many films have been sanitized to ‘protect the children’, this film walked a fine line of danger vs. honesty and I think it did a very good job of it.

  • Stephan

    Wait, are you serious Drew MB? Did you finish watching the film? Or was the “gay stuff” (gay panic) too much for you?

  • Jared Pettitt

    Man I can’t imagine how your brain must work if all you saw during Day & Night was homoerotic imagery

  • Curly

    @DREW MB, Liberal Propaganda:

    It’s really cute that you guys shared your feelings with us. I hadn’t realized that Day & Night was “gay stuff” or that Robert Iger was horrible, terrible progressive. (Is his yacht made of recycled coffee filters and called the SS Terry Gross?) If either of you write newsletters, please post a link in the comments.

  • NC

    How did these political nut balls find their way to the brew?

    Personally I felt Night and Day was an interesting experiment but for me failed. I didn’t find either character really likable. It didn’t feel as honest and heartfelt as Pixar’s other shorts. I did however love the movie. There’s something to be said about a company that can make two sequels that are of nearly the same caliber as the original. It was a great send-off and I found myself holding back tears at the end.

  • Donomator

    Did anyone happen to spot the Totoro doll in TS3? :}

  • Extraordinary film, especially the furnace scene. Probably the most touching and gripping moment I’ve ever scene on film.

    My only quibbles with the movie are:

    (1) Andy’s mom is too young.

    (2) There was no real finality to the story or characters, just a shift in continuity.

    If the furnace scene had been played out to its logical conclusion I, personally, could have lived with it. Because no matter what ultimately becomes of them, a good toy always lives on in our hearts. And that’s what Toy Story is all about.

  • Just saw the film today in 3D (because the theater only had it in that format).

    Thought it was pretty good, although the 3D was really unnecessary. If this is intended to the be the last film, then it went out with a bang (of course the ending also opened up for the fourth movie, and who knows?)

    I enjoyed watching “Day and Night”, but man, the ending with the radio was forced. I’m okay with cartoons presenting a personal message (hell, I think we need more of ’em), but there are better ways to present them. Still, the animation was fun and it was neat seeing them combine hand-drawn and CGI animation together.

  • Leirin

    Toy Story 3 and the short behind it were absolute delights. Clearly the greatest thing I’ve seen this year thus far. A big recommendation from me.

    Also, the animation in the landfill/furnace scenes was absolutely incredible in 3-D. The subtle use of gestures and expressions throughout the film was also perfect.

  • Karen

    Anyone thinking Day and Night has a “liberal” bent to it seems to have no problem defending, and supporting, an overweight talking head named rush limbo, who’s on his 5th wife (after cheating on 3 of them), and a 3000 pill drug habit from multiple doctors. And a liar, too.

  • PJ

    The furnace scene. Man oh man, the furnace scene. I wasn’t expecting that, and it hit me hard: agonizing, moving, powerful.

    I could see how that scene could upset some children–hell, it really upset me–but in my opinion it was probably the best scene in the film, and crucial to the movie’s message. I for one applaud Pixar for not hesitating to present challenging material to an audience they know will consist largely of children.

    On the whole, I loved Toy Story 3. I hesitate to call it “dark” because I don’t think that really gets it–I think its closer to say that the movie was very frank and unflinching in its approach to what were some pretty mature themes. Very well done, very moving, very brave.

  • Nathan Strum

    Scott Shaw! wrote: “Without revealing any spoilers to others, can someone please tell me where that tortilla came from? I saw it as it was taken by hand out of a piece of luggage, but how was it “set up”?”

    I recall it being taken out of somebody’s lunchbox, then slid under the door and outside to where Mr. Potato Head was waiting. But I don’t recall any setup prior to that.

  • CMB

    Toy Story 3 was outstanding! Couldn’t have asked for more, Pixar keeps the top spot in the business once again in my book.

  • Day and Night was one of the most original ideas I ve ever seen on the screen, visually and storywise.it felt like something completely new(ton)

    Toy Story 3’s last scene almost made me cry. it pays off.

