Toy Story is a 1995 computer animated movie released by Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. It is Pixar's 1st movie and was the first computer-animated feature length film ever made. The movie is set in world where toys to come focuses on a group of toys owned by a little boy named Andy Davis. In the movie Andy's favorite toy, a cowboy doll named Sheriff Woody Woody fears he'll be replaced by Andy's new toy, a spaceman action figure named Buzz Lightyear. When Woody tries to prevent Buzz from replacing him, they both end up lost in the human world and must work together to get home to Andy. The movie was released in theatres November 22, 1995.
The film begins with a six-year-old boy named Andy Davis playing with his toys, such as a Mr. Potato Head toy, a plastic dinosaur tox named Rex, and his favorite toy, Sheriff Woody, a cowboy doll. He takes Woody into the living room and plays with him some more, with a short interruption talking to his mom about his birthday party later that day and the upcoming move to a new house. After playing with Woody, Andy starts helping his mother by carrying his baby sister Molly to her. While he's away, all of the toys come to life. The party makes all the toys extremely nervous, wondering if Andy will get a toy that will replace them. Woody sends the small green soldiers led by Sarge downstairs to spy on the party. At the end of the party, Ms. Davis pulls out a surprise gift from behind her, which turns out to be a spaceman action figure named Buzz Lightyear in spaceship packaging. Andy and his friends run upstairs to open him and in his hurry Andy knocks Woody off the bed. They quickly leave, and the other toys welcome the newcomer. Buzz however doesn't seem to be aware that he is a piece of plastic, believing himself to be the actual Buzz Lightyear on a mission to save the universe from the Evil Emperor Zurg. The other toys take to him immediately, being impressed by his many features. Only Woody is unconvinced, showing jealousy towards Buzz, who might replace him as Andy's favorite toy. As time passes, Andy replaces many of his cowboy themed room decorations with space ones causing Woody's resentment to rise while Buzz attempts to fix his 'damaged spaceship' (in reality, a piece of the packaging had been torn). Sometime later, Ms. Davis takes Andy and Molly on a trip to the space-themed Pizza Planet restaurant. Andy asks if he can bring any toys, and she agrees to let him take one. Woody, knowing Andy will choose Buzz, plans to trap him in a gap behind Andy's desk by using RC Car so Andy won't find him and will have to take Woody instead. However the plan goes badly wrong and instead knocks him out the window by accident. When most of the other toys, including Mr. Potato Head learn of Woody's actions, think Woody tried to kill Buzz out of jealousy. They then try to attack him, but Woody is rescued when Andy, unable to find Buzz, takes Woody on the trip instead. At a stop at a Dinoco gas station to refuel the car, Woody (after pondering how he's going to convince the toys that the whole thing was an accident) finds that Buzz grabbed ahold of the family's minivan and is with them. After a conversation, the two toys begin to fight, knocking each other out of the minivan, and are left behind when it drives away. Woody convinces Buzz to hitch a lift on a Pizza Planet truck in order to return to Andy. Woody finds Andy there, but Buzz, still thinking he's a real space ranger and believes that Pizza Planet is a spaceport, climbs into a toy crane game, thinking that it's a spaceship that will take him to Emperor Zurg's location. Woody goes in after him, but the two eventually are found by Sid Phillips, who lives next door to Andy and is known to torture and destroy toys just for fun. Left alone in Sid's room, Woody and Buzz come upon a group of mis-matched toys, the results of Sid's many "experiments". Woody and Buzz react in fear, thinking that the mis-matched toys are cannibals. Meanwhile, at Andy's house, the toys continue to look for Buzz in the bushes. But when Andy and his mother come home, Andy notices that Woody's gone. The other toys wonder what has become of the two. Some are worried for both Buzz and Woody, while others express their hope that Woody has met a bad end. The next day, at Sid's house, Woody and Buzz, having been mistreated by Sid (Sid burned Woody's forehead with a magnifying