Toy Story 3

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Toy Story 3
"So long, partner." - Woody the Cowboy, 2010.
Genre: Animated
Directed by: Lee Unkrich
Written by: John Lasseter
Andrew Stanton
Lee Unkrich
Starring: Tom Hanks
Tim Allen
Joan Cusack
Don Rickles
Wallace Shawn
John Ratzenberger
Estelle Harris
Blake Clark
Ned Beatty
Michael Keaton
Jodi Benson
John Morris
Photography: Color
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release date: June 12, 2010 (Taormina Film Fest)
June 18, 2010 (United States)
Runtime: 103 minutes
Country: United States
Budget: $200 million
Box office: $1.067 billion
Prequel: Toy Story 2
Toy Story 4

Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American computer-animated comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. It is the third installment in Pixar's Toy Story series and the sequel to 1999's Toy Story 2. It was directed by Lee Unkrich, the editor of the first two films and the co-director of Toy Story 2, written by Michael Arndt, while Unkrich wrote the story along with John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton, respectively, director and co-writer of the first two films as Pixar's 11th feature film. The film had its worldwide premiere on June 12, 2010, opening at Taormina Film Fest in Italy. In the United States, it premiered on June 13, 2010, at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. El Capitan also hosted on June 17, 2010, a Toy Story marathon, showing for the first time all three Toy Story films together. The film went into its wide release on June 18, 2010, along with a release to IMAX 3D theaters. The sequel, Toy Story 4, was released almost a decade later in June 2019.


With their beloved 17-year-old Andy preparing to leave for college, Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and the rest of the toys find themselves headed for the attic, but mistakenly wind up on the curb with the trash. Woody's quick thinking saves the gang, but they end up being donated to a day-care center called Sunnyside. Unfortunately, they find out the hard way (for the second time) that not all kids play nice, prompting the toys to plan a great escape.

Why It Belongs to Bonnie

  1. Like Chicken Run, it is considered one of the best prison film parodies.
  2. Magnificent animation which is a major step up from the first two films, especially for the 2010s and Pixar standards.
  3. Once again, the characters from the earlier films are unforgettable and likable, especially Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and the other Andy's old toys.
  4. The voice acting is still great, both from Toy Story "veterans" (like Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and Wallace Shawn) and the new cast (like Whoopi Goldberg, Timothy Dalton, and Blake Clark, who replaced Jim Varney as Slinky in the first two films, following his death on February 10, 2000).
  5. Randy Newman's score is still amazing.
  6. The new characters that were introduced, including Lots 'O Huggin' Bear (explained below), Big Baby, Chuckles, Stretch, Barbie (although multiple versions of her appear in the second film), Ken, and Bonnie are still noteworthy and just as iconic as the previous films.
  7. Like the first and second films, it has a great story with good morals while handling serious and mature topics.
    • The incinerator scene is rightfully considered one of the saddest and darkest moments in Pixar history. Considering everything the toys had gone through Lotso's philosophy about how toys were made to be thrown away and replaced, and the fact that he had a chance to reform himself but purposefully threw away any shred of humanity he had left in him, with his last "Where's your kid now, Sheriff?!" line and left the gang to die and get burnt alive. Toys can't age and are technically immortal, so being physically destroyed is the only way for them to technically “die”. Yes, the gang does get rescued in the end, but for a moment their deaths seemed legit and humane.
    • Then after that heart-pumping scene is over, there's another tough scene in which a college-aged Andy has to come to his senses and give away his toys to Bonnie.
  8. The scenes involving Spanish Buzz are really funny and entertaining.
  9. The ending is very heartwarming: as Andy gives his toys to Bonnie and plays with them for one last time, Woody says goodbye to his former owner as he drives to college and the toys happily have their new lives with the little girl, end Andy's (and starting Bonnie's) adventure lifetime on quite a high note.
  10. The opening scene is a hilarious parody homage to the most popular Western films of the 1950s.
  11. The film's main antagonist, Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear (Lotso for short) is an excellent villain with a great and emotional backstory. He's also notable for his reasonable philosophy about toys being just trash waiting to be thrown out and being the first genuine danger and threat to Woody's Gang with no redeeming or sympathetic qualities at all. Even his backstory doesn't excuse the majority of his actions, but even then, it still does an important job of explaining Lotso's actions and making sure they make sense.
    • Also, Lotso's plan to turn the most adorable daycare into the darkest toy-themed prison camp is next-level creative.
  12. Lee Unkrich did an awesome job directing this movie.
  13. The plot twist was genuinely unexpected and clever like when Andy's old toys (except Buzz) found out it was Woody's right when Andy didn't throw them away who is actively searching for the toys in the attic.
  14. Great, funny, and memorable dialogue like in the first two movies, such as:
    • "My Cowboy!"
    • "He was putting you IN THE ATTIC!"
      • "He left us on the curb!"
    • "Quiet, musical hog! Knock it off!"
    • "Sweet potato? Who do you think you're talking to!? I have over 30 accessories, and I deserve more respect-"
    • "She replaced us!"
      • "She replaced YOU!"
    • "What? You want your mommy back?! She never loved you! DON'T BE SUCH A BABY!!!"
    • "Push 'em in! All of 'em!"
    • "This is what happens when you DUMMIES try to think! We're all just trash, waiting to be THROWN AWAY! That's all a toy is!"
    • "Hey! Stop it! Put me down you idiot! AAAHHHHH!!!! No, no, wait a minute! Big baby, wait!"

