Some sequels are met with an eye roll and a deep sigh, as many of them are completely unnecessary. Did the world really need another “Sex and the City” movie or another entry in the “Shrek” franchise? On the other hand, some sequels are an excuse to see some old friends again. Such is the case with “Toy Story 3,” the new animated feature from the hearts and minds of Pixar. The film — the first in the series since 1999’s “Toy Story 2” — gets the old batch of toys back together for one more adventure. All the favorites are there, including Buzz Lightyear (voiced once again by Tim Allen) and Woody (given life by Tom Hanks). It’s a lighthearted, fun film that utilizes its 3-D effects well and balances the perfect amount of childlike wonder and mature storytelling that Pixar does so incredibly well.
In order to truly get yourself into the mood to see “Toy Story 3,” you should really sit down and watch the first two. But once that is done, you should take a spin through the video playlist below. It brings together a number of different artists from several different genres for a hard-hitting mix that pays tribute to toys (Eminem’s “Like Toy Soldiers,” Dolly Parton’s “Backwoods Barbie,” Jonathan Luke’s “Joy Toy”), playing (Staind’s “Price to Play,” Take 6’s “Where Do the Children Play?”) and third entries (Britney Spears’ “3,” AFI’s “Third Season”). There is also a nod to the Buzz Lightyear character (Shwayze’s “Buzzin'”) and a tribute to 3-D (Wolfmother’s “Dimension”).
But we begin with the ultimate song about getting outside and getting your game on: The Offspring’s “Come Out and Play (Keep ’Em Separated).” Sure, it’s actually about guns in school, but it could also be a call to get kids out in the yard and playing with their toys.