Whitney Lauren
Hey everyone!

I'm just curious, and I want to know if there is anyone else out there that thinks Toy Story 3 could stand alone as its own film. Without TS1 and TS2?
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ReptilePatrol
I think that it could stand alone, but there are definitely scenes designed to complement the first two films, and I think the emotional effect is best when you have the first two to back it up with. So although anybody watching TS3 without first seeing TS1 and 2 would have a great time, since TS3 is a great film, it works much better with the first two along with it.

Also, welcome to the forums! [biggrin]
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I don't think I'd like TS3 as a standalone movie, and that's coming from someone who believes TS3 is the best movie ever made.

There was actually a lot of clever thought put into setting things up for uninformed audience members - like showing Andy as a little kid at the start to show the differences between the two "versions" of him, or the Aliens greeting "The Claw" at Sunnyside... the production team did their best to use the limited screen time they had to get as many of these setups into the movie as they possibly could. But you had to really pay attention to catch these (or know what to look for), so I'm pretty sure that, for instance, the claw reference at the end flew right over people's heads if they weren't in on the joke, leaving them with what had to look like a "cheap" solution to the problem.

And since there was no possible way to set up everything, there are other things that come out of nowhere without the context. For example, people who hadn't seen TS1 and TS2 were probably extremely confused about why the movie followed so many characters. Had it not been for the previous two movies, it would have made a lot of sense to cut and/or combine some of the "good guys." But they were already set up, and people wanted to see them, so they couldn't be taken out, and shouldn't have been.

But the most important thing, although I'm probably mostly assuming, is this: The movie works so well because the majority of people who saw it were already previously attached to the characters. Woody's pained expression at the mention of Bo's name? Zero feels if you didn't love the guy beforehand. The toys' fear of being thrown away? Far less poignant without keeping in mind TS2's detailed exploration of what that means for a toy. The gorgeous ending scene? Not quite as moving if you don't get the references in Andy's introductions. To name just a few of the problems.

So yeah, it would probably work as a standalone film, but it would be a far cry from the masterpiece it is.
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Hey Whitney, welcome to the forum! I have to 100% agree with the others. Although it can safely be viewed as a stand-alone film since it doesn't require any setup, it wouldn't be the same film at all without the 1st and 2nd movies.

Well, that's our thoughts at least...but, since you asked the question, I'll ask it back at you? Do you think it could stand alone?
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