Fun Facts about Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3 is almost here. Hitting theatres this weekend, it’s time to get reacquainted with our favorite toys! We’ve given you trailers (both U.S. and international versions) in the past, but how about some fun facts to get you in Toy Story mode. These facts came officially from a Disney press release so they’re all legit. Don’t worry, no major spoilers are included. Get ready to find out how many wardrobe changes Ken has and the total number of individual hairs on the Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear.

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. Get ready to find out how many wardrobe changes Ken has in Toy Story 3 as well as the number of hairs on the Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear. Yes, the facts are that detailed.

  • 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.
  • Like I said, Pixar IS the King of Easter Eggs.

    Toy Story 3 is directed by Lee Unkrich, who previously co-directed Monsters, Inc., Toy Story 2 and Pixar’s highest money earner to date, Finding Nemo. The film was written by a new member of the Pixar family, Michael Arndt, who won an Oscar for Little Miss Sunshine. Toy Story 3 opens in theaters in both 2D & 3D on June 18, 2010.

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