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  • Actor-Inspired Element: When Woody and Jessie are exiting out of the airplane, originally it was going to be Jessie who slips and Woody saves her. However, Joan Cusack suggested to the director and writers that Jessie should save Woody so that way it would show the courage and strength of her character. John Lasseter and everyone else liked it so much they went with it that way.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: The reason Jonathan Harris was cast as the cleaner who fixes Woody, after he previously played Manny in A Bug's Life. As explained by Andrew Stanton in the DVD Commentary, "He wanted to work with us again, and we wanted to work with him again!"
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  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: A pose of Buzz and Woody from the beginning of the movie is the source of the "X, X Everywhere" Image Macro format. Like the "You don't say?" meme from Vampire's Kiss, this has nothing to do with the actual dialogue in the scene: Buzz actually says, "In just a few hours, you'll be sittin' around a campfire with Andy, makin' delicious hot schmoes!"
  • Christmas Rushed: The film was unexpectedly given a November 1999 theatrical release date after Pixar fashioned it as a Direct to Video movie. Horrified, Pixar asked and was granted permission to completely redo the film from scratch to make it more suitable for the silver screen. However, Disney refused to budge on the date, resulting in what is usually a year's work of production being crammed into nine months. The grueling workload and mental toll it took on the animators led to Pixar splitting its animators up into teams so that it would reduce risk of crunch. It should be noted that John Lasseter was not supposed to be involved in the film's production, as he was planning to take a break after directing A Bug's Life, but agreed to join once he heard just how bad things were going with the film.
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  • Creator Backlash: Randy Newman hated Robert Goulet's big band cover of "You Got A Friend In Me" and unsuccessfully tried to convince Goulet not to change "me and you boy" to "me and you, babe," feeling it was inappropriate for such an innocent song. He described the recording session with even less fondness, saying he spent the whole time with his face in his hands as the Pixar Regulars geeked out over Goulet.
  • Defictionalization: While of course this is to be expected from this franchise, a unique bit of it is that the majority of real-life Buzz Lightyear toys released after this movie feature the blue ultility belt, even with the releases of 3 and 4, as if the "brand-new ultility belt" feature became the default Buzz Lightyear design in our world as well (though plenty of other Buzz merchandise doesn't have the belt, like Funko Pops or LEGO figures, but Buzz Lightyear action figures designed to exactly replicate the toy seen in the movies usually have it).
  • Deleted Scene:
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    • The toys had a playtime sequence in Andy's room which led to Woody being launched out the window and landing in the yard sale by accident.
    • A hidden one can be found on the DVD where Andy's Buzz has an encounter with Zurg inside Al's Toy Barn.
  • Descended Creator:
    • Director John Lasseter and co-director Lee Unkrich provide the voices of the Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots in Al's office.
    • Writer Andrew Stanton voices Emperor Zurg.
  • Directed by Cast Member: In the Latin American Spanish dub, Carlos Segundo is the ADR director as well as Woody's voice actor.
  • Distanced from Current Events: After John Lasseter's resignation from Disney/Pixar following allegations of sexual misconduct, the Casting Couch gag from the blooper reel was removed from all future home video releases.
  • DVD Commentary: By director John Lasseter, co-directors Lee Unkrich and Ash Brannon and co-writer Andrew Stanton.
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • During the scene where Woody looks at the Woody’s Roundup merchandise in Al’s apartment, mock-ups of the merchandise were shown to Tom Hanks while he was recording his dialogue; thus, Woody’s reactions were Hanks’ actual reactions in real life.
    • As revealed in the DVD Commentary, Joan Cusack actually cried when she recorded the line "Just go!" after the song "When She Loved Me".
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: For the scene of Woody walking around Al's collection, admiring all of The Merch from his show, John Lasseter showed Tom Hanks drawings of all of the various items for Hanks to react to in-character.
  • Inspiration for the Work: Much of the premise, as well as Al's character, is based on John Lasseter being an avid toy collector in real life. Specifically, he recounted a day where his children visited his office and wanted to play with all the toys and he was constantly trying to stop them from messing with what he considered too valuable. This led him to wonder what it must be like from a toy's perspective being a collectable who isn't meant to be played with.
  • Non-Singing Voice:
  • Old Shame: Disney has gone out of its way to remove the Casting Couch gag from the bloopers (in which Stinky Pete offers roles in Toy Story 3 to two Barbie dolls visiting his box, with obvious ulterior motives) from all releases and broadcasts of the film after director John Lasseter resigned from Pixar and Disney following sexual misconduct accusations.
