The film opens with an action sequence in the Wild West, in which Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head (acting as One-Eyed Bart and One-Eyed Betty) are committing a train robbery until Sheriff Woody, Jessie and Bullseye appear to stop the crime. Bart and Betty set off explosives that destroy a bridge and make their escape in their car driven by the Aliens. When Woody tries to stop the train, it falls off the bridge while he's still inside. Suddenly, the entire train is lifted high into the air by Buzz Lightyear. Buzz then disintegrated One-Eyed Bart and Betty's getaway car with his laser. Before Woody's team can arrest Bart's team, One-Eyed Bart releases Slinky Dog (playing the Attack Dog With A Built-In Force Field), and Woody responds by releasing Rex (playing the Dinosaur Who Eats Force Field Dogs). Suddenly, Hamm (acting as Evil Dr. Porkchop) flies into view in his airship and picks up the One-Eyed couple and their associates, and presses a button labeled "Death by Monkeys". Soon, the sequence ends and goes into Andy's room, revealing that it was all just an imagination of a child. A series of home video clips of Andy is then screened, showing him growing up and playing with his toys through the years. The film then arrives in its present setting, roughly about 10 years since the events of the previous film. Andy is now a 17-year old, having graduated from high school, and is now just three days away from heading off to college. Several of his old toys (notably mentioned by Woody are Wheezy, Etch A Sketch, and Bo Peep) have been "yard saled" in that time, and now just Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Bullseye, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Rex, Hamm, Slinky, the Aliens, Sarge and two other Green Army Men remain having spent the majority of their time in a toy chest. After a failed long-shot attempt to make Andy notice them and possibly play with them one last time, the toys worry about their fate. they could be taken to college, given away, stored in the attic or even thrown away. The Green Army Men quickly abandon them, believing they will get thrown away into the trash instead. Woody insists that Andy will put on the toys in the attic, however he secretly tells Buzz that he is not so sure about their future either. When Andy enters the room, he places Woody in a college box, planning to take him to college with him and put the others in a trash bag. Woody leaves his box, thinking Andy is going to throw the others away but sees him getting ready to put them in the attic, but after helping his sister Molly (who is now a pre-teen) with a box of toys that will be donated, he leaves the bag containing his toys in the hallway, and his mother accidentally takes them to the curb, thinking it's trash. Woody goes to save his friends, but it turns out that the toys escaped and are hiding in the back of the Davis' car, thinking Andy wanted to throw them away. Jessie soon finds the box that Molly was caring, which is to be donated to a place called Sunnyside Daycare and convinces them to be donated there. Woody finds them in the box and tries to explain to the toys that they were accidentally thrown away. But before he can finish the explanation, Andy's mom closes the back door and drives to Sunnyside. The gang arrives at Sunnyside with Molly's old Barbie doll just as the children leave for recess. The Sunnyside toys welcome Andy's toys with open arms, including the leader of the daycare, a straw scented teddy bear named Lotso Hugging Bear (or "Lotso"), a lazy-eyed baby doll Big Baby, and a smooth-talking Ken doll, who amazingly has never encountered a Barbie doll before and instantly falls in love with Molly Barbie Doll's who returns his feelings. After Lotso and Ken show them The Butterfly room and assign them to the Catepillar, The toys are keen on starting a new life at the daycare, except for Woody who thinks that the toys shouldn't turn their back on Andy so quickly. The toys think Woody should stay with them at Sunnyside, but Woody reluctantly insults them and leaves without them to find Andy. He escapes from Sunnyside using a kite, but ends up losing his hat and getting stuck in a tree. Woody is found and taken home by a little girl from the daycare named Bonnie Anderson, who takes him to meet her own toys: Trixie the Triceratops, Mr. Pricklepants the hedgehog, Dolly, Buttercup the unicorn, Peas-in-a-Pod and Totoro. Woody spends the rest of the day being played with by Bonnie, who takes good care of her toys and plays imaginative games. Meanwhile, the rest of the toys are placed in the Caterpillar Room at the daycare, and are looking forward to getting played with. However, while Andy's toys place themselves at points around the room where they'll be easily noticed, Buzz realizes that the toys already in the nursery are hiding. Buzz starts to get worried, and his fears turn out to be well founded as the Caterpillar Room is suddenly filled with young toddlers who have no sense of good behavior and play with the toys very roughly (with Buzz is used as a mallet, Jessie used as a paintbrush, and the Aliens used by one child to bounce on, among others). After the children have gone home, the toys are left dirty, bent out of shape and quite despondent. During the chaos, Buzz caught a glimpse of Lotso and his friends being played with nicely in the Butterfly room and goes to talk to Lotso about transferring them to the Butterfly Room with the more sensible, older children. However, Lotso only offers a transfer for Buzz himself. When Buzz refuses Lotso's offer, Lotso and his friends reveal themselves to be evil and tackle Buzz to the ground resetting his original, deluded space ranger persona in the first film. (after revealing that they