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On this day in pop culture history: ‘Toy Story 3’ made us all cry buckets

Just as Finding Dory rolls out, today marks six years since Toy Story 3 opened in theaters. Yep, mid/late June has been a favorite time for Pixar to release their movies.

That sweet spot of an early-in-summer-break served the studio well, and it certainly did when Buzz and Woody journeyed to the big screen for a third time – Toy Story 3 became the highest-grossing animated film of all time after its release. Since then, on the animated front, it”s only been surpassed by Frozen and Minions.

Toy Story 3 was a movie that brought on plenty of waterworks from audiences as it wrapped up the tale of a group of toys and their boy as Andy headed off to college. For a while, it looked like we”d only get to see more adventures of the toys that were now Bonnie”s in short film form, but now Pixar has a fourth feature installment in the franchise set to hit theaters in June 2018.

You can see where Toy Story 3 (and Finding Dory!) rank in HitFix”s worst-to-best list of Pixar”s features in the gallery at the bottom of this post.

Other notable June 18 happenings in pop culture history:

• 1961: The final episode of the Gunsmoke radio show was broadcast.

• 1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience made their first major American appearance on the final day of the Monterey International Pop Music Festival.

• 1971: Carole King performed at Carnegie Hall, a few months after Tapestry made her a star. An album recording of that concert was released in 1996.

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