Thursday, September 27, 2012

Surprise!! Your Going to Disney World!!

Surprise!! Your Going to Disney World!!

 Last weekend I had the pleasure of being part of a un-birthday surprise for a friend. A friend of mine was surprised by other friends with an all-expense paid trip to Walt Disney World! This is something she only dreamed about doing but could never afford. It could not of happened to a more deserving person.

The friends took her on a scavenger hunt around Disneyland giving her charms for a charm bracelet and other small things. They gave her a plane, bus, guitar, movie reels, award statue, movie camera, animals, dinosaurs, pirate coin, castle, carrousel along with other items that could make you think of the parks at WDW.

After a day full of fun, rides and wondering what was happening her clues lead her to the Plaza Inn for diner. That is where we were waiting! We had fun watching her look at her clues and try to figure out what they meant. It was the grouping of the Guitar, movie reels and award statue along with a second grouping of the plane and bus that finally got her to think of Disney Hollywood Studios at WDW.

She saw the Guitar and movie reels with the statue and thought of Rocking Roller Coaster at DHS! Just as her friends had planned! Still she did not understand until we pointed out the plane and bus. She just kept saying NO!! You can’t mean I’m going to WDW!

But the surprise did not end there! She was given a “Golden Ticket” that explained when she was going and where she needed to be to go. A gift bag with much needed tissue (A Disney Princess box) was handed to her for the tears that were now running down her cheeks. Inside the bag was a blank journal so she could record her trip, a button that said, “I’m celebrating. I was just surprised at Disneyland with a trip to WDW.” Also inside the bag was a sample of a one of four mini scrapbooks that she will be able to put her pictures in.

After the surprise we went and road the Haunted Mansion Holiday and saw Fantasmic from priority seating! What an awesome time it was! I’m not going on this trip but it felt good to be part of the surprise. It is always fun to be part of Disney Magic.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Fantasmic, Murphy Strikes Again!!!

Fantasmic, Murphy Strikes Again!!!

Several years ago Disneyland upgraded their Maleficent Dragon in Fantasmic. The new dragon is magnificent and beautiful to watch. She towers over Tom Sawyers Island and the Rivers of America while battling with Mickey Mouse. I love watching Fantasmic and seeing Maleficent in dragon form lights the river on fire! Sad to say with such a technologically advanced piece of equipment things fail . . . often. Maleficent’s Dragon fails so often she has gained the nick name of Murphy from Cast Members and frequent park visitors. If something can go wrong it will go wrong.

Maleficent stands on a small platform and she grows/rises to the sky transforming into her dragon form. At that point the battle is on and for a time it looks like Mickey Mouse will lose! Friends of mine have been at DL watching Fantasmic when the dragon had one of her epic fails. She expanded and started to roar then quickly slumped, deflated on the ground. This failure ended the show for that night and a few nights after while they tried to get Murphy working again.

Last night we had special reserved seating for Fantasmic and I was looking forward to seeing Maleficent transform from this wonderful viewing spot. Alas, Murphy struck again! This time no dragon showed at all. It seems to me Disney knew Murphy was cranky that night and kept her locked in her cage. The point is Disney adapted. Instead of canceling the show they chose another way to tell the story. Instead of Maleficent transforming to her dragon self she stood on top of her platform with a glowing wand throwing bolts down at the hapless Mickey Mouse. Mickey returned blow for blow and still won! (Kind of knew he would LOL)

The point is Disney adapted the show. Murphy was missed but still the battle was done and won and the show went on. Props to Disney for making adaptions and I hope they get Murphy trained better soon. Murphy is very impressive and they need to make her work better. They need to get her back on track and working right.

Here is video of the show without Murphy.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Endeavour Flies over So. California

Endeavour Flies Over So. California

The Shuttle Endeavour headed to its permanent home at the Los Angeles California Science Center yesterday. It flew from Florida to the Antelope Valley, Edwards Air Force Base where a lot of work was done designing, building, maintaining and “catching” the shuttle during its 30+ years of service.