have a library full of toy instruction manuals). Meanwhile, Mrs. Potato Head, who left one of her eyes at Andy's house, discovers that Andy is actively searching for the toys and did not mean to throw them away. The toys realize Woody was telling the truth and prepare to go find Buzz and go home. As they prepare to leave and return to Andy, they are captured and imprisoned by Lotso and his gang, including the reset Buzz. In order to make Andy's toys will follow his many rules, Lotso then gives the toys Woody's hat (that he had been left behind in his escpae) making them think he killed Woody. Lotso and his team return to their room, leaving Buzz in charge of watching the prisoners overnight. Meanwhile at Bonnie's house, Although Woody enjoys being played with again, he is still desperate to continue his search for Andy. After he finds a map that will lead him home, he starts on his way back to Andy. However, he is stopped by a clown named Chuckles, who explains to Woody the dangers of Sunnyside. Chuckles tells Woody that himself, Lotso, and Big Baby were once owned by a loving girl named Daisy. However, one day, during a family trip at a rest stop, Daisy fell asleep, and her parents took her home, accidentally leaving the toys in the countryside. They eventually returned to Daisy's house, only to find that Daisy's parents bought a new Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear toy for her, leaving Lotso feeling betrayed and rejected. Lotso went insane at the sight this, and told Chuckles and Big Baby that they'd all been replaced (when in reality, only Lotso had) and forced them to leave. The toys set out on their own (by riding the Pizza Planet Truck), and were bumped off over at Sunnyside, where Lotso and Big Baby quickly rose to power, transforming the daycare into a toy prison, along with Chuckles before he got broken and escaped and was found by Bonnie. Woody quickly realizes that he must save his friends and get back to Andy before he leaves for college. The following morning, Woody returns to Sunnyside inside Bonnie's backpack. He sneakily reaches the Caterpillar Room and meets a toy called Chatter Telephone who tells him how to get his friends out. Woody finds his friends who are happy to see him alive and give him back his hat. After the toys reconcile, they plan to escape Sunnyside and get Buzz. tells them he's sorry for leaving them. They quickly formulate an escape plan with the help of the Chatter Telephone. That night, Mr. Potato Head provides a diversion whichs allows Woody and Slinky to sneak through Sunnyside to the main office, where Chatter informed them that a Cymbal-banging Monkey known as "The Monkey" monitors the security system throughout the entire daycare to prevent toys from escaping. A brief fight ensues, ending with Woody and Slinky the Monkey wrapped in adhesive tape and locked in a filing cabinet. Slinky signals to the other toys, they make their escape. During the escape, the reset Buzz is captured and trapped in a bin by Jessie and Bullseye which is held down Rex and Hamm. Jessie, Bullseye, Mrs. Potato Head and The Aliens sneak off to the playground while Barbie demands Ken tell how to switch Buzz back. She, Woody, Slinky, Rex and Hamm attempt to fix him, but accidentally reset him into a deluded Spanish mode. They make their way out onto the playground and, after several close-calls (not helped that Buzz continually tries to charm Jessie romantically), manage to reach the garbage chute. Here, Chatter tells them, is where broken toys are sent, and is the only way out of Sunnyside. However, as the toys prepare to leap to freedom, they are confronted by Lotso and his henchmen, who "broke" Chatter into informing him of the escape plan. He then offers the toys a place in his 'family' on the condition that they agree to remain in the Caterpillar Room. However, they refuse to be part of any family that Lotso runs. Ken comes to the side of Woody and the others (due to his love of Barbie), telling the other toys that Lotso transformed Sunnyside from a haven for toys into a prison and put himself in charge. When Lotso tells him that no kid has ever really loved a toy, Woody brings up the subject of Daisy and reminds Lotso that she didn't throw him out but lost him, and reveals to Big Baby that Lotso was the only one to replaced. He then throws over a name tag that Big Baby once owned with Daisy's name on it. Big Baby picks up the locket, after being reminded of his former owner, and it's clear that he still cares about her. Lotso is infuriated by this and snatches the locket, smashes it with his cane, and then starts to get physically abusive towards Big Baby when he starts to cry. This finally makes Big Baby and the other Sunnyside toys see Lotso for his evil, bitter self, and Big Baby picks up Lotso and throws him in the dumpster. However, when the garbage truck arrives, Lotso drags Woody into the dumpster with him, and the rest of Andy's toys also jump in to help their friend while Barbie and Ken remain behind. Having been thrown into the rear of the truck, a small TV falls on Buzz, resetting him to his normal self with no memory of what happened to him. The toys find themselves at the Tri-County Landfill, where the Aliens notice a large crane in the distance, reciting one of their catchphrases, "The Claw!", and proceed to venture off toward it. The rest of the toys meanwhile are dumped onto a long conveyor belt of garbage heading towards a set of shredders. They manage to avoid the shredders, including Lotso, who is helped to safety by Woody and Buzz. The conveyor belt then moves upwards however, sending them toward the central incinerator. Lotso notices an emergency shutoff switch at the top of a ladder, and with Woody's and Buzz's help, manages