Toy Story 3 is Pixar's eleventh feature film and the second sequel to their first film Toy Story. 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, took over as director. Toy Story 3 was released in theatres and 3D on June 18, 2010.
It won dozens of awards, including the Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song, and was the highest grossing animated film of all time, until it was surpassed by Walt Disney Animation Studios' Frozen in March 2014 and remained the highest-grossing Pixar film until it was surpassed by Incredibles 2 in August 2018. This is the Toy Story production that marked the first appearance of Bonnie Anderson and her toys.
A sequel, Toy Story 4, was released on June 21, 2019.
In Toy Story 3, Andy is getting ready to depart for college. Woody, Buzz, and their friends knew Andy would grow up eventually but they're all worried about what will happen to them now that he has. Sure enough, Andy plans to store his toys in the attic, however when his mom accidentally donates them to a daycare, Andy's toys must get home to him before he leaves.
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 Woody appears to stop the crime. Woody is knocked off the train by One-Eyed Betty, only to be caught by Jessie riding Bullseye. Then, Bart and Betty set off explosives that destroy a bridge and make their escape in their car driven by the Aliens. Woody tries to save the orphans (troll dolls), but the train falls off the bridge with Woody still inside. Suddenly, the entire train is lifted high into the air and saved by Buzz. Buzz then disintegrates One-Eyed Bart and Betty's getaway car with his laser. This leads to a standoff between Woody, Buzz and Jessie against Bart, Betty, and the Aliens, made more fierce when One-Eyed Bart releases Slinky (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 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". A huge army of monkeys are released, and they quickly swarm and bring down Rex before capturing Woody, Buzz, and Jessie, and holding them down. Just as One-Eyed Bart is about to press the Death button to kill the heroes, 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 jumps to its present setting, 10 years since the events of the previous film. Andy is now 17 years 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, 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 Magic 8-Ball, some 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 toys are reluctant but commit to Woody's idea of them being stored in the attic. The Green Army Men say that it is over and they are moving on. The Green Army Men have done their duty and Andy is all grown up. One of the Army Men tells the toys that when the trash bags come out, they will be the first ones that get to go. Sarge then says: "It has been an honor serving you. Good luck folks." before they fly away. Andy, however, plans to take Woody to college with him and put the others in the attic, but after helping his sister Molly (who is now a pre-teen) with a box of toys (which includes her Barbie doll) to 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 (trying to have Buster help, but he is too old to run fast anymore), 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 of Molly's toys to be donated to Sunnyside Daycare and convinces them to be donated there. Woody finds them 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 just as the children leave for recess. The Sunnyside toys welcome Andy's toys with open arms, including the leader of the daycare, Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear (or "Lotso"), the lazy-eyed Big Baby, and a smooth-talking Ken doll, who amazingly has never encountered a Barbie doll before and instantly falls in love with Molly's who returns his feelings. 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 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, Peas in a Pod, Mr. Pricklepants the hedgehog, Dolly, Chuckles the Clown, Buttercup the unicorn, 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. Although Woody enjoys being played with again, he is still desperate to continue his search for Andy. However, he is stopped by 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.
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. Buzz 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. Unwilling to leave his friends, Buzz is unable to accept. Lotso and his henchmen therefore resort to resetting Buzz into his original, deluded space ranger character (after revealing that they have a library full of toy instruction manuals).
Meanwhile, Mrs. Potato Head, through 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. As they prepare to leave and return to Andy, they are captured and imprisoned by Lotso and his gang, including the reset Buzz. Lotso then gives the toys Woody's hat that had been left behind and returns to his room, leaving Buzz in charge of watching the prisoners overnight.
The following morning, Woody returns to Sunnyside inside Bonnie's backpack. He sneakily reaches his friends and tells them he's sorry for leaving them. They quickly formulate an escape plan with the help of the Chatter Telephone. That night, Woody and Slinky sneak through Sunnyside to the 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 the Monkey wrapped in adhesive tape and locked in a filing cabinet. Slinky signals to the other toys, still locked up by Lotso, and while Mr. Potato Head provides a diversion, they make their escape. During the escape, the reset Buzz is captured and held down by the toys. They attempt to fix him, but accidentally reset him into 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, who had "broken" Chatter into informing him of the escape plan, along with several of his henchmen. 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 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 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 explodes in anger about 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 as punishment and what he always wanted. However, when the garbage truck arrives, Lotso drags Woody into the dumpster with him, and the rest of Andy's toys refuse to abandon him and also jump in while Barbie and Ken are forced to 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 before being swept away by a garbage truck. 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 try to climb out but are unable to outpace the descent. With no way to escape one by one, the toys are forced to accept their fate and, deciding to face their end together, join hands as they accept their inevitable death. Just then, however, the Aliens use the crane's claw to pull them to safety.
