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  • Executive Meddling: Though it wound up being a pretty solid port, all things considered, the PC version's development went through quite a bit of this. It was developed by a different team, though still by Travellers Tales, and in order to have the source code, Disney would have had to pay royalties for it. They refused and required the team to essentially rewrite the entire game engine from the ground up, and also required the game to run on fairly weak hardware for the time (a 486 processor, instead of the Pentium) - resulting in a few graphical effects from the console versions being lost and the game needing to be run in "Windowed" mode to have both decent graphics and a smooth framerate. Making matters worse was their insistence on the game being Windows 3.1 and 95 compatible instead of it being a DOS game, which would have made the project a lot simpler. Finally, the game had to be Christmas Rushed in order to get it out in time to coincide with the VHS release of the movie, resulting in the removal of one of the console version's more memorable levels ("Really Inside The Claw").
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  • Urban Legend of Zelda: It was long rumored that, in the first video game, you could play as Buzz via cheat code. This was never confirmed (or denied).


  • Cast the Runner-Up: Carol Burnett and Betty White were considered to voice Mrs. Potato Head. They would later voice some of the old toys in Toy Story 4.
  • Defictionalization:
    • Prominent with Woody and Buzz, but every toy that didn't exist in real life before the films were made has received this treatment.
    • At least two real life Pizza Planet restaurants have been built, based on the beloved eatery from the original film.
    • It took nearly 11 years after the fact, but the video game featured in the second film's Fake-Out Opening was given a fully-featured playable incarnation in the tie-in game for the third film.
  • Demand Overload: That line in Toy Story 2 about "short-sighted retailers" underestimating the popularity of Buzz Lightyear action figures and the initial run completely sold out in a few days? That actually happened; Thinkway did not expect the film to be such a smash-hit, and produced fewer toys than the demand turned out to be. The sequel lampshades this by having Al's Toy Barn catch up with demand by devoting an entire aisle to Buzz Lightyear.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Mattel would not allow the first film to have a Barbie doll because they didn't want Barbie to be seen with a definitive personality. The writers reworked it so that a Little Bo Peep figurine would be the love interest instead. However, after the huge success of the first one, Mattel allowed her to appear in the sequels.
    • Then-Disney exec Jeffrey Katzenberg wanted the first film to be "edgy", which resulted in Woody being a jerkass and a heavy reliance on insult humour. This backfired immensely; when a story reel was shown to Roy Disney, on what has been dubbed "Black Friday" by the production team, he flat out called it "one of the worst things I've ever seen". The Pixar guys were left alone to write the movie they wanted to write, and the rest is history.
    • Not to mention that the film's production was almost canceled as a result of Katzenberg getting exactly what he asked for and not liking it. Some people say that Pixar intentionally made the reel bad in hopes of changing the Disney execs minds. It worked almost too well; the Disney execs nearly killed the movie outright, and it took a drastically revised script to convince them to give it a second chance (Katzenberg didn't stick around for the end product; this is the only Pixar film he's been involved with). This video describes the ordeal the writers had to deal with. This ironically was the second Disney "Black Friday" that Katzenberg managed to find himself in a starring role in; a different "Black Friday" where he hit the Reset Button on Aladdin's production to rework "a lot of movie" that he hated and jettison a character or two had happened about two to three years earlier.
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    • Even after the complete rework of the movie, Disney had so little faith in the film that it planned on both releasing it under the Touchstone label and giving it an "adult"-oriented trailer. This is unthinkable today.note 
    • And don't forget the reason why Pixar ended up merging with Disney in the first place.
    • In the first film, the "Strange Things" montage was not originally planned. Woody's world was going to change more gradually over a few scenes. Then Tom Schumacher, a VP at Disney, suggested it be done in a montage, to which John Lasseter thought, "Ding! I could have had a V8!" and put a montage in.
  • Exiled from Continuity:
  • Follow the Leader: The 2010s saw a glut of CGI animated movies inspired by Toy Story thanks to its significant impact on Western animation and the premise of inanimate objects or things coming to life when the humans aren't around. The most notable examples were Foodfight! (a pretty blatant clone of Toy Story), Wreck-It Ralph, The LEGO Movie, Inside Out (made by the same company as Toy Story), Sausage Party, The Secret Life of Pets, The Emoji Movie (another blatant clone) and Bobbleheads: The Movie (which even had some Disney animators working on the film).
  • Humble Beginnings: The franchise had its roots in Tin Toy, a 5-minute short film about toys hiding from, and then wanting to be played with, a baby named Billy. 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. In it, Tinny would have accidentally been sold to a toy store where he would discover he was part of a set of toy musicians that sold poorly. Another version of the story involved him being left behind on a family road trip where he'd team up with an abandoned ventriloquist dummy, and the two of them would make their way to a daycare center, where they'd be loved and played with forever. Disney wasn't interested and the studio couldn't afford to produce it independently, so Disney did the next best thing: they told the studio to start work on an honest-to-goodness feature film, which eventually became Toy Story.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Slinky got a new voice actor for the third movie since Jim Varney, his original voice actor, died of lung cancer shortly after the release of the second film. You can hardly tell the difference, however (the replacement, Blake Clark, was a close friend of Varney's and able to do a perfect impression of him).