  • I saw TS3 again today and you’re correct, it was taken out of a lunchbox. (How the toys knew it was in that lunchbox is anyone’s guess.) Thanks, Nathan!

  • Scarabim

    Saw it this afternoon in 2D.

    Well, it was certainly intense. And beautifully animated, of course.

    But basically it was just a rehash of the first two films. Because what were *they* about? Toys get separated from Andy, have to find their way home. 3 times we’ve seen that plot now. Each time, the plot has been executed brilliantly, but it’s still the same plot involving the same characters. So right now, despite appreciating the movie’s strengths, I’m pretty burnt out on Toy Story, rather than satisfied. I’ve kind of had enough. Kudos to Pixar, but if there were a Toy Story 4 I doubt I’d watch it.

    Night and Day…cute. Some clever visuals there. But I wasn’t particularly entertained or impressed. My fave Pixar short continues to be Knick Knack.

  • The only thing missing for me was Bo Beep, I mean, they could at least make her appear in the back in the end, like she was all along at that girls house D: not even a dialogue needed. But meh, i tend to see the glass half empty :P

    ToyStory3 was awesome, i wouldnt place it as better or worse that the other two, the three of them are equal quiality, a very good one indeed.

  • Toy Story 3 had a few parts that reminded me of The Brave Little Toaster. Of course, the entire saga might’ve been influenced by that movie to a degree.

    This was an excellent film. Very much up to Pixar’s standards.

    Day & Night might be their best short to date.

  • Ann

    I for one wish to know what we were supposed to understand from the moralizing at the end of Day & Night. I felt like a captive audience for an indoctrination. Am I the only one who senses the author was gay and trying to get us to accept that in him? Why must we be subjected to such heavy-handed attempts at brainwashing amidst an entertainment for which we paid top dollar? I was very unhappy, as my enjoyment of the first part faded into a slow burn.

  • I saw it yesterday. Has some great messages to it.

    But the funniest part was when the toys got destructed.

    Still think 2 is better because it had more of a charm

  • Fred Sparrman

    Day & Night is unquestionably the worst film ever produced by Pixar. Yes, including Cars. I cannot fathom how Lasseter could allow its release.

    The painful part is that the animation was SO terrific, the concept so unique and innovative. But once Newton has this great idea rolling…he has to prove that he’s an IMPORTANT director! A man who has a STATEMENT to make! (Even if the “statement” is actually from Wayne Dyer.) And so in the middle of a sublimely wordless cartoon, he inserts a canned speech! How infantile!

    Who gives a flying @#$% if “Day” and “Night” learn a valuable lesson? Just keep making that fun and imaginative film! Pure entertainment IS enough sometimes!

    I’m surprised he didn’t end with Day and Night turning to the camera and saying “Kids, don’t do drugs.”

  • blueiguana

    Thanks to an overactive cursor, I managed to delete that my kid is five. What confused him was that characters that were kind, (Lotso and his minions) turned out to be bad, then tortured Buzz (his favorite).

    RE: Jackson and Giovanni: My kids both tend to have an innocent view of the world and I will leave them with it as long as possible. The world will bring them up to speed soon enough.

    You can join their world. I let them watch Disney movies, Bugs Bunny, Transformers, but by choice, we don’t have cable. So no Disney TV, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, etc.

    Childhood is short. Enough ugly comes later.

    I still think that even for a “normal” kid, the climax was just too much. If I’m wrong, hey, one “man’s” opinion.

  • Nipplenuts McGurk

    Hey, does anyone know if the finished movie’s story bears any resemblance to the pre-merger Disney-only produced version?

    Also – to the morons flinging around words like “indoctrination” and seeing anything “gay” in “Day and Night” ….the problem lies with YOU. Really, think about that word- indoctrinate. What is the BIG, EVIL, BRAINWASHING message of the short? Here it is…get ready…it’s so scary ….”People who look different may find that they have more in common than they initially thought” OHHH! THE FUCKING HORROR! OOOOH, the poor children who will see this message! If only they hadn’t been taken to Toy Story 3, they’d be normal hateful assholes!

