Trivia / Toy Story 3

  • Actor Allusion: Richard Kind, Bookworm's voice actor, plays as a bug working on the villains' side in another Pixar film.
  • Casting Gag:
    • R. Lee Ermey was a Marine Corps drill instructor, and gained fame playing Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket.
    • Pixar didn't realize that they actually cast the voice of the Spanish Buzz toy for Spanish Buzz until after the fact.
    • It cannot be a coincidence that Rex speaks about the dump a couple times - his voice actor, Wallace Shawn, does ads for a discount furniture outlet chain called "The Dump."
  • The Character Died with Him: Everyone voiced by Joe Ranft. Averted with Jim Varney's character, though.
  • I Knew It: Before the release of the third film, some fans correctly guessed that Lotso would be the main villain.
  • International Coproduction: The Latin American Spanish dub was dubbed in Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela and the United States (specifically Miami, Florida). Nearly all of the original Mexican cast reprised their roles since the previous films were dubbed in Mexico, while Venezuelan Erika de la Vega voiced Dolly, Argentinan Mike Amigorena voiced Ken and Columbian-born Danna García voiced Barbie.
  • Life Imitates Art: Inverted for Totoro, since Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter are really, really good friends after all.
  • The Other Darrin: Slinky Dog, who was voiced by the late Jim "Ernest" Varney in the first two films, is voiced by Blake Clark (a friend of his, who was also Shawn's father in Boy Meets World) in Toy Story 3 due to Author Existence Failure.
    • Blake Clark also was in Home Improvement as Harry, with Tim Allen, who voices Buzz.
    • In the game, Buzz and Woody are both voiced by Jim Hanks and Stephen Stanton, respectively.
  • Real-Life Relative: In the Latin American Spanish dub, Arturo Mercado (Hamm's voice) and Arturo Mercado Jr. (replacing Carlos Segundo as the voice of Woody) are father and son.
  • Recycled Script: The overall plot and quite a few details carry an uncanny similarity to Toy Story 2. The story centers around the same idea that toys ultimately don't last forever. Much like how the story in 2 was kicked off by Woody getting mistaken for an unwanted toy, the story here is kicked off by everyone, except Woody, getting mistaken for unwanted toys. Again, like it happened to Woody in 2, the toys end up in a seemingly idyllic place that holds promises of them being loved for generations and getting repairs where need. When it comes to the antagonist, there is Lotso, a chubby and seemingly friendly toy with a deep voice who use a cane and is later revealed to be evil, having been traumatized by feeling unloved and unwanted, resulting in him taking his anger out on others, much like Stinky Pete. There is even a sequence where the toys have to deal with a delusional, factory-setting Buzz Lightyear.
  • Refitted for Sequel: Lotso is a character who was conceptualized since the early drafts of the first movie, only now making his debut.
  • Spoiled by the Merchandise: For the most part, Pixar was able to keep spoilers under wraps, avoiding Trailers Always Spoil. Unfortunately, the LEGO toyline outright revealed the incinerator scene with an entire set based upon it, even including one of the Little Green Men operating a crane to save the other toys. While not explicitly spoiled, Lotso's true nature was heavily hinted in his LEGO minifigure, which always bore a mean-looking smirk.
  • Troubled Production: When Pixar started on this film, they thought could save some time just using their old computer files of the main characters from the previous film. Unfortunately, when they tried, they found out that they neglected to keep them updated with their current operating system and thus were inaccessible for use and the animators had to remake the characters from scratch.
  • Truth in Television: In much the same way 2's Airport Baggage system was in equal parts drama and realistic, the giant refuse Claw is this for 3.
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  • What Could Have Been:
    • Due to Pixar not renewing its seven-film distribution deal with Disney in 2004 that would also give the latter full rights to its properties and sequel production, Toy Story 3 was intended to be produced by a newly established studio called Circle 7 Animation, along with sequels to Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo. It was to have a very different plot involving Buzz getting shipped back to Taiwan as part of a worldwide recall, and Woody and other toys meeting up with some "misfits" along the way. Meanwhile, Buzz would have met different language Buzzes from around the world, who were all in various states of disrepair/insanity, as well as an insane Zurg who would have introduced Buzz to his ultimate fate of being sent to the toy crusher. With the deal falling through in January 2006, and then-CEO Michael Eisner, who Pixar seriously disdained, getting ousted and being succeeded by Bob Iger, Disney would purchase Pixar and give creative control back to them, providing a more potentially praised sequel than the original version, along with Monsters University and soon-to-be Finding Dory. Circle 7 would be shut down two months later, with most of the animators going to either the feature animation department or DisneyToon Studios.
    • Barbie: Originally, Woody's love interest was supposed to be a Barbie doll that wore a Pimped-Out Dress and was a badass. Mattel at the time thought Toy Story would be a flop and couldn't allow the animators and writers to use her in the story. It wouldn't be until Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 that Barbie would be featured; first as a supporting character, then as one of the main characters.
    • Lotso: Word of God states that his character was made before the original Toy Story, as a Teddy Ruxpin Expy that was stuck in a bargain bin in a store because his tape player was broken. He and his gang of other bargain-bin toys would've snuck out nightly to raid neighborhoods of toys in the store.


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