I know a retired shuttle catcher. His job was to prep the shuttles that were forced to land in California due to bad weather in Florida and Texas for the piggyback ride back to Florida. He was always fun to talk to and he was proud of the work he did.

Throughout the day yesterday Endeavour flew around California visiting tourist attractions and places important to the history of the shuttle project and space flight. The 747 carrying Endeavour flew over San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Pasadena’s Rose Bowl, JPL and Caltech. Endeavor went over Burbank and many of the studios, including the Disney Studio with a turn over Griffith Park and the observatory there. From the Griffith Observatory you could see a beautiful site of the shuttle over the Hollywood sign! Part of the trip took Endeavor over Disneyland! Burbank is where a lot of the early aerospace companies were located during the early days of the Space Race.

As I saw video and still shots of Endeavor from differing viewpoints at the DLR I though, what would Walt Disney think of all of this? Here is this jumbo jet with a space ship attacked to its back flying just a few hundred feet over his park! In my mind I could just see Walt on the roof of his Main Street Apartment waving as the Endeavour went past and standing long after it left watching it go. Walt would have been proud his park was part of this historic event.

The Endeavour over Disneyland Resort

I’ve heard some people say, “What is the big fuss? We don’t need to go into space we need to give that money to those that don’t have any.” Well I think differently. I believe that Walt Disney was right when he said, “Tomorrow will be a better day as long as American keeps alive the ideals of freedom and a better life.”

What use is space travel? Well look at how we have benefited from the past 50 years or so of space exploration. Health care took giant steps along with Neil Armstrong. From new medications to remote technology to check a patient’s condition things took a quantum leap in development. Food preservation, storage and cooking changed. Remember, Tang the drink of Astronauts.

When the Space Race was at its peak so was education and the youth of America, and the world had a goal to strive for. Many kids of the 60s-80s wanted to be an Astronaut or help design the next space ship. Not only did the space program benefit from this so did our industry. Those that could not make it into NASA and its rarefied air could find jobs at JPL, Hughes, Boeing or Locked/Martian. If not the Space Program many went into other science fields helping to work on better power, cleaner water and better growing crops.

I’m saddened that the shuttles are no longer flying into space. Yes, their time is done and the entire fleet needed to be retired. 30 years of service is a long time and they are now a danger to those they were designed to protect. Still, to stop the program with nothing in place to take over is wrong. Depending on Russia and China do take our brave men and women into space seems wrong somehow. America use to be proud to lead the way now we take the back seat but pay the majority of the cost. I hope that seeing the Endeavour fly over California will encourage the next generation to stand up and take the lead again. 

Dreams are what keep us going, reaching, striving and trying to grow. Things like the shuttle and the space program give us dreams and goals to reach for. Encourage them don’t allow them to be taken away.

Check out this video of the fly over done by the Disney Parks Blog.

Friday, September 21, 2012

It's film Strip Friday! Toy Story 3

It’s Film Strip Friday!
Toy Story 3
Release Date June 18th, 2010


When Andy's toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center as Andy prepares to leave for college, it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home. Standing in their way, however, is Lot's-O-Huggin' Bear, the mastermind behind the sinister side of Sunnyside Daycare.


Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer animated comedy film, and the third installment in the Toy Story series. It was produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Lee Unkrich. The film was released worldwide from June through October in Disney Digital 3-D, RealD and IMAX 3D. Toy Story 3 was also the first film to be released theatrically with 7.1 surround sound.
The plot focuses on the toys Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and their friends dealing with an uncertain future as their owner, Andy, prepares to leave for college. Actors Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, John Ratzenberger, Wallace Shawn, Jeff Pidgeon, Jodi Benson, R. Lee Ermey, John Morris and Laurie Metcalf reprised their voice-over roles from the previous films. Jim Varney, who played Slinky Dog in the first two films, and Joe Ranft, who portrayed Lenny and Wheezy, both died before production began on Toy Story 3. The role of Slinky Dog was taken over by Blake Clark (a friend of Varney), while Ranft's characters and various others were written out of the story. New characters include performances by Ned Beatty, Timothy Dalton, Kristen Schaal, Bonnie Hunt, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeff Garlin, Richard Kind, and Michael Keaton.
The feature broke Shrek the Third's record as the biggest opening day North American gross for an animated film unadjusted for inflationand a big opening with an unadjusted gross of $110,307,189. It is also the highest-grossing opening weekend for a Pixar film, as well as the highest-grossing opening weekend for a film to have opened in the month of June. The film is the highest-grossing film of 2010, both in the United States and Canada, and worldwide. In early August, it surpassed Finding Nemo to become Pixar's highest-grossing film ever at the North American box office, and Shrek 2 as the highest-grossing animated film of all time worldwide; later that month, Toy Story 3 became the first ever animated film in history to make over $1 billion worldwide. It is currently the 8th highest-grossing film of all time.
Toy Story 3 was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Sound Editing. It was the third animated film (after Beauty and the Beast and UP) to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. It won the awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song.


Andy, now 17 years old, is leaving for college, and his toys feel like they have been abandoned as they have not been played with for years. Andy decides to take Woody with him to college and puts Buzz and the rest of the toys in a trash bag for storage in the attic. However, the toys are accidentally thrown out when Andy's mom finds the bag and puts it out on the curb, causing the toys to think that they are no longer wanted. They escape and decide to climb in a donation box for Sunnyside Daycare. Woody, the only toy who saw what actually happened, follows the other toys and tries to explain they were thrown out by mistake, but they refuse to believe him.
Andy's toys are welcomed by the many toys at Sunnyside and given a tour of the seemingly perfect play-setting by Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear (simply known as Lotso), Big Baby and Ken, whom Barbie falls for. All of the toys love their new home, leaving a steadfast Woody alone in an attempt to return to Andy. Woody's escape attempt falls short and he is found outside by Bonnie, an imaginative little girl. She takes him home and plays with him along with her other toys, who are well-treated, happy, and readily welcome Woody. At the daycare, Andy's toys get beaten up by the rambuctious youngest toddlers.
Buzz goes to ask Lotso to transport him and the other toys to a better room, only to be caught by Lotso's henchmen and restored back to his original space ranger persona. At the same time, Andy's toys realize that Woody was right about Andy when Mrs. Potato Head sees Andy searching for them through her missing eye, which was left behind in Andy's room. Before they could leave, they are imprisoned by Lotso and his gang, including a reset Buzz. Back at Bonnie's, Woody learns from one of the toys, named Chuckles the Clown, that Lotso was once a good toy and had an owner named Daisy who also owned Chuckles the Clown and Big Baby. One day, Daisy left them behind on a picnic. The three eventually find their way back to Daisy's house, only to find that she replaced Lotso with an identical teddy bear. When he found Sunnyside, he and Big Baby took it over and ran it like a prison.
The following morning, Woody returns to Sunnyside through Bonnie's backpack. He sneakily reaches his friends and tells them he is sorry for leaving them. They quickly formulate an escape plan. That night, Woody and Slinky sneak through Sunnyside to the main office, where Chatter informed them that a cymbal-banging monkey monitors the CCTV system to prevent toys escaping. A brief fight ensues, ending with the Monkey wrapped in sell-o-tape and locked in a filing cabinet by Slinky. Slinky signals to the other toys while Mr. Potato head provides a diversion, they make their escape. In the process, Buzz is accidentally reset into a Spanish mode, in which he becomes very flamboyantly chivalrous and his memory is wiped; despite this, Buzz allies himself with Woody's friends. The toys reach a dumpster, but are caught by Lotso and his gang. As a garbage truck approaches, Woody reveals what he heard about Lotso, and Big Baby throws Lotso into the dumpster. Seeking revenge, Lotso pulls Woody in the dumpster just as the truck collects the trash. Woody's friends jump into the back of the truck, trying to rescue him and a falling television hits Buzz when he tries to save Jessie, returning him to his normal self. The toys find themselves at the dump and are pushed onto a conveyor belt leading to a garbage shredder. Woody and Buzz save Lotso just in time as he is about to be shredded and Woody and the other toys end up on another conveyor belt, leading to an incinerator. The toys help Lotso reach an emergency stop button, but he leaves them to their deaths. Thinking that this is the end, the toys join hands and accept their fate but are rescued by the Aliens using a giant claw. Lotso makes his way outside, but a passing truck driver finds him and, recognizing he had the toy as a kid, straps him to the radiator grill of his truck. Meanwhile, Woody and his friends board another trash truck driven by an older Sid Phillips back to Andy's house.
In Andy's room, Woody climbs back into the box with Andy's college supplies while the other toys ready themselves for the attic. Remembering his time with Bonnie and her toys, Woody has an idea and leaves a note for Andy on the toys' box. Andy, thinking the note is from his mother, takes them to Bonnie's house and introduces her to his old toy and Bonnie recognizes Woody, who, to Andy's surprise, is lying at the bottom of the box. Andy is initially reluctant to give him up but eventually does so and spends some time playing with her. After Andy leaves, Woody introduces the gang to Bonnie's toys as the camera pans up to the sky.
During the credits, Woody and the other toys learn through notes passed in Bonnie's backpack that Barbie, Ken and Big Baby have improved the lives of the toys (now including an Emperor Zurg action figure) at Sunnyside. Buzz and Jessie (now a couple) dance to a Spanish version of "You've Got a Friend in Me."