glass), try to escape, only to run into Sid's crazy Bull Terrier Scud. Eventually getting out of Sid's room, Buzz comes upon a TV where he sees a commercial for the Buzz Lightyear line of toys. Watching it, he realizes that Woody was right about him: He was a toy this whole time, not a real space ranger. However, in denial (and one last desperate attempt to prove he's not a toy), Buzz tries to fly out of a window by jumping off the guardrail of the stairs on the second floor to prove that he can fly, only to fall to the floor, losing his right arm in the process. He is found by Sid's little sister Hannah Phillips, who takes him away to put him in her tea party. Woody finally finds Buzz in Hannah's room, dressed as "Mrs. Nesbit" and attending a tea party. While Woody formulates a plan of escape, Buzz is too depressed to care. When Woody throws a string of Christmas tree lights across the way to the toys in Andy's room, Buzz refuses to back him up; Woody tries to use Buzz's detached arm in a desperate attempt to convince Andy's toys that Buzz is with him, but when they see through this act, they take it as evidence that Woody truly did murder Buzz and leave him in disgust. The Mutant Toys then return and swarm over Buzz, and Woody finds that they have repaired him and reconnected his arm. However, before Woody can make friends with them, Sid returns with his new acquisition: A firework rocket. He decides to blow up Woody with it, but cannot find him as Woody hides in a milkcrate. Sid then decides to blow up Buzz instead but is stymied by rainfall. He unknowingly traps Woody in the crate by putting a heavy toolbox on top, a plans to go ahead in the morning. Overnight, Woody tries get Buzz to help him escape however is Buzz is still depressed that he's only a toy. Woody tries to convince him that being a toy and is much better than being a Space Ranger, and Andy still thinks he's the best thing in world. Buzz doesn't know why Andy would want him, and Woody explains while coming to terms with his own feelings of resentment: As Woody sadly states that he should be the one taped to Sid's rocket, Buzz looks at his boot where Andy has signed his name, helping his realize how much Andy loves him and how being a toy isn't too bad. The two try to escape (although Buzz accidentally knocks the toolbox on Woody when trying to get the milkcrate off of him). Unfortunately, Sid wakes up and takes Buzz out to blow him up, leaving Woody alone in the room. Even worse, Andy and his family are getting ready to move, with Andy depressed over having seemingly lost Woody and Buzz having only been able to find Buzz's cardboard spaceship and his cowboy hat. Woody calls out to the Mutant Toys to tell them a plan to escape. After a daring escape through the house and past Scud, Woody and the mutants end up in the yard with Sid. They decide to break the rules and they allow Sid to see that they can move on their own. Woody even speaks to him through his voicebox, telling him that his toys are sick of being tortured, then with his own voice tells him (in a sinister way) to play nice. This freaks Sid out and he runs into the house screaming, where his sister frightens him with her new doll Sally (a possible replacement for her original doll Janie, which was destroyed by Sid). Now freed from Sid, Woody and Buzz try to catch Andy's moving van just as it is pulling away from the house. After saying farewell to the Mutant Toys, a harrowing chase follows, with Scud chasing them and Andy's toys not helping, since they still think that Woody intentionally got rid of both Buzz and RC. Luckily, Woody and Buzz get rid of Scud and the other toys finally see that Woody was telling the truth and realized their mistake. Eventually, with the help of RC, Andy's remote control car, and strategic use of Sid's rocket, Woody and Buzz return to Andy, whose mom assumes they were in the car all along. At Christmas in Andy's new house, we see a scene similar to the birthday party, with the toys less worried about the new ones. Mr. Potato Head is pleased to find out that Molly has been given a new Mrs. Potato Head. When discussing being replaced by a new toy (like Woody was almost replaced by Buzz), Woody poses the question to Buzz, "What could Andy possibly get that is worse than you?" The answer comes in the form of Andy's first present, a puppy (which makes Woody and Buzz feel quite uneasy).
