Toy Story 3 (film)
Pixar has a knack for turning out mega blockbusters. But they are anything but prolific. Since 1999, Pixar has released roughly one film a year. It has taken 10 years for the third chapter of the Toy Story franchise to arrive. But as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait.
Andy, the toys' owner, is 17 and heading to university. Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and the rest of the gang feel neglected because Andy no longer has the time to play with them. They nearly land in a rubbish incinerator, but they escape, believing Andy does not love them anymore. They end up in a daycare centre, where they make some interesting new friends.
Although Toy Story 3 has a mature, well-thought-out storyline, the film is decidedly character-driven. It opens with a 'home video' of Andy growing up. It is a clever way of arousing nostalgia as Andy's inevitable departure - both from home to university and from childhood to adulthood - approaches.
The film builds to the final 'rescue mission', perhaps one of the best action sequences ever created in CGI, and one in which lesser-known characters get a chance to strut their stuff. It's at these moments Pixar's true genius comes to the fore.
The film provides closure, and with all the loose ends tied up, it's safe to say this is Woody and Buzz's last hurrah. The decade-long wait was well worth it.