Voice cast

List of Toy Story characters
  • Tom Hanks as Woody
  • Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear
  • Joan Cusack as Jessie
  • Ned Beatty as Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear
  • John Morris as Andy
  • Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head
  • Blake Clark as Slinky Dog
  • Wallace Shawn as Rex
  • John Ratzenberger as Hamm
  • Estelle Harris as Mrs. Potato Head
  • Michael Keaton as Ken
  • Jodi Benson as Barbie
  • Emily Hahn as Bonnie
  • Jeff Pidgeon as Aliens
  • Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants
  • Kristen Schaal as Trixie
  • Jeff Garlin as Buttercup
  • Bonnie Hunt as Dolly
  • Whoopi Goldberg as Stretch
  • Jack Angel as Chunk
  • Jan Rabson as Sparks
  • John Cygan as Twitch
  • Laurie Metcalf as Andy's Mom
  • Lori Alan as Bonnie's Mom
  • R. Lee Ermey as Sarge
  • Teddy Newton as Chatter Telephone
  • Richard Kind as Bookworm
  • Bud Luckey as Chuckles
  • Javier Fernandez-Peña as Spanish Buzz
  • Beatrice Miller as Molly
  • Charlie Bright as Peaty/Young Andy
  • Amber Kroner as Peatrice
  • Brianna Maiwand as Peanelope
  • Erik von Detten as Sid
  • Jack Willis as Frog
  • Lee Unkrich as Jack-in-the-box
  • Bob Peterson as Janitor
  • Woody Smith as Big Baby
Several other characters (such as Bo Peep, RC, Etch and Wheezy) are only seen in flashbacks. The character of Slinky Dog appeared to be in limbo after the death of his original voice actor Jim Varney on February 10, 2000, three months after Toy Story 2 was released. Varney was replaced by Blake Clark. After Clark was cast to play Slinky Dog, the producers later realized that Blake Clark and Jim Varney had coincidentally been close friends since they appeared in the 1989 movie Fast Food, making the transition a lot easier.


