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On the night in June 2010 when Toy Story 3 premiered, all my friends and I were anxiously sitting in the theatre at 11:59 waiting for the midnight premiere to begin. While most animated films would not draw in teenage and adult crowds, Toy Story 3 was different. This movie represented the accumulation of our childhood. In addition, it’s themes of nostalgia, rebirth and hope left us and the rest of the audience’s hearts warmed.

Toy Story 3, directed by Lee Unkrich, is the final part of Pixar’s Toy Story trilogy. In the movie, toys like Buzz, Woody and the gang are off on another adventure. Andy, their owner, is packing for college, and among the chaos, the toys accidently get donated to a daycare center. While at the daycare center, a little girl named Bonnie takes interest in Woody. Woody enjoys being played with again, but is extremely determined to escape and get home to Andy. The toys create a plan to escape the daycare center. After an abundance of action, the toys end back up in Andy’s room. Knowing that Andy is headed to college and they won’t be of use to him, Woody leaves a note on the box instructing Andy to take the toys to Bonnie’s house. The story accumulates with Andy playing with Bonnie and the toys for one last time.

American audiences adored the film for many reasons. One, it brought back memories of being a child again. Another important aspect to consider is the timing of the premiere of the movie. The premiere of the movie was roughly ten years after the premiere of Toy Story 2. Children who were fans of the first two Toy Story movies were now headed off to college just like Andy. If the movie were to premiere at any other time, it would have lost a whole layer to the movie. Even parents who took their kids to see the movie were affected with the same feelings of nostalgia when reminiscing on their kid’s childhoods. This bias not only makes the movie loveable by all ages, but also reminds the audience not to take granted of childhood.

Among all of the social issues within our culture today, it is refreshing to be reminded of the innocence of childhood and the love the spurs from it. While this movie may not promote government officials or support a certain cause, it raises the moral of society and reminds them of their roots. In addition, it could potentially positive affect toy stores, amusement parks, and other businesses in the entertainment industry. After the audience reminisces on their childhood, why wouldn’t they spend a day reliving it?

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  1. September 22, 2011 at 3:41 am

    I loved the Toy Story III movie too, and I think you’ve done a nice job of discussing why so many people found it meaningful and even hope-filled. However, unfortunately this is not an ideological analysis. It might be easier if you pick a film you disliked rather than one you liked. Check out some of the other entries on the class blog and we’ll also demonstrate some examples in class that you can consider if you’d like to rewrite this assignment for credit.

  1. September 28, 2011 at 9:00 pm

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