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|“||I didn't throw you away, your kid did! Ain't one kid ever love a toy really! Chew on that when you're at the dump!||„|
|~ Lotso to Andy's toys.|
|“||This is what happens when you DUMMIES TRY TO THINK! WE'RE ALL JUST TRASH WAITIN' TO BE THROWN AWAY! THAT'S ALL A TOY IS!||„|
|~ Lotso revealing his true nature to his former minions and his villainous breakdown.|
|“||Where’s your kid now, sheriff?!||„|
|~ Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear's last and most famous words as he leaves Andy's toys to die in the incinerator.|
Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear, more commonly known as Lotso for short, is the main antagonist of Pixar's 11th full-length animated feature film Toy Story 3.
He is a large, evil, pink anthropomorphic strawberry-scented teddy bear who used to rule Sunnyside Daycare like a prison with the help of his former minions - Ken, Big Baby, Stretch, Sparks, Chunk, Twitch, the Bookworm and the Monkey. Ultimately, Lotso's reign of terror ended when Andy's toys arrived, all while serving as the latter group's most hated enemy and Woody's archenemy.
Toy Story 3's Description
“Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear is a jumbo, extra-soft teddy bear with a pink and white plush body and a velvety purple nose. This lovable bear stands fuzzy heads and shoulders above other teddy bears because he smells like sweet strawberries! With a smile that will light up your child's face and a belly just asking to be hugged, Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear is sure to become a bedtime necessity. Stain-resistant. Spot clean plush surface with a damp cloth.”
|“||Mr. Pricklepants: Sunnyside is a place of ruin and despair, ruled by an evil bear who smells of strawberries.
Buttercup: The guy may seem plush and huggable on the outside, but inside, he's a monster.
|~ Mr. Pricklepants and Buttercup telling Woody about Lotso's true nature.|
At first, Lotso seemed like a caring, compassionate, friendly and polite teddy bear, welcoming Woody and the gang with open arms, giving them a tour and telling the toys that different kids at the daycare center would continue to play with them for years to come and that they would never get rejected. However, this was only a ruse as his true self is actually a cruel, greedy, selfish, sadistic, manipulative and brutal control freak who regularly abused his position, despised children and ruled Sunnyside as a concentration camp.
Lotso often imprisoned new toys in the Caterpillar Room so that he could test their ability to endure the abuse of the reckless and destructive children there until the broken toys thrown away and send to the dump to their deaths, with no remorse for it. This nature was because according to Chuckles, Lotso was originally a good-natured and gentle bear, a friend of both Chuckles and Big Baby. He loved his owner Daisy as much as she loved him, as they did everything together. However, when Daisy forgot them and replaced Lotso with another teddy bear, Lotso felt betrayed and heartbroken. The grief and anger meanwhile drove Lotso to develop a harsh expression of cynicism and a negative philosophy about being a toy, believing that they were nothing special and destined to get thrown out in the trash (which is somewhat accurate considering the fact that toys tend to be given away and sometimes even discarded by their owners when they outgrow them). He even deemed love as a complete illusion, and while he played up his affable image as the ruler of Sunnyside, he developed near fatalists tendencies as he stated that all toys were ultimately made to be thrown away and there was no salvation for them.
Lotso also showed no mercy to toys that resisted, opposed, helped other toys escape, and didn't follow his views, with examples being breaking Chuckles the Clown and Chatter Telephone, having Stretch push the toys into the dumpster, disowning Ken for not agreeing with his view that there were a hundred million Barbie dolls, and punching Big Baby with his mallet for being attached to their former owner again. Additionally, by destroying Big Baby's old pendant, Lotso showed that he not only wanted to forget his own relation with Daisy and pretend it never even existed, but he also wanted to destroy all of Big Baby's ties to Daisy and essentially all toys' ties to their owners. This would imply that he did not really care about Daisy herself, but only the attention that she gave him.
