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  • Actor-Shared Background: Duke Caboom is Canadian, just like his voice actor Keanu Reeves.
  • Author Existence Failure:
    • Don Rickles, the American voice for Mr. Potato Head, had passed away from kidney failure on April 7th, 2017, before the film's voice recording began. At the request of Rickles' surviving family, unused archive recordings of Don's voice was used in the film proper.
    • Bud Luckey, a long-time Pixar employee, the guy who came up with the idea of making Woody a cowboy themed toy, and the voice of Chuckles the Clown, passed away from a stroke on February 24, 2018. Rather than use archive recordings or replace him with Jonathan Banks, Chuckles ended up being absent from the film.
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    • R. Lee Ermey, the American voice for Sarge, passed away of pneumonia on April 15, 2018. Possibly as a result, this is the only film in the series not to feature him or any other Green Army Men (although they're currently at Sunnyside, and none of the toys there appear in this film, so it's unlikely he would have come back anyways).
    • Jesús Barrero, the Latin American Spanish voice for Rex, was diagnosed with lung cancer in March 2015 and subsequently passed away from complications caused by it on February 17, 2016. His nephew, José Gilberto Vilchis, took his place.
    • Ditto in the Japanese dub with Hamm and Slinky, whose voice actors Chikao Ohtsuka and Ichirō Nagai respectively died of an ischemic heart disorder on January 15, 2015 and a heart attack on January 27, 2014. They are both replaced with Shinpachi Tsuji and Yohei Tadano respectively.
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    • In the Italian dub, Fabrizio Frizzi (Woody) succumbed to an intracerebral hemorrhage in March 2018, and is replaced by Angelo Maggi, who has been Tom Hanks' voice for years. Also, Piero Tiberi (Slinky) passed away in 2013 after suffering a long illness, and is replaced by Saverio Moriones.
    • Åsleik Engmark, the Norwegian voice of Woody (and also Timon, Mushu and Mike Wazowski) died unexpectedly in February 2017, so the role of Woody has been taken over by Anders Bye.
    • In Spain, Hamm's voice actor Claudi García passed away in 2015 and is replaced by Pep Anton Munoz.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Christina Hendricks loved the role of Gabby Gabby. She said she's always wanted to own a ventriloquist doll, and finding out that her character has a bunch of them as henchmen/bodyguards made the experience even more awesome.
  • Celebrity Voice Actors: As usual, Pixar got some celebrities to voice new characters but doesn't make it a central selling point, they were chosen more because they fit their role.
  • The Danza: Carl Weathers reprises his role as Combat Carl from Toy Story of Terror!.
  • Development Gag:
    • The Ventriloquist Dummies seem like a nod to the earliest concepts for Woody's character, who would've been a street-smart dummy. Making them antagonists seems like a jab at the earlier, more mean-spirited takes on the original film that were eventually discarded after the infamous Black Friday screening.
    • Tinny has a rather unimpressed reaction when he meets Woody. This may be a reference to how Toy Story was originally going to be a feature-length version of Tin Toy before the film developed into having completely original characters.
    • A license plate seen on one of the background cars reads "RMRF97", after an accident during Toy Story 2's production where the entire film almost got deleted from Pixar's hard drives. It references the Unix command "rm", with "rm -rf" standing for removing all files recursively in a given directory and without confirmation.
  • Fan Nickname: One fanmade title that is commonly preferred over Toy Story 4 is simply Woody, a Character Title done in the vein of movies in long-running franchises like Logan for X-Men, due to the focus on Woody superseding the rest of the regular cast.
  • In Memoriam: The film is dedicated at the end of the credits to Don Rickles and animator Adam Burke.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Keegan-Michael Key is taller than Jordan Peele. Bunny (the latter's character) is taller than Ducky (the former's character). This was entirely deliberate, as the filmmakers believed Key's energy and Peele's mellowness were better suited for a small and large character, respectively.
  • Meaningful Release Date: The film was released on the same weekend that Toy Story 3 was released on in 2010, and only three days more than nine years to the day.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: Woody and Bo's exchange about meeting up with Buzz from the Super Bowl advertisement is absent from the film entirely.
  • Name's the Same: There was another Ducky in the Toy Story franchise previously — the Pez-on-a-baby-doll-body mutant toy that was assembled by Sid Phillips in the first film.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Madeline McGraw replaces Emily Hahn as Bonnie, obviously due to the latter having gone through puberty.
    • Madeline's brother Jack replaces Charlie Bright, who himself had replaced John Morris, as young Andy.
    • Alan Oppenheimer voices Old Timer, replacing Christian Roman from Toy Story of Terror!.
    • In the Japanese dub, Bonnie and Andy are voiced by a very different actors, rather than Sumire Morohoshi (Bonnie) and Kensho Ono (Andy), for the same reasons as in the English version.
    • In the Italian dub, Charlotte Infussi D'Amico replaces Arianna Vignoli, who voiced Bonnie in Toy Story 3 (as well as Agnes in the first two Despicable Me films) for the same reasons as in the English version.
    • Bo Peep never had the same voice actress twice in the French dub. Audrey Fleurot comes after Rebecca Dreyfus (Toy Story) and Vanina Pradier (Toy Story 2).
    • In the French dub again, Jean-Loup Horwitz replaced Jacques Balutin as Slinky. Balutin voiced Slinky for the first three movies.
  • Posthumous Credit: Don Rickles "reprises" his role as Mr. Potato Head through the use of unused archive recordings dating back to the first film, as he died before the recording sessions began.
  • Refitted for Sequel:
    • The concept for Gabby Gabby as an unsold toy with a faulty voice box is an idea Pixar had that predates the entire Toy Story franchise; it was originally going to be used in a shelved Tin Toy sequel, except she would have been an evil teddy bear (who ultimately became the basis for Lotso in Toy Story 3).
    • To an extent: the Circle 7 version of Toy Story 3 concerned Buzz malfunctioning. Here, Bonnie's parents assume he's acting up when his voice box keeps going off (because Buzz kept cycling through his sayings in order to figure out how to stop the RV from leaving without Bonnie's backpack).
  • Sequel Gap: Toy Story 4 was released nine years after Toy Story 3, which itself was released eleven years after Toy Story 2.
  • Shrug of God: How do toys, and objects treated as toys, come to life? The franchise's official answer is, and we quote, "I don't know."
  • Troubled Production: None of the previous Toy Story films have had smooth productions, and this one was no exception. It was slated to be co-directed with John Lasseter and Josh Cooley during the early stages of production, but 2017 saw a significant shakeup in production staff that saw Lasseter leaving as he couldn't balance his time directing the film with his job running Disney Animation and Pixar at the same time. He would eventually be removed from the project entirely when sexual harassment allegations forced him to leave Disney and Pixar the following year, making this the very last Pixar movie he had any involvement in. Around that same time, original screenwriters Rashida Jones (who was partially responsible for bringing Lasseter's history of misconduct to light) and Will McCormack left the film due to Creative Differences, resulting in the screenplay being heavily rewritten. There was also the fate of Mr. Potato Head, whose voice actor Don Rickles passed away before he could record his lines. Since Pixar didn't want to replace him or write the character out entirely, they had to go through decades of unused recordings of Rickles as the character in order to construct a new performance for him, and they had to consult with Rickles' estate just to do it.
  • Voices in One Room: A rare example from Pixar. Tom Hanks and Annie Potts recorded some of their scenes together so they could fully develop Woody and Bo's relationship. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele also recorded a lot of their dialogue together.

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