Headscratchers / Toy Story

Be sure to also see Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3.

No help/intervention for Sid?
  • OK, so it's made clear that Sid likes to blow up toys. Why has no one intervened!? Don't you think someone would've contacted the police by now? Why hadn't his parents intervene and got him psychological help? Why is everyone seemingly OK with the fact that a little boy likes to make his backyard sound like a war's going on in there? Why are his parents seemingly OK with his disturbed habits?
    • Sid's parents were probably the type that let their kids do whatever they want because it would be too much effort to keep an eye on them. Any police officers that got sent might have just laughed it off with "Boys will be boys" or "I remember when I did stuff to my toys at that age..." Even if they did fine them for it, Sid's parents might think it's easier to bail Sid out repeatedly than to stop him. Heck, they might not think he's doing anything wrong. Andy's family moving away could have been partially caused by this.
    • As pointed out on the Nightmare Fuel page, Scud's actions when he sees Sid's father imply that he's abusing the dog. Add to that our other clues regarding Mr. Phillips: his only appearance is in his man-cave, asleep in his chair, with empty beer cans scattered all over the floor and the TV left on (so that Buzz can watch his worldview-destroying commercial). The implication is that Sid's father is neglectful if not abusive, and his mother isn't likely to call the authorities in that setting.
Why don't the toys in the first place reveal they're living?
  • Wouldn't it make more sense? Yeah, like wouldn't they be treated like people?
    • Because if they did, they wouldn't be toys anymore. They'd only frighten the children by coming alive. The toys are also aware that if they were to demonstrate their sentience, this could turn into a huge worldwide crisis, with toys everywhere in danger of being experimented on, imprisoned or destroyed.
      • Then they should never have made a whole masquerade of it from the beginning, and it would be completely normal?
    • I mentioned this in the Toy Story 3 section, but to summarize: I think the toys have some idea that if a human child (in this case, Andy), or any human entered to find what they assumed to be non-living, inanimate objects moving and talking, they would have the holy bejeezus scared out of them. There's a reason possessed toysnote  are a staple of the horror genre. If Woody so much as twitch in front of Andy, or change his expression (say his mouth opens just enough to show a toothy grin), Andy screams in blood-curdling horror and never plays with Woody ever again. Woody doesn't want to risk scaring Andy or any other child if he can. He only did that to Sid because he was just asking for it.
    • They don't want to. To reveal their secret to humans would be to take away their reason for living, "what they're made for" to use Woody's words—to be played with. To provide happiness to children. They don't want to have a whole society alongside humankind, they just want to fulfill their purpose. The Wainscot Society is more of a side-effect of Living Toys than their reason for being.
    • Why Buzz hide his living being condition to Andy and others at the first Toy Story if he isn't aware of he is a toy?
      • Because he mostly goes along with what the other toys do. He thinks they're an alien culture on an alien planet, and is wisely following the adage "when in Rome, do as the Romans do". He rarely questions or defies their ways, but simply adopts what he believes to be their cultural customs; he doesn't know why they freeze when Andy shows up, but he knows that they do, so he does it too.
In his introductory scene, doesn't Buzz find it weird that he has pre-recorded audio clips of himself that he can activate by pressing some buttons on his armor?
  • If he thought he was the real Buzz at the time, then does that mean the Buzz Lightyear from the in-universe TV show also has generic audio clips? In the show, whenever he needs to say his thing ("Buzz Lightyear, space ranger of the Galactic Alliance, sworn to defeat Zurg" ect), does he press those buttons on his chest instead of actually saying it?
    • Self-deception?
    • Buzz isn't just factually unaware of the fact that he is a toy, he is delusional. You might as well ask, doesn't Buzz find it weird that he is made out of plastic instead of flesh and blood, with blatant action-figure joints? As shown in the scene where he claims he can "fly", he edits reality to conform to his own views, he isn't really perceiving what is happening in a rational way. He probably either ignores the audio clips or thinks he made them by speaking, according to the situation.
    • Maybe he sees them as ways to communicate in space and on planets with poison air to fill in when his communication system isn't working?
The opening scenes of the first movie: Andy leaves his room. Hamm's contents are dumped out on the floor, and Mr. Potato Head is on the floor, his body parts scattered across the room. While he's downstairs for his birthday party, Hamm is shown scooping the money back into his slot and Mr. Potato Head puts himself back together. In this particular instance, Andy was too thrilled about getting Buzz to notice, but if behavior like this is common for Andy's toys, wouldn't he one day noticed that something's been changed since the last time he was in there with no explanation? I watched this movie again recently and noticed a lack of interest on the part of the toys of making sure to leave everything the way it was before.
  • Well, how many times in Real Life do we go "I could have sworn I left X here" or "Who put my X in this room?" or "When did I put this in here?" Now we know why!
    • It seems to be taken to ridiculous extremes, though. First movie: Andy leaves Buzz and Woody on his desk as he gets ready to go to Pizza Planet. Buzz "disappears," so Andy just takes Woody. At the end of the movie, Andy finds them in the box he JUST put in the car, and his mom comments they were "right where (he) left them," even though Buzz had NEVER been in the car. Second movie: The antagonist breaks open the cash box at the yard sale to steal Woody, and apparently Andy's mom never noticed, or she would likely have told Andy about it on the way home. And while Andy makes the reasonable assumption that his mom got him new toys while he was away, why would his mom never question where the toys really came from?
      • True, but if you found something in a place where you didn't put it, what are you gonna think? "OMGZ! IS ALIVE!!!!" Or "Eh, I probably put it there and forgot, or someone else did." Andy thinks his mom (or sister) moved his toys, while her mom]] just thinks Andy himself misplaced them and doesn't remember. And then she believes he got Jessie and the other himself.
      • I don't know about that last point. She probably thought either Andy was mistaken, or that she'd found them while cleaning and put them there without remembering afterward. Plenty of toys I don't remember getting somehow migrated to my room when I was a kid, it's not unlikely Andy or his mom would just shrug it off.
    • Lampshaded in the beginning of TS3: Andy notices that the toys moved around after 'Operation Playtime,' but blames it on Molly.
      • He noticed his cellphone was where it shouldn't be, not the toys.
      • Still. My cellphone "migrates" to different places often enough, usually I just think "Oh, right, must have set it down while doing something there", not "My Kamen Rider action figures are trying to get my attention."

