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|Toy Story A-Z Trivia Guide
|Tom Hanks' Woody rounds up the gang for (supposedly) one last time in Disney/Pixar's summer 2019 fourquel, which makes up for its superfluousness with its sly wit, captivating new characters, and a real emotional core. Take a look back on Toy Story's legendary journey with this A-Z guide -- which may reveal more than a few facts hidden in the toy chest.
Toy Story's human hero is rumored to be named after one of three different people: Pixar vet Andrew Stanton; animator Bud Luckey's son, Andrew; or Andries van Dam, a computer-science professor who taught some of the filmmakers.
Crystal, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Jim Carrey, and Paul Newman were all famously considered to play Woody or Buzz. Crystal called turning down the job the biggest mistake of his career, though he'd later rectify it with Monsters, Inc.
Originally called Lunar Larry (phew, asteroid avoided), Tim Allen's cosmic newcomer chaned the course of Andy's room and astronaut catchphrases forever.
After TS4, Neo from The Matrix is no longer the most famous action figure based on Keanu Reeves.
ETCH A SKETCH
The midcentury quick-draw staple is among the more underappreciated characters in the film's toy-box ensemble.
On Nov. 19, 1993, Disney executives nearly shut down Toy Story after seeing footage infamously known as the "Black Friday reel." Filmmakers asked for two weeks to save the movie. (Spoiler: they did.)
GREEN ARMY MEN
Hasbro denied Pixar the rights to G.I. Joe, leading to the creation of generalized green generals (who were arguably just as deluded about their identities as Buzz first was).
"I always wondered, would Hamm want more coins in him or less?" piggy-bank actor John Ratzenberger once pondered. "If it's more coins, that means he's gained weight... but that also means that he's been successful?"
INFINITY (AND BEYOND)
Buzz's iconic catchphrase takes on metaphorical new meaning on TS4. Sadly, no such luck for the perhaps-too-literal "There's a snake in my boot."
Joan Cusak's plucky TS2 character was so popular, she was honored by the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in 2000.
Michael Keaton brought life to Barbie's beau, introduced in TS3 with a clothing design based on Mattel's 1988 Animal Lovin' Ken.
Here's your international lesson for the day: Buzz is known as Buzz l'Eclair in France, while Woody is Szeryf Chudy in Poland and Bo Peep is named Betty in Mexico.
MR. POTATO HEAD
The late Don Rickles passed away before he could record lines for TS4, so director Josh Cooley worked with his estate to create a performance using existing recordings of the comedian.
The songwriter and 2007 Disney Legend has scored all for Toy Story films as well as five other Pixar titles (A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc., Cars, Monsters University, and Cars 3).
One of many Toy Story Easter eggs hiding in plain sight: Psychotic neighbor Sid's house includes an homage to the spooky carpet in The Shining.
The now-famous delivery truck for the intergalactic (slash Italian?) restaurant makes an appearance in every Pixar film except The Incredibles.
Cooley says he considers TS4 the final film in a four-part series. "The way that we've been thinking about Toy Story 4 is that we've completed these characters," he says.
Fans often forget the brilliant pun at the core of this anxious dinosaur's name: "nervous Rex."
As one of Pixar's earliest technical character challenges, every follicle of fur on Sid's ferocious bull terrier was individually hand-painted.
Tinny, the star of Pixar's 1988 short (and Toy Story's inspiration source), was once slated to be the series' protagonist. Now he cameos throughout the films, including TS4 as the doorman of a speakeasy for antiques.
A swanky new accessory is all that separates TS2's antagonistic, fresh-out-the-box Buzz from his counterpart in Andy's room.
Before he was a cowboy, Woody was initially conceived as a tux-clad ventriloquist's dummy, though he looked far less creepy than the dummies that eventually made it into TS4 as the film's co-villains.
Sheriff Woody Pride -- yes, he has a last name! -- came in at No. 25 on Entertainment Weekly's 100 Greatest Characters list in 2010 (right after Keri Russell's Felicity and before Michael Chabon's Kavalier & Clay).
A pioneering graphics program developed at the company in the early '70s was a direct precursor to Pixar: unfortunately, Xerox didn't recognize the program's practical use.
"YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND IN ME"
Shockingly, the series' signature song didn't win any major awards, unlike TS2's "When She Loved Me" (which won a Grammy) and TS3's "We Belong Together" (which won an Oscar).
Buzz Lightyear's backstory took a turn with the TS2 debut of his nemesis Emperor Zurg, voiced by the film's co-writer Stanton and, later, Wayne Knight (who also played villain Al).