Western Animation / Toy Story


"To Infinity... and Beyond!"

The very first computer-animated theatrical film (and therefore an extraordinarily influential part of The Renaissance Age of Animation), Toy Story is a renowned 1995 film from Pixar about toys that come to life when their owners aren't around. It is the first installment of the titular film series and it has spawned two successful sequels, one in 1999 and the other in 2010. A third sequel, Toy Story 4, is scheduled for a 2018 release.

Toy Story introduces us to a group of toys belonging to a boy named Andy. Their unofficial leader is Andy's favorite toy, Woody, an old cowboy doll with a pull-string vocalizer. Woody receives some competition when Andy gets a new toy for his birthday, "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command", who thinks he's really a soldier of Star Command rather than a toy. His undoubted leadership qualities (and up-to-date modernity) arouse jealousy in Woody; when Buzz is "accidentally" lost, the other toys think Woody masterminded the disappearance. Hijinks ensue, and Woody and Buzz have a final confrontation that forces both of them to join forces to keep the toy "family" together.

In 2009, Toy Story was re-released alongside Toy Story 2 as a double feature in stereoscopic Disney Digital 3-D, with the two films completely re-rendered to match the level of detail of Toy Story 3 (the UK had to wait until January 2010 for Toy Story 2 to come out in 3D).

The characters make further appearances in a series of shorts titled Toy Story Toons. The first installment, "Hawaiian Vacation", played at the beginning of Cars 2. The second, "Small Fry", was shown before The Muppets (and shown in some countries with Brave). The third, Partysaurus Rex, was shown before the 3D re-release of Finding Nemo. A fourth in the form of a Halloween Special, Toy Story of Terror!, aired on ABC on October 16th, 2013. On December 2, 2014, ABC aired Pixar's first true Christmas Special, Toy Story That Time Forgot, which featured the characters lost in a very 1980s play set of dinosaur warriors.

Toy Story provides examples of:

  • All-CGI Cartoon: The very first feature film.
  • All There in the Manual: The names of most of Sid's toys were only in shown in the script, the novelization of the movie, and the Enemy Roll Call at the end of the video game.
  • Always Someone Better: Buzz is a modern, battery-powered, talking toy with pop-out wings, a "lightbulb that blinks", and a retractable helmet. Woody... has a drawstring-powered vocalizer. You can see why he'd feel a bit threatened by Buzz's presence at first.
  • Amusing Injuries: Woody suffers from them in the trunk of the Pizza Planet truck and when Buzz accidentally drops the toolbox on him. Averted when Buzz breaks off his arm.
  • Argument of Contradictions: Woody and Buzz have one early on over whether or not Buzz can fly. It ends when Woody challenges Buzz to prove that he can, resulting in the famous "falling with style" sequence.
    Buzz: Can!
  • An Arm and a Leg: Buzz's attempt to fly out Sid's window results in a long fall and the loss of his left arm. Woody ends up using the arm to try and convince Andy's toys that Buzz is ok, before Sid's toys reattach it.
  • Artistic License – Physics: For being "not a flying toy," Buzz Lightyear does seem to break the laws of physics:
    • The various features of the Buzz Lightyear action figure itself can't all fit in one toy, which is one reason why it hasn't been fully Deficitionalized. (In particular, the spring-loaded wings and the karate-chop button on the back are physically mutually exclusive.)
    • The shape and length of Buzz's wings would not enable an object of his and Woody's combined mass to glide except under highly improbable wind conditions.
  • Banister Slide: Woody is sent on one by Andy near the beginning.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Woody screams this when Buzz accuses him of endangering the universe.
    Buzz: Because of you the security of the entire universe is in jeopardy!
    Woody: WHAT?? What are you talking about?!
  • Bond One-Liner: By Woody, as he uses Buzz's karate action to drive away Sid's toys (who they think are cannibals at the time).
    Woody: Sorry guys, but dinner's cancelled!
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: During the "falling with style" climax, Woody cries "To infinity, and beyond!"
  • Break the Haughty: Whilst Woody tends to not rub it in anyone's faces, he's top of the heap and knows it until Buzz shows up and threatens his position as Andy's favourite toy. Then he becomes increasingly jealous and insecure. See Always Someone Better.
  • Brick Joke: What Mr. Potato Head hopes Andy would get at his birthday.
