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Andy is going to college and his toys are all in a dither wondering what their future will be in Pixar's new 3-D film, "Toy Story 3."
Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Rex, the Potato Heads, Slinky Dog and the rest peek out from the toy box as Andy and his mom pack up his room. Finally mom asks Andy what he wants to do with his toys. In a moment of youthful bravado he refers to them as junk. Of course he doesn't mean it, but the toys go into a tizzy.
I don't want to give away too much here because the story needs to unfold anew for each moviegoer. Let me just say that the toys seem to be destined for storage in the attic, but mom mistakes the bag for trash and Andy's playtime friends think they've been kicked to the curb. Only Woody knows different.
The odyssey that follows is classic, cliffhanger adventure that introduces great new toys including Ken and Barbie, given voice by Michael Keaton and Jodie Benson; Lotso Huggin' Bear and Mr. Prickle Pants, voiced by Ned Beatty and Timothy Dalton, to name just a few. I've loved the previous Toy Story movies and number three is no exception. Every scene is finely crafted to thoroughly entertain and delight not only the kids, but fans of any age.
I liked the 3-D, but honestly I believe this film would be just as wonderful in traditional format. Each voice talent is perfect including the originals -- Tom Hanks as Woody and Tim Allen as Buzz Light Year. Get ready for great laughs, like when Mr. Potato Head has to abandon his plastic potato body and employ a tortilla. And get ready for lump-in-the-throat moments where we discover just how much Andy loves his toys.
"Toy Story 3" already has a reserved spot on my top 10 list for 2010. I love this movie! Four stars with no reservations at all and "Toy Story 3" is rated G.