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. It is the third installment in the ''Toy Story'' series and the sequel to ''Toy Story 2'' (1999). It was directed by Lee Unkrich, the editor of the first two films and the co-director of ''Toy Story 2'', written by Michael Arndt, while Unkrich wrote the story along with John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton, respectively, director and co-writer of the first two films. The plot focuses on Sheriff Woody, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and List of Toy Story characters#Andy's toys, Andy's other remaining toys accidentally being donated to a daycare center, while Andy, now 17 years old, is preparing to leave for college, and their ensuing race to get home before Andy leaves. In the film's Ensemble cast, ensemble voice cast, Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris, Jodi Benson, John Morris (actor), John Morris, Laurie Metcalf and R. Lee Ermey (in his final voice role as Sarge before his death on April 15, 2018), reprise their roles from previous films. Jim Varney, who voiced Slinky Dog in the first two films, died on February 10, 2000, 10 years before the release of the third film, so the role of Slinky was passed down to Blake Clark. The returning cast is joined by Ned Beatty, Michael Keaton, Whoopi Goldberg, Timothy Dalton, Kristen Schaal, Bonnie Hunt, and Jeff Garlin who voice the new characters introduced in this film. The film was released in the United States on June 18, 2010. ''Toy Story 3'' was the first film to be released theatrically with Dolby Surround 7.1 sound. Like its predecessors, ''Toy Story 3'' received critical acclaim upon release, with critics praising the vocal performances, screenplay, emotional depth, animation, and Randy Newman's musical score. It became the second Pixar film (after ''Up (2009 film), Up'') and third animated film overall (after ''Beauty and the Beast (1991 film), Beauty and the Beast'' and ''Up'') to receive an Academy Awards, Academy Award nomination for Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Picture. The film received four more Academy Award nominations for Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay, Academy Award for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Editing, Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Feature and Academy Award for Best Original Song, Best Original Song, winning the latter two. ''Toy Story 3'' was the first animated film to gross over $1 billion worldwide in ticket sales, becoming the 2010 in film#Highest-grossing films, highest-grossing film of 2010—both List of highest-grossing films in Canada and the United States, in North America and worldwide—and the List of highest-grossing films, fourth-highest-grossing film at the time of its release, as well as the List of highest-grossing animated films, highest-grossing animated film of all time, It is List of most expensive films, one of the most expensive films of all time and Pixar's highest-grossing film, all records held at the time of its release. The sequel, ''Toy Story 4'', was released in June 2019.


