Money Making Machine
Toy Story 3 is the first animated movie to make over $1 billion at the box office worldwide. It's the #5 highest grossing movie of all-time.
Toy Story 2 is the best reviewed movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes. Toy Story 1 is at number 4.
Makes Grown Men Cry
Tom Hanks and Tim Allen both confessed to crying at the part of Jessie's flashback sequence that shows her being rejected and abandoned by her owner. The video is set to the beautiful song “When She Loved Me” by Sarah McLachlan.
A Technology First
The original Toy Story is the first ever fully computer-generated full-length feature film.
Pixar Team busy at work - in their most productive week during production, Pixar completed 3.5 minutes of animation.
Toy Story 1 was completed on a $30 million budget using a staff of 110. The movie to date had grossed $360 million. In comparison, The Lion King, released in 1994, required a budget of $45 million and a staff of 800.
To date (March 2011) the Toy Story money making machine has grossed the following worldwide:
Toy Story 1 = $361,958,736
Toy Story 2 = $485,015,179
Toy Story 3 = $1,056,431,733
Nearly had a different movie name!
The movie was originally supposed to be called “You Are A Toy.”
Buzz Lightyear's voice could have been a lot different!
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.
Tom Hanks wasn't so stupid playing the voice of Woody! Here is Tom Hanks talking about Toy Story in a way only Tom Hanks can...
Tim Allen (Voice of Buzz Lightyear) recalls the unexpected success of 'Toy Story' and his friendly rivalry with Tom Hanks in this interview...
Buzz Lightyear could have had a different name entirely!
Buzz Lightyear's original name was Lunar Larry and here is the original sketch....
Original drawing of Lunar Larry
Voice of Woody
For the original Toy Story, Tom Hanks recorded his dialog during the breaks of Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and A League of Their Own (1992). He didn't want to record his dialog 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.
Pizza Plant Delivery Truck
The Pizza Planet delivery truck, which has appeared in every Pixar film except The Incredibles, also appeared in all three Toy Story films.
Toy Story 1
Toy Story 2
On another note about Pizza Planet - Pizza Planet was originally supposed to be called Pizza Putt, a combination pizzeria/mini-golf course.
Character of Woody
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.
Many of the books on a shelf in Andy's room are the names of Pixar short films (Adventures of Andre and Wally B, Knick Knack, etc.) and some writers of this book was named by Pixar staff.
Little Bo Peep was originally supposed to be a Barbie doll.
Andy originates from?
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 makers of this film.
Toy Story Bloopers
and finally...we all love Toy Story Bloopers...so here goes, enjoy!
Toy Story 1 Bloopers
Toy Story 2 Bloopers
Toy Story 3 Bloopers