- Development Gag: Pixar's then-current square logo appears on the shopping bag that Tinny was brought home in.
- What Could Have Been: A half-hour Tin Toy Christmas special was in the works as a testing ground to see if Pixar could manage a production that was closer to that of a feature-length film. The story would've revolved around Tinny being accidentally sold to a toy store where he would discover he was part of a set of toy musicians that sold poorly. The idea was abandoned after discovering they couldn't afford the fees required to make the special and Disney being disinterested in the project, telling them to start work immediately on what would become Toy Story. Interestingly, the idea of a toy discovering he's part of a collection would later become a plot point in Toy Story 2 and one toy Tinny would come across in the store, a pink bear named Lotso, would later be included in Toy Story 3. In fact, Tinny himself would ultimately make a physical appearance during Toy Story 4.
- Write What You Know: John Lasseter was inspired to create the short after watching home movie footage of his nephew playing with toys (more specifically, putting them in his mouth) and thought what a monster the baby would look like from the toy's POV.
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