Lotso, in the meantime, finds himself strapped to the front of another truck by a garbage man, who once had a Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear toy when he was a kid. 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'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 to his toys for a great life together before leaving. When Bonnie goes inside with her mother, the toys watch Andy drive away as Woody wishes 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 enjoying 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".
- Tom Hanks as Woody
- Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear
- Javier Fernandez-Peña as Buzz's Spanish voice
- Joan Cusack as Jessie
- Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head
- Estelle Harris as Mrs. Potato Head
- Wallace Shawn as Rex
- John Ratzenberger as Hamm
- Blake Clark as Slinky Dog
- Jodi Benson as Barbie
- Jeff Pidgeon as Aliens
- R. Lee Ermey as Sarge
- John Morris as Andy Davis
- Erik von Detten as Sid Phillips (Garbageman)
- Laurie Metcalf as Ms. Davis/Young Ms. Davis
- Beatrice Miller as Molly Davis
- Emily Hahn as Bonnie Anderson
- Lori Alan as Bonnie's Mom
- Ned Beatty as Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear
- Michael Keaton as Ken
- Woody Smith as Big Baby
- John Cygan as Twitch
- Jack Angel as Chunk
- Jan Rabson as Sparks
- Whoopi Goldberg as Stretch
- Richard Kind as Bookworm
- Teddy Newton as Chatter Telephone
- Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants
- Jeff Garlin as Buttercup
- Bonnie Hunt as Dolly
- Kristen Schaal as Trixie
- Charlie Bright as Peaty and Young Andy
- Amber Kroner as Peatrice
- Brianna Maiwand as Peanelope
- Bud Luckey as Chuckles the Clown
- Jack Willis as Frog
- Lee Unkrich: Jack-in-the-Box
- Matt Broughton: Army Man #1 (UK version)
- Bob Peterson: Janitor and Young Chuckles
- Sam Tobias as Little Boy #2
- Hannah Unkrich as Baby Molly (archive sound)
- Lee Unkrich
- Carlos Alazraqui
- Teresa Ganzel
- Jess Harnell
- Danny Mann
- Mickie McGowan
- Laraine Newman
- Colleen O'Shaughnessey
- Jerome Ranft
- James Kevin Ward
- Colette Whitaker
- Constantino Bravos
- Taiana Huff
- Adam Joshua Jastro
- Leo Jergovic
- Theodore F. Kayser
- Gia Michailidis
- Nikolas Michailidis
- Aramé Scott
Non-speaking characters include Totoro and Emperor Zurg (who makes an appearance in the credits).
Several other characters were written out of the story by being either sold, donated after Toy Story 2 (they returned in this film, only through archive footage as minor background characters without speaking roles).
The character of Slinky Dog appeared to be in limbo after the death of Jim Varney, Slinky's original voice actor, on February 10, 2000, only two months after Toy Story 2 came out. Eventually, stand-up comedian Blake Clark was chosen for the part (as he sounded just like Varney and had the spirit of him). Later, after Clark was cast to voice Slinky, the producers found out that Clark and Varney had coincidentally been close friends since they appeared in the 1989 film Fast Food, thus making the transition a lot easier.
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.
The film's first teaser trailer was released with the Disney Digital 3D version of the film Up on May 29, 2009. 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. 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. 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 will make toys to promote the film. Disney Interactive Studios also produced a video game based on the film 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 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 the Dancing with the Stars' May 11, 2010 episode, the Gipsy Kings performed a Spanish-language version of "You've Got a Friend in Me" known as "Hay Un Amigo En Mi." 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 movie were shown on the Disney Channel, while one sneak peek was shown on Cartoon Network in the United States on June 10, 2010.
Toy Story 3 opened to near-universal acclaim from critics. Review site Rotten Tomatoes reports that 99% of critics gave the film a positive review based on 255 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 41 reviews. Another review aggregator site, 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. 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, giving particular praise to the fact that it could easily be enjoyed by both adults and children and stating thatToy Story is now "the best movie trilogy of all time". Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert, while praising the film with 3 out of 4 stars, wrote that it is "a jolly, slapstick comedy, lacking the almost eerie humanity that infused the earlier Toy Story sagas, and happier with action and jokes than with characters and emotions". 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." 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."
