Trivia / Toy Story

As a series, these films provide examples of:

  • Actor Allusion:
  • AFI's 100 Years... Series:
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Woody shouting "Buzz, look! An alien!" is often misquoted as "Look, Buzz! There's an alien!" It didn't help that official toys released as tie-ins had a voice clip of Woody shouting that wrong line.
  • 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: That line in Toy Story 2 about "short-sighted retailers" underestimating the popularity of Buzz Lightyear action figures and the initial run completely sold out in a few days? That actually happened. The sequel lampshades this but having Al's Toy Barn catch 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 the first film to be "edgy", which resulted in Woody being a jerkass and a heavy reliance on insult humour. This backfired immensely; when a story reel was shown to Roy Disney, on what has been dubbed "Black Friday" by the production team, he called it "one of the worst things I've ever seen." The Pixar boys were left alone to write the movie they wanted to write, and the rest is history. Not to mention that the film's production was almost canceled as a result of Katzenberg getting exactly what he asked for and not liking it. Some people say that Pixar intentionally made the reel bad in hopes of changing the Disney execs minds. It worked almost too well; the Disney execs nearly killed the movie outright, and it took a drastically revised script to convince them to give it a second chance (Katzenberg didn't stick around for the end product; this is the only Pixar film he's been involved with). This video describes the ordeal the writers had to deal with. This ironically was the second Disney "Black Friday" that Katzenberg managed to find himself in a starring role in; a different "Black Friday" where he hit the Reset Button on Aladdin's production to rework "a lot of movie" that he hated and jettison a character or two had happened about two to three years earlier.
    • 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.
  • Exiled from Continuity: After Sony Pictures secured the rights to make a movie based off Barbie, both Barbie and Ken could no longer appear in the series thanks to contractual obligations regarding said movie. This is why neither character showed up in both Toy Story of Terror! and Toy Story That Time Forgot, and the likelihood of them appearing in further installments (including Toy Story 4) is slim.
  • The Other Darrin: Slinky got a new voice actor for the third movie since Jim Varney, his original voice actor, died shortly after the release of the second film. You can hardly tell the difference, however.
    • In Sweden: For the third film, only Woody and Andy's mom had new voice actors. Everyone else had the voices from the previous film (yes, even Andy).
    • In Mexico, Woody's original voice actor Carlos Segundo left over a salary disagreement with Disney and he was replaced by Arturo Mercado Jr. (the son of Hamm's Mexican voice actor Arturo Mercado) for the third film.
  • 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. Toy Story 4 is going to come out nine years later.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • 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. Disney was so impressed by what they already had that they gave the green light for a theatrical release.
    • 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. In most regards, it was a Recycled Script of the second film, only with the toys going to save Buzz instead of Woody.
      • 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.
  • Creator Cameo: The Pixar Regulars are the chorus of manly voices during the Buzz Lightyear commercial.
  • Defictionalization: This full-length recreation of the film—in real life, with Pixar's blessing.
  • Genre-Killer:
    • Much to creator John Lasseter'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 (it didn't help that the negative publicity surrounding Jeffrey Katzenberg's ejection from the company earlier cast a shadow on the whole situation). Attempts by Disney to revive hand-drawn animation didn't turn out well when they were later positioned against guaranteed blockbusters.
    • It was also the genre killer for the "kid empowerment" genre of films that seemed to dominate theaters in the early-mid 90's. After Home Alone, studios everywhere wanted a piece of that pie and made films that were Home Alone ripoffs (e.g. 3 Ninjas) and/or placed kids in absurdly powerful situations (e.g. Cop and a Half). Then Toy Story, which featured a perfectly normal kid doing perfectly normal things, was released to bigger critical and commercial acclaim than the other previously-mentioned films combined, and put the skids on "kid empowerment"; such films have been scarce since then.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Despite Woody and Buzz's rivalry and resentment to each other in the film, their voice actors Tom Hanks and Tim Allen are really good friends in real life. This is especially considering that, prior to the original film's shutdown during production, Hanks had difficulty voicing a character who was heartless to both Buzz and all the other toys.
  • Old Shame
    • The infamous "Black Friday" cut of the film. John Lasseter never speaks of it without first burying his face in his hands.
    • While still proud of the film itself, the creators have acknowledged just how poorly the computer graphics have aged, going as far as to call it their "ugliest film.""
  • 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.
  • Throw It In: In the gag where Buzz gasps for air after Woody accidentally opens his helmet, Woody was supposed to look around, concerned. However, at a screening of the layout version, John Lasseter burst out laughing at how the expressionless stand-in model of Woody looked so bored, and the gag was changed to Woody impatiently waiting for Buzz to finish his spiel.
  • Troubled Production: Jeffrey 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 animatic 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. It almost worked too well for Pixar.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • We of course have the "Black Friday" reel that was screened for Katzenberg and Roy Disney, as seen above. That one got shot down in the end.
    • In the topic about dubs, in the Japanese version, Koichi Yamadera and Tessho 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.
    • Woody was written with Paul Newman's voice in mind but the budget didn't allow for it.
    • 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.
    • Originally Sid was going to blow up a G.I. Joe, but Hasbro objected to this use of their property and so the Joe was replaced with an original toy, Combat Carl.
    • The Buzz Lightyear toy commercial was originally planned as a cheesy 50s-stye TV ad, but Tom Schumacher thought a more modern ad would work better, resulting in the Totally Radical assault on the senses which made it into the final film.

Tropes in the video game:

  • Polished Port: Not a particularly egregious example, but the SNES and PC versions feature some notable improvements over the Genesis versionnote . The SNES version features slightly beefed-up graphics and longer levels, while the PC version features those same improvements plus a nicely redone CD quality soundtrack.
  • Porting Disaster: The Game Boy port wound up being a complete and utter mess, unfortunately. The pre-rendered sprites were ported and wound up looking dingy (especially in Woody's case), the physics were changed, and not in a good way, (Woody moves and jumps like he's on the moon), many levels were cut (say good-bye to your RC levels, boss levels, and maze levels), and the collision detection became wonky (especially in regards to Woody's pullstring, making the already difficult levels needlessly more difficult.
    • A bootlegged NES port exists, and it is even messier than the Game Boy version:
      • There's a hilariously Off Model Woody on the title screen.
      • The in-game graphics are grungier than the official Game Boy version.
      • The music and sound effects are annoying (especially the ear-explodingly terrible title screen track) when they aren't being stolen from other places (the level complete music is the unmistakable Contra level complete theme).
      • There's Engrish everywhere (the gas pumps at the gas station have "Toy Sotry" written on them) and several of the level descriptions don't match the levels they are attached to.
      • There's only 5 levels, (the final level being the fight with Buzz at the gas station) and the game ends in a really goofy (albeit unsatisfying) A Winner Is You way:
      Off Model Woody: (holding a microphone) "Congratulations! You are complete Woody's mission!"