to reach it. However, rather than shutting off the belt, Lotso walks away and leaves them to die. The remaining toys are dropped into a large chamber, where the shredded garbage is falling in an enormous bowl toward the central incinerator. The toys seem resigned to their fate, and join hands as they accept their inevitable death. Just then, however, the Aliens use the crane's claw to pull them to safety and save them. Lotso, in the meantime, finds himself strapped to the front of a truck by a garbage man, who once had a Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear toy when he was a kid. After the adventure, Deciding that the attic isn't such a bad place to be sent (when compared to where they've just been), the toys manage to return to Andy's room undetected (riding a 21-year old Sid Phillips's garbage truck), where they pack themselves into a box labeled "Attic", and say goodbye to Woody, wishing him a good time at college with Andy. However, Woody decides he can't allow his friends to be sent to the attic and gets an idea, writing Andy a note suggesting that he gives the toys to Bonnie, who he knows will play with and take good care of them. Andy discovers the box, and finds the note Woody left on the top. He drives the toys to Bonnie's house, where he pulls them from the box and passes them on to her one by one, explaining their names, personalities, and other traits. Finally, Bonnie looks into the bottom of the box and sees Woody, who (having decided he didn't want to be separated from his friends) had jumped into the box before leaving the note, and leaving Andy confused about how he'd gotten in there. Andy picks Woody up before Bonnie can, but then sees the surprised look on her face as well as all of his other old toys lined up together with her. In one last symbolic gesture, he gives Woody to Bonnie, telling her that they've been through a lot together, and he means a lot to him, so she's got to take good care of him. Bonnie gladly accepts, and Andy joins her in playing with what are now her toys one last time. Soon, it's time for Andy to leave, and as he sits in his car and prepares to pull away, he looks back to see Bonnie waving Woody's hand at him. He smiles, and thanks his toys for a great life together before. When Bonnie goes inside with her mother, the toys watch Andy drive away as they all wish him a final goodbye, before Woody starts introducing his friends to the rest of Bonnie's toys. The end credits show that life at Sunnyside is now far happier under the supervision of Ken and Barbie. All of the toys now rotate their time between the Caterpillar and Butterfly Room equally, and no toy is left in the Caterpillar Room too long. Emperor Zurg and the Green Army Men are also seen landing in Sunnyside, and receive a warm welcome from the residents. Ken and Barbie also keep in touch with the toys living at Bonnie's through letters hidden in her bag, as it is shown that Woody and the others have fully settled in with Bonnie's other toys and are their new life together. The last scene shows Jessie taking advantage of Buzz's Spanish mode as they perform a paso doble to "Hay Un Amigo En Mi", the Spanish version of "You've Got a Friend in Me".
- Main Characters
- Supporting Characters
- Lotso Hugging Bear (First Appearance)
- Ken (First Appearance) (Redeemed)
- Big Baby (First Appearance) (Redeemed)
- Stretch (First Appearance) (Redeemed)
- Chunk (First Appearance) (Redeemed)
- Sparks (First Appearance) (Redeemed)
- Twitch (Single Appearance; Redeemed)
- Bookworm (Single Appearance; Redeemed)
- Cymbal-banging Monkey (Single Appearance) (Redeemed)
- Sid Phillips (Cameo) (Final Appearance) (Redeemed)
- Emperor Zurg (Cameo) (Final Appearance) (Redeemed)
- Other Characters
- Andy Davis (Final Appearance)
- Bonnie Anderson (First Appearance)
- Andy's Mom
- Bonnie's Mom (First Appearance)
- Molly Davis (Final Appearance)
- Buster (Final Appearance)
- Sarge (Final Appearance)
- Bo Peep (Cameo)
- Wheezy (Cameo) (Final Appearance)
- Lenny (Cameo) (Final Appearance)
- RC Car (Cameo)
- Robot (Cameo) (Final Appearance)
- Rocky Gibraltar (Cameo) (First Appearance)
- Etch A Sketch (Cameo) (Final Appearance)
- Snake (Cameo) (Final Appearance)
- Troll (Cameo) (Final Appearance)
- The Frog (First Appearance)
- Jack-in-the-Box (First Appearance)
- Janitor (First Appearance)
- Mr. Pricklepants (First Appearance)
- Trixie (First Appearance)
- Buttercup (First Appearance)
- Dolly (First Appearance)
- Peas-in-a-Pod (First Appearance)
- Totoro (First Appearance)
- Tom Hanks as Sheriff Woody
- Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear
- Javier Fernandez-Pena as Spanish Buzz
- Joan Cusack as Jessie
- Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head
- Estelle Harris as Mrs. Potato Head
- Wallace Shawn as Rex
- Blake Clark as Slinky Dog
- John Ratzenberger as Hamm
- Ned Beatty as Lotso Hugging Bear
- Michael Keaton as Ken
- Jodi Benson as Barbie
- John Morris as Andy Davis
- Emily Hahn as Bonnie Anderson
- Laurie Metcalf as Ms. Davis
- Teddy Newton as Chatter Telephone
- Bud Lucky as Chuckles
- Beatrice Miller as Molly Davis
- Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants
- Lori Alan as Mrs. Anderson
- Kristen Schaal as Trixie
- Jeff Garlin as Buttercup
- Bonnie Hunt as Dolly
- John Cygan as Twitch
- Jeff Pidgeon as the 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, Amber Kroner, and Brianna Maiwand as Peas-in-a-Pod and young Andy
- Jack Willis as the frog
- Lee Unkrich as Jack-in-the-Box
- Directed by Lee Unkrich
- Produced by Darla K. Anderson
- Screenplay by Michael Arndt
- Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
- Music by Randy Newman
- Cinematography by Jeremy Lasky and Kim White
- Edited by Ken Schretzmann
- This is Pixar's 11th movie.
