A stuffed bear resembling Lotso can be seen in Toy Story (1995) during the staff meeting. Woody asks if the toys "up on the shelf can hear" him, and we see a shot of a big, pinkish bear. John Lasseter wanted to use Lotso in the original Toy Story, but Pixar had trouble getting the fur right.
For inspiration for the Sunnyside escape, the Pixar staff watched numerous prison movies. Director Lee Unkrich said, "There are a lot of prison movies out there, and I think we watched every single one of them."
For Big Baby's one line for the entire movie ("Mama"), the crew had a lot of babies audition by recording them saying the line. The baby that was chosen was named Woody. In fact, director Lee Unkrich joked that was the reason why they chose that baby.
Tom Hanks and Tim Allen insisted that they record their lines together, which they had previously done for one day during the making of the original Toy Story (1995), but which is rarely done with animated films. They loved the chemistry their characters shared on-screen.
By the time Toy Story 3 (2010) was made, Pixar animators had figured out how to animate things like water and fur. Although being able to realistically animate fur was originally a concern for Toy Story 3 (2010) animators, the real animation challenge was trying to animate the trash bags in the movie. Since trash bags have special properties, such as how it reflects light, animators spent weeks trying to get the trash bags correct.
Blake Clark became the new voice of Slinky Dog, replacing the late Jim Varney, who died of lung cancer from smoking in 2000. Clark was good friends with Varney prior to Varney's death.
This was the first sequel to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar without any of its predecessors being nominated.
"Chuckles" the clown appeared in Toy Story (1995) on the "last present", as wrapping paper, except he is smiling.
When Barbie is going through Ken's closet, they come across a blue and gold letterman's jacket with a "K" embroidered on the breast and a "State" pennant laying across the front. Michael Keaton, the voice of Ken, graduated from Kent State University, whose colors are blue and gold.
The first animated film to make one billion dollars at the worldwide box-office. The film achieved this on August 27, 2010.
Lee Unkrich voiced the Jack-in-the-Box that yells, "New toys!" to Andy's toys, when they arrive at SunnySide. He also provided the vocal effects of the cymbal-banging monkey, that looks through the daycare's security footage.
The flamenco song that Jessie and Buzz dance to is a Spanish version of "You've Got A Friend In Me", performed by the Gipsy Kings.
FRANCHISE TRADEMARK: The Pizza Planet delivery truck, which has appeared in every Pixar film, except The Incredibles (2004), is the truck that Lotso and his friends hitch a ride on, in a flashback sequence. Andy has a calendar from Pizza Planet in his bedroom. It appears again during Chuckles the Clown's flashback, where he rides on the rear bumper, in the rain, with Lotso.
Andy's surname is Davis. Near the beginning of the movie, Woody is looking at photos on the bulletin board, and underneath one is a certificate with the name "Andy Davis" on it. This is the first time it's been mentioned.
Originally, a sequel was planned when it seemed that Disney and Pixar would split over creative differences in 2004-2005. Disney started up an animation division titled 'Circle 7,' which would have been in charge of churning out sequels for Pixar films, that would not involve the original creators at Pixar. Entertainment Weekly published an article that said the original plot for Toy Story 3 was going to be about Buzz Lightyear having a defect. Buzz would then be shipped to Taiwan to be fixed, but the other toys find out that the toy company is just replacing the broken Buzz toys with new ones, so they ship themselves to Taiwan to rescue him. This script had to be canned when Pixar and Disney made amends. Part of their agreement was not to further develop projects that had been planned during their fallout.
Ken's line, "Take him to the library (pronounced as 'lie-berry')," after capturing Buzz, was an intentional mispronunciation as an improvisation by Michael Keaton. Director Lee Unkrich liked it so much, that he kept it in the film.
The final shot in the film before the end credits is that of white clouds against a blue sky. This is a reference to the very first frame of the movie, which is also the same as the first frame of the Toy Story trilogy, that of white clouds against a blue sky in the wallpaper on Andy's room.
During the early development stages, when the people behind the film sat down to look at their work from the first Toy Story (1995), they found they could not edit any of the old 3-D models because advances in technology rendered the digital files containing the models incompatible with newer software. As a result, everything had to be re-created from scratch.
