ByKristin Lai, writer at
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Kristin Lai

Spanning 15 years, three movies, and countless merchandise, it goes without saying that the Toy Story franchise is one of the biggest and best in Pixar's long history of successful works.

While I like to think that I know a lot about these films that shaped so much of my childhood - and later my post-graduate life - there are plenty of Easter eggs and behind-the-scenes facts involved in the trilogy that I never knew! Thanks to Imgur user Lookimwoody for compiling a handful of these lesser-known facts.

1. Buzz Lightyear could have sounded very different

Pixar wanted Billy Crystal to do the role so badly that the animators even did a screen test with Buzz doing dialogue from When Harry Met Sally. Crystal called turning down the role of Buzz the only thing he’s regretted passing on in his career.

Luckily for Crystal, he still landed a pretty awesome Pixar role playing Mike Wazowski in Monsters Inc. and Monster’s University. I think that ultimately everything turned out for the best!

2. Home Improvement meets Toy Story

Sid’s toolbox in his bedroom has the Binford logo on it. Binford was the fictional company from Tim Allen’s sitcom Home Improvement. Of course, Tim Allen also famously voiced Buzz Lightyear.

3. Mattel initially wanted Barbie out of the movies

At least they did in the first film. Mattel’s representatives specifically asked that they not include Barbie in the first Toy Story because they thought that the first film made solely by computer animation would be a flop. Instead of flopping as Mattel expected, it ended up being one of the highest grossing movies of all time.

Mattel realized their mistake and asked that Barbie be included in the following sequels.

4. The real-life army man

R. Lee Ermey played the voice of Toy Story’s tough-talking Sarge. Not only is Ermey a retired United States Marine Corps Staff Sergeant, but he also played Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket. Talk about being typecast!

5. Keeping it in the Pixar Family

The man who fixed Woody for Al in Toy Story 2 was the same man from Pixar's Academy Award winning short film Geri's Game (1997).

6. Toy Story 2 saved Etch a Sketch

Etch a Sketchs saw a huge boost in sales in 1995. Despite this boost in sales, before Toy Story 2 hit theaters in 1999, the Ohio Art Company was near bankruptcy. Although Etch’s screentime wasn't long, it was enough to bump sales enough to keep the company from going bankrupt.

7. The Pizza Planet truck played a part in Lotso's sad story

Remember when Lotso, Big Baby, and Chuckles the Clown all ride back to their owners house after being left behind? They were able to hitch a ride from none other than the Pizza Planet truck.

8. Slinky's new voice

Jim Varney (Ernest P. Worrell), the man who voiced Slinky Dog in Toy Story and Toy Story 2 sadly passed away in 2000, at the age of 50, in between the two films. His friend Blake Clark (50 First Dates, Boy Meets World) took over the voice of the character for Toy Story 3 in 2010.

9. Andy and the Fredricksens

Pixar fans far and wide will remember the names Carl and Ellie Fredricksen from the best love story ever told, also known as Up.

Since Carl and Ellie didn't have any children, we can assume that they're not Andy's grandparents, but maybe a great aunt and uncle? This little Easter egg certainly helps hold the Pixar universe together.

To all you super-fans out there, these might not all be fresh, but spending a few minutes reading about the awesomeness of Toy Story never hurt anyone!

Via: Imgur, Lookimwoody


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