Early in the first movie all the toys (except Woody) are terrified of getting replaced. I always thought this meant they were afraid of Andy getting an awesome toy that would make them look less appealing by comparison, and that makes sense, but then Andy gets a toy that makes all of them look pitiful by comparison and only Woody is bothered by this. Wouldn't all of the other toys have their fears of being replaced justified by the arrival of a Buzz Lightyear Action Figure? Or does being replaced constitute something else entirely?
  • Woody is Andy's favorite toy. That's why he is so upset—he's not anymore. The other toys were already used to being second best—it made little difference to them whether Woody or Buzz was the favorite.
  • Perhaps they knew that Buzz would take on the "hero" role in Andy's games, which meant that he wasn't a threat to anyone but the current hero, Woody. For example, it's a lot harder to replace the scary dinosaur in your fantasy with a space-man.
  • The above answer is the best explanation. Rex, for example, worried that he'll be replaced with a braver, scarier dinosaur in the first Toy Story. In other words, they don't particularly care about a new toy unless it's too similar to them.

Since Buzz didn't realize that he was a toy at first, why didn't he try interacting with any of the humans? Also, If Buzz thinks he's the real Buzz Lightyear, why does he allow Andy to write his name on his foot, freeze whenever he is around, and allow Andy to play with him?
  • Could be justified. Buzz thinks this is a foreign planet, and as he sees the other toys playing dead whenever their "chief, Andy" shows up, he thinks he should too. When in Rome.
  • He probably thought they were horrible aliens.
  • Or maybe there's some underlying instinct in toys that tells them not to get seen by humans. I think the alien thing is a better guess, though. Everyone else dropped immediately at their approach, and if you were in a foreign place and everyone was quickly dropping at the arrival of some huge things you presumed to be aliens, you'd follow suit, at least lie low long enough to figure out what they were and such. There may, however, have been a scene in the film with Buzz refusing to lie low that I have not forgotten, so if this contradicts that, feel free to tell me.
  • I got the impression from the scene where Buzz shows the other toys Andy's name that he just accepted this as part of their culture and, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do."
  • From the second movie, it seems all Buzz Lightyears think themselves as real, and the freezing thing is part of some protocol.
  • I interpreted things as Buzz subconsciously knows that he's a toy (and thus follows all the toy-human conventions), but initially believes himself to be real.
  • But why did he never even realize that his laser wasn't real? Andy's played with it before and never done any damage with it.
  • * Ahem* Word of God, here.
  • Wait... does this mean all the toys in Toy Story are actually Weeping Angels?
    • Gee, thanks. Now I will never be able to watch Toy Story again.
    • Unlike the Weeping Angels though, the toys are not forced to stay frozen whenever they're being watched, right? Or else surely Woody wouldn't have been able to remind Sid to "play nice."
    • So really, it's semi-involuntary instinct, like breathing, or blinking.
  • I figured no intelligent space ranger would attempt to converse with beings a few dozen times his size, whether they are screaming and flailing (Andy, his friends, Sid) or simply clanging about (the adults).

When Sid put the head of one toy in the body of another. Do these toys retain the memories of their heads or they become a different toy with a totally new personality?'
  • I assume they become like intelligent zombies, considering they don't even talk.
  • The third movie establishes that certain toys don't necessarily need to be connected to their parts to feel them. Mrs. Potato Head could still see through her missing eye, and Mr. Potato Head was able to move his limbs independently without his actual potato. I would guess the toys have a consciousness, either in one part of their body, like Woody (who could not move his arm after it was lost in 2), or spread out through some parts, such as the Potato Heads. Any Frankenstein toys such as the latter category would still retain their ability to move their body parts independently, regardless of what they were attached to. Any in the former, however, would likely only be able to control what was attached to the part of their body holding their consciousness. The most likely assumption for this part is the head, but we don't really have confirmation one way or the other, and given the nature of toys, I don't feel comfortable assuming.
  • I think it depends, but that it would lean towards head. Hannah's headless toys appear to have their own personality, and the Doll heads in Sid's room don't talk. I think it also depends on the intention of the toy. Since your not supposed to remove Woody's or Buzz's arm they can't be used independently. Mr. Potatohead appeared to feel the attack to the tortia. The rule is probably whatever the owner thinks.

Wasn't Andy supposed to be moving shortly after the birthday party? If so, why did he get a whole bunch of new Buzz Lightyear stuff like posters and bedsheets? Why didn't he just get that stuff after he moved?
  • The bedsheets, at least, were a gift from one of his friends at the birthday party. His friend is just a dork.
  • It wouldn't have been a stretch if Andy's mom told all the kids to buy Buzz-related merchandise as presents, as part of a themed birthday party. Andy opens his presents and gets a Buzz Lightyear lunchbox, Buzz Lightyear bedsheets, a Buzz Lightyear board game, etc., etc., etc., all culminating with the final present being an actual Buzz Lightyear toy.
  • I can imagine his mom being all like, "Don't get all that new stuff out, we're moving soon!" but he was so excited he did anyway. Kids.

What constitutes as a "toy"? In Toy Story 2, Hamm states that "the lawn gnome from next door" is alive, so what other things can come alive? What if someone makes their own toy, will that come alive too?
  • You'd have to ask Sid "The Kitbasher" Philips about that, considering an erector set fused to the mutilated head of a doll is about as close as you can get to making your own toys without actually casting the plastic or tin/lead yourself.
Why does Andy only write his name on some of his toys?
  • He only does that for his favorites. This is a plot point in the first movie.
    • So why do Bullseye and Jessie get marked immediately? Were they so great he instantly liked them more than most of his toys?
    • It was never stated that he only wrote his name on only some toys. Buzz thinks that Andy writing his name on him meant his accepting him into their culture, which implies that all the toys got Andy's name written on them. The other toys were, however, impressed that Buzz got permanent ink.
    • It's also possible that Andy tries to put his name on all his toys, but most of them are made of a material where most ink just rubs off. Buzz may have had a similar issue, but Andy was so worried about him getting lost/stolen that he convinced his mom to let him use a high-end sharpie for the job, which was why everyone was so impressed with the 'permanent ink'.
    • Or it's possible that he only puts his name on toys that he's likely to take out of the house. You wouldn't take your piggy bank to school to play with, but the new horse for your cowboy figure?