- Main Characters
- Supporting Characters
- Other Characters
- Tom Hanks as Sheriff Woody
- Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear
- Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head
- Jim Varney as Slinky Dog
- Wallace Shawn as Rex
- John Ratzenberger as Hamm
- Annie Potts as Bo Peep
- John Morris as Andy Davis
- Erik von Detten as Sid Phillips
- Laurie Metcalf as Ms. Davis
- R. Lee Ermey as Sarge
- Sarah Freeman as Hannah Phillips
- Penn Jillette as TV Announcer
- Jack Angel - Mr. Shark, Rocky Gibraltar
- Spencer Aste - Wounded Soldier
- Greg Berg - Local Announcer
- Lisa Bradley - Kid
- Kendall Cunningham - Kid
- Debi Derryberry - Aliens, Pizza Planet Announcer
- Cody Dorkin - Kid
- Bill Farmer - Monotone Announcer
- Craig Good - Mission Control
- Gregory Grudt - Kid
- Danielle Judovits
- Sam Lasseter - Kid
- Brittany Levenbrown - Kid
- Sherry Lynn - Mom
- Scott McAfee - Kid
- Mickie McGowan - Sid's Mom
- Ryan O'Donohue - Kid
- Jeff Pidgeon - Aliens, Robot, Mr. Spell
- Patrick Pinney - Pizza Delivery Guy, Angry Driver #2
- Phil Proctor - Pizza Planet Announcer, Planet Guard
- Jan Rabson - Gas Station Attendant
- Joe Ranft - Lenny the Binoculars
- Andrew Stanton - Commercial Chorus
- Shane Sweet - Kid
- Directed by John Lasseter
- Produced by Ralph Guggenheim and Bonnie Arnold
- Screenplay by Joss Whedon, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow
- Story by John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton and Joe Ranft
- Music by Randy Newman
- Edited by and Robert Gordon and Lee Unkrich
- This is Pixar's first movie.
- This is the first computer animated movie
- This is the beginning of the Toy Story Franchise, marking the first appearance of Woody, Buzz, Rex, Hamm, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, Bo Peep, Andy and The Aliens.
- In Sid's house, when Woody is trapped under the plastic crate, the toolbox holding it down is a Binford toolbox - a reference to the TV show Home Improvement which stars Tim Allen, the voice of Buzz Lightyear.
- Hakuna Matata from The Lion King is heard in Andy's Mom's car near the end of the movie.
- On Andy's wall is a giant watch with Mickey Mouse on it.
- "The Big One", the rocket Sid strapped to Buzz, appears in Buzz Lightyear's Laser Blast as a rocket on Zurg's ship, as well as a power-up in Toy Story Racer.
- When Buzz falls out the window, the scream is the Wilhelm scream, a scream used in many movies.
- This is to date the only Pixar film to feature opening credits.
- This is the only Pixar film in which the customized Walt Disney Pictures logo (which is used until 2007's Ratatouille) actually segues into the film rather than fade away to reveal the Pixar logo. It is also the only Pixar film in which the Pixar logo does not appear at the beginning of the film at all, but rather at the end of the film (the next film, A Bug's Life, is both the first Pixar film to use the "normal" customized Disney logo and to have the Pixar logo appear at the very beginning).
- In the 3D re-release, the Pixar logo appears at the opening
- This is the only Pixar film whose VHS release shows it in its original widescreen release, even in the US. Starting with A Bug's Life, all Pixar US VHS releases show it in its fullscreen release.
- In January 2013, a fan-made live-action version of the film was posted on YouTube.
- The reason why Andy doesn't have a dad is because human characters are expensive to animate and Pixar had didn't have the budget to animate a lot of humans.
- When Buzz says, "Blast!" when he sees his damaged ship, he was originally going to say "Damn" as it was originally going to be.
- Several books on Andy's shelf feature previous Pixar shorts titles (The Adventures of André and Wally B., Red's Dream, Tin Toy, Knick Knack). One of the books (Tin Toy) also reads LASSETER. This is a reference to John Lasseter, the director of Toy Story and the chief creative officer of Pixar.
- On the side of someone's backpack, there is a picture of a three-eyed mutant ant. This is a reference to the next Pixar film A Bug's Life, which would feature an ant protagonist often viewed as different from his colony.
