Toy Story 3 Poster

Poster for Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated film. It is the third feature-length film in the Toy Story franchise. The film was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Lee Unkrich, who edited the previous films and co-directed the second film, took over as director. In his place, Ken Schretzmann is the editor. Toy Story 3 was also the first of only two films to be released theatrically with 7.1 surround sound, the second being Step Up 3D.

The plot focuses on the adventures of Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and other toys dealing with an uncertain future as their owner prepares to leave for college. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, John Ratzenberger, Wallace Shawn, Jeff Pidgeon, Jodi Benson, R. Lee Ermey, John Morris, and Laurie Metcalf all reprised their roles. Jim Varney, who voiced Slinky Dog, and Joe Ranft, who voiced Lenny and Wheezy, both died before production began on the third film. The role of Slinky is taken over by Blake Clark while Ranft's characters and various others were written out of the story (Wheezy, Etch, and Bo Peep, for example, are mentioned in the beginning as having been sold). New characters include voice-overs by Ned Beatty, Michael KeatonTimothy Dalton, Bonnie Hunt, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jeff Garlin.


Andy is packing for college and his toys, who have passed a long time not being played with, feel forgotten and abandoned. Andy decides to take Woody with him to college and intends to store the other toys in the attic. A misunderstanding with Andy's mother results in the other toys being thrown away, making them think they are no longer wanted. They escape and decide to climb in a box to be donated to the Sunnyside Daycare, along with Woody.

Andy's toys are welcomed by the numerous toys at Sunnyside, and given a tour of the seemingly perfect play-setting by Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear, Big Baby and Ken, the latter of whom Barbie falls for. All of the toys are quickly enamored with their new home, leaving steadfast Woody alone to attempt to return to Andy. However, Woody is picked up outside the school by the imaginative, but shy, little girl Bonnie. She takes him home and plays with him along with her other toys, who are well treated, happy, and readily welcome Woody. Woody is elated until he hears about Lotso from Chuckles. Lotso, along with Big Baby and Chuckles, were once accidentally lost by their original owner. The three found their way back to their owner's home, but Lotso saw that he had been replaced. Though Chuckles realized the truth, an embittered Lotso convinced Big Baby that they were abandoned, and used Big Baby's size to help him take control of the toys at Sunnyside in the fashion of organized crime. Worried for his friends, Woody hurries back to the daycare and finds that they have been put on task to be played with the rambunctious, toy-abusing youngest toddlers. They are also kept under guard at night by Buzz whom Lotso has reverted to a demonstration state wiping his memories, restoring his original "Space Ranger" persona and allying with him.

Woody rejoins his best friends and they work out an escape plan involving the garbage dumpster. In the process, Buzz is accidentally reset into a Spanish-speaking mode during an attempt to restore him to normal. The toys reach the dumpster, but are headed off by Lotso and his gang. As a garbage truck approaches, Woody explains to Big Baby that Lotso has lied to him and that his owner still loved him, whereupon Ken, Big Baby, and the other Sunnyside toys turn on Lotso and push him into the dumpster. However, Lotso manages to pull Woody in with him just as the garbage truck collects the dumpster. Woody's best friends board the truck to rescue him, during which Buzz is hit by falling trash while saving Jessie, finally returning him to his old self. The toys find themselves at the local landfill and are soon pulled onto a conveyor belt leading to an incinerator. They help Lotso reach an emergency stop button, but instead he escapes and leaves them to be burned. Believing they are at their final moments, the toys join hands, but they are rescued just in time by the squeeze toy aliens using a giant crane. The toys return to Andy's house while Lotso is found by a garbage truck driver and is tied to its front grille as a decoration.

