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Sid Phillips is said to be inspired by a former Pixar employee of the same last name who was known to disassemble toys and use the parts to build bizarre creations.
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This was the first animated film in Oscar history to be nominated for a Best Screenplay Academy Award - Adapted or Original.
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Tom Hanks recorded his dialogue during the breaks of Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and A League of Their Own (1992). He didn't want to record his dialogue during the breaks of Philadelphia (1993) or Forrest Gump (1994), because he felt he shouldn't do comedic roles in between minutes of playing serious roles.
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Billy Crystal was originally offered the chance to voice Buzz Lightyear, but declined. After seeing the finished film, he said the decision was the biggest mistake of his career. Upon learning this, John Lasseter telephoned Billy's house to offer him the role of Mike Wazowski in Monsters, Inc. (2001). Billy's wife answered the telephone and said "John Lasseter wants to speak to you." Billy took the telephone from his wife and said "Yes".
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Early scripts for the film featured a Barbie doll in a prominent role as Woody's love interest. The original ending sequence, in which Buzz and Woody chase the moving truck, was scripted to have Barbie drive her Corvette off the truck and rescue Woody and Buzz from Sid's dog, a-la Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Mattel, the company that owns the Barbie character, declined on the basis that they thought the film would be a failure and that they didn't want Barbie to have a defined personality, preferring to let children imagine Barbie's personality traits on their own. Thus, Barbie was dropped from the script, and her character was reworked into that of Bo-Peep. When the film proved a huge success, Mattel did allow Barbie to appear in Toy Story 2 (1999).
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The animation team perfected the movement of the toy soldiers by nailing a pair of sneakers to a sheet of wood and trying to walk around with them on.
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Hasbro denied Pixar the use of the name G.I. Joe when it was informed that a G.I. Joe doll was going to be blown up by Sid. The doomed action figure was thus referred to as a "Combat Carl".
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When Woody is sitting on the bed talking with Slinky, there is a drawing of him on the wall behind them. This is actually an early sketch of the Woody character.
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What attracted Tom Hanks to the role of Woody was the fact that, during his childhood, he would always wonder if his toys were alive and moved around when nobody was in his room. What attracted Tim Allen to the role of Buzz Lightyear was the fact that, before him, they offered the role to his biggest influence in his career, Chevy Chase, who turned it down. Billy Crystal had also declined the role.
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The carpet in Sid's house has the same hexagonal pattern as the carpet in the Overlook Hotel from The Shining (1980).
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The toolbox on top of the milk crate that Woody is trapped in is a Binford, the same type of tool that Tim Allen used on his television show Home Improvement (1991).
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John Lasseter always wanted Tom Hanks to play the character of Woody. Lasseter claimed Hanks had "the ability to take emotions and make them appealing. Even if the character is down-and-out and despicable." Early test footage, using Hanks' voice from Turner & Hooch (1989), convinced Hanks to sign on to the film.
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In 2013, the original film was remade shot-for-shot with real toys and real people. It took Jonason Pauley and his friends two years to complete the 82 minute film.
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When the Pizza Planet delivery boy enters the Dinoco gas station, he asks for directions to West Cutting Boulevard. West Cutting Boulevard is the street where Pixar Animation Studios was located in Richmond, California at the time (Pixar moved its entire operation to Emeryville, California, in 2000).
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Tim Allen has said in many interviews that Pixar originally wanted Jim Carrey to voice Buzz Lightyear, and Paul Newman to voice Woody, but they couldn't due to the low budget they were given for the film. Those casting choices were meant to represent how new Hollywood was taking over old Hollywood - Newman representing old Hollywood, Carrey representing new Hollywood. Newman would later go on to voiced Doc Hudson in Cars (2006) which was his last role before passing away in 2008.
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Some 3D effects were too complex, or even impossible, to calculate at the time of this film; subtle tricks are used to avoid them. Examples: explosions, thus the viewer doesn't see Combat Carl's demise; hair dynamics, so Andy, Sid, and Molly all have short hair while Andy's mother's hair is always tied back in a simple-to-model pony tail; and flying water droplets, thus the viewer doesn't see any liquid when Woody dumps his burning head into a bowl of cereal.
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The voice of the "Woody" doll (voiced by Tom Hanks in the movie) was actually provided by Tom's brother Jim Hanks for the line of subsequent "Woody" action toy figures.
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Woody and Buzz Lightyear are inspired by John Lasseter's own childhood toys. He based Woody on his own pull-string Casper doll, and once he grew out of Casper, he moved on to a G.I. Joe, a flashy toy at the time of his childhood.
