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Toy Story 3
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2010 Disney
2012 Intrada
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Additional Music and Co-Orchestrated by:
Don Davis
Jonathan Sacks

Additional Music by:
Bruno Coon
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Walt Disney Records
(June 15th, 2010)

Walt Disney Records/
Intrada Records
(January 23rd, 2012)
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The original 2010 Disney album was a digital download release only. The 2011 Disney/Intrada CD (identical to the 2010 download-only contents) initially retailed for $20 and is limited to 10,000 copies.
The score won a Grammy Award. The song "We Belong Together" won an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you have always appreciated the hyperactive action romps and funny regional references that Randy Newman provided for the first two films in this franchise, a combined technique that dominates the third entry as well.

Avoid it... if, conversely, you've been bothered by Newman's total inability to assign the concept some memorable thematic attribution in his scores, because Toy Story 3 is, despite its predictable affability, another disappointingly anonymous work.
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WRITTEN 6/23/10, REVISED 1/27/12
Toy Story 3: (Randy Newman/Various) Years of studio upheaval delayed the third film in the Toy Story franchise until Walt Disney Studios bought Pixar in 2006, finally opening the door for the production to commence fully. Instead of keeping the plot of the new film rooted in the era of the original story, the heads of Disney and Pixar decided to age the characters in the lengthy time that had elapsed since Toy Story 2 debuted in 1999. Thus, the plot is one of relative melancholy, depicting a grown up Andy ready to move out to college and his famed toys with an uncertain future. Instead of going to the attic for storage, they accidentally end up in a daycare named Sunnyside and run by a tyrannical toy bear. It's a place of torture for old toys, essentially, and Woody and Buzz Lightyear have to find a way out of Sunnyside and back to Andy house. The majority of the plot consists of one long chase for redemption and love, though the appeal of Toy Story 3 is its incredibly sentimental conclusion. Despite some pushback from critics on the tear-jerking conclusion, the film enjoyed overwhelmingly positive reviews and nearly earned back its $190 million budget in just a week of theatrical distribution. A familiar cast and crew graces Toy Story 3, including Randy Newman as the irreplaceable musical voice of the franchise. It was Toy Story that really launched Newman into a notable place in animation history, his many subsequent scores for Disney and Pixar lending his unique touch of jazz and orchestral mayhem to the genre. Although he still occasionally writes music for animated movies, Newman has arguably past his time of prime exposure in this arena. Still, there is no doubt that continuity is an invaluable asset to any franchise, even one without a constant thematic tapestry as this one. The music that Newman has written for the concept, outside of the favorite song "You've Got a Friend in Me" from the original, has always been appropriate but anonymous, failing to really establish a strong narrative flow or maintain readily identifiable motifs for characters and concepts. It is because of this failure to nurture an identity in the music outside of its general instrumental style that the Toy Story scores have always been average listening experiences at best on album. That trend is sadly reinforced by Toy Story 3, regardless of the fact that the score won a Grammy Award. The style of the score for Toy Story was a hyper-active combination of Carl Stalling music for Warner Brothers cartoons, vintage jazz, and a touch of ragtime. The second film built upon that foundation and added throwback science-fiction and Western mannerisms.

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Alternative review at
Southall - January 28, 2012, at 7:39 a.m.
1 comment  (1040 views)
Download for the win...?
Patrick Reichel - June 29, 2010, at 6:54 a.m.
1 comment  (1552 views)
Mixing could have been better.
hewhomustnotbenamed - June 25, 2010, at 4:32 a.m.
1 comment  (1582 views)

Track Listings Icon
Audio Samples   ▼
All Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 56:23
• 1. We Belong Together - performed by Randy Newman (4:04)
• 2. You've Got a Friend in Me (Para el Buzz Espanol) - performed by Gipsy Kings (2:15)
• 3. Cowboy! (4:11)
• 4. Garbage? (2:41)
• 5. Sunnyside (2:20)
• 6. Woody Bails (4:40)
• 7. Come to Papa (2:06)
• 8. Go See Lotso (3:37)
• 9. Bad Buzz (2:22)
• 10. You Got Lucky (5:59)
• 11. Spanish Buzz (3:31)
• 12. What About Daisy? (2:07)
• 13. To the Dump (3:51)
• 14. The Claw (3:57)
• 15. Going Home (3:22)
• 16. So Long (4:55)
• 17. Zu-Zu (Ken's Theme) (0:35)

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There exists no formal packaging for the 2010 release. The insert of the 2012 Intrada album includes notes from the director and composer, a list of performers, and outstanding photography from the recording sessions.
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