A small one from the first Toy Story: What happened to that burn mark on Woody's forehead? It was still there until the end of the movie but then disappears in the next. I assume it was painted over something.
  • It was painted over during the repair scene in Toy Story 2. Also, if you look closely in Toy Story 3 the mark appears again during the incinerator because the paint burns off.
      • No it doesn't. He gets a dirty mark there briefly but it's gone by the next scene.
  • I'm not sure about Toy Story 3, but the troper above is wrong about it being in Toy Story 2. I just watched the movie, and the burn mark doesn't appear anywhere, before or after the repair scene.
  • There's a simple answer for this. When he got it, Woody said "I sure hope this isn't permanent". It wasn't permanent.
  • He got better.
  • I once briefly held a burning lighter against the burners of a Thunderbird 2 toy, to give it some realistic effects. You can get that kind of low-grade burn marks off with your finger.
  • It was there when they landed in the car but gone during the Christmas party in the next scene. Presumably it either disappeared or was painted over when Andy cleaned him after they moved.
    • You must be mistaken; if it was gone during the Christmas party we wouldn't be having this discussion.
      • That person is not mistaken. The mark is gone in the final scene.
  • I'm guessing the plastic was just singed, and didn't actually burn a hole. You can get singe marks off rather easily.

With regards to an above trope, if Buzz's wings can sever duct tape, why didn't he do that immediately after being rescued? Obviously, doing it with Sid around would have caused everyone's favorite toy sadist to do a double take, but Sid was having a hysterical fit in his room. Buzz could have cut the rocket from his back and not got stuck in the fence instead of waiting until the last minute when he and the poster character were about to be blown to cinders. That would have saved everyone an uncountable number of headaches.
  • When did Sid have a hysterical fit in his room? Also, keep in mind that at that point, Buzz was still in Heroic Blue Screen of Death mode after discovering he wasn't really a space ranger.
    • What I meant to say was "Sid was freaking out after witnessing his toys coming to life" but wanted to make it sound more colorful. But I suppose it makes sense that Buzz wouldn't have been thinking to use his wings straight away after everything that just happened.
  • Plus, he probably didn't know his wings could tear the tape. The only reason he opened them up in the air was to "fly" with them. The tape and rocket being torn off was just an added bonus.
    • Added bonus? The rocket was about to EXPLODE. When Woody mentioned it, Buzz said, "Not today!" and immediately deployed his wings. He knew what he was doing.
    • Also, without the rocket, they never would have made it back to Andy. The plot called for it not to occur to Buzz to remove the rocket. Willing Suspension of Disbelief, people.
  • It didn't occur to him. Sometimes it's really that simple.

It sort of bugs me how insensitive Woody seems about the Combat Carl getting blown up. I guess he's not being mean or anything, but it just weirds me out how they see it and all he has to think about is "Boy, I wish that would happen to Buzz."
  • Seemed to me like he was kinda, "Aw, that's terrible, but we can't do anything to stop it." Honestly, Sid likely does this every day, so Woody and the other toys might've been desensitized to it by now. But yeah, he probably was thinking that about Buzz.
  • Also? Woody was a total jerk in the first film. The reason it seems weird in hindsight is because after seeing the sequels, we're now used to Woody being more of a Knight in Sour Armor instead of the Jerkass he was in the first movie.
  • Actually, in the first 'draft' of the movie, Woody was a sadistic, completely evil toy who had Slinky Dog as his slave. Although the article I read didn't explicitly say it, I assume the original idea for the movie was not supposed to be for kids. Compared to that, he was a saint in the real version. They seemed to just tone him down A LOT but keep a little of his jerkiness. I honestly think that his personality makes him slightly more relatable.
    • ^ You are correct; when TS3 was coming out, I saw a brief documentary behind the making of the first movie, I believe it was John Lassetter who said the execs at Disney wanted their first CGI movie to be "adult", and kept pressing Pixar to make the movie more and more edgy; they even showed an animatic from said first draft, complete with Tom Hanks's voice-over, and Woody was constantly screaming and yelling at the other toys, treating them like they were less than shit. So, yes, Woody was a completely unlikable jerkass (and to call that version of Woody a jerkass is being too polite) in the original draft of the movie.
    • To be precise, the person who kept pushing for the film to be edgy was Jeffery Katzenberg; the good guys at Pixar didn't listen to him, so he left for DreamWorks. (Good riddance, I say).

Why does the Woody doll have teeth if his "toy mode" doesn't have an open-mouth smile?
  • Probably the same reason Bo Peep and Mr. Potato Head have teeth even though they don't: For the purposes of anthropomorphism and not looking weird when they talk. As part of the premise, they have to talk, right?

Is Play-Doh considered a toy, even though it doesn't have a "true" form?
  • Furthermore, if it is, and it comes to life like any other toy, what happens if it dries out?
    • It keeps moving. Children won't be able to play with them, but they will be able to move on their own, like Hamm can move around despite being hard plastic. Point is: he has no articulations)
      • Hadn't thought of that. Of course, there's still the question of what people usually do with dried-out Play-Doh; presumably it would meet its end the same way Woody and crew almost met theirs in part 3.
  • What about the kids who eat their Play-Doh?
    • You should attend Mr. Spell's seminar on what to do if you or a part of you is swallowed.

The Potato Heads' eyes
  • I had Potato Heads as a kid, and from what I remember, both their eyes were attached together as one piece. So how come in the movies, their eyes can come out individually?
    • They could do more story wise with separate eyes? It probably made writing the Mrs. Potato Head storyline easier in the third movie. That said...
    • There are some versions of the toy with separate eyes in real life. Not as commonly found, but I have seen them.