Attached short film
The theatrical release of Toy Story 3 includes the short film Day & Night, which used a unique combination of 2D and 3D visuals to tell what happens when an animated personification of daytime (Day) meets his opposite, nighttime (Night) and the resulting growth for both.
Sequel, Short Films, and TV Specials
Lee Unkrich said in many interviews that Pixar currently did not have any plans to make a Toy Story 4, and that the purpose of Toy Story 3 was to bring the story of the toys and their relationship with Andy to a phenomenal end. He thinks it is great that people want to see another Toy Story film, but Pixar will for now focus on other stories. He has said however that Pixar will try to find various ways to keep the characters alive, as seen in the Toy Story Toons series and the two holiday specials Toy Story of Terror! and Toy Story That Time Forgot and that there may be a Toy Story 4 in the future, but they do not have any plans for it right now. In July 2010, Tim Allen has signed on to reprise his role for a fourth feature-length film, but this does not necessarily mean that a Toy Story 4 is in development. It can easily be just in case they ever thought of a good idea for a fourth film that they would have the voice of Buzz on board. It does show, however, that Disney and Pixar were toying with the idea of another Toy Story film. Tom Hanks has also signed on to reprise his role in case they make Toy Story 4. In June 2011, Hanks said in a BBC interview that "I think they're working on it right now." However, John Lasseter said, "We haven't announced anything, so I can't really talk about it."
In February 2013, several sites reported that a Toy Story 4 was in production with a release date in 2015, twenty years after the release of the first film. However, that was wrong. Some sites claimed that Disney and Pixar had confirmed Toy Story 4. But Disney has since denied these rumors saying "Nothing is official".
On November 6, 2014, Toy Story 4 was officially announced, and was given a theatrical release on June 16, 2017. Right now, it is not a direct continuation of Toy Story 3, even though it takes place after Toy Story 3, but a stand-alone sequel. The movie is said to be a love story. The cast members of the first three movies reprised the roles of their characters. It was later moved to June 15, 2018 with Cars 3 taking its original date. It is now set for June 21, 2019 with Incredibles 2 taking it's 2018 release date.
- Mr. Potato Head is the first toy which appears.
- During the western scene, Woody, Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog and Rex reprise their roles as seen at 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 boy 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 his signature skull T-shirt and listening to heavy metal music.
- As the toys are taken to Sunnyside Daycare, Buzz warns them that the toys there might be jealous of new arrivals, 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 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 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 in Andy's room on 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 Lightning McQueen's racing number 95 and 1995, the year the original Toy Story was released.
- 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 Bonnie takes Woody home and Woody attempts to head back to Andy's house before getting stopped by Dolly, he uses a reference from 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- When Lotso is showing the toys the Repair Shop, there is a Bucket-O-Soldiers on the shelf with a toy on it.
- 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 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.
- Eeyore from the Disney classic Winnie the Pooh is one of three toys who pops out of a pop out toy.
- The calendar in Andy's room which has been on the month of August since the first film and originally had a picture from A Bug's Life on it, now has a picture of Snot Rod from Cars but is still on the month of August.
- Unlike the first two Toy Story movies, which were released in theaters in November, and thus weren't released until the following year across much of Europe, Toy Story 3 was released in theaters in June in the United States, while in the following months in much of Europe, including in July in the United Kingdom.
- It is supposed to be the last Toy Story film. However on November 6, 2014, Pixar announced the fourth Toy Story film.
- This is the first Toy Story film not to be released on VHS and only released on DVD instead.
- This is the first Toy Story film that wasn't directed by John Lasseter.
- This is also the only Toy Story film where Annie Potts did not voice Bo Peep though her character made a brief cameo in the film.
- This was the first Toy Story film where Slinky Dog was voiced by Blake Clark instead of Jim Varney, who died on February 10, 2000, ten years before the release of the film.
- 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 two and a half 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, who says "New toys!"
- Teddy Newton, director of Pixar's short Day & Night, performs the voice of Chatter Telephone.
- The bulletin board in Andy's room permits to find out, thanks to an award, that Andy's real name is Andrew Davis.
- In the scene where the toys are running from the incinerator, the music heard is the same as the one heard in some scenes of Monsters, Inc., as both movies were composed by Randy Newman.
- This is last Toy Story film to be produced in 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
- On the world map in Andy's room, there are three Post-It Notes. They are placed in the locations of three Disney resorts: Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Hong Kong Disneyland.
