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  • Actor-Shared Background: As with Mr. Pricklepants, who views himself as a thespian, Timothy Dalton is a thespian in real life.
  • Author Existence Failure:
    • Joe Ranft was killed in a car accident in 2005. In the film, it is suggested that the toys that he voiced were sold.
    • Jim Varney, the voice of Slinky Dog, passed away from lung cancer in 2000 during the ten-year gap between the second and third films. By the time production of the film began, Blake Clark replaced him as Slinky.
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    • Mary Kay Bergman, who provided Jessie's yodels in Toy Story 2, committed suicide in 1999, so Jesse's main voice actress Creator/Joan Cusack replaced her.
  • Doing It for the Art: Pixar actually reached out to the original voice actors for Andy and Sid, both of whom were retired from acting at this point, and got them to reprise the roles as adults.
  • I Knew It!: Before the release of the third film, some fans correctly guessed that Lotso would be the main villain.
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  • 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, Argentinian Mike Amigorena voiced Ken and Columbian-born Danna García voiced Barbie. García also recorded some of her lines in Miami.
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  • Life Imitates Art: Inverted for Totoro, since Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter are really, really good friends after all.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: Compared to the Oct. 2009 trailer, a few lines were re-spoken in the final film, and Spanish Buzz doesn't spin around and jump immediately after pressing a button to make his voice box say a line. A few shots were done in different angles as well.
  • 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 Stephen Stanton and Jim Hanks, respectively.
    • Jessie's yodeling is now done by her normal voice actress, Joan Cusack, after Mary Kay Bergman committed suicide a few weeks before the second film was released; she was given a Posthumous Credit for her work.
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    • The Swedish dub is a mix of both new and returning voices, but the most notable difference is Jan Mybrand voicing Woody instead of Björn Skifs.
  • 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.
  • The Red Stapler: Its pretty safe to say, without going into spoilers that this movie made people much more aware of the existence off the Jolly Chimp toy. Yeah, it's pretty much Nightmare Fuel in and out of universe but, people wanted it BECAUSE it was so unnerving!
  • Refitted for Sequel: Lotso is a character who was conceptualized since the early drafts of the first movie, only now making his debut. His personality, motives, and relations with other toys also mirror the "jerkass Woody" in the infamous "Black Friday" script of the first movie, up to and including abusing his top henchman (Big Baby here, Slinky Dog in the former) until he snaps and throws him in the trash / out Andy's window.
  • Role Reprisal: Aside from Jim Varney, who died before production began, all of the original actors return to reprise their roles. Special mention goes to John Morris returning as Andy, since Toy Story 2 was actually his last film and he hadn't acted in the 11 years between. Erik Von Detten also returned for a cameo as Sid (look closely at the rock-riff humming garbage man's T-shirt and you'll realize it's him.)
  • 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.
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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 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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