However, despite his claims and great extremes to secure his power, Lotso is ultimately a coward and hypocrite, proven in the scene when Big Baby, having enough with his abuse, throws him in the trash heap and Lotso begs him not to lock him inside and at the landfill where, despite seemingly showing thankful feelings toward Woody for saving him from the shredders, Lotso kept his belief that children would end up throwing away their toys out of boredom and disinterest without realizing the physical and emotional pain they cause to them, as evidenced by his refusal to press the stop button of emergency which, if he had pushed it, would have led to his redemption by sparing Woody and his friends from their ardent death in the incinerator.
- Woody - Archenemy
- Ken - Former Minion
- Big Baby
- Buzz Lightyear
- Mr. Potato Head
- Mrs. Potato Head
- Chuckles - Former Best Friend
- Daisy - Former Owner
In other media
Lotso makes meet and greet appearances at Disney's Hollywood Studios along Woody, Buzz and the other Toy Story characters and is part of the Toy Story Block Party Bash Parade (Now known as Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun.) and at Disney's California Adventure. Lotso is a very popular attraction at Hollywood Studios and California Adventure.
- In a viral marketing campaign, Pixar posted two commercials, for a "real" Lotso teddy bear manufactured in 1983 (perhaps even longer), on YouTube. One was a typical American toy commercial from the 80's, and the other was done in Japanese. Both feature the "Toy Story Collection" version of Lotso and are included on the bonus disc of the Toy Story 3 Blu-ray.
- The truck Lotso ends up on reads "KRUMM". This same word was on Al McWhiggin's suitcase in Toy Story 2.
- Lotso is the representative for Toy Story 3 in the 10-Disc Ultimate Toy Box Trilogy set containing the whole Toy Story trilogy.
- In the Toy Story 3 book with Woody's POV of the film, Lotso has more lines when he confronts Andy's toys at the dumpster.
- The film tie-in book The Art of Toy Story 3 includes these interesting facts about Lotso's development.
- He was originally conceived as a teddy bear from the early 80s Care Bears toy line. This idea was not dropped until after the storyboard was completed and can be seen in the final version.
- The animators also admitted that they increased Lotso's cruelty in the final version of the film in order to ensure that people understood that he deserved what happened in the end, as the test screenings had some kids still sympathizing with him after his backstory was revealed.
- The film's director, Lee Unkrich says that he got the inspiration for Lotso's backstory when his niece left her favorite toy — a doll named "Peggy" — at a Burger King restaurant, and had replaced her with a new doll named Peggy. He wondered what the old Peggy would think if she came back and discovered there was a new Peggy.
- In addition, Unkrich also mentioned the reason for Lotso's defeat. He refused to send him through the shredder or the incinerator because it would be sadistic. But he definitely deserved being stuck to the front of the truck.
- Lotso made a cameo appearance in Up, the last Pixar movie released before Toy Story 3. He was spotted next to Dee's bed when Carl's house flies past her window outside.
- When Lotso is helped to the emergency stop button on the trash conveyor belt, instead of pushing the button to stop the belt and save the other toys, he glares at them and yells, “WHERE'S YOUR KID NOW, SHERIFF?!” This is a wink to the Internet meme “Where is your God now?”, a sarcastic way of inducing fear in a victim (the internet meme in turn originates from a line in a Billy Crystal routine making fun of the incongruity of Edward G. Robinson being cast in The Ten Commandments (1956): “Where's your Messiah now, Moses?”).
- Lotso's defeat is fitting because it has given him two things he had been asking for: First, the true meaning of love, which he got from the garbage man, who remembered having a Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear toy as a kid. And second, a fitting end to a considerably miserable life, which he would face from the elements, bugs, and mud; and/or from eventually being thrown away again, leading him to die in the shredders or the incinerator. However, this is also a bad ending for him, since one of the movie's themes involved characters finding their purpose in the changing world or perishing.
