Toy Story 3 - 2010

Toy Story 3 - 2010
Movie Info

Rating: G


Age-appropriateness: some scary/suspenseful scenes (one involves a scene in which it seems like every character might die)


Overview: The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home. This time, the primary emotional element in the film comes in the form of learning how to say "goodbye" to good things and entering a new stage of life. You’ll see positive (Andy’s toys) and negative (Lotso) reactions to life stage changes and their subsequent effects on the heart level of those involved.


Themes:  toys, friendship, growing up, bitterness, change (moving on), saying “goodbye", abandonment, for

The Quick 3

Ask these quick questions to hit the major themes of the film.

1. Change. Have you ever started something new that was a little scary? What helped you adjust to the change?

  • After living in Andy’s house their entire life, the toys are now entering a new environment at daycare.


2. Saying "goodbye". Have you ever had to say "goodbye" to something that you loved? Why was it so difficult?

  • Saying goodbye is an emotional part of this movie. It's hard to say "goodbye" to one stage of life and enter into something different. There are lots of transitions in life, and it's okay to say "goodbye" to certain things, even though it's difficult. That's part of growing up. Joshua 1:9 might give you encouragement, knowing that God is with you in every stage of life: "This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”


3. Forgiveness. Do you find it difficult to forgive people who mistreat you? How would you feel if you did or didn’t get revenge against them?

  • When the other toys want revenge on Lotso, Woody says he’s not worth it. Ephesians 4:32 encourages us to forgive quickly: "Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you."

After The Movie Discussion Guide

Follow this 5-10 minute discussion guide to drive an in-depth conversation.

1. Andy’s toys found themselves in a tough situation when they were placed in the toddler room. They experienced a brand new meaning to the word “playtime”. How could they have made the most out of the situation, even though the toddlers played really rough with them? Have you ever been surprised by a situation you ended up in?


2. Andy’s toys were being mistreated at Sunnyside daycare and they stood up for what they believed in. Although they tried to make the best out of the situation by meeting new friends, ultimately they knew it wasn’t right for any toy to be treated that way. So they didn’t give up until positive change occurred. When you really believe in something important, you can stick to your values, no matter how hard it might be. Do you ever think you can make a positive change by standing up for what you believe in? What is something in this world that you would love to see changed? What can you do about it?


3. Saying goodbye is an emotional part of this movie. It's hard to say "goodbye" to one stage of life and enter into something different. There are lots of transitions in life, and it's okay to say "goodbye" to certain things, even though it's difficult. That's part of growing up. Joshua 1:9 might give you encouragement, knowing that God is with you in every stage of life: "This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Have you ever had to say "goodbye" to something that you loved? Why was it so difficult?

Minute By Minute Guide

Use this break down of the entire movie in addition to the “After the Movie” discussion guide. Great for repeat viewings.

:05 Andy playing with his toys. What are your favorite toys to play with? Did you have a favorite toy that you used to play with when you were younger?


:13 Andy’s family packs a bag of toys to donate to a local daycare. Even though Andy and Molly love their old toys, they knew there were other kids in the world who might not have toys to play with. Some kids don’t have toys, or even the ability to go to school or to the doctor. Is there anything you have that you might be able to donate to kids who might not have toys? What else can you do to help other kids in the world who aren’t as fortunate as you?


:19 After living in Andy’s house their entire life, the toys are now entering a new environment at daycare. Have you ever started something new that was a little scary? What helped you adjust to the change?


:21 The daycare toys welcome in Andy’s toys. Considering that Andy’s toys felt scared to enter a new place, they were pleasantly surprised to be welcomed in so graciously. Is there anyone at your school or neighborhood who is new? How can you help welcome them to make them feel loved and valued?


:26 Woody stays loyal to Andy. Woody is afraid of change and doesn’t want to ever leave Andy. Woody is very loyal. Loyalty is showing trust and constant support for someone. But Woody also need to understand that change is a part of life. What are some ways you are loyal?


:42 Lotso explains the system of new toys doing the hard work of being played with in the toddler room. Lotso and his friends believe that because of their life experience, they deserve something better than Andy’s toys. Lotso says Andy’s toys should be treated differently, just because they are new. Do you think the toys should get different treatment? Or do you think every toy should be treated the same? Why do you think this?


:50 Lotso’s back-story. Lotso had a traumatic experience in his life (being replaced) and it changes his heart. It made him feel “unloved and unwanted”, Do you ever feel this way? Did you know that God will always love you and wants you like crazy? Romans 8:38-39 says, "And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord." Do you ever feel unloved or unwanted?


1:19 Woody/Buzz save Lotso. Even though Lotso wasn’t nice to them, Woody/Buzz still make the decision to love Lotso and save him from the dump. Jesus tells us to do something crazy in Matthew 5:44 when He says, "But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!" Is there anyone you know that is really hard for you to be nice to? How can you show love to that person?


1:21 Lotso refuses to save Andy’s toys, even though they saved him. This scene encapsulates self-centeredness. Lotso seems to forget that just one minute ago, these toys saved his life. Now he’s only doing what is best for him and what feels good. Do you ever make decisions that are selfish? What are some ways that you can care about other people more than yourself?


1:21 The toys recognize that they might fall into the fire. They embrace this change, knowing that there isn't anything they could do. We won't live on Earth forever, so we should spend our days living out our purpose and sharing as much of Christ's love as possible. What questions do you have about death?


1:23 When the other toys want revenge on Lotso, Woody says he’s not worth it. Ephesians 4:32 encourages us to forgive quickly: "Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you." Would you find it hard to forgive Lotso? How would you feel if you did or didn’t get revenge?


1:26 Woody says goodbye to his friends as he leaves for college with Andy. Andy says goodbye to his family. The toys say goodbye to Andy. Saying goodbye can be really hard. Has there been a time when you had to say goodbye to someone or something you loved?