After That Horrible Ending In 'Toy Story 3,' This Generation NEEDS 'Toy Story 4'

After That Horrible Ending In 'Toy Story 3,' This Generation NEEDS 'Toy Story 4'

I just hope that this time, the toys can make their way back to Andy.

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On Monday, Disney-Pixar released their first teaser trailer for the much anticipated "Toy Story 4," set to hit theaters in summer 2019. Even though many fans of the franchise believe that this story closed its book after "Toy Story 3," I am choosing to welcome this addition with open arms as someone who is unsatisfied with the ending of the last movie.

I'm fully aware that this is a hot take, but that can't change the fury that filled me as I sat in the theaters and watched the credits roll for 'Toy Story 3.' Yes, Andy is extremely generous and thoughtful for giving his toys to Bonnie, a neighbor who is just a few years old. The sentiment of passing the toys down to the next generation to share the joy given by them to someone else as an alternative to throwing them away is very much appreciated. Too bad that isn't enough for me to like and appreciate that ending. They're Andy's toys, and always will be.

I understand that growing up is an important part of life that is represented in this movie by Andy giving his toys away. Perhaps this ending was a little too harsh considering the emotional connection Pixar's audience had developed with the relationship between Andy and his toys throughout the years. Moving on is part of growing up, but letting go and forgetting does not have to be.

Let's also not forget to consider the toy's feelings. The whole premise of this series is about toys interacting with one another in the real world, which includes them having real emotions. Not only that, but the toys spent the entirety of the third movie trying to escape a daycare to get back to Andy who they've spent years with. And now we're supposed to believe that they're truly happy with Bonnie? I don't buy it.

Disney-Pixar, you sent out a wonderful message to children with this ending, but I will never be able to accept the fact that Bonnie is the rightful owner of Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang. At the least, this next movie will pass the joy and imagination of Toy Story down to a new generation of children (similar to the message of "Toy Story 3" that I rejected, I know) that myself and so many others had growing up. I just hope that this time, the toys can make their way back to Andy.

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13 Of The Best Disney Channel Original Movies Of All Time

I'm just gonna say it: Disney Channel Original Movies were one of the best parts of my childhood.

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Growing up in that "prime" Disney channel era really was it, chief. I know I'm not the only one who feels this way, so I've compiled a list of 13 of the best DCOMs. And before y'all yell at me, there are so many more great ones, but I had to choose just 13.

In no particular order, here they are:

High School Musical - Trilogy (2006, 2007, 2008)

HSM may just be the most infamous franchise to ever come out of Disney Channel. I don't make the rules. Also, Zac Efron is STILL my celebrity crush. Just saying.

Camp Rock 1 & 2 (2008, 2010)

Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers in one movie! To what did I owe that pleasure? If you try to say these movies didn't make you wanna go to a music summer camp, you're lying.

The Thirteenth Year (1999)

All I'm saying is my thirteenth year was NOT as exciting as Cody Griffin's. This movie has it all: comedy, drama, and he's a freaking mermaid.

Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior (2006)

Brenda. Freaking. Song! I always seem to forget about this one because I'll always think of Brenda as London Tipton, but this movie will always be a classic. It teaches some important lessons about embracing who you are and where you come from.

Twitches 1 & 2 (2005, 2007)

Tia and Tamara Mowry single handedly made me want a twin sister (as long as we were both witches). I recently watched the movies again after years of not seeing them, and I got all the feels. Also, can we just talk about how I've always wanted their sun and moon necklaces?

The Cheetah Girls 1, 2, & One World (2003, 2006, 2008)

The songs. The friendship. The matching jumpsuits. I wanted to be a Cheetah Girl so bad when I was younger. These movies have to be some of the most iconic Disney Channel movies. So good.

Starstruck (2010)

I'm not going to lie, this may be one of my favorites. Not only do I watch the movie often still, but I also have some of the songs from the soundtrack in my "favorites" Spotify playlist. Don't judge.

Halloweentown (1998)

I'm not even going to go into why this movie is such a classic. If you haven't seen it, what are you doing with your life?

