While I enjoyed this film, I was disappointed by it. With near universal praise from critics and audiences alike, and being the highest grossing animated film of all time, I was expecting a masterpiece. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I wouldn't even call this one of Pixar's better films.
Perhaps my opinion was colored by watching this film with my 3 year old. He was either bored or scared during the majority of the film. The story is about the toys dealing with the emotional devastation of becoming obsolete to the person they most care about. They end up in a horrible daycare run by a totalitarian toy mafia that resorts to brainwash, torture, imprisonment, and solitary confinement to beat down all the toys there and subject them to rule by a completely heartless stuffed pink bear. Not exactly your typical kid movie themes. It's done with a lot of comedy, of course, and is fun enough for people old enough to know what's going on, but it concerned my little boy.
While I laughed quite a bit, the plot elements didn't wow me. The film amounts to little more than a jail-break story, and it recycles several ideas from the first two films. The toys have once again been accidentally removed from the house, they have to get back before a big move, Buzz gets reset and becomes his old space ranger self again, Woody tries to convince all the other toys of something they refuse to believe at first, and once again we have the 'no toy left behind' theme.
In the end, the film was a little audience inappropriate (the finale was especially scary for a G rated film), not terribly original, and the plot was simple. There are some fresh elements to this story (Ken and Barbie were great, as was Mr. Potato Head's spy work near the end of the film), but itâ‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s not nearly as good as the previous pixar film, Up, nor as good as Toy Story 2. Itâ‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s not even the best animation of 2010 (that honor goes to How to Train Your Dragon, hands down).
All that said, even bottom shelf Pixar films are better than 90% of everything else that goes through theaters. It's a good film, just don't get your hopes up too high.