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The success of the film's soundtrack has been key

DVD: Toy Story 3 (U)

Bret Easton Ellis, the author of American Psycho, was among those who took to Twitter to broadcast the fact that they had cried at the denouement of this animation. And there's no denying that this third instalment of the Toy Story series is as affecting as it is funny, philosophical, suspenseful and, at times, scary.

Return of the gun on wish list for Santa

In these recession-hit times, parents may be relieved to hear that the "Dream Dozen" Christmas toys all cost less than £100 this year. However, eyebrows in some households may shoot skywards at the news that one of the toys bears more than a passing resemblance to an AK-47 assault rifle.

The curse of Barbie is alive and well in children's cinema

Continued use of distorted female stereotypes as 'eye candy' blamed on male-dominated industry

Despicable Me, Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud, 95 mins (U)

Beautiful CGI? Check. Cute gags? Check. Half-decent plot? Oops...

In praise of our fathers, from Atticus Finch to Homer Simpson

Ian Cameron was 'amazing', but whatever kind of father you have, his influence is huge, says Tim Lott

Toy Story 3 overtakes Titanic in all-time UK box office

It has left audiences in tears but Disney bosses were celebrating today as Toy Story 3 sailed past Titanic in the all-time UK box office league.

From Mister Bug to Buzz Lightyear: 80 years of colour cartoons

It has been 80 years since the first colour cartoon hit our screens. The Independent Online takes a look at how something made for children’s entertainment has expanded into a worldwide genre accessible to all ages.

Toy Story 3: The highest grossing animated film ever

As feature cartoons keep audiences flocking to cinemas, Hollywood studios hastily roll out more

Are adults finally getting the cartoon capers they deserve?

Anew brand of animated films is coming to the big screen – and there’s not an ogre or talking donkey in sight.

Cats And Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore (3D) (U)

In 2001, Cats and Dogs posited the idea that mutts and moggies could talk and joke like us, or like a bad screenwriter's version of us. This shaggy-dog sequel concerns an evil masterplan dreamed up by creepy hairless feline Kitty Galore (voiced by Bette Midler) to send canines barking mad and make the world her "scratching post".

Culture Club: Toy Story 3 (U)

Readers review this week's film

Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich, 120 mins (U)<br/>The Concert, Radu Mihaileanu, 120 mins (15)<br/>Rapt, Lucas Belvaux, 125 mins (15)

It's a wonderful comedy, a superb prison thriller, even a pretty scary horror film &ndash; but most of all, the final instalment in Pixar's 'Toy Story' is an unashamed tear-jerker about the poignancy of ageing

John Lasseter: To infinity and beyond

Disney's head of animation has overseen a sequence of films that has redefined the genre &ndash; and defined the digital age.
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