At one point in the film, Mr. Potato Head scurries across a toy piano. The notes the piano plays are the "Petrushka chord," a recurring motif from a ballet composed by Igor Stravinsky about a puppet who comes to life.
The beginning was meant to mirror the beginning of Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 2 (1999), with Mr. Potato Head presenting his attack dog with a force field, Woody responding he had a dinosaur that eats force field dogs with Evil Dr. Pork Chop and death by monkeys, with added things (Mrs Potato Head, Little Green Men, The Orphans, The Train, and Evil Dr. Pork Chop's battleship).
FRANCHISE TRADEMARK: The letter and numbers "A113", which appears in most of the Pixar films, makes an appearance on a license plate on the back of Andy's mom's car. A113 is a reference to the room at CalArts where the Pixar Animators studied. The car itself bears a lot of resemblance to an Opel/Vauxhall Zafira.
Bo Peep, and a lot of the original toys from the first and second film can be seen in the opening flashback sequence, when Andy and all the toys are watching a film, as he feeds Rex popcorn.
In Andy's room, there is a pennant for "PU". Pixar has a school for their employees to learn more about filmmaking called Pixar University, PU.
One of three animated films to be nominated for Best Picture with the first two being Up (2009) and Beauty and the Beast (1991). It is however the first animated sequel to receive the nomination.
Lee Unkrich wanted Lotso to be a toy from The Care Bears Family (1985) toy line. This idea was not dropped until after the storyboard was completed.
The phrase "I'd like to join your posse, boys, but first I'm gonna sing a little song" had not yet been said by Woody's voice box in the final cut of any Toy Story film until now, but it did exist as far back as Toy Story (1995) in a deleted scene where Sid tortures Buzz and Woody.
When Woody and Bonnie's toys use the computer, there is a sticky note near the bottom of the monitor that reads "Nov. 2", the day (in 2010) that this movie was released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Woody has two hundred twenty-nine animation points of movement, or avars (animation variables), in his face.
John Morris, who voiced young Andy in Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 2 (1999), voices the now older Andy in Toy Story 3 (2010). Since nobody at Pixar had spoken to him since he was a child, they weren't sure if his voice would still be suitable for voice acting. They called him up and got his answering machine the first time. Just from hearing his voice on the machine, they knew they had to have him play Andy again. On the other hand, Charlie Bright provides the voice of the younger Andy in the film's opening sequence, and also voiced Peatey, one of the toy Peas-in-a-Pod at Bonnie's house.
The instant message Trixie receives from Velocistar237 on the computer reads, "U there? I made it 2 the Dark Fortress!!"
Jessie and Buzz's dance scene during the end credits was choreographed by Cheryl Burke and Driton "Tony" Dovolani, both known for appearing in the American version of Dancing with the Stars (2005).
A trio of plastic Hamburger, Soft Drink, and Fries toys appear in the crowd of toys that greet Woody and his friends at the day care center. These three toys are based on three puppets (called "Hamburger", "Soft Drink", and "Fries") that appeared with Ronald McDonald in 1980s television commercials for McDonald's Happy Meals.
The lunch box Buzz grabs to save himself from the shredder on the conveyor belt is a replica of an actual The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) lunch box Lee Unkrich had in his childhood, his favorite one.
1225 Sycamore Street (Bonnie's house) and 234 Elm Street (Andy's house) do exist together in two cities: Cincinnati, Ohio and Denton, Texas. Though they are, in reality, much farther apart in Cincinnati, in Denton, they intersect. Elm Street is similarly surrounded by roads with names of trees (Maple, Walnut, Hickory, Oak) as seen in the scene where Woody uses the computer to find his way home.
Barbie's blue workout outfit is based on the 1984 "Great Shape" Barbie Doll. The Ken doll in the movie is modelled after "Animal Lovin'" Ken from 1988.
