Even though I have four kids, I’ve never watched the first two Toy Story movies.

My kids have watched the movies multiple times and I saw snatches of the movies, I suppose, but I guess I was content letting Toy Story babysit amuse them while I did other things.

Anyway, last week I watched Toy Story 3 with my youngest two daughters.

Most stories about friendship are children’s stories (I’m not sure why kids get all the good friendship stories  – I guess we adults are more interested in romance). Toy Story 3 is another excellent children’s story about friendship.

Toy Story 3 opens with the same song the other Toy Story movies open with: You’ve Got A Friend in Me.

It closes with the song We Belong Together. An adult reading the lyrics without knowing the context would automatically think the song is about romance but it’s actually a song about friendship:

Don’t you turn your back on me,
Don’t you walk away.
Don’t you tell me that I don’t care,
Cause’ I do.

Don’t you tell me, I’m not the one,
Don’t you tell me, I ain’t no fun,
Just tell me you love me, like I love you.
You know you do.

When we’re together,
Clear skies are clear, oh.
And I’ll share them, till where I’m less depressed.
And it’s sincerely, from the bottom of my heart,
I just can’t take it when we’re apart.

We belong together,
We belong together.
Yes, we do,
You’ll be mine, forever.

We belong together,
We belong together.
Oh, it’s true,
It’s gonna stay this way, forever,
Me and you.

If I could really talk to you,
If I could find a way.
I’m not shy,
There’s a whole lot I wanna say,
Oh of course there is!

Talk about friendship, and loyal things.
Talk about how much you mean to me.
And I’ll promise, to always be by your side,
Whenever you need me.

The day I met you,
Was the luckiest day of my life.
And I bet you feel the same.
At least I hope you do.
So don’t forget,
If the future should take you away,
That you’ll aways be part of me.

We belong together,
We belong together.
Wait and see.
Gonna be this way, forever.

We belong together,
We belong together.
We’ll go on this way, forever,
Me and you.
You and me..

The movie has a lot of adventure but at the root of it is their love for each other.

In fact, when I re-read my list of 6 characteristics of BFFs, the toys in Toy Story 3 exhibit most of them: creativity, fruitfulness, archetypes, similarities, distance, secrecy.

Maybe that’s just my way of trying to justify why the movie made me misty-eyed at times even though the characters are just toys.

I did enjoy the mere edge of romance in the movie. There’s a new toy character – a Ken doll (Michael Keaton). He lives in the Dream House and has closets full of fabulous clothes. He hits it off with Barbie and one is left wondering for a while whether or not one can trust a man in an ascot. That character is worthy of an entire post.

So go see the movie. Bring a child. Bring a friend.


Filed under: Friendship


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