- Rex's roars in the opening are standard Jurassic Park T-Rex roars.
- A brainwashed Buzz's "spend a night in the box" monologue, "the box" being a covered sandbox.
- A plush Totoro toy appears as one of Bonnie's toys in Toy Story 3. (It should be noted that Pixar has done the English dub of every Miyazaki movie since Spirited Away, and Lasseter is close friends with Miyazaki himself.) Miyazaki is referenced even in the credits with a "special thanks".
- Right before the preschool kids burst into the room, some smaller toys are hiding and quivering under a cabinet, mirroring Tin Toy. Many people have also made note of the similarity between Big Baby and the terrifying, doll-like baby in "Tin Toy". They even make the exact same sounds.
- The evil cymbal monkey had to have been at least partially inspired by Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders.
- Look quick at the books Andy packs away and you'll spot the title of another sad movie about a nonhuman who loves his owner unconditionally and went to great lengths to find her again.
- Chatter Telephone's voice and role in his interactions with Woody sounds a lot like, and are shot similarly to, Bob Woodward's meetings with Deep Throat.
- One of the daycare kids looks just like an older Boo from Monsters, Inc.. The first time we see her, she's playing with a blue cat and a sunflower, and says "Boo! No no no! What's the matter?" She's reenacting the scene from Monsters, Inc. where Sulley accidentally scared her.
- At one point, Lotso says "Where's your kid NOW, sheriff?"
- Big Baby throwing Lotso into the Dumpster is very similar to Darth Vader killing the Emperor in Return of the Jedi.
- The toys' escape from Sunnyside is similar to The Great Escape, especially with how Mr. Potato gets out first to scope the area and everyone has to avoid searchlights.
- Potato Head calls Big Baby Mongo. Considering the content of that film, it would be pretty hilarious if Woody and/or Jessie once mistook it for a straight Western and put it on for a movie night.
- Sparks is a shout-out to the sparking Transformers toys released in 1987-88. The gimmick was reportedly abandoned after a Barbie toy with a similar gimmick set a child's underwear on fire, only to reappear in 2014 as part of the Age of Extinction toyline.
- It's a bit hard to notice, but during the beginning of the escape scene where Mr. Potato head is creating a diversion for Ken and Lotso, he utters "And I would have gotten away with it too if it weren't for you meddling toys"!
Shout Out / Toy Story 3