by Jacob Alvarado
Move over little kids, I’ve waited 11 years to see this movie. I have grown up with these beloved characters and was excited to see them in a new adventure. We join Woody and the gang as they face a new predicament in the toy world. Their owner, Andy, is now 17 and leaving for college. His mother wants him to go through his room and either toss stuff or put it in the attic.
The toys find themselves accidentally being donated to a daycare center called Sunnyside. When they arrive, they are greeted by tons of toys — including Barbie’s old love interest Ken. The toys are governed by a strawberry-scented bear named Lotso Huggin Bear. Most of Andy’s toys are loving it there but Woody is bent on getting home to Andy before he leaves for college. No sooner does Woody leave than the other toys realize that Sunnyside isn’t such a sunny place. Lotso is a bear who doesn’t like change so puts the gang in a room full of toddlers and keeps the other toys in a room of more mature kids. Woody has to return to Sunnyside and save his friends but still get back to Andy before time runs out.
This movie is really good; it is probably the best Toy Story to date. Although it is a bit darker for the Disney franchise, it will bring the kid out in you. We get so attached to these characters, they become part of the family. When they are in danger, we are on the edge of our seats. When they are having fun, we’re right there laughing with them. Hopefully, this won’t be the last time that the Toy Story gang embarks on another grand adventure.