    Mr. Potato Head: [praying] Mrs. Potato Head. Mrs. Potato Head. Mrs. Potato Head...! [gets stared at] Hey, I can dream, can't I?
    • The payoff comes at Christmas Time, where Molly gets a Mrs. Potato head, who appears in the following movies.
  • Buffy Speak: Not too surprising, since Joss Whedon was one of the writers and given some of his other work...
    Woody: Your helmet does that... that woosh-thing!
  • Cannot Tell Fiction from Reality: Buzz fully believes he is actually Buzz Lightyear, Space Ranger of Star Command, crash-landed and needing to get home to save the galaxy from a superweapon, until his Tomato in the Mirror moment when he sees a commercial for himself.
  • Captain Ersatz: Bo Peep, since Mattel didn't allow Pixar to use Barbie at the time, since they didn't think the movie would get much exposure, among other reasons. The company quickly reversed their decision after seeing the success of the first movie, which is why Barbie is featured significantly more than Bo Peep in the rest of the series.
  • Cassandra Truth: Buzz's Heroic BSOD in Sid's room as Woody is attempting to engineer an escape leaves Woody without hard evidence that Buzz is alive. It doesn't help when Woody accidentally produces Buzz's severed arm. What could have been a simple escape without all the drama of the final action sequence is averted because the toys won't believe Woody and refuse to rescue him.
  • Central Theme: The destructiveness of jealousy and insecurity, and The Power of Friendship.
  • Characterization Marches On: Seeing as Potato Head is slightly more of a jerk in this movie than in later installments. He gets better after a Heroic BSOD by the little green men.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: Buzz's wings. Used first by Buzz to try and prove he can fly, then when he tries and fails to fly in Sid's house (resulting in a broken arm), and finally used in the climax to separate himself and Woody from the rocket before it blows up, and seconds later when "falling with style".
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • After being burned by Sid's magnifying glass, Woody is able to light the fuse on the rocket with Buzz's helmet.
    • Subverted immediately beforehand. The match in Woody's pocket had been blatantly set up for this exact purpose, but as soon as he lights it, Woody and Buzz are run over (as in, a car passes directly over them) and the match blows out.
    • Also RC being remote controlled. First used to knock off Buzz, then used to rescue him.
    • Not flying, but "falling with style".
    • The rocket itself.
  • Comically Missing the Point: During the scene where Sid is decapitating his sister's doll, he is playing "doctor." During the "operation" Buzz says, "I don't believe that man's ever been to medical school."
  • Container Cling: Woody does this to avoid being tied to a rocket by Sid.
  • Covered in Kisses: Bo Peep does this to Woody at the end, courtesy of mistletoe (though it isn't made apparent that Bo Peep has on lipstick until Woody is later seen with a face full of kiss marks, looking pretty pleased with himself. Rule of Funny, of course).
  • Creepy Doll: Babyface, a head of a baby doll that's missing its hair, an eye, and is connected to a spider-like erector set.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Buzz knocks Woody around for most of their brawl at Pizza Planet, barring a few mildly uncomfortable-looking socks to his squeaker head.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Sid's toys. They only do the bidding of their master, and look scary enough to be mistaken as evil toys.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Hamm and Mr. Potato Head, with nearly every line. Woody to Buzz in the first movie.
  • Description Cut: After sending the army men out, Woody says, "Come on! They're not lying down on the job." Cut to the army men (one having been crushed), kicked off to the side by Andy's mom, and not able to get up until she's walked away.
  • Destination Defenestration: Buzz falls out the window after Woody's scheme to go with Andy to Pizza Planet goes awry.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Woody lights the rocket strapped to Buzz as a last resort to get back to Andy and the realization that rockets explode hits him seconds before it goes off.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Sid's toys scare the tar out of him at the end of the film, though this was done to teach him not to mistreat his toys.
  • Dramatic Thunder: Played with. Lightning strikes when Sid attaches Buzz to the rocket... only for the rain to delay the take-off.
  • Drives Like Crazy: The Pizza Planet delivery man. Good GOD.
  • Easily Condemned: Most of the toys are quick to believe Woody would try to off Buzz. Only Slinky stays loyal, only being convinced after the more plausible display of Woody handling Buzz's discarded arm.
  • Easily Forgiven: Subverted after Woody sends Buzz out the window. For a moment, it seems like he will forgive him...but then he starts to try to beat the crud out of him, thanks to Exact Words.