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Originally the main character was going to be Tinny, the title character in John Lasseter's Oscar winning short film Tin Toy (1988). The story would have involved Tinny being left behind at a highway rest stop and joining up with a sarcastic ventriloquist dummy to try and get back to his family but they eventually make it to a preschool. However, the writers soon realized that Tinny was too old-fashioned to be a child's favorite toy. So he was replaced with a miniature toy astronaut initially named Lunar Larry and later Tempus from Morph. Eventually he became taller and was renamed Buzz Lightyear. The ventriloquist dummy, meanwhile, also changed and evolved; becoming less mean spirited and eventually turning into a cowboy rag doll named Woody.
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Pizza Planet was originally Pizza Putt, a combination pizzeria/mini-golf course.
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When Sarge looks through his binoculars spying on the party guests when he and the other army men investigate the birthday party, you'll notice that Andy's friends are actually the same character model of Andy just with different skin tones and different clothes and accessories.
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The first (and as of 2014 the only) animated film to receive a special achievement Academy Award. It was given to John Lasseter for "the development and inspired application of techniques that have made possible the first feature-length computer-animated film." More than fifty years earlier, Walt Disney received an honorary Oscar for Sneeuwwitje en de zeven dwergen (1937).
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Mr. Potato Head's line "What are you looking at, ya hockey puck?" is one of actor/comedian Don Rickles' catchphrases.
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The highest-grossing movie of 1995.
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The character of Andy is named for Andries "Andy" Van Dam, a Brown University professor and computer science and animation pioneer who taught many of the makers of this film.
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When the film was re-released on DVD, it was found that almost twenty percent of the original animation files were corrupted, proving to the studio that digital storage was not as feasible as they thought it would be at the time the film was made.
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Andy's last name is Davis. Although this is never stated in the film, during the end credits, Laurie Metcalf (who voices Andy's mom) is credited as voicing "Mrs. Davis". (Andy's last name is also revealed in Toy Story 3 (2010).)
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Jeffrey Katzenberg often gave notes that he wanted more edge. Pixar presented an early draft of the film to Disney on November 19, 1993. The result was disastrous. The film was deemed unwatchable and John Lasseter recalls simply hanging his head in shame. It presented Woody as a "sarcastic jerk" who was constantly insulting the other toys. Katzenberg took Walt Disney Feature Animation president Peter Schneider in the hall after the screening and asked him why it was bad, Schneider responded that it "wasn't theirs anymore." Disney immediately shut down production pending a new script. The story team spent a week on a new script to make Woody a more likable character, instead of the "sarcastic jerk" he had been.
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Joss Whedon reportedly created the character Rex the Dinosaur.
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Wheezy the Penguin was originally going to be in this film but was cut during the first draft of the script. He was later brought back in Toy Story 2 (1999).
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During the production of the movie, Steve Jobs made a private call to producer Ralph Guggenheim one night, trying to convince him to use Bob Dylan as the writer and performer of the soundtrack.
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All of the cars in Toy Story have license plate stickers that are dated November 95 - the same date the movie was released.
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The filmmakers have indicated in interviews that the moving-van chase scene at the end of the film was partially inspired by the toy train chase scene from The Wrong Trousers (1993). The Pixar animators considered the toy train sequence to have set a standard for action which they had to surpass in this full-length computer animated film.
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In Andy's bedroom, you'll notice that there are books on the book shelf with the following titles: Tin Toy (1988), Knick Knack (1989), Red's Dream (1987), and Luxo Jr. (1986). These titles are the names of the animated short films that Pixar made in the 1980s.
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When the soldiers are watching the pile of presents disappear during the birthday party, two silhouette pictures can be seen on the wall. These pictures are available at Walt Disney parks worldwide, and are cut freehand, with no prior sketchwork, using nothing but paper and scissors by the park's employees.
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WILHELM SCREAM: When Buzz Lightyear is knocked out of the window.
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Hannah serves Buzz tea from a Utah teapot, a famous data model seen in countless computer animations.
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The presence of Bo Peep in Toy Story (1995) is a reference to the fairy tale "The Shepherdess and The Sweep" (1849) by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. His story was also about toys in a children's room coming to life when no one is looking.
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The toy shark, wearing Woody's hat, proclaims, "Look, I'm Woody! Howdy howdy howdy!" This references a cowboy-eating vulture in one of Gary Larson's "The Far Side" daily comic strips, from the early 1980s: "Hey everyone, look at me, I'm a cowboy! Howdy! Howdy! Howdy!"