At Andy's house, Woody climbs back into the box with Andy's college supplies while the other toys resign themselves to the attic. Woody has a last minute inspiration and leaves a note to Andy on the toys' box. Andy, mistaking it for a note from his mom, takes the box to Bonnie's home, and gives her the toys to play with. Bonnie recognizes Woody, laying at the bottom of the box, to Andy's surprise. Andy is initially reluctant to give him to her, but eventually does so, and then spends some time introducing her to his old toys and playing with her before he departs. Woody watches Andy's car while it disappears into the distance, and quietly says a last "So long, partner". Woody and the other toys find themselves wanted and played with again, and learn through notes passed in Bonnie's backpack that Barbie, Ken, and Big Baby have turned around the life of all the toys at Sunnyside for the better.

Voice cast

  • Tom Hanks as Woody
  • Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear
  • Joan Cusack as Jessie
  • Ned Beatty as Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear
  • Michael Keaton as Ken
  • Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head
  • Wallace Shawn as Rex
  • John Ratzenberger as Hamm
  • Estelle Harris as Mrs. Potato Head
  • John Morris as Andy
  • Jodi Benson as Barbie
  • Emily Hahn as Bonnie
  • Laurie Metcalf as Mrs. Davis
  • Blake Clark as Slinky Dog
  • Teddy Newton as Chatter Telephone
  • Bud Luckey as Chuckles
  • Beatrice Miller as Molly
  • Javier Fernandez-Peña as Spanish Buzz
  • Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants
  • Lori Alan as Bonnie's Mom
  • Kristen Schaal as Trixie
  • Jeff Garlin as Buttercup
  • Bonnie Hunt as Dolly
  • John Cygan as Twitch
  • Jeff Pidgeon as Squeeze Toy Aliens
  • Whoopi Goldberg as Stretch
  • Jack Angel as Chunk
  • R. Lee Ermey as Sarge
  • Jan Rabson as Sparks
  • Richard Kind as Bookworm
  • Erik von Detten as Sid Phillips
  • Charlie Bright as Peaty / Young Andy
  • Amber Kroner as Peatrice
  • Brianna Maiwand as Peanelope
  • Jack Willis as Frog
  • Lee Unkrich as Jack-in-the-Box
  • Bob Peterson as Janitor
  • "Woody" as Big Baby
  • Non-speaking characters include Bullseye, the Monkey, Buster, and Totoro
  • Several other characters appeared in flashbacks.
  • The character of Slinky appeared to be in limbo after Jim Varney's death in 2000 shortly after Toy Story 2 came out. Blake Clark was chosen to replace Varney in the role. After Clark was cast to play Slinky, the producers later discovered that Varney and Clark had coincidentally been close friends, making the transition a lot easier.

Additional Voices

Carlos Alazraqui Teresa Ganzel
Jess Harnell Danny Mann
Mickie McGowan Laraine Newman
Colleen O'Shaughnessey   Bob Peterson
Jerome Ranft Lee Unkrich
James Kevin Ward Colette Whitaker


According to the terms of Pixar's revised deal with Disney, all characters created by Pixar for their films were owned by Disney. Furthermore, Disney retains the rights to make sequels to any Pixar film, though Pixar retained the right of first refusal to work on these sequels. However, in 2004, when the contentious negotiations between the two companies made a split appear likely, Disney Chairman at the time Michael Eisner put in motion plans to produce Toy Story 3 at a new Disney studio, Circle 7 Animation. Tim Allen, the voice of Buzz Lightyear, indicated a willingness to return even if Pixar was not on board.[1][2] Promotional art for Circle 7's Toy Story 3, displaying the storyline of the Buzz Lightyears being recalled; this story was later shelved. Jim Herzfeld wrote a script for Circle 7's version of the film. It focused on the other toys shipping a malfunctioning Buzz to Taiwan, where he was built, believing that he will be fixed there. While searching on the Internet, they find out that many more Buzz Lightyear toys are malfunctioning around the world and the company has issued a massive recall. Fearing Buzz's destruction, the toys venture to save Buzz. At the same time, Buzz meets other toys from around the world that were once loved, but have now been recalled.

