!!As a series, these films provide examples of:

* {{Defictionalization}}: Prominent with Woody and Buzz, but every toy that didn't exist in real life before the films were made have received this treatment.
** At least two real life Pizza Planet restaurants have been built, based on the beloved eatery from the original film.
* ExecutiveMeddling:
** Creator/{{Mattel}} would not allow the first film to have a Franchise/{{Barbie}} doll because they didn't want Barbie to be seen with a definitive personality. The writers reworked it so that way a Little Bo Peep figurine would be the love interest instead. However, after the huge success of the first one, Mattel allowed her to appear in the sequels.
*** Not that her personality is very deep -- all the Barbies featured seem to be pretty [[TheDitz ditzy]].
*** Though the Barbie featured in ''Toy Story 3'' ultimately turns out to be very moral, brave and resourceful, once she realizes her friends are being abused. And [[GeniusDitz much smarter than she acts]] -- she comments at one point about the nature of political power stemming from the consent of the governed. In those words.
*** [[FridgeBrilliance Well]], considering [[http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/daily/100519-barbies-careers-and-jobs.aspx all she's done]] in her long career...
** Then-{{Disney}} exec Jeffrey Katzenberg wanted ''Toy Story'' to be "edgy", which resulted in more adult humor and a {{Jerkass}} version of Woody. A story reel version was shown to Roy {{Disney}}, on what has been dubbed by the production team "Black Friday", who called it "one of the worst things I've ever seen." The Pixar boys started from scratch and the rest is history. Not to mention that ''Toy Story'' production was almost completely canceled as a result of Katzenberg getting ''exactly what he asked for'' and not liking it. Legend has it that Pixar intentionally made the reel obnoxiously bad in hopes of changing the execs' minds. It worked almost ''too'' well; Disney almost killed the movie outright, and it took a drastically revised script to convince them to give it a second chance. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bk8a_C0ao9Y Here's a video describing the ordeal.]]
** And don't forget [[http://www.totalfilm.com/features/the-story-behind-toy-story-3/page:4 the reason why Pixar ended up merging with Disney in the first place]].
** In the first film, the "Strange Things" montage was not originally planned. Woody's world was going to change more gradually over a few scenes. Then Tom Schumacher, a VP at Disney, suggested it be done in a montage, to which John Lasseter thought, "Ding! I could have had a V8!" and put a montage in.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** [[VillainousGlutton Al]] in the second film is played by [[{{Seinfeld}} Newman]] (who later voiced Zurg in ''BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'').
** The major roles all have very familiar voices. Pixar mainstay John Ratzenburger is Hamm the piggy bank, Rex is voiced by Wallace Shawn from ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' and ''AGoofyMovie'' (the latter being Principal Mazur), Mr. Potato Head is voiced by DonRickles, Mrs. Potato Head is voiced by [[{{Seinfeld}} Estelle Harris]] and [[{{Expy}} Sarge]] is voiced by [[FullMetalJacket R. Lee Ermey]]. {{Franchise/Barbie}} is [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Jodi Benson]].
** MichaelKeaton voices a [[{{Franchise/Barbie}} Ken doll]]. Yes, ''[[Film/{{Batman}} that]]'' MichaelKeaton.
*** And TimothyDalton as a German-made hedgehog toy named [[LargeHam Mr. Pricklepants]].[[note]]What, did you expect a Film/JamesBond joke?[[/note]]
** Don't forget [[{{Roseanne}} Jackie]] (Laurie Metcalf) from the first as Andy's mom and {{Frasier}} Crane (or [[TheSimpsons Robert "Sideshow Bob" Terwiliger]]) in the second as Stinky Pete (Kelsey Grammer).
** There's also Ernest P. Worrell (Jim Varney) as the [[LoyalAnimalCompanion Slinky Dog]], knowhutimean?
*** [[AuthorExistenceFailure In the first two films, that is, Vern.]] But it's okay because it just so happens that Jim's friend Blake Clark (AKA [[BoyMeetsWorld Chet Hunter]]) ''sounds exactly like him.''
