Animated movies are full of deliciously secretive Easter eggs for us to chomp on. So every time that we rewatch them, we can go, “Aha! Well, that’s something new! I can’t wait to tell all of my friends!” The Toy Story series is no exception—it’s full of delightful hidden things that only the most perceptive Pandas will catch. Like all the sneaky references to Pixar’s other movies and pop culture that our Bored Panda team has collected for you to enjoy.
We’re pretty sure that some of these hidden Toy Story details will be new to you, so scroll down, upvote your faves, and let us know in the comments which ones you enjoyed the most. Be sure to read on for some extra juicy bits of info like what Woody’s character was supposed to be like originally. Ready? To Infinity and Beyond!
We know how much you love learning about secret movie tidbits, dear Readers, so when you’re done looking through this list, we’d like to invite you to have a look at our post about the Easter eggs hidden in the Harry Potter movies, as well as our list of surprising movie details you might have missed.
In “Toy Story 4,” Mr Potato Head Is Voiced Posthumously By Don Rickles (Who Passed Away In 2017). The Pixar Team Mined Through More Than Two Decades Of Rickles’ Voice Sessions, Outtakes For Other Films, Theme Parks, Toys, etc. To Piece Together The Performance
Toy Story 4 (2019) - Instead Of Creating All Of The Individual Cobwebs By Hand, Pixar Created Ai Spiders That Were Programmed To Spin The Webs Wherever The Cobwebs Needed To Be
For Toy Story (1995), The Screenwriters Taped Shoes To A Wooden Board To Help The Creative Team Figure Out How The Army Soldiers Would Walk And Run
The Toy Story movies have been in our lives for 25 years! The original came out in 1995 and had a sequel 4 years later. Part 3 hit the silver screen in 2010 and we had to wait a long while until the fourth Toy Story film came out in 2019. Is it likely that we’ll see Toy Story 5? It’s always a possibility but I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you, dear Pandas—Pixar already has its next wave of releases planned out for the next few years.
Though you’ll find plenty of hidden details on the screen, you need a dash of insider-knowledge to learn about all the other fun bits of Toy Story trivia. For example, did you know that the animators surrounded themselves with toys while working on Toy Story 4 to always feel inspired? (We also learned that our Lord and Savior Keanu Reeves, who voiced Duke Caboom, was fascinated with LEGOs when he was growing up. Keanu, how is it that you keep surprising us?)
Beginning With Their First Full Length Feature Toy Story (1995) The Credits For All Pixar Movies Include "Production Babies". These Are The Children Born To Anyone At Pixar During The Making Of The Movie
In Toy Story 4 (2019), The Red String That Andy Used To Repair His Torn Arm In Toy Story 2 Is Still Visible
Toy Story Easter Egg: The Tools That Sid Uses Are Binford Tools. Binford Is The Company That Sponsors The Show "Tool Time" Within The Show "Home Improvement". Tim Allen (Voice Of Buzz Lightyear) Was The Star Of That Show
In a parallel universe, there’s probably an animated movie series called ‘You are a Toy’—that’s what would’ve happened if Pixar had stuck with the provisional name it had come up with.
Meanwhile, the Woody we know and love could have turned out to be a completely different character if things weren’t changed around. In the early days of Toy Story’s storyboarding, Woody was a complete and utter jerk who was cruel to the other toys. My honest opinion? I love that Woody was changed to be an endearing leader and a fast friend in the end.
I don’t know about you, dear Pandas, but one thing’s for sure—I will be binge-watching all of the Toy Story movies after work this week.
In ‘Toy Story 4’ (2019) You Can See Boo From ‘Monsters Incorporation’ Playing Games At The Carnival
In Toy Story 4 (2019) The Bottle Cap Found By Bo Peep's Sheep Is A Reference To The Grape Soda Bottle Cap Pin In "Up"
The Carpet At Sid’s House In Toy Story (1995) Was Intentionally Made The Same As The Carpet At The Overlook Hotel In The Shining (1980), One Of Many References To The Horror Film Throughout The Pixar Series
In Monsters Inc. (2001) Boo Had A Jessie Figure From Toy Story
In Toy Story 3 (2010) The Batteries Used In Buzz Lightyear Are Made By ‘Buy N Large’ - The Same Company That Made Wall-E
In Toy Story 4 (2019), A Closer Look At Buzz Lightyear Shows That His Stickers Are Slowly Starting To Peel Away
In Toy Story 3 (2010) While In Andy's Room You Can See Pinned On His Board A Post Card From Carl And Ellie From The Film Up (2009)
Andy's Handwriting Gets Better As He Ages In Toy Story
In Toy Story 2 There Is An Easter Egg To When The T-Rex Chased The Car In Jurassic Park
In Toy Story 2 Mrs. Potato Head Is Seen Reading A Bug's Life In Book Form
Toy Story (1995) Is The First Feature-Length Film Created Entirely By Cgi. Andy's Home Is Listed For Sale With Virtual Realty Real Estate
In Toy Story 2 (1999), Jessie, After Meeting Woody, Exclaims “Sweet Mother Of Abraham Lincoln!” This Is A Reference To Tom Hanks, The Voice Of Woody, Being Related To The President Through Lincoln’s Mother
Most Of The Characters In Toy Story (1995) Blink Their Eyes One At A Time. This Is Called "Offset Blinking" And Is Usually Used In Animation To Signal An Out Of Place Or Stupid Character. In Toy Story, It's Likely Used To Remind The Audience The Toys Are Still Toys
Geri From The Famous Pixar Short ‘Geri’s Game’ That Played Before ‘A Bugs Life’ (1998), Is Also The Man Who Cleans Up Woody To Sell In Toy Story 2 (1999)
In Toy Story, All The Books On Andy’s Shelf Are The Names Of Pixar’s Animated Shorts
Toy Story (1995) Is The First Feature-Length Computer-Animated Film. When Buzz Is Out Of His Mind At The Tea Party, The Teapot On The Table Is Modeled After The Famous Utah Teapot, One Of The Very First 3D Computer Graphics Models From The 1970s
In Toy Story (1995) When Buzz Says Farewell To Woody, He Uses The Vulcan Salute From The Star Trek Series
A Little Nod To The Shining (1980) Room 237 On The Back Of The Garbage Truck In Toy Story 3 (2010)
Just A Small One I Found: Evil Toy Story 3 Teddy Bear In The Movie Up, The Scene, Where The House Starts To Fly
In Toy Story 3 (2010), Ken And Barbie’s Designs Are Based On Real Life Toys From The Barbie Toyline. Ken Is Based On The 1988 Animal Lovin' Ken Toy, While Barbie Is Based On The 1983 Great Shape Barbie Toy
When Molly Is Reading An Issue Of Tween Zine In Toy Story 3, Darla From Finding Nemo Makes An Appearance On The Cover
In Toy Story 2 (1999) , The American Flag Is Replaced By The Globe In Rest Of The World
In Toy Story 4, Forky Points His Feet (Sticks) Towards Gabby Gabby's Mirror To See The Name Written On The Bottom Of Them
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