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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.
  • 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 also remembers sitting in the corner of the recording studio, face in hands, as the Pixar Regulars geeked out.
  • 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.
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  • Ink-Suit Actor: Al closely resembles what his voice actor, Wayne Knight, looked like at the time.
  • Non-Singing Voice: A variant. It's Jessie's yodeling, and it's done by Mary Kay Bergman instead of Joan Cusack.
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  • Old Shame: Disney and Pixar have given the blooper where Stinky Pete talks to two Barbie dolls about getting them parts in Toy Story 3 this treatment. In 2019, they removed it from current pressings and television airings in light of John Lasseter's firing over sexual misconduct.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Geri for his cameo is voiced by Jonathan Harris, while in the original short he appeared he was voiced by Bob Peterson.
    • In the Latin American Spanish dub, since the dub was done in Mexico, Barbie is voiced by a Mexican voice actress (Dulce Guerrero) rather than her at the time Venezuelan voice actress (Melanie Henríquez).
  • Posthumous Credit: Despite committing suicide a few weeks before this was released, Mary Kay Bergman was given a credit since she recorded Jessie's yodels months in advance.
  • 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.
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    • 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.
  • Role Reprisal: 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.
  • Talking to Himself: Tim Allen plays both Buzzes.
  • Technology Marches On: A relatively minor example, but the toys finding the location of Al's Toy Barn would be far easier today then it was back in the Nineties. Nowadays, you can find the address of any place online and use Google Maps to print off directions quite easily.
  • 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.
  • Too Soon: After John Lasseter's resignation from Disney/Pixar following allegations of sexual misconduct, a sexually-charged outtake involving Stinky Pete and the Barbies was removed for the 4K UHD release. As of June 2019, the scene is reportedly removed from the digital releases and newly-released Blu-ray editions as well.
  • 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 movie, "the database(s) containing the master copies of characters, sets, animation, etc. were accidentally deleted". Luckily, supervising technical director Galyn Susman happened to have a back-up copy of the work at home to work on the movie after the birth of her son, rescuing what would have been two years' worth of work from oblivion.
  • 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:
    • 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.
    • 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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