    Buzz: Even though you tried to terminate me, revenge is not an idea we promote on my planet. [...] But we're not on my planet, are we?
  • Eureka Moment: "Out the window! Buzz, you're a genius!" Also, when Woody realizes that the sunlight shining through Buzz's helmet is burning his hand, and he can use that to light the rocket.
  • Evil Counterpart: As mentioned before, Sid is the total opposite of Andy.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: Buzz glides himself straight over the moving van—to the car in front of it, where the open sunroof provides access to Andy.
  • Exact Words: Woody asks Buzz to give him a hand to convince the other toys Buzz is alive and well. Buzz responds by literally throwing an arm at him.
    Woody: Uh, Buzz? We missed the truck!
    Buzz: We're not aiming for the truck!
    • It seems at first like Buzz will forgive Woody for causing him to be knocked out the window because "revenge is not an idea we promote on [Buzz's] planet", only for Buzz to remind him that they're not on his planet. Are they? Cue an Oh Crap! from Woody.
  • Exorcist Head: Buzz punches Woody during their fight and sets his head to spinning—as a toy, his neck is a simple swivel mount. Later Woody rotates his head 360 degrees to scare away Sid.
    Woody: We toys can see everything...
  • Expospeak Gag: Usually courtesy of Buzz, such as while "repairing" his spaceship box.
    Buzz: Unidirectional bonding strip...
    Robot: Mr. Lightyear wants more tape!
  • Face Palm: Woody, after the other toys panic about the presents' sizes, and after meeting the Little Green Men.
    Woody: This is ludicrous...
  • False Reassurance: Buzz gives one to Woody in the van.
    Buzz: I just wanted to let you know that even though you tried to terminate me, revenge is not an idea we promote on our planet.
    Woody: Oh, well, that's good.
    Buzz: But we're not on my planet, are we?
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: The action figure Sid blows up during his introductory scene.
  • Fatal Fireworks: Sid ties Buzz to a rocket with the intent of firing it and watching it and Buzz blow up. Woody later uses the rocket to catch up to the moving van, jumping off just before the explosion.
  • Feedback Rule: Woody gets feedback when he starts the meeting, so he tells the speaker for the toy microphone to step back.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Woody starts out hating Buzz, who gets angry at him in turn after his Destination Defenestration. Their efforts to get back to Andy's room seal their friendship.note 
  • Flapping Cheeks: At the end, when Woody and Buzz Lightyear fly on a rocket to catch up to Andy's car, Woody's cheeks flap around from the wind in his face. Buzz isn't affected, because he's wearing a helmet.
  • Forced Friendly Fire: Woody uses Buzz Lightyear as a Human Shield to escape from Sid's room. To repel Sid's hideous toys, Woody presses a button on Buzz's back that activates Buzz's Karate-Chop Action. This works because Sid's toys are actually not hostile to Woody and Buzz.
    Buzz: Hey, hey, hey! How're you doing that?
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When we first see Sid in the film, the idea of stopping Sid from torturing toys is brought up. This of course sets up Woody and the mutant toys coming alive in front of Sid later.
    • When we first see Hannah in the film in the first scene in Sid's house, Sid asks her if his package has arrived yet. This package later turns out to be the rocket that plays a big role in the film's climax.
    • Sid sticks a match in Woody's holster with the line, "You and I can have a "cookout" later, hehehe!" The match, however, is a Red Herring; it's immediately blown out when Woody tries to use it.
  • Forgot I Couldn't Swim: A non-comedic version happens when Slinky Dog attempts to rescue Woody and Buzz by stretching himself onto the moving van ramp. Even if the batteries hadn't run out, it's unlikely he would have had much success.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Look carefully at the box Andy's Mom removes from the closet during the party sequence and you see images of Buzz all over it. Guess what was inside the box.
  • Friendship Song: "You've Got a Friend in Me" is this for the film and its sequels.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • When Woody announces that Andy's birthday party was taking place on that day and the other toys panic, "WHAT????" scrolls across Mr. Spell's screen.
    • Mr. Spell is good at this; his screen reads "HUBBA HUBBA" when the arrival of a Mrs. Potato Head is announced.
    • When Mr. Potato Head and Hamm are drawn away from their Battleship game, we see that Potato Head's board is nearly completely covered in white pegs—excepting only the areas where Hamm's ships are. Clearly someone isn't very good at Battleship...
