20 June 2010

Toy Story 3 (2010)

I heard yesterday that Cars 2 and Monsters Inc 2 are both coming out in short order from Pixar. When I saw the first preview for Toy Story 3 a few months back, I had much the same reaction: Why? Monsters Inc was arguably the best Pixar movie, Cars was inarguably the worst, and Toy Story had pretty much run its course right? The second Toy Story came out in 1999! Well Pixar should rarely be doubted -- although I've stopped loving their movies post-Nemo -- and they've done an amazing job here.

The whole plastic gang is back and while much of the sentiment and goals are the same, Woody and Buzz deserved this third adventure and it was entertaining throughout. Pixar just does an amazing job with detail, avoids cheesy lines, and stays true to its characters. It's weird how only one or two other production companies can do this. You'd think it wasn't so hard except other companies fail on the regular. While things got just a tad too sentimental for me at the end, there's no doubt that this is an instant classic and possibly the best Toy Story of them all. Just please don't make a fourth.