Toy Story (Trilogy)

3 – Toy Story 2; First things first – Toy Story 2 is a good movie even at its absolute worst. It’s a flick with few issues or flaws. However, it doesn’t quite live up to the other movies in the series. The voice acting is roughly on par with both its predecessor and successor. The addition of Jessie and Bullseye are pleasantly welcomed. Although, the new antagonist isn’t quite as menacing and in hindsight is just weird. Despite this, the flick is just as enjoyable for a family watch. Toy Story 2 mainly falls short because of its story and the paired theme. It isn’t necessarily a bad set of them, though. Its story is a fun adventure. However, the message it sends only strays a little from the first Toy Story. This holds Toy Story 2 from being as unique or memorable. Albeit not as strong as the competition, Toy Story 2 definitely has the components of a great watch. Unfortunately, its best parts are in smaller proportions than other entries and therefore the film as a whole is harder to appreciate. Cinemaster Score: 8.5/10

2 – Toy Story 3; As the third – and (at the time) seemingly final – addition to the series, Toy Story 3 is a well-crafted family adventure. The new characters are vast and complex. Each getting a deeper backstory than those added in its direct precursor of Toy Story 2. A much more colorful and happy setting is introduced. Yet, the aura that hangs over this film feels darker than those before it. Rather than a human antagonist, Toy Story 3 shows a conflict arise amongst their own kind. The toy antagonist makes this movie memorable due to being a previously unexplored idea for this particular Pixar series. Toy Story 3 has a plot that gets more intriguing and unforgettable as time goes on – even having terribly sad backstories that resonate with audiences, making us sympathize with the villain. Toy Story 3 also dives into the idea of our natural desire for both forgiveness and vengeance. Altogether, it barely feels like a children’s movie at all. But it is – and an enjoyable one, too. The ending is likable and satisfying, but it’s hard not to be glad that a fourth entry came along. Cinemaster Score: 8.5/10

1 – Toy Story; Toy Story is – without a doubt – one of the greatest (if not the greatest) animated film of all time. Pixar’s first ever movie is also one of its best, introducing us to a whole cast of characters that would be with us for years to come. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as Woody and Buzz Lightyear are first introduced in this film and they are arguably at their very best here. Their voice acting performances are among the greatest in any animated feature ever, with the supporting cast of characters just as excellent. While there isn’t really a main antagonist in Toy Story (save for Sid who is really just a problematic child), the main issue in Toy Story is one of friendship and what friends are willing to do for each other. Each Toy Story film has this underlying theme accompanying it, but Toy Story examines this theme better than any in the series – giving us memorable scenes full of emotional heft and unforgettable characters. Every film in the Toy Story series is great in their own way, but Toy Story pushes the meaning of great to a whole other level. Cinemaster Score: 9/10


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