If you know the names of any of the characters in the photograph, then you probably know that Disney Pixar released the third movie in the very entertaining Toy Story trilogy. You know, the movie that made children think differently of their toys in the way that it made them treat their toys gently with kindness and respect.
Friday, June 18, 2010 was the official launch date that many have been anticipating for far too long: the release of Toy Story 3. Several theaters from San Jose’s Century 20 Oakridge to AMC Cupertino Square 16, held their first viewings at 12:01 am on Friday. Movie goers have the option of paying a slightly higher price to catch the latest Pixar flick in Disney Digital 3-D (on average $3.50 more per ticket). Both showings, the 3-D and the standard version, sold out for the midnight viewings in Cupertino’s AMC theaters. Families, teens, children, and couples packed the theaters to see what Andy would do as he heads off to college. Would he really take his old pals with him? Does he even still have Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and Bullseye? Well, some of the old cast has moved on, but new toys have come into the picture. For example, tour guide Barbie has a new companion this time around in a fellow doll named Ken.
Within the first five minutes, there is an opportunity to shed a tear. If you have a child heading off to college at the end of the summer, if you are leaving your home to go to college, if you are a parent, or if you have a heart, bring a tissue! At the end, there is not a dry eye in the place. The theaters were packed with more teenagers than little children for the midnight showings and yes, there were quite a few teen boys shedding their fair share of tears. Thankfully, Disney Pixar has plenty of additional scenes to view as the credits scroll, leaving enough time for everyone to wipe away those stubborn tears and emerge from the dark theater laughing.
There are also moments of mild fright as the audience jumps in reaction to a creepy toy lurking about. The movie is packed with it all- as there are plenty of laughs for those that have ever worked in or visited a day care or pre-school. Disney Pixar ensures that the scenes bring about tremendous laughter and sometimes that means missing the following line or two because the audience laughs so heartily.
The Toy Story movies are such a rarity in that each one seems to get better than its predecessor. Toy Story 3 has done it again, and just might be the best one in the Toy Story series. For 90 minutes, young and old are brought together as viewers laugh until their sides hurt, cry into their popcorn, and erupt into a roaring cheer!
This is definitely a must see, and even a see it again, movie!
Family frugal tip: Century Theaters charge $6 per ticket for every Early Bird showing of any movie. Early Bird is defined as the first showing of each day. Additional charges will be added if you choose to watch a movie in 3-D. Check with your local theater for further details.