In January 2006, Disney bought Pixar in a deal that put Pixar chiefs Edwin Catmull and John Lasseter in charge of all Disney Animation. Shortly thereafter, Circle 7 Animation was shut down and its version of Toy Story 3 was shelved. The character designs went into the Disney archives. The following month, Disney CEO Robert Iger confirmed that Disney was in the process of transferring the production to Pixar. John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, and Lee Unkrich visited the house where they first pitched Toy Story and came up with the story for the film over a weekend. Stanton then wrote a treatment. On February 8, 2007, Catmull announced Toy Story 2's co-director Lee Unkrich as the sole director of the film instead of John Lasseter and Michael Arndt as screenwriter. The release date was moved to 2010. Unkrich said he felt pressure to avoid creating "the first dud" for Pixar since as of 2010, all of Pixar's films had been commercial and critical successes.

During the initial development stages of the film, Pixar revisited their work from the original Toy Story and found that though they could open the old computer files for the animated 3D models, error messages prevented them from editing the files. This necessitated recreating the models from scratch. To create the chaotic and complex junkyard scene near the end of the film, more than a year and a half was invested on research and development to create the simulation systems required for the sequence.

Instead of sending Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and John Ratzenberger scripts for their consideration in reprising their roles, a complete story reel of the film was shown to the actors in a theater. The reel was made up of moving storyboards with pre-recorded voices, sound effects, and music. At the conclusion of the preview, the actors signed onto the film.

Dolby Laboratories announced that Toy Story 3 would be the first film that will feature theatrical 7.1 surround audio. Thus, even the Blu-ray version would feature original 7.1 audio, unlike other films, which were remixed into 7.1 for Blu-ray.


On May 29, 2009, the film's first teaser trailer was released with the Disney Digital 3-D version of Up. On October 2, 2009, Toy Story and Toy Story 2 were re-released as a double feature in Disney Digital 3-D. The first full-length trailer was attached as an exclusive sneak peek and a first footage to the Toy Story double feature, on October 12, 2009. A second teaser was released on February 10, 2010, followed by a second full-length trailer on February 11 and appeared in 3D showings of Alice in Wonderland and How to Train Your Dragon. On March 23, 2010, Toy Story was released on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack which included a small feature of "The Story of Toy Story 3". Also, Toy Story 2 was released on that day in the same format which had a small feature on the "Characters of Toy Story 3". On May 11, 2010, both films had a DVD-only re-release which contained the features.

Mattel, Thinkway Toys, and Lego are among those who produced toys to promote the film. Fisher Price, a Mattel Company, has released Toy Story 3 with 21 3D images for viewing with the View-Master viewer. Disney Interactive Studios also produced a video game based on the film, Toy Story 3: The Video Game, which was released on June 15, 2010.

Toy Story 3 was featured in Apple's iPhone OS 4 Event on April 8, 2010, with Steve Jobs demonstrating a Toy Story 3 themed iAd written in HTML5.

Pixar designed a commercial for a toy, Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear, and formatted it to look like it came from an old VCR recording. The recording was altered with distorted sound, noise along the bottom of the screen, and flickering video, all designed to make it look like a converted recording from around 1983. A Japanese version of the commercial was also released online.

On Dancing with the Stars' May 11, 2010 episode, the Gipsy Kings performed a Spanish-language version of the song "You've Got a Friend in Me." It also featured a paso doble dance which was choreographed by Cheryl Burke and Tony Dovolani. Both the song and dance are featured in the film.

Sneak peeks of the film were shown on Disney Channel. One sneak peek was shown on Cartoon Network in the United States on June 10, 2010. On June 12, 2010, Disney Channel held "Toy Story Day," in which the first and second films were shown along with more sneak peeks.

