It’s been eleven years since we last saw the gang in Toy Story 2 and things are a bit different now. Weezy and Bo Peep, as well as others, are gone. They have fallen victim to damage, yard sales, garbage bags, donations, and simply being misplaced. There is a melancholy feeling in the air between Woody and the rest of the gang as the film opens. Andy is now 17 years old and is preparing to depart to college. Each toy is well aware as they watch him pack, that their futures will come down to
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And while it is obvious that the Toy Story franchise is targeted at young audiences, Toy Story 3 is able to reach adult viewers as well. By stretching the three films over a 15-year period in the movie and in real life, anyone who was a child during the first movie was able to grow up with Andy. In the first film, Andy is 6 years old, the same age as most of the kids who saw the movie in theaters. So when Andy is preparing to g to college, so are most of the kids that grew up watching the series. By implementing its self into the lives of so many people, all kinds of audiences are targeted for Toy Story 3. Pixar let the characters of Toy Story age with the audience, and because of this, the audience feels that they are connected to them. It can even be argued that the movie was targeted mainly to teenagers and young adults. The film is packed with jokes that will fly over the heads of anyone under the age of thirteen, and also has many inside jokes from the previous films, including an amazing dues ex machina ending that will have everyone wondering whether or not they had been planning it from day one.
The biggest issue that Toy Story 3 takes on, and by far the most obvious, is growing up. This is sure to hit home to most of the audience, as many of them have grown up with the franchise and are now standing in