In the scene where Barbie goes through Ken's clothing collection, she pulls out a Nehru Jacket and asks, "This is from what, 1967?" The famous James Bond villain, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who popularized the Nehru style in film culture, made his first formal appearance in You Only Live Twice (1967). Additionally, the shirt resembles the same style worn by The Beatles on the cover of the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album, which was also released in 1967.
This is the first Toy Story film to receive the Oscar for Best Original Song with the song "We Belong Together". The first Toy Story movies lost the category for non-Pixar Disney films. "You've Got a Friend in Me" from Toy Story (1995) lost to "Colors of the Wind" from Pocahontas (1995) and "When She Loved Me" from Toy Story 2 (1999) lost to "You'll be in My Heart" from Tarzan (1999). "We Belong Together" won over the non-Pixar Disney film Tangled (2010) song "I See the Light".
The Western opening was an idea originally thought up for Toy Story (1995) but was cut.
WILHELM SCREAM: During the opening segment of old home footage, when Andy is watching television with the toys.
In the South African release, the Chatterbox Phone is voiced by Jeremy Mansfield, a popular D.J. known for his telephone practical jokes.
Lee Unkrich's son Max drew Daisy's name on Big Baby's pendent, as well as Bonnie's name on her backpack. His other children drew the pictures shown in Bonnie's room.
The Judas Priest song "Electric Eye", was used as temporary music for the desert sequence. Lee Unkrich hinted that every employee who worked on the film, including him, are fans of heavy metal.
When Woody comes back to Sunnyside to save the toys, and enters the Caterpillar room through the ceiling, he lands on top of a shelf and runs past bins labelled "Toys", "Glue", et cetera. The font used is called "Andy".
One of the toys in Bonnie's room is a plush Totoro, from Studio Ghibli's My Neighbor Totoro (1988) ("My Neighbor Totoro"). Disney is the American distributor of Studio Ghibli's films, and John Lasseter serves as Executive Producer for their American DVD releases. Another one of her toys is a hedgehog that resembles the Shalom Sesame character Kippi Ben Kippod.
Pixar is known (at least by devoted Pixar fans) for referring to a character in their next movie to come out in their most recent one. A poster showing Finn McMissle (from Cars 2 (2011) appears (but not in the trailer) as Woody sighs as he looks around teenage Andy's room.
The Lego train shown in the opening sequence was released as an actual kit by Lego.
The peas in a pod are based on one of the Vegimals, stuffed toys resembling fruits and vegetables with faces, produced by Freemountain Toys in the late 1970s.
Regarding the scene where Mr. Potato head is putting his body pieces into food, there were some talks to have this last longer, with different foods, including a bitten apple with a worm sticking out.
There is a street sign in Andy's room with "W. Cutting Blvd" on it. That's the street where the original Pixar studios, in Richmond, California, was located.
The Caterpillar Room has toys resembling characters from other films, like A Bug's Life (1998).
Buzz has two hundred fifteen animation points of movement, or avars (animation variables), in his face.
The number on the locomotive at the beginning of the film is 95, which is a reference to the year that the first Toy Story (1995) was released.
The only Toy Story film not to receive a one hundred percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It received a score of ninety-nine percent.
Lee Unkrich, who edited the previous films, and co-directed the second, was selected to take over the position of director from John Lasseter, who had chosen to direct Cars 2 (2011) instead.
This film ends with a shot of clouds in the sky that are identical to those on Andy's bedroom wallpaper in the first film.
Don Rickles' last film before his death in 2017, as well as R. Lee Ermey's last film (theatrically) before his death in 2018.
When all the bad guys are hanging out in the teacher's lounge, a battery is seen on the table and it is actually a Re-Volting battery. This is of course a shadow to the Re-Volting car from Cars (2006).
In Andy's room, Andy still has the Buzz Lightyear poster that says "I Want To Join the Space Rangers" hidden behind another poster on the wall.
Chatter Telephone is based on the famous Fisher-Price toy of the same name that has been produced since 1962.
Near the beginning of the movie, a sticker resembling the Clemson Tigers helmet can be seen on the toy box. It is actually a reference to Lee Unkrich's high school alma mater, the Chagrin Falls, Ohio Tigers.
Lee Unkrich and the animation team agreed to shave their heads before working on the film.