    …and the gay thing….did you completely miss the parts where they were oogling the beach-babes!?

    Stop feigning outrage and go see a shrink.

  • Giovanni Jones

    “RE: Jackson and Giovanni: My kids both tend to have an innocent view of the world and I will leave them with it as long as possible. The world will bring them up to speed soon enough.”

    RE: IGUANA: I totally agree with you on that count because we feel the same way about certain programs and films and their effect on shortening our children’s childhood innocence. Every child is different and you have to carefully consider their individual sensitivities, regardless of age.

    I agree that five may be too young, depending on the child. My son is 11 but because he is very sensitive and empathetic, we may not expose him to things that my 12 year old daughter watches. And we don’t force something on him because she is ready for it. Both my kids are still very innocent and have the worldview that I assume you are also providing for your child. It’s not easy and it is admirable.

    I can’t help feeling, though, that your statement infers that I am not as careful as you as to what media I expose my kids to and what I do not. That was not the point at all.

    The point was that there are double crosses and backstabbing among very young kids themselves. Kids are human just like some of us and they pick up some unpleasant aspects, even at a very young age. When I was mentioning “Leave it to Beaver,” I was not being facetious — this program regularly depicted the duplicitous nature of kids’ inhumanity to kids. So does “Peanuts.”

    “I let them watch Disney movies, Bugs Bunny, Transformers, but by choice, we don’t have cable. So no Disney TV, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, etc.”

    I know that is not easy. We get insults and funny looks (“You don’t that them watch THAT? But it’s fine! What’s wrong with you?”) And some of the stuff we hold back from them isn’t junk at all, it’s just something they’ll appreciate and understand better later in life. But frankly, commercial TV is even more littered with yeechy promos and some really damaging television, so please don’t indict cable as the sole culprit. We actually watch very little commercial TV for the same reason as you cut out cable.

    I am hoping the Transformers you watch is the TV version, because if you’re talking about the recent feature films, there are those of us who might feel that they’re hardly suitable for children, and not something that can be fairly compared to any Pixar film. Even the TV show might be kind of intense for five years old, but again, every child is different. I’m trying really hard not to judge here while commenting about being judged myself.

    “Childhood is short. Enough ugly comes later.”

    I totally agree with the first sentence. I might have thought twice about how the intensity might have affected my son at five, too. It’s the whole “Bambi” thing. But I still might err on the side of taking him. It was a contemporary movie that didn’t pander to the latest trends, didn’t dumb down, made people laugh and made people cry. Most of all, we cared about characters and they cared about each other. How many contemporary works convey that?

    “I still think that even for a “normal” kid, the climax was just too much. If I’m wrong, hey, one “man’s” opinion.”

    I know you put normal in quotes, but still, who’s to say what is “normal?” Isn’t the inference that someone who disagrees might be otherwise skating dangerously close to being “ugly?” Again, you have to also consider what the film offers on a positive level and consider that each child is an individual. The better you know your children in your day-to-day life, the more able you are to make the call (that’s why it’s not fair to comment on how others make their choices).

    Sorry to nitpick your words. Your heart is in the right place.

  • andreas

    @ Ann Though I do agree that the message was heavy handed and didnt need the speech, this is not about being gay or straight. i could easily refer to race, gender, or any other opposite. that you read into it some secret gay conversion may just be your problem

  • Scarabim

    Just wanted to add something to what BlueIguana said…there are those who fault the Warner Bros./Bugs Bunny toons because of violence. And I can understand that point of view. But what those cartoons also had was a strong moral sense. The good guys – like Bugs – were tough, wisecracking, but they weren’t jerks. The bad guys had lots of personality, they were even likable to some extent, but they were bad, and no excuses were made for them. Good was stronger than evil. That was made clear, and the bad guys got their comeuppance. Also, the good guys only attacked when provoked.