    • Many of the arcade games at Pizza Planet count. Combat Wombat, anyone?
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Woody to Buzz—with Buzz's own dismembered arm. It's hilarious.
  • Going Native: Buzz is an odd example, since he was technically a "native" all along, but he thinks of himself as an outsider who gets accepted into a new culture when Andy writes his name on Buzz's foot. And although "revenge is not an idea that we promote on my planet... we're not on my planet, are we?"
  • Gone Horribly Right: Woody wanted to knock Buzz off the desk so Andy would have to take him to Pizza Planet... and boy did he ever knock Buzz off the desk.
  • Good All Along: The mutant toys. Woody and Buzz initially believe they are cannibals, but this stops after they reattach Buzz's severed arm to his body and that they repaired Janie and the pterodactyl by switching their heads back. Then they assist Woody in saving Buzz from the rocket and terrify Sid by revealing they are alive in front of him.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: The destruction of Sid's Combat Carl isn't shown on-screen, being replaced by a shot of the toys looking at the commotion through Andy's window, but we do see pieces of it flying around after the explosion.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Again, the dismembered arm Get A Hold Of Yourself Man slap.
  • HAHAHA–No:
    • Woody to a toy shark when he does a lame impression of him after finding his hat.
      Woody: [gasping for breath] ...finally... hey, who's got my hat?
      Shark: [with Woody's hat] Look! I'm Woody. Howdy howdy howdy!
      Woody: [sarcastically] Aah-hah! Aah-haaa... GIMME THAT! [snatches hat back]
    • Again with Woody after he tells Buzz to "give him a hand", Buzz throws his dismembered arm at him.
      Woody: Hahaha, that's very funny Buzz... [with annoyance] THIS IS SERIOUS!!
  • Heroic BSOD: Buzz goes through a very humiliating one after he realizes he is a toy.
  • He's a Friend: Woody to Buzz when several other toys appear.
  • Holding Both Sides of the Conversation: After Buzz's Heroic BSOD, Woody attempts to convince the other toys that Buzz is fine by holding Buzz's severed arm from behind a wall and imitating his voice.
  • Hollywood Giftwrap: Buzz Lightyear arrives in this.
  • "I Am Becoming" Song: "Strange Things (Are Happening to Me)," when it becomes obvious to Woody that he's being replaced by Buzz.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Sort of. When Hamm and Potato Head are playing Battleship, Potato Head covers nearly the whole board in white pegs—missing Hamm's ships completely.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Virtual Realty, the real estate company that sold Andy's house.
  • Ironic Echo: "This isn't flying! This is falling, with style!"
  • It Won't Turn Off: Sid is disturbed when Woody begins talking even though his drawstring is not pulled out, although let's be honest, if a talking toy managed to start talking without it being activated, you'd probably assume it was busted too. Now if that toy starts talking directly to you and addresses you with your full name, wouldn't you freak out just a little?
  • I Will Only Slow You Down:
    • The wounded soldier to his Sergeant, leading to the inevitable response.
    • Buzz says something similar to Woody when his rocket gets stuck in the fence. Woody doesn't leave him behind either.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Parodied as Sid attempts to make Woody reveal the location of the rebel base. Buzz congratulates him for not talking.
  • Jerkass: Sid Phillips, Mr. Potato Head and initially Woody with Buzz. And arguably Hamm.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Mr. Potato Head, who's never really respected Woody for whatever reason, brings up a good point about getting rid of fellow toys you fear will dethrone you as your owner's favorite toy, as you might as well get rid of every other toy in the room as well.
      Mr. Potato Head: What if Andy starts playing with me more, Woody, huh? You gonna knock me out of the window, too?
    • Woody is constantly doing this to Buzz when he tries to point out that he's a toy.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Inverted with Sid. He tortures toys in the most vicious ways, though he has no way of knowing that the toys are actually sentient. Played straight in his relationship with Hannah, however.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Buzz Lightyear sports one quite intentionally.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • Mr. Potato Head, being, debatably, the film's other antagonist, gets his pieces sent flying towards the end. He's OK (unfortunately).
    • Sid bullies his little sister by stealing her toys from her and mutilating them—so after his confrontation with the living toys, when he comes across his sister with a doll and reacts with terror towards it, she gleefully takes the opportunity to settle scores.
    • Buzz uses the exact same words Woody used on him to try and snap him out of his fantasy.