Plot

Andy is 17 years old and preparing to leave for college. He has not played with his toys for years, and most have gone, except for Sheriff Woody, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie (Toy Story), Jessie, Bullseye (Toy Story), Bullseye, Rex (Toy Story), Rex, Slinky Dog, Slinky, Hamm (Toy Story), Hamm, Mr. Potato Head (Toy Story), Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head (Toy Story), Mrs. Potato Head, the Squeeze Toy Aliens, Aliens, and three Sarge and the Bucket O Soldiers, toy soldiers. The despondent toys reflect on their future, and the soldiers parachute out the window and leave. Andy intends to take Woody to college and puts the others into a trash bag to put them in the attic; however, Andy's mother mistakes the bag for trash and puts it on the curb. The toys narrowly escape and, believing Andy threw them away, get into a donation box in his mother's car with Molly's old Barbie (Toy Story), Barbie doll, bound for Sunnyside Daycare. Woody follows, but is unable to convince them of Andy's real intentions, and goes along when Andy's mother drives to Sunnyside. At Sunnyside, Andy's toys are welcomed by the other toys, led by Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear ("Lotso"). The toys (except Woody) are delighted to learn that Sunnyside never runs out of children, and Barbie is enamored with a Ken (Toy Story), Ken doll. Woody attempts to return home but is instead found by a child from Sunnyside named Bonnie, who brings him home and plays with him and her other toys. Bonnie's toys are shocked that Woody came from Sunnyside, and Chuckles (Toy Story), Chuckles, a toy clown, explains that he, Lotso, and Big Baby (Toy Story), Big Baby were owned by a girl named Daisy, but were lost during a family trip. When they made it home, Lotso found out that he had been replaced. Embittered, he lied to Big Baby, saying Daisy had replaced all of them. They went to Sunnyside, where Lotso took over, turning it into a toy prison. Chuckles was eventually broken and later found by Bonnie. After Andy's toys are subjected to a very rough playtime with the toddlers, Buzz asks Lotso to move the toys to the older children's room, but Lotso switches Buzz to his original factory setting, erasing his memory. Mrs. Potato Head, through an eye she lost in Andy's room, sees Andy searching for them. They realize that Woody was telling the truth about Andy's intentions and try to escape, but Lotso's henchmen, assisted by the now brainwashed Buzz, imprison them. Woody returns to Sunnyside, where a Chatter Telephone tells him that there is now only one way out – the trash. Andy's toys subdue Buzz, but they accidentally reset him to his Spanish mode. Buzz allies himself with Woody and falls in love with Jessie. The toys reach a dumpster but are cornered by Lotso's gang. Woody reveals Lotso's deception to Big Baby, who throws Lotso into the dumpster. As a garbage truck approaches, the toys try to leave, but Lotso pulls Woody into the dumpster. The rest of Andy's toys jump after him, just as the truck arrives, and all fall inside. Buzz returns to normal after a television falls onto him inside the truck. The truck takes the toys to a landfill, where they are swept onto a conveyor belt that leads to an Incineration, incinerator. After narrowly avoiding a industrial shredder, shredder, Woody and Buzz help Lotso reach an emergency stop button, only for Lotso to abandon them. The toys fall into the incinerator and resign themselves to their apparent fate, but are rescued at the last second by the Aliens operating the claw crane. Lotso is later found by a garbage truck driver who ties him to his truck's radiator Grille (motor vehicle), grille. Woody and the other toys ride another garbage truck back to Andy's house. Woody leaves a note for Andy, who, thinking the note is from his mother, donates the toys to Bonnie. Andy introduces the toys individually to Bonnie and is surpsied to find Woody at the bottom of the donation box. Bonnie recognizes him, and though initially hesitant, Andy passes Woody on to her, and they play together before he leaves. Woody and the other toys witness Andy's departure as they begin their new lives with Bonnie. In the film's epilogue, Barbie, Ken, and Big Baby have vastly improved Sunnyside and maintain contact with Bonnie's toys through letters. The toy soldiers parachute into Sunnyside, where Ken and Barbie welcome them.


Voice cast

Credits adapted from the British Film Institute. * Tom Hanks as Sheriff Woody, Woody * Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear * Joan Cusack as Jessie (Toy Story), Jessie * Ned Beatty as Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear, Lotso * John Morris (actor), John Morris as Andy Davis (Toy Story), Andy * Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head (Toy Story), Mr. Potato Head * Blake Clark as Slinky Dog * Wallace Shawn as Rex (Toy Story), Rex * John Ratzenberger as Hamm the toy, Hamm * Estelle Harris as Mrs. Potato Head (Toy Story), Mrs. Potato Head * Michael Keaton as List of Toy Story characters#Ken, Ken * Jodi Benson as List of Toy Story characters#Barbie, Barbie * Emily Hahn as Bonnie (Toy Story), Bonnie * Jeff Pidgeon as Squeeze Toy Aliens, Aliens * Timothy Dalton as List of Toy Story characters#Mr. Pricklepants, Mr. Pricklepants * Kristen Schaal as List of Toy Story characters#Trixie, Trixie * Jeff Garlin as Buttercup (Toy Story), Buttercup * Bonnie Hunt as List of Toy Story characters#Dolly, Dolly * Whoopi Goldberg as Stretch (Toy Story), Stretch * Jack Angel as Chunk (Toy Story), Chunk * Jan Rabson as List of Toy Story characters#Sparks, Sparks * John Cygan as Twitch (Toy Story), Twitch * Laurie Metcalf as List of Toy Story characters#Mrs. Davis, Andy's mother * Lori Alan as List of Toy Story characters#Bonnie's mom, Bonnie's mother * Bea Miller as Molly (Toy Story), Molly * R. Lee Ermey as List of Toy Story characters#Sarge and the Bucket O Soldiers, Sarge * Teddy Newton as List of Toy Story characters#Chatter Telephone, Chatter Telephone * Richard Kind as List of Toy Story characters#Bookworm, Bookworm * Bud Luckey as List of Toy Story characters#Chuckles, Chuckles * Javier Fernández Peña as Buzz Lightyear#Toy Story 3, Spanish Buzz * Charlie Bright as Young Andy / List of Toy Story characters#Peas-in-a-Pod, Pea-in-a-Pod * Amber Kroner as List of Toy Story characters#Peas-in-a-Pod, Pea-in-a-Pod * Brianna Maiwand as List of Toy Story characters#Peas-in-a-Pod, Pea-in-a-Pod * Erik von Detten as Sid (Toy Story), Sid * Jack Willis as Frog * Woody Smith as List of Toy Story characters#Big Baby, Big Baby