- Although The Prospector tells Woody that Andy won't take him to college, Andy does put Woody in his "college" box, which means that he would take him to college until Woody puts himself in the donation box at the end of the movie.
- This is the first Toy Story film to be made using Disney Digital 3D/IMAX 3D technology.
- Many sound bits are re-used from the first two movies, especially with Woody, Buzz and Jessie.
- The incinerator scene is the darkest scene ever made in any Toy Story and Pixar film.
- Rex's roar during the opening sequence is actually a roaring T-Rex from the film Jurassic Park.
- Ken was based on a 1988 version of himself called "Animal Lovin' Ken", which included his "own chimpanzee to care for and love." Barbie is based on a 1983 version called "Great Shape Barbie".
- Ken wears 21 different outfits in the movie.
- This is the last Toy Story film to feature Sarge and the Green Army Men as well as the last Toy Story film that featured R. Lee Ermey as the voice of Sarge before his death on April 15, 2018.
- 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.
- Woody has 229 animation points of movement in his face. Buzz has 215 animation avatars in his face.
- Confirmed by Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich's Twitter, the baby who did the voice for Big Baby is named Woody.
- The Buzz Lightyear of Star Command episode Stranger Invasion has Emperor Zurg requesting incinerators instead of a standard garbage smasher in a new base, as they would be far more difficult to escape from.
- Various hints indicate the computer Woody and Bonnie's toys use is an iMac. Aside from the shape and color of the computer, the Apple logo is seen with the word "Safari" (the name of Apple's web browser) next to it in the top navigation bar, and the icons are similar to those on a usual Mac desktop.
- It's shown that Andy's mom now drives a new car instead of the blue van she had in the first two movies (while keeping the old A113 license plate).
- Aside from Hannah and Sid, every child toy owner in the series end with the E sound. (Andy, Molly, Emily, Amy, Daisy, and Bonnie.)
- There are precisely 1,484,437 Monkey in the "Death by Monkeys" explosion in the Western opening.
- It was Brad Bird's idea to have the explosion of Monkeys be a Mushroom cloud instead of just a big blast with the Monkeys flooding in.
- This is the only Toy Story film to use the 2006 Walt Disney Pictures logo, because the next Toy Story film will have the 2011 Disney logo.
- The lunchbox Buzz grabs onto at the Landfill is of The Six Million Dollar Man, Lee Unkrich's favorite lunchbox as a child.
- When Woody falls from the hang glider and stops an inch off the ground because of his pullstring, there is a tile on the wall of Sunnyside with a corner of the Luxo Ball on it.
- Two references are made to Lee Unkrich's high school mascot, The Tiger: a sticker on Andy's toy box has a "Tigers" Football helmet on it, and the licence plate frame of Ms. Davis car has the inscription "Tiger Pride".
- There are two references to Room 237 from The Shining, Lee Unkrich's favorite movie: Trixie's chat friend's username is Velocistar237, and Sid's garbage truck's license plate reads RM237.
- Andy has a pennent saying PU on his wall. This is a reference to Pixar University.
- A college application on Andy's bulletin board says that the college is in Emeryville, the town where Pixar Animation Studios are located.
- The name of the oatmeal bags seen at the landfill is BRAN, the oatmeal company that makes oatmeal from 1976 to present.
- In South Korea, this film was shown in special "4D" theaters, which features moving seats, odor effects, vibration, wind, short sprays of water and sharp air, and strobe lightning. The format is known as 4DX. To date, Toy Story 3 remains the only Pixar film to be shown in that format.
- The incinerator scene near the end of the film is based on the climax of The Brave Little Toaster.
- The movie was mentioned on Anthropology 101, an episode of The NBC Sitcom Community. Oddly enough, Blake Clark, who voiced Slinky Dog in this film, appeared on the other Community episode Physical Education.
- 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.
- At the time of its release, Toy Story 3 grossed $1,066,969,703, making it the highest-grossing animated film of all time and the second Pixar film to be so after Finding Nemo. However, in 2014, the record was broken by Disney's Frozen, then again by Illumination's Minions in 2015. It is still, however, the highest grossing Pixar film as well as the first Pixar film, before Finding Dory, and first animated film overall to cross the $1 billion mark.
- This is the first Toy Story film not to be released in November.
- There are 302 characters in the film.
- The drawings in Bonnie's room were drawn by director Lee Unkrich's children, Hannah, Alice and Max.