Thursday, July 1, 2010

Never too old for toys

Toy Story is one of the movies I remember most vividly from my childhood. I was 6 years old when the first film came out, and as Disney and Pixar’s first collaboration, it was a very exciting release. Then, in 1999, the sequel was released, which, though not as good as the original, was very entertaining.

Eleven years later, the third and final installment, Toy Story 3, has finally graced us with its presence, in 3D no less.

After seeing Toy Story 3 very recently, I must say that it was well worth the wait. Those of us who were young when the first movies came out are now right around college age, which is exactly where Andy is in the movie.

I don’t want to spoil it for you if you haven’t seen it, but let’s just say Andy’s goodbye to his toys was a very emotional one.

Growing up, I think we all go through a phase where we can’t wait to be adults and “on our own,” but then once we get there, we would give anything to go back to being that carefree six-year-old dreaming up adventures with your toys.

As I approach graduation from college, it is hard to imagine being truly “grown up.” While I am kind of on my own for nine months out of the year, there is still always a room for me in my parent’s house.

I think the lesson we need to take away from Toy Story is that, no matter what, we will always have a support system backing us up, whether it be our families, our friends from our childhoods, the people we meet in college, or even the stuffed animals sitting on our beds at home.

My favorite line from the newest Toy Story movie is this one, spoken by Andy:

“Now Woody, he's been my pal for as long as I can remember. He's brave, like a cowboy should be. And kind, and smart. But the thing that makes Woody special, is he'll never give up on you... ever. He'll be there for you, no matter what.”

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the movie.

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