Cadet Kelly (2002)

I just want to start by saying Hilary Duff can do no wrong in my eyes. I think this fun movie about a teenager who goes off to military school made us all love her a little bit more (if that were even possible).

Jump In (2007)

Let me tell y'all what we're not gonna do: We're not gonna act like this isn't one of the most inspiring movies Disney Channel has ever produced. We're also not gonna act like "Push It To The Limit" isn't one of the greatest hype songs ever. We're just not. Also, Keke Palmer is amazing.

Brink! (1998)

I'm not saying Brink! motivated me to beg my parents for inline skates when I was younger so that I could be like Brink, but I'm not NOT saying that, either.

Smart House (1999)

I haven't bought any Amazon Alexa products because of this movie. Yes, it's that serious.

Johnny Tsunami (1999)

This movie seriously takes me back. Even just thinking about it right now, it's reigniting my desire to learn how to both surf and snowboard. Ugh.

Going through this list has made me wanna have a throwback Disney Channel Original Movie marathon, and that's exactly what I'm gonna do.

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'The Dark Knight' Is Hands Down Still My Favorite Movie

And most likely always will be.

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For a long time, if you were to ask me what my favorite movie was, I would have absolutely no answer for you. It wasn't until back in 2015 when I rewatched "The Dark Knight", directed by Christopher Nolan, that I finally realized my answer. After not having seen the movie ever since it was released in 2008, I was more than surprised by the level of attention to detail that the movie had. From its mesmerizing storyline and its stunning visuals, The Dark Knight is a movie that most definitely withstands the test of time, and in my opinion, is one of the best movies I have seen. And here's why.

First of all, the dynamic characters are forced to change and adapt. At the beginning of the movie, Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, starts off a mysterious vigilante of Gotham, believing that the only thing that drives crime in the city is power, money, and greed. Because of this relatively narrow mindset, his main approach towards combating the crime bosses in Gotham is through fear. However, as his struggle to outsmart and capture the Joker goes on, he realizes the error in his way. He realizes that not all men are driven by money or power, but some simply do bad things just for the sake of doing them. It is this lesson that changes Batman's approach towards the Joker, as he has finally encountered a foe that is not at all fazed by the dark knight at all. Christopher Nolan and the writing team's effort into capturing the amount of character progression that Bruce Wayne undergoes through well-placed camera shots and cleverly planned dialogue gives the audience a pretty good reason to remain invested in the story.

Also, the antagonist is the perfect match for the protagonist. In Heath Ledger's most iconic performance, the Joker was a villain that challenged Batman to a level that no one had done before. Rather than being a physical match, the Joker was an opponent that took constant advantage of Batman's morals and used them against him. He consistently forced Batman to make hard decisions that continuously chip away at his beliefs and Gotham's faith in their dark crusader. The Joker stood out as a villain that was the complete opposite from the hero and also was fighting for the very soul of Gotham. Both the hero and the villain had points to prove, and both were pushed to their limits in the end. In the end, both sides of this battle were evenly matched, and the antagonist did his job in forcing the hero to change. Not only was the character itself well written, but it was the late Heath Ledger's immaculate performance that truly brought one of the most iconic supervillains to life.

The movie also acts as a medium for actual philosophical debate. As mentioned before, the main struggle between Batman and the Joker was to win over the soul of Gotham. Batman believed that Gotham is finally becoming a place where people can depend on law and order rather than masked vigilante like himself, hoping to retire. The Joker was trying to prove to him that everyone, no matter how righteous they may be, could always turn into something evil and corrupt. The movie itself forces the audience to question the very foundation of Good vs. Evil and Order vs. Chaos. It is this consistency in theme and tone that gives The Dark Knight more character, compared to other superhero movies. Rather than really one cool visual and action-packed battle scenes, It provides a thrilling twist to the cat and mouse plot that tells a solid cinematic narrative, while providing unforgettable characters, amazing cinematography, and storytelling abilities like no other.

Although this article does not come close to capturing my whole entire opinion on this movie, hopefully, it does give a little insight as to why "The Dark Knight" is my favorite movie.

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