I went to see Toy Story 3 with my five-year-old son, and really enjoyed it. We did not see it in 3-D, but that did not seem to have an effect on the enjoyment level. At 103 minutes in length, it did seem a bit long for a rated G movie. There were several previews and a cartoon, although very cute, added some unneeded length to the movie time. My son, along with a few little ones in front of us, did have some trouble sitting still towards the end of the movie.
The movie overall had so many wonderful lessons to teach children and adults alike. Loyalty, teamwork and friendship were very prevalent throughout the entire movie. Tom Hanks character Woody, was consistently reinforcing the importance of their loyalty to “Andy”, the child the toys where given to when he was just a small boy. Even when Andy grew up and did not want to play with his favorite childhood toys anymore, Woody never let the other toys loose faith in their “Kid”.
Woody even displayed his own loyalty to his fellow toys by not abandoning them, even though Andy wanted to take him to college and not the others. Woody as a character in this movie, represented to us that the bond of friendship can in some cases be stronger than the desires we really want to selfishly fulfill. My favorite display of friendship and teamwork was at the very end of the movie when the Toy’s were about to be incinerated at the landfill. Even in what they believed to be their final moments, they held hands and supported each other. The strong friendship they had with the other Toy’s is, what ultimately saved them in the end. Teaching us, what goes around comes around, but in this case, in a good way.
Teamwork played such an important part of this movie. I believe that children, and even myself as an adult, will have a greater appreciation for the team orientated groups in our own lives, starting most importantly with the family “team” dynamic. Woody and Buzz Light year seemed to represent the parental figures of the “Toy” family unit. At one point, they were almost separated by different visions of what was best for the group as a whole, but they were united in their fight at the end. It brings home how important having family and friends to support you really is. The concept of love for each other and the love for inanimate objects prevailed throughout the movie.
Something I also believe, that children will take away from this film, is the idea of respect. Andy had respect for his toy’s as did the little girl that ended up adopting “The Toys”, when Andy was headed off to college. Both children played with the toys kindly and the way they supposed to be played with. This lesson of respect could carry over into a child’s everyday life. Children have the opportunity in their lives to respect their parents, teachers, friends, siblings and even family pets.
Toy Story 3 gets two big thumbs up! This is a movie that everyone should see even if think you might be too old to see a rated G movie. I even had tears in my eyes at the end of the movie, which I spoke to others and they bashfully admitted to the same thing. So go enjoy!