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  • AFI's 100 Years... Series:
  • 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.
    • Annoyingly averted with Buzz Lightyear the doll itself until the latest iteration, even though they spell out exactly what's in him right in the first movie. 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 latest attempt neglects only Karate Chop Action, due to the mechanics required necessitating a choice between it and the far more used spring-loaded wings. They did however make a different version of Buzz specifically for the Karate Chop Action.
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  • 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 way 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 called it "one of the worst things I've ever seen." The Pixar boys were left alone to write the movie they wanted to write, and the rest is history.
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    • 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:
  • Fan Nickname: Another name for Legs, the fish hook toy with female legs? Hooker.
  • 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.
      • Also bound to happen with Rex following the tragic death of Jesús Barrero.
    • 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 in the third film and the subsuquent shorts. Voice director Antonio Lara considered first actress María Dolores Gispert to voice Mrs. Potato 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 is going to come out nine years later.
  • 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 Travelers 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 it's behavior, as the graphics were taken from the SNES version and updated to 256 color. 3D effects were also gonna be in 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).

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