Buzz Lightyear's archenemy, Emperor Zurg (not the same one from Toy Story 2 (1999)), can be seen among the small group of toys that are donated to Sunnyside Daycare, during the end credits.
The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, and Lee Unkrich; and three Oscar nominees: Ned Beatty, Joan Cusack, and Michael Keaton.
When Barbie is going through Ken's outfits, she declares the space suit is called "Mission to Mars", which was the name of one of the original rides from Disney World's and Disneyland Park's Tomorrowland. The former is now another attraction called ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter, and the latter is now a restaurant called Redd Rockett's Pizza Port.
Bonnie has a Band-Aid on her leg, and on the Band-Aid, is Dory from Finding Nemo (2003).
In the trailer, there is a poster in Andy's room of Boost from Cars (2006). In the actual movie, it is a poster of Finn McMissile from Cars 2 (2011).
When the toys are in the garbage truck, and Buzz finds Jessie trapped in garbage, if you're not distracted by Buzz speaking Spanish, then you will see a broken Pizza Planet box fall from the dumpster.
Chuckles originally (as shown in flashbacks in the movie) smiled all the time, and his hair was up. But after his time in Sunnyside, he became depressed and only frowned with his hair down (the latter possibly being a result of wandering in the rain during his flashback).
According to Ed Catmull's book "Creativity, Inc.", this movie was reportedly the first Pixar film without "any major meltdowns". During production, Steve Jobs called Catmull checking on how the film was coming together. When Catmull reassured him that everything was going smoothly with no major incidents, Jobs responded to him saying "Be careful. That is a dangerous place to be."
When asked about the cameo of Totoro in Toy Story 3, John Lasseter said, "We do little homages in our films, and we thought it was a very appropriate homage to let [Miyazaki and his film company] Studio Ghibli know how much they mean to us." Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter have been longtime friends, and Pixar has helped with the localization of several of his films. John Lasseter is a self-professed fan of Hayao Miyazaki and all of his Studio Ghibli films. When Disney made a deal with Studio Ghibli to release a majority of their films in the U.S., Lasseter introduced all of the films and narrated a majority of the extra contents in the DVD releases.
The fourth Pixar movie to contain subtitles, after Toy Story 2 (1999), The Incredibles (2004), and Cars (2006).
Initially was intended to conclude the Toy Story franchise, with Andy saying goodbye to his toys, having had no plans to do a fourth film at the time. But after the film was a huge success, it allowed Pixar to continue the franchise following the toys' new life at Bonnie's, with three shorts, two television specials, and eventually, a fourth film.
Lotso's thick Southern accent, initially soft-spoken demeanor, and many of his iron fist policies as "Warden" -- including throwing uncooperative prisoners into "the box" -- are clear references to "The Captain," Strother Martin's character from Cool Hand Luke (as well as Lotso's voice actor, Ned Beatty's previous character, Sheriff J.C. Conners, from White Lightning).
Originally, in the beginning, Buzz was to be chained to the front of the train, rather than flying it to safety.
In the scene, where the toys send Buzz to see Lotso, about transferring them to the Butterfly Room at Sunnyside, Buzz mentions the "transom". In the script, Rex says "What's a transom, Buzz?" as an homage to Drugstore Cowboy (1989). Michael Arndt had repeatedly begged Lee Unkrich to include the line in the movie, but Lee didn't think it was necessary, so it was not used. It is, however, mentioned in the DVD commentary.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
Sparks appears to be based on the sparking-action Transformers toys from the 1980s. These toys were considered dangerous, and are no longer able to be produced. None of the current Sparks toys made include the sparking feature; the only Sparks toy currently manufactured (the Thinkway Toy version, seen in the picture above) has a light in its chest replicating the sparking feature. The reason for the discontinuation of sparking toys was actually due to an instance of a Rollerblade Barbie doll released at the same time as the sparking Transformers that sported metal wheels which produce sparking effects when rolled, allegedly setting a child's underwear on fire.
When Andy is at his toy chest, deciding whether he should keep Woody or Buzz, it echoes the first film when he decides which to sleep with. In Toy Story, Andy chooses Buzz to sleep with in his bed. In Toy Story 3, he chooses Woody to take with to college.
