Toy Story 3

Year: 2010
Production Co: Pixar
Studio: Disney
Director: Lee Unkrich
Writer: Lee Unkrich/John Lasseter/Andrew Stanton/Michael Arndt
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Michael Keaton, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris

Pixar are always on about how story must come before all the effects, animation techniques and casting in the world and they're one of the few mainstream studios to actually deliver, making it actually very hard to review their films.

When they're over you realise they've drawn you right in and you've been so busy enjoying yourself, laughing and being touched you've forgotten to tune yourself in as a critic and watch for the details that make up the whole. The only possible conclusion is that the details have combined to make an almost perfect and cohesive whole.

Ironically, there's little new about the story. It once again deals with Woody (Hanks), Buzz (Allen) and the gang having to venture into the outside world, take part in all number of dangerous and thrilling adventures and come home safe.

It's ten years after the events of the last movie and Andy, the kid who owns all the toys, is packing for college. In trying to decide who to keep and who to pack away or throw out everyone ends up in another sticky situation they have to rescue each other from.

In this case it's a daycare centre that looks like paradise but turns out to be a brutal prison camp for toys. It gives the franchise the opportunity to introduce some new characters including the funniest of the whole series – Ken (as in Barbie's boyfriend), voiced by Michael Keaton.

Despite being a bit of a narrative retread of the first two films Pixar stick to what they know, and what they know, they do very well. It's chock full of fast laughs and a lot of heart and if you liked the first two you'll love this too.

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