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Buzz Lightyear's colors are purple, green and white. This was because John Lasseter's favorite color is green, his wife's favorite color is purple and the character was based on the white suits astronauts used to wear in the Apollo missions.
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During the "Mrs. Nesbit" scene, Buzz was with two headless dolls. He says, "One minute you're defending the whole galaxy, and suddenly, you see yourself Darjeeling with, Marie-Antoinette and her little sister." Marie-Antoinette was queen of France during 1774-1792. She was guillotined on 1793 in the French Revoultion with her sister-in-law Élisabeth.
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Buzz Lightyear's facial features are loosely based on those of the film's John Lasseter; most notably his eyebrows, cheekbones and the dimple in his chin. Lasseter demonstrated this by sketching a rough self-portrait on the U.K. breakfast show The Big Breakfast (1992), and then adding the spacesuit helmet to transform himself into Buzz.
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The top of Sid's backpack reads "Julie Macbarfle has cooties!", a reference to camera manager Julie M. McDonald, who lobbied people to put her name in the film. "Juju's house of food" is another reference to her.
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When Andy and his mom are going to the pizza place, they stop at Dinoco for gas. Dinoco is also the company which Lightning McQueen is obsessed to work with, in the movie Cars (2006), also by Pixar.
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World's first computer animated feature film.
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At 81 minutes, this is the shortest Toy Story movie, and the shortest Pixar movie to date..
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The carpet in Sid's house is modeled after the carpet in the Overlook Hotel in The Shining (1980). The Shining is Editor Lee Unkrich's favorite movie. When Buzz gets wacky at the "tea party" he calls himself Mrs. Nesbit. The name of one of Pete's grade school teachers and in college, he had a Toyota pickup truck pretty much like the one the pizza delivery guys used. It too had a "YO" on the gate.
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Just below the back (and, as the computer game reveals, also the front) of Buzz's waistband is the Disney registration trademark.
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This is the only film in the Toy Story trilogy to start in the real world, unlike Toy Story 2 (1999) which started off in a video game setting, and Toy Story 3 (2010), which started in a fantasy setting of Andy's playtime.
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Buzz Lightyear's name was inspired by Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, and the term light-year, which means the amount of distance a beam of light travels in one year.
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The moving company ("Eggman Movers") is named after art director Ralph Eggleston. The license plate of the truck ("MLY1K9", meaning "Molly, one canine") is a reference to Pixar's resident sheepdog.
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HIDDEN MICKEY: The "giant watch" clock seen on the wall above the bed in Andy's Room, is based on a Mickey Mouse watch.
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Hamm's voice actor John Ratzenberger later would go on to voice a character in every Pixar Film since, becoming Pixar's "good luck charm," with Pixar being the only animation studio to have a voice actor in every movie of theirs.
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(June 2008) Ranked #6 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Animation".
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EASTER EGG: The Luxo Ball makes a Cameo in Andy's Room, that Buzz bounces off of whilst showing to the toys how he can "fly" and in the hall as the toy soldiers are setting up a recon post.
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EASTER EGG: The license plate on Andy's mother's car reads "A113". A113 is a room used by the animation department at CalArts - alma mater of a large number of Pixarians, including John Lasseter. This Easter Egg would later carry on over to Future Pixar Films as well.
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During the staff meeting one of the books on Andy's bookshelf behind Woody is titled "Smyrl, Smryl, Twist and Twirl," a reference to Eliot Smyrl on the modeling team. Another is titled "Scooter Run". This is a reference to what filmmakers would do when Pixar consisted of no more than six people. Many of the books are names of Pixar's short films (André and Wally B. (1984), Knick Knack (1989), Tin Toy (1988) etc.) and some of the book authors are named after Pixar staff.
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An early possible title for the film was "You Are A Toy".
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Tim Allen's favorite line as Buzz Lightyear is "You are a sad strange little man and you have my pity."
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Andy's lamp is a red version of the lamp that first appeared in and the ball that bounces down the hall just before the party, up and down from the hand of a guest, then is bounced off of by Buzz is the ball that first appeared in Luxo Jr. (1986). Both have since become Pixar trademarks.
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The only toy that wasn't in production when the film was released was Slinky Dog.
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In April 2008, Toy Story (1995) made its debut as a live action musical on Disney Cruise Line's The Disney Wonder. The musical contains seven songs, six of which are original, and Randy Newman's 'You've Got a Friend in Me.'
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If you look carefully when the toys are having a meeting before Andy gets presents, a book behind Woody has the name John Lasseter, who is the director of the film.
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Bill Murray, Jim Carrey, and Chevy Chase was considered for the role of Buzz Lightyear.