Bad Qualities

  1. Some scenes might be a bit too dark for a G-rated film, most notably the incinerator scene and in Sunnyside Daycare for the Caterpillar Room sequence where Andy's old toys (except Woody where he's picked up by Bonnie) are messing and thrown around by uncontrollable little kids. The security monkey might also be seen as a bit disturbing to young kids.
  2. False advertising: One poster for the film features Stinky Pete, the main antagonist from Toy Story 2, leaning on the film's "3", but he doesn't appear in the film at all nor is he mentioned.
  3. Some jokes that are rather very tacky and unfunny, an example is the infamous scene where Mrs. Potato Head is furious and Lotso forcibly rips out her mouth and voice, and Mr. Potato Head defends her and says that only he can rip her voice out, which is a reference to the husbands who have the right to tear the voice out of their partners for their opinions.
  4. While still good characters as ever, Jessie, Bullseye, Rex, Mr & Mrs Potato Head, The 3 Green Aliens, Slinky, and Hamm (Later Buzz) became a bit out of character at the beginning of the movie, as they disagree with Woody about going to the attic, and instead have Sunnyside as a better place at the beginning, even if Woody was trying to tell them the truth. Thankfully, they redeemed themselves as the movie went on after realizing that Woody was right about Andy still wanting them.
  5. Although he's a very good villain, Lotso can come off as a little too unlikable to love to hate at times. Granted, this was most likely the intention but there's a difference between making someone a hate sink and making them irredeemable. A good example of his unlikability would have to be in the climax of the movie where Lotso leaves the toys to die although Woody and Buzz risked their lives to save him.


Critical response

Much like its two predecessors, Toy Story 3 received critical acclaim, with critics, audiences, and fans alike, praising the vocal performances, screenplay, emotional depth, animation, and Randy Newman's musical score. Many people consider this to be the best film in the series. It is considered not only the best film of 2010 but also the best film of Disney and Pixar. On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 98% based on 305 reviews, with an average rating of 8.87/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Deftly blending comedy, adventure, and honest emotion, Toy Story 3 is a rare second sequel that really works." Toy Story 3 was the best-reviewed film of 2010 on Rotten Tomatoes. Metacritic, another review aggregator which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, gave the film a score of 92 out of 100 based on 39 critics, indicating "universal acclaim." TIME named Toy Story 3 the "best film of 2010," as did Quentin Tarantino. In 2011, TIME named it one of "The 25 All-TIME Best Animated Films." Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale, the same score as the first film, but down from the "A+" earned by the second film.

Box office

Toy Story 3 earned $415 million in North America and $652 million in other countries for a worldwide total of $1.067 billion, earning more revenue than the previous two films of the series combined.


Toy Story 3 became the second Pixar film (after Up) and the third animated film overall (after Beauty and the Beast and Up) to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. The film received four more Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Sound Editing, Best Animated Feature, and Best Original Song, winning the latter two.



