People fawn over Pixar for their ability to make kids’ movies which appeal to adults, and deservedly so, but they mostly concentrate on the movies’ emotional resonance and mature subject matter. (Mature being used her in its true meaning, not to convey prurience.) Not enough attention is paid to their ability to craft thrilling adventures. For my money, Pixar actually makes some of the best action sequences around.
There are several such scenes in Toy Story 3, culminating in a fantastic escape sequence, which transitions into a life-or-death situation. The tension is ratcheted up throughout the film’s climactic moments, producing a top-notch thrill. It’s really something to realize you’ve been concerned over the peril facing a bunch of animated toys.
As for the film’s much-vaunted sentimentality, I have to confess that I found the ending just a little over-the-top verging on maudlin. But then again, I have been told that I have no heart.