- Unlike the first two Toy Story movies, which were released in theatres in November, Toy Story 3 was released in theatres in June in the United States.
- Toy Story 3 marked the final appearances of these Toy Story characters
- It also marks the first appearances of Bonnie and her toys Mr. Pricklepants, Trixie, Buttercup and Dolly.
- In Andy's room, there is a sign above his door that says W. Cutting Blvd. This is the street the original Pixar Studios was located on.
- The Toy Story 3 screenplay took 2 1/2 years to write and storyboard.
- Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich performs one line in the movie, as the voice of the Jack-in-the-Box.
- Teddy Newton, director of Pixar's short Day & Night, the Pixar short attached with the movie, performs the voice of Chatter Telephone.
- Jack Angel, the voice of Chunk, also played Mr. Shark in the first movie
- When all of Andy's toys were in the Tri-County Landfill, in any of the spots, a Pizza Planet burger box from Toy Story is seen.
- In the scene when young Andy watches a movie with his toys, the Wilhelm scream can be heard. The Wilhelm scream is a famous sound effect used in many movies. This scream is also heard in the first film.
- When Lotso and Ken are showing the toys the Repair Shop, there is a Bucket-O-Soldiers on the shelf with a toy on it.
Continuity References to the First two movies
References to Toy Story
- During the western scene, Woody, Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog and Rex reprise their roles as seen in the beginning of Toy Story when Andy was playing with them, but in a more realistic scene than in Toy Story.
- Andy uses the "bank" cardboard box seen in the first film during one of his play scenarios.
- Woody tells Slinky to gather the toys for a meeting, like in the first film.
- The toys being distrustful of Woody on whether Andy wants to keep them or not is similar to how they were distrustful of him when they believed Woody was trying to get rid of Buzz Lightyear in the first movie. However, they weren't trying to beat him up like they did in the first movie.
- When Andy is at his toy chest, deciding whether he should keep Woody or Buzz, it echoes how the first film, he decides which to sleep with. Unlike last time, however, Andy chooses Woody.
- Sid Phillips, the violent teenager from the first film, makes a cameo appearance as an adult at the beginning and end of the film. He appears as a garbage man wearing Sid's signature skull T-shirt and listening to heavy metal.
- As the toys are taken to Sunnyside Daycare, Buzz warns them that the toys there might be jealous of new toys, clearly remembering of how Woody was jealous of him during the events of the first film.
- Bonnie taking Woody to play tea party seems to echo Hannah Phillips taking Buzz to a tea party.
- As Bonnie lies in her bed snuggling her toys along with Woody, Buttercup exchanges a wink to Woody, just like how Buzz did when he and Woody reunite with Andy.
- The Potato Heads are able to detach their eyes in order to get a better view. This technique was first seen in the first film.
- Buzz returns to his delusions of being a Space Ranger in the first film after being switched back to Demo mode.
- Lotso's firetruck has the same siren of the Toddle Tots Firetruck.
- Like in the first film, Woody comes up with a elaborate plot to escape with the help of the other toys.
- The way Slinky Dog was helping Woody to put the monkey toy into custody is completely similar to how Legs was helping Ducky ring the doorbell in Sid's house.
- The Aliens' loyalty to "The Claw" reappears in the garbage dump scene. They later use the claw to save Woody and friends.
- When Buzz's voicebox says, "To infinity and beyond!" that sound effect was originally said by Buzz himself when he was about to "fly" around Andy's room. This, along with his "Buzz Lightyear to the rescue" sound effect were probably a reference to the 1995 Thinkway Buzz Lightyear action figure, as the sound quality is also similar.
