Western Animation: Toy Story

"To Infinity...and Beyond!"

Toy Story is a renowned 1995 computer-animated film from Pixar about toys that come to life when their owners aren't around. It is the first installment of the 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 2017 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 string. 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 will 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.

The film provides examples of:

  • 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 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. Amusingly, the arm can operate out of the body's control.
  • 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 thought were cannibals at the time).
    "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: Your helmet does that... that woosh-thing!
  • 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.
  • Character Outlives Actor: Hey, Vern! In between Toy Story 2 & Toy Story 3, Slinky Dog's voice actor passed away, so they had to get another voice actor for his part.
  • 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 Gun: After being burned by Sid's magnifying glass, Woody is able to burn the fuse to 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 wasn't made apparent that Bo Peep had on lipstick until Woody was 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.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Buzz knocks Woody around for most of their brawl at Pizza Planet, par a few mildly uncomfortable looking socks to his squeaker head.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Sid's toys.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Hamm and Mr. Potato Head.
    • 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.
  • Destination Defenestration: Buzz falls out the window after Woody's scheme to go with Andy to Pizza Planet goes awry.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    "Even though you tried to terminate me, revenge is not something 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:
    Woody: Uh, Buzz? We missed the truck!
    Buzz: We're not aiming for the truck!
  • Exorcist Head: Woody demonstrates this in his fight with Buzz. Later he uses it to scare away Sid.
  • 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.
    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, 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.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Woody and Buzz note 
  • Foreshadowing: 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 and plays a big role in the film's climax.
  • 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. Clearly someone isn't very good at Battleship... (Or Hamm was lying and Mr. Potato Head wasn't bright enough to notice.)
    • 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.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Again, the dismembered arm beatdown.
  • Ha Ha Ha 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!!
  • Hate Sink: Mr. Potato Head is rather unlikable in this film, considering how he treats Woody and the fact that he is the first person to start pointing fingers at him after he accidentally knocks Buzz out the window. He later becomes a Jerk with a Heart of Gold in Toy Story 2.
  • 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.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Virtual Realty, the realty 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.
    • Leads to the inevitable response from the wounded soldier's captain.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Leap of Faith: When Buzz jumps off the banister in Sid's house, believing that he can fly.
  • Lord Error-Prone: Buzz Lightyear probably counts.
  • Lost In Transmission: "IT'S A WHAT?!? WHAT IS IT?!?"
  • 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.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: Andy's toys believe that Woody murdered Buzz after he falls out the open window.
  • 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's gone! They're gonna move in two days and it's all your fault!!!
    Buzz: My fault?!? If you hadn't knocked me out of the window in the first place...
    Woody: (fumes indignantly) Well if you hadn't shown up in your stupid little cardboard spaceship and took away everything that was important to me...
    Buzz: Don't talk to me about importance!
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Done by the plastic toy soldiers near the start of the film.
  • 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: The former Trope Namer.
    Woody: That wasn't flying! That was — falling with style!
  • Number Two: Slinky is implied to have been this to Woody before Buzz Lightyear became leader of the toys.
  • Obliviously Evil: Sid to the toys.
  • Plot-Driven Breakdown: "The batteries! They're running out!"
  • 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!: "YOU! ARE! A! TOYYYYYY!!!"
    • Also, "I AM MRS. NESBITT!"
  • Raiders of the Lost Parody: The film did a shout out to the boulder scene with Buzz being chased by a rolling ball that got knocked loose, not long before he fell 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.
  • 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.
  • The Renaissance Age of Animation
  • 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.
  • Serious Business: The filmmakers intended the scene with the toy soldiers making their way to the lookout point to be funny, but when it was shown to test audiences they took it just as seriously as any real war movie.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The series' main cast includes a young boy's toy collection, with predictably male-oriented rather than girls' toys. Bo Peep was the only female in the cast, a domestic woman and Satellite Love Interest with no part in the main action. Toy Story 2 and 3 even out the gender inequality, though not by much. Even though Toy Story 3 had 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.
    • There was one earlier example where Andy's Toys spy on Sid in his backyard. They spot a toy soldier tied to a bomb.
  • Suck E. Cheese's: Pizza Planet (though much cooler than most examples of the trope).
  • Survival Mantra: 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 in the first movie after Woody accidentally knocked Buzz out a window.
  • 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 depression 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.
  • 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 Pun: As follows:
    Woody: Buzz, can you give me a hand?
    (Buzz, without a word, tosses his arm up to Woody and goes back to angsting.)
    Woody:... Ha ha... That's pretty funny... but — but this is serious!
  • 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 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • With Friends Like These...: The other toys to Woody towards the end.
  • The Worf Effect: Woody rapidly finds himself outclassed in popularity by Buzz Lightyear after Andy gets him as a birthday present.