Released on June 18th, 2010 as the third film in the Toy Story Series, it was the first Pixar film to be by released with Dolby Surround 7.1 in Disney Digital 3-D, RealD and IMAX 3D. Toy Story 3 earned five nominations at the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Adopted Screenplay, Best Sound Editing as well as Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, which it won.
Andy (John Morris) is now grown up and heading off to college. He hadn’t played with his old friends in years, many of them had come and gone expect Woody ()Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen), Jessie (Joan Cusack), Bullseye, Rex (Wallace Shawn), Slinky (Blake Clark), Hamm (John Ratzenberger), Mr. (Don Rickles) and Mrs. Potato head (Estellee Harris), the aliens an a few army men left. They begin reflecting on all the good times before being packed away. Andy put Woody to the side to take with him to college and the rest in a trash bag, intending to be stored in the attic. Unfortunately, Andy’s mom (Laurie Metcalf) mistakes the bag for actual trash and puts it on the curb. The toys escape, hurt that their owner could do that. They find the donation box and climb into it, finding Barbie as well. They go to Sunnyside Daycare where they will be loved by all the children. Woody pursues his friends and tries to explain that it was all a mistake. He took goes to Sunnyside.
They toys are welcomed by the Sunnyside toys with Lotso their (Ned Beatty) as their leader. Everyone but Woody was happy they were there and would be loved and played with by the children. Barbie falls instantly in love with the Ken doll. One day while Woody was trying to make it back to Andy, he was taken home with. Student named Bonnie (Emily Hahn), where he meets Chuckles the clown (Bud Luckey) and Big Baby. Woody learns that Lotso had changed after having been lost by his original owner and learning that he had been replaced. When Lotso, Chuckles and Big Baby found the daycare, he took over turning it more into a prison. Chuckles had barely escaped after being broken until Bonnie took her home.
Back at the daycare, the toys had a rough day with playtime in the toddler room. That night Buzz asked if they could move to the older kids classroom but Lotoso refused and switched Buzz to his factory setting, erasing his memory. Mrs. Potato head saw with her lost eye, that Andy was home searching for his lost toys. She tells the others who realize that Woody had been right. Unfortunately as they tried to leave, the daycare toys imprisioned them. They needed the new toys to stay away from the toddler room.
Woody makes it back to the daycare and finds out from the Chatter Telephone (Teddy Newton), the only way out is through the trash. The rest of Andy’s toy reset Buzz but in Spanish mode who instantly falls in love with Jessie. All together they manage to reach the dumpster when Lotso and the daycare toys corner them. Woody tells Big Baby the truth about his family, which angers him. Big Baby throws Lotso into the dumpster as a garbage trucks approaching. The daycare toys retreat as Andy’s toys are leaving but just before the truck is in the alley, Lotso drags Woody in with him. All the toys end up in the garbage truck and in the landfill attempting to save Woody. Buzz is reset in the process. At the landfill a giant claw takes the aliens away and the others are pushed on to the conveyor belt heading to the incinerator. Woody and Buzz help Lotso reach the emergency stop button but he ends up ditching them, causing them to fall into the incinerator. Thankfully the Aliens come to the rescue using the claw crane. While leaving the landfill, Lotso is found by one of the truck drivers who ties him the the radiator grille. Andy’s toys hop on a another garbage truck and get off at home.
Andy finds his toys with a note, and decides to give them to Bonnie. The movie ends with Andy showing her each toy and playing together. Andy leaves and the toys are now happy to call Bonnie their owner.
I’ll be honest, despite the great story line and progression of toys switching from Andy’s care to Bonnie’s, its still my least favorite film from the franchise. The one good thing that came from this film was the merchandise at the Disney Store. I am a former Cast member of Disney and when i was working in the Stuffed Animal section of our store, I would occasionally sniff (not as weird as it sounds) Lot So the Bear because he smelled like Strawberry. There were a few other products that had a nice smell but Lot So was the strongest. Continuing on talking about the Pixar Theory, we see the long term effects of not having an owner does to a toy.