Film Analysis: Toy Story 3


  • Toy Story 3 is about a young man who is leaving for college and feels like he is too old for the toys he played with as a young boy so he gives them to a day care center.

Film Analysis

Film TitleToy Story 3
DirectorLee Unkrich
If you could work on this film (change it), what would you change and why?It is perfect

Film information can be found at

As you view films, consider how the cuts, camera angles, shots, and movement work to create particular meanings. Think about how they establish space, privilege certain characters, suggest relationships, and emphasize themes. In addition to shot distances, angles, editing, and camera movement, note details of the narrative, setting, characters, lighting, props, costume, tone, and sound.

Ask yourself the following questions:

1. Who is the protagonist?Woody and Buzz Lightyear
2. Who is the antagonist?Lots-o the bear
3. What is the conflict?Lots-o trys to get all the toys thrown away and destroyed
4. What is the theme or central, unifying concept? (summarize in one or two words)Give your toys to someone who will like them
5. How is the story told (linear, non-linear, with flashbacksflash-forwards, at regular intervals)regular intervals
6. What “happens” in the plot (Brief description)?The toys are eventually forced into the garbage shoot and have to make their way out
7. How does the film influence particular reactions on the part of viewers (sound, editing,
characterization, camera movement, etc.)? Why does the film encourage such
There are many different emotions shown in the toys with noises and facial expressions
8. Is the setting realistic or stylized? What atmosphere does the setting suggest? Do particular objects or settings serve symbolic functions?Stylized because it is animated and toys can’t talk
9. How are the characters costumed and made-up? What does their clothing or makeup reveal about their social standing, ethnicity, nationality, gender, or age? How do costume and makeup convey character?They are costumed in what type of toy they are. For example, woody is a cowboy. So he is wearing cowboy boots and a leather jacket.
10. How does the lighting design shape our perception of character, space, or mood?The lighting didn’t make a huge difference because it is animated.
11. How do camera angles and camera movements shape our view of characters or spaces? What do you see cinematically?The angles really portray the emotions of the toys.
12. What is the music’s purpose in the film? How does it direct our attention within the image? How does it shape our interpretation of the image? What stands out about the music?To create worrisome in the viewers
13. How might industrial, social, and economic factors have influenced the film? Describe how this film influences or connects to a culture?There aren’t really any cultural factors because it is a film that is so unrealistic
14. Give an example of what a film critic had to say about this film. Use credible sources and cite sources.Example: “The Shawshank Redemption Movie Review (1994) | Roger Ebert.” All Content. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 June 2015.It got a 98% on rotten tomatoes
15. Select one scene no longer than 5 minutes that represents well the whole film and shows relevant cinematic elements. Write a one-sentence description of the scene and record the time of the scene.Example: from 1:05:00 to 1:10:00.Explain why you chose this scene.About 30 minutes in is when the toys get shipped off to the day care center. This is the turning point in the movies because it is the start to the end of the toys and their time with Andy.
16. In the selected scenewrite a sentence for each of the elements below to justify why this scene best represents the film:
a. Screenwriting:The script and wording really shows how disappointed the toys were that they weren’t going to be with Andy anymore
b. Sound Design:The music creates a sadness within the viewer
c. Camera Movements/Angles:The camera zooms into Woodys face to show the sadness
d. Light Setup:They are in a box so it is pretty dark
e. Soundtrack/Score:The soundtrack really makes it a sad scene
18. What’s the socio-cultural context of this film?That you should always appreciate the time you have with people.

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