Seventeen-year-old Andy is preparing to leave for college, but as he de-clutters his room, there are some old friends he just can't bring himself to get rid of. Andy decides to hang on to childhood playthings Woody, Buzz and co, but disaster strikes when his mum mistakenly donates them to the ironically named Sunnyside Daycare Centre.
Woody is devastated to be separated from Andy, but his pals are simply excited by the prospect of new kids to entertain. Shown around by cuddly pink bear Lotso (Ned Beatty), Sunnyside seems like a great place.
But before long, the toys are being torn limb from limb by a gaggle of terrible tots, while terrifying toy Big Baby keeps watch. Woody discovers that Lotso and his crew are victims of a traumatic past, and not exactly looking out for the newcomers' best interests. Can the courageous cowboy persuade his pals to take on one final adventure and find their way home?
Pixar made its name with the Toy Story franchise, and now brings the much-loved series to a close with this toy-riffic adventure. The groundbreaking animation studio kicked-off its incredible roster of successes with the first Toy Story film back in 1995. Although animation techniques have advanced since that first CGI feature, the stories have lost none of the heart that initially made audiences fall in love with reluctant buddies Woody and Buzz.
Following 2009's Oscar-winning Up, which went to emotional depths previously unexplored in mainstream animation, the third Toy Story instalment is equally poignant. Touted as a film to make grown men cry, its strength, however, is in its effortless combination of humour, action and warmth that make it impossible not to enjoy.
As well as the return of several old favourites, brilliant new characters, such as Barbie's metrosexual playmate Ken and theatrical hedgehog Mr Pricklepants (voiced by Michael Keaton and Timothy Dalton respectively), provide a host of fresh comedic possibilities.
Receiving an overwhelmingly positive reception from both audiences and critics, Toy Story 3 is undoubtedly one of Pixar's, if not the genre's, best and ends with an emotional punch so potent you'll be left with a lump in your throat.