- His thick Southern accent, initially soft-spoken demeanor, and many of his iron fist policies as "Warden"—including throwing uncooperative prisoners into "the box"—are clear references to "The Captain", Strother Martin's character from Cool Hand Luke (as well as Lotso's voice actor, Ned Beatty's previous character, Sheriff J.C. Conners, from White Lightning).
- According to the official movie magazine for Toy Story 3, Lotso was originally created for A Tin Toy Christmas (which later became Toy Story).
- Lotso also appeared in every version of the Toy Story 3 Video Game. He appears in the Sunnyside level of the Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC versions with Ned Beatty reprising the role. He is also seen in the enchanted glen in their toy box. In these versions of the game, his fate is not revealed or seen. He has a silent appearance in the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable versions, and his fate is not revealed or seen here either. He also has a silent appearance in the Nintendo DS version. In that version, his fate is revealed and seen.
- Lotso's voice actor, Ned Beatty later voiced Tortoise John in Nickelodeon's Rango, which was released a year after Toy Story 3. Coincidentally, both films won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
- The way Big Baby throws Lotso into the dumpster mirrors the way Darth Vader killed Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
- Lotso appears in three of the LEGO Toy Story 3 sets.
- Lotso's true colors may be hinted at before the release of the film in the LEGO Toy Story 3 playset based on the scene where he leaves Andy's toys to die. The set included Lotso trying to kill Woody and Hamm in an incinerator with the Aliens trying to save them.
- In 2012, the Disney Store released a talking plush toy of Lotso with a talking Woody doll.
- Patrick Stewart, Jeff Bridges, Ian McKellen, Michael Gambon, the late John Hurt, Bill Nighy, Robert De Niro, James Cromwell, Liam Neeson, the late Christopher Lee, Tommy Lee Jones, Nick Nolte, Chazz Palminteri, Hugo Weaving, Brian Cox, Ian McShane, James Woods, Richard Dreyfuss, Morgan Freeman, the late Alan Rickman, the late Michael Clarke Duncan, Rade Šerbedžija, Seth MacFarlane, Vincent D'Onofrio, Mark Hamill, Bernard Hill, the late Ernest Borgnine and Peter Serafinowicz were considered for the role of Lotso before Ned Beatty was cast.
- Test audiences who sympathized with Lotso for his backstory wanted him to push the button in the incinerator scene to redeem himself.
- However, according to the DVD commentary, director Lee Unkrich explained that the filmmakers decided to drop Lotso's chance for redemption in order to make the audience who had gotten to know Andy's toys over the past 15 years in three movies care about the characters even more as they went to the fire, when it looked like the end for them before the Squeeze Toy Aliens rescued them with the claw.
- Another reason is because they did not want Lotso to get off so easy, so they just increased his cruelty to ensure to the audience that he deserved what he got in the end (being strapped to the grille of a garbage truck).
- Some people blame Daisy's parents for Lotso's villainous demeanor, as they could have went to look for their daughter's lost toys, instead of replacing Lotso. It is likely that by the time they went back to where they left Lotso, he was already on his way home.
- Lotso is considered by some as one of the darkest and most sinister villains in Pixar films because of his cruel and traitorous personality. Plus, he turns a daycare for toddlers and small kids into a prison for toys. He's also considered to be the most evil Toy Story villain.
- Lotso's later knowledge of Woody and his friends' escaping in the first place is not revealed, but it is likely that the Monkey managed to free himself and alert Lotso, leading to Lotso beating up the Chatter Telephone for information on Woody's whereabouts.
- An advertisement for a Lotso bear appears in Tokyo in Cars 2, the first Pixar film released after Toy Story 3.
- Lotso was originally supposed to appear in the first film (possibly as the main antagonist), but the technology needed to create his fur had not existed until the third film so the role went to Sid Phillips.
- In the Disney Cruise Line show Villains Tonight, hosted by Hades from the Disney film Hercules, Hades is looking for villains to call, when he mentioned Lotso. However, he doesn't call Lotso as he “always brings that baby with him.”
