An early version of 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.
"Chuckles" the clown appeared in Toy Story (1995) on the "last present", as wrapping paper, except he is smiling.
Blake Clark became the new voice of Slinky Dog, replacing Jim Varney, who died in 2000. Clark was good friends with Varney prior to his death.
This was the first sequel to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar without any of its predecessors being nominated.
The first animated film to make one billion dollars at the worldwide box-office. The film achieved this on August 27, 2010.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bo Peep, and a lot of the original toys from the first film can be seen in the opening flashback sequence, when Andy and all the toys are watching a film, as he feeds Rex popcorn.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (The Orphans, The Train).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!"
In an interview with KCRW's movie industry radio show "The Business", Joan Graves, the chair of the MPAA's Classification and Ratings Administration, admitted that (based on the response she and her board have gotten from parents) giving Toy Story 3 (2010) a G rating was a mistake, and that it should have gotten at least a PG (especially because of the incinerator scene), and that the lesson learned in that case would be applied to future movie ratings so that movies would no longer be given the "benefit of the doubt" while being rated.
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.
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".
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
WILHELM SCREAM: During the opening segment of old home footage, when Andy is watching television with the toys.
The Western opening was an idea originally thought up for Toy Story (1995) but was cut.
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.
The Caterpillar Room has toys resembling characters from other films, like A Bug's Life (1998).
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.
In the South African release, the Chatterbox Phone is voiced by Jeremy Mansfield, a popular D.J. known for his telephone practical jokes.
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.
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.
The Lego train shown in the opening sequence was released as an actual kit by Lego.
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.
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.
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.
Lee Unkrich and the animation team agreed to shave their heads before working on the 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Originally, in the beginning, Buzz was to be chained to the front of the train, rather than flying it to safety.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The computer at Bonnie's house is running Mac OS X. This is evident when Woody looks up directions to Andy's house.
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."
First Toy Story film not to be directed by John Lasseter, as well as Pixar's first sequel to have a different director from the previous film.
At Sunnyside Daycare, a toy of Mr. Ray from Finding Nemo (2003) is seen on the shelf in the butterfly room.
Bonnie has a Band-Aid on her leg, and on the Band-Aid, is Dory from Finding Nemo (2003).
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).
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).
Joan Cusack's third Disney movie after Toy Story 2 (1999) and Chicken Little (2005).
Wallace Shawn's fourth Disney and Pixar film after Toy Story (1995), Toy Story 2 (1999), and The Incredibles (2004).
John Ratzenberger (Hamm) and Michael Keaton (Ken) appeared in Cars (2006). John Ratzenberger played the voice of Mack, and Michael Keaton played the voice of Chick Hicks.
Estelle Harris' fifth animated Disney film after Toy Story 2 (1999), Brother Bear (2003), Home on the Range (2004) and Tarzan 2 (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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
Michael Keaton's second Pixar film after Cars (2006), again playing a villain, who, unlike Chick Hicks, redeems himself later on in the film.
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 it's plot was too similar to Fox Animation's Rio (2011).
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 the same year 2 months apart from each other.
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.
This marks the second time that Ned Beatty has appeared in a movie with the word "Toy" in the title. The first was The Toy (1982).