As Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toy gang celebrate 18 years since the official release of Toy Story, Scoop Online tells you 18 things you probably didn’t know about the film.
1. The first actor approached to voice Buzz was Billy Crystal, who turned it down after seeing the script saying: “What? Talking toys? What is this all about?”. After the success of Toy Story he acknowledged it was the biggest mistake of his career and snapped up the chance to voice a lead character in a Disney movie and voiced Mike Wazowski in Monsters Inc.
2. Each frame of the 81 minute film took 4-13 hours to render.
3. Rex the Dinosaur was reportedly the brainchild of Joss Whedon (Director of Avengers Assemble).
4. Woody and Buzz are based on childhood toys of director John Lasseter, who owned a pull-string Casper doll that was eventually replaced by a G.I. Joe toy.
5. Tom Hanks was attracted to the role of Woody because as a child he always wondered whether his toys were alive and moved when he wasn’t looking.
6. During a scene where Woody and Slinky are talking there is a sketch on the wall behind which is actually an early sketch of Woody.
7. Buzz Lightyear’s name comes from the astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and light-year which means the amount of distance a beam of light travels in one year.
8. The animation team perfected the movement of the green plastic soldiers by gluing shoes to planks of wood and trying to walk in them.
9. The evil neighbouring child Sid Phillips is reportedly inspired by a former Pixar employee of the same last name who used to disassemble toys and make weird creations.
10. As the Pizza Planet delivery boy enters the Dinoco gas station, he asks for directions to West Cutting Boulevard. West Cutting Boulevard is the street where Pixar Animation Studios was located in Richmond, California, at the time of the films release.
11. Buzz Lightyear’s facial features are loosely based on the film’s director John Lasseter. These include his eyebrows, cheekbones and the dimple in his chin.
12. Whenever a character’s eyes blink, they never blink together, but one at a time.
13. Hakuna Matata from The Lion King can be heard near the end of the movie as it is played in Andy’s mum’s car.
14. When Buzz falls out of the window the scream is the Wilhelm scream, a scream which is used repeatedly in many movies.
15. The scene in which Buzz is chased by a globe knocked over by RC is a reference to the boulder chase scene from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.
16. The scene in which the toys come to life to scare Sid, including Woody’s head rotating 360 degrees, are a homage to the horror film Poltergeist.
17. Pizza Planet was originally going to be called Pizza Putt, which would have been a mini-golf course compete with a pizzeria.
18. The original title for the film was not Toy Story but ‘You Are a Toy!’
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