Production

According to the terms of Pixar's initial seven-film deal with The Walt Disney Company, Disney, all characters created by Pixar for their films were owned by Disney. Furthermore, Disney retained the rights to make sequels to any Pixar film, though Pixar retained the right of first refusal to work on these sequels. In 2004, when the contentious negotiations between the two companies made a split appear likely, Michael Eisner, Disney chairman at the time, put plans in motion to produce ''Toy Story 3'' at a new Disney studio, Circle 7 Animation. Tim Allen, the voice of Buzz Lightyear, indicated a willingness to return, even if Pixar was not on board. It was slated for a theatrical release sometime in Spring 2008. Bradley Raymond who previously directed Disney's direct-to-video sequels such as ''The Hunchback of Notre Dame II'', and ''The Lion King 1½'' was hired to direct the film. Among the scripts Circle 7 had under consideration was one from ''Teacher's Pet (2004 film), Teacher's Pet'' screenwriters Bill and Cheri Steinkellner. Their idea for the film involves Andy and his toys (Woody, Buzz, Hamm, Rex, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, Jessie, and Bullseye) paying a visit to his grandmother's house for the night because his room is getting remodeled. So a set of Andy's toys and new characters Hee-Hee, and Gladiola are trying to figure out who stole the toys one by one in a whodunit-style murder mystery story. Though it was rejected, Disney was so impressed with the script that this version would have been considered for a possible fourth installment. The final version of the Circle 7 script was written by ''Meet the Parents'' screenwriter Jim Herzfeld. It focused on Andy's toys shipping a malfunctioning Buzz to the factory in Taiwan where he was built called Wocka-Wocka, with the other toys hoping he will be fixed there. While searching on the Internet, they then discovered that many more Buzz Lightyear toys are malfunctioning around the world and the company had issued a massive Product recall, recall. Fearing Buzz's destruction, a group of Andy's toys (Woody, Rex, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, Hamm, Jessie, and Bullseye) all ship themselves to Taiwan and venture out to rescue Buzz. At the same time, Buzz meets other toys from around the world that were once loved, but have been recalled such as Rosey, a warm cozy toy, and Jade, a leggy doll with an evening gown. Along with meeting the recalled toys, Buzz also meets a new Star Command action figure that was going to be the replacement of Buzz, Daxx Blastar, along with his accessory pet cat named Comet. In January 2006, Pixar#Disney subsidiary, 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 alternate version of ''Toy Story 3'' was canceled. The following month, Disney CEO Bob Iger, 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 film treatment, treatment. This story had no traces of the Circle 7 version of the film since the filmmakers did not read its script: "Not out of spite, but we wanted to start fresh, and not be influenced by what they'd done," said Unkrich. "We didn't look at any of the work they'd done. We really didn't want to know anything about it." In February 2007, Lasseter announced ''Toy Story 2''s co-director, Unkrich, as the sole director of the film instead of himself (Lasseter had directed the first two films and was busy directing ''Cars 2''), and Michael Arndt as screenwriter. 2010 was also announced as the tentative release date. Unkrich, who had been working with Arndt and story development artists on the film since the middle of 2006, said that he felt pressure to avoid creating "the first dud" for Pixar, since (as of 2010) all of Pixar's films had been critical and commercial successes. In February 2008, the film's plotline was reported: "Woody the cowboy and his toy-box friends are dumped in a daycare center after their owner, Andy, leaves for college." During the initial development stages of the film, Pixar revisited their work from the original ''Toy Story'' and found that, although they could open the old computer files for the animated 3D models, error messages prevented them from editing the files, which necessitated recreating the models from scratch. To create the chaotic and complex junkyard scene near the film's end, more than a year and a half was invested on research and development to create the simulation systems required for the sequence. 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. When the preview concluded, the actors signed on to the film. The film's art director, Daisuke Tsutsumi, is married to Hayao Miyazaki's niece, who originally inspired the character Mei in Miyazaki's anime film ''My Neighbour Totoro'' (1988). Totoro makes a cameo appearance in ''Toy Story 3''. Dolby Laboratories announced that ''Toy Story 3'' would be the first film to feature theatrical 7.1 surround sound. Thus, even the Blu-ray version would feature original 7.1 audio, unlike other films which were remixed into 7.1 for Blu-ray.


