Check This Out: Big List of Fun Facts from Pixar's Toy Story 3

June 14, 2010
Source: Cinema Blend

Toy Story 3

It's Toy Story 3 week this week! Pixar's latest movie hits theaters this weekend and that means it's time to start getting in the mood for all things Toy Story again. Tomorrow we've got an interview with director Lee Unkrich, but today I wanted to get things going with this big list of a bunch of fun facts, hidden facts, and character facts, about Toy Story 3 (thanks to a post from Cinema Blend). These officially came from Disney and don't contain any major spoilers, so you don't have to be worried. But you will find out about how many individual hairs Lotso has and how many "avars" it takes to animate Woody and Buzz's faces. Take a look!

Fun Facts:
» Director Lee Unkrich edited the first two Toy Story films, and co-directed Toy Story 2. He also served as an editor on Toy Story 3.
» Director Lee Unkrich performs one line in the movie, as the voice of the Jack in the Box character who says "New Toys!" when Woody, Buzz and the gang first arrive at Sunnyside.
» On January 15th, 2010, the final day for many of the 58-person animation crew, director Lee Unkrich led a mini-marching band through the studio composed of two snare drummers, two bass drummers, two giant monkeys and a Yeti.
» 17 animators on Toy Story 3 also worked on animation for Toy Story 2. Four animators worked on the animation for all three Toy Story films.
» 92,854 storyboards were drawn over the course of the film, and of those, about half (45,516) were delivered to the editorial department. Editorial turned those storyboards into eight different "Milestone Screenings" that were shown to the Pixar Brain Trust while the film was in development.
» There are 302 total characters in the film.

Hidden Facts:
» There are more than 300 stickers in Andy's room.
» The pins on the map in Andy's room correspond to the hometowns of Toy Story 3 production staff.
» Andy has a banner hanging on one of the walls in his room that reads "P.U." - P.U. stands for Pixar University, a professional-development program for Pixar employees.
» Above Andy's closet is a street sign for W. Cutting Blvd, the street on which Pixar’s original headquarters were based.
» Hidden in Andy’s bedroom is a hint at a new character in next year's Cars 2.
» The number A113, which refers to John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Pete Docter and Andrew Stanton's former classroom at CalArts, makes an appearance in every Pixar film. Despite the years that have passed, Andy’s mom hasn’t changed her license plate, which still reads A113. In Toy Story 3, however, Andy’s mom has a new license plate frame that reads "Tiger Pride," which is a reference to director Lee Unkrich's hometown of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and his high school mascot, the Tiger.
» Sid, the mean kid who liked to destroy his toys in Toy Story, is all grown up as well, and he makes a cameo in Toy Story 3, wearing his signature skull t-shirt. Sid's cameo is voiced by 27-year-old Erik Von Detten, who at the age of 13 was the original voice of Sid in Toy Story.

Character Facts:
» Woody is 15.18 inches tall without his hat, and 15.93 inches tall with his hat on.
» Woody has 229 animation avars in his face. Avars, short for animation variables, are the points of movement, which animators manipulate to create a character’s physical performance.
» Buzz is 11.43 inches tall without his helmet, and 11.80 inches tall with it.
» Buzz has 215 animation avars in his face. Avars, short for animation variables, are the points of movement, which animators manipulate to create a character’s physical performance.
» The Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear character has 3,473,271 individual hairs organized in several layers of different length and thickness.
» The version of Barbie used in Toy Story 3 is modeled after "Great Shape Barbie" from 1983.
» The version of Ken used in Toy Story 3 is modeled after "Animal Lovin' Ken" from 1988.
» Ken wears 21 different outfits in the movie.
» The character of Andy is voiced by John Morris, the same actor who voiced Andy in the original films.
» In Toy Story 2, baby Molly was voiced by Lee Unkrich's daughter, Hannah. He re-purposed those same recordings for Molly in the home video footage shown at the beginning of Toy Story 3.

Woody, Buzz, and the rest of their toy-box friends are all dumped in a day-care center after their owner, Andy, departs for college. Watch the final theatrical trailer and final internet-only trailer online as well.

Toy Story 3 is being directed by Lee Unkrich, another one of Pixar's creative masterminds who previously co-directed Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo. The screenplay was written by Michael Arndt, the Oscar winning screenwriter of Little Miss Sunshine who is a newcomer to the Pixar family. Disney will be bringing Pixar's Toy Story 3 to theaters everywhere in both 2D & 3D starting on June 18th in summer.

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Pixar...the king of Easter Eggs ...Marvel has a long ladder to climb to even compare

peloquin on Jun 14, 2010


too bad Pixar is in their sequel streak. sigh... :/ the new disney!

JacksonLee on Jun 14, 2010


Well shit. This is neat.

Cracky on Jun 14, 2010


kool 🙂 now i gotta see this movie n watch for these, thanks 🙂

DaftPUNKFAN on Jun 15, 2010


@1 Why does Marvel have to compete with Pixar? That just seems like such an odd statement. Marvel's easter eggs are more story based whereas Pixar's are thrown in for fun. Personally, now I'm gonna be stuck looking for the Cars 2 character in Andy's room now and be distracted from whatever scene is set in there.

Otacon on Jun 15, 2010


I didn't say compete, I said compare. Easter eggs are placed in films to draw in cinephiles and fanboys which Marvel and Pixar both have an abundance of. Marvel puts one or two that can be spotted in their films while Pixar puts in too many to count; they were the pioneers of doing this and Marvel is just following suit because they saw how well it worked for Pixar.

peloquin on Jun 15, 2010


and it doesn't matter if they're story based or "thrown in for fun", both ways are going to generate buzz for the film and get more people to see it.

peloquin on Jun 15, 2010


Can't wait to see grown up Sid after all these years, I wonder if he went a little crazy.

The_Kid on Jun 15, 2010

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