A Disturbing Scene And A Slightly Formulaic Approach To Plot Hinders An Otherwise Good Movie
A long time ago, rumors started to circulate of a third installment being developed. I read that one rumored idea that it would be about Buzz being recalled and it would kind of be about his experiences with other broken toys. I waited and waited for the movie to come out.
When it did come out, it was a little okay. The story is that Andy is going away to college, and through a mistake, the toys end up in a daycare.
The voice acting is good, the plot makes sense, and our characters remain likable and memorable. The animation is world class.
Only one problem.
It's a prison movie with toys. I mean, I know it's a daycare and no one did anything wrong, but a lot of the standard tropes are still there: Convenient Cellmates
(some of our characters have "cells" right next to each other)? Captivity Harmonica
(though brilliantly deconstructed when someone tells Rex to keep quiet)? Great Escape
? The Old Convict
? Punishment Box
? Wardens Are Evil
(and with tragic back stories as well)? Hellhole Prison
(at least if you piss of the warden)? Check all across the board. Oh, and now that I've proved my point, add in Implicit Prison
I'm not saying prison movies are innately bad, but when you look at it, it's a little formulatic. The other two movies at least had some originality. This movie is a little formulatic in comparison, and that's kind of what ruined it for me,
Also, there is a scene in which our beloved toys almost die in the fire of a junkyard, and it is played for fear and drama. Read that again, it's not a typo. Near death experiences can be hilarious in fiction, as long as it is played out right (imagine, say, how dangerous being one of the Three Stooges must be), but when a kids' movie (that had arguably never before had any moments as dark) has our characters moments away from cruel end, it's weird at best.
Prison movies with toys are not my thing. Thumbs down in my book.