    • In Sweden: For the third film, only Woody and Andy's mom had new voice actors. Everyone else retained their voices from the previous film (yes, even Andy).
    • In Mexico:
      • Woody's original voice actor Carlos Segundo left over a salary disagreement with Disney and he was replaced by Arturo Mercado Jr. (the real-life son of Hamm's Mexican voice actor Arturo Mercado) for the third film.
      • Following Jesús Barrero's death from lung cancer, his nephew José Gilberto Vilchis replaced him as the voice of Rex.
    • In Japan, Hamm and Slinky will receive new voice actors for Toy Story 4 following the deaths of Chikao Ohtsuka and Ichirō Nagai.
    • In Spain:
      • Veteran actress Elsa Fábregas passed away in 2008, so Ana Ángeles García replaced Mrs. Potato Head in the third film and the subsuquent shorts. Voice director Antonio Lara considered first actress María Dolores Gispert to voice Mrs. Potato Head as heard in the teaser of Toy Story 3 but the role went to García.
      • Raúl Rojo replaced Nacho Aldeguer as Andy, as well as Pepa Castro for Rosa María Hernández as Mrs. Davis in the third film. Hernández only returned for the trailers but not for the final film.
      • Marta Barbará and Victoria Ramos did the voices for the Barbie dolls in the second film but Barbie is voiced in the third by Yolanda Mateos. Considering the incarnation of Barbie in Toy Story 3 is different from the others is quite reasonable, however they all have been voiced in English by Jodi Benson.
      • Luis Marco, who voiced the Sergeant in the first two films, was replaced for unknown reasons by Jorge García Insúa in Toy Story 3. He was heard in the teaser but did not make it in the final cut.
      • Artur Palomo and Luis Manuel Martín Díaz have been the new voices for Woody and Buzz in videogames and other related media after Toy Story 3.
      • José Luis Gil, who is already Buzz's main voice actor, had replaced flamenco singer Diego "El Cigala" as the voice of Spanish Buzz in the short Hawaiian Vacation but maintaining the thick Andalusian accent of the former.
      • Antonio Villar and Conchi López substitute Emilio Gutiérrez Caba and Ana Milán as Mr. Pricklepants and Dolly respectively in the Toy Story Toons shorts probably due to the latters' Celebrity Voice Actor status.
      • Claudi García passed away in 2015, so Hamm is voiced by Pep Anton Munoz in Toy Story 4.
    • In Brazil: Woody's voice actor in the first film, Alexandre Lippiani died before the second movie. For the rest of the franchise, he was replaced by Marco Ribeiro.
      • Hamm's first voice actor, Renato Rosenberg, no longer worked at the Delart dubbing studio when Toy Story 3 was released. He was replaced by Reginaldo Primo.
    • In Italy:
      • Andy has different voices in all the movies: Lorenzo De Angelis in the first, Alessio Ward in the second, Arturo Valli as a child and Matteo Leoni as a teen in the third, Alessandro Carloni as a child and Matteo Bartoli as a teen in the fourth.
      • The Pizza Planet aliens also changed voices from movie to movie: We don't know the voice actor for the first movie, but in the second they were voiced by Mirko Mazzanti, Luigi Ferraro and Michele Di Carlo, while in the third movie Carlo Cosolo voices all of them.
      • Barbie is voiced by Cristina Giachero in the second movie and by Claudia Gerini in the third. (Also, in the original trailer for the third movie she was voiced by Emanuela Pacotto, her official voice actress since 2006)
      • Fabrizio Frizzi, who voiced Woody in the first three Toy Story films and offshoots, died on March 26, 2018 of a brain hemorrhage, so in Toy Story 4 he's replaced by by Angelo Maggi, who has been Tom Hanks' voice for years.
      • Piero Tiberi, who voiced Slinky in the first three films, passed away in 2013 and is replaced by Saverio Moriones in Toy Story 4.
      • Arianna Vignoli, who voiced Bonnie in Toy Story 3 (as well as Agnes in the first two Despicable Me films) went through puberty and is replaced by Charlotte Infussi D'Amico in Toy Story 4.
    • In the Netherlands:
      • Buzz Lightyear was voiced by Coen van Vrijberghe de Coningh in the first movie, but since he passed away shortly afterwards, Kees Prins took over the role for Toy Story 2 and Jan Elbertse for 3.
      • Woody also has different voice actors in all the movies: Gijs Scholten van Aschat in 1, Peter Paul Muller in 2 and Huub Dikstaal in 3.