Release


Theatrical

''Toy Story 3'' had its worldwide premiere on June 12, 2010, opening at Taormina Film Fest in Italy. In the United States, it premiered on June 13, 2010, at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. El Capitan also hosted on June 17, 2010, a ''Toy Story'' marathon, showing for the first time all three ''Toy Story'' films together. The film went into its wide release on June 18, 2010, along with a release to IMAX 3D theaters. The film was theatrically accompanied with the Pixar short film ''Day & Night (2010 film), Day & Night'', which focuses on what happens when an animated personification of Daytime (astronomy), Day meets his opposite, Night, and the resulting growth for both.


Marketing

The film's first Teaser campaign, teaser trailer was released with ''Up (2009 film), Up'' in Disney Digital 3-D 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 (promotion), 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 (2010 film), Alice in Wonderland'' and ''How to Train Your Dragon (film), How to Train Your Dragon''. On March 23, 2010, ''Toy Story'' and ''Toy Story 2'' were released separately on Blu-ray/DVD combo packs; ''Toy Story'' included a small feature of "The Story of ''Toy Story 3''" and ''Toy Story 2'' included one on the "Characters of ''Toy Story 3''." Mattel, Thinkway Toys, and Lego Toy Story, Lego are among companies that produced toys to promote the film. Fisher Price, a Mattel Company, released ''Toy Story 3'' with 21 3D images for viewing with the View-Master viewer. Disney Interactive Studios also produced a video game based on the film ''Toy Story 3: The Video Game'', which was released for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, and PlayStation Portable, PSP on June 15, 2010. A PlayStation 2 version was released on October 30, 2010 as part of a PS2 bundle and separately on November 2, 2010 (the same day ''Toy Story 3'' was released on DVD and Blu-ray). It was also the last Disney/Pixar game to be released for PlayStation 2. ''Toy Story 3'' was featured in Apple's iPhone iOS 4, 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 the toy List of Toy Story characters#Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear, Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear and formatted it to appear as if 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, with the name "Lots-O'-Huggin Bear" replaced with "Little Hug-Hug Bear" (Japanese:ハグハグベアちゃん/''Hagu Hagu Beya-Chan''). On ''Dancing with the Stars (American season 10), Dancing with the Stars'' May 11, 2010 episode, the Gipsy Kings performed a Spanish-language version of the song "You've Got a Friend in Me," which featured a Pasodoble, paso doble dance choreographed by Cheryl Burke and Tony Dovolani. Both the song and dance are featured in the film. ''Toy Story 3'' was promoted with airings of the first and second film on several channels in the weeks preceding the film's release, including Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Freeform (TV channel), ABC Family. Sneak peeks of ''Toy Story 3'' were also revealed, primarily on Disney Channel.


Oscar campaign

''Toy Story 3''s "Not since..." Oscar campaign drew a lot of attention, emphasizing the film's uniqueness and critical acclaim. The campaign consisted of posters featuring characters from the film, comparing ''Toy Story 3'' to previous winners such as ''The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King'', ''Shakespeare in Love'', ''Titanic (1997 film), Titanic'', and more. Walt Disney Studios (division), Walt Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross explained they were going for the Best Picture win, not just Best Animated film. ''The Hollywood Reporter'' gave the campaign a bronze award in Key Art Awards Winners 2011.


Home media

''Toy Story 3'' was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment in North America on November 2, 2010, in a standard DVD edition, a two-disc Blu-ray Disc, and in a four-disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack. Features included behind-the-scenes, including a sneak peek teaser for the then-upcoming ''Cars 2'' (the sequel to the 2006 film ''Cars (film), Cars''). A 10-disc ''Toy Story'' trilogy Blu-ray box set arrived on store shelves that same day. A 3D version of the Blu-ray was released in North America on November 1, 2011. On its first week of release (November 2–7, 2010), it sold 3,859,736 units (equal to $73,096,452), ranking No.1 for the week and immediately becoming the bestselling animated film of 2010 in units sold (surpassing ''How to Train Your Dragon''). As of July 18, 2012, it had sold 10,911,701 units ($185,924,247). It became the bestselling DVD of 2010 in units sold, but it lacked in sales revenue and therefore ranked second behind ''Avatar (2009 film)#Home media, Avatar'' on that list. It also sold about 4 million Blu-ray units, ranking as the fourth-bestselling film of 2010. In the United Kingdom, it broke the record for the largest first day ever for an animated feature in sales revenue, on both DVD and Blu-ray. Additionally, on the first day of its iTunes release, it immediately became the most downloaded Disney film ever. ''Toy Story 3'' was released on Ultra HD Blu-ray, 4K UHD Blu-ray on June 4, 2019.