Home media

Toy Story 3 was released in North America on November 2, 2010 in a standard DVD edition, two-disc Blu-ray and in a four-disc DVD / Blu-ray / Digital Copy combo pack and the PSP edition. Behind the scenes are featured including a sneak peek teaser for Cars 2. A 10-disc Toy Story trilogy Blu-ray box set also arrived on store shelves on the same day. No 3D version of the Blu-ray has been announced.

On its first week of release (November 2-7, 2010) it sold 3,859,736 units (equal to $73,096,452) ranking #1 for the week and immediately becoming the best-selling animated film of 2010 in terms of units sold (surpassing How to Train Your Dragon). As of November 21, 2010, it has sold 5,506,518 units ($103,406,647). It has become the 4th best-selling DVD of 2010 both in terms of units sold and sales revenue although the three movies it trails (Avatar, New Moon and The Blind Side) are 2009 films whose DVD's were released in 2010.

In the UK, it broke the record for the largest first day ever for animated feature both on DVD and Blu-ray in terms of sales revenue. Additionally, on its first day of release on iTunes it immediately became the most downloaded Disney film ever.


Toy Story 3 has received universal acclaim. Rotten Tomatoes reports that 99% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 246 reviews, with an average score of 8.8 / 10. The critical consensus is: Deftly blending comedy, adventure, and honest emotion, Toy Story 3 is a rare second sequel that really works. Among Rotten Tomatoes' Cream of the Crop, which consists of popular and notable critics from the top newspapers, websites, television, and radio programs, the film holds an overall approval rating of 100% based on 37 reviews. Another review aggregator, Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, calculated a score of 92 based on 39 reviews.

A. O. Scott from The New York Times states: "This film—this whole three-part, 15-year epic—about the adventures of a bunch of silly plastic junk turns out also to be a long, melancholy meditation on loss, impermanence and that noble, stubborn, foolish thing called love." Owen Gleiberman from Entertainment Weekly gave the film an A, saying: "Even with the bar raised high, Toy Story 3 enchanted and moved me so deeply I was flabbergasted that a digitally animated comedy about plastic playthings could have this effect." Gleiberman also wrote in the next issue that he, along with many other grown men, cried at the end of the film.[3] Michael Rechtshaffen from The Hollywood Reporter also gave the film a positive review, saying: "Woody, Buzz and playmates make a thoroughly engaging, emotionally satisfying return." Mark Kermode of the BBC gave the film, and the series, a glowing review, stating that Toy Story is now "the best movie trilogy of all time". Writing her review for USA Today, Claudia Puig gave the film a complete 4 star rating writing "This installment, the best of the three, is everything a movie should be: hilarious, touching, exciting and clever." Lou Lumenick, film critic of The New York Post, wrote "Toy Story 3 (which is pointlessly being shown in 3-D at most locations) may not be a masterpiece, but it still had me in tears at the end." Michael Phillips gave the film 3/4 stars writing that "Compared with the riches of all kinds in recent Pixar masterworks such as Ratatouille, WALL-E and Up, Toy Story 3 looks and plays like an exceptionally slick and confident product, as opposed to a magical blend of commerce and popular art." Orlando Sentinel film critic Roger Moore who gave the film 3 1/2 out of 4 stars wrote "Dazzling, scary and sentimental, Toy Story 3 is a dark and emotional conclusion to the film series that made Pixar famous."

Box-office performance

As of November 28, 2010 (2010 -11-28), Toy Story 3 has grossed $414,984,497 in the United States and Canada and an estimated $648,079,293 in other countries which totals up to $1,063,063,790 worldwide, more revenue than the previous two films of the series combined. Toy Story 3 is the highest-grossing 2010 film worldwide and the 5th highest-grossing film of all time worldwide In overseas earnings, it is eighth on the all-time chart, it is second among 2010 releases, it has the third-biggest overseas gross for a Walt Disney Pictures film (after Alice in Wonderland and the second Pirates sequel) and it has the second-largest overseas total for an animated film trailing only Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ($690.1 million).