This wouldn't bug me if the other sequels didn't have 'em but there isn't one Star Wars reference at all, not even to the original. after watching the second with a scene parodying the "Luke I am Your Father" scene and the third with that scene parodying The Emperor's Death, it's really hard to watch the movie again and find no reference to A New Hope.
  • The storyline that Buzz thought he was following, that of having secret plans to a superweapon the evil emperor is building with the power to destroy an entire planet, is identical to R2-D2's mission in A New Hope.
    • Don't forget the scene where Sid torments Woody with, "Where is your rebel base now?!" Very much like what Vader's officer did to Princess Leia in A New Hope.
The Potato Heads' arms
  • In the movies the Potato Heads' arms are shown coming off fairly easily for a couple of gags. In all the Potato Head toys I ever had, the arms were a softer plastic and practically fused to the body. It was near impossible for the arms to come off without more effort and patience than I could ever muster at five.
    • Well, keep in mind that they modified the Real Life Slinky Dog, too.
    • The current Potato Head toys have very easily removable arms. (I know this from having a 3 year old)
    • When Mr. Potato Head was redesigned in the 80s, for a brief period of time, he did have bendable arms that were permanently attached to his potato body; it wasn't until the 90s or so that his arms became detachable (and were in fixed positions). Also, for the record, the accessories that were given to Potato Head in the movie were already existing accessories that came with Mr. Potato Head's Bucket of Fun, this includes: the black derby hat, the eyes with eyelids (however, the eyelids and pupils used to be blue, supposedly as a Mrs. Potato Head accessory), the orange human-shaped nose, the bushy black mustache, as well as red lips (again, for a Mrs. Potato Head).
If the story were real, couldn't Woody and the other toys have tried escaping Sunnyside during the day, when Lotso and his gang were (presumably) inactive?
  • I understand this made the story much more exciting, but, again, if it were real, couldn't they have tried escaping during the day? That's what I might have tried... I mean, was the monkey even watching the security monitors then?
    • They needed to move a large group. Can you imagine, say Rex, having as little difficulty as Woody did during his initial escape?
    • The monkey watches at night. A security guard watches during the day. Not to mention the kids who would play with them during the morning and afternoon times. And the adults who watch the kids. And the parents dropping their kids off.

Woody's holster
  • I could have figured that he used to have a little gun in there, but the collectors both seem to think he's complete without one, implying he never had one in the first place. For the era of toy he's from, it being a choking hazard or having a real-looking toy six shooter as part of a toy wouldn't have been a big deal. It's not a big thing, but it dangling there empty just kinda makes me go 'huh'. It seems weird to even put it there if he never had a gun.
    • He may have originally had one, but lost it in his "alive" form. Although that would contradict his unspoiled status in the 2nd movie: he was to be collected.
    • I always assumed the collectors had one...
    • The producers just might not have thought it worth the cost of carving a little gun as an accessory. IIRC, accessories for toys only really started being common when the increased use of plastics made toys overall cheaper to produce and manufacture on a large scale; since Woody, being mostly wood and fabric, would have been pretty costly to produce en mass anyway, they might have decided that having a gun would be too costly to produce, especially since it would be a pretty fiddly little item to make anyway.
    • Alternatively; an accessory that small would easily disappear, get thrown out or broken. It would be the first thing to go missing. If the Woody doll itself is rare, then the gun that came with it would likely be even rarer, and likely so rare that the collector's market might simply consider the doll by itself as good as complete, since finding a gun as well would be too prohibitively expensive and time-consuming to bother with.
      • This seems the most likely explanation, with a "Sheriff Woody with original six-shooter" being labeled "super-" or "more than" complete as opposed to just complete.
    • Frankly, it's some kind of miracle that Woody managed to keep his hat through all those years.
    • I've seen loads of toys that have holsters but no weapon, either because it was a chocking hazard, or because of 'political correctness' about putting a firearm into a children's toy.
      • Which is addressed by the toy's age, though. When Woody was new, it was quite politically correct for most schools, even elementary schools, to have shooting clubs. And there was little to no worry about choking hazards.

Woody has trouble going through Andy leaving for college, like it was a new thing. But if Woody is an antique family toy, he must've felt this before!
  • Actually, Woody is the one who's handling it the best. I got the feeling that "Operation Playtime" was more for the other toys' benefit than for his. Remember, Woody is the one saying things like, "And some day, maybe Andy will have kids of his own," implying he's gone through this sort of thing before, probably with Andy's father.
  • Besides, having been hurt and abandoned before doesn't mean it won't hurt the next time around. In fact, reopening old wounds is probably even more painful than going through it for the first time.

That cowboy hat that Andy wears throughout childhood? Red with white trim? That's Jessie's hat.
  • Isn't it a coincidence? Pretty sure it's just a generic cowboy hat which happens to be in those colors. They're not all that hard to come by; they don't HAVE to be merchandise from that one TV show. And he got it before he knew about Jessie.
    • The hat has the same design as Jessie's, with a marked area at the base where the white ribbon used to be, the theory is that Emily is Andy's mother. Emily had the hat, it is not shown in the box of donations Jessie was in, and she was shown to be growing up in the 70s/80s.

Why are the toys against moving in front of humans (sans Sid), while moving in front an animal (e.g., Scud, Buster) is perfectly acceptable?
  • You really think that a dog would really tell their owner that their toys are alive in some secret language that nobody knows?
    • I think the question was why are humans the only ones left out of the loop? Even if there's no communication between humans and animals, why is that the important thing? Now I'm wondering this too... I suppose it's something to do with the toys' purpose or something (as belonging to humans) but I don't really know. Because you have dog toys, too... Maybe humans freak out more than animals do when their toys come alive. I DON'T KNOW NOW I'M THINKING TOO HARD ABOUT THIS THING THAT I DON'T THINK MATTERS VERY MUCH AT ALL.
  • Maybe because dogs aren't intelligent beings?
    • Exactly. If humans knew toys were alive, they would probably try to use them in some way, which probably would destroy the purpose of toys: as playthings for human children. Animals, on the other hand, are not nearly as intelligent as humans and will, at worst, attack a living toy. And let's face it, some animals attack toys even when they're not moving.