- The movie opens and closes with a blue sky with clouds on it that mirrors Andy's old wallpaper which helped introduce Toy Story.
- The toys are tortured similar to Sid torturing Buzz and Woody.
- Big Baby has a broken eye, which may be a reference to Babyface.
- In the first film, the Pizza Planet truck has a sticker in the back named "KRAT FM", this same sticker appears on Andy's Room in the wall.
- In the opening scene of the Toy Story 3, there is a dramatic scene involving a train. The number on the front of the train is 95. The number is itself is an Easter egg, referring to 1995, the year the original Toy Story was released.
References to Toy Story 2
- Like how Toy Story 2 started with an outer space setting (Buzz's world), Toy Story 3 started with a wild west setting (Woody, Jessie and Bullseye's world).
- During the western scene, Buzz Lightyear and Hamm reprise their roles when Andy was playing with them in the second movie.
- Jessie's yodeling ability to call for animals reappears when she calls for Rex, as well as her panic attacks at the thought of being in storage.
- Woody being worried about the future in the second film has been expanded to with the toys being worried of the future.
- After over 10 years, the Aliens still say, "You have saved our lives. We are eternally grateful," to Mr. Potato Head. However, at the end of the film, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head repeat the same line to the aliens for saving them from being incinerated.
- Jessie's line; "It's Emily all over again!" references her previous owner.
- Like in the second film, Woody tries to call for Buster in order to save his friends. This time, however, Buster is too old to help Woody anymore.
- Jessie's romantic interest with Buzz, which was first showed towards the end of the second film, has become somewhat expanded in this film. Several scenes and dialogue between the two characters in this movie seem to show this.
- Slinky was seen swinging to try and knock out the monkey just like in Toy Story 2 when Slinky was swinging from the elevator trapdoor to rescue the other toys.
- In the scene where Woody attempts to head back to Andy's house before getting stopped by Dolly, he is making a reference at the point Bo Peep in Toy Story 2 when she said, "The boy who wrote that would take you to camp with or without your hat," as Woody stated that he was willing to go back without Andy and was not going back to Sunnyside Daycare.
- Lotso's fate by the end of the film is similar to Stinky Pete's. Both are unexpectedly found, and then they find themselves in an unwanted predicament: Stinky Pete becomes stuck with a girl who draws on her toys, while Lotso becomes a fly attractant for a garbage truck. Also, the same music that played during Stinky Pete's defeat is heard during Lotso's defeat.
- Woody and friends come back to Andy's house by using Slinky, the similar way Buzz's rescue party came out.
- Emperor Zurg appears during the end credits as a donation to a reestablished Sunnyside.
- When Woody rushes to save the toys, he slides down the drain pipe and hides behind the letter box from Sid. This is a reference to in the second film when Buzz slides down the drain pipe and hides behind a table leg from Andy's mom, when Al was stealing Woody.
- In the bloopers of Toy Story 2, the Prospector tells the two Barbie dolls, "You know, I'm sure I could get you a part in Toy Story 3," and one Barbie doll did appear in the film.
- Both Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 end with Jessie and Bullseye getting a new owner.
- When Buzz is locking up Jessie, he says that "Your Emperor is defeated." This may be a reference to the fight with the toy Emperor Zurg in Toy Story 2, when Rex knocked him off the elevator.
- The batteries inside Buzz are BnL batteries, the company from WALL•E.
- Some of the batteries Lotso's gang used for gambling are branded with Re-Volting. Which is known to be the main sponsor of Davey Apex from Cars.
- Finding Nemo's Darla appears on Molly Davis' magazine.
- On Andy's bulletin board, there is a postcard addressed to Carl and Ellie, which is taken from the Married Life sequence in Up. This is only visible in the first Toy Story 3 trailer, the board being arranged differently in the final film.
- At the daycare, Mr. Ray the Scientific Stingray from Finding Nemo makes a cameo as a toy.
- Nemo himself appears as a sticker on Andy's old toybox. There is also a turtle sticker on Andy's bedroom door. The turtle on the sticker is possibly Crush or Squirt.
- Nemo is also seen as a picture in the Caterpillar Room when Buzz tries to get to the transom.
- As in Toy Story and Toy Story 2, Andy's mom's car license plate is A113.
- Lightning McQueen from Cars is referenced a few times throughout the movie: A miniature toy car at Sunnyside Daycare, for a split-second on a child's shirt at the daycare is McQueen's number (95) with the same design it is shown on him, and in the opening scene of the Toy Story 3, there is a dramatic scene involving a train. The number on the front of the train is 95. The number is itself is an Easter egg, referring to 1995, the year Toy Story was released.
- Wally B. can be seen on Bonnie's backpack.
- Before the kids run in to play when the other toys in the Caterpillar room hide, the toys under the table shaking are the same toys from Tin Toy.
