Trivia / Toy Story 2

  • Acting for Two: "Utility Belt Buzz" is also voiced by Tim Allen.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • Creator Backlash: Randy Newman hated Robert Goulet's big band cover of "You Got A Friend In Me" and unsuccessfully tried to convince Goulet not to change "me and you boy" to "me and you, babe," feeling it was inappropriate for such an innocent song. He also remembers sitting in the corner of the recording studio, face in hands, as the Pixar Regulars geeked out.
  • Enforced Method Acting: As revealed in the commentary, Joan Cusack (Jessie's VA) actually cried when she recorded the line "Just go!" after the song "When She Loved Me".
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: For the scene of Woody walking around Al's collection, admiring all of The Merch from his show, John Lasseter showed Tom Hanks drawings of all of the various items for Hanks to react to in-character.
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot: Owing to the film's ridiculously short turn-around time (see Troubled Production below), the filmmakers decided to use the main character from Geri's Game as the cleaner mainly because they didn't have time to design and model a new character from scratch.
  • Troubled Production: The project had started as a Direct-to-Video movie, handled by a smaller part of Pixar who had made the Toy Story computer games while the main staff worked on A Bug's Life. Once they saw what had been done of the DTV movie, they were not only underwhelmed but horrified that Disney liked it enough to give it a theatrical run. Pixar begged Disney to let them scrap it and start over, to which they complied, but also refused to budge their stone-set November release date, only nine months away (this still being an era where computer animation required just as much time to produce as traditional animation). This eventually took it's tole on the exhausted and over-extended creative team, who then had to convince John Lasseter, who was planning to take a break after a grueling number of years heading up Toy Story and A Bug's Life, to come in on short notice and help the team retool the film and get it out on time. The team were not only able to complete the film, but also churned out a film that more than held its own to the first; the meddling of Disney, though, helped kick-start the plan for the studio to operate independently, as well as dividing up their staff into smaller sections in order to not burn out their entire crew with each film.
  • Talking to Himself: Tim Allen plays both Buzzes.
  • Truth in Television: The airport's baggage conveyor system. They exist in real life and are just as complex as the film's
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Actually, What Could Have 'NOT' Been. During the production of Toy Story 2, all the files from the film were accidentally deleted. Luckily, an employee, Galyn Susman, happened to have a back-up copy of the work at home, rescuing what would have been two years' worth of work from oblivion.
    • Other!Buzz's final scene originally had him carrying Zurg's supposedly dead body, lamenting to the others that he now had to go bury his father, but it was quickly decided that this was too grim. It appeared in the tie-in novelization, though.
    • According to the DVD commentary, the creators originally considered making Bullseye talk, but then decided to make him more "like a big puppy dog", and thus gave him no voice.
  • Write What You Know: John Lasseter, an avid toy collector, based Al's obsession with toys on how he would try to keep his kids from playing with his collection when they visited his office. He realized that it was absurd to not use a toy for exactly what it was made for.
    • Andrew Stanton included the joke about Rex and his video game guide after his son repeatedly made him read similar guides to him in place of bedtime stories.

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