YMMV / Toy Story 3

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Lotso. Is he a loathsome bear in every single way? Or he is a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds? A poor guy whose abandonment made ​​him flatly believe that toys are trash, mentally crossed a severe Despair Event Horizon, and is taking out his pain on the rest of the world? The fact that he shows gratitude to be saved by Woody and then betrays him, he seems to be unable to stop his nihilistic mentality for being a toy. He is probably a mentally unstable individual, enslaved to his own impulses and beliefs of his Freudian Excuse.
    • Chuckles' whole disposition in present day compared to how he is in his flashback reeks of Fridge Horror. Perhaps most ambiguous is his final conversation concerning Lotso's position ("She only replaced you..."). Was he trying to make Lotso consider Big Baby or was he in the middle of telling Lotso he was Someone Else's Problem (which likely further triggered Lotso into threatening him)? Was he most broken from letting down Big Baby or Lotso?
  • Americans Hate Tingle: Toy Story 3 was an utter flop in some countries in Eastern Europe, including Latvia, Romania and Russia. Many explanations have been offered, the less imaginative being that not many people there had seen the other two films because of economic troubles right after the fall of Communism in the 1990s, resulting in 3's Continuity Porn lacking appeal.
  • Angst Aversion: This movie is notorious for being very depressing to watch. It has everything from a brutal dictatorship to child abuse, to the inevitable prospect of a slow and sad death. The list goes on.
  • Complete Monster: Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear is the ruler of Sunnyside Daycare, and oppresses the other toys through brute force and violence. Originally the favorite toy of a young girl named Daisy, Lotso was mistakenly lost and replaced, leading him to believe that all toys were worthless and unloved. Taking over Sunnyside, Lotso subjects the toys in the Caterpillar Room to horrid mistreatment from the younger children. When Andy's toys request that they be relocated to the Butterfly Room, Lotso resets Buzz Lightyear and has him beat down his friends, showing a cold satisfaction while doing so. When Woody frees the toys and they attempt to escape, Lotso has Chatter Telephone beaten in order to get him to explain Woody's escape plan before ordering the toys disposed of in the dumpster. When his minions turn on him and he is taken to the dump, along with Andy's toys, he abandons them to burn to death in the incinerator, ignoring that they had previously saved his life. While he has a tragic backstory, Woody himself calls him out on how weak it is, stating that Lotso had abandoned her, not the other way around. Sociopathic and misanthropic, as Buttercup puts it best, Lotso "may seem plush and huggable on the outside but inside he's a monster".
  • Continuity Lockout: True, this isn't The Matrix Revolutions but viewers new to the series may wonder why the green aliens are constantly talking about "the Claw". An attempt to bridge this gap is made when they first arrive at the daycare. The aliens point at a construction vehicle toy with a claw and say "The Claw!" to establish that connection with new viewers.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The scene where the daycare children rough up your toys is a little dark, but then Jessie's head gets dunked in paint. The line is crossed again when Rex loses his tail. Then again when Buzz is used as a mallet.
  • Even Better Sequel: This movie appealed to the few teenagers and adults that didn't like the first two movies; it took the Parental Bonus of the first two movies Up to Eleven.
  • Faux Symbolism:
    • The incinerator? A metaphor for Hell. The whole journey through the Dump could be a condensed, metaphorical adaptation for Dante's Inferno.
    • Most of the theories posted here originally can now be found in the Wild Mass Guessing/Toy Story page
    • One working theory is that the 3rd movie is a metaphor for the afterlife. See this essay for more info.
    • Lotso never made it out of the dump.
  • Genius Bonus: Potato Head using a Tortilla and a Cucumber while his body was trapped. Unless you're a vintage toy collector, you might not know that was how Mr. Potato Heads were actually sold: They were originally only a collection of parts meant to be used with real vegetables, and were later sold with plastic bodies to discourage food wastage.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: When Woody lists the friends they lost while Andy grew up, he mentions Wheezy. In Toy Story 2, Woody saved Wheezy from being put in a yard sale.
  • He Really Can Act: After playing mostly harmless characters who are Nice Guys, Butt Monkeys, Reasonable Authority Figures or an Affably Evil Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain like Otis from Superman: The Movie and Superman II, Ned Beatty proves he can play a completely monstrous villain like Lotso, who happens to be more monstrous then his past villain character and second acting role in his career Sheriff J.C. Conners from White Lightning and that's saying something.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The screech the Cymbal-Banging Monkey makes when seeing prisoners trying to escape.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Woody's line to Buzz "This isn't goodbye" can be seen as this to the entire franchise, as with the animated shorts and a fourth movie, this movie is not our goodbye to these characters.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient:
  • It Was His Sled: Guess who the main villain is.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Lotso becomes this at some point of the movie, but his later actions and especially his Moral Event Horizon make pretty clear that he abandoned the "Woobie" part long ago.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Averted. The incinerator scene was so intense that a lot of fans watching for the first time were genuinely afraid Pixar actually was going to have the nerve to destroy their iconic, beloved characters. Even some Genre Savvy viewers who noticed that the Little Green Men had been conveniently removed for the moment have admitted that they wound up forgetting this when the scene actually came up.
  • Memetic Molester: Surprisingly, Woody, thanks to the alternate face that comes with his Revoltech Sci-Fi action figure.
  • Misaimed Marketing: You know that utterly horrifying and heartbreaking scene of the toys inside the trash compactor? Now you can relive the magic!
  • Moral Event Horizon: In Toy Story 3, Lotso had already established himself as a dog-kicking machine as he tortures and corrupts the toys during the movie, but irrevocably crosses the horizon when he pretends to try to turn off the Conveyor Belt of Doom leading to the incinerator, then leaves the other toys to their deaths with the remark "where's your kid now, sheriff?", complete with a mocking salute and evil smile. This after he pretended to be redeemed and after Woody and Buzz had just risked their lives to save him. So much for Rousseau being right this time, as is usually the case for Pixar.
  • Nausea Fuel: During the daycare scene, the extreme closeup of a toddler shoving Buzz's helmet into her mouth.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: The Toy Story 3 video game had a very well-received sandbox mode that eventually led to something else.
  • Tough Act to Follow: This is why most fans feel there should be no more sequels after Toy Story 3. This also indirectly affected the reception of Cars 2 and Brave. Even Pixar is aware of this; John Lasseter said they had no plans for a fourth movie because the third felt like a perfect note to end on, but they felt an idea they were kicking around was too good to pass up, and thus, Toy Story 4 was green-lit. It wasn't until Inside Out, released half a decade later, that Pixar made a movie considered good enough to escape Toy Story 3's shadow.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?:
    • Much of the humor is over young heads, and a lot of kids get frightened and often even leaving during the Monkey Scene (A few theorized the 11-year Sequel Gap helped Pixar aim for a Darker and Edgier route). Even worse is that it once played on the Disney Junior block and had a tie-in with Pull-Ups training pants.
    • The notorious incinerator scene. The suspense and fear was enough to unnerve even the grown-up viewers.
  • The Woobie:
    • Big Baby.
    • Most of the main cast fall under this; they've lost many of their friends, they're not played with any more and they're doomed to life in the attic, which isn't so bad but can never compare to Andy's childhood. Then they get thrown out by accident.

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