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One of the cars' license plate is "HTT1195," which references the company "Hi Tech Tunes," which produced the film.
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The robot in the films says stuff that a real-life robot called, m.y pal 2 would say. M.y Pal 2 was a talking toy robot in the early 90s.
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The first ever computer-animated motion picture.
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In full production, Toy Story (1995) employed just 110 people. In comparison, The Lion King (1994) was made with 800 employees.
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Randy Newman wrote the film's signature tune "You've Got a Friend in Me" in just one day.
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Initially Steve Jobs had real reservations about the film, to the point where he was considering selling off Pixar. However, as production was underway, he got more and more excited about the way it was shaping up, firmly believing that it would be a milestone in motion picture history.
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The first Pixar film to get more than one sequel.
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Lenny the binoculars name comes from a play on the word "lens."
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The Pizza Planet truck that Woody and Buzz hitch a ride on, to get to Pizza Planet also cameos in the later Pixar films, apart from The Incredibles (2004).
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On the back of the Pizza Planet truck, there is a sticker that reads "KRAT FM". This is a reference to Pixar employee Tia W. Kratter, an artist on the film.
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The theme of Andy favoring Buzz (a spaceman) over Woody (a cowboy) is reminiscent of a cultural phenomenon of the 1950s where kids wanted to be cowboys. With the launch of Sputnik and the subsequent space race between the United States and the Soviet Union, more kids wanted to grow up to be astronauts and abandoned their cowboy toys.
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Introduced to the National Film Registry in 2005, its first year of eligibility for such an accolade.
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The film required 800,000 machine hours and 114,240 animation frames in total.
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In the Black Friday reel, Hamm was depicted as being a bipedal pig (presumably a plush toy) instead of a piggy bank. In addition, he also was given a voice that was more pig-like, similar to Porky Pig, albeit slightly deeper.
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Rex is shown to be left-handed. When meeting Buzz in Toy Story, he shakes Buzz's left hand.
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When Buzz is lying on the skateboard while "repairing" his ship, there are stacked blocks that read "B" and "Z." for B.Z. Petroff, the movie's animation and layout manager.
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When Woody and Buzz are running around behind the video game consoles at Pizza Planet, one of the video games that can be seen is an extremely sped up version of Pong, a video game by Atari that was originally released in November 1972.
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First Disney film to have a variant of the Walt Disney Pictures logo, in this case, being a more 3D-looking castle that zooms out, which would also be used for all Pixar films until after Ratatouille (2007).
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Woody was originally conceived as a ventriloquist's doll.
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From the beginning, John Lasseter always had Tom Hanks in mind for the voice of Woody.
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Disney pushed hard for the film to be a musical (like most animated features of the time) but John Lasseter was against the idea. He felt the film would work better as a buddy comedy, rather than a musical. Eventually he and Disney reached a compromise in that songs would play at key moments but not be sung by the characters. Pixar wouldn't make a musical until Coco (2017), 22 years later.
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Sid's dog Scud is a bull terrier.
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Even though she belongs to Molly, Bo Peep has been considered to be one of Andy's toys - being played with by Andy and even being labeled as "Andy's Toys" on a bonus feature on the 2005 Toy Story 1 and 2 DVDs.
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Mel Gibson was considered to voice Buzz Lightyear.
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There are no visible liquids, fiery explosions or long hair in the movie due to limitations in computer animation at the time.
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Sid's name was inspired by punk rocker Sid Vicious (Buzz and Woody called him Sid Vicious in a deleted scene on the Blu-ray disc.).
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The Jim Henson Company produced the Muppet's television movie The Christmas Toy (1986), about toys who come to life when their human owners aren't around. In it, Rugby the Tiger becomes jealous when he discovers he's about to be replaced as the children's favorite toy, and inadvertently releases the new toy, Meteora: Queen of the Asteroids, who doesn't realize she's a toy, and thinks she's landed among aliens. It's then up to Rugby and the other toys to convince her to accept her role as Christmas toy and get back in her present before Christmas morning. The Jim Henson Company was later bought by Disney, like Pixar, who created Toy Story (1995).
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After Woody helps Buzz get out from under the crate, you can see a can that says Catmull rootbeer. This is a reference to Ed Catmull, president and co-founder of Pixar.
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Buzz Lightyear was originally going to be named Lunar Larry.
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When Andy's family is in the minivan on the way to their new house, a shot is shown of Molly looking in the side mirror at Woody and Buzz on the road. While this is happening, "Hakuna Matata" is playing, a song from The Lion King (1994).
