Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated film. It is the third and most recent installment in the Toy Story series. The film was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures.
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, John Ratzenberger, Wallace Shawn, Jeff Pidgeon, Jodi Benson, R. Lee Ermey, John Morris, and Laurie Metcalf all reprised their voice-over roles from the previous films. Jim Varney, who played Slinky Dog in the first two films, and Joe Ranft, who portrayed Wheezy and Lenny, died before production began on the third film. The role of Slinky was taken over by Blake Clark, while Ranft's characters and various others were written out of the story (Wheezy was mentioned in the beginning). New characters include voice-overs by Ned Beatty, Timothy Dalton, Bonnie Hunt, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeff Garlin and Michael Keaton.
Toy Story 3 was released worldwide in June, July and August. The feature broke the record of Shrek the Third as the biggest single day North American (aka 'domestic') gross for an animated film unadjusted for inflation and a big opening with an unadjusted gross of $110,307,189. It is also the highest grossing opening weekend for a Pixar film, as well as the highest grossing opening weekend for a film to have opened in the month of June. Toy Story 3 is currently the highest-grossing film of 2010 in the United States and Canada, and the second-highest grossing film of 2010 worldwide, behind Alice in Wonderland. In July, it surpassed Finding Nemo to become Pixar's highest ever grossing film at the North American box office, and in early August, the film became Pixar's highest-grossing film worldwide and surpassed Shrek 2 as the highest-grossing animated film of all-time worldwide.
This time, Andy is 17 years old and has outgrown his old toys (though he apparently doesn't have the heart to get rid of them) and is preparing to move to college. He decides to take Woody with him and packs the other toys in a garbage bag, intending to store them in the attic, but Ms. Davis mistakenly puts the bag out on the roadside as garbage. Believing that Andy no longer wants them, the toys sneak into a box to be donated to Sunnyside Daycare. Woody, who saw what really happened, tries to clear up the misunderstanding, but the others refuse to listen.
The toys are driven to Sunnyside where they receive a warm welcome from the daycare toys, led by Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear (a.k.a. Lotso). Woody tries to convince the others to return to Andy, but they feel that they would be happier at Sunnyside, so they let him leave without them. The others soon discover the children Lotso assigned them with are too young, and they are innocently abused and tortured. Meanwhile, Molly's Barbie, who was also donated begins to fall for Ken, who is Lotso's right hand man and is also falling for Barbie. Buzz goes to ask Lotso to transfer them to the older children, but is instead caught by some of the Sunnyside toys and reset to his original, deluded space ranger self.
Woody returns to Sunnyside to help his friends break out. Barbie helps them do so by tricking Ken into letting her out. The toys accidentally reset Buzz to his Spanish mode during the escape, after which he joins their side (believing they know where his spaceship is) and impresses Jessie. The toys use a garbage chute to reach a dumpster outside the daycare, but Lotso and his henchmen catch them. Ken protects Andy's toys, saying that being in love with Barbie has changed him, and that he has turned against Lotso. Woody explains to Lotso's henchmen about his past, and when Lotso finally goes too far, Big Baby throws Lotso in the dumpster. However, Lotso pulls Woody into the dumpster just before a garbage truck arrives, forcing the others to rescue him. In the chaos of falling garbage, Buzz rescues Jessie from being crushed, which results in a broken TV falling on him, resetting him to normal, with no memory of his other modes.
The truck takes the toys to a dump where they are dumped onto a conveyor belt for disposal. Woody helps Lotso and the others escape a shredder, but Lotso betrays them by not pressing an emergency-stop button and leaves them to slide into an incinerator. As the toys accept their imminent demise in horror and join hands, they are rescued by a giant claw crane operated by the squeeze toy aliens. Later, Lotso is found by a garbage man and tied to the front of a truck.
The toys return to Andy's house on a garbage truck and prepare to be stored in the attic. Woody, however, decides he and his friends would better serve their purpose elsewhere. He writes a message on a post-it note and sticks it on the box with all the toys inside.