There may be a number in the title, but Toy Story 3 is anything but “just” a sequel.
As Andy heads off to college, Buzz (Tim Allen) and Jessie (Joan Cusack), along with Rex, Hamm, Barbie, Slinky Dog and Mr. And Mrs. Potato Head, are anticipating being put in the attic.
Mistakenly donated to a day care, they meet the disarmingly sweet, strawberry-scented bear Lotso (as in Lots-O-Huggin’, voiced by Ned Beatty). Lotso, it turns out, is keeping the school’s toys in line, telling his right-hand plastic man Ken (Michael Keaton) to send them to the toddler room, where the most slobber-filled damage occurs. (When Ken meets Barbie, unpredictable results occur.)
Where’s Woody? Having a parallel adventure, since the pull-string cowboy (beautifully voice-acted again by Tom Hanks) was meant to go away with Andy but winds up blocks from home. Then a meeting with a kindergartener reminds Woody of what a toy’s life should be, and he goes to save his pals. What follows is a series of adventures.