- John Lasseter Director and co-story writer cameos as the voice of one of the Aliens
- Executive Producer, Dr. Edwin "Ed" Catmull's is referenced in the film as "Dr. Catmull's Old Fashion Root Beer". Cans of which appear throughout Sid's room and the room where, fleeing from Scud, Buzz encounters the Buzz Lightyear toy commercial.
- Art Director Ralph Eggleston is referenced by the moving company, that helps the Davis family move, Eggman Movers.
- Editorial and Camera Manager Julie M. McDonald lobbied, with success, is referenced in an animated gaff of her name placed on the film. As a result "Julie McBarfald has Cooties" appeared on Sid's backpack.
- The book on Andy's shelf titled Smyrl Smyrl Twist and Twirl by L. Money is a reference to one of the modeling and animation system developers Eliot Smyrl.
- The desk lamp and ball are from the short film, created by Pixar, Luxo, Jr.
- A113 is the number on the license plate of Andy's Mom's car.
- When Woody attempts to push Buzz behind Andy's desk using RC, the sounds of the push pins dropping down from the cork-board and the globe rolling toward Buzz were the exact sounds used in Raiders of the Last Ark, the shooting arrows and the rolling boulder respectively.
- The scene in which the toys come to life in order to frighten Sid, complete with Woody's head turning around completely, is an allusion to the horror film Poltergeist.
- When Woody deduces the bank robber as "One-Eyed Bart," Bart yells "D'oh!", the catchphrase of Homer Simpson from The Simpsons. Also, One-Eyed Bart's name is similar to Bart Simpson.
- At Pizza Planet, the game "Whack *A* Alien," is a whack-a-mole homage to the Chestbuster Scene in Alien. The game appears twice being played by two different kids, Sid being the last before heading to the Rocket Crane game.
- At Sid's house, the carpet on the hallway in the second floor is patterned after the Overlook Hotel's Carpet in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Most notably, the carpet where Danny Torrance plays with his toys outside the infamous Room 237. Incidentally, The Shining is Lee Unkrich, Film Editor of Toy Story and subsequent co-director of Toy Story 2 and director of Toy Story 3, favorite all time film.
- During the argument scene between Woody and Buzz at Dinoco, Buzz states: "Right now, poised at the edge of the galaxy, Emperor Zurg has been secretly building a weapon with the destructive capacity to annihilate an entire planet! I alone have information that reveals this weapon's only weakness." This parallels the events of the movie Star Wars IV: A New Hope when R2-D2 contains information about the Death Star's only weakness.
- Plus when Sid tortutes Woody in his room and says "Where are your rebel friends now?", he parodies the scene where the governer demands Princess Leila reveal the whereabouts of the rebel base.
- At the end of the argument scene between Woody and Buzz at Dinoco, Buzz makes a Vulcan Salute as he says "Farewell" to Woody This capped a dual homage to both Star Wars and Star Trek fans.
- Sergeant is voiced by R. Lee Ermey who voiced Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, a very similar roll.
- As the highest score in the Pizza Planet Arcades, string 5102153494 with the initials AAA comes out as a phone number from Richmond, CA. This was the then location of the Pixar company, as it was known.
- The second highest score in the Pizza Planet Arcades string 4078244321 is initialed WDW which gives you the phone number to their ticket center.
- The transcendental constant makes it's debut as the 3rd highest score in the Pizza Planet Arcades. The string is 3141592653 and initialed as MPI; however, Mega-Pi moves the decimal place only 6 places to the right (not 9), a human error perhaps.
- As the forth highest score in Pizza Planet Arcades, the string 12071993 appears next to the initials KIM. All that is known, with respect to Pixar, is that two and a half weeks earlier on Friday, November 19th, known as Black Friday (reel), the Toy Story production was shut down. John Lasseter and team were given 2 weeks to turn the story around to what eventually became Toy Story.
- As the fifth highest score in Pizza Planet Arcades, the string 3 next to the initials MTV are mysterious in its reference.
- There are many books based on Toy Story.
- There is also a videogame based on Toy Story called Toy Story: The Videogame.
