In 2011, Pixar started releasing short animated films to supplement the feature length Toy Story films, called Toy Story Toons. The shorts pick up where Toy Story 3 left off, with Woody, Buzz and Andy's other toys now living at the home of Bonnie Anderson, and were first released in theaters before screenings of other Pixar/Disney films. So far, three shorts have been released:
- Hawaiian Vacation (2011), played before Cars 2.
- Small Fry (2011), played before The Muppets.
- Partysaurus Rex (2012), played before Finding Nemo's 3D re-release.
The Toy Story Toons shorts provide examples of:
Barbie and Ken end up in Bonnie's bedroom after a failed attempt to stow away on her trip to Hawaii, so the toys all try to create their own island paradise.
- Foot Popping: Gender flipped when Barbie and Ken kiss.
- Medium Blending: Ken and Barbie go scuba diving on an empty fish tank in front of a TV showing live-action fish. As a prank, Hamm changes the channel to a shark, also live-action.
- Shout-Out: An inside one: as mentioned in the DVD commentary, Chuckles the Clown's luau chant translates to "Bound and rebound", a reference to the Pixar short Boundin'. This trope gets double points because Boundin' was narrated by Bud Luckey, the voice of Chuckles.
- Vertigo Effect: When Ken realizes he's not in Hawaii.
- Wrong Turn at Albuquerque: Ken sneaks himself and Barbie into Bonnie's backpack to go with her to Hawaii, not realizing she probably wouldn't take her school backpack with her until the other toys point it out.
Buzz is left behind at a fast food restaurant when a kids' meal Buzz decides to replace him. There he encounters a therapy group of discarded kids' meal toys.
- Easy Impersonation: Parodied. No one buys that Fun Meal Buzz, who is much smaller and smells like French fries, is the real Buzz; except for Rex, who thinks he somehow shrank in the ball pit.
- Our Vampires Are Different: One of the discarded fun meal toys is a vampire engineer named Vlad. He was discarded because no one would board the Vampire Express.
- Punny Name: Pretty much all the Fun Meal toys have a pun-based name.
- Recycled Premise: A main toy character meeting a fast food kids' meal toy version of himself already happened in Toy Story Treats. Plus Woody commenting on the toy's greasy fast food smell.
- Shout-Out: One of the discarded kid's meal toys was based on Condorman. On top of the obvious Disney shout out, there's a probably unintentional twist here in that this live-action hero was played by Michael Crawford — whose work in Hello, Dolly! proves important in WALLE.
When Rex finds himself left behind in the bathroom, he puts his limbs to use by getting a bath going for a bunch of new toy friends.
- Baths Are Fun: Rex helps some toys to get a party going in the bath. The part before this in which Bonnie is having imaginative fun with the toys counts too.
- A Day in the Limelight: Rex has always been a supporting character. He is the main protagonist this time around.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: "What up, my fishes!"
- Here We Go Again!: At the end, the pool toys ask for Rex's help.
- Man-Made House Flood: Or rather, toy-made house flood. Rex can't turn off the faucet, leading to the bathroom, and eventually the whole house, to flood.
- Opening the Flood Gates: Rex ends up flooding the bathroom, so when the other toys go in after him...
- Shout-Out: When the bath toys are lamenting how they can't play after bath time due to a lack of arms, one toy cries out in anguish, "No more tears!".
- Stress-Induced Mental Voices: Whenever Rex is worried about the party getting out of hand, he hears Mr. Potato Head calling him "Party-Pooper Rex" earlier and doubles down.