Reception


Box office

''Toy Story 3'' earned $415 million in North America and $652 million in other countries for a worldwide total of $1.067 billion, earning more revenue than the previous two films of the series combined. It became the List of highest-grossing animated films, highest-grossing animated film, surpassing the six-year-old record held by 2004's ''Shrek 2'' ($919 million), until Walt Disney Animation Studios' computer-animated musical ''Frozen (2013 film), Frozen'' surpassed it in 2014, followed by ''Minions (film), Minions'' in 2015, ''Incredibles 2'' in 2018, and computer-animated remake version of ''The Lion King (2019 film), The Lion King'', its sequel ''Toy Story 4'' and ''Frozen II'' in 2019. It is the List of highest-grossing films, 34th-highest-grossing film, the 2010 in film, highest-grossing film of 2010, the seventh-highest-grossing animated film (behind 2019 CGI version of ''The Lion King'', ''Frozen II'', ''Frozen'', ''Incredibles 2'', ''Minions'' and ''Toy Story 4''), the second highest-grossing film in the Toy Story (franchise), ''Toy Story'' series (behind ''Toy Story 4''), the third-highest-grossing Pixar film (behind ''Incredibles 2'' and ''Toy Story 4''), and the 18th-highest-grossing film distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Disney. In estimated attendance, though, it still ranks fourth on the list of modern animated films, behind ''Shrek 2'', ''Finding Nemo'', and ''The Lion King''. On its first weekend, ''Toy Story 3'' topped the worldwide box office with $145.3 million ($153.7 million with weekday previews), the List of highest-grossing openings for animated films, ninth-largest opening weekend worldwide for an animated feature. On August 27, 2010 – its seventy-first day of release, it surpassed the $1 billion mark, becoming the third Disney film, the second Disney-distributed film in 2010 (after ''Alice in Wonderland (2010 film), Alice in Wonderland''), the first animated film, and the seventh film in cinematic history to do so.


United States and Canada

In North America, ''Toy Story 3'' is the List of highest-grossing films in Canada and the United States, 19th-highest-grossing film, unadjusted for inflation. Adjusted for ticket price inflation, though, it ranks 96th on the all-time chart. It is also the highest-grossing film of 2010, the second-highest-grossing Pixar film (behind ''Finding Dory''), the second-highest-grossing G-rated film (behind ''The Lion King''), the fourth-highest-grossing animated film, and the seventh-highest-grossing film distributed by Disney. Box Office Mojo estimates that the film sold over 52 million tickets in the U.S. The film earned $41.1 million on its opening day (June 18, 2010) from 4,028 theaters, including $4 million at midnight shows from about 1,500 theaters, setting an opening-day record for an animated film (surpassed by ''Minions'' and later ''Finding Dory''). During its opening weekend, the film topped the box office with $110.3 million, setting an opening-weekend record among Pixar films (surpassed by ''Finding Dory''), films released in June (surpassed by ''Man of Steel (film), Man of Steel'' and later ''Jurassic World''), and G-rated films. The film also achieved the second-largest opening weekend among animated films and the fourth-largest opening weekend among 2010 films. Its average of $27,385 per venue is the second-highest for a G-rated film and the third-highest for an animated feature. Its opening-week gross (Friday through Thursday) of $167.6 million is the second-largest among animated films, the second-largest among 2010 films, and the 23rd-largest of all time. It also achieved the largest 10-day gross among 2010 films. It topped the box office for two consecutive weekends.


Other territories

Outside of North America, ''Toy Story 3'' is the 29th-highest-grossing film, the sixth-highest-grossing animated film, the third-highest-grossing film of 2010, the highest-grossing Pixar film, and the 11th-highest-grossing Disney film. It topped the box office outside North America three times, in its first ($35 million), second, and sixth weekend (which was its largest). Its highest-grossing market after North America is Japan ($126.7 million), where it is the second-highest-grossing U.S. animated feature (behind ''Finding Nemo''), followed by the UK and Ireland, and Malta (£73.8 million – $116.6 million), where it is the List of highest-grossing films in the United Kingdom, sixth-highest-grossing film, and Mexico ($59.4 million), where it is the second-highest-grossing film. It set opening-weekend records for animated films in Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, China, Argentina, Hong Kong, Spain, and the UK. It is the highest-grossing animated film of all time in the UK, Ireland and Malta, Mexico, Hong Kong, and Egypt. It is the highest-grossing film of 2010 in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, Mexico, Spain, the UK, Ireland, and Malta.