  • The Other Darrin: For his cameo, Geri from Geri's Game is voice by Jonathan Harris rather than Pixar Regular Bob Peterson, who'd played him in the original short.
    • Meanwhile on the American side of things, this would mark the first time in several years that Barbie got a voice actor that wasn't Chris Anthony Lansdowne, who had been voicing her in nearly all tie-in media such as commercials, talking toys, and interactive games up to this point, as Jodi Benson provides the voice for her in this movie. Subverted in that she did not have an established voice in the Toy Story universe.
  • Posthumous Credit: Mary Kay Bergman, who committed suicide two weeks before the film's release, is still credited for Jessie's yodels.
  • Refitted for Sequel:
    • The prologue with Buzz in a space adventure that turns out to be Rex playing a videogame is very similar to a sequence that was going to be an Action Prologue for the first movie: the main differences is that Buzz originally won, and it was an episode of Buzz's TV series instead of a tie-in game.
    • Woody having a nightmare about Andy throwing him away after being broken was originally a scene in the original, which Woody had as a result of feeling displaced by Buzz.
    • Mattel didn't allow Pixar to use Barbie in the first film. After its success, they allowed the sequel and she was given several small parts.
    • Way, way before Pixar settled on the Woody and Buzz pair for the first film, they had outlined a Tin Toy sequel where the main character would visit a toy store and get in conflict with an evil teddy bear. The bear was jealous of other toys because he had a defective voicebox and nobody wanted to buy him. This outline gave us Al's Toy Barn, Wheezy being stored for having a broken squeaker, and Stinky Pete's issues from being unsold. It also inspired Lotso and Gabby Gabby, the villains of the following sequels.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Italian dub: Alessio Ward (Andy) and Micaela Incitti (Molly) have also worked together on 6teen as Jude and Tricia, respectively.
  • Role Reprise: In the Japanese dub, Barbie is voiced by Rieko Takahashi, who is her current voice actress from her own animated films.
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot:
    • Owing to the film's ridiculously short turn-around time (see Troubled Production below), the filmmakers decided to use the main character from Geri's Game as the cleaner mainly because they didn't have time to design and model a new character from scratch.
    • Most of the trees, grass, and bushes seen throughout the movie were reused assets from A Bug's Life. Since Pixar just so happened to have finished a movie that was set in a huge meadow, it meant they had a lot of foliage built they could reuse, thus allowing for more outdoor scenes than in the first Toy Story.
    • Even more model reusing from A Bug's Life was incorporated in the opening sequence on Zurg's Planet, where Buzz is actually flying over an upscaled version of the Ant Island riverbed. This created an animation error where the rocks weren't transformed with the rest of the model and so were floating in midair. However, the directors thought it made such a cool effect for an alien planet that they asked for it to be kept. The animators not only kept it, but even went back and made the rocks rotate in place to enhance the effect.
  • Talking to Himself: Buzz has multiple scenes where he interacts with a newer Buzz Lightyear toy, with Tim Allen playing both parts. There's also a scene during the Animated Outtakes where Allen voices all the background Buzz figures, all of whom loudly complain after one of them messes up the take.
  • Technology Marches On
    • The gag of the toys having to channel surf until they find a commercial for Al's Toy Barn so Etch-A-Sketch can copy the address for Buzz wouldn't work in a movie made after the mid-2000s. Nowadays, you can Google any location to find its address, complete with the option of a map to print out (which is, in fact, how Woody finds his way back to the day care center in Toy Story 3). And even if they still needed to see the commercial for some other reason, they could've just looked that up on YouTube instead of channel surfing.
      • It also would've been much easier for them to figure out the identity of Woody's kidnapper by using the Internet to trace his license plate. In this instance, Buzz just happens to be lucky that Al had "LZTYBRN" as his Vanity License Plate and was able to link it to Al's Toy Barn.
    • Al sends Polaroids to the owner of the Japanese toy museum via fax from his office at the store. Today, he'd take digital photos with his phone and text them to the museum within minutes, all without having to leave his apartment (which would have had the side effect of needing to give him another reason to be at the store when Andy's toys are there, since they'd otherwise have no way of getting to Woody).
    • Rex using a gaming magazine to beat a game would be redundant nowadays seeing that he can look up gaming articles and youtube videos to find out how to defeat Zurg in the game. He also complains about how buying the magazine is an extortion of money in a pre-DLC, Lootboxes, and Micro-transaction gaming industry.
