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Toy Story 3 : The Walking Dead Toys!

July 28, 2010

Toy Story 3 was exactly what I expected.  It was a heartwarming Pixar film focused on the same core characters, but with a new life lesson.  This time Woody, Buzz et al. needed to recognize when to let go.  Andy is now 17.  He no longer needs them like he did as a child.  It was a formulaic film that reached an earnest dénouement after a harrowing hero’s journey.

Or was it?

I think there was a more sinister formula at work here.  A zombie formula!

Andy is leaving for college.  The toys, at least the ones that have survived yard sales, are facing the terror of being put in attic storage, being donated to a daycare center or being thrown away!  Their entire world is facing cataclysmic upheaval!

What I saw while watching Toy Story 3, was a group of survivors forced together for the sake of the group.  In order to weather the storm that was to come, they made a few difficult decisions, which were not the kind that you can ever take back.  They made them anyway, because in this new ‘toy eat toy’ world Mr. And Mrs. Potato Head are going to survive, even if one does lose an eye or two. In true zombie movie form, they discovered another group of survivors.  This additional group had set up a self-contained Utopian society.  Buzz, Woody and the gang were welcomed in with open arms of friendship, only to discover that newbies were tossed out to the zombies, I mean toddlers, I mean zombies.  For the good of the society sacrifices needed to be made, or at least that is what the nefarious Lots-o preached from the back of his Tonka Truck.

Not willing to become zombie food (aka Gerber strained peaches), Woody discovered an alternative haven for him and his pals….

I can’t give anymore away, because a film like this must be seen in glorious 3D in the theater.  I’ll just say this:  there is a scene that makes digging tunnels and motorcycle jumps look easy.

I leave you with 2 reviews:

  1. As a kids’ film, Toy Story 3 is wonderful colorful entertainment that teaches the importance of friendship, love, perseverance, and tolerance.  It brought out the child in me that wishes the Snorks was still on TV.  Bring the whole family!  B+
  2. As a zombie film, Toy Story 3 is a perfectly written story by Oscar nominee Michael Arndt of Little Miss Sunshine fame.  It is a terrifying look at a group of survivors that take on a world gone mad!  A+

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. deepwellbridge permalink
    July 28, 2010 11:41 am

    Very funny! I never thought of Toy Story 3 as a zombies flick. But it really does fit. The way that a toddler staggers about as he comes towards you, biting everything in sight! I was teaching a piano student the other day when one of these “zombies” started attacking the very piano we were playing at. The poor keys were no match for his sticky fingers!

    • July 28, 2010 2:10 pm

      Ha! Zombies do tend to be sticky just like toddlers…

      Thanks for reading Deepwellbridge!

  2. July 28, 2010 1:19 pm

    I like this zombie interpretation! What do you think is the significance of Mr Pricklepants? A vampirical heathen in lederhosen?

  3. July 28, 2010 2:12 pm

    Pricklepants was the wise man that they passed on the road, and didn’t take the advice of. Totally.

  4. jadesmith09 permalink
    August 2, 2010 11:12 pm

    How fun–haven’t seen this yet, but I plan to. I did see “Despicable Me”, and liked it. 🙂
    You know, you can always find zombies in unusual places–they seem to be lurking in a lot of literature. I think Mr. Rochester’s wife in Jane Eyre was a zombie!

  5. August 3, 2010 6:49 am

    It was a fun film. I highly recommend it. This review is really tongue in cheek, and I didn’t give much of anything away.

    Ha! Totally a zombie.

    Zombies also lurk in my office…

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