Song of the Day #4,218: ‘We Belong Together’ – Randy Newman

Best Movies of the 2010s
#9 – Toy Story 3 (2010)

Yesterday’s film was the most recent on this list, and today’s is the oldest. Toy Story 3 just made the decade cut, premiering in 2010.

2019 provided a nice opportunity to revisit it, given the release of the fourth film in the series. The popular consensus on Toy Story 4 (before anyone saw it) was that it was entirely unnecessary because Toy Story 3 was such a perfect ending for these characters. TS4 ended up being pretty darn great in its own right, managing to find new metaphors to mine for humor and pathos, but it still paled in comparison to this masterpiece.

Toy Story 3 prompted me to write one of this blog’s most-read posts, and one I’m still proud of. I’ll provide a link to that post, which sums up my feelings about this film better than anything I can try to scribble here.

The movie was my #1 film of 2010 and an easy pick for the top ten of the decade. It remains my second favorite Pixar film and my third favorite animated film of all time.

Unfortunately, Toy Story 3 marked a turning point for Pixar. After a string of nine brilliant, creative, risk-taking wonders bridging Toy Story 2 and this film, the studio’s winning streak screeched to a halt (with, appropriately, Cars 2). The ten Pixar films since this one have included six sequels and two movies (The Good Dinosaur, Brave) that could have been released by any animation studio.

Pixar did hit high notes with Inside Out and Coco, and I have high hopes for the upcoming Soul (less so for Onward).

One last thought on Toy Story 3 that didn’t occur to me when I wrote the review 10 years ago. As much as this film bowled me over as the parent of small children, seeing future me in Andy’s mom, I didn’t realize that young people watching it were getting bowled over just as hard because they saw themselves in Andy.

I saw Andy giving up his toys as a metaphor for a parent sending a child off to college. Kids saw it as a much more direct metaphor for themselves growing out of their own childhoods. It’s pretty amazing that an animated film about toys can have such deep, personal meaning on two different levels at the same time. And they make it look easy.

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
Gray skies clear up
And I cheer up
To where I’m less depressed

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
You know, 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
Of course, there is

Talk about friendship and loyalty
Talk about how much you mean to me
And I 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
Least I hope you do

So don’t forget me
If the future should take you away
So you’ll always be
Part of me

We belong together
We belong together
Wait and see
It’s gonna be this way forever

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

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,218: ‘We Belong Together’ – Randy Newman

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    You’ll get no disagreement from me on this pick!

    I went back and read your review, and it made me tear up as much if not more as it (and the movie itself) did 10 years ago. In 2010, college was still a bit aways for our kids, but they had (mostly) moved past their childhood toys. So, the story in TS3 hit me on one level then. Now, ten years later, we are empty nesters and have gone through the process of cleaning out the rooms…deciding which dolls and stuffed animals remain too special to give away and which should be saved and hopefully passed down. I haven’t seen TS3 recently, but I suspect it might resonate even more emotionally now than when it came out. Your review did.😊

    And I’m glad to hear that the review received a lot of views. It really should have been published!

  2. Peg says:

    I totally agree Dana it should have been published!

  3. Amy says:

    Great film that capped off a beautiful trilogy. Tom Hanks’ performance as Woody may be one of his most powerful in a career filled with them. It’s difficult to overestimate what casting Hanks as Woody gave to the whole franchise. Watching the clip in a montage of them when Hanks received a lifetime award at the Golden Globes a couple of weeks ago, I realized anew how important his role in these films was.

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