    Nowadays, in too many toons, the “good guys” are the jerks, who annoy and injure others for fun, and who are oblivious to the harm they do others. Somehow this is supposed to be funny. It isn’t. Even Spongebob, formerly one of the kindest of the new characters, has recently degenerated into that type of “jerk” behavior. It’s funny, but some people seem to think that the idea of injecting “values” into cartoons is a newer idea. It isn’t. Bugs and Mickey were teaching values long before Peggy Charren bullied her way into the picture. (Yes, it’s true that Mickey himself was a jerk in his first hit “Steamboat Willie” – but Walt got rid of that behavior pretty quick, not because audiences weren’t okay with it, but because he wanted Mickey to be a positive character, and because jerk characters weren’t really to Walt’s taste.)

    I think Blueiguana has the right idea about what type of media kids should be allowed to see. Bugs will teach a kid to stand up for himself, to defend those who need help, and to have a sense of humor about life. What greater values do kids need?

    I can also see why the latest Toy Story might be problematic for some parents and their children. Stinky Pete from Toy Story2 was bitter, but he wasn’t deranged evil wrapped up in cuddly plush like HugsALot Bear. I was shocked when the cute fuzzy teddy bear was willing to let Woody and the gang burn; that was waaayyyyy over the top. Seeing a cuddly toy turn murderer has shades of Chucky about it; and might indeed be way too intense a vision for the very young.

  • Sara

    “** I am looking for the full quote of the speech used at the end of Day & Night, I read from a previous person above that it was from Dr. Wayne Dyer, but I am looking for the quote, preferably the full speech. Anyone know it? **”

    I too am looking for this…

  • Steve G

    It’s definitely in the top 3 or 4 Pixar films to date (the two tied for 1st, for me, are TS1 and the Incredibles). And I think it was superior to TS2 for the simple fact that when the moral dilemma wasn’t cheated this time.

    Though it was a fun and entertaining film, there were numerous problems that could be discussed (not the least of which is the the fact that Pixar hasn’t seen a Deus Ex Machina they didn’t love) though I suspect I will incurr the wrath of Pixar fans worldwide. There were plot points that bothered me that seemed fabricated out of a parallel universe to serve the story. Such as what college age boy takes any doll away to school with him and why was his room being taken away from him? Wasn’t he going to be allowed to return home on break ever…?

    Anyway, in regards to the short: I enjoyed it up till the VO. If that was indeed the point they wanted to mke I would’ve been more impressed if they had some how made it with the characters and didn’t break out of the world that was created.
    But the short was the only reason to pay forthe 3D and Imax experience. I would not suggest anyone spend the extra cash and go see it in standard instead.

  • droosan

    SteveG: My mom turned my bedroom into a walk-in closet the MINUTE I left for college (as you might suppose, my childhood bedroom was pretty tiny).

    There was a sofa-bed in the living room available to me during school breaks and for my semi-annual Christmas visits.

  • Emmett

    The story took place over the course of two nights which means Andy’s neighborhood had garbage pick-up twice in three days.
    I liked TS3 a lot, but because of that, they shouldn’t have made the movie.

  • Pete

    Liberal Propaganda: I wouldn’t worry about Day & Night indoctrinating children into becoming liberals… Trust me, I watched the short, and I understood the point it was trying to make about accepting others in spite of their differences… It clearly didn’t work, because I STILL think you’re a douche.

  • Loved it! We saw the 2d version and, I think it hit all the right notes. I was surprised how heavy that got with that dump sequence, and was kinda wondering if they were actually going to do it. But, “the Claw” payoff was worth it. And, I liked that it was a graphic resolution in a realistic way-might bring some attention to the way we dispose all our “junk”. There were some unexpected sequences-like the intro. Maybe I’m just dense and couldn’t figure out how they were going to make that transition. I thought Woody’s decision to derail their fate into the hands of that little girl was sweet and a perfect fate for them. And, the short was different and fun to see. So, great work!!!

  • rachel

    God I loved Bonnie … they did such a great job of making her into the most likable, curious, quirky & realistic little kid. The last scene was such a perfect end to a beautiful 3-film journey.

