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06.05.2010 - The creators of the beloved “Toy Story” films re-open the toy box and bring moviegoers back to the delightful world of our favorite gang of toy characters in Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story 3.” In the film, as Andy prepares to depart for college, Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), Buzz (voiced by Tim Allen) and the rest of his loyal toys find themselves in… daycare!

These untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice, so it’s all for one and one for all as plans for the Great Escape get underway.

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As with all the great Pixar films, “Toy Story 3” blends comedy, action and heartfelt emotion to give moviegoers a uniquely moving experience that touches the heart and tickles the funny bone. The filmmakers drew on their own life experiences and families to make the story even more meaningful and believable.

For one of the film’s key story points, director Lee Unkrich tapped into the time he accidentally threw out a bag of his wife’s childhood stuffed animals (placed in an unmarked plastic bag) during the process of moving apartments.

“Lee’s leadership and vision on this film has been a tour de force,” says producer Darla K. Anderson. “He really steered the storytelling and the filmmaking. He’s been like a maestro directing a symphony in a way that’s just astounding. He knows when it needs to be a little bit quiet, and when to give the story a little more time to unfold.

The film has a lot of serious themes, so we wanted to make sure we balanced it out with a lot of humor. It can be as deep as you want it to be. The story reflects how we all move on. It’s all about the human experience.”

“‘Toy Story’ has always been about us,” says John Lasseter (who directed the first two “Toy Story” films and serves as executive producer on the third). “So much of me, Andrew, Pete Docter, Joe Ranft, and Lee has seeped into these stories about Buzz and Woody, and I think ‘Toy Story 3’ continues that. For me personally, I was able to tap into the real emotion of taking my son to college. It was an immensely powerful emotion. You’re with someone since birth, and then all of a sudden they’re going away. The timing between ‘Toy Story 2’ and ‘Toy Story 3’ was perfect for letting Andy—and our own life situations—grow up.”

The original “Toy Story” made motion-picture history in 1995 when it became the first full-length animated feature to be created entirely by artists using CG technology. It represented a major milestone in animated moviemaking.

All 77 minutes of breathtaking animation, 1,561 shots, and a cast of 76 characters that included humans, toys and a dog were meticulously hand-designed, built and animated in the computer.

It became the highest grossing film of 1995, with a domestic box office of nearly $192 million, and $362 million worldwide. “Toy Story” was nominated for three Academy Awards®, and John Lasseter received a Special Achievement Oscar® for his “inspired leadership of the Pixar ‘Toy Story’ team, resulting in the first feature-length computer-animated film.” Additionally, the film was included on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 Greatest American Movies.

In 1999, “Toy Story 2” (Pixar’s third feature), became the first film ever to be entirely created, mastered and exhibited digitally. The film surpassed the original at the box office becoming the first animated sequel to gross more than its inspiration. It won praise from critics and moviegoers alike, and was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Original Song and two Golden Globes®, winning the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical.

Opening soon across the Philippines in Digital 3D and regular format, “Toy Story 3” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.

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