I can't believe there isn't a thread about this yet.
I make no qualms admitting that I am a Pixar fan, and I think out of all the movie studios out there, they are the ones that are consistently doing films that strive to be both art and entertainment and succeed most of the time.
That said, I don't think they always hit the mark. I was disappointed in Cars and thought that despite some clever writing, Ratatouille was overrated. I also felt that Up peaked in the opening sequence and was never able to capture that magic throughout the rest of the movie and was mad that it got a Best Picture nomination (even if they did have 10 nominees that year) wheareas Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and especially Wall-E did not get that same recognition.
However, if there is one film that is the pinnacle of Pixar's movie-making (so far) then it's Toy Story 3. I don't want to give too much away, but if you are looking to see cinema in the theaters today (and like me finding yourself disappointed that there hasn't been many films that really hit you the way they're supposed to) then do yourself a favor and see Toy Story 3.
I truly do believe it is Pixar's best movie to date, and I'll be hard-press to find a better movie in terms of emotional impact and just plain great story-telling than this one this year...hell, this decade.
The last time I walked out the theater feeling this invested in a film was when I left Brokeback Mountain and felt absolutely numb watching it.
I promise to give a more coherent review later, but right now, I'm still under Toy Story's spell.
SpoilerFor all of you animation fans out there, Pixar pays homage to Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli in Toy Story 3 be having a stuffed Totoro in the film. I was absolutely delighted when I saw it and it made me want to see My Neighbor Totoro again.