  • Playing Against Type: Wallace Shawn, better known for playing arrogant or even bullying characters in other movies (including a future Pixar movie), as the anxiety-ridden Rex.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: A primary reason the developers decided to make the movie about toys in the first place was due to the limits of mid-90s CGI. Since the technology made everything look plastic, they decided to have the characters be made of plastic.
  • Refitted for Sequel: The dream sequence from Toy Story 2 and the idea of opening on a Show Within a Show version of Buzz Lightyear were scenes that had originally been planned from the first film.
  • Sequel Gap: Toy Story 3 came out eleven years after the second. Toy Story 4 came out nine years after the third.
  • Show Accuracy/Toy Accuracy: An interesting case because the series is literally about toys. Many of the featured toys, both fictional and pre-existing, have been adapted into real life with varying degrees of accuracy.
    • The original 1995 Woody and Buzz toys were not very accurate to their on-screen counterparts, mostly due to being designed after the characters rather than the toys. In particular, Buzz was nowhere near the version seen in the film, even though they spell out exactly what's in him (mostly because it's impractical to build). Every Buzz Lightyear toy to come out for the first two films only had at most three of the features mentioned in the commercial, and missed several from the films. Thinkway's Signature Collection is based on the concept of being as close to the actual film props as possible, though with some liberties taken, both small and major. The Thinkway version of Buzz neglects only Karate Chop Action, due to the mechanics required necessitating a choice between it and the far more iconic spring-loaded wings. They did, however, make a different version of Buzz specifically for the Karate Chop Action. It wasn't until the Disney store Buzz figures that a Buzz that included nearly every feature of film Buzz was released (including both the spring-loaded wings and the Karate Chop Action) except for the glow in the dark paint (which was only available on limited edition versions released in 2019) and the fully retractable helmet (only the front half can open).
    • Thus far, there haven't been film-accurate versions of Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head because the film version uses a different mold than the standard used by Hasbro (they have individual eye and feet holes, where the real life mold only has one hole for both sets). The Signature Collection version comes the closest appearance-wise, but still has conjoined eyes.
    • Although Barbie and Ken from Toy Story 3 are based on real-life sets from the '80s (Great Shape Barbie and Animal Lovin' Ken), the film versions were given slightly more expressive designs than the usual Barbie and Ken molds, which were recursively adapted into the actual dolls released to tie in with the films.
    • Toy Story 4 presents two interesting cases. Forky, who's deliberately not a toy and instead a craft project, has his own plastic toy adaptations (though there's also the option of just making him from scratch). Gabby Gabby from Toy Story 4 is a toy, specifically a baby doll, but her full-size replica was strangely only released in Brazil.
    • There's an extensive community for creating film-accurate replicas of the original toys, usually by modifying the existing toys and combining parts from other versions. Woody is the most popular choice, since it's relatively simple to modify the existing Signature Collection doll.
  • Throw It In: Pixar on a whim decided that Kingdom Hearts is in the continuity of Toy Story, so Tetsuya Nomura claims.note  Whether or not Monsters, Inc. is also canon by extension remains to be seen.
  • Troubled Production: Not a single Toy Story movie has had a smooth production time. This was both due to Pixar battling Disney (the execs of which wanted to milk that franchise into cheap traditionally animated sequels at some point), technical incidents and the animation studio wanting to achieve the best possible stories and character designs for their founding and flagship franchise every time. And Pixar has triumphed of these odds every single time so far.
    • On one YouTube video of gameplay of the PC port Toy Story video game, the lead programmer commented on the slight troubled production of the PC port. Apparently, the programmer couldn't get the source code owned by Traveller's Tales, and Disney didn't want to pay money for using it as a reference. Because of this, he had to sit down and play the game over and over to mimic its behavior, as the graphics were taken from the SNES version and updated to 256 color. 3D effects were also planned for the game but were taken out due to slowdown. The game also had a very tight deadline, and had to be released as a tie-in to the movie's home video release in stores. Despite all this, the programmer still was grateful and proud for working on the project.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Part 2 was originally meant as a low-budget straight to video release, as per usual of Disney at the time. However, the Pixar leadership decided not to sully their studio's reputation by releasing an inferior movie, then petitioned to make it a full-featured theatrical release instead. Disney was so impressed by what they already had that they gave the green light for a theatrical release.
    • The original Toy Story 3 developed by Circle 7, which was about Buzz getting shipped to Taiwan due to a massive recall, and his friends having to go save him. In most regards, it was a Recycled Script of the second film, only with the toys going to save Buzz instead of Woody.
      • There's also a script floating around the Internet for a Toy Story 3 that would have focused on Woody and some of the toys being stored in Andy's grandmother's house rather than sent to a daycare center (and the characters who weren't in the third movie would have been in this one, like Bo Peep and Lenny the wind-up binoculars).