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Toy Story 3 is currently scheduled to be in theaters June 2010, this coming summer. The first Toy Story came out in 1995, which makes me feel very old. Toy Story 2 was released in 1999.  Now that the first is almost 14 years old and the second nearly 10 years old, re-releasing the movies for new younger audiences is a great marketing idea for the third.  In order to make sure people would fork over the cash to see it in theaters they needed to make both movies 3D and show them together for one price, which are also very good ideas.  While I can’t really review these two classic animated films, the 3D aspect of them is new.

YAY:

  • The depth of field in the majority of scenes in both movies is greatly enhanced.  Pixar’s animation doesn’t ever really look flat, but the 3D makes the difference between foreground and background objects very noticeable.
  • Two for the price of one isn’t a bad deal.  As I said before, both of these movies are great and owned on DVD by many people.  I paid six dollars to see both of these though, so I’m not complaining about the price (which varies greatly by time of day and theater).
  • This double feature definitely did what it was supposed to.  I hadn’t seen the Toy Story movies in so long that I forgot a lot of little details and didn’t remember the majority of Toy Story 2.  This was a nice refresher and pretty much guarantees that I will see Toy Story 3 in theaters.

NAY:

  • Again, like Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, the 3D in these movies wasn’t as good as I expected it to be.  There were plenty of scenes where they could have made it seem like objects or characters were coming out of the screen, but they didn’t.  The only thing I remember seeing that looked like it was happening in the actual theater was snow during Toy Story 2.

While there are three Yay’s and only one Nay I still recommend that if you want to see these to rent them on DVD.  The 3D just doesn’t add enough to the movies to make them worth the much more than $6 you’ll probably have to spend to see them.  Also, I think I remember this being a limited 2-week release, which in that case you’d have about 2 days left to see it.

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