Why did the toys think Woody killed Buzz?
  • This made me curious; the toys are minding their business when Woody yells at them from Sid's house. They don't wanna help Woody because he knocked Buzz out the window due to jealousy. Woody tries to get Buzz to come to the window to prove he's fine, but Buzz is too depressed to do it, and instead throws his detached arm at him. Woody, like an idiot, tries to use the arm to fool the toys into helping him escape, but the plan fails and everyone is disgusted by him. Everything is fine and dandy here, but one thing sticks out: Potato Head calls Woody a "Murderer". But think; Woody is at Sid's house. Wouldn't it have made more sense for the toys to simply think Woody was using another Buzz's arm while their Buzz was still out and about? Why would they think that it's their Buzz? And on top of that, even if it was, why would they think Woody killed Buzz? Why couldn't Sid do that? —Dingo Walley
    • The last time they saw Woody, he had pushed Buzz out the window as if to kill him. If the last you ever saw of a person before was trying to kill your friend, then later seeing carrying an arm that looks suspiciously like that friend's, it's not much of a leap to assume he did kill him. What's more, Woody dug his own hole by pretending the arm was Buzz.
      • Yeah, but here's the thing: 1) They don't know that their Buzz was with him. They were trying to rescue their Buzz the day before. They didn't know he got into the car where Woody was. Odds are, they just thought he ran off, or died in the fall. 2) He is in Sid's house. Sid is a sadistic kid when it comes to toys, and odds are, the kid has the ability to get whatever toy he wants to. Who's to say that he didn't get a different Buzz Lightyear for himself? I do agree though, that Woody did dig his own grave, but I just feel like Mr. Potato Head could have made a different conclusion; Instead of "Woody Killed Our Buzz!", he could have thought "Wow, Woody is so desperate that he's using a Buzz body part and trying to make us think that it's our Buzz? How pathetic". I don't get why he thinks that Woody murdered their Buzz when they don't know where their Buzz is, and that Sid could have easily murdered Buzz himself...
      • I would think they'd think that if Sid killed Buzz, Woody wouldn't be using his corpse to perpetuate his lie... Either way, as they already think Woody is a maniac who's trying to kill Buzz, they're likely predisposed to jump to the conclusion that fits with that.
    • In a moment of shock, which one is faster to conclude? The toys are shocked because it turns out Woody was playing with a severed arm in front of them, and are going to jump to the fastest conclusion. They're predisposed to distrust Woody because they know he tried to kill Buzz, they know he's been jealous of him for a long time now, and Mr. Potato Head and Hamm suspected something was up because Buzz suddenly being friends with Woody was too good to be true. If they ever considered the "maybe he used a spare Buzz arm" possibility later, they probably shrugged it off with "nah, he had been trying to kill Buzz for a while now".
    • And they were likely sickened that Woody would stoop so low to play with a toy's dismembered limb, regardless of whether or not they thought the arm belonged to their Buzz. (And they likely did, because as far as they knew, Sid never had a Buzz toy of his own, otherwise he would've blown that Buzz up a long time ago. They saw a Buzz arm and concluded it was their Buzz.) And let's assume they thought it was SID that killed Buzz and dismembered him. Judging from Woody's reaction, it's clear that Woody isn't at all affected that his fellow toy from Andy's room was torn apart as one would think and is happy to fake out the other toys with Buzz's arm. To them, he's profiting off of Buzz's demise to get his own freedom. That's why Mr. Potatoehead and Hamm did not believe him.
    • I always figured that Andy's other toys had such a low opinion of Woody at that point, they might actually think that Woody had switched sides to become Sid's #1 toy, and was luring them into a trap.

Why do toys keep it secret that they're alive? If kids knew that, it'd be a lot better for both parties. What kid wouldn't want toys that can move and speak on their own? And lonely kids could have a group of loyal friends. And they'd keep much better care of their toys, and wouldn't throw them away when they outgrow them.
  • Dude/Dudette, if I walked into my room as a child and saw my toys moving around on my bed like miniature people, I would scream bloody murder and run out of the house. My first thought would be, "OH MY GOD! THEY'RE ALLIIIIIVE!!!" like Sid, coupled with the fear of what if they killed me. I mean, Hollywood loves to make movies about killer toys coming to life to off their owners, true? Maybe this is why the toys keep the info that they're alive a secret. They're Genre Savvy enough to know that humans will explode into full-blown panic first.
    • Well, now you would, because we're used to the idea that toys aren't alive. But why did it turn out this way? Toys have existed for thousands of years. Were they always alive and hiding it?
    • Already answered by Lee Unkrich above. Toys acting non-alive is just a part of their nature, an involuntary instinct.
      • But they were able to overcome it in Toy Story, showing Sid that they are alive.
      • We can choose to not breath for a while, but it's still an involuntary function of our body.
  • Philosophically speaking, if children knew that toys were thinking beings, they might be ruined as toys. Toys exist for children to project themselves into, to expand their imagination and promote healthy play. If the toys are little people, children wouldn't feel comfortable letting their guard down and being natural. The toys seem to instinctively care about what's best for children. So their highest priority would be to help kids be kids. Naturally, in some cases such as lonely and depressed children, we might imagine a toy would be tempted to let the child know it was alive, in order to give the lonely child a friend. Who knows — perhaps in the Toy Story universe, some toys have done that under certain circumstances. It would be risky though. It would create the danger that the secret would spread, spoiling the usage of toys for all children.
    • I donít know. When I was a kid I always felt my toys were alive (I knew they didnít move it was just a kidís thing) but, in real life, what kid does not think the same? Children love their toys and in many cases they treat them like living things. So, may be, for most of the toys they somehow feel like their children already treat them like alive. Even more, in some parts of the movie we can see toys living adventures in scenes as part of Andyís imagination, may be during those periods the movie is not just showing how Andy sees the games but also how the toys feel when Andy plays with them (moving, running, fighting, etc.) eliminating the need to show that their alive because they are treated and loved as such already, and they perhaps know that if show they alive when the kid grows to teen can be dangerous for them. If the kid is a bad owner, like Sid, well they do show it to scar him in self-defense (it was a exceptional case?). By-the-way, in Latin America I heard a lot of stories about creepy living toys and dolls that attack bad children soÖ