According to the terms of Pixar's revised deal with Disney, all characters created by Pixar for their films were owned by Disney. Furthermore, Disney retains the rights to make sequels to any Pixar film, though Pixar retained the right of first refusal to work on these sequels. But in 2004, when the contentious negotiations between the two companies made a split appear likely, Disney Chairman at the time Michael Eisner put in motion plans to produce Toy Story 3 at a new Disney studio, Circle 7 Animation. Tim Allen, the voice of Buzz Lightyear, indicated a willingness to return even if Pixar was not on board.
Jim Herzfeld wrote a script for Circle 7's version of the film. It focused on the other toys shipping a malfunctioning Buzz to Taiwan, where he was built, believing that he will be fixed there. While searching on the Internet, they find out that many more Buzz Lightyear toys are malfunctioning around the world and the company has issued a massive recall. Fearing Buzz's destruction, a group of Andy's toys (Woody, Rex, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, Hamm, Jessie, and Bullseye) venture to rescue Buzz. At the same time Buzz meets other toys from around the world that were once loved but have now been recalled.
In January 2006, Disney bought Pixar in a deal that put Pixar chiefs Edwin Catmull and John Lasseter in charge of all Disney Animation. Shortly thereafter, Circle 7 Animation was shut down and its version of Toy Story 3 was cancelled. The character designs went into the Disney archives. The following month, Disney CEO Robert Iger confirmed that Disney was in the process of transferring the production to Pixar. John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, and Lee Unkrich visited the house where they first pitched Toy Story and came up with the story for the film over a weekend. Stanton then wrote a treatment. On February 8, 2007, Catmull announced Toy Story 2's co-director, Lee Unkrich, as the sole director of the film instead of John Lasseter (who was busy directing Cars 2), and Michael Arndt as screenwriter. The release date was moved to 2010. Unkrich said that he felt pressure to avoid creating "the first dud" for Pixar, since as of 2010 all of Pixar's films had been commercial and critical successes.
During the initial development stages of the film, Pixar revisited their work from the original Toy Story and found that although they could open the old computer files for the animated 3D models, error messages prevented them from editing the files. This necessitated recreating the models from scratch. To create the chaotic and complex junkyard scene near the film's end, more than a year and a half was invested on research and development to create the simulation systems required for the sequence.
Instead of sending Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and John Ratzenberger scripts for their consideration in reprising their roles, a complete story reel of the film was shown to the actors in a theater. The reel was made up of moving storyboards with pre-recorded voices, sound effects, and music. At the conclusion of the preview, the actors signed on to the film.
Dolby Laboratories announced that Toy Story 3 would be the first film that will feature theatrical 7.1 surround audio. Thus, even the Blu-ray version will feature original 7.1 audio, unlike other movies which were remixed into 7.1 for Blu-ray.



The film's first teaser trailer was released with the Disney Digital 3-D version of the film Up on May 29, 2009. On October 2, 2009, Toy Story and Toy Story 2 were re-released as a double feature in Disney Digital 3-D. The first full-length trailer was attached as an exclusive sneak peek and a first footage to the Toy Story double feature, on October 12, 2009. A second teaser was released on February 10, 2010, followed by a second full-length trailer on February 11 and appeared in 3D showings of Alice in Wonderland and How to Train Your Dragon. On March 23, 2010, Toy Story was released on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack which included a small feature of "The Story of Toy Story 3". Also, Toy Story 2 was released on that day in the same format which had a small feature on the "Characters of Toy Story 3". On May 11, 2010, both films had a DVD-only re-release which contained the features.
Mattel, Thinkway Toys, and Lego are among those who produced toys to promote the film. Fisher Price, a Mattel Company, has released Toy Story 3 with 21 3D images for viewing with the View-Master viewer. Disney Interactive Studios also produced a video game based on the film, Toy Story 3: The Video Game, which was released on June 15, 2010.
Toy Story 3 was featured in Apple's iPhone OS 4 Event on April 8, 2010, with Steve Jobs demonstrating a Toy Story 3 themed iAd written in HTML5.
Pixar designed a commercial for the toy, Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear, and formatted it to look like it came from an old VCR recording. The recording was altered with distorted sound, noise along the bottom of the screen, and flickering video, all designed to make it look like a converted recording from around 1983. A Japanese version of the commercial was also released online, with the name Lots-o'-Huggin Bear being replaced by Little Hug-Hug Bear (Japanese:ハグハグベアちゃん/Hagu Hagu Beya-Chan).
On Dancing with the Stars' May 11, 2010, episode, the Gipsy Kings performed a Spanish-language version of the song "You've Got a Friend in Me". It also featured a paso doble dance which was choreographed by Cheryl Burke and Tony Dovolani. Both the song and dance are featured in the film.
Toy Story 3 was also promoted with airings of the first and second films on several channels in the upcoming weeks of the film's release, including Disney Channel, Disney XD, and ABC Family. Sneak peeks of Toy Story 3 were also revealed, primarily on Disney Channel.