    I loved the film. It has all the heart, adventure & comedy of the previous two while still feeling fresh. Ken is brilliant.

    I think if you look for something to criticize in any movie, you can find it, but this is storytelling and animation at its best. You come away from this film feeling like these characters matter to their creators way beyond any bottom line, and that in and of itself is something special these days.

  • James E. Parten

    In all this who-shot-john about leftist propaganda and whatnot, we’re forgetting that we are dealing with a short cartoon and an animated feature. And, on both counts, Pixar has done it again!
    “Night and Day” is based on a clever concept, and carries it off in a quite droll manner. So what if there is some “leftist” message. You get this from Hollywood all the time! Hollywood is not some extended Tea Party, where they give dinners to honor Sarah Palin, argue for the repeal of the Sixteenth Amendment, and make sure their guns are well-oiled and fully-stocked with the appropriate ammo.
    “Toy Story 3” was a good combination of humor, heart and an exciting story. The incinerator scene was handled quite dramatically, and the donation scene had my eyes welling up with tears–just as the ending of “The Wizard of Oz” did every time it would run on CBS back in my childhood. There are some extremely clever touches (Arriba, Flamenco Buzz!)
    Chuckles and I saw this at a five-ten showing with a good house, and one that was quite engaged with all the goings-on. They applauded both the official end, and the end of the coda. (And boo to those who start rolling when the credits start rolling–they are missing out for sure!)

  • G-Race

    Toy Story 3. I found it to be great. I’m 13. Being about 2 when Toy Story came out. I bawled at the end. I can’t let go of childhood. Its painful. You people who gave this movie bad reviews beecause it was a little creepy and such. Well you know your little kids weren’t even alive when the first one came out. I grew up with Toy Story. So. Just shh. The movie was spectacular. The end.

  • Chelsea

    When you can both cry and laugh in a movie, let alone an animated film, its a perfect 10/10 for me. It felt like a perfect ending to the story Pixar started so many years ago.

    As for that short- fantastic! Definitely worth seeing in 3D.

  • Tony Montealegre

    I think Day & Night gave a positive message without being political or leaning toward a certain lifestyle. And I was laughing, crying, and a little scared all at the same time during Toy Story 3. And what a touching ending, and it should really be an ending for the whole sereis, that was!

  • TK

    For the film itself, the quality is simply perfect. However, I was quite disappointed at how Pixar handled Lotso.

    [Spoiler ahead]

    Pixar so far have been the champion in storytelling, yet in the villain department, Pixar haven’t been learning anything from the other studio that they respect (and even paid homage to in the film): Ghibli.

    Instead of binding the villains to the age old stereotype, Ghibli freed them by making most of them misguided, misunderstood or bound by their personality or duty which does not require the protagonist to eliminate them or force them to face punishment in conclusion. From my point of view, Ghibli has lots of faith and optimism in humanity that people can change with the understanding from both side and the respect that they have for each other. There’s always a seed of goodness in all of us.

    Back to Toy Story 3, I see Lotso as a good candidate for challenging the traditional notion of villain (after Charles Muntz failed in Up). Like Muntz, Lotso wasn’t born evil. He was definitely being misguided by the illusion that he saw and the truth would set him free. The moment of revelation was definitely bound to happen. I really had lots of faith that Lotso would push that button. One simple push for instant redemption, whether it’d stop that [spoiler] or not.

    Now, I’m really worry about the well being of the people who portray Lotso at Disney Parks. Once the movie’s out and everyone saw it, I bet there will be all kinds of abuse going on towards the character even though the character is acting all nice and friendly. I feel sorry for those performer if anything bad happened to them. They don’t deserve it.

  • Greg Ehrbar

    This morning when we came downstairs, we noticed that my little boy had left Woody, Jessie and Buzz on the floor in the middle of the living room.

    They had joined hands.

  • Fred Sparrman

    I just want to reiterate two points that have been made here. Steve G says of Day & Night:

    “I enjoyed it up till the VO. If that was indeed the point they wanted to make I would’ve been more impressed if they had somehow made it with the characters and didn’t break out of the world that was created.”

