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Is TOY STORY 3 about the Holocaust? Existentialism? Marxism? Maybe it's all about sexual inadequacy?

Everyone's abuzz about Toy Story 3. It's Pixar's best reviewed film yet (98% on RT) and earned a hefty $109 million in its opening weekend, beating out Pixar's previous launch record of $71 million with The Incredibles. If you haven't seen it yet, get to the theater. I recommend IMAX 3D (regular 3D isn't as good), but see it on a big screen either way. It's fantastic. That said, some people have conjured up some unique interpretations of the series. Spoilers ahead!

Toy Story 3 and the Holocaust

Jordan Hoffman, an editor at UGO, sees the third TS film as a metaphor for the Jews during Germany's Third Reich, among other things. His evidence? Well, it's actually pretty good.

Andy is seventeen and about to leave for college.  These toys are left behind, just as host nations left behind the Jews as the Third Reich conquered Europe.

Woody holds a meeting, where the assembled toy family discusses possible outcomes for their new position in the world.  Change a few words and it is the same exact scene at the train station from Roman Polanski's award winning Holocaust drama The Pianist.

No, we won't just be abandoned.  Surely we can be useful to them somehow.  Yes, we've lost friends (Bo Peep), but surely that can't happen to us.

Buzz Lightyear stands forward and suggests sanctuary IN AN ATTIC.  Are you kidding me?

The toys are almost trashed several times, which he argues is like extermination, and Sunnyside Daycare, is like a work camp for the Jews. 

Toy Story 3 and Marxism

Hoffman, in good fun, also interprets the film from a Marxist point of view. 

Andy may look like an upbeat, healthy kid, but at heart he is a cold, lazy boss - literally affixing labels to the feet of those he exploits, with an unhealthy attachment to consumer goods.

Woody and the gang continually try to please Andy and run back to Andy when they should liberate themselves, argues Hoffman. Andy's talk about loving his toys, it's lip service, says Hoffman. He is no better than any other proletariat boss. 

Hoffman also brings up Existentialism and world religions in his crazy article. He brings up a good point though: the people at Pixar are intellectuals, so maybe we should think their films are coded vessels for philosophical thought. 

Toy Story as a tale of sexual inadequacy

All this reading is great, but I bet you'd like a video to watch. This one is a part of Volkswagen's campaign to "see films differently" and targets the original Toy Story.

Toy Story 3 plays into this even more as Buzz Lightyear gets a new Spanish mode and Jesse the Cowgirl, while Woody is left alone. His former love, Bo Peep, was long ago sold off to a new owner.

The more I write this, the more I think this Holocaust talk has some merit. Poor toys. 

Have any other interpretations of Toy Story? Post em.

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