I'm going to talk to you guys a little bit about the "Toy Story" franchise. The reason I want to share this is because as we all know, "Toy Story 3" is coming out in theaters this coming summer. I'm sure a lot of hardcore fans are really excited and can't wait to see it. I, on the other hand, don't have a lot of high hopes. I'll explain why in this article.


First of all, let's start off with the first movie. "Toy Story" was released in 1995. For it's time, it was a very revolutionary movie. It was the very first animated feature to be fully computer-animated, and it was Pixar's first feature-length film. "Toy Story" also happens to be one of my favorite Disney films of all time. I still watch it religiously to this very day, and every time I watch it, I always feel like I'm a kid again. I'm not sure why it is that way; well, I was 10 when I went and saw it theatrically, so that may have something to do with it. The movie had a great plot, a good story, some good jokes, a lot of warmth, and not to mention a great cast (Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Wallace Shawn, Jim Varney and John Ratzenberger just to name a few). It also delivers a good message: No matter what happens, people still love you, and revenge is not sweet.


Now, let's forward to "Toy Story 2". This much-anticipated sequel was released 4 years after the first "Toy Story". For a lot of fans, this movie far-exceeded their expectations, which is why many find it to be better than the first one. I beg to differ on the matter. The sequel is loaded with a lot of funnier jokes, most of which are pop culture references, and that happens to be a major problem with CGI movies. Another thing people liked about the sequel was that it introduced us to some new characters: Jessie, Bullseye, Stinky Pete and Emperor Zurg. Also, for the first time ever, we are introduced to the franchise Woody was supposed to originate from. While the movie does have more focus on jokes than it should have had, there is still plenty of focus on the story. I think the part that everyone remembers from this film is when Jessie tells her backstory, which is considered by many as one of the saddest moments in Disney history. I think the main reason people like this one better is because the subject matter is not as dark and more kid-friendly than the previous one. Overall, "Toy Story 2", in my opinion, is not anywhere near as good as the first one, but it's not terrible; it's definately a good sequel that lives up to it's predecessor.


Now, throughout the 2000's, I've been hearing a lot of rumors going around that Pixar was going to make "Toy Story 3". For a while, nothing popped up on IMDb or Wikipedia. I remember hearing a rumor in 2006 that "Toy Story 3" was going to be done in traditional hand-drawn animation, and it was going to be a direct-to-DVD movie. Well, in 2008, I officially found out that the rumors about "Toy Story 3" being made were true, but thankfully, the rumor I heard in '06 was not. To be honest with you, I really don't think this movie is going to be all that good. In fact, I have a strong feeling that it could possibly be the worst of the trilogy. I saw trailers for it, and in all honesty, it looks really corny. That's not all, though. I have proof from other movie trilogies to back up my arguments:


Let's take a look at the Rambo trilogy, for instance. The first movie is a great and really epic film. The second movie is not as good as the first one, but it's forgivable. The third movie was easily the worst of the trilogy.

I know what you're thinking: "That's just one trilogy." ...but, lo! The same thing also happened to...


the Santa Clause trilogy...


the Home Alone trilogy...


the Pirates of the Carribean trilogy...


the Free Willy trilogy...


the Never-Ending Story trilogy...


the Care Bears trilogy...


and of course, the Ninja Turtles trilogy.


With that in mind, I have kind of a bad feeling that the Toy Story trilogy is going to do the same thing; so far, it has been, but only time will tell. I'm still gonna go see "3" when it comes out anyway, just to see if my theory is right. Although, Pixar has been really good at making some good-quality children's films, so it could be possible that they'll know how to make something good out of it, and if "Toy Story 3" turns out to be a huge success, then I'm sure we could expect a "Toy Story 4" in the future. Anyway, those are just my thoughts. I hope this was informative enough for you, and I welcome your thoughts.