"Toy Story 3" is the third movie in the popular Disney/Pixar animated series following the adventures of Buzz, Woody, Jessie, and the rest of the characters. On this particular journey the team finds the rank of toys depleted as years of play have taken their toll of the population. Andy is faced with deciding what toys to take to college and what toys to pack away. While Woody manages to find himself heading to college with Andy, Buzz and the rest of the gang are earmarked for storage in the attic. Of course, the toys are nearly lost to a garbage truck as Woody watched in horror.
To his relief, the toys managed to escape demise and decide to climb into a donation box bound for a daycare facility with Woody along for the ride. While the daycare facility provides what has become a rare opportunity for Buzz and the gang to be played with, the members of Andy's team soon discover the true nature of how things work at the new location. A fluffy bear by the name of Lotso controls the facility and keeps unwanted toys in a section for younger children where they are often destroyed and generally mistreated. Woody manages to escape what becomes a prison for toys, and Buzz attempts to appeal to Lotso to have his friends moved to more friendly environment.
After Woody finds refuge with a new little girl, he learns of the fate that is awaiting his friends from another toy in her room. The cowboy wastes no time in heading back to the daycare to set his friends free. Unfortunately, Buzz has been reset to his deluded Space Ranger mode and is working with Lotso to hold his friends captive.
Woody and the other toys hatch a grand plan to break out of the facility and return to Andy's house. After managed to find their way home, only to be separated again when Woody is college bound. After some quick thinking, Woody writes the address of the little girl who rescued him, and Andy delivers his former pals to her. In an emotional exchange, Woody ends up joining his pals.
At its heart "Toy Story 3" is about love and loss, but children and parents will notice the quick wit and colorful animation that has made the series so popular. This is one of those movies that can appeal to the young and young at heart at the same time.
They have starred in three movies together already, but we have never actually seen Tom Hanks and Tim Allen in a film together. Hanks and Allen have co-starred in voice only, as the two played Woody and Buzz Lightyear in the "Toy Story" trilogy. That's about to change, as Tom Hanks and Tim Allen have both signed on to star in a new live-action Disney film called "Jungle Cruise." If you have been to Disneyland (or Disney World), then you're probably familiar with the theme park attraction that takes you through a river to see a safari of animatronic lions, zebras, elephants, and other African animals.
What, you didn't think Disney would allow Pixar to let their most successful franchise just sit there, did you? While the combined revenue of the film franchise stands at nearly $2 billion, the films themselves are only the beginning. "Toy Story 3" alone, according to a story in Variety, made an additional $650 million on home video, $250 million on books, $220 million from video games, and a staggering $7.3 billion in other forms of merchandising. And that's just merchandising on the third film alone.
In Yidio's Academy Awards Best Picture Focus section, we take an in-depth look at all 10 films nominated for the 2011 Oscar. In this edition, we take a look at the only animated film to get a Best Picture nomination, "Toy Story 3." About the film: "Toy Story 3" is the third installment (natch) in Pixar's Toy Story trilogy. The movie is a true follow-up to the groundbreaking first movie and its excellent sequel, combining humor, warmth and emotion with moments of drama unrivaled by animated films of the past.