- In the opening sequence, listen close and you'll catch at least half a dozen classic sound effects from Star Wars and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, including the Darth Vader breathing, the lightsaber sound, and the blaster sounds from both the X-Wing and TIE Fighter. And the Luke, I Am Your Father moment between Zurg and Buzz.
- Also from the opening sequence above, as Buzz crosses his way through the platforms, you can hear the first five notes of 'Also sparch Zarathustra, Op. 30', the opening theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- Pay close attention as they flip through the channels and you'll see snippets from several Pixar Shorts on the TV.
- Weezy bears a strong resemblance to Tux the Penguin, the mascot of Linux, an open-source operating system that Pixar and many other high-end technology companies make heavy use of. In fact, one influential Linux distribution, Debian, was lead for a few years by Pixar alum Bruce Perens and nicknames its releases after characters from the Toy Story series.
- The toy repairman is Geri from the Pixar short Geri's Game, where he plays a game of chess against himself. While he's repairing Woody the music from the short plays and one of the drawers in his toolbox is filled with chess pieces.
- Rex with "Objects are closer than they appear" in the toy car's rearview mirror in Toy Story 2, to the scene DEAD ON from the T-Rex Chase in Jurassic Park, Hilarity Ensues. Humorously, this film corrects Jurassic Park's error by using the passenger side mirror, as opposed to the driver side mirror.
- The film contains numerous visual nods to Vertigo.
- Certain parts of Woody's Nightmare Sequence closely mirrors the one Scottie has, particularly the part where Woody falls down into a pile of cards. Woody's subsequent Catapult Nightmare reaction is also a near-replica of Scottie's.
- Big Al's car is the same model that Scottie uses.
- When Woody is in Big Al's apartment, they way he looks downwards from a window and notices how high up he is pretty much a shot-by-shot recreation of another scene from the film.
- Finally, the close-up visuals of Woody being repaired closely match the shots of Judy making herself look more like Madeleine.
- Potato Head takes off his hat and throws it at the door of Al's apartment building to keep it from closing. Oddjob from Goldfinger couldn't have done it better.
- There are A Bug's Life toys in Al's Toy Barn.
- Buzz comes across the new line of Buzzes in the toy store, and notes the snazzy utility belt, saying "I'd like to get me one of those," echoing Tim Allen's fixit man character in Home Improvement (who often wore a toolbelt).
- Slinky-Dog says "I'm not a smart dog, but I know what roadkill is.", parodying the line "I'm not a smart man, but I know what love is." from Forrest Gump, another movie that starred Tom Hanks.
- Stinky Pete being temporarily blinded by camera flashes is the exact same thing that happens to the villain in Rear Window.
- Mr. Konishi and his Konishi Toy Museum are a nod to Pixar employee Sonoko Konishi, who also did the voice of news reporter Chuki in Cars.
- In a blink-and-miss-it moment, Buzz says farewell to his belt-wearing counterpart, using the Vulcan Salute.
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