    Exactly. If you really need to make a statement, please integrate it into the story somehow! But to insert a SPEECH into a wordless cartoon? FILMATION did a better job of integrating “messages” into animation! Shameful and unfathomable for this to come from Pixar.

    And Rachel says of TS3:

    “You come away from this film feeling like these characters matter to their creators way beyond any bottom line, and that in and of itself is something special these days.”

    Can anyone — even those who didn’t like the movie — honestly say they feel this isn’t true? Pixar says goodbye to their characters with the same care and love that Andy says goodbye to his toys. It really is the perfect ending to the trilogy. (And I’m sure Wayne Dyer would approve.)

  • Gobo

    Toy Story 3 is brilliant, and the best of the three, bar none.

    Anyone who thinks it’s short on emotion and passion is wrong. Flat-out wrong. No argument possible.

    And no, Day & Night is not terrible and reprehensible. It’s the best short that Pixar’s put out to date.

  • Lisa G

    Toy Story 3 was sooo great! I really enjoyed it and so did my kids. It was a lil tear jerky at the end, but really exciting-Ken and Barbie were classic! Great for a third film.

    Day & Night, not so much, I actually did not like it and was confused by what they were trying to say. The emphasis on women in two piece bikinis, $, and Las Vegas was inappropriate for the age group in attendance to see Toy Story and at the end, it was preachy but again, what was the point? Not sure and a little concerned about that.

  • John Houston

    Loved the movie, hated the day and night short. When I go to see a kids movie about toys I don’t expect to be preached to about sexual preference tolerance. Love the series, and Cars, but if this is what they’re going to push they can kiss my support goodbye.

  • Gobo

    Uh… sexual preference tolerance in “Day & Night”? Did I miss something? I remember both Day & Night ogling a girl on the beach and girls splashing around in a pool. Is that what you mean?

  • SteveG

    Damn that Heterosexual agenda and their preaching!!

    As the proud father of two Gay sons I did not realize or recognize that there was some Gay message in the short, but maybe that’s because I’m not afraid of Gays…?

  • Second only to “Iron Giant” in making grown men cry.

    It’s the first animated feature I’ve watched in maybe three years where I didn’t get distracted looking at the production details.

  • andreas Wessel-Therhorn

    @ steveG your sons are very lucky. big hug

  • Sh

    That Day and Night thing was creepy. It sounded like some Communist radio transmission from the Cold War. (Even the radio tower looked Cold War-esque.)
    TS3 was pretty good. Political input was quite noticable, though.

  • Rooniman

    Toy Story 3 was great. Enjoyable from stsrt to end. Though I did notice how Lotso acted just like Stinky Pete from TS2.

    Day & Night was a complete suprise to me. From that opening pan on the farm I thought it was going to be a boring, generic film, but when it came to that blob(s), I thought “Well, this is different!”

  • What the Heck

    Day and Night was gay propaganda plain and simple. Given the recent gay pride recognition at Disney.. put two and two together and the preachy radio clip at the end and walla! There you have it.

    Now someone is going to call me a “hater” because I pointed that out…. go ahead… I don’t really care….

  • What the Heck

    Ann, your not alone… I saw the insidious message also…. those who did not are like the people in the movie Independance Day when they went to the top of the skyscraper to welcome the aliens that ultimatly destroyed them…..

  • Yellowkat

    Interesting… Where I viewed the movie here in Ohio, there was no narration on the short. They must have removed it for the nationwide release.

    Both were excellent. TS3 is probably my favorite of the three and the short is an amazing concept.

  • Pixar Propaganda

    This cartoon short struck me as intensely brilliant up until one of the characters took a rainbow up the anus and the corny “don’t be afraid of the unknown” Wayne Dyer speech excerpts (one of the biggest frauds in history) punctuated the other pro-homosexuality subliminal messages. Anyone who would attempt to defend this film and its social value is a sodomite sympathizer with terrible taste in message-based media.

