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Totoro is a character in Toy Story 3. He is a plush doll version of the big Totoro from the Studio Ghibli film My Neighbor Totoro

Toy Story 3

Totoro is one of the toys owned by Bonnie Anderson. He first appears when Bonnie is seen playing with her toys. He is shown to sleep with Bonnie and her other toys. Woody gives him a hug when he finds Andy's house. At the end of the film, he is present when Woody introduces Bonnie's toys to Andy's toys.

In the end credits, he is seen juggling the Aliens in front of the Potato Heads. He later watches a Shakespearean play with his new friends and Bonnie's toys. He is also seen helping Buzz Lightyear build a spaceship and watching him and Jessie dance.

Trivia

  • This is in fact a cameo of the main character from My Neighbor Totoro and is a famous icon of Japanese animation. When asked about this, John Lasseter said, "We do little homages in our films, and we thought it was a very appropriate homage to let [Miyazaki and his film company] Studio Ghibli know how much they mean to us."[1] Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter have been longtime friends, and Pixar has helped with the localization of several of his films.
    • John Lasseter is a self-professed fan of Hayao Miyazaki and all of his Studio Ghibli films. When Disney made a deal with Studio Ghibli to release a majority of their films in the U.S., Lasseter introduced all of the films and narrated a majority of the extra contents in the DVD releases.
  • Totoro made his signature wide grinning smile three times at the end of the film.
    • The first time was before the end credits when Woody was introducing Andy's toys to Bonnie's toys.
    • The other two times were during the end credits: when he was juggling the Aliens and during the dance sequence between Buzz and Jessie.
  • Directors Josh Cooley and Mark Nielsen (directors of Toy Story 4) revealed in an interview that Totoro was not in the fourth film mainly because of copyright reasons and largely due to the fact that they mainly "borrowed" him for the third film. In the Toy Story universe, however, it's unknown if Bonnie got rid of him or if he was tucked away in another part of the house. 

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References

  1. Pixar Chief Discusses Totoro Cameo In Toy Story 3 Trailer
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