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Disney can be seen on Buzz's behind.
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The early audience test screening of the movie was disguised as an early screening of "Operation Dumbo Drop" as to disguise the screening from the public. Audience members were only told the screening was actually for Toy Story when they were handed NDAs in line at the theater.
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Near the end, when Buzz catches Woody with RC, you can see the Dinoco gas station one more time in the background.
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When Woody sees the Pizza Planet Truck parking into the gas station, inside the truck, the driver says "Do you know where Cutting Boulevard is?". This is actually a reference to the street Pixar is on, West Cutting Boulevard.
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John Lasseter knew he had a hit on his hands when he heard adult sobs coming from the preview audience when Buzz lies apparently broken.
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Andy's Barrel of Monkeys is based off the '90s variety.
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When Andy speaks for Dr. Porkchop, he uses a British accent. However, in Andy's fantasy sequence in Toy Story 3 (2010), John Ratzenberger maintains his American accent while voicing Dr. Porkchop.
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R. Lee Ermey's character Sarge was inspired by his character Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket (1987). R. Lee Ermey was also a Gunnery Sergeant in the Marine Corps.
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Pixar's 1st feature film.
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Voted number five in Channel 4's (UK) "Greatest Family Films".
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This is the only Pixar film to not have the Pixar logo, where Luxo, Jr. would bounce on the I, with the Disney logo fading into the film at the start. However, in one of the trailers for the film, a different Pixar logo is shown on a black background, with no lamp.
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The only Pixar film with opening titles.
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Sid's dog is named "Scud", a reference to missiles that carried biological warfare substances used by Saddam Hussein when he opened an attack on United States allies during the Persian Gulf War of 1991.
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Before the film was released, there was an Australian television series about toys in a boy's bedroom that come alive when the boy has left the room - that series was Johnson & Friends (1990), which had no human characters.
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When Woody is trapped under a milk crate in Sid's room with Buzz, behind him can be seen a military field manual. The manual is incorrectly titled "Improvised Interrogation Handbook" with a code of TM-31-210 which is actually the military's "Improvised Munitions Handbook". Improvised munitions seems more likely the fit considering Sid's fascination with explosives.
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Toward the end of the film, when Scud is chasing Buzz and RC, when Buzz gets away from Scud, a blue car nearly crashes into Scud. And, you will only be able to see this if it's in HD and you press pause. The blue car's license plate says "RES1536". This is also the license plate for the famous Pizza Planet truck.
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Attracting animators to work on the film proved to be remarkably easy. While Disney had a reputation for not paying particularly much for their staff, the opportunity to work on the world's first computer animated feature film proved to be a big lure.
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There is a possibility that the Barrel of Monkeys were given to Andy for his birthday, as they were not seen until Rex was trying to help Buzz after he was knocked out of the window.
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The Magic-8 ball's answer: "Don't count on it" is one of the 20 possible answers that the original 8-Ball toy can answer. It is also one of the five negative answers.
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The design that Pixar used for Mr. Potato Head is an altered version of the 1980s and 90s design. For instance, in the real world, the toy Mr. Potato Head's eyes are attached to each other with only one hole on the plastic potato to put them in. In the Toy Story films, Mr. Potato Head's eyes are separate and have one hole for each eye on the plastic body to place them in (this is true for the shoes as well). That's why the Toy Story Collection version has connected eyes, in which the eye connection is a "half inaccuracy." The collectors were not pleased. However, we may see more accurate versions in the near future, as Hasbro announced that they may make revisions to their design.
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Even though they technically aren't mutant toys, Hannah's Janie doll and the Pterodactyl toy were temporarily "mutated" when Sid replaced Janie's head with the Pterodactyl's in an attempt to "make her better". Both parts were separated seconds after and put back to their original places by the other mutant toys later (around the time before they fixed Buzz).
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Lost both Best Achievement in Music Oscars (Best Original Score and Best Original Song) to Disney's Pocahontas (1995).
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In Buzz's first scene in the movie, Buzz mentions that he protects the galaxy from the evil Emperor Zurg. Zurg appears in Toy Story 2 (1999).
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Slinky is made of wood with articulating legs and head, unlike the real life toy which is made of plastic and stands completely still.
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Coincidentally, there's a movie based on the Troll dolls in 2016 made by Dreamworks, Pixar's rival company. This makes the Troll dolls the only characters that appears in a Pixar production and Dreamworks production as character.
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Dinoco is presumed to be a parody of the real-life Sinclair Oil Corporation fuelling stations, with the green apatosaurus logos being the same.
