The year is 2004. Pixar's multi-movie deal with Disney had just ended, leaving their properties in the hands of the latter. With Pixar leaving to produce their own movies, Disney decided to create sequels to some of their properties like Toy Story, Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo.
Toy Story's planned sequel, Toy Story 3, would have been developed by a new studio created by Disney for Direct to Video sequels called Circle 7, but it was cancelled in 2006 when Disney bought Pixar outright for 7.2 billion dollars. The plot is as follows: when Buzz starts malfunctioning, Andy's toys forcibly ship him off to Taiwan (where he was created) in the hopes of getting him repaired. However, when Woody realizes Buzz Lightyear units all around the world are being recalled, he and his rescue team (consisting of Mr. Potato Head, Hamm, Slinky, Rex, Jessie and Bullseye) set off on a journey to the factory to save their Buzz before he's replaced.
More information on this sequel, including an early script, can be found here. An actual Toy Story 3 would be released in 2010, with the Circle 7 script being completely ignored (although some of the concepts, such as the toys accidentally ending up at a daycare and Woody and Buzz peacefully parting ways were reworked for either the actual Toy Story 3 or Toy Story 4).
The Toy Story 3 script provides examples of:
- An Arm and a Leg: Buzz loses one of his legs to the toy crusher. The other toys manage to reattach a new one.
- Big Bad: Daxx Blastar, a Transformers-esque toy who wants to replace Buzz Lightyear by any means necessary.
- Big Damn Heroes: Woody and the gang arrive just in time to stop Buzz, Rosey and Jade from being crushed in the recycling plant.
- The Big Damn Kiss: Jade and Buzz share one (specifically noted as Buzz's first on-screen kiss) before the latter heads off to reunite with Andy.
- The Cameo: Al from Toy Story 2 makes a brief appearance at the unveiling party for Daxx Blastar.
- Chekhov's Skill: Rex's skill at playing Operation comes in handy when the toys need him to take out Buzz's malfunctioning chip and put in a new one.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Jade was recalled before she ever got a chance to be played with. It only got worse for her when, unlike all the other Jades who got fixed and eventually sent to loving homes, she was chosen to be the archived model in the recall room.
- Disney Death: Buzz is thought to be killed when one of his legs is crushed by the toy crusher. He turns out to be alive, but badly injured.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: After spending most of the movie as defects, all of the recalled toys (including Jade and Rosey) end up repaired and given to children around the world in the credits sequence.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even Al, who had no problems stealing toys not for sale in 2, is shocked to realise the factory's been destroying children's toys and then replacing them.
- Failed a Spot Check: Woody somehow not only fails to notice the giant Buzz Lightyear head on the factory Buzz is inside, but he goes in the complete opposite direction while trying to find it.
- Here We Go Again!: The toys successfully fix Buzz and get back to Andy's room before he gets back... only for Andy to get Buzz's recall notice and send him off to Taiwan again.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: Rosey's motivation for tagging along with Buzz is being repaired so she can finally be loved by a kid.
- I Will Only Slow You Down:
- Buzz tells Rosey and Jade to leave him behind when his chip starts failing. They refuse to abandon him.
- Woody and Buzz get trapped on the toy crusher. Buzz manages to escape, but Woody struggles to get free and tells Buzz to go without him. Buzz manages to free him, only to get his own leg caught in a clamp and crushed.
- Kids Are Cruel: Though not nearly to the extent of the Caterpillar Room's kids, the kids in the Taiwan daycare Woody and his friends get stuck in don't treat them particularly well. Bullseye is made up to look like a My Little Pony doll, Hamm and Rex are forced to wear diapers and act like babies, and Woody and Jessie are forced into a mock marriage (to their disgust).
- Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Woody and Jessie elect to pretend their daycare wedding never happened.Jessie: We will never speak of this day again.
Woody: Believe me. What happens in Taiwan...
Both: ...stays in Taiwan.
- Ms. Fanservice: Jade, who is described in the script as "a sexy, leggy doll in a jade colored slit-to-the-thigh evening gown".
- My Little Panzer: The recalled toys were all recalled due to safety faults. Rosey was intended to keep children warm at night but keeps catching on fire, Jade's knees fold into sharp metal points and Buzz's parts malfunction to the point where he accidentally scratches Andy with his hand.
- Playing with Fire: Rosey's malfunction causes her to spew fire from her stomach. She was intended to keep children warm at night, but she just wound up burning them instead.
- Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure: Briefly. All of the rescue team blow up on Woody for his poor leadership after he accidentally gets them locked in a daycare, but they make up very quickly and don't bring it up again.
- Race Against the Clock: The toys have to mail themselves back to Andy's room by 7:00, the latest time the 2-day shipping will allow them to get home before Andy returns.
- Reset Button:
- Buzz is reset back to his factory settings and acts just like he did in the first movie, lacking any memory of his friends. He gets his memories back a minute later after Jade and Rosey remind him of Andy.
- The toys ultimately make it back to Andy's house before he returns, exactly as he left them.
- Sequel Goes Foreign: While the other Toy Story movies involved the toys going to new locations, they always stayed within America (with only one- Toy Story 4- even having the toys venture out of the tri-county area). This movie, on the other hand, would have had them go to Taiwan to save Buzz from being recalled.
- Wham Line: One from the creator of the Buzz Lightyear figures, Old Man Kagoy, that confirms he knows the toys are sentient.Kagoy: Now you're talking, Buzz. What's up?