Critical response

On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 98% based on 305 reviews, with an average rating of 8.87/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Deftly blending comedy, adventure, and honest emotion, ''Toy Story 3'' is a rare second sequel that really works." ''Toy Story 3'' was the best-reviewed film of 2010 on Rotten Tomatoes. Metacritic, another review aggregator which assigns a Normalization (statistics), normalized rating to reviews, gave the film a score of 92 out of 100 based on 39 critics, indicating "universal acclaim." ''Time (magazine), TIME'' named ''Toy Story 3'' the "best film of 2010," as did Quentin Tarantino. In 2011, ''TIME'' named it one of "The 25 All-TIME Best Animated Films." Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale, the same score as the Toy Story, first film, but down from the "A+" earned by the Toy Story 2, second film. A. O. Scott of ''The New York Times'' stated "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 of ''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, calling it "the best movie trilogy of all time." In ''USA Today'', Claudia Puig gave the film a complete 4-star (classification), star rating, writing "This installment, the best of the three, is everything a movie should be: hilarious, touching, exciting, and clever." Lou Lumenick 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." Michael Phillips (critic), Michael Phillips of the ''Chicago Tribune'' gave the film 3 out of 4 stars, writing that "Compared with the riches of all kinds in recent Pixar masterworks such as ''Ratatouille (film), Ratatouille'', ''WALL-E'', and ''Up (2009 film), Up'', ''Toy Story 3'' looks and plays like an exceptionally slick and confident product, as opposed to a magical blend of commerce and popular art." Roger Moore of the ''Orlando Sentinel'', who gave the film 3½ 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." Cahiers du Cinéma put it at the fourth place of Cahiers du Cinéma's Annual Top 10 Lists, its top ten best 2010 in film, 2010 films. In 2018, IndieWire writers ranked the script the 10th best American screenplay of the 21st century.


Accolades

On January 25, 2011, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that ''Toy Story 3'' was not only nominated for Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Feature, but also for Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Picture. This makes ''Toy Story 3'' not only the first animated sequel in history to be nominated for Best Picture, but also just the third animated film to ever be so nominated (following ''Beauty and the Beast (1991 film), Beauty and the Beast'' and ''Up''), with ''Toy Story 3'' becoming the second Pixar film to be nominated for both awards. ''Toy Story 3'' also became the first-ever Pixar film—and the first animated feature film since ''Shrek''—to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, though six of Pixar's previous films were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Screenplay: ''Toy Story'', ''Finding Nemo'', ''The Incredibles'', ''Ratatouille'', ''WALL-E'', and ''Up''. In 2011, it was nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Animated Movie, but lost to ''Despicable Me (film), Despicable Me''.


Music

The film score for ''Toy Story 3'' was composed and conducted by Randy Newman, his sixth for Pixar after ''Toy Story'', ''A Bug's Life'', ''Toy Story 2'', ''Monsters, Inc.'', and ''Cars (film), Cars''. Initially, Disney released the soundtrack only as music download, digital download. This was the second instance where Disney did not release the award-winning soundtrack of a Pixar film on CD, the first being ''Up (2009 film), Up''. In January 2012, Intrada Records, Intrada released the ''Toy Story 3'' soundtrack on CD. In addition to the tracks included in the soundtrack album, the film also uses several other tracks such as "Dream Weaver" by Gary Wright, "Le Freak" by Chic (band), Chic, and Randy Newman's original version of "You've Got a Friend in Me." Furthermore, tracks "Cowboy!" and "Come to Papa" included material from Newman's rejected score to ''Air Force One (film), Air Force One''. The song "Losing You" from Newman's own album ''Harps and Angels'' was also used in the first trailer for the film. The Judas Priest song "Electric Eye (song), Electric Eye" was also used in the film in the temp score for the opening scene of ''Toy Story 3''. The aliens are playing the tune in their sports car. The song was ultimately replaced by Newman's score. ;Chart positions Music awards


Sequel

The sequel, titled ''Toy Story 4'', was released on June 21, 2019, with most of the main cast returning for the film. The film was originally to be directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by Josh Cooley, but in July 2017 Cooley was confirmed as the sole director. Don Rickles had signed on to return to voice Mr. Potato Head, but died before any lines could be recorded. Cooley later confirmed that archived recordings of Rickles would be used instead.


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