Wow, is all I could say when I left the theaters after watching this movie (probably because I was too chocked up to say anything else). How is it possible for Pixar to once again succeed in creating a visually stunning, emotionally complex, fun, exciting and just downright entertaining film? Well they did, and in my humble opinion they have created the best one so far and it happens to be the third film in a trilogy.
To give a light synopsis without giving too much away, Andy has grown up and is headed to college. He still retains a lot of the toys he grew up with inside his room in his toy box (although a few are mentioned to have been lost to that ever so sad yard sale). He decides to put his toys in the attic and take Woody to college with him. However through a mix up the toys end up out on the street headed to the dump. Thinking they were thrown away they take matters into their own hands and get in a donation box to the local daycare so that they will be played with again. While there they discover a few things, Andy did not throw them away and he is looking for him, and the daycare is not the fun place they thought it would be. Now they must escape and get back to Andy before he goes to college.
Pixar again does a great job of really allowing the characters to grow and they put a lot of thought into where they would be and what they would be going through. They also put together a story with these characters that makes you fall so much in love with them that you will see these plastic toys as more human than any film this year with actual human characters could even hope to accomplish. Again the animation is breath taking, although I would recommend watching it in 2D as the 3D doesn't do Pixar's animation genius any favors. The direction is also impeccable, knowing exactly what to show and when to show it, and keeping the pace moving briskly while not short changing the characters or the plot. The new characters add to the story instead of distracting from it and as always Pixar does a great job casting the voice talent (it is amazing that they kept the same person for Andy throughout all three films instead of going for a better known teen star in order to cash in on some fame). The humor and the action are both incorporated to enhance the entertainment and the story.
To put it mildly this is the best film of the year so far, and frankly one of the best animated films ever made. To say I liked it would be an understatement. I highly encourage anyone that hasn't seen this movie to go out as soon as possible to watch it, and to do so while it is in theaters.