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Toy Story 3

We’ve all wondered what our toys do when we leave the room but never had an answer until Disney and Pixar teamed up and created the original “Toy Story” back in 1995. Can you believe it’s been 15 years since we first met Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the toy box?

Now, in “Toy Story 3,” Andy is all grown up and heading off to college. He packs up all his old toys for the attic, but it mistakenly gets dropped off at a daycare center instead.

At first, it seems like the happiest place on Earth. Rex, the Potato Head’s, and everyone else haven’t been played with in years and they’re excited to be wanted again. But some toys just weren’t meant for the three and under crowd.

Their perfect utopia turns into a cruel dictatorship lead by the meanest toy of them all … Lots-o-Huggin’ Bear, a pink, strawberry-scented teddy. The gang has to escape and get back to Andy, before he leaves for school.

“Toy Story 3” is everything you want it to be and more. The first one was brilliant and the animation was way ahead of its time. The sequel did something almost unheard of in the movie world, be better than the original. And this chapter doesn’t disappoint either.

All the characters you fell in love with before are back and all are voiced by the same actors that made them famous in the first place. (With the exception of Slinky Dog, Jim Varney died in 2000 and Blake Clarke steps in seamlessly.)

As it is in all Pixar films, the animation is top-notch. I still don’t understand all this hoopla about 3-D when 2-D can look just as amazing. And be on the lookout for hidden Easter eggs throughout the film like “Cars” and “Finding Nemo” toys, Buy n Large batteries, the return of Sid as the garbage man, and many, MANY more.

The best thing about “Toy Story 3” is the story. It’s engaging, heartwarming, and has an ending so sweet and touching, the coldest bastard will shed a tear.

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