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Rendered for an aspect ratio of 1.66:1, and it was supposed to be matted in theatres to 1.85:1 (the aspect ratio for which the team tried to compose). For reasons too complex to go into here, they aimed for 1.85:1 and missed, but only by a little. After careful consideration and consultation with John Lasseter, they nudged the window open a tiny bit to 1.78:1 (16 x 9).
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HIDDEN MICKEY: The painted clouds on Andy's wall that begin the film feature a cloud comprising of Mickey's two distinct circle ears and large circle head below them.
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In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #99 Greatest Movie of All Time. It was the first inclusion of this film on the list.
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Not only is the dinoco gas station a reference to dinoco in Cars (2006), but also the dinosaur on the picture is actually Arlo from The Good Dinosaur (2015), released 20 years later.
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Joss Whedon, who is one of the screenwriters, would later go on to create a science fiction television series which was a "Western in space", entitled Firefly (2002). Woody is a cowboy doll and Buzz Lightyear is a toy spaceman.
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Though not the main character, Mr. Potato Head, not counting the wanted poster, is famously the first character to appear in both the Toy Story series and the Pixar films. Andy is the first character to be heard speaking in the Pixar films as he was throwing his voice for Mr. Potato Head as a villain.
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In the Danish version the voice of Andy is played by Lukas Forchhammer, the lead vocal of the band Lukas Graham.
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The Pizza Planet truck is a 1978 Gyoza Mark VII Lite Hauler. The G, Z, and A had peeled off before the film takes place.
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The Luxo Lamp from Luxo Jr. can be seen on the desk in Andy's bedroom.
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The Roly Poly Clown is similar in design to a boxing dummy.
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Originally, Slinky Dog was intended to be one of Andy's more unpopular toys and the least played with, with Woody effectively being the only reason Slinky was not hauled off to goodwill, with Woody pointing this out when demanding that Slinky force the other toys off the bed after throwing Buzz out of the window. This backstory, however, was cut out after the scene in question nearly resulted in Toy Story being shut down on Black Friday
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Buzz' call of "To infinity and beyond!" is a nod to the film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). In 2001, once the spaceship Discovery reaches its destination, the title appears: "Jupiter and beyond infinity."
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John Lasseter reflected on the impact on the movie, saying: "Yes, we worry about what the critics say. Yes, we worry about what the opening box office is going to be. Yes, we worry about what the final box office is going to be. But really, the whole point why we do what we do is to entertain our audiences. The greatest joy I get as a filmmaker is to slip into an audience for one of our movies anonymously, and watch people watch our film. Because people are 100 percent honest when they're watching a movie. And to see the joy on people's faces, to see people really get into our films...to me is the greatest reward I could possibly get".
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Woody's line of "Buzz, look! An alien!" Foreshadows later when the two later have to hide from Sid in a crowd of aliens in the crane game at Pizza Planet.
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There are a few hints before the reveal that the Mutant Toys aren't evil; first, they don't even attempt to attack Woody when they first appear. Second, when they try to block Woody and Buzz from leaving Sid's room, they once again don't try to attack them, and it turns out they were trying to stop them from running headfirst into Scud the Bull Terrier, who was resting on the stairs just outside the doorway.
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Woody's early line to Rex of "Save your batteries!" sounds like a throwaway joke, but in the climax, Woody and Buzz end up stranded again after RC's batteries run out while trying to catch up to the moving truck.
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When we first see Sid in the film, the idea of stopping Sid from torturing toys is brought up. This of course sets up Woody and the mutant toys coming alive in front of Sid later.
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Laurie Metcalf, who played Jackie in Roseanne (1988), has a son named Andy in the series. She also plays the voice of Andy's mom in the film.
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When Woody hides in a milk crate in Sid's room, one of the items inside it is an American military-style manual labeled "TM 31-210: Improvised Interrogation Techniques", a reference to Sid's mock interrogation of Woody with a magnifying glass. There is a real training manual published by the United States Army with a serial number TM 31-210, which details the creation and use of improvised explosives. Though also fitting for Sid's character, it was possibly altered to its current state to prevent viewers from getting any unseemly ideas.
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The first Pixar movie starring Joe Ranft, who'd go onto voice a character in all Pixar Film's before his death in 2005.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies.
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Unlike how Scud was portrayed in the film, actual Bull Terriers are usually gentle and non-threatening dog breeds.
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Lenny speaks by moving his eyes around.
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Robot has some notable similarities to WALL-E, particularly his robotic arms and treads.
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Both Robot and Snake have been known to be the most popular background characters.
