Toy Story’ franchise has established itself as one of the most iconic and beloved films of all times. Catering to young as well as matured minds, ‘Toy Story’ not only fulfilLs the dream of every child but also, with American Animator John Lasseter, comments on the society to speak the language of the real world.
With Lasseter’s masterful grasp at understating the young souls and Lee Unkrich’s commanding inheritance of creativity, ‘Toy Story 3’ was an immediate critical and commercial success. While the film was divisive among critics, ‘Toy Story 3’ has since gone on to become one of the best animated films of all times.
Andy, now a 17-year-old young man, is heading to college. With his toys abandoned through the passage of time and some of them sold off, the toys’ future looks bleak. He decides to take Woody, his favourite toy, and puts the other toys in a trash bag to be stored in the attic. Shocked by the rejection, the toys are in complete disarray. The Army Men decide to leave and the toys decide to, as Woody puts it, “fulfill their responsibilities towards Andy”. Andy puts them into a black plastic bag, to put it into the attic. However, his attention is suddenly diverted and he leaves them in the middle of the corridor, and his mother mistakenly throws the bag out. Like his mother, the toys too think that they were being thrown out, and decide to take matters into their own hands, climbing into a donation box destined for Sunnyside Daycare. Woody, who tries to persuade them into coming back, follows them in a last attempt to clear their misconceptions but fails miserably.
Once in Sunnyside Daycare, the toys are welcomed by Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear and the other toys at Sunnyside. Although Woody is quite cold towards him, the other toys are delighted as they learn that Sunnyside never runs out of children to play with.
Leaving his toy family behind, Woody attempts to return home, but in a failed attempt to fly home with the aid of a kite, is found by Sunnyside student Bonnie, who brings him home and plays with him and her other toys, which are quite well-treated, almost like heroes. As he engages in some chit-chat with the other lovely toys, Woody learns from Chuckles, another fellow toy, that he, Lotso, and Big Baby were once the part of a “family” owned by a little girl named Daisy, but were lost during a family trip. While they take the arduous path of coming back to their beloved owner, they find out that Lotso had been replaced by another bear toy. Broken and battered, Lotso believes Daisy had replaced all of them and becomes corrupt out of agony. While searching for a new shelter, they ultimately find Sunnyside, and Lotso takes over, turning into a maniacal dictator.