Lee Unkrich's solo directorial debut, after having previously co-directed Toy Story 2 (1999) with John Lasseter, Monsters, Inc. (2001) with Pete Docter, and Finding Nemo (2003) with Andrew Stanton.
First Toy Story film not to be directed by John Lasseter, as well as Pixar's first follow-up film to have a different director from the previous film.
Ken gets offended whenever people call him a girl's toy (also happens in his promo and his interview), similar to Francis from A Bug's Life when he is mistaken for a girl.
This is the first feature film released in Dolby Surround 7.1. The Dolby Surround 7.1 format is made up of eight channels of audio, with the following channel layout: Left, Center, Right, Low-Frequency Effects (LFE), Left Surround, Right Surround, Back Surround Left (new), and Back Surround Right (new).
First Pixar film to be a follow-up to a previous Pixar film, since Toy Story 2 (1999). Both of these films are part of the same franchise. Pixar considered doing a third Toy Story from the get-go, based on the success of the second film, but Disney wouldn't allow them to do it, or any other follow-up films, until after they acquired/purchased Pixar in 2006.
The computer at Bonnie's house is running Mac OS X. This is evident when Woody looks up directions to Andy's house.
Numerous visual references to Pixar Animation Studios' hometown of Emeryville, California, are visible in Andy's room, such as the poster for a fictional Baja 1000-style off-road race that finishes in the city of Emeryville. In addition, a ticket stub can be seen on the cork board above Andy's desk for a concert in Emeryville featuring the New Jersey pop/punk band Humble Beginnings, which may also be a reference to the "humble beginnings" of Pixar itself.
It became the first ever Pixar film and animated film in history to make $1 billion worldwide.
Lotso seems to disapprove of bookworm, if not dislike, him. This can be seen after he tosses Buzz Lightyear's manual at his feet, Lotso gives him a somewhat disapproving glance. This may also imply that Bookworm did not enjoy being one of Lotso's gang.
Trixie was Kristen Schaal's first Disney role. She would become more recognized as the voice of Mabel Pines in Gravity Falls.
Many viewers wondered why Andy simply didn't give his toys to Molly before he went to college. The DVD commentary stated that Molly had grown to the age where she was no longer interested in toys, preferring electronics and magazines.
In the opening toy fantasy scene, the locomotive has the number 95, the racing number for Lightning McQueen, from Cars (2006) and its sequels. The music used for when Dr. Pork Chop was driving away, was re-used as the spy car's theme for Cars 2 (2011).
Even though Chuckles never smiled around Woody and Bonnie's toys after his horrible time at Sunnyside, when he goes into toy mode, he actually smiles when the humans are present. Though if one looks closely in the scene where the toys meet Bonnie's toys, Chuckles can be seen smiling when he is greeted by Mrs. Potato Head.
It seemed likely that Chuckles refused to be a lackey of Lotso's during his self-proclaimed role in the movie.
Real-life dachshunds are believed to have a lifespan of around 14-17 years, so Buster would be considered quite old, 10 years old by Toy Story 3. And it's possible that Buster had already passed away before the events of the upcoming fourth movie.
At the end of the film, there is a garbage truck with three stuffed animals on the front bumper. There was a similar scene in Dragnet (1987). Both films starred Tom Hanks.
Kristen Schaal's first G Rated film. The other films that she appeared in over the years had been Rated PG or higher.
The bee on Bonnie's backpack is Wally B. from the very first Pixar Short, "The Adventures of Andre & Wally B."
Barbie and Ken's outfits during the dance sequence at the end is a reference to Saturday Night Fever (1977).
The scene where Barbie and Ken see each other for the first time, and the song Dream Weaver is playing is highly reminiscent of the scene where Wayne sees Cassandra for the first time in Wayne's World.
Lotso Huggin' Bear himself is a Shout-Out. Between the name, nature, appearance, and the Viral Commercial for the toy, he's obviously meant to be one of the Care Bears gone horribly, horribly wrong. And he's paraphrasing a quote from The Bridge on the River Kwai.