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None of the mutant toys can speak, and there is no given reason why, though Ducky can make duck sounds.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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In Andy's room, some board games, such as Candy Land and Operation can be seen.
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Woody and Buzz were inspired by some of John Lasseter's favorite toys. Woody was based on Lasseter's old Casper the Friendly Ghost pull-string doll while Buzz was based on John's old G.I. Joes.
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In one scene, Woody is seen using the 1950 Magic 8 Ball.
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Released while TV Show Roseanne (Laurie Metcalf is also appears in this tv sitcomedy-drama) is still on air (is in middle of season 7).
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When Woody meets Buzz, Buzz aims his laser at Woody's head, which the red dot goes on his forehead. It is a foreshadowing of Woody being tortured with a magnifying glass which a hot beam of sunlight burns Woody's forehead.
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The first computer-animated film to be passed PG by the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) when three years later, DreamWorks debut film Antz (1998), the first computer-animated film to be passed PG by the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) and the BBFC passed both films with the exact same certificate but the MPAA passed Toy Story (1995) G.
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Like Lenny, RC only had eyes and no mouth.
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Roly Poly clown could have been inspired by Tolo Toys' Roly Poly Chiming Clown.
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Mr. Mike was based on a real toy manufactured by Playskool sometime during the late 1980s and early 1990s, known as "Playskool Rockin' Robot." A real-life Mr. Mike was made in response to his appearance in Toy Story.
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In 1996, a Toy Story-inspired See 'n Say was released. This version was the same 1989 model seen in the film, however, it was adapted to narrate scenes from the movie by Woody. In addition, the arrow now features Woody's picture.
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Troikas are one of the few toys which appear in the films that have never been officially released as toys. However, several replicas have been made by fans.
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Mr. Shark's line, "Look, I'm Woody! Howdy! Howdy! Howdy!" is a reference to a cowboy-eating vulture in one of Gary Larson's The Far Side daily comic strips from the early 1980s: "Hey, everyone, look at me, I'm a cowboy! Howdy! Howdy! Howdy!"
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The address of the Davis' second (and current) home is 234 Elm Street.
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Buzz Lightyears mission is basically the same as R2D2's in "Star Wars: A New Hope". Where he the evil emperor is building a weapon that can destroy the planet and only he has plans for its one weakness.
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For one moment, Slinky Dog says "Golly Bob Howdy" a catchphrase that came from the character Ernest P. Worrell, Slinky was voiced by Jim Varney who also played Ernest.
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Laurie Metcalf and Annie Potts star in two different shows that take place in the same universe. Metcalf has as recurring role as Mary Cooper on "The Big Bang Theory" while Potts has a main role as Constance "Meemaw" Tucker on the spinoff show, "Young Sheldon". Potts plays the mother of Metcalf's character but at different times. Laurie Metcalf's real life daughter, Zoe Perry, plays a younger version of Mary Cooper on "Young Sheldon".
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Dan Aykroyd were considered for the role of Buzz Lightyear.
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John Cleese was considered for the role of Slinky Dog.
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Jim Carrey were considered the role of Woody.
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Bruce Willis was considered for the voice of Buzz Lightyear.
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Rick Moranis was considered to voice Rex the Dinosaur.
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Steve Guttenberg declined the opportunity to voice Woody.
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The name of the real estate agency selling Andy's home is Virtual Realty, a malapropism of the computer modeling term "virtual reality".
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Sid (the main antagonist) wears a black t-shirt with a skull, and tortures and destroys toys. The Marvel comic book anti-hero The Punisher, a.k.a. Frank Castle, was known for wearing a black shirt with a skull, and for torturing and killing criminals.
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There are two slightly different versions of the film's poster (where Buzz is flying in Andy's room with Woody grabbing his arm). One has Woody side-looking Buzz and the other one is Woody smiling at the sky.
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Near the end of the movie, when Woody climbs onto the back of the car, not only does the famous A113 appear on the license plate, but also above A113, it says "Nov" on the left side, and "95" on the right side. which is a reference to the year 1995, in which Toy Story was released.
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Rocky's name, mask and the logo on his championship belt are references to the Rock of Gibraltar.
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The approximate minutes of the movie is 81 minutes. This is so far the shortest Pixar film.
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John Lasseter tried to pitch a full computer animated feature film to Disney as early as 1982 after seeing TRON (1982) for the first time.
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Mr. Potato Head is also the first character seen in the first film and the series.
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Paul Newman was considered the role of Woody.
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Billy Crystal was considered the role of Buzz Lightyear. Crystal later voiced Mike Wazowski in Monsters, Inc. (2001).
