Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Toy Story 3

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Toy Story 3

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TOY STORY 3

Directed by Lee Unkrich (Disney/Pixar, 2010)

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In the third chapter of Pixar's saga about a boy's toys, the plastic and wooden playthings that fill their owner's toybox face the sad reality that their child-owner has grown up and is heading to college, and they are about to be kicked to the curb like a pair of empty-nester parents.

This funny, endearing, and surprisingly moving tale told on the cusp of a child leaving home for college is full of sweet memories, riotous laughter, and teary partings, but it also wrestles not too indirectly with the often heartbreaking parental struggle between holding on and letting go, and with the unwelcome specter of aging and death.

The film opens with a rollicking and joyous flashback plunging us into the Technicolor imagination of a 5-year-old at play with the toys that have come to life in his hands, but we soon discover that this clip is a memory held by the toys, while their teenage owner has almost completely forgotten the pleasures of child's play. …

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