- When Woody and Slinky are looking down from the ceiling, the wall next to them has lists of children's names. One name is ATTA, who might be named after Princess Atta from A Bug's Life.
- When Big Baby, Chuckles, and Lotso are looking for a new life during Chuckle's flashback, They can be seen riding on the back of a Pizza Planet truck. Also, a calendar from Pizza Planet is clearly seen.
- A poster on Andy's wall shows a character from the movie Cars 2. It shows Finn McMissile, a British sports car secret agent who plays a major role in the sequel.
- Totoro, the furry friendly creature from Hayao Miyazaki's Japanese animated classic My Neighbor Totoro, shows up as a toy that Woody meets. Pixar founder John Lasseter has called Miyazaki an inspiration for his work, and Lasseter has been involved in the English versions of Myazaki's last films.
- A repainted, non-anthropomorphic version of Boost could be seen on a poster on the wall of Andy's room in the first trailer of Toy Story 3.
- This poster was replaced in the final movie by a picture of Finn McMissile of Cars 2.
- Many of the stickers in Andy's room are references to other Pixar movies.
- A non-anthropomorphic version of Van is seen parked outside Sunnyside.
- A girl similar to Boo (from Monsters, Inc.), but slightly older, is seen in the Butterfly Room. She says "Boo" and is playing with a blue cat (her nickname for Sulley is "Kitty"), possibly reenacting a scene from Monsters, Inc.
- A model of the plane Helen Parr uses to reach Nomanisan Island in The Incredibles can be seen hanging in Andy's room.
- A toy tractor similar to the tractors from Cars appears when Buzz is in the daycare shaking hands with Sparks.
- The fan Rex grabs hold of to escape the conveyor belt is the one seen in Carl's house in Up.
- John Ratzenberger keeps his streak alive of appearing in every single Pixar film made to date. For Toy Story 3, he reprises his role as Hamm.
- A Newt Xing sticker appears in Andy's room, alluding to the now-shelved film Newt.
- Andy has a poster of an Omnidroid in his room (from The Incredibles)
- A girl in the Butterfly Room looks similar to the little girl from Up whose room Carl's house flew by.
- Flik from A Bug's Life is seen as a toy hopping while hiding from the kids.
- When One-Eyed Bart is being attacked by a rope, it is the same sound effect being used from Indiana Jones' whip in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
- When Big Baby turns on Lotso, he parodies where in Star Wars: Return of The Jedi where Darth Vader turns on The Emperor.
- There are many books based on Toy Story 3.
- There is also a videogame based on Toy Story called Toy Story 3: The Videogame.
- A graph editing mistake: When the toys are discussing if they're getting thrown away in the garage, look very closely and you'll see Mr. Potato Head's shoes slightly sink into the ground (only in the trailer).
- In the beginning of the movie, we see Mr. Potato Head has only one eye so Andy can pretend he's wearing an eyepatch. But later on, when Andy's Mom is filming him, Mr. Potato Head suddenly regains his other eye.
- In the scene where they try to reset Buzz Lightyear, Barbie removes two screws that hold Buzz's back compartment. However, at no point, they did not re-screw the compartment closed. It just stays shut for the rest of the movie.
- Woody tells Bullseye that he can't have him alone in the attic; however, earlier he mentioned that the guys of the Christmas decoration box would be in the attic.
- When Woody attempts to free one of the Aliens from the dumpster, Lotso was able to grab Woody by his foot. However, Lotso is not tall enough and therefore could not grab his foot. But it could be that he climbed on the top of the dumpster to do so.
- When the toys first arrive to Sunnyside and are still in the box, the side of the box clearly says Sunnyside. After they fall out, Lotso is showing them Sunnyside and the scene shows all the toys looking at them. If you look at the box in the background it no longer says Sunnyside.
- The model train in the prologue in various storybook illustrations and promotional media, for some reason, despite being pulled by a Civil War-era 4-4-0 steam locomotive, actually lacked a tender despite the locomotive not resembling a tank locomotive. However, in the actual film, that locomotive correctly has that tender.
- When Woody sneaks out of the Caterpillar Room, he emerges out of a "Wet Floor" sign, but when the janitor appears, the sign is suddenly gone.
- Buzz's toy position in the first two films is when it looks like he is frowning while his teeth are showing. However, in this movie, he now does a happy face while showing his teeth.
- When the Monkey tries to look at all of the surveillance screens on the computer, he can also hear Ken and Mr. Potato Head's voices. However, in real life, guards cannot hear a person's voice when he/she sees it talking on the surveillance screens.
- When Buzz first requests a switch to the Butterfly Room, Lotso's gang was cheering and clapping, and Chunk switched his angry face to a happy face. But when they were switching Buzz to Demo Mode, Chunk is seen still with his angry face.
- When the toys hear Andy about to come into his room, Woody and Buzz left the bottom drawer open, but when Andy comes into his room with Molly, the drawer is suddenly closed.
