Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film, the third film in the Toy Story series, and the sequel to Toy Story 2 (1999). It was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Lee Unkrich, the editor of Toy Story (1995) and co-director of Toy Story 2, written by Michael Arndt, while Unkrich wrote the story along with John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton, respectively director and co-writer of the first two films. The film was released in theaters June 18, 2010, and played worldwide from June through October in the Disney Digital 3-D, RealD, and IMAX 3D formats. Toy Story 3 was the first film to be released theatrically with Dolby Surround 7.1 sound.
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Don Rickles, John Morris, Laurie Metcalf and R. Lee Ermey reprise their roles of Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Rex, Hamm, Mr. Potato Head, Andy Davis, Mrs. Davis and Sarge from the first two films, with Erik Von Detten who reprises his role of Sid Phillips from the first Toy Story movie and Joan Cusack, Estelle Harris, Jodi Benson who reprise their roles of Jessie, Mrs. Potato Head and Barbie from Toy Story 2. They are joined by Blake Clark, who replaces the late Jim Varney as the voice of Slinky Dog, and Ned Beatty, Michael Keaton, Whoopi Goldberg, Timothy Dalton, Kristen Schaal, Bonnie Hunt, and Jeff Garlin who voice new characters. The plot focuses on the toys Woody, Buzz and their friends dealing with an uncertain future as their owner, Andy, prepares to leave for college. It was the last Toy Story film that starred Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head before his death in 2017.
Like its predecessors, Toy Story 3 received critical acclaim upon release. It became the second Pixar film (after 2009's Up) and third Disney animated film overall (after Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Up) to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. The film received four more Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Sound Editing, Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, winning the latter two. Toy Story 3 grossed over $1 billion worldwide, becoming the highest - grossing film of 2010—both in North America and worldwide - and the fifth highest-grossing film at the time of its release, as well as the third highest-grossing animated film of all time and the first animated film to generate $1 billion in ticket sales. A sequel, Toy Story 4, directed by Lasseter is scheduled to be released on June 21, 2019.