Toy Story 3 (2010) for Rent on DVD and Blu-ray, Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that while the third movie in Pixar’s flagship Toy Story franchise is bound to please moviegoers of all ages, it is scarier and more intense than the first two (which is why we’ve rated this “threequel” at a higher age than Toy Story and Toy Story 2). Overall, the latest adventure shared by Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), and the rest of Andy’s favorite toys is kid-friendly — but there’s a fairly long scene of the toys in serious peril toward the end of the movie that many 3- to 5-year-olds could find quite upsetting. There are also a few new toys that act a bit mean and creepy (particularly a Big Baby doll and a cymbal-clapping Monkey) and scenes in which favorite characters are trapped by cruel authority figures. But there are also wonderful, touching messages about friendship, loyalty, and imagination. Note: The 3-D version of the movie may make certain parts feel more immediate/lifelike, but the movie’s intense scenes have a strong impact no matter which version you see.
Flirting between toy characters like Ken and Barbie (it’s love at first sight!) and Buzz Lightyear and Jessie. Some innuendoes (as when Baribe tells Ken that she likes his “ascot”).
Spoiler alert: In one particularly harrowing/scary sequence set in a junkyard, Andy’s toys narrowly escape death several times; at one point they look like they’re about to fall into a very fiery incinerator. It’s a tense scene, and some kids will find it upsetting. A few of the Sunnyside toys are creepy — especially the Big Baby doll and the screeching Monkey. A few scenes meant to suggest prison culture/abuse show toys being tied up or thrown in a sandbox as “punishment” — or, in the case of Buzz, “reset.” Some bullying and harsh talk between toys; a few perilous scenes. The opening sequence includes spaceship attacks and a train falling/crashing, but it ends up being the product of Andy’s imagination.
Mild insults like “shut up” and “junk.”
Pixar’s Toy Story movies are all about friendship, loyalty, and “being there” for Andy and for each other. Through teamwork and collaboration, Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Bullseye, Hamm, Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, and Rex band together to overcome their many obstacles and disagreements. Sharing, teamwork, and ingenuity are all celebrated.
Several of the Toy Story characters are recognizable brands (like Barbie, Ken, and Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head). And beyond that, the Toy Story franchise has the potential for the most merchandising tie-ins of any kid-targeted movie series. Toys, action figures, books, party supplies, plush dolls, you name it — Disney’s Toy Story characters are everywhere, especially kid favorites Woody and Buzz Lightyear.
Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
Not an issue
Depends on your kid and your family
Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it
In this installment of the Pixar animated franchise, toy cowboy Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), his astronaut pal, Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), and their friends cope with their owner’s departure for college — and their new home in a day-care center.,