Michael Keaton's second Pixar film after Cars (2006), again playing a villain, who, unlike Chick Hicks, redeems himself later on in the film.
Whoopi Goldberg (Stretch) was also the voice of Shenzi in Disney's The Lion King (1994).
In one scene, Dolly is portrayed as an evil witch in Bonnie's imagination. This is similar to how Andy portrays Hamm as a super-genius dictator, Evil Dr. Porkchop and Mr. Potato head as a thief, One-Eyed Bart
In a part of the flashback scene about Lotso, Chuckles voice sounded somewhat different, implying that his voice likely changed over time. However, it is unknown as to why Chuckles had a silly, high-pitched, clownish voice (performed by Bob Peterson) when he is mostly heard speaking using animator Bud Luckey's primary gruff, reserved, elderly-sounding voice. It could be that his voice sounds more silly when he's happy, and gruffer when he's sad.
As of 2018, Toy Story 3 is the most recent Best Picture nominee to have a G rating from the MPAA. The most recent G-rated Best Picture nominee before it was Babe (1995).
Don Rickles (Mr. Potato Head) and John Cygan (Twitch) died in 2017 a month apart from each other. The year afterwards had R. Lee Ermey (Sarge) and Bud Luckey (Chuckles) both pass away in 2018 year 2 months apart from each other.
Estelle Harris' fifth animated Disney film after Toy Story 2 (1999), Brother Bear (2003), Home on the Range (2004) and Tarzan II (2005).
Having smaller kids in the Caterpillar Room and bigger kids in the Butterfly Room is a reference to how caterpillars turn to butterflies. When small kids get older, they become big kids. When caterpillars get older, they become butterflies.
John Ratzenberger (Hamm), Bonnie Hunt (Dolly), Richard Kind (Bookworm), and Michael Keaton (Ken) appeared in Cars (2006). John Ratzenberger played the voice of Mack, Bonnie Hunt played the voice of Sally, Richard Kind played the voice of Van, and Michael Keaton played the voice of Chick Hicks.
Joan Cusack's third Disney movie after Toy Story 2 (1999) and Chicken Little (2005).
On the kids' shelves (which is seen twice in the film, first when Woody return to Sunnyside through Bonnie's backpack and during the credits when Stretch puts Ken's letter in the backpack to Woody and the gang) you can see the names Max, Hannah, and Alice beside Bonnie's shelf. Those are the names of Lee Unkrich's children.
Big Baby has what appears to be a lazy-eye, which was caused when he was knocked off the truck and landed near Sunnyside. It is also a possible reference to Babyface
According to Mattel toy line history, Ken's full name is Kenneth Sean Carson. He also has a younger brother named Tommy.
Trixie enjoys video games just as much as Rex does. An example is the IM she gets on the computer.
When Chuckles got broken, even though this is never said in the film, it may be possible that it was not by one of the kids at Sunnyside. Lotso may have been the one that broke Chuckles (like how he broke Chatter Telephone). When he lifts his right armpit while explaining he was broken, you can see the stitching on the right side of his body.
The monkey looks like the experimental monkey from the 1988 American horror film Monkey Shines. Curiously, the Monkey also appears in the movie Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, where the Grinch builds a giant cymbal-banging monkey very similar to the movie.
One of Kristen Schaal's animated films of 2010 alongside Shrek Forever After (2010).
In the playtime scene, Buzz, Woody and Jessie being trapped and closing their eyes for the inevitable end foreshadowing the incinerator at the garbage dump.
At Sunnyside Daycare, a toy of Mr. Ray from Finding Nemo (2003) is seen on the shelf in the butterfly room.
When Ms. Davis is parking her car in the parking lot of Sunnyside Daycare, you can see that next to her car is Van from Cars (2006) and Cars 2 (2011).
Big Baby is based on a baby doll that Lee Unkrich's daughter, Hannah, had when she was growing up.
It could be inferred that Chuckles' left button got broken as the button appears to be missing a thread and is slightly cracked.
