Jewish Journal


February 13, 2011

Lessons from “Toy Story 3”


Well yes, I cried, like a lot of people. Andy shows that he cares and he does not abandon his friends. A cry-worthy moment. It’s what we all hope for from those we love: to know that they value us, after all, and that we really mean something to them.

The astounding success of this franchise tells us so much about ourselves. About what’s truly important to us, about what we hope and wish for, but probably never really have. More than anything, this third film reminds us of the inexorability of life. Andy goes off to college in “3.” Makes me think about my own kids, who will be leaving in a couple of years.

Andy and the toys must learn to let go, and to still love each other even though their time together is over. It’s what we all have to deal with. Life. Change. Moving-on. Woody struggles with this more than the others. He’s been Andy’s favorite toy and cannot imagine not being there for him. There is a suggestion that the right place for the toys is in the attic “waiting” for Andy, always. But then things work out where they all know that it’s okay for this part of their lives to be over. If you’re not crying at the end, it only means your heart’s stone-cold.

What can we learn?

• That an animated movie has received such great acclaim, is up for so many awards and has grossed over a billion dollars world-wide, well? Creativity is alive and kicking, and there is money to be made should we decide to employ our own genius in a way that resonates with others.

• Woody is a great role model. He exemplifies true loyalty, “But the thing that makes Woody special is he’ll never give up on you…ever. He’ll be there for you, no matter what.” Now that’s the kind of friend that we want and the kind of friend that we should be.

Have you seen it? What did you get out of it?

I’ve been doing this series on “Lessons” from films nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Now I have no choice but to see every film, and it’s been really enjoyable. Next will be “True Grit” or “The Fighter.”

Misha Henckel guides individuals to live their ideal lives. Follow her on Twitter @mishahenckel. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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