  • The film was originally to be made by Circle 7 Animation, an animation studio owned by Disney that was intended to make sequels to the Disney-owned Pixar movies. Originally, Disney and Pixar had a seven-film distribution deal, in which Disney owned the full rights to any films, sequels, and characters made by Pixar. In 2004, Steve Jobs, the then-CEO of Pixar, announced that Pixar wouldn't be renewing their agreement with Disney and that they would seek out other distributors for future film releases starting in 2006. Circle 7 Animation was formed under Disney, and the projects that the studio worked on as one of the planned sequels for some of Pixar's previous works, along with Monsters Inc 2: Lost In Scaradise (which would become Monsters University, but rather a prequel) and Finding Nemo 2 (which would become Finding Dory). Their idea for the film involves Andy and his toys (Woody, Buzz, Hamm, Rex, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, Jessie, and Bullseye) paying a visit to his grandmother's house for the night because his room is getting remodeled. So a set of Andy's toys and new characters Hee-Hee, and Gladiola are trying to figure out who stole the toys one by one in a whodunit-style murder mystery story. Though it was rejected, Disney was so impressed with the script that this version would have been considered for a possible fourth installment. The final version of the Circle 7 script was written by Meet the Parents screenwriter Jim Herzfeld. It focused on Andy's toys shipping a malfunctioning Buzz to the factory in Taiwan where he was built called Wocka-Wocka, with the other toys hoping he would be fixed there. While searching on the Internet, they then discovered that many more Buzz Lightyear toys were malfunctioning around the world and the company had issued a massive recall. Fearing Buzz's destruction, a group of Andy's toys (Woody, Rex, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, Hamm, Jessie, and Bullseye) all ship themselves to Taiwan and venture out to rescue Buzz. At the same time, Buzz meets other toys from around the world that were once loved but have been recalled such as Rosey, a warm cozy toy, and Jade, a leggy doll with an evening gown. Along with meeting the recalled toys, Buzz also meets a new Star Command action figure that was going to be the replacement of Buzz, Daxx Blastar, along with his accessory pet cat named Comet. However, after Disney acquired Pixar in 2006 and the box office success of Chicken Little (despite mixed to negative reception), Circle 7 Animation shut down, and its alternate version of Toy Story 3 was canceled. The following month, Disney CEO Robert Iger confirmed that Disney was in the process of transferring the production to Pixar.
  • From DVD, this is the last Pixar movie without Disney's FastPlay function, until the 2020 movie Onward. Subsequent films except for that one do have the function.
  • This is the first Toy Story movie of the following:
    • The first Toy Story movie not to be directed by John Lasseter.
    • The first Toy Story movie not to be released on VHS and only released on DVD instead.
    • The first Toy Story movie not to use the 1995-2007 Walt Disney Pictures logo.
    • The first Toy Story movie to air in the 21st century and air in the 2010s.
    • The first Toy Story movie to have Blake Clark's voice Slinky Dog instead of the late Jim Varney, who died on February 10, 2000, ten years before this movie was released.
    • The first Toy Story movie to be made using Disney Digital 3-D/IMAX 3-D technology.
    • The first Toy Story movie not to be released in November.
  • This is the final Toy Story movie of the following:
    • The final Toy Story movie to feature Andy Davis, Mrs. Davis, Molly Davis, Sarge, and the Green Army Men, although Andy, Mrs. Davis, and Molly only appear in one of the flashback sequences in Toy Story 4.
    • The final Toy Story movie where R. Lee Ermey voices Sarge eight years before his death on April 15, 2018.
    • The final Toy Story movie is to be produced in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
    • The final Toy Story movie to feature the Thin Lizzy song "The Boys Are Back In Town" in any of its trailers or TV spots.
    • The final Toy Story movie to have a video game based on it.
    • The final Toy Story movie to have the normal Disney opening logo music, because the next movie has the variant music.
    • The final Toy Story movie to feature a deluded Buzz Lightyear.
    • The final Toy Story movie to feature Rex, Slinky Dog, Hamm, and Mr. Potato Head as main characters, because they have a much smaller role in the fourth film.
    • The final Toy Story movie that the late Don Rickles, the voice of Mr. Potato Head, finished before his death on April 6, 2017.
  • This is the only Toy Story movie of the following:
    • The only Toy Story movie where none of the characters lose their arms.
    • The only Toy Story movie not to feature Annie Potts as Bo Peep, though her character made a brief cameo in the movie.
    • The only Toy Story movie to use the 2006 Walt Disney Pictures logo, because the next Toy Story movie has the 2011 Disney logo.
    • The only Toy Story movie to be nominated for Best Picture Academy Award.
    • The only Toy Story movie to win the Best Original Song Academy Award.
  • When first broadcast on STARZ in 2011, the film was preceded by Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in a marathon.
  • Since Toy Story 2, this was the first Pixar sequel rather than the original projects as well as the first Pixar film to be released in the 2010s.
  • Mattel, Thinkway Toys, and Lego are among the companies that produced toys to promote the film. Fisher Price, a Mattel Company, released Toy Story 3 with 21 3D images for viewing with the View-Master viewer.
  • Stinky Pete was possibly originally intended to appear in Toy Story 3, perhaps as the main antagonist (there was even a poster of him leaning on the 3), but was replaced by Lotso the Bear. However, he predicted some of the events:
    • In an outtake from Toy Story 2, Stinky Pete was talking to the Barbie twins about getting them a part in Toy Story 3. Since this was non-canon, it turns out it wasn't real, as only one Barbie appeared in the third film.
      • However, it should be noted that since the 2019 home media reissue, the film's 20th anniversary, this outtake was removed to reflect the #MeToo movement and the ousting of John Lasseter as head of animation amidst sexual harassment allegations, which caused a lot of controversy.
    • Before Buzz, Woody, and the gang stuffed him into Amy's backpack, in Toy Story 2, he said "Spending eternity rotting in some landfill!", and they did, though in Toy Story 3, it is caused by Lotso the Bear dragging Woody into the rubbish bin by his ankle and also the other toys only running in to save him where they do not end up in the landfill forever, so he was only about 70% correct.
    • In Toy Story 2, he asked Woody if he thought that Andy was going to take him to college or on his honeymoon as it was unlikely an adult would do so (Also, how can Andy even take Woody on a honeymoon when the latter is a toy?). In Toy Story 3, his prediction on that turned out to be true, with Andy ultimately handing Woody and his other toys (including Jessie and Bullseye) over to Bonnie. However, it should be noted that Andy was indeed initially planning on taking Woody with him to college, therefore defying the Prospector's expectations.
    • In Toy Story 2, He said, "Idiots! Children destroy toys! You will be ruined! Forgotten!", foreshadowing the rough play scene in the Caterpillar Room in Sunnyside Daycare where the toys do get damaged by the children, except Woody.

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