  • Throw It In:
    • As revealed in the bonus features, one of the early animation tests showed Bullseye accidentally standing fully upright, upon which he covers his privates with his front legs and shuffles off embarrassed. This was so funny that it got written into the script.
    • Al was given a mustache and a goatee when the production crew noticed that Wayne Knight had been growing out his facial hair. A remnant of clean-shaven Al can be seen when Etch draws him up for the crime scene investigation.
  • Troubled Production:
    • The project had started as a Direct-to-Video movie, handled by a smaller part of Pixar who had made the Toy Story computer games while the main staff worked on A Bug's Life. Once they saw what had been done of the DTV movie, they were not only underwhelmed but horrified that Disney liked it enough to give it a theatrical run. Pixar begged Disney to let them scrap it and start over, to which they complied, but also refused to budge their stone-set November release date, only nine months away (this still being an era where computer animation required just as much time to produce as traditional animation). This eventually took its toll on the exhausted and over-extended creative team, who then had to convince John Lasseter, who was planning to take a break after a grueling number of years heading up Toy Story and A Bug's Life, to come in on short notice and help the team retool the film and get it out on time. The team were not only able to complete the film, but also churned out a film that more than held its own to the first; the meddling of Disney, though, helped kick-start the plan for the studio to operate independently, as well as dividing up their staff into smaller sections in order to not burn out their entire crew with each film.
    • During the production of the direct to video version of the movie, "the database(s) containing the master copies of characters, sets, animation, etc. were accidentally deleted". Luckily, supervising technical director Galyn Susman had been working from home after having a baby and happened to have a backup, rescuing what would have been two years' worth of work from oblivion. Of course, this ended up not mattering quite as much in the long run since the movie would wind up being restarted from the ground up anyway.
    • The overwork spun out into carpal tunnel syndrome for some animators and repetitive strain injuries for others. A full third of the staff developed carpal tunnel syndrome. Pixar did not encourage long hours, and, in fact, set limits on how many hours employees could work by approving or disapproving overtime. Employees' self-imposed compulsions to excel often trumped any other constraints, and were especially common to younger employees. In one instance, an animator had forgotten to drop his child off at daycare one morning and, in a mental haze, forgot the baby in the back seat of his car in the parking lot. "Although quick action by rescue workers headed off the worst, the incident became a horrible indicator that some on the crew were working too hard," wrote David Price in his 2008 book The Pixar Touch.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: Several websites claim that in the Video Game tie-in, there is a secret level called Woody's Workshop and the way to access it is by collecting 100 coins in Level 1 and giving them to Hamm. However, a video has proven it to be a complete lie.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The early draft of the story (from the Direct-to-Video stage of development) was pretty different from the final as you can see here in a early script.
    • Betty White, Doris Roberts, Marcia Wallace, Carol Burnett, Cloris Leachman, and Florence Henderson were considered to voice Mrs. Potato Head before the casting of Estelle Harris. White and Burnett would eventually voice characters in Toy Story 4.
    • There was going to be a character named Señorita Cactus that would've helped Prospector Pete take down Woody. This character evolved into Jessie, and was turned into a heroic character.
    • According to the DVD Commentary, the creators originally considered making Bullseye talk, but then decided to make him more "like a big puppy dog", and thus gave him no voice.
    • The sequence where Buzz and the toys cross the road as traffic cones originally took place on a different road, as part of a longer trek to get to Al's Toy Barn (which was on the other side of town). After the crew decided to place Al's Toy Barn right across the street from his apartment building, the animation was lifted and placed on that street instead.
    • Other Buzz's final scene originally had him carrying Zurg's supposedly dead body, lamenting to the others that he now had to go bury his father, but it was quickly decided that this was too grim. It appeared in the tie-in novelization, though.
  • Write What You Know:
    • John Lasseter, an avid toy collector, based Al's obsession with toys on how he would try to keep his kids from playing with his collection when they visited his office. He realized that it was absurd to not use a toy for exactly what it was made for.
    • Andrew Stanton included the joke about Rex and his video game guide after his son repeatedly made him read similar guides to him in place of bedtime stories.
  • When Jessie first meets Woody and realizes who he is, she excitedly exclaims "Sweet mother of Abraham Lincoln!" before running off to tell the other toys of his arrival. Woody is played by Tom Hanks, a distant cousin of Lincoln's mother Nancy Hanks Lincoln.

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