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Buzz Lightyear, Woody and all their toy box companions are given to a day care center after Andy heads off to college. The movie reunites most of the cast and characters from the first two films along with many brand new ones.
Sid has a very subtle cameo in the film. He is the garbage man who rocks out and taps on everything. You can tell since he is wearing the same black shirt with the skull and the same voice actor from Toy Story came back to voice him again.
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Andy, with his two favorite toys; Woody and Buzz
The film opens with a flashback of Andy as a young playing with his toys. Through dramatic action the film shows that his playthings thoroughly enjoy it. When the film cuts to the present, we see the toys having stolen Andy's phone calling him to make him come to his toy-box. Andy does, but simply picks up the phone, closes it the chest, and walks away. Woody then assembles the toys, but we see only him, Buzz, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Slinky-Dog, Hamm, Jessie, bronco Bullseye, three Pizza Planet aliens, and Rex. We learn that everyone else (including Etch, Wheezy, Lenny, and Bo Peep) were either given away or sold at garage sales.
The toys discuss their fear of Andy going to college. Andy then returns to his room and takes Woody to come with him to college and puts the rest of the toys in a garbage bag meant to go to the attic. Mistaking the bag for trash, the mother carries it out to the coming garbage truck. The toys except for Woody believe Andy tried to throw them away, and are distraught even after narrowly escaping being scooped up by the garbage man (who is Sid, the antagonist from the first film). The mother than finds them and puts them in a box bringing items to be donated to Sunnyside Daycare. The only sentient toy in the box other than Andy's is a Barbie that belonged to Andy's sister.
Arriving at Sunnyside, the toys are delighted to see children playing with everything and a group of playthings led by a seemingly cheerful strawberry-scented teddy bear named Lots-o'-Huggin. Barbie meets a Ken doll and finds love at first sight; even Bronco is excited. Woody, however, decides to stay loyal to Andy and angrily leaves to go find him. Woody attempts to escapes on a lost kite, but ends up falling on the sidewalk and being picked up by Bonnie, the young child of Sunnyside's manager. Meanwhile the other toys end up being placed in a room by Lots-o that is populated by toddlers to young to play nicely. Buzz tries to get answers, but ends up being captured by Ken, who turns out to be a guard in the prison Lots-o has made out of Sunnyside. With the help of a Bookworm, Lots-o and his henchmen reprogram Buzz so he becomes a delusional jailer to his former friends.
Woody seems happy
Woody is taken to Bonnie's house where he meets a bunch of new toys (including hedgehog Mr. Pricklepants, unicorn Buttercup, three stuffed Peas-in-a-Pod, a cheerful doll, a plastic triceratops named Trixie, and a stuffed version of Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro). Woody is conflicted as he enjoys being played with, but feels a sense of loyalty to Andy. He then meets a clown toy named Chuckles who says that he once belonged to the girl that also owned Lots-o. The girl accidentally left them behind on a picnic along with Big Baby (currently one of Lots-o's henchmen). By the time the trio returned, Chuckles and Lots-o discovered the girl had replaced Lots-o. Angrily, Lots-o tore of Baby's name tag and brought them away to Sunnyside (which he quickly enslaved under his own tyranny, his logic being that someone needed to be a toy for the younger kids or else they would all be damaged). Chuckles then gave Woody Baby's name tag. Woody then decided to return to Sunnyside to rescue his friends.
Before Woody gets back, Mr. Potato head is stuffed in a sandbox overnight by Baby (who is not very intelligent) and Barbie joins the prisoners rather than live with a boyfriend (Ken) who would work for Lots-o. When Woody returns, a Chatter-telephone tells him security has gotten tougher and it will be harder to break out. However, with Chatter's advice, the group manages to get pretty far. At the last second, though, Lots-o finds them. He offers to either let them go or he will toss them in the trash bin. They opt to die, so he begins forcing them in (Ken chooses to go with them rather then loose Barbie). Woody then shows Big Baby that only Lots-o had been replaced, and reveals the name tag. Big Baby then gets angry and tosses Lots-o in the nearest box as he has been taught to do--only this box turns out to be the trash bin. Angrily, Lots-o drags all of Andy's toys in with him (though Barbie and Ken manage to escape). They are then all scooped into a garbage truck and brought to the dump.
The whole gang is back
In the dump, Woody and Buzz save Lots-o from certain destruction, but he then opts not to return the favor when he has the chance. The toys then slowly fall to a firey furnace holding hands, only to be rescued by the Aliens operating a giant claw. They then hitch a ride on Sid's truck to go back to Andy's. Woody says not to worry about Lots-o, but unbeknownst to them he is tied to the front of a garbage truck and gets constantly peppered by flies.
The toys hose off and go back inside (where all except Woody will go to the dark attic). At the last minute, though, Woody writes a message on the box. Andy thinks it is from his mother and brings them all to Bonnie's house and gives them to her. He is heartbroken to see that Woody was also in the box, but then happily gives them to her after playing with them for one last time. The toys then live more adventures with Bonnie and Andy lives adventures in college. Barbie smuggles a note through Bonnie's backpack that details how with Lots-o gone the daycare became sunny once again with everyone spending an equal amount of time in the younger-kids' room and everyone getting medical attention.