- Just before the opening credits end, Andy can be seen opening his bedroom door wide open (with the shadow of the door almost touching the closet door). He has Woody say, "Howdy, little lady!" to Molly and then sets Woody on his bed. As Andy grabs Molly from the crib, the door is no longer wide open, and a great portion of the wall next to the closet door can be seen.
- When Andy leaves with Molly, he leaves her crib railing down. However, the crib railing is mysteriously pushed back up in the shot of Woody announcing "the coast is clear."
- After Mr. Potato Head leaves, he is all messed up in a Picasso-like way. However, when the scene goes to the toys running around, Mr. Potato Head is now reset the right way.
- When Woody tells the toys the kids are gone and the toys roam around the room, Robot and Snake are shown on the right side of the room, but a minute later, they are shown on the left side of the room under Andy's bed.
- Sarge and his troops communicate with Woody through the wrong monitor; In reality, the one Woody used is the one for talking, and the one the troops use is for listening.
- When Sarge calls his troops to go check out Andy's presents, a bucket is next to a table and a dresser, but earlier when the toys are roaming around the room, the bucket is nowhere to be found.
- Woody uses a Magic 8-Ball to ask if Andy would pick him. Yet, in the shot before he does, the Magic 8-Ball was nowhere to be found.
- When Sarge is yelling into the baby monitor that the kids are heading up to Andy's room, the baby monitor is right in front of Woody on the floor. Yet, when the camera pans out to show all the toys scrambling for their places, the monitor is gone, and Hamm is right in front of Woody. Then, when the camera zooms back in to show Woody, the baby monitor has reappeared.
- When Buzz says, "Blast!" when he sees his damaged ship, his lips still read "Damn" as it was originally going to be.
- When Buzz demonstrates his "flying" abilities in front of the other toys, his left wing would have clipped the car track.
- When Woody first opens the back door on the moving van, the ramp handle is black. But when Rocky Gibraltar uses it, it is red.
- When Buzz is in Hannah's room, Woody comes up to it disguised in Christmas lights. He leaves them beside the door before he goes in. When they leave the room, the lights are gone. Later, the lights return when Woody saw the window exit in Sid's room, but most of them were still gone.
- When Legs lowers the PEZ dispenser, Ducky down through the removed lightbulb hole, to ring the doorbell, the lightbulb housing is bigger than the hole, but they bring it up through the hole to remove it.
- When Rex and Mr. Potato Head pop out of the moving box, lots of packing foam pops out. Later, when Woody opens the box in the moving truck, there is no foam.
- See 'n Say frequently disappears from moving van shots.
- When Buzz and Woody are trying to enter the moving truck towards the end, they ride RC and grab a hold of Slinky to help pull them up. RC loses power and Slinky starts to be pulled onto the road. When he touches the floor to stop him from falling, he actually pushes against the flow of the road.
- When the Little Tikes are jumping in the firetruck, one is white, but when he lands in the truck, he's black.
- When Hannah accidentally stepped on Buzz's wing, she stepped on the light. There was a good chance that the light broke, but it didn't.
- When Woody and Buzz are riding RC after Rocky pulls the lever, Buzz's rocket should have lit up as the sparkles of the ramp would light it.
- Rex, despite being a toy Tyrannosaurus rex, actually has three fingers on each hand instead of two in real life. However, this may have been intentional since Rex is a toy dinosaur, which unless it was sold at a science museum gift shop or made for educational purposes, is actually not meant to be accurate.
- It is unknown how Mr. Potato Head's eyebrows can be separated from his eyes. Mr. Potato Head has removed at least one eye in every movie, and he is seen to have been able to take his eyebrows apart. But when it shows him with one or no eyes, there is no hole for the eyebrows, but they can separate.
- Sid strapped Buzz to the rocket using duct tape. The duct tape was stuck around Buzz's torso. But when Woody and Buzz use the rocket, and Buzz makes his wings pop out to prevent him and Woody from being blown up, the duct tape is nowhere to be found on Buzz's torso.