Oscar campaign

Unlike most recent Oscar campaigns, Toy Story 3's "Not since..." campaign drew a lot of attention during the holiday period, emphasizing on the film's uniqueness and universal critical acclaim.

Short film

The theatrical release of Toy Story 3 included the short film Day & Night, which focuses on what happens when an animated personification of Day meets his opposite, Night and the resulting growth for both. It was also included in the Blu-ray and DVD release of Toy Story 3.

Home media

Toy Story 3 was released in North America on November 2, 2010 in a standard DVD edition, two-disc Blu-ray and in a four-disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack. Behind the scenes are featured including a sneak peek teaser for the upcoming Cars 2, the sequel to the 2006 film, Cars. A 10-disc Toy Story trilogy Blu-ray box set also arrived on store shelves on the same day. A 3D version of the Blu-ray was released in North America on November 1, 2011.
On its first week of release (November 2–7, 2010) it sold 3,859,736 units (equal to $73,096,452) ranking No.1 for the week and immediately becoming the best-selling animated film of 2010 in terms of units sold (surpassing How to Train Your Dragon). As of July 18, 2012, it has sold 10,911,701 units ($185,924,247).  It has become the best-selling DVD of 2010 in terms of units sold, but it lacks in terms of sales revenue and therefore ranks second behind Avatar on that list. It also sold about 4.0 million Blu-ray units, ranking as the fourth best-selling movie of 2010.
In the UK, it broke the record for the largest first day ever for animated feature both on DVD and Blu-ray in terms of sales revenue. Additionally, on its first day of release on iTunes it immediately became the most downloaded Disney film ever.


Critical response

Toy Story 3 has received high critical acclaim from film critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 99% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 253 reviews, with an average score of 8.8/10. On the all-time Best of Rotten Tomatoes list it ranks fourth and was the best reviewed film of 2010. Another review aggregator, Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, calculated a score of 92 based on 39 reviews. TIME named Toy Story 3 the best movie of 2010, as did Quentin Tarantino. In 2011, TIME named it one of "The 25 All-TIME Best Animated Films".
A. O. Scott of The New York Times stated, "This film—this whole three-part, 15-year epic—about the adventures of a bunch of silly plastic junk turns out also to be a long, melancholy meditation on loss, impermanence and that noble, stubborn, foolish thing called love." Owen Gleiberman from Entertainment Weekly gave the film an A, saying, "Even with the bar raised high, Toy Story 3 enchanted and moved me so deeply I was flabbergasted that a digitally animated comedy about plastic playthings could have this effect." Gleiberman also wrote in the next issue that he, along with many other grown men, cried at the end of the film. Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter also gave the film a positive review, saying, "Woody, Buzz and playmates make a thoroughly engaging, emotionally satisfying return."  Mark Kermode of the BBC gave the film, and the series, a glowing review, calling it "the best movie trilogy of all time". In USA Today, Claudia Puig gave the film a complete 4 star rating, writing, "This installment, the best of the three, is everything a movie should be: hilarious, touching, exciting and clever." Lou Lumenick of the New York Post wrote, "Toy Story 3 (which is pointlessly being shown in 3-D at most locations) may not be a masterpiece, but it still had me in tears at the end." Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune gave the film 3 out of 4 stars, writing that, "Compared with the riches of all kinds in recent Pixar masterworks such as Ratatouille, WALL-E and Up, Toy Story 3 looks and plays like an exceptionally slick and confident product, as opposed to a magical blend of commerce and popular art." Orlando Sentinel film critic Roger Moore, who gave the film 3½ out of 4 stars, wrote, "Dazzling, scary and sentimental, Toy Story 3 is a dark and emotional conclusion to the film series that made Pixar famous."