** Kristen Schaal ([[WesternAnimation/GravityFalls Mabel]])as [[GamerChick Trixie the Triceratops]].
** Bo Peep is voiced by Annie Potts, best known for playing Janine Melnitz (which is very jarring to see as Janine Melnitz is not as sweet and caring as Bo Peep -- and, if you follow the cartoons, the guy Janine is in love with is more interested in paranormal science than women) on the live-action movie version of ''Ghostbusters'', or the [[GenkiGirl wacky record store owner]] in ''Film/PrettyInPink''.
*** Don't forget that she was also fairly well known for her role on ''DesigningWomen''.
** Jessie is voiced by Creator/JoanCusack (Lloyd Dobler's sister in ''SayAnything'' -- and RealLife -- and a former cast member of the NBC sketch show ''SaturdayNightLive'')
** Same goes with some of the background characters. The kid in the [[CaptainSpaceDefenderofEarth Buzz Lightyear]] commercial in the first movie was Ryan O'Donahue, who was also in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' and [[Disney/TheLionKing the Lion King II: Simba's Pride]]; Debi Derryberry, who did some background kids, was also JimmyNeutron; and Danielle Judovits, who did some other background kids, was in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' as well as ''KaBlam!''.
** [[DumbMuscle Chunk]] in ''[[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Toy Story 3]]'' and the shark ("Look! I'm Woody! Howdy howdy howdy!") in the first movie are voiced by Jack Angel, better known for playing a number of ''{{Transformers}}'', [[MerchandiseDriven fittingly enough]].
** THE Robert Goulet plays the singing voice of Wheezy the penguin--[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-lVU5rIgO8 Listen!]].
** [[CaptainObvious And of course, Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as Woody and Buzz]]
** Also in the third movie, WhoopiGoldberg as Stretch, the octopus.
** Why is the [[PixarShorts Jackalope]] voicing a [[TheStoic Clown]]?
*** He talks so much, it's almost like [[TheIncredibles Rick Dicker]] or [[Disney/WinnieThePooh Eeyore]] voices him.
** [[Film/{{Superman}} Lex Luthor's bumbling sidekick]] [[{{Deliverance}} that had to squeal like a pig]] is Lotso.
** [[CurbYourEnthusiasm Jeff]] is Buttercup the unicorn.
** [[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Sally]] is Dolly.
** [[Creator/PennandTeller Penn Jillette]] is the TV Announcer of the Buzz Lightyear commercial that resulted in Buzz's humiliating HeroicBSOD.
** '''[[KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Canderous Ordo]]''' is Twitch the muscular bug.
** British viewers who grew up during TheNineties should recognise TV presenter Andi Peters as Male Package Handler 1 in the second film. ("Hold it! There's a couple more bags coming from the terminal!")
** Bonnie's mom is [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater The Boss]]!
** The Japanese-dubbed version uses many alumni from many series from the Franchise/{{Gundam}} saga and the {{Mecha}} genre:
*** Buzz Lightyear [[GeorgeTokoro is]] [[{{Ponyo}} Fujimoto]] and [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie Homer Simpson in the theatrical dub]].
*** Rex [[Creator/YujiMitsuya is]] [[CombattlerV Hyoma Aoi]] and [[SaintSeiya Virgo Shaka]]
*** Bo Peep [[Creator/KeikoToda is]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Matilda Ajan]]
*** Slinky Dog [[Creator/IchiroNagai is]] [[RanmaOneHalf Happosai]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Degwin Zabi]]
*** Hamm [[Creator/ChikaoOhtsuka is]] [[VideoGame/SamuraiShodown Yagyu Jubei]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory Capt. Synapse]]
*** Jack-in-the-box [[Creator/JunFukuyama is]] [[Anime/CodeGeass Lelouch Lamperouge]], [[SpiceAndWolf Kraft Lawrence]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamMSIGLOO Hideto Washiya]]
*** Dolly [[Creator/AtsukoTanaka is]] [[GhostInTheShell Motoko Kusanagi]], [[QueensBlade Claudette]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Juca Meilasch]]
*** Barbie [[RiekoTakahashi is]] [[Anime/TurnAGundam Diana Sorell]]
*** Ken [[Creator/HirokiTochi is]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Lasse Aion]]
*** Andy in the third film [[KenshoOno is]] [[Manga/KurokoNoBasuke Tetsuya Kuroko]] and Film/HarryPotter in Japanese.
** In Sweden, Andy was [[TotalDramaIsland Cody and D.J.]] in the first film; in both sequels, he was another Total Drama contestant: Duncan!
