2 years ago this day, the largest grossing animated film of all time was released! Of course I'm talking about Toy Story 3. Directed by Lee Unkrich and produced by Darla K. Anderson, Toy Story 3 had an opening weekend of over $110 million and ended up making over $1 billion worldwide, placing it in the top 10 of the highest grossing films of all time. The film also helped solidify Anderson as the most successful film producer of all time (in terms of box office revenue).
Toy Story 3 was also recognized by the critics and award organizations. It received an almost perfect 99% on the Tomatometer (only 3 rotten reviews out of 253 total). It also received numerous awards including Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (We Belong Together by Randy Newman).
Along with Toy Story 3, the unconventional and ingenious short film Day & Night was released. Day & Night was directed by Teddy Newton. It also was successful during the awards season, winning the Annie Award for Best Animated Short, and an Outstanding Achievement award from the Visual Effects Society.