One Sentence: The third is about a third as good.
Running Time: 108 Minutes
Release Date: 18-June-2010
Pixar is an amazing company that makes amazing movies that are wonderful for everyone in the family. They have broken new ground in the world of storytelling and animation and in my opinion is an amazing company. However that doesn't mean that they can't make a so-so movie, and when you are dealing with the third movie in a series, and going with the gimmick of 3-D you might be going down the track of a so-so Pixar movie.
Toy Story 3 is that movie. The opening is amazing, and had the feeling of grand epic animation that I loved in Toy Story 2. Everything got bigger, faster, prettier and I was loving the opening, but then the story decided to get in the way, and with the last few movies that Pixar had done, it seemed like story has gotten in the way of everything else. I don't think Toy Story 3 had a bad story, or it wasn't worth telling, but when you have amazing characters and can really make anything imaginable happen, it's a shame to have nothing really happen visually, or new to those characters. The movie felt very dull, dry, and tired. Nothing 3-D worthy, and no real amazing animation happened with a story that was very dark, and heavy. It didn't have the light fun feeling that I expect from the Toy Story characters. It felt like they all phoned in Toy Story 3, they made an ok Pixar movie and that is just not the level Pixar should be doing.
Barbie and Ken were in this movie and they were very fun, and a nice new addition to the already large Toy Story cast, but I think it was just too little, too late. In the end, I think the 3-D was not necessary, the movie was mediocre, and in rating it against all other Pixar movies would be in the bottom 3. I would say that doesn't mean it is a bad movie at all, but when you are standing up against, Monsters Inc, and Toy Story 1 and 2, this movie doesn't even come close. Pay to see it if you need the 3-D experience on a Sunday matinee, but I think you could just rent it and be fine.