Liam’s First Theatrical Experience

Liam had his first movie theater experience this week!  We’d been holding out for the release of Toy Story 3 and for Nanny Karen to get here to join us for the big event.

Liam at Toy Story 3

Liam was so psyched about being in the big theater he could barely contain himself through the previews.   After each of the previews, he’d ask me if it was time for Buzz now.  All was going well once the movie started until the toys found themselves in peril.  I won’t spoil the movie for those who haven’t seen it yet, but some of the content was quite intense for a 4 year old.  Liam climbed into my lap and told me he wanted to go. Eventually Rob had to take him, with big tears streaming down his little face, out to the safety and calm of the theater lobby. They returned once the toys were out of danger for the final 10-15 minutes of the movie.

Liam's 1st movie

He finished watching the movie and the experience ended on a positive note, so I’m sure he will be wanting to go to another movie soon.  Even days later, he still brings up some of the scenes where the toys faced “peril” when he’s playing with his Buzz & Woody plushies, so unfortunately, I think that kind of stuck with him.  I wish the movie would’ve been more like the other ones and not had been so intense and at times frightening for him.

I’m curious to know what you thought of it. Please post a comment and let me know how your little one(s) did with the movie!


  1. He has got to be the cutest Toy Story Fan EVER! Ok, I will say cutest Toy Story 3 fan ever because Christopher was the BIGGEST fan of the first one way back when! 🙂 We are waiting for the drive in in Midland to pair it with an appropriate second film before we see it!

  2. Aidan liked the movie, his first theatre experience also. But, you’re right: the portions having to do the “bad bear” were a bit intense. Aidan hung out for the whole movie, but did sit in my lap a few times. I also don’t think it was such a great idea to do this in 3D!! Aidan refused to wear the glasses and insisted on watching the movie without them. Anyones guess how much he saw!! Overall, a good movie, but not really the best choice for the little ones. . .wish it had been more like 1 or 2!

  3. Oh boy, I have not seen it yet but we were thinking about taking Anna this week. She is in love with Buzz. I am now re-thinking this.

  4. Omigosh! I did the same thing when I was four. My grandmother took me to see Bambi and I bawled so hard my grandmother had to leave the theater with me, LOL! I’ve since learned that there is nothing wrong with being a tender heart…

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