  • Leap of Faith: When Buzz jumps off the banister in Sid's house, believing that he can fly.
  • Living Toy: The movie is centered around these.
  • Lord Error-Prone: Buzz Lightyear probably counts.
  • Lost in Transmission: The baby monitor the toys are using to keep tabs on the birthday party cuts out just before Andy opens Buzz Lightyear's box. Rex shakes the nightstand in frustration, knocking the monitor over before they can get the signal back.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: Averted. "Buzz, you're flying!" "NOT A FLYING TOY". The closest we get to even a handwave as to how Buzz can suddenly glide with flawless dexterity and accuracy at the end is "falling with style". It's still an awesome ending, but they probably wouldn't have contradicted themselves so boldly if they'd known there'd be a trilogy.
  • Matryoshka Object: One of the toys is a nesting egg, called a Troika doll. Its layers are (from biggest to smallest) bulldog, cat, duck, goldfish, and ladybug.
  • Meaningful Echo: The reconnaissance mission that Woody sends the toy soldiers on during Andy's party at the beginning, with the toys nervous about what Andy could receive, is repeated at the end on Christmas (Woody mentions this during the earlier scene - "Every Christmas and birthday we go through this"), only this time, the toys are excited instead of nervous.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: Andy's toys believe that Woody murdered Buzz after he falls out the open window.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: The results of Sid's "experimentations" with his toys.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • The other toys soon realise their mistake after they finally see Buzz is okay (after throwing Woody out of the moving truck, no less).
      Rex: Great. Now I have guilt.
    • Woody also goes through this a bit, when his plan to knock Buzz between the desk and the wall results in him knocking Buzz out of the window.
  • Necktie Leash: A variant with Bo Peep using her shepherd's crook to draw Woody closer to her.
  • Never My Fault: Woody and Buzz go through a lengthy "You started it" argument after Buzz attacking him leaves them stranded at a gas station. This escalates to Buzz accusing Woody of endangering the entire universe.
    Woody: I'm lost! Andy is gone! They're gonna move from the house in two days and it's all your fault!!!
    Buzz: My fa— My fault?!? If you hadn't knocked me out of the window in the first place—
    Woody: [fumes indignantly] Oh yeah? Well if you hadn't shown up in your stupid little cardboard spaceship and taken away everything that was important to me—
    Buzz: Don't talk to me about importance!
  • Never Trust a Trailer:
    • The first theatrical trailer has a clip of Buzz asking Woody "You're mocking me, aren't you?" while he's pushing a tool box off a shelf and onto Woody. In the trailer's context, given the use of prior clips, it seems as if Buzz is getting revenge. In the final movie, however, Buzz is just trying to help Woody escape, and doesn't know Woody managed to get himself out and continues pushing the tool box, and Buzz actually says "Almost...there." The line that is used in the trailer is actually from much earlier on in the film, right around the introduction of Sid. Talk about taking things way out of context.
    • The second trailer has Sarge calling out Woody for ditching Buzz and pointing out "A good soldier never leaves a man behind!" This makes it seem Woody voluntarily went after Buzz under pressure from the fellow toys. This is all out of context with the actual film, where Sarge is really insulting Woody for ditching Buzz before Woody shuts him up, and Andy just takes Woody with him to Pizza Planet and Buzz follows him by hitching a ride in Andy's van. Sarge's line in the trailer is actually spoken earlier on, when he is helping a fallen comrade while preparing to get information on Andy's birthday presents.
    • A TV spot has Buzz saying "I changed my laser from stun to kill" and Woody replying "Oh great, now we can blink them to death" edited into the scene where they are riding on RC and being chased by Sid's dog. In the film, however, these lines are actually said after Buzz and Woody encounter Sid's toys.
    • Another TV spot goes out of its way to proclaim the movie was produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, even though Disney's only involvement was co-financing and releasing the film.
  • Nightmare Face: Sid holding the magnifying glass in front of his mouth after using it to burn a dot on Woody's forehead. The braces on his teeth don't exactly help.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Done by the plastic toy soldiers near the start of the film, and later by Woody and Buzz to each other when they're attempting to catch up to Andy.
  • Not in Front of the Kid:
    Woody: The word I'm searching for, I can't say, because there's preschool toys present.
  • Not Quite Flight: Buzz's gliding is the former Trope Namer.
    Woody: That wasn't flying! That was—falling with style!
