Film: Toy Story 3

Opened: June 18, 2010

Directed by: Lee Unkrich

Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, John Morris, Don Rickles, Blake Clark, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris, Michael Keaton, Jodi Benson, Emily Hahn, Jeff Pidgeon, Timothy Dalton, Kristen Schaal, Jeff Garlin, Bonnie Hunt, Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Angel, Jan Rabson, John Cygan, Laurie Metcalf, Lori Alan, Bea Miller, R. Lee Ermey, Teddy Newton, Richard Kind, Bud Luckey, Javier Fernández Peña, Charlie Bright, Amber Kroner, Brianna Maiwand, Erik von Detten, Jack Willis & Woody Smith

What was thought to be the final film in the Toy Story franchise until the 2019 fourth installment, Toy Story 3 is the most emotionally mature of the films and arguably the best.

Andy (John Morris) is getting ready to head to college and must determine what to do with his childhood toys. Mistaken as trash, the toys hop in the donation box for Sunnyside Daycare. Woody (Tom Hanks) discovers the malevolent ways of the big toy boss Lotso (Ned Beatty).

From start to finish, the film is a masterpiece of animation and storytelling. It’s all about learning how to let go and move a new direction in life. For those that grew up with the original two films, the entire third act will tug at your heartstrings.

Final say: A perfect third entry in the franchise. ★★★★★

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