Who's In It: The voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Don Rickles, Michael Keaton, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris, Laurie Metcalf, Bonnie Hunt, Whoopi Goldberg
The Basics: Andy is going off to college and his toys realize that with the death of childhood could come the breakup of their toy family. The army men bail out first but the rest stick around and await their fate. Should they hope he brings them to college? Will they be happier stored in the attic? Or will they get to experience new life as the playthings at a daycare center? Only when the third option becomes a reality do they realize that being stuffed in a box might not have been such a bad thing after all.
What's The Deal: It's literally redundant to say this because I'm just part of a chorus of yay-sayers, but this fantastic Pixar film is not only perfectly animated but also perfectly emotionally on point. Like last year's Up, but in an entirely different direction, this series of films aims right for the sadness and ache that comes along as life shifts around you. And it distinguishes itself from other sentimental kid-aimed movies in that it gets the universal sense of loss that comes with growing up and moving along, unafraid to confront the fears of the people (or in this case, anthropomorphic non-people) left behind. It's so moving you're probably made of rock if you don't shed at least a few tears before the credits roll.
At What Point In The Film I Felt Almost Ridiculous: Without spoiling it too much, there's a climactic scene where the toys are in grave danger and I was so wrapped up in their fate that I felt my heartrate increasing and my palms get sweaty. I was worried that the toys might die. And yes, I know. It's weird. But that's what great movies will do to you. You'll buy anything if someone's telling the story properly.
Attention All Grown Men, Let This Be A Warning To You: You might bring a handkerchief along. Or some tissue. Whatever you have. A long-sleeved shirt will do. You're going to need it. My viewing companion openly sobbed during the entire final five minutes. And though he is a big baby, and you're probably not that in tune with your feelings, a similar fate could befall you.
Miyazaki Fans, Get Ready to Squeal With Joy: Totoro. He's in it.