- When Slinky asks Woody to play checkers, you can see that he has the checker pieces placed incorrectly; the pieces should go on the black squares.
- When RC, controlled by Woody, hits the bulletin board, the thumbtacks land around Buzz; however, when the Globe goes after Buzz, the tacks are suddenly gone.
Toy Story began its life as an extension of Pixar's short Tin Toy, which featured Tinny, a mechanical drummer who tries to find his way in a baby's play room. The original plot called for Tinny to butt heads with a ventriloquist's dummy. Ultimately, Tinny was found to be too immobile for the storyline and he was developed as a "space toy", first named Lunar Larry. His character was eventually renamed Buzz Lightyear, in honor of American Naval aviator and NASA Apollo astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin. The ventriloquist's dummy gradually evolved into a pull-string cowboy doll named Woody, in honor of Western actor Woody Strode. Woody's character was gradually made more edgy during production, at the suggestion of Jeffrey Katzenberg, head of Disney. Pixar knew this was the wrong decision, but went ahead and complied with the requested script changes. Even Tom Hanks, Woody's voice actor, expressed his disapproval with the changes to Woody's character, going as far as shouting "This guy is a jerk!" in the middle of delivering one of his lines for the story reel. On November 19, 1993, a day that was later known at Pixar as "Black Friday," Pixar screened a mock-up of the film to Disney, who had agreed to own and distribute the film. The executives' reaction was overwhelmingly negative, and further work on Toy Story was shut down until writers had written with an acceptable script. Foreshadowing would become common in later Pixar films during production meltdowns, John Lasseter and the writers worked for months on a to rewrite the script before Disney approved further work on voice and animation. The shutdown had been terrifying for Pixar, but it ultimately showed both parties to trust the storytelling talents of the Pixar writers, and let Disney handle most corporate and marketing matters. Woody's final character was redefined as the the benevolent, wise, and popular leader of Andy's toys instead of their tyrannical boss, but he maintained a lot of pride in being Andy's favorite toy. The original "support group" style discussion was replaced with a less juvenile and awkward staff meeting, to further emphasize the toys' approval of Woody's leadership and make it clear to Disney that Pixar had done much to improve his image. Buzz's character was also tweaked a little bit as well. Pixar altered his lines to make him seem more deluded and convinced that he is an actual Space Ranger. This allowed for more gags and comedic opportunities than was possible with the previous script and allowed buddy-comedy style interactions for the first time.
Toy Story has received universal critical acclaim since its release in 1995. It holds a rare 100% Certified Fresh rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and 92/100 on Metacritic. Time named it the 8th best film of 1995. In 2003 it was ranked 'the greatest animated movie of all time' by the Online Film Critics Society. More recently, famous movie director Terry Gilliam praised the film and said it's "a work of genius. It got people to understand what toys are about. They're true to their own character. And that's just brilliant. It's got a shot that's always stuck with me, when Buzz Lightyear discovers he's a toy. He's sitting on this landing at the top of the staircase and the camera pulls back and he's this tiny little figure. He was this guy with a massive ego two seconds before... and it's stunning. I'd put that as one of my top ten films, period."
Box Office Results
Toy Story was the number one movie of the year in 1995 (beating Batman Forever and Apollo 13), according to Box Office Mojo. It opened the day before Thanksgiving and made almost $10 million on Wednesday and Thursday, plus another $29 million over the weekend. It was the number one film for its first 3 weekends, and then again the last weekend of December. During its theatrical run it grossed $191.8 million domestically and $362 million worldwide. At the time it was the third highest-grossing animated film, behind The Lion King and Aladdin.
The soundtrack for Toy Story was produced by Walt Disney Records and was released on November 22nd 1995, the same day of the film's release. Scored and written by Randy Newman, the soundtrack has received praise for its "sprightly, stirring score". Despite the album's critical success, the soundtrack only peaked at number 94 on the Billboard 200 album chart. A cassette and CD single release of You've Got a Friend in Me was released on April 12th 1996, to promote the soundtrack's release. The soundtrack was remastered in 2006 and although it is no longer available physically, the album is available for purchase digitally in retailers such as iTunes.