Couldn't Al have just sued the airline for losing his extremely valuable luggage?
As far as anyone could've seen Al's bag came open during the transport process, which given how adamant he was on threatening the clerk about keeping the bag safe it makes sense that he would blame it on careless attendants and employees. He would probably have a pretty good case, as long as he could prove the toys were in the bag before being shipped.
  • Who's to say he didn't? We don't know anything about what he did after losing the toys.
    • I think the idea here is that since he is shown on commercial in financial ruin after the rescue, he didn't.
      • Financial ruin? What suggests that? All we see is that he's despondent over losing his chance to make millions of dollars in one fell swoop which, let's face it, would make anyone a bit glum. There's nothing to suggest that he's been completely wiped out.
  • Operative word: prove. He's not that bright, he probably didn't think to take out special insurance or document the process of putting them on the airline. Depending on the amount of money he wanted the airline also may have fought him in court and won, or settled for a very small amount.

How does Buzz retract his wings?
Okay, the big red button releases a spring or something that causes his wings to extend. I assume that the idea is that Andy will gently compress the wings back to their original position, which will engage the spring-loaded catch. Buzz can't do this on his own. If he has to rely on other toys to push his wings back into place, doesn't this shatter his illusion of being a real Space Ranger?
  • He'd probably write it off as the suit or the wing mechanism malfunctioning. After all, when his "laser" proves not to work, he concludes that it's malfunctioning, and when the Space Corps don't answer his "calls" he muses that he didn't think he was that far from headquarters. The conclusion wouldn't be "I'm a toy," but "I really need to get this spacesuit repaired when I get back home."
  • Actually, the shot in the scene where Buzz "flies" to Andy's car and drops in through the sun roof shows they can retract on their own.
  • Presumably, the same way toys can open and close their mouths or move their limbs without having physical mechanisms (or even joints) to do so.

How come the claw machine at Pizza Planet is so strong?
As anyone who's ever played one can attest, claw machines are rigged so that on a majority of your tries, the machine will be too weak to grab anything. This is so that people will keep trying and the owners of the machine will make more money. On the rare occasion where the machine is strong enough to grab something, it's usually made to have barely enough strength to pick up a prize. The Pizza Planet claw machine however, seems to have an incredibly powerful grip. First, Buzz and Woody aren't supposed to be in the machine, and so it's likely not designed for toys as heavy as them. Second, it grabs Buzz's rounded helmet, which it should slip right off of, no matter how strong its grip. Third, Woody is actively pulling Buzz down, which should exceed the machine's grip strength if their natural weight wasn't enough already. Lastly, we see that the machine gives Sid a prize right before Buzz and Woody show up, so it should not have been able to pick them up at all. With all of this, how the hell was Sid able to get two prizes in a row, when the second set of prizes should have more than exceeded the machine's strength?
  • Perhaps the toys were promotional material that was meant to be obtained that easily. Or the restaurant could have been nice enough to give their customers a fair chance at winning, instead of rigging the system against them. And don't forget, it is a combination fast food restaurant and arcade hall. Easy-to-get, dirt cheap toys could be just the kind of lure to get kids to the more profitable games and food.
  • The claw's ways are mysterious... which is to say that it sometimes brings results when it's unexpected. My mom once tried to prove that the claw was a scam by playing it herself, only to pull in an awesome prize completely by accident.
  • Granted I'm in England (assuming Toy Story is American based on the suburb etc etc) but I've played on a claw game in which you put in a quid and you get to keep trying until you actually win something. If you've got seventy pence toys you can whack off for a quid each and you let the kid keep trying until he wins, more people will play (guaranteed toy in the eyes of the parent)

Does Mr. Potato Head hate Woody or something similar?
  • I mean, he always talk to him in a bad manner in all movies, he was the only one who made jokes about him when Buzz came to Andy's bedroom and he lead the anti-Woody ambush in first movie and said stronger words to him than the rest of the gang.
    • Potatohead's pretty much shown as a bitter, pessimistic jerk who automatically thinks the worst of everyone, for the most part. Even in the later movies where he mellows he's still pretty much the "grumpy sourpuss dad" character.
      • Possible fridge: Andy made Potato Head the bad guy against Woody when he plays with his toys. Maybe the personality the child assumes for the toy becomes projected onto them after a while.
    • Another possible fridge, but: Mr. Potato Head is a more simplistic toy (Molly often gets her hands on him). So perhaps when Andy was younger he liked Mr. Potato Head best, or at as much as Woody. But as Andy got a bit older and his imagination more complex, Potato Head was relegated to a much simpler character in his stories.
      • Probably: Potato Head commented that Woody had been "Andy's favorite since kindergarten," implying that some other toy had been Andy's favorite before kindergarten. And Potato Head IS a "preschool toy."

Why didn't Woody tell the other toys that Sid dismembered Buzz?
  • That would have been believable, as they're well aware of Sid's antics. And it surely would have been more convincing to the others than the whole, "we're best friends now" thing.
    • My answer is above in "Why did the toys think Woody killed Buzz?"
    • They also didn't give him a chance to.
      • Not only that, but even if he did explain that Sid broke Buzz, there is the little fact that Woody is HOLDING A SEVERED ARM AND USING IT LIKE A PLAY PROP. If you thought someone killed one of your friends and then they were all "No, no, this person did it!" while waving a severed body part, you'd probably think they were deeply disturbed and lying.
    • Woody had to think quickly, and arrived upon the wrong idea.