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Sid sticks a match in Woody's holster with the line, "You and I can have a "cookout" later, hehehe!" The match, however, is a red herring; it's immediately blown out when Woody tries to use it.
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The moving company, which is called Eggman Movers, shares it name with the main antagonist of the Sonic The Hedgehog video game series, Dr. Eggman. However, in 1995, Dr. Eggman was still known as Dr. Robotnik to the PAL Regions (Europe and Australia) and America.
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When Buzz sees the Buzz Lightyear commercial and finds out he is a toy, it says you can get Buzz Lightyear action figures at Al's Toy Barn. This is a reference to Al Mcwhiggin in Toy Story 2 (1999).
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Sid's mutant toy Rockmobile uses a different Rocky Gibraltar torso.
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Here's a double easter egg. So, when Buzz hops onto RC and goes out from under the red car, the car's license plate says "HTT1195". Now, I'm not sure what HTT means but 1195 was on the A113 box in A Bug's Life (1998). And, it's a reference to Toy Story (1995) itself. Because Toy Story (1995) was released in November 1995.
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When we first see Hannah in the film in the first scene in Sid's house, Sid asks her if his package has arrived yet. This package later turns out to be the rocket that plays a big role in the film's climax.
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Toy Story on ice. Buzz Lightyear's flying scene. Buzz swings from a giant baseball to a trampoline, and then he bounces over a stack of alphabet blocks and gets a ride on a toy airplane. He then jumps onto a firetruck ladder and climbs onto Andy's bed.
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In order to accurately portray the movement of the green army men, various members of the Pixar team took turns hobbling up and down the office with their shoes nailed to a board. They got paid for doing so.
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There are three running gags in the film: 1. Buzz thinking he is a 'space ranger' despite Woody insisting he is a toy. 2. Andy's toys turning against Woody after thinking he killed Buzz. 3. Woody and Buzz bumping into Sid's disfigured toys.
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This film was released the same year and month as Casino (1995), which also featured Don Rickles (Mr Potato Head).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Buzz sees the TV commercial that finally convinces him that he really is a toy, the voiceover for the commercial is performed by Penn Jillette.
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Originally when Woody reveals himself to scare off Sid, Buzz would have wondered if doing so would mentally scar Sid for the rest of his life. Woody would have then casually stated that he would be fine in a comedic way, but for unknown reasons this scene was cut.
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This is the only film in the Toy Story franchise where the main villain is not a toy (in the cases of Toy Story 2 (1999) where it's Stinky Pete The Prospector and in Toy Story 3 (2010) where it's Lots-O-Huggin' Bear "Lotso"), but a human.
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RC crashing into Mr. Potato Head is payback for Mr. Potato Head leading the mutiny against Woody when he accuses Woody of deliberately pushing Buzz out of the window which was accidental.
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The Behind-The-Scenes as well as a graduation diploma in Toy Story 3 (2010) revealed Andy's full name to be Andrew Davis.
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THEORY: It's possible Sid Phillips may had developed pediophobia (also known as the fear of dolls) after his toys came to life and may never had overcome it.
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Throughout the movie it is hinted that Mr. Potato Head is and has always been jealous of Woody. In the staff meeting scene, Mr. Potato Head mentions that Woody has been Andy's favorite toy since Kindergarten. When Woody and toys meet Buzz Lightyear, Mr. Potato Head insults Woody by saying that his pull string sound box sounds as if a "car ran over it". Mr. Potato Head mocks Woody by suggesting that Andy will find a special place for Andy in the attic. When Buzz accidentally gets knocked out of the window, Mr. Potato Head confronts Woody accusing of him pushing Buzz out of the window and asks Woody if he will also push him out of the window when Andy starts playing with him more and threatens to hang him. When the toys wrongly assume Woody ripped off Buzz's arm, Mr. Potato Head hopes that Sid will pull out his sound box and Mr. Potato Head has the toys throw Woody off the moving truck when Woody tosses RC out of the moving van to rescue Buzz, thinking Woody is doing the same thing to RC like he did to Buzz.
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Buzz addresses Woody as "Sheriff" a total of nine times; he addresses Woody by his real name 17 times.
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The Behind-The-Scenes revealed Sid's full name to be Sidney Phillips.
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In the French language audio during the toy attack scene with Sid, the girl doll says "Redrum," yet another reference to The Shining.
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In Buzz's first scene, Rex asks Buzz what a space ranger actually does, but Buzz doesn't answer the question, because he is rudely interrupted by Woody who rants about him not being a space ranger. A space ranger is an intergalactic policeman.
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