- You've Got a Friend in Me - Randy Newman
- Strange Things - Randy Newman
- I Will Go Sailing No More - Randy Newman
- Andy's Birthday (instrumental score)
- Soldier's Mission (instrumental score)
- Presents (instrumental score)
- Buzz (instrumental score)
- Sid (instrumental score)
- Woody And Buzz (instrumental score)
- Mutants (instrumental score)
- Woody's Gone (instrumental score)
- The Big One (instrumental score)
- Home Together (instrumental score)
- On the Move (instrumental score)
- Infinity and Beyond (instrumental score)
- You've Got a Friend in Me (duet) - Randy Newman & Lyle Lovett
Toy Story had a large promotion prior to its release, leading to numerous tie-ins with the movie, including images on food packaging. A variety of merchandise was released during the film's theatrical run and its initial VHS release including toys, clothing, and shoes, among other things. When an action figure for Buzz Lightyear and Sheriff Woody was created it was initially ignored by retailers. However, after over 250,000 figures were sold for each character prior to the movie's release, demand continued to expand, eventually reaching over 25 million units sold by 2007.
- Toy Story VHS released October 29, 1996.
- Toy Story DVD (2000) released January 3, 2000 (First Time on DVD).
- Toy Story Ultimate Toy Box Collection (2000) DVD set released October 17, 2000 with Toy Story 2.
- Toy Story 10th Anniversary DVD released September 6, 2005.
- Toy Story Blu-ray Combo Pack released March 23, 2010 (First Time on Blu-ray).
- Toy Story Reissue DVD released May 11, 2010.
- Toy Story Ultimate Toy Box Collection (2010) DVD and Blu-ray set released November 2, 2010 with Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3.
- Toy Story Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack released November 1, 2011.
- Toy Story 20th Anniversary Blu-ray released November 29, 2015.
On October 2nd 2009, Toy Story and it’s first sequel, Toy Story 2 were re-released in Disney Digital 3-D as a double feature for a two-week run which was extended due to its success. In addition, the film's second sequel, Toy Story 3, was also released in the 3-D format. Lasseter commented on the new 3-D re-release: "The Toy Story films and characters will always hold a very special place in our hearts and we're so excited to be bringing this landmark film back for audiences to enjoy in a whole new way thanks to the latest in 3-D technology. With Toy Story 3 shaping up to be another great adventure for Buzz, Woody and the gang from Andy's room, we thought it would be great to let audiences experience the first two films all over again and in a brand new way." Translating the film into 3-D involved revisiting the original computer data and virtually placing a second camera into each scene, creating left-eye and right-eye views needed to achieve the perception of depth. Unique to computer animation, Lasseter referred to this process as "digital archaeology." The process took four months, as well as an additional six months for the two films to add the 3-D. The lead stereographer Bob Whitehill oversaw this process and sought to achieve an effect that affected the emotional storytelling of the film: "When I would look at the films as a whole, I would search for story reasons to use 3-D in different ways. In Toy Story, for instance, when the toys were alone in their world, I wanted it to feel consistent to a safer world. And when they went out to the human world, that's when I really blew out the 3-D to make it feel dangerous and deep and overwhelming." Unlike other countries, the United Kingdom received the films in 3-D as separate releases. Toy Story was released on October 2nd 2009. Toy Story 2 was instead released January 22nd 2010. The re-release performed well at the box office, opening with $12,500,000 in its opening weekend, placing at the third position after Zombieland and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. The double feature grossed $30,714,027 in its five-week release. It’s third sequel, Toy Story 4, will also be in 3D.
Sequels and Spin-offs
Four years later, Toy Story was followed by a sequel titled Toy Story 2 which was released in theaters on November 24, 1999. Eleven more later, Toy Story was followed by a second sequel titled Toy Story 3 which was released in theatres and 3D on June 18, 2010. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Don Rickles, John Morris, Laurie Metcalf, R. Lee Ermey and Jeff Pidgeon reprise their roles of their characters in both sequels. Annie Potts and Jim Varney also reprised their roles of Bo Peep and Slinky Dog in TS2, although in TS3, Bo was written out of the story (although she made a brief cameo during opening of TS3). As for Slinky Dog, because of Jim Varney's death one year after the release of TS2, he was voiced by Blake Clark in TS3. It was announced in November 2014 that Pixar is working on a third sequel, Toy Story 4, set to be released in theaters on June 15, 2018.