  • Number Two: Slinky is implied to be this to Woody before Buzz Lightyear becomes leader of the toys.
  • Obliviously Evil: Sid to the toys.
  • Oh Crap!: Quite a few of them.
    • Woody has one when he realises he is about to get his comeuppance from Buzz for trying to knock him off.
    • Woody when he hears Sid's voice behind him at Pizza Planet. Then again when the claw grabs Buzz in the crane game.
    • Hannah when she realises Sid is going to destroy her Janie doll.
    • Woody when the mutant toys first appear. He has wide eyes, shakes in fear, and has inability to form coherent speech.
    • Buzz when he jumps off the banister in Sid's house and realises that no, he can't fly.
    • Woody when he accidentally reveals Buzz's broken arm in front of Andy's toys.
    • Sid when he hears his own name spoken by Woody. And then when the mutant toys come to life in front of him.
    • Buzz and then Woody when they see Scud coming up behind them while on the moving truck.
    • Woody after lighting the rocket, and realizing that the rocket will explode.
    • Potato Head near the end in the moving truck before RC crashes into him.
  • "Oh, Crap!" Smile: Woody and Buzz at the end when they hear Andy's next present is a puppy.
  • Plot-Driven Breakdown: The RC car has enough pep to keep up with full-size cars on the street while carrying both Woody and Buzz, until they try to make a final push to catch up with the moving van. That's when his batteries finally die.
  • Poe's Law: The filmmakers intended the scene with the toy soldiers making their way to the lookout point to be funny, since it was a typical war scene played straight with toys instead of humans. When it was shown to test audiences they took it just as seriously as the real thing.
  • Properly Paranoid: Buzz, curiously enough.
    • When they head to Pizza Planet in a pizza truck, Buzz explains to Woody that they should use seat belts for their own safety. Woody suffers the consequences when he doesn't.
    • After Woody tries to escape Sid's room through the open door, Buzz warns him that they don't know what's waiting for them outside. Woody ends up nearly being mauled by Scud.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Sid is seen by many viewers, including Will Wright, Mike Mozart, and the creators, as a kid with a great imagination. (In fact, many of the things Sid does to his toys were inspired by things the creators used to do to theirs.) Some would argue that the only reason he is given the antagonist treatment is because the movie is from a toy's point of view. However, he apparently wrecks all his sister's toys (the fact that the only dolls Hannah has left to play with are dismembered and/or decapitated, and that several of the mutant toys have doll legs and heads, shows that the pterodactyl thing was not an isolated incident). And a little boy playing with explosives unsupervised is pretty questionable, considering the rockets he was using are not even legal in some states.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    • Woody reminding Buzz: "YOU! ARE! A! TOYYYYYY!!!"
    • Hannah's response to Sid's "What do you mean you don't know?" (referring to if his package had arrived in the mail yet) "I. Don't. Know."
  • Raiders of the Lost Parody: The film does a Shout-Out to the boulder scene with Buzz being chased by a rolling globe that gets knocked loose, not long before he falls out the window. They used the sound effect of the boulder rolling from the original film.
  • Red Alert: Called by the Sergeant during the birthday party in response to the surprise present in the closet.
  • Remembered Too Late: After Woody gets the rocket lit, he and Buzz are ecstatic that they can now catch up with the moving truck... only for Woody to remember seconds before takeoff that rockets explode.
  • Scare 'Em Straight: Woody and Sid's toys come alive to provide Nightmare Fuel for Sid before the climax, leading straight to his breakdown. This gives Sid the distinction of being the only human in the entire series to have witnessed the toys' anthropomorphic capacity, although the outcome implies that he'll just write it all off as temporary insanity.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Woody, when Buzz startles him after saying hello, and before Scud bites his leg.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: It seems to be an unwritten rule that the toys will not walk and talk (other than that their normal toy operation allows) when there are any humans present. Even Buzz Lightyear adheres to the rule, even throughout the time that he believes that he's the real Buzz Lightyear (although this can probably be justified if you consider that he probably went with good old fashioned herd mentality by imitating the "natives" in order to continue surviving in a hostile environment). To save Buzz from Sid, however, Woody decides that it's time to break a few rules.
  • Security Cling: Woody to Buzz when facing the mutilated toys.
