The trailer for Toy Story 3 , which opens next summer, June 18, has dropped, and does it look like a winner? Yes, yes it does. The first half of the trailer works on two levels — using flashbacks to both establish the passage of time integral to the story within the movie and also remind filmgoers of their own nostalgic attachment to the first two Toy Story films. This is the sort of honest swing in adolescent feeling — wild joy laced with melancholy — most children’s movies don’t attempt to conjure, but that Pixar typically does so well. The second half of the trailer is more antics-oriented, and characteristic of what’s used to bait the LCD set. Still, it’s a nice blend.
It’s been a decade since the last film in the series, but given Pixar’s esteemed track record and the heavy rotation of the huge stack of DVDs they sold, I don’t see how this entry does any less than previous movies ($361 and $485 million worldwide, respectively), only more. Eschewing any sort of long-lead tracking or impression mumbo-jumbo, I’d peg its earnings at $550 million, about evenly split Stateside and internationally.