Toy Story 2
Toy Story 2 focuses on Woody being stolen a greedy toy collector named Al McWhiggin (Wayne Knight) who plans to sell him to a toy museum in Japan and Buzz, Rex, Hamm, Mr. Potato Head and Slinky Dog go on a mission to save him.
Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3 focuses on Andy growing up and Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toys accidentally donated to a Day Care Centre.
Toy Story 4
Toy Story 4 will be a love story and focuses on Woody, Buzz and the gang looking Bo Peep who was sold during the third film.
- One year after Toy Story was released, there were ABC shorts called Toy Story Treats.
- In 2000, Pixar released a Buzz Lightyear TV Show titled Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2-D animated spin-off TV series) which aired 2000-2001 and a movie called Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins (2-D animated spin-off movie of Toy Story) released direct-to-video 2000.
- In 2011 and 2012, Pixar released three shorts film that follow the events of Toy Story 3 titled Toy Story Toons.
- The first one titled Hawaiian Vacation was released in theatres and 3D June 24, 2011 with Pixar's later movie Cars 2.
- The second one, Small Fry was released in theaters November 23, 2011 with The Muppets.
- The third one, Partysaurus Rex was released in theaters and 3D September 14, 2012 with the 3D-re-release of Pixar's later movie Finding Nemo.
- Plus there have been two Toy Story television specials titled Toy Story of Terror! and Toy Story That Time Forgot.
Toy Story won and was nominated for various other awards including a Kids' Choice Award, MTV Movie Award, and a British Academy Film Award, among others. John Lasseter received an Academy Special Achievement Award in 1996 "for the development and inspired application of techniques that have made possible the first feature-length computer-animated film." The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, two to Randy Newman for Best Music—Original Song, for "You've Got a Friend in Me", and Best Music—Original Musical or Comedy Score. It was also nominated for Best Writing—Screenplay Written for the Screen for the work by Joel Cohen, Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Joe Ranft, Alec Sokolow, Andrew Stanton and Joss Whedon, making Toy Story the first animated film to be nominated for a writing award. Toy Story won eight Annie Awards, including "Best Animated Feature". Animator Pete Docter, director John Lasseter, musician Randy Newman, producers Bonnie Arnold and Ralph Guggenheim, production designer Ralph Eggleston, and writers Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow, Andrew Stanton, and Joss Whedon all won awards for "Best Individual Achievement" in their respective fields for their work on the film. The film also won "Best Individual Achievement" in technical achievement. Toy Story was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, one for "Best Motion Picture—Comedy/Musical", and one for "Best Original Song—Motion Picture" for Randy Newman's "You've Got a Friend in Me". At both the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards and the Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards, the film won "Best Animated Film". Toy Story is also among the top ten in the BFI list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14, and the highest-placed (at No. 99) animated film in Empire magazine's list of "500 Greatest Movie of All Time". In 2005, Toy Story, was voted the 4th greatest cartoon in Channel 4's 100 Greatest Cartoons poll, behind The Simpsons, Tom and Jerry and South Park.
Impact and legacy
Toy Story had a large impact on the film industry with its innovative computer animation. After the film's debut, various industries were interested in the technology used for the film. Graphics chip makers desired to compute imagery similar to the film's animation for personal computers; game developers wanted to learn how to replicate the animation for video games; and robotics researchers were interested in building artificial intelligence into their machines that compared to the film's lifelike characters. Various authors have also compared the film to an interpretation of Don Quixote as well as humanism. In addition, Toy Story left an impact with its catchphrase "To Infinity and Beyond", sequels, and software, among others.
There is also a videogame based on Toy Story called Toy Story: The Videogame.