- If this film is played in English descriptive audio service 2.0, in the scene where Rex struggles to find something metal, the narrator says that Rex pulls out a cookie, but in the film, he actually pulls out a soda can.
- When this film was first broadcast in the UK on BBC1, Christmas Day 2013, there were no subtitles when Buzz was speaking Spanish. This mistake was resolved in further reruns.
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. But 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 called Circle 7 Animation. Tim Allen, the voice of Buzz Lightyear, indicated a willingness to return even if Pixar wasn't on board. Jim Herzfeld wrote a script for Circle 7's version of the movie. It focused on the other toys shipping a malfunctioning Buzz to Taiwan, where he was built, believing that he'll 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, a group of Andy's toys (Woody, Rex, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, Hamm, Jessie, and Bullseye) attempt to rescue 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 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. When the people behind the film sat down to look at their work from the original Toy Story during the early development stages, they found they could open the old files, but they could not edit the 3D models and had to recreate everything from scratch. 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 movie. Dolby Laboratories announced that Toy Story 3 would be the first film that will feature theatrical 7.1 surround sound audio. The entire cast all reprised their voice-over roles from the previous films. Jim Varney, who played Slinky Dog in the first two movies, and Joe Ranft, who played Wheezy and Lenny, both died before production began on the third film. The role of Slinky was succeeded by Blake Clark, while Ranft's characters and various others were written out of the story (for example, Wheezy, Etch, Bo Peep, and others are mentioned in the beginning as having been sold or given away). Molly reappears as well, but this time as a pre-teen and voiced by Beatrice Miller. Laurie Metcalf also reprises her role as Ms. Davis, who is now a bit older. New characters include voiceovers by Ned Beatty, Michael Keaton, John Cygan, Jack Angel, Jan Rabson, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Kind, Teddy Newton, Timothy Dalton, Jeff Garlin, Bonnie Hunt, Kristen Schaal, Charlie Bright, Amber Kroner, Brianna Maiwand, and Bud Luckey.
Toy Story 3 received widespread acclaim from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 99% based on reviews from 279 critics, with an average score of 8.9/10. The site's consensus was, "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. 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. 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 surveyed by Cinemascore gave the film a grade A rating. A. O. Scott of The New York Times stated, "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. Michael Rechtshaffen of 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, calling it "the best movie trilogy of all time." In 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 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 of the Chicago Tribune gave the film 3 out of 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 3½ 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."
Toy Story 3 earned $415,004,880 in North America, and $648,167,031 in other countries, totaling $1,063,171,911 worldwide, earning more revenue than the previous two films of the series combined. It became the highest-grossing animated film, surpassing six-year-old record held by Shrek 2 ($919 million), until Walt Disney Animation Studios' film Frozen surpassed it in 2014. It is the thirteenth highest-grossing film, the highest-grossing 2010 film, the second highest-grossing animated film (behind Frozen), the highest-grossing film in the Toy Story series, the fifth highest-grossing Disney film and the highest-grossing Pixar film. In estimated attendance, though, it still ranks fourth on the list of modern animated films, behind Shrek 2, Finding Nemo and The Lion King. On its first weekend, Toy Story 3 topped the worldwide box office with $145.3 million ($153.7 million with weekday previews), the third-largest opening weekend worldwide for an animated feature. On August 27th 2010, its 73rd day of release, it surpassed the $1 billion mark, becoming the third Disney film, the second Disney film in 2010 (after Alice in Wonderland) and the first animated film to do so.
In North America, Toy Story 3 is the twelfth highest-grossing film, unadjusted for inflation. Adjusted for ticket price inflation though, it ranks 90th on the all-time chart. It is also the highest-grossing 2010 film, the highest-grossing Pixar film, the second-highest-grossing G-rated film, the third-highest-grossing animated film, and the fourth-highest-grossing film distributed by Disney. The film earned $41,148,961 on its opening day (Friday, June 18th 2010) from 4,028 theaters, including $4 million at midnight shows from about 1,500 theaters, setting an opening-day record for an animated film. During its opening weekend, the film topped the box office with $110,307,189, setting an opening-weekend record among Pixar films, among films released in June, (surpassed by Man of Steel) and among G-rated films. The film also achieved the second-largest opening weekend for an animated film, and the fourth-largest opening weekend for a 2010 film. Its average of $27,385 per venue is the second highest for a G-rated film and the second highest for an animated feature. Its opening-week gross (Friday-through-Thursday) of $167.6 million is the largest among animated films, the largest among 2010 films and the 13th largest of all time. It also achieved the largest 10-day gross among 2010 films. It topped the box office for two consecutive weekends.
