Toy Story 3 (in 3D) is, without a doubt, a cinematic feast. Pixar have, once more, produced a film that is light hearted, funny, emotional and so well delivered, that you have to remember that this is just animation.
I can hear Oscar calling already.
The voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen once more take the lead roles of Woody and Buzz Lightyear, and Joan Cusack, John Ratzenburger, Ned Beatty, Don Rickles and Michael Keaton also appear.
Jon Morris, the voice of Andy, first appeared as the young boy, in the original, so it's nice that they brought him back as the 17-year old, about to go to college.
Walt Disney Pictures summarise the story as follows:
Woody, Buzz and the whole gang are back. As their owner Andy prepares to depart for college, his loyal toys find themselves in daycare where untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice. So, it's all for one and one for all as they join Barbie's counterpart Ken, a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear to plan their great escape.The great thing about this is that Pixar don't use the 3D effect as a gimmick. There is nothing 'flying' out of the screen at you; the effect is purely used to tell the story. It's bright, the characters well drawn, the textures of the materials are perfect. It's most definitely worth a second viewing.
Oh, and have your kleenex handy; Pixar have become masters of tugging at the heart-strings, and this is no exception!
In true Pixar style, the programme started with a Pixar short, called Day & Night. A lovely film about two characters; one a bright sunny fellow, the other a stranger of darker moods. Their suspicions turn to curiosity, and over time they find their friendship can offer a new perspective on the world.
Make sure you're not late to miss this....