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(2010), G [PG-G*] (1hr 94min)

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November 10, 2010
November 19, 2010

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2010), G [PG-G*] ...but the comparative below reveals otherwise ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures
Distribution (US): Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Director(s): Lee Unkrich
Producer(s): Darla K. Anderson, John Lasseter
Writing Credits: Story - John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich. Screenplay - Michael Arndt
Music: Randy Newman
Film Editing: Ken Schretzmann, Lee Unkrich
Casting: Natalie Lyon, Kevin Reher
Production Management: Cynthia Slavens
Art Direction: Marty Baumann, Susan Bradley, Mark Cordell Holmes, Bud Luckey, Erin Magill, Juliet Pokorny, Belinda van Valkenburg

This film analysis is sponsored in part by the generosity of N&KB and JS.

I apologize for this analysis being almost two weeks later than promised but job hunting and being Mr. Mom for five kids takes a l-o-t of time. Only if we are provided adequate funding for full time, dedicated operation can we assure timely analyses, many as they hit the theaters and some even before they hit the theaters.

Disney® and Pixar® bring back Woody (voice of Tom Hanks), Jessie (voice of Joan Cusack), Buzz (voice of Tim Allen), Hamm (voice of John Ratzenberger) the Potato Heads (voices of Don Rickles and Estelle Harris), Slinky (voice of Blade Clark) and Rex (voice of Wallace Shawn) but this time without Stinky Pete, Wheezy, Bo Peep, Etch and others.

The core group again rescue the world from the dastardly deeds of a bad guy. This time the bad guy is the strawberry-scented, deeply embittered Lots-o-Huggin' "Lotso" bear (voice of Ned Beatty). Lotso is embittered because his owner, Emily, lost him and replaced him with another Lots-o-Huggin' bear, leading to his "incarceration" at the Sunnyside Daycare. Together, Lotso and his horde of toybox henchmen (including Ken™) rule the Sunnyside Daycare ... until Woody and Company make a few changes.

Andy is all grown now and is on his way to college in this third of the three Toy Story installments so far. The theme and structure of the story does seem to suggest additional Toy Story™ episodes.

As Andy empties his room to jaunt off to college, what is Andy is to do with Woody and all his other toys? Should they be donated? Should they be stored in the attic? Should they be thrown out or taken with him? Andy has three days -- until Friday -- to decide. At which time Andy's mom (voice of Laurie Metcalf) will decide for him ... if any toys are left in Andy's room they will be thrown out. Andy's younger sister, little Molly (voice of Beatrice Miller) is "chompin' at the bit" to take over Andy's room.

So, Andy decides to store the toys in the attic. But something happens to the trash bag full of his old toys on its way to the attic. And Woody? Andy plans to take Woody along to college ... until little Bonnie (Emily Hahn) enters the story (who is likely to be the new "Andy" if another Toy Story is made).

In the melee as Andy prepares to leave for college a number of clever cinematic mishaps cause all the toys get separated from Andy. They never make it to the attic or to the to-college box. Instead the toys find themselves at Sunnyside Daycare where they discover the ugly truth about Lotso. With the truth now known about Lotso, the gang vows to escape Sunnyside.

After their escape from Sunnyside the toys end up in the Tri County Landfill. As they are carted to the incinerator furnace on a conveyor belt of crushed garbage (after avoiding the spinning teeth of the crusher) a fine presentation of teamwork and bonding as well as treachery are portrayed as immense dangers and perils lurk within every second. As a hint of the immensity of the imagery achieved by Disney/Pixar, one might easily envision the landfill incinerator furnace to be the seven times hotter furnace of Nebuchadnezzar. [Dan. 3:19]

In all Toy Story 3 is another romp through the Toy Story saga with, for the most part, the same style of antics. This time the story is definitely a little warmer and reaches a little deeper into the emotional parameters of the human persona. It also reaches a little deeper into the dark and brutal side of man. Toy Story 3 will likely capture and keep your attention a little deeper than the fist two installments, if, for no other reason, the increase in cinematic grandeur and more intense use of "real world" dangers.

Please keep an open mind when considering the impact of fantasy performances versus live action performances. Just because a demonstration of, e.g., violence, brutality or hatred, is performed by fantasy characters does not insulate the observer, especially the young observer, from being negatively influence by it, especially when the unwholesome behavior is perpetrated on or by fantasy characters so finely and deeply personified with human-level feelings and emotions such as in Toy Story installments.

On the surface all the three Toy Story installments seem relatively "tame" but the comparative below reveals otherwise.