Worldwide Earnings of Toy Story 3 for the first 2 months
Weekend Date Rank Weekend Earnings Territories Week Date Weekly Earnings Worldwide total after each week Week
June 18-20 #1 $145,277,688

($153,707,189 with weekday previews)

28 June 18-24 $224,293,207 $232,722,708 1
June 25-27 #1 $94,166,643 33 June 25-July 1 $149,174,580 $381,897,288 2
July 2-4 #2 $58,008,905 39 July 2-8 $117,201,538 $499,098,826 3
July 9-11 #3 $53,242,031 44 July 9-15 $84,610,759 $583,709,585 4
July 16-18 #4 $46,755,793 47 July 16-22 $76,037,855 $659,747,440 5
July 23-25 #2 $70,669,111 48 July 23-29 $122,133,046 $781,880,486 6
July 30-August 1 #2 $44,281,005 49 July 30-August 5 $81,772,288 $863,652,774 7
August 6-8 #3 $31,434,568 46 August 6-12 $51,247,451 $914,900,225 8
August 13-15 #3 $25,224,601 48 August 13-19 $55,645,498 $970,545,723 9

On its first weekend, Toy Story 3 topped the worldwide box-office with $145.3 million ($153.7 million with weekday previews), which stands as the third-largest opening weekend worldwide for an animated feature after Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ($218.4 million) and The Simpsons Movie ($170.9 million) and the 37th largest overall.

Toy Story 3 surpassed Finding Nemo to become the highest-grossing Disney·Pixar film of all time worldwide on the weekend lasting from August 6–8, 2010. On August 13, 2010 it was announced that Toy Story 3 surpassed Shrek 2 as the highest-grossing animated film of all time In terms of estimated attendance, though, it still ranks fourth internationally on the list of modern animated films, behind Shrek 2, Finding Nemo and The Lion King. On August 27, 2010, it became the seventh film ever to surpass the $1 billion mark, the second Disney film in 2010 (the first being Alice in Wonderland), the third overall (the other being Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest), and the only animated film ever to achieve this. On the weekend lasting from September 3–5, 2010, it out-grossed Alice in Wonderland to become the highest-grossing film of 2010 worldwide and the second-highest-grossing Disney movie of all time worldwide just behind the first Pirates sequel.

Awards and nominations

Award Category/Recipient(s) Result
Teen Choice Awards 2010 Choice Movie: Animated Film Won
Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards 2010 Fave Movie Nominated
Hollywood Movie Awards 2010 Hollywood Animation Award (Lee Unkrich) Won
Digital Spy Movie Awards Best Movie Won
2010 Scream Awards Best Fantasy Movie Nominated
Best Screen-Play Nominated
Best Fantasy Actor (Tom Hanks) Nominated
3-D Top Three Nominated
37th People's Choice Awards Favorite Movie Pending
Favorite Family Movie Pending
2011 Satellite Awards Motion Picture (Animated or Mixed) Pending
Best Original Screenplay (Michael Ardnt) Pending
2011 Grammy Awards Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media Pending


Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3 Soundtrack

Cover Art for the Toy Story 3 Soundtrack.

Soundtrack by Randy Newman
Released June 15, 2010
Genre Score
Length 56:18
Label Walt Disney

All songs written and composed by Randy Newman.

In addition to the tracks included in the soundtrack album, the film also uses "Dream Weaver" by Gary Wright, "Le Freak" by Chic, and Randy Newman's original version of "You've Got a Friend in Me" that ends with the verse, "And as the years go by, our friendship will never die."

Also, tracks "Cowboy!" and "Come to Papa" included material from Newman's rejected score to Air Force One. The song "Losing You" from Newman's own album Harps and Angels was also used in the first trailer for the film.

The Judas Priest song "Electric Eye" was used in the temp score for the opening scene of Toy Story 3.[4]The aliens are cranking the tune in their sports car. But the song was ultimately replaced by another piece of music.