The Last Scene in The First Movie...
  • How do those Green Army men with Baby Monitor keep so well hidden in the Christmas Tree? In the beginning, where they took the Baby Monitor to the Bush, it made sense, because it was out of the way of the main party, it looked thick and healthy, and no one was really going to pay close attention to the Bush. But the Christmas Tree? It was right where everyone was! Christmas trees are never thick enough that they can disguise stuff (Unless those things are behind the Tree, which the Baby Monitor wasn't), and if they're anything like my family, we like to take a good couple of pictures in front of the Tree, which would probably increase the chances of Andy's Mom seeing the Baby Monitor/Green Army men. Also, I highly doubt a Christmas Tree branch can support a giant Baby monitor like that. Surely they could have hidden in something else? - Dingo Walley
    • It's a live tree, and the monitor is sitting close to the trunk where the branches are strongest. Sarge picks a spot behind several ornaments; it's also established that the Army Men are no rookies to these missions and are experts at hiding and signaling to each other potential human activity. Photos involve plenty of talking and posturing, giving the men plenty of time to find hiding places among the tree. Worst case scenario, Andy's Mom finds the baby monitor and writes it off as some kind of practical joke.

How could Buzz know what Taiwan was?
  • If Buzz was all convinced that he was from outer space in the beginning, then how did he know what Taiwan was when he read he was made there? And so quickly! By logic he should have thought Taiwan was a planet or a galaxy when he thought he was a space ranger.
    • I don't wish to be rude, but did you by some chance miss the part immediately before that where he watched the rather lengthy toy commercial that repeatedly demonstrated and reiterated that he was just a toy? He probably would have dismissed it in such a fashion (or just not thought about it) had he not seen that first, but the "Made In Taiwan" stamp was just confirming the blindingly obvious for him at that point. In any case, he might be an astronaut, but he still comes from Earth, so has presumably heard about the country of Taiwan (and it being a base for cheap manufacturing of consumer products, including toys).
      • But he firstly thought he was in a foreign planet, did you forget that?
      • No, but the whole point of that scene is Buzz being bluntly confronted with the fact that he is not an actual space ranger, but is just a toy. At that point, the fact that he thought he was on another planet then is completely irrelevant, because now he is painfully aware that he is in fact on Earth, and the "Made in Taiwan" stamp is just further confirmation of that fact. He doesn't assume that Taiwan is another planet or galaxy because his illusions have been stripped from him and he now has no reason to.
    • The generally-accepted interpretation is that Buzz knew he was a toy, he was just delusional or in denial. The "Made In Taiwan" sticker was the final straw; he couldn't explain why his spacesuit would be Taiwanese, and combined with all the other evidence, he had to accept that he was a toy.
      • Agreed. He knew he was a toy as soon as Woody started pointing it out, but he was too insecure to admit it, and seeing the advertisement made him finally realize that lying to himself was only destroying him inside. His failed attempt at flying directly afterwards wasn't an attempt to prove the advertisement wrong (as many seem to assume) but him giving himself his last chance at being who he thought he was.
      • To each their own interpretation, of course, but I'm honestly not sure you're getting this from, since I don't recall anything from the movie that suggests that Buzz knows he's a toy all along but is just insecure; from where I'm sitting everything about Buzz screams "utterly and sincerely deluded that he's a real space ranger". That particular scene is played as Buzz being completely shattered as he finally realizes the truth about himself, not that he finally lets go of a harmful delusion that's killing him inside, and everything about his attempt at flying is played as a last ditch attempt at denial. Just listen to the song lyrics at that moment — "No! It can't be true!/I can fly if I wanted to!" That's someone desperately in denial about the truth, not someone who's known all along that they weren't who they pretended they were.

Did Woody always do the "...There's been a bit of a mix-up..." speech whenever he was introducing a new toy into Andy's room
  • When he first met Buzz, he said, "...There's been a bit of a mix-up. This is my spot, see, the bed here." This was before Woody found out Buzz was about to become the center of Andy's attention, and the toy's attention, so this left me wondering: did he always do this to every new toy Andy plopped onto his bed? "Hi, T-Rex, welcome to Andy's room. By the way, this bed is my spot, so please find somewhere else to be."
    • I doubt it. Woody knows, from Andy's surprise and excitement, that Buzz is already an excellent toy before he is placed on the bed. Also, Andy says "This is where the spaceship lands!" implying that Andy was already planning to make Buzz his new bedtime toy. Therefore, Woody telling Buzz that it's his spot was him trying to persuade Buzz to stay away from there, in the hopes that Andy would lose interest in making the bed Buzz's new space earlier.
    • It's a sign that Woody is already feeling jealous and threatened by Buzz's presence; he's staking his claim on the territory that Buzz is intruding on and trying to put Buzz in what Woody thinks is / should be his place. There may also be a bit of denial in there (i.e. "There's clearly some kind of mistake, Andy didn't mean to knock me aside like I wasn't there."). He's only commenting on it now because Buzz has knocked him off his perch at the top of the ladder, so to speak; if it was a 'lesser' toy who hadn't immediately captured Andy's affections, he wouldn't worry about it so much.

Do toys feel pain when they're not "alive"?
This is more of a Fridge question, but...in the first film, we had a Combat Carl get blown up, and Andy playing with Buzz and Woody by essentially pummeling Woody with Buzz, and the third film has the toys getting pretty much tortured by the Caterpillar room kids. Do the toys feel pain when they're being played with/not alive?
  • It's very likely they do, but their involuntary "stay still" instinct overrides any reactions to said pain. Woody very likely felt the pain of getting his forehead burned by sunlight focused through a magnifying glass, but couldn't show any reaction to it until Sid left the room.

Survival instincts over involuntary instincts?
So Word of God states that toys, even ones who think they're "real" like Buzz, have an involuntary instinct to freeze up as toys when they're around humans. But it's also true that they can not only move in front of humans but also communicate with them (like Woody did to Sid in the first movie). At one point do survival instincts rule over this instinct? For instance, the Combat Carl stood there in frozen toy form as an explosive that would kill him was strapped to his back, but what if there was a toy that wouldn't? Or is there some unwritten toy code about preserving the secret of toy lives that overrules the will to survive?
  • It's a good question. When Woody, Buzz and the other toys pull their big stunt on Sid at the end of the film, Woody states that they're going to have to "break a few rules." So it would seem that there's more than just instinct involved, as these "rules" obviously relate to the whole masquerade. But just how are these rules enforced, and just how many times have they been broken?
  • Maybe toys can...willingly surrender their sentience and life, if they so desire? And Combat Carl was tired of being (and seeing other toys being) tortured and mutilated by Sid?

