Toy Story 3

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Toy Story 3


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"So long, partner." - Woody the Cowboy, 2010.
Genre: Computer-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
Sequel: 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.


With their beloved 17 year old Andy preparing to leave for college, Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), Jessie (Joan Cusack), 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 all but Woody end up being donated to a day-care center. Unfortunately, the uncontrollable kids do not play nice, so Woody and the gang make plans for a great escape.

Why It Rocks

  1. It is considered the ultimate in prison film parodies.
  2. Magnificent animation that is a major step up from the first two films.
  3. Once again, the characters from the earlier films are unforgettable. Even the new characters, including Lots 'O Huggin' Bear (explained below), Big Baby, Chuckles, Barbie, Ken, and Bonnie are still noteworthy and just as iconic as the previous films.
  4. The voice acting is still great.
  5. Randy Newman's score is amazing.
  6. Like the first and second film, this film has a great story with good morals. Handling serious and mature topics is nothing new for the Toy Story saga, but this one only makes the themes even more emotional with themes of letting go of what you love and even death. We are not making this up.
    1. The Incinerator scene with the fire is rightfully considered one of the saddest and darkest moments in Pixar history. Considering everything the toys had gone through and 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 and left the gang to die and get burnt alive. Toys can't age and are technically immortal, so be physically destroyed is the only way for them to die. Yes, the gang get rescued in the end, but for a moment their deaths actually seemed legit and humane. This is what makes Pixar the masters!
    2. 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 a young girl named Bonnie. Andy initially hesitates to give him away. It’s an all-too-real feeling that every adult experiences: can I let go of something from my childhood that used to mean so much to me? But he does so anyway.
  7. The Spanish Buzz scenes are really funny and entertaining.
  8. The ending is very sad, but heartwarming and emotional. As Andy gives his toys to Bonnie and plays with them for one last time and where Woody says goodbye to Andy as he drives to college.
  9. The opening scene is the hilarious parody of the most popular western films of the 1950s.
  10. The film's antagonist, Lotso has a very powerful 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 the backstory doesn't excuse the majority of his actions.

Bad Qualities

  1. Some scenes might be a bit too dark for a G-rated film, most notably the Incinerator scene and the Caterpillar Room sequence where the toys (except Woody) are thrown around by little kids.
  2. Lotso, while not bad, is a predictable mean villain and goes out the same way as Stinky Pete in Toy Story 2.
  3. False advertising: One poster for the film features Stinky Pete leaning on the film's "3", but he doesn't appear in the film at all nor is he mentioned.


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. 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 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.


  1. The film was originally supposed to 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 of 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 were sequels to Toy Story 2 (which would've had the toys going to Taiwan to rescue a recalled Buzz), Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo respectively, which would become Toy Story 3, Monsters University (a prequel to Monsters, Inc.), and Finding Dory respectively. However, after Disney's acquisition of Pixar in 2006, Circle 7 Animation shut down.
  1. 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.
      • It should be noted that since 2019, 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.
    • Before Buzz, Woody, and the gang stuffed him into Amy's backpack, in Toy Story 2, he said that the toys would end up in a 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.
    • 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. While 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, "Children destroy toys!", foreshadowing the rough play scene in the Caterpillar Room in Sunnyside Daycare.


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18 months ago
Score 2
Anyone thought that was the end?

Matthew The Guy

18 months ago
Score 2
Everyone thought it was the end, but Toy Story 4 answered a lot of stuff about this movie that we didn't know needed answering.


16 months ago
Score 2
I enjoyed the 4th film as much as I enjoyed the first 3 films.


16 months ago
Score 2
I also love the fourth film. I consider it a worthy conclusion to Woody’s arc.


15 months ago
Score 1

Yoshi and Tails Fanboy 130

5 months ago
Score 1
I love this movie, hands down my favorite Toy Story movie. Though all of them are great tbh.


4 months ago
Score 0
The saddest ending of the Toy Story franchise.

Mickey Mouse

3 months ago
Score 1
Fun fact: Apparently Lotso was inspired by the original incarnation of Woody, who was a rude character.


one month ago
Score 0
If Stinky Pete appeared in one of the posters, I'm pretty sure that he was originally planned to appear in the movie albeit he was scrapped for the last minute.

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