Trivia: Toy Story

As a series, these films provide examples of:

  • Actor Allusion:
  • AFIS 100 Years Series:
  • Clumsy Copyright Censorship: In the first movie, Sid is stopped from torturing Woody when his mother announces his Pop-Tarts are ready. When the film is re-run on ABC Family or the Disney Channel, her entire line is silenced.
  • 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.
    • Annoyingly averted with Buzz Lightyear the doll itself until the latest iteration, even though they spell out exactly what's in him right in the first movie. Every Buzz Lightyear toy to come out for the first two films only had at most three of the features mentioned in the commercial, and missed several from the films. Thinkway's latest attempt neglects only Karate Chop Action, due to the mechanics required necessitating a choice between it and the far more used spring-loaded wings. They did however make a different version of Buzz specifically for the Karate Chop Action.
  • Demand Overload: In-Universe example: Toy Story 2 mentions that, when the Buzz Lightyear action figures originally came out, "short-sighted retailers" underestimated just how big the demand would be, and the initial run completely sold out in a few days. By the present, stores like Al's Toy Barn have caught up with demand by devoting an entire aisle to Buzz Lightyear.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Mattel would not allow the first film to have a 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.
    • 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. Here's a video describing the ordeal.
    • And don't forget 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.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: 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.
  • Refitted For Sequel: The dream sequence from Toy Story 2 and the idea of opening on a Show Within a Show version of Buzz Lightyear were scenes that had originally been planned from the first film.
  • Sequel Gap: Toy Story 3 came out eleven years after the second.
  • What Could Have Been: 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

  • Breakthrough Hit: Toy Story put Pixar on the map as one of the industry's top animation teams.
  • Defictionalization: This full-length recreation of the film — in real life, with Pixar's blessing.
  • Genre-Killer: Much to the creator's chagrin, Toy Story was one of the movies that contributed to the idea that hand-drawn animation is dead — not helped by the fact that it debuted the same year as Disney's Pocahontas, which was considered to be the beginning of the end of the company's renaissance, as well as subsequent box office dropoffs of other hand-drawn features near the end of The Renaissance Age of Animation.
    • Better change that to "Art Form Killer," lest you want to invoke Brad Bird's wrath.
  • The Red Stapler: Done with every single character in the film. Particularly Buzz Lightyear whose action figure, with Toy Story just a few short weeks in theaters, became such a hot commodity he was sold on the black market.
  • What Could Have Been: Jefferey Katzenberg, then creative director of Disney, originally pushed for a more "edgy" film, with snarky, in-your-face attitude and a generous helping of jokes that only grown-ups would get, which the Pixar people, never having made a feature before, sheepishly agreed to. The result was a thoroughly unpleasant animatinc with Woody being written as a cynical jerk who verbally abused the other toys and even tried to kill Buzz! Had John Lasseter not asked for another chance to make the movie without any interference from the studio, the film would never have been made at all.
    • While they deny it, there's a rumor that the Pixar folks got so fed up with Katzenberg that they took his push for "edgy" humor to it's logical extreme to make him look like an idiot in the hopes that the studio heads would let them write the films as they pleased.
    • In the topic about dubs, in the Japanese version, Koichi Yamadera and Tesshō Genda 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.
    • Bill Murray, Jim Carrey, 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 Monsters, Inc. when Pixar came calling again.
    • Originally, a Barbie doll in a Pimped-Out Dress 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.

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