RC's remote
After Woody and Buzz fail to catch the moving van because of RC's batteries depleted, Buzz drops the remote in frustration, and it's unlikely either him or Woody pick it up after they lit the rocket. Although only RC was thrown into the van, how comes that Andy still has the remote in the second film? Did he had a spare one? Or did he found it?
  • If it was left lying in the middle of the street, odds are it would've been run over or smashed before Andy could reclaim it. He may have had the ability to contact the company that made it and request a new controller - I know that some toy manufacturers do give consumer that option if a part is lost.

Why did Buzz call Andy's room an "uncharted planet"?
He sees the other toys not requiring helmets to breathe. Assuming that he assumes that Andy's toys are actually from this "planet" (the room), why did he call it uncharted if it's obviously already populated? And, again, if he can see that the other toys don't require helmets, why would he think the air was toxic?
  • Uncharted does not mean uninhabited. It means nobody official has come around and added it to the map. And the air on the planet being fine for natives doesn't mean it's fine for a non-native.

Falling with style
  • Flying, falling fancily, whatever you'd like to call it, how was what Buzz did in the climax possible? He has many electronic parts built into him and is made entirely out of plastic - the moves and glides he performs don't seem very doable for such a heavy toy.
    • This is one of the weirdest parts of the film because it completely contradicts the fact that Buzz truly is a toy incapable of flight, and was only added in because there was no other way for the duo to get back to Andy (and it also made a charming finale to the film). Similar to the nonsensical "Remy can make Linguini move by pulling his hair" thing and a few thousand balloons being able to lift an entire house, it's not explainable - it's just movie magic.
    • OP here: I understand that, and normally, I'd be perfectly fine with it...but it's the fact that the movie had already established Buzz's incapability to actually fly that kind of irks me, since it was part of what made him realize he wasn't really a space ranger...Then they completely turn it over just for the sake of convenience at the climax. The other examples you listed were at least established earlier on, and their respective films didn't have anything that specifically contradicted them.
  • I see this as Buzz being able to fly in that scene because it's a "heroic power" that can only be done when he's doing something heroic. The first "falling with style" was just him showing off. The second attempt at flying was him trying desperately to deny the truth that he's just a toy. It wasn't until the third time that he was trying to fly for a heroic reason (saving Woody and himself from certain doom), and thus was successful at doing so. It's also possible that it's an 11th-Hour Superpower.

Is this movie just a rip-off and nobody noticed?
OK. so I've never seen The Christmas Toy, and I probably never will. But I came across that movie's page completely by accident and couldn't help but notice that not only is its plot ridiculously similar to the first Toy Story flick, it came out a whopping nine years before TS. So, what gives? Did Pixar steal the plot and nobody managed to notice?
  • Unknowingly repeating something that's been done before isn't uncommon. For example, the video game Murdered: Soul Suspect has a very similar premise to Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (a detective is killed and has to solve his own murder). But the creators of Murdered didn't even know that Ghost Trick existed until after they were asked about it in an interview.
    • Plus, "what if my toys come to life when I'm not around?" is a pretty common childhood fantasy. It's not impossible that two different teams of creators might come up with two separate but similar takes on the same idea independently.

Why do they go inside?
  • Why would Woody and Buzz want to risk being seen by going inside Pizza Planet to find Andy? Why not just go find his mom's car in the parking lot? Even if they couldn't get inside the car on their own, they could easily just wait nearby for Andy to leave the restaurant and make like they'd just fallen out onto the ground, which would be a lot less conspicuous than his two toys suddenly showing up inside his baby sister's stroller.
    • IIRC, the main reason they go inside is because Buzz sees the spaceship on the top of the restaurant and assumes that it's a spaceport, so Woody has to follow him in order to get him back.
    • No, I'm pretty sure Woody only tricked Buzz using the rocket atop the Pizza Planet truck as a means of getting him to follow him inside it, and that Buzz got distracted by the rocket-shaped claw game once they were inside the restaurant, but they both went in together, by sneaking themselves in using a couple of carry-out containers. Woody could just as easily have told Buzz that Andy's mom's van was their transport to another "spaceport".

Buzz's laser
  • Every single laser pointer I've ever seen has a warning sticker about not looking directly into the light. And laser pointers are marketed to adults who should (in theory) know better. Giving one to a small child and trusting them not to point it in someone's face is a recipe for disaster and lawsuits. Making the button trigger a sound effect and making the child imagine the laser would be more practical, safer, and less litigious.
    • Most likely there's a warning of some kind on the box Buzz came in. Also, lawsuits? I've seen the kinds of laser pointers that kids' toys come equipped with - shining one in someone's eye can be irritating, but it's not capable of causing long-term damage so easily unless someone were intentionally trying to inflict it, which I can't see most normal people doing. If someone were to shine a bright light in your eye, all you'd need to do is say "Ow, that's really bright" for them to realize their mistake and point the laser elsewhere.
    • Buzz's 'laser pointer' is basically a little red light that blinks on and off. It's probably not going to do that much damage.

This always confused me, but what exactly do the toys think Woody did to Buzz?
  • When they see Woody with Buzzís dismembered arm, they immediately jump to the conclusion that Woody really is guilty of murdering Buzz. Even the toys who were closest to Woody and genuinely believed his previous action toward Buzz was an accident are shocked. But thereís a problem with this. The last time the toys saw Buzz, Woody knocked him out the window. They didnít even know Woody and Buzz were ever together since then. Yet none of them seemed to be questioning how Woody had Buzzís arm with him, and the fact that he does suggests that they were together since Woody knocked Buzz out the window (unless the arm came from another Buzz Lightyear toy). Did they think Woody found Buzz and broke him into pieces or something? For this reason it would actually kind of make more sense for the toys to believe Sid did it (especially since Woody was at Sid's house, and in Sid's room no less).