Outside North America
Toy Story 3 is the nineteenth highest-grossing film, the fourth highest-grossing animated film, the third highest-grossing film of 2010, the highest-grossing Pixar film, and the seventh highest-grossing Disney film. It topped the box office outside North America three times, on its first ($35.0 million), second, and sixth weekend (which was its largest). Its highest-grossing market after North America is Japan ($126.7 million), where it is the second highest-grossing U.S. animated feature (behind Finding Nemo) followed by the U.K. & Ireland and Malta (£73.8 million - $116.6 million), where it is the fourth highest-grossing film, and Mexico ($59.4 million), where it is the second highest-grossing film. It set opening weekend records for animated films in Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, China, Argentina, Hong Kong, Spain and the U.K. It is the highest-grossing animated film of all time in the U.K., Ireland and Malta, in Mexico, in Hong Kong, and in Egypt. It is the highest-grossing 2010 film in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, Mexico, Spain, the U.K., Ireland and Malta.
The film score for Toy Story 3 was composed and conducted by Randy Newman, his sixth for Pixar after Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., and Cars. Initially, Disney released the soundtrack only as digital download. This was the second instance where Disney did not release the award-winning soundtrack of a Pixar film on CD, the first being Up. In January 2012, Intrada released the Toy Story 3 soundtrack on Compact Disc. All songs written and composed by Randy Newman. The soundtrack for Toy Story 3 was released June 15th 2010, three days before the movie, The soundtrack featured Randy Newman's new song in the movie We Belong Together with a Spanish version Spanish version of "You've Got a Friend in Me". In addition to the tracks included in the soundtrack album, the film also uses several other tracks such as "Dream Weaver" by Gary Wright, "Le Freak" by Chic, and Randy Newman's original version of "You've Got a Friend in Me" From the first film. Furthermore, 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 also used in the film in the temp score for the opening scene of Toy Story 3. The aliens are playing the tune in their sports car. The song was ultimately replaced by another piece of music.
- We Belong Together - Randy Newman
- You've Got a Friend in Me (para el Buzz Español) - Gipsy Kings
- Cowboy! (instrumental score)
- Garbage? (instrumental score)
- Sunnyside (instrumental score)
- Woody Bails (instrumental score)
- Come to Papa (instrumental score)
- Go See Lotso (instrumental score)
- Bad Buzz (instrumental score)
- You Got Lucky (instrumental score)
- Spanish Buzz (instrumental score)
- What About Daisy? (instrumental score)
- To The Dump (instrumental score)
- The Claw (instrumental score)
- Going Home (instrumental score)
- So Long (instrumental score)
- Zu-Zu (Ken's Theme)
- Toy Story 3 DVD released November 2, 2010.
- Toy Story 3 Blu-ray Combo Pack released November 2, 2010.
- Toy Story Ultimate Toy Box Collection (2010) DVD and Blu-ray set released November 2, 2010 with Toy Story and Toy Story 2.
- Toy Story 3 Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack released November 1, 2011.
- Toy Story 3 Special Edition Blu-ray released November 29, 2015.
Following the release of Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich initially stated that Toy Story 4 was not being planned. "Well, we don't have any plans for Toy Story 4," Unkrich said. "I'm flattered that people ask about it—it reminds me how much people love the characters, but it was really important to me with this film that we not just create another sequel, that it not just be another appendage coming off of the other two." Unkrich went on to say, "there may be opportunities for Woody and Buzz in the future, but we don't have any plans for anything right now." It has also been reported that Hanks and Allen have signed on for fourth Toy Story film if Pixar ever decides to produce one. In a BBC interview in 2011, Hanks said that he thought Pixar was working on a sequel. Disney denied the rumors saying, "nothing is official." On November 6th 2014, Bob Iger finally confirmed that Toy Story 4 is in development and will be released in theatres and 3D June 15th 2018. John Lasseter will return to direct, while the screenplay will be written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack from a story by Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich. Galyn Susman will produce the movie. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Timothy Dalton, Wallace Shawn, Kristen Schaal, John Ratzenberger, Jeff Garlin, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Bonnie Hunt, Blake Clark, Jodi Benson, Michael Keaton, R. Lee Ermey, Lori Alan, Emily Hahn and Jeff Pidgeon will reprise their characters roles of the previous movies. The plot of Toy Story 4 will focus on Woody, Buzz, and the toys heading off on a mission to find Bo Peep, because she was given away in the third film.
On January 25th 2011, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Toy Story 3 was not only nominated for Best Animated Feature, but also for Best Picture. This makes Toy Story 3 not only the first animated sequel in history to be nominated for Best Picture, but also the third animated film to be nominated for Best Picture (following Beauty and the Beast and Up), with Toy Story 3 becoming the second Pixar film to be nominated for both awards. Toy Story 3 also became the first ever Pixar film - and the first animated feature film since Shrek - to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, though six of Pixar's previous films were nominated for the Best Original Screenplay: Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL-E, and Up. In 2011, it was nominated for a Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Animated Movie, but lost to Despicable Me.
There is also a videogame based on Toy Story called Toy Story 3: The Videogame.