Toy Story 3

I was but four years old when the first Toy Story came out. I still have it on video. I remember how excited I was when the second film came out in 1999 and, 11 years later, I was even more ecstatic about the third film. I’ve seen it twice now.

In part it’s the same old story about toys getting lost and trying to get back to their owner. But it also says something very poignant about those toys you’ve left behind. It makes me feel guilty about the bags of toys that are in my attic and will never be played with again.

Now you think I’m crazy. Oh well.

It really is a great film though. I find it hard to understand how a child would enjoy it, surely something I find so entertaining can’t engage them too, but that would be the magic of Pixar. The animation is fantastic, the characters are very lovable and it’s hilarious!

As ever with Pixar there are lots of “easter eggs” (little references to other films and characters), a pretty full list has been posted at /Film. Don’t look at the list until after you’ve seen it, but definitely do before you see it a second time!

So, basically, I love it. A lot. I’m still a big kid at heart.

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2 thoughts on “Toy Story 3

  1. Rach, I found this fascinating comment about the first Toy Story movie at http://www.revelife.com/704200808/the-gospel-according-to-pixar-toy-story/

    ‘As demonstrated so clearly by Woody and Buzz, the toys derive their value externally through the love and attention of Andy. The most important thing in Woody’s world is the place he holds in Andy’s heart as his favorite toy. But as Buzz Lightyear’s delusions demonstrate, Woody and Buzz are just toys. Woody isn’t really a cowboy and Buzz really isn’t a space ranger; Woody can’t round up cattle and Buzz can’t fly.

    When Buzz is confronted by the shocking reality that he is a toy, he is thrown into despair. He says, “I’m not a space ranger. I’m just a toy, a stupid little insignificant toy.” Yet Wood (the preacher) urges him saying, “Being a toy is a whole lot better than being a space ranger. . . Look, over in that house is a kid who thinks that you are the greatest. . . you are his toy.” Buzz looks down on the sole of his boot and sees “Andy” written on permanent marker. Immediately, Buzz springs into action. He is saved from his despair through the assurance that he belongs to, and is loved by, Andy.

    In the same way, our value is only found through being loved by God. As Luther said in the Heidelberg Disputation, “Rather than seeking its own good, the love of God flows forth and bestows good. Therefore sinners are attractive because they are loved; they are not loved because they are attractive… This is the love of the cross, born of the cross which turns in the direction where it does not find good which it may enjoy, but where it may confer good upon the bad and needy person.”

    – of course, you could just watch them as movies, plain and simple…!

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