  • andreas wessel-therhorn

    Looks like homophobia is alive and well on this blog.
    How do these people find blogs like this to spout their hate rhetoric?
    I just hope they are no colleagues of mine actually working in the industry, but the usual basement dwellers with too much time on their hands.

  • Josh

    Being that I am gay, the overtones in the short reverberated with me quite strongly. I asked several friends about it, and they agreed they felt a connection with it.

    I don’t think it really matters whether it was intended to be pro-gay or any other message, the fact is that I distinctly clicked with it and, well, it felt rather inspiring to me.

    It was a little bit of a useless animation, but if I and others found it entertaining and interesting, it has to have some value, right?

    Anyways, that’s my two cents.

  • Mckinlay clark

    Wow! The ending to this movie utterly broke me, it’s 3 hours after I went to see this movie and I am still crying ! The thought that our childhoods are finally over and we never even realized. Our little adventours we had when we were younger are just memories now. The toys that we used to love are now long gone, like Andy we are starting to move on with our lives. Sad to see the toys go but was such a great ride watching the movies from a youngster to an adult. Toy story will be truely missed ;( .

  • vickie pellouchoudf

    it’s dr. wayne dyer who speaks the quote at the end in day and night, i personally loved that addition and found it REFRESHING to find at the end of a fun short not preachy at all. it was a magical message…and wonderful. why all the preachy comments? it was beautiful!!! i LOVED toy story 3, we laughed and laughed through the whole thing…but so many emotions too. great stuff. and i concur with another comment…hey pixar let’s do a 2d one now paaaleeeeeese!!!!

  • I found Toy Story 3 to be a surprisingly good film, especially considering it to be a second sequel. I totally do NOT understand the 3D hype, but luckily the film is enjoyable for its story, its visuals etc., and does not depend on special 3D effects.

    I was surprised they could get away with Buzz Lightyear’s identity, again. But the furnace scene really impressed me. I’ve seen thousands of films, but I can’t remember any other scene in which the heroes just accepted their impending doom. Not bracing for it in a short nick of time (and being saved by whatever), or fighting it to the end (winning then of course), but just not knowing what to do, and giving up, and facing certain death together. To me this was a deep and emotional scene (and in that respect it was even a pity the deus ex machina arrived).

    I felt this to be a rather unique scene in cinema. I’m probably wrong, so guys help me out finding a similar scene in any other film, animated or not.

    Anyway, hats off to Pixar who succeed in touching my heart again.


    ‘Day and Night’ was a treat, too, especially because of its clever premise, which was executed very well. I also like its fifties vibe. It’s retro in many respects, without being backwards. Very well done!|

    I’m baffled by the “gay propaganda discussion” above, though. To me calling this short ‘gay’ is like calling Batman and Robin gay, or Tintin and Haddock, or whatever. I’ve got the feeling some people see hidden messages everywhere they want them to be.

  • J

    I think that a great ending can leave you with a better overall impression of a film than perhaps it deserves. And so it is with Toy Story 3. Not to say the movie wasn’t enjoyable, it’s just that it was so much a re-hash of ideas from the previous two.

  • Denise

    Simply put, I viewed “Day and Night” as politically-correct propaganda.

  • David Mackenzie

    Toy Story 3 opened here in the UK today. I liked teh film a lot – not as much as the first, but more than the second.

    Interesting that my “sexual equality” interpretation of “Day & Night” (which I thought was outstanding – it really makes me wish the people at Pixar would make a 2D hand-drawn movie some day) is shared by so many other people. I wondered if I was over-analysing (I’m an ex-film student), but apparently perhaps not? In any case, Pixar deserve serious credit for putting out something that could even be interpreted that way, at least in a place like the USA.

  • James

    I want to complain about the violent and sex driven gambling promo playing before Toy Story 3. Night and Day and has two violent cartoon men punch each other in the face, Then look at a blond woman sexually in a bikini and then it promotes Las Vegas gambling and improper touching. Who the blank decided to play this to my 4 year old????? And for you people that liked it. You must be insane and its no wonder why morals are lost in this country, you like animated sex and violence for children? then you are sick!