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: A primary reason the developers decided to make the movie about toys in the first place was due to the limits of mid-90s CGI. Since the technology made everything look plastic, they decided to have the characters be ''made of plastic.''
* RefittedForSequel: The dream sequence from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory 2'' and the idea of opening on a ShowWithinAShow version of Buzz Lightyear were scenes that had originally been planned from the first film.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Probably a good thing this didn't happen. Part 2 was originally meant as a low-budget straight to video release, as per usual of {{Disney}} at the time. However, the {{Pixar}} leadership decided not to sully their studio's reputation by releasing an inferior movie, then petitioned to make it a full-featured theatrical release instead.
** The original ''Toy Story 3'' developed by Circle 7, which was about Buzz getting shipped to Taiwan due to a massive recall, and his friends having to go save him.
*** There's also a script floating around the Internet for a ''Toy Story 3'' that would have focused on Woody and some of the toys being stored in Andy's grandmother's house rather than sent to a daycare center (and the characters who weren't in the third movie would have been in this one, like Bo Peep and Lenny the wind-up binoculars).

!!Tropes in the first ''Toy Story''

* BreakthroughHit: ''Toy Story'' put {{Pixar}} on the map as one of the industry's top animation teams.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: In the original treatment Woody was a {{Jerkass}} and intentionally threw Buzz out the window, and the other toys threw Woody out the window after he insulted them all.
** That treatment was written deliberately over the top because of repeated ExecutiveMeddling demanding Woody to be less kid friendly and more of a jerk. {{Pixar}} was [[BatmanGambit secretly hoping]] the {{Disney}} execs would be so horrified with Woody’s unlikable character that they would order them to rewrite the film as they pleased. Fortunately, this is exactly what happened.
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bk8a_C0ao9Y For the curious.]]
** In the topic about dubs, in the Japanese version, Creator/KoichiYamadera and Creator/TesshoGenda were considered to voice both Woody and Buzz respectively. Instead, they were voiced by the Japanese comedians Toshiaki Karazawa and George Tokoro respectively. This becomes being ironic since Mr. Genda voiced Zurg in the ''Buzz Lightyear: Star Command'' animated series, who is Buzz's ''sworn enemy.''
** Creator/BillMurray, Creator/JimCarrey, and Billy Crystal were all considered for the role of Buzz Lightyear. Crystal turned down the part and regretted it so much he jumped at the chance to do ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' when Pixar came calling again.
** Originally, a Barbie doll in a PimpedOutDress who acted like Sarah Connor from the ''{{Terminator}}'' movies was supposed to have been Woody's love interest after she rescued him and Sid's mutant toys from Scud the dog. Mattel refused to give Pixar the rights to use Barbie (fearing that the movie wouldn't be successful and sales of Barbie dolls would plummet because of the movie's supposed failure), so Woody's love interest was changed to the Little Bo Peep figurine and Woody hatched a plan with Sid's mutant toys to trick Scud the dog during the escape to the backyard. It wasn't until the first ''Toy Story'' became popular enough for a big-screen sequel (and a third installment) that Mattel decided to let Pixar use Barbie as a character.

'''Other Trivia:'''
* One interesting fun fact; Toy Story 2 is one of only three animated films [[note]]The other two being Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast and TheLionKing.[[/note]] to win Best Picture [[note]]In Musical or Comedy[[/note]] at the Golden Globes. And this was the ''[[AnimationAgeGhetto before]]'' the creation of the [[ConsolationAward Animation Category.]]
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