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Toy Story 3: The Best Movie of Summer 2010?

You only see a little bit of footage in this new featurette — which debuted at Yahoo! today — but if you’re like me, you might be starting to get the feeling that Pixar’s Toy Story 3 might end up as the movie of the Summer. Allow me to explain. When you think about it, now that Iron Man 2 and Robin Hood are out of the way. And now that we know neither has really dropped bombs of awesome upon audiences. It’s hard to see off in the distance any one movie, save for Chris Nolan’s Inception, that could be more impressive than Pixar’s latest.

At its core, Toy Story 3 is a road movie. A film that intends to take the rescue adventure of Toy Story 2 and turn it up several notches. And word on the street is that it’s got heart in buckets. A 180-degree spin from last year’s Up, I’m hearing that the latest adventure of Buzz, Woody and the gang brings waves of emotion in act three — the act that isn’t showing in the ‘sneak preview’ screenings on college campuses across the country. And I’m told that the action is as good as any we’re going to see this summer.

It’s hard to make such a prediction, but every day it seems that I’m seeing more evidence that Toy Story 3 is going to be the odds-on winner of summer 2010. Both commercially and critically. It wouldn’t be much of a surprise, given Pixar’s long-standing history of picture-to-picture improvement.

More as the movie continues to screen. For now, check out this new featurette.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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