Terrific analysis/breakdown/takedown of Armond White's already notorious review of Toy Story 3, by Paul Brunick on the House Next Door (Slant).
So what do the above toys have in common? I'd say they are all iconic brands, perennial favorites that have transcended their historical specificity to become timeless classics. They are brands in the way that "Kleenex" and "Band-Aid" are brands. In that sense they are not that different from the original characters based on generic models: Woody (the cowboy), Buzz (the spaceman), Hamm (the piggy bank), Lots-O'-Huggin' (the teddy bear) and the majority of TS3's characters, instantly identifiable but non-proprietary. Of the vast array of playthings on display at the Sunnyside Daycare Center, only a handful correspond to trademarked designs. There are literally dozens of opportunities for product placement that are not capitalized on. The branded exceptions are of a piece with the film's world-making and with the Pixar team's layered homages to their creative predecessors. In an era of productions that mechanically monetize preexistent properties (Alvin and the Chipmunks anyone?), White's canned anti-corporate critique is embarrassingly misdirected.
You'd never know it from Armond's review, but the entire plot of TS3 is a self-evidently explicit critique of commercialism's two complimentary principles: endless novelty (Andy's emotional connection to the toys is based on his life-long relationship with them) and disposability (the idea of simply junking old toys is made horrifying, that of donating them to a younger generation elevated to a moral good). One could argue that these themes are insincere or hypocritical in the context of a commercial mega-production, but this is not an argument White makes. He dismisses the film as "strictly a celebration of consumerism" without any reference to these tropes. That's either oblivious or dishonest.
Kudos on a well-thought out piece that manages to be fair to White's intentions while still giving his often careless critique a deserved what-for.