The way in which Big Baby throws Lotso into the dumpster mimics a scene in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, in which Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker, throws Emperor Palpatine into the reactor shaft of the Second Death Star to save his son Luke Skywalker.
Mr. Potato Head: "And I would've gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling toys!" Is a reference to Scooby Doo.
The scene where brainwashed and reprogrammed Buzz is bossing around all the toys being held captive at Sunnyside Daycare is a clear reference to Cool Hand Luke. The film has a scene where any infraction (losing a spoon, wearing dirty pants, messing up laundry cycle) is punished with "A night in the box." The toys meet the same fate, except in this case "the box" is filled with sand. Befitting for a Great Escape movie.
Near the end of the movie, as Andy is getting ready to leave for college, the toys are in 2 cardboard boxes, one for college, which Woody gets in, and the other for the attic, which all of the others get in. Woody gets an idea and writes something on a yellow Post-It note and sticks it on the attic box. The only chance you get to see what he wrote on the paper occurs as Andy is opening the top of the box. Then, for maybe one or two frames of video, you can see the writing: "1225 Sycamore", which is Bonnie's address. You need to be able to stop the video at just the right point to see it.
Whoopi Goldberg voices Stretch, a purple octopus. She starred in The Color Purple (1985).
From the Creators of A Bug's Life (1998), Finding Nemo (2003), Monsters Inc (2001), Up (2009), and WALL-E (2008).
Some fans mistook Stretch as a male because of her design but since Whoopi Goldberg voices her she's obviously a female.
It's very likely that director Lee Unkrich put a monkey in the movie, because of his love for monkeys.
In the film, Andy has a sign on his bedroom door that says "Newt Xing". That is a reference to another film called "Newt", that Pixar cancelled during production, because its plot was too similar to Fox Animation's Rio (2011).
At the beginning, in Andy's imagination, the train says "95", this is a reference to when Toy Story was released in 1995. And it's also a reference to Lightning McQueen's number, 95 from Cars (2006).
Wallace Shawn's fourth Pixar film after Toy Story (1995), Toy Story 2 (1999), and The Incredibles (2004).
Just like in the first two films, when Andy's mom is pulling out of the driveway and heading to Sunnyside Daycare, above the license plate, you will only be able to see this if you have glasses, or it is the Blu-ray version. But above the license plate, it says "10", which is a reference to when the film came out in 2010.
Peas-in-a-Pod are based on one of the Vegimals, stuffed toys resembling fruits and vegetables with faces, produced by Freemountain Toys in the late 1970s.
Trixie's color scheme is similar to that of James P. Sullivan (Sully) from Monsters Inc (2001) and its prequel Monsters University (2013).
As of 2018 Toy Story (1995) is the first animated franchise to have feature films released every two decades with Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 2 (1999) released in the 1990s and Toy Story 3 (2010) and Toy Story 4 (2019) released in the 2010s.
Chatter Telephone's first appearance is when he bumps on Woody's legs several times, trying to talk to him (realizing Woody is the Only Sane Man among the group of Andy's toys). But he cannot talk to Woody directly because Lotso was there (and he does glance at Lotso in this scene). Two of his later lines to Woody also set up later events: "There's only one way toys leave this place" (the trash chute) and then "Trash truck comes at dawn, then it's off to the dump." The trash chute is what the toys use to get out of Sunnyside, and the climax takes place at the dump.
Buzz says to one of the toys at Sunnyside, "Buzz Lightyear at your service" as a greeting, foreshadowing when he gets reprogrammed.
"Face it, we're just trash", Lotso says at one point -- and his ultimate fate is to spend his remaining days tied to the grill of a garbage truck.
Woody being dragged into the dumpster by Lotso is a shout-out to a similar scene during the climax of Aliens.
Each Toy Story Movie is either 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, or very near 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. With Toy Story 1 & 2 having 100%, And Toy Story 3 having 99%. This could continue if Toy Story 4 is 100% or 99%.
The second animated film to star Whoopi Goldberg and Richard Kind together. The first being Everyone's Hero (2006).
This marks the first time that Ned Beatty has appeared in a movie with the word "Toy" in the title since The Toy (1982).