- Lotso appeared on stage during the D23 Expo 2015 for Toy Story 4, but he didn't appear nor was mentioned in the finished film. It's currently unknown if Lotso's stage appearance was just coincidental and a celebration for the twentieth anniversary of the first Toy Story movie or if there were once plans to indeed bring him back in the fourth film as an antagonist, considering that the fourth film's screenplay was reworked many times during the years Pixar worked on it. It is possible that Lotso was originally going to return in the fourth film to seek revenge on Woody. Ultimately, Lotso (and his revenge) were written out of the story and the main villain in Toy Story 4 was a doll named Gabby Gabby.
- Unlike Lotso, Gabby Gabby is shown to be far less cruel.
- Lotso acts as a foil to Woody. Both were in charge of the toys at their location (Woody, Andy's House and later Bonnie's House; Lotso, Daisy's House and later Sunnyside), and both ended up abandoned by their former owner. However, Woody never gave up on Andy, while Lotso gave up on Daisy. Coincidentally, Lotso's behavior was very similar to Woody's original rendition in Toy Story, specifically his characterization in the Black Friday showing. Also by coincidence, both characters also ended up toned up/toned down for the final version due to unexpected events during a test screening (Woody was originally an immense jerk and lacking of compassion, but toned down after the Black Friday reel nearly shut down production of Toy Story; likewise, Lotso had his cruelty amplified after test audiences sympathized with him and wanted him to push the button to show that he deserved his punishment). Lotso is an example of what Woody would have become if he let his fear of being replaced get to him. Lotso also served as a lesson for Woody in the film, because if Woody didn't move on with his life and decided to remain with Andy instead of his friends, then he would've ended up being like Lotso.
- In addition, Lotso could be considered a darker reflection of Stinky Pete from Toy Story 2: both seemed to be loving at first but were eventually revealed to be cruel tyrants in the end. This is mainly because of a sense of feeling rejected or unloved, which were clearly seen in both Pixar villains. Coincidentally, the music that played during Lotso's defeat was the same music heard during Stinky Pete's defeat. However, unlike Pete (who has a tragic backstory and only wants to be appreciated and loved), Lotso is far more despicable as he simply wants other toys to get hurt and tries to get Woody and his friends killed in the incinerator even though they freed him from the golf bag. Lotso is an example of the kind of toy that Pete could've become if he allowed his past to consume him with the belief that all toys have no purpose but to be thrown away.
- He is also a darker reflection of Gabby Gabby; both were toys who no longer had owners at the beginning of their respective movies, and had henchmen who worked for them. They also took management of different locations (Sunnyside for Lotso, the Second Chance Antiquities Store for Gabby). However, unlike Gabby (who was affable and was particularly kind to her henchmen and even her captives, moved on in life after being rejected by Harmony, and can be sympathized with), Lotso feigned kindness and treated his henchmen with disrespect, never accepted the fact that he was replaced by Daisy with another Lotso, and removed any sympathy with everything he's done. Lotso is an example of the kind of toy Gabby could've become if she didn't move on with life nor accepted that Harmomy rejected her, and instead allowed it to consume her with anger and violence.
- Lotso's backstory is similar to Jessie's backstory. Jessie was abandoned by her first owner Emily but unlike Lotso, she didn't resort to a life of crime.
- The truck that drove Lotso to Sunnyside was a Pizza Planet truck, which has appeared in almost every Pixar movie.
- In the Read-Along version of Toy Story 3, Lotso's final scene on the garbage truck is omitted, leaving unknown if he was retrieved by the garbage man or if he escaped from the dumpster successfully.
- After Toy Story 3 was released on June 18, 2010, Universal Pictures released Ted on June 29, 2012, in which the titular protagonist of the same name is modeled after Lotso.
- Interestingly enough Ted seems to be an opposite of Lotso, while Lotso appears to be warm and caring on the outside he is actually cruel and selfish on the inside Ted is the opposite who, while Ted is a trash-talking jerk on the outside he deeply cares for his friends despite his wrongdoings.