The Godfather trilogy?
The Lord of the Rings marathon?
The Star Wars series?
The Indiana Jones quad?
The Police Academy movies?
Listen, the idea of sequels is as old as movies themselves...the problem is that very few of them are any good.
Godfather part one and two...genius.
Godfather part three...weak at best.
Lord of the Rings...only an Ork could really "enjoy" all three.
George Lucas ruined the entire series with his prequels and besides "Return of the Jedi" was rubbish.
Indiana Jones was great for three parts (you can argue about "The Temple of Doom" I suppose but I loved it) but the "Crystal Skull" was awful.
The "Toy Story" series though has now achieved the impossible...three films that are equally good.
In fact, forget it, I'm going to just say it...it is now the best series of films ever made.
Make no mistake "Toy Story 3" is absolutely brilliant.
The gang are all back...Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the rest.
This time they have to come to terms with the fact that Andy is now seventeen and is heading for college. Their days are numbered...it's the attic or the dump. Thanks to an error by Andys mother the gang end up in "Sunnyside" day care...which, at first, appears to be the answer to all of their problems; children aplenty all day every day and the promise of a happy ever after. All is not as it appears however and soon things take a turn for the worse which requires Woody to save the day.
I couldn't tell you how many times I laughed out loud during this movie...it is packed with terrific jokes and great visual gags too. The new characters are fabulous and the pace is thrilling. I also cried on more than one occasion...tears of real emotion as the toys faced danger or faced up to the fact that Andy was a big boy now and didn't need them.
Pixar have now managed what the likes of Lucas, Spielberg and Coppola couldn't...they have made a movie series that contains no weak link.
When this hits the multiplexes buy a ticket for opening night and then buy another for the next night..."Toy Story 3" needs to be seen more than once.