Wednesday, June 6, 2012

33 Things You Might Not Know About Toy Story

I remember taking my little brother to see the first Toy Story movie in the theater and expecting it to be some dumb kids movie. I was wrong. Surprisingly, wonderfully wrong. (From Buzzfeed.)

The original Toy Story is the first fully computer-generated full-length feature film.

In their most productive week during production, Pixar completed 3.5 minutes of animation.

Pixar originally wanted Jim Carrey to voice Buzz Lightyear, but the film's low budget couldn't afford him. 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.

The Pizza Planet delivery truck, which has appeared in every Pixar film except The Incredibles, also appeared in all three Toy Story films.

Hasbro denied Pixar the use of the name GI Joe when the company realized that a GI Joe doll was blown up in the script by Sid. Pixar used green army men instead.

The license plate on Andy's mother's car reads “A 111” on the front and “A 113” on the rear. A111 and A113 are two rooms used by the animation department at CalArts - alma mater of a large number of Pixarians.

Mattel originally didn't want Barbie in the film because they thought the film would be a failure. They also didn't want Barbie to have a defined personality, preferring to let children imagine Barbie's personality traits on their own.

Barbie's blue workout outfit from Toy Story 3 is based on the 1984 Great Shape Barbie Doll. The Ken doll in the movie is modeled after Animal Lovin Ken from 1988.

The number 95 appears frequently throughout all three films, a nod to the year the first Toy Story was released, 1995.

Pixar presented an early draft of the film to Disney on November 19, 1993. The result was disastrous. The film was deemed unwatchable. It presented Woody as a “sarcastic jerk” who was constantly insulting the other toys. 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.

The green three-eyed aliens have a circled pizza (pepperoni and mushroom) on their fronts.

The plot of the Toy Story 3 is loosely based on the original treatment for Toy Story, which had Tinny getting lost at a rest stop and being found by a junk man, who throws him into back of his truck. Tinny meets a ventriloquist dummy and they both decide to stick together. But in the end they end up in a preschool where they'll never get lost or outgrown. Tinny can be seen on the cover of a magazine in one scene in Toy Story 3.

(List continues on Buzzfeed.)


  1. Toy Story is my favorite of all the Pixar movies. I like every single one of them without exception. It's a good thing since I've had to watch them a bajillion times. (No arm twisting required.)

  2. That was fun to read. I loved all the Toy Story movies too.

    "In their most productive week during production, Pixar completed 3.5 minutes of animation." Wow, that part surprised me. I guess that just shows how much time and work they put into it to make it turn out so well.

  3. Very cool. I loved all 3 Toy Story movies, and it's clear a lot of time and effort went into making them, both animation and story-wise.

    I mean, how can you not walk past one of those machines where you can win a stuffed animal by picking it up with the metal arm and "claw" and not think of Toy Story :) ?

  4. Very cool info! I saw Toy Story in the theater, even with no kids. So much went into it I remember thinking it was genius. We have all the DVD's. All are great but TS3 was kinda dark. That baby doll scared the bejeezus outta me. *shudder*

  5. Fun link - I loved all the Toy Story movies. SO glad Jim Carrey didn't make the cast - or Billy Crystal. Ugh.

  6. I had that Barbie! It's the only one I ever had and my aunt brought it from Chicago. I was envied by all the girls in the block.

  7. What I love about this kind of stuff are all the stories about people who turned down being a part of something big like this because they thought it was gonna be a huge flop.



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