The first Toy Story (1995) was the most morally invasive particularly in violence (W). All of the little snippets of seemingly innocuous violence in the first Toy Story indeed pose a moral cost equivalent in magnitude to the violence content of many R-rated films (54 and below out of 100). Not at all in intensity but certainly in sheer volume of occurrence. (See our CAP Rule of 1000 publication for more information on this technique of loading the content of films.) The same danger of negative influence is also present in the impudence and/or hate (I) content since it, too, is equivalent in magnitude to the impudence and/or hate content of many R-rated films.

The 1999 Toy Story 2 was the only one of the three versions that had content which actually earned a CAP score equivalent to the posted rating of G (87 to 100 out of 100) with some "minor" scoring loss in three of the six CAP investigation areas, the greatest loss due to content being in (again) Wanton Violence/Crime (W)

This 2010 version is also equivalent in violence content to many R-rated films, again in volume of instances of violence rather than intensity of individual instances. For more information in the concept of volume of examples of assault on morality and deceny having as much infleunce as fewer but more extreme examples, see our CAP Rule of 1000 publication.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
Long sequences of fantasy violence, bondage/abduction, strong arm control, brutality and other pebbles of moral assault gravel led to the loss of 100% of the starting 100 points in this investigation area. The violence content of Toy Story 3 is closely equivalent in magnitude to the violence content in many R-rated films.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 79 out of 100
A number of uses of posterior references and veiled profanity stole 5% of the starting 100 points in Impudence/Hate. If Barbie™ had not emphasized the first letters of a word to mask using profanity and if the two uses of the four letter word for the human posterior had been left out, the score would have 100 out of 100 in this investigation area. As humorous as such usages might be to the adolescent mentality they are still violations of His Word regarding clean speech and wholesome language.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 79 out of 100
Molly's Barbie™, in one of her skin-tight outfits, is captured in the fray and ends up living unmarried with Ken (cohabitation). In one scene she is seen with her posterior anatomy ghosting through her skin-tight outfit more so than all the other scenes of her in that outfit. Other instances involve forcing the viewer onto private parts of the characters, a suggestion of effeminacy in a male character and an adult male character in underwear whittled this investigation area score down more than 30%.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
No uses of illegal drugs or alcohol or abuse of prescription drugs were noted throughout the entire 93.75 minutes of programming.

Offense to God (O) - 89 out of 100
As is famous with Disney, the use of the witch character was noted. This, together with gambling and implication of a man wearing woman's clothing, lost 11% of the starting 100 points in this investigation area.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
There were no instances of murder or suicide noted throughout the film.

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  • Deut. 22:5 A woman must not wear men's clothing, nor a man wear women's clothing, for the LORD your God detests anyone who does this.
  • 1 Cor. 6:9-10 Know ye not that the [unforgiven] unrighteous [adikos: unjust, sinful] shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived:
      - neither fornicators [pornos: a man who prostitutes his body to another's lust for hire, a male prostitute, a man who indulges in immoral sexual intercourse],
      - nor idolaters [eidololatres: a worshiper of false gods, even mammom (wealth, riches)],
      - nor adulterers,
      - nor effeminate [malakos: soft, soft to the touch; he who keeps a boy kept for homosexual relations (such as the North American Man-boy Love Association - NAMBLA); a male who submits his body to unnatural lewdness; a male prostitute],
      - nor abusers of themselves with mankind [arsenokoites: one who lies with a male as with a female, sodomite, homosexual practitioner],
      - Nor thieves, nor covetous [pleonektes: one eager to have more, esp. what belongs to others],
      - nor drunkards,
      - nor revilers,
      - nor extortioners,
    shall inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Dan. 3:19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual... [This is the furnace, the flames of which, from which Jesus saved Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.]
  • Hab. 2:9 Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Toy Story 3 (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • long sequence of fantasy violence with robbery, assault on law enforcement, defense of criminal behaviors, multiple attempted murders, ill gotten gain [Hab. 2:9]
  • bondage/abduction, repeatedly
  • strong arm tactics to control others
  • character imprisonments
  • long portrayal of brutality, repeatedly
  • aftermath of gang beating
  • long sequence of action peril
  • exceptional, standout instance of brutality
  • action violence, repeatedly
  • action peril, repeatedly
  • portrayal of impending death by fire

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 79 out of 100
  • crude use of anatomical term, twice
  • veiled profanity

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 68 out of 100
  • somewhat revealing outfit worn by Barbie™ as she expresses attraction to Ken
  • invitation to cohabitate and evidence of it
  • focus on character posterior
  • adult character in underwear, repeatedly
  • implication of acceptance of effeminacy in male character [1 Cor. 6:9-10]
  • behaviors to force attention on character posterior
  • dance steps to force attention on crotch/posterior

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O) - 89 out of 100
  • use of a witch character
  • gambling
  • suggestion of man wearing woman's clothing [Deut. 22:5]

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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