Ah, Pixar. Why did I ever doubt you? Despite the animation studio's almost-flawless track record (or perhaps because of it), I thought they were due for a misfire. And "Toy Story 3" looked like it might be a case of going to the well one too many times.

Ah, Pixar. Why did I ever doubt you?

Despite the animation studio's almost-flawless track record (or perhaps because of it), I thought they were due for a misfire. And "Toy Story 3" looked like it might be a case of going to the well one too many times.

Well, nevermind. They just cranked out another fantastic movie.

Woody, Buzz and the gang return, 15 years after the original and 11 since the sequel. The toys are just as we remember them, but owner Andy is now 17 years old and heading off to college.

Faced with a lifetime of toy purgatory in the attic, our heroes inadvertently end up donated to a local daycare center. What first appears to be an ideal scenario of constant play takes a turn for the worse.

Pixar's animation has always been groundbreaking, but it's the attention to story that's made them great. This third "Toy Story" continues the tradition. How do they manage to make kid-friendly movies so moving and emotionally complex?

The voice cast, led again by Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, is spot-on. Laughs are plentiful, and there are some stellar action sequences.

As for the 3D aspect, it's masterfully executed. While it's certainly the best way to see the film, the 2D crowds are going to get a great experience, too.

In the end, I'm glad they dug the toys out of the box again. Go play.