Box office


Toy Story 3 earned $415,004,880 in North America and $648,167,031 in other countries, totaling $1,063,171,911 worldwide, earning more revenue than the previous two films combined. It is the highest-grossing film of the series, the 8th highest-grossing film, the highest-grossing film of 2010, the third highest-grossing Disney film, the highest-grossing Disney·Pixar film, and the highest-grossing animated film of all time. In terms of estimated attendance, though, it still ranks fourth on the list of modern animated films, behind Shrek 2, Finding Nemo and The Lion King. On its first weekend, Toy Story 3 topped the worldwide box office with $145.3 million ($153.7 million with weekday previews), which stands as the third-largest opening weekend worldwide for an animated feature.  On August 27, 2010, its 71st day of release, it surpassed the $1-billion mark, becoming the second Disney film in 2010 (after Alice in Wonderland), the third Disney film overall (the other being Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest), and the only animated film to achieve this.

North America

In North America, Toy Story 3 is the twelfth highest-grossing film unadjusted for inflation. Adjusted for ticket price inflation, though, it ranks ninetieth on the all-time chart. The film is also the highest-grossing 2010 film, the highest-grossing Pixar film, the second highest-grossing G-rated film, the third highest-grossing animated film, and the fourth highest-grossing Disney film. It grossed $41,148,961 on its opening day (Friday, June 18, 2010) from 4,028 theaters, setting an opening-day record for an animated film. During its opening weekend, the film grossed $110,307,189, topping the weekend chart and marking the highest-grossing opening weekend for a Pixar film. It averaged $27,385 per venue, marking the second-highest for a G-rated movie and the second-highest for an animated feature. The film had the second-highest opening weekend for an animated film and also had the fourth best opening weekend for a 2010 film. It set an opening-weekend record for films opening in June and for G-rated films. In its first week (Friday-through-Thursday), Toy Story 3 grossed $167.6 million marking the biggest opening week for an animated film and the tenth largest opening week of all time. It also had the largest opening-week and 10-day gross among 2010 films. It topped the box office for two consecutive weekends.

Outside North America

It is the fourteenth highest-grossing film, the third highest-grossing animated film, the third highest-grossing 2010 film the highest-grossing Pixar film, and the fifth highest-grossing Disney film. It topped the box office outside North America three times, on its first ($35.0 million), second, and sixth weekend (which was its largest).
Its highest-grossing market after North America is Japan ($126.7 million), where it is the highest-grossing U.S. animated feature, followed by the UK, Ireland and Malta (£73.8 million - $116.6 million), where it is the third highest-grossing film of all time behind Avatar and Titanic, and Mexico ($59.4 million), where it is the second highest-grossing film of all time, behind Marvel's The Avengers. It set opening weekend records for animated films in Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, China, Argentina, Hong Kong, Spain and the UK. As of August 2012, it is the highest-grossing animated film of all time in the UK, Ireland and Malta, in Mexico, in Hong Kong, and in Egypt. It is the highest-grossing 2010 film in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, Mexico, Spain and the UK, Ireland and Malta.


On January 25, 2011, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Toy Story 3 was not only nominated for Best Animated Feature, but also for Best Picture. This makes Toy Story 3 not only the first only animated sequel in history to be nominated for Best Picture, but also the third animated film to be nominated for Best Picture (following Disney's Beauty and the Beast and Disney·Pixar's Up). Toy Story 3 becoming the second Pixar film to be nominated for both awards. Toy Story 3 also became the first ever Pixar film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, though six of Pixar's previous films were nominated for the Best Original Screenplay – (Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL-E, and Up). In 2011, it was nominated for a Kids' Choice Award for favorite animated movie, but lost to Despicable Me.

