Why, you ask, would I write a recap of the entire Toy Story saga when it is only now finally achieving trilogy status? Well, the answer to that is actually quite simple. You see, even though there have only been two movies so far, the first one was released just under 15 years ago, and it's been well over a decade since part 2. And as if that weren't enough, read on and I'm sure you'll discover more than enough reasons in this article!But before I go on, a little history. A second sequel was originally planned in 2004-2005, but was shelved during the famous fallout between Disney and Pixar. That one was about Buzz Lightyear being shipped back to Taiwan for repairs when a defect was discovered, but all the other toys ship themselves there to rescue him when they discover that Taiwan is just throwing damaged toys away and replacing them with new ones. This script was thrown away when Disney and Pixar made amends, and work began on the one that you're about to see!But before you go see Buzz and Woody and all their diminutive friends in glorious IMAX 3D, here's a quick re-cap of the well-loved stories that we've seen so far...1. Toy Story (1995), G, 77 mins.Besides being a mind-blowing advancement in computer animation, the first Toy Story movie presented a whole cast of characters who won the hearts of audiences all over the world. Woody is a toy sheriff who lovingly oversees a 10-year-old kid named Andy's bedroom full of quirky toys. He is respected and loved by the townspeople' and enjoys the enviable status of being Andy's favorite toys. But the town threat level achieves fever pitch when their annual day of terror arrives Andy's birthday.Everyone listens to the army guys broadcasting over a walkie-talkie what new toys are being unwrapped, and when Andy gets that last big present, a coveted Buzz Lightyear, everyone is amazed except Woody, who worries about being replaced as the favorite. Complicating matters is the fact that Buzz, the newest, coolest toy at the market, arrives in the room completely unaware that he's a toy. Woody ultimately has to convince Buzz that he's a toy without triggering a crippling depression that will render him useless in their combined efforts to get back to Andy's room after accidentally getting themselves lost in the bedroom of the bully kid next door, who loves to torture toys!Best dialogue:[caption id="attachment_85870" align="alignright" width="307" caption="Buzz and Woody discuss the meanings of their lives."][/caption]Buzz: "Right now, poised at the edge of the galaxy, Emperor Zurg has been secretly building a weapon with the destructive capacity to annihilate an entire planet! I alone have information that reveals this weapon's only weakness. And you, my friend, are responsible for delaying my rendezvous with Star Command!Woody: "YOU! ARE! A! TOYYYYY! You aren't the real Buzz Lightyear! You're - you're an action figure! You are a child's play thing!"Buzz: "You are a sad, strange little man, and you have my pity. Farewell!"Toy Story TriviaPixar originally wanted Jim Carrey to do the voice of Woody, and Paul Newman to voice Buzz Lightyear, but they couldn't afford them. Billy Crystal was also offered the role of Buzz but he turned it down. After he saw the finished film, he said that turning it down was the biggest mistake of his career. When Pixar heard of this, they offered him the role of Mike in Monsters, Inc, which he immediately accepted. Also, it took 4-13 hours to render every frame of the film. It's about 77 minutes long, and there are 30 frames in one second of film. You do the math!2. Toy Story 2 (1999), G, 92 minutes.So, at the time of this writing, Toy Story 2 is dead last on the IMDb's list of the 250 greatest movies of all time, but hey, at least it's on there, as it is the original film, which is #155. As the first moie with another birthday and all of Andy's toys receiving the frightening news that his most exciting present this year was a puppy, and Woody's realization that there is, in fact, a gift that could be worse than Buzz.But the puppy isn't the worst of their problems in the first sequel. Of greater concern is the fact that, while Andy is away at summer camp, Woody accidentally gets put out in a yard sale and stolen by a greedy toy collector named Big Al (a great voice performance by Wayne Knight, who you remember as the fat guy in Jurassic Park). It seems that Woody is actually a classic toy of enormous commercial value, and Al intends to sell him to a toy museum in Japan, so the rest of the toys are forced to go out into the big city to save him!Best dialogueBo Peep: "This is for Woody, when you find him." (she gives Buzz a long kiss)Buzz: "Um, okay, but it won't be the same coming from me..."Toy Story 2 TriviaFirst sequel ever done by Tom Hanks or Tim Allen, and Rotten Tomatoes has called it the best reviewed movie of all time. More importantly, Tom Hanks has a great-uncle, a true blood relation, who was himself directly related by blood to a Nancy Hanks (she was his niece), who on February 12, 1809, gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Abraham Lincoln.Do you realize what this means?!?3. Toy Story 3 (2010)G, 103 mins.This time around, Andy has grown up and gone off to college, and the toys have ended up in a day-care center where they're constantly groped and sucked by grubby-fingered babies. They team up with a cast of new characters in order to plan their great escape.Toy Story 3 will be released on June 18th, 2010. Enjoy!