Mr. Pricklepants was one of the earliest new characters to be revealed while Toy Story 3 was in production, shown as a simple drawing.
Mr. Pricklepants is from the Waldfreunde (Forest Friends) collection of premium imported plush toys made in Germany, presumably a reference to Steiff plush toys. It has been said that Thinkway Toys made a Toy Story collection of Mr. Pricklepants along with Dolly and Buttercup. It has been sold in countries outside the US.
In Lotso's flashback about Daisy, the truck that Lotso, Big Baby, and Chuckles ride on the bumper on is the same Pizza Planet truck in Toy Story 2 that Buzz, Hamm, Mr. Potato Head, Rex, and Slinky Dog drive to the airport to catch Al.
In the previous film, Stinky Pete had warned and raved that if they continued on with Andy, the toys might end up at the landfill.
In the commentary, Lee Unkrich describes using this expression for Buzz while in demo mode to indicate that this particular trip to Delusion-ville would have a darker turn.
Much of the film takes its inspiration from The Brave Little Toaster, which had many future Pixar employees working on it, including John Lasseter, Joe Ranft, and others. It even had the usual A113 moniker in it.
At the poker night in the vending machine, the veteran toys predict the new toys (Andy's) are headed for the "landfill", and are "toddler fodder". Obviously the former proved correct, and you could interpret the latter as the toys eventually joining Bonnie.
When Mr. Potato Head was first invented, he was, indeed, just a set of eyeballs and hands and things that kids could stick into real vegetables. The company introduced the plastic potato a few decades later when parents became worried that the poles needed to stick into a real potato were too pointy and sharp.
Bonnie wearing a tutu at the end references the original Brave Little Toaster where the appliances are adopted by a Ballerina at the end of the story.
The third Disney film to star Wallace Shawn and Joan Cusack together after Toy Story 2 (1999) and Chicken Little (2005).
Each Toy Story movie is 11 minutes longer than its predecessor, with Toy Story 1 being 81 minutes long, Toy Story 2 being 92 minutes long, and Toy Story 3 being 103 minutes long. This routine could continue if Toy Story 4 is 114 minutes long.
Ned Beatty and Michael Keaton both appeared in early DC films. Beatty was one of Luthor's henchmen in the Superman (1979) series, and Keaton starred as Batman in Tim Burton's take on Batman (1989). Both also starred as villains in comic book films. Beatty's role was the henchman mentioned before, and Keaton was the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2016).
Rocky and Mr Shark did appear only briefly and silently, additionally their voice actor Jack Angel does appear but with a different role.
Don Rickles is the second main cast member to die after Jim Varney who was the original voice of Slinky until he was recasted with Blake Clark.
The triceratops uses the name "velocistar237" when chatting online. 237 is a reference to the haunted room in The Shining. "Veloci" is a clear reference to the velociraptors of Jurassic Park, who made their own reference to The Shining in the kitchen scene.
The garbage truck driver seen at the beginning and end of the movie is Sid Phillips from the first Toy Story (1995) movie; you can tell because he is wearing the same skull t-shirt. Sid actor Erik von Detten even reprised his role for this movie.
Slinky Dog having a voice actor replacement in a third installment of a 1990s animated film (going from Jim Varney to Blake Clark) is similar to Chuckie Finster from the Rugrats film franchise having a voice actor replacement (going from Christine Cavanaugh to Nancy Cartwright).
It would be quite remarkable for a Slinky Dog to survive even a day at Sunnyside as well as this one, never mind many years in the hands of Andy and his sister. Metal Slinkys are notoriously vulnerable to over-stretching beyond recovery.
Charlie Bright (Andy at a younger point) and John Cygan (Twitch) have also appeared in Illumination Entertainment's Despicable Me franchise on separate occasions Bright was in the first film as the boy with melting ice cream at the start of the film while Cygan appeared in Despicable Me 2 (2013), Minions (2015), and Despicable Me 3 (2017) as credited in the additional voices.
The sixth Pixar film to be win of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film, after Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007), WALL·E (2008) and Up (2009).
The sixth Disney's animated film to be win of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film, after Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007), WALL·E (2008) and Up (2009).