Teen Choice Awards 2010
Choice Movie: Animated Film

Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards 2010
Fave Movie

Hollywood Movie Awards 2010
Hollywood Animation Award (Lee Unkrich)

Digital Spy Movie Awards
Best Movie

2010 Scream Awards
Best Fantasy Movie

Best Screen-Play
Best Fantasy Actor (Tom Hanks)
3-D Top Three
37th People's Choice Awards
Favorite Movie

Favorite Family Movie
Satellite Awards 2010
Motion Picture (Animated or Mixed)

Best Original Screenplay (Michael Ardnt)
2011 Grammy Awards
Best Score Soundtrack for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media

2011 Annie Awards
Best Animated Feature

Best Directing in a Feature Production (Lee Unkrich)
Best Writing in a Feature Production (Michael Arndt)
82nd National Board of Review Awards
Best Animated Film

Top Ten Films
9th Washington Area Film Critics Association
Best Adapted Screenplay

Best Film
Best Animated Feature
16th Annual BFCA Critics Choice Awards
Best Picture

Best Adapted Screenplay (Michael Arndt)
Best Animated Feature (Lee Unkrich)
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Sound
Best Original Song "We Belong Together" (Randy Newman)
2010 Golden Tomato Awards
Best Rating Feature in 2010 (Wide Release)

Best Reviewed Animated Film (Animation)

68th Golden Globe Awards
Best Animated Feature Film

64th BAFTA Awards
Best Adapted Screenplay (Michael Arndt)

Best Animated Feature
Best Visual Effects
83rd Academy Awards
Best Picture

Best Adapted Screenplay (Michael Arndt)
Best Animated Feature
Best Sound Editing
Best Original Song ("We Belong Together" by Randy Newman)
2011 Kids' Choice Awards
Favorite Animated Film

Favorite Voice From An Animated Movie (Tom Hanks)
Favorite Voice From An Animated Movie (Tim Allen)
37th Saturn Awards
Best Animated Film

Best Writing (Michael Arndt)
2011 MTV Movie Awards
Best Villain (Ned Beatty)


Toy Story 3
Soundtrack album by Randy Newman
June 15, 2010
Walt Disney
Pixar film soundtrack chronology
Toy Story 3
Cars 2

The film score of Toy Story 3 was composed and conducted by Randy Newman, his sixth for Pixar after Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc. and Cars. Disney did not release the soundtrack album for Toy Story 3 on compact disc. It was only available, initially, as music download in lossy formats such as MP3 and AAC. This was the second instance where Disney did not release the award-winning soundtrack of a Pixar film on Compact disc. The first Pixar film not to have its soundtrack released on compact disc by Disney was UP. In January 2012 Intrada released the Toy Story 3 soundtrack on compact disc.
All songs written and composed by Randy Newman.
"We Belong Together" (performed by Newman)
"You've Got a Friend in Me (para Buzz Español) (Hay Un Amigo En Mi)" (performed by The Gipsy Kings)
"Woody Bails"
"Come to Papa"
"Go See Lotso"
"Bad Buzz"
"You Got Lucky"
"Spanish Buzz"
"What About Daisy?"
"To The Dump"
"The Claw"
"Going Home"
"So Long"
"Zu-Zu (Ken's Theme)"
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In addition to the tracks included in the soundtrack album, the film also uses "Dream Weaver" by Gary Wright, "Le Freak" by Chic, and Randy Newman's original version of "You've Got a Friend in Me."
Also, tracks "Cowboy!" and "Come to Papa" included material from Newman's rejected score to Air Force One. The song "Losing You" from Newman's own album Harps and Angels was also used in the first trailer for the film.
The Judas Priest song "Electric Eye" was used in the temp score for the opening scene of Toy Story 3. The aliens are playing the tune in their sports car. But the song was ultimately replaced by another piece of music.

Music awards


16th Annual BFCA Critics Choice Awards
Best Original Song "We Belong Together" (Randy Newman)
2011 Grammy Awards
Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
83rd Academy Awards
Best Original Song – “We Belong Together”

Possible sequel

In June 2011, Tom Hanks, the voice of Woody in the films, was asked while promoting Larry Crowne whether or not there would be a sequel for his grandchildren to see. "I think there will be, yeah. I think they're working on it now," he said, referring to Pixar. However, no such sequel has been announced.