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It’s really not that surprising that I cried when I watched “Toy Story 3” last night. Not when you consider that I tear up in nearly every movie (well, only romcoms and dramas). But usually it’s just because I’m a highly emotional person when I watch movies (but not in that emotionally needy and clingy kind of way). With “Toy Story 3” though, it was more than just a touching moment. They were moments that resonated with me and frankly, with pretty much everyone in the theater. Everyone there last night was an adult and you could most definitely hear the sniffles, if not see the tears, or at least hands wiping away tears. It’s because in many ways, “Toy Story 3” is a bildungsroman, a coming of age story. So like I said in my post yesterday, this movie will be a blockbuster because it is appealing to pretty much everyone. And it will have an impact. If only they could do a follow-up survey on to see how many viewers went home and either dug out or thought about their old toys.

But more than just being a story about growing up, about friendship and about adjusting, “Toy Story 3” also subtly tackles a lot of issues that are incredibly serious when you step back and look at them.

Toy Story has grown up. The characters are a little more evil and frankly, some of the toys were seriously creepy. Big Baby, anyone? From a psychological view, Lots of Love (Lotso) really embodied classic abandonment issues. Turning abandonment into terror is definitely one way to deal with his problems. Many insecure people exert terror over others in order to feel in control and feel better about themselves by way of belittling others. My only question about Lotso is how in the world has he managed to keep his strawberry scent after all those years?

And the doubts that the toys had about Andy and about their stage in life parallel with the doubts we have in life about our friendships, our careers, and other aspects of our lives. Sometimes we need to do some soul searching to make the right decisions.

There were plenty of tearjerker moments, whether it’s the incinerator or Andy and Bonnie. They truly touched the viewers hearts. Well, I’ve tried to give a review of “Toy Story 3” without ruining it for anyone by giving away any details. If you’ve seen it already or when you do see it (because you most definitely should), leave me a comment and let me know what you thought.

Oh, btw, we saw it in regular 2-D instead of 3-D because some of the people I was with didn’t like 3-D movies. I was rather impartial last night but in hindsight, it was most definitely the better choice to not see it in 3-D. First off, the original movie and sequel weren’t in 3-D. Something about preserving that made this third movie even more nostalgic. Secondly, while 3-D may have been visually great, it probably would have been distracting from the plot and the interaction of the characters, which are, after all, what makes this movie the masterpiece that it is.

Who knew we could learn so much from toys?