  • Skeleton Motif: Sid, the closest thing to a "villain" in the movie, wears a skull T-shirt.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The series' main cast includes a young boy's toy collection, with predictably male-oriented rather than girls' toys. Bo Peep is the only female in the cast, a domestic woman and Satellite Love Interest with no part in the main action (and she seems to belong to Andy's sister's part of their shared room). Toy Story 2 and 3 even out the gender inequality, though not by much. Even though Toy Story 3 has many more female characters than the other two, it should be worth mentioning that Andy got rid of Bo Peep.
  • Solar-Powered Magnifying Glass: Sid uses a magnifying glass to burn Woody's forehead while interrogating him.
  • Stock Scream: When Buzz is knocked out of the window it's definitely the Wilhelm Scream that he makes.
  • Strapped to a Bomb:
    • Sid duct-tapes Buzz Lightyear to a model rocket and plans to launch him (the rocket will explode when it reaches its maximum height). Luckily, Woody saves him from this horrible fate, but later uses the rocket (with Buzz still attached to it) as part of a cunning plan.
    • Sid's introduction has him blowing up a Combat Carl (a Captain Ersatz G.I. Joe) with a firecracker.
  • Suck E. Cheese's: Averted. Pizza Planet is a really cool place, to the point that a lot of fans wish it were realnote .
  • Survival Mantra: Woody has a bit of a freakout in Sid's room.
    Woody: There's no place like home! Theresnoplacelikehome!
  • Take Care of the Kids: When Woody is grabbed by Sid's dog Scud, he tells Buzz to "take care of Andy for me." Buzz rescues him instead.
  • Take My Hand: Slinky Dog to Woody as he's trying to pull him into the truck.
  • Technobabble: When Sid talks about a "double-bypass brain transplant."
  • Tempting Fate:
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: Rex's reaction when the toys realize Woody is innocent at the end of the first movie:
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: Mr. Potato Head, after Woody accidentally knocks Buzz out a window.
    Woody: C'mon, we're friends, right? Potato Head?
    Mr. Potato Head: That's Mr. Potato Head to you, you murderer!
  • This Is no Time to Panic: "This is the perfect time to panic!"
  • Those Two Guys: Snake and Robot.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Buzz Lightyear genuinely believes himself to be the real space hero, and that he only crash landed in Andy's room. He realizes that he's just a toy when he sees a Buzz Lightyear commercial on the TV, which sends him into a Heroic BSOD for a while. This proves that Woody was right about him all along.
  • Under the Mistletoe: Woody and Bo at the end. The mistletoe is held by her sheep.
  • Vader Breath: Buzz's breathing when he first appears on the bed, when the camera adopts his point-of-view from inside his helmet.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Sid, while in the middle of torturing Woody.
    Sid: Where are your rebel friends now? Ha Ha Ha!
    Sid's Mom: [from off-screen] Sid! Your Pop-Tarts are ready!
    Sid: All right!
  • Villainy-Free Villain: Sid mangles his sister's dolls but otherwise doesn't really do anything bad. How was he to know that his toys are alive and can feel pain? Though taking his sister's toys and mutilating them without her permission isn't particularly nice. Hanna doesn't want a tea party with headless ladies...
  • Visual Innuendo: When Mr. Potato Head makes a pessimistic statement about Woody not being worried about the move due to being Andy's Favorite Toy since Kindergarten, Slinky defends Woody, to which Mr. Potato Head quietly replies by removing his mouth and tapping his backside with it.note 
  • Visual Pun:
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Rex gets this after he sees Woody waving Buzz's dismembered arm—a rare example in which it makes sense, seeing as toys can't vomit.
  • Wainscot Society: The toys appear to have a fairly well-developed society of sorts, which only operates when humans aren't looking—but they necessarily also take a keen interest in human activities, although they can't easily interact actively with humans.
  • We Have Ways of Making You Talk: Sid quotes the line verbatim when he tortures Woody with a magnifying glass (thankfully, without attempting a German accent).
  • What Does This Button Do?: Rex asks this about one of the buttons on Buzz Lightyear's suit.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: All of the toys are disgusted over Woody trying to get rid of Buzz just because the former is worried he won't be Andy's favorite toy anymore. Mr. Potato Head especially gets pissed at Woody for throwing Buzz out of the window, accident or not.
  • With Friends Like These...: The other toys to Woody towards the end.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Woody to Buzz after the latter's Heroic BSOD: "Why would Andy want you? Look at you! You're a Buzz Lightyear! Any other toy would give up its moving parts just to be you!"