Today marks the 20th anniversary for the film Toy Story, which has been a childhood memory that many will hold dearly in their hearts. For children and adults alike, Toy Story is not just a film, but a prize jewel in their lives!
In the spirit of a movie that is having an anniversary, and that particular movie being one that has played a part in many individuals' lives, here are my picks (in no particular order) for the top ten facts may not have known about Toy Story.
1. Sid Phillips is said to be inspired by a former Pixar employee of the same last name who was known to disassemble toys and use the parts to build bizarre creations.
Alright, knowing that there was a Pixar employee who did the same thing just gives me chills! It makes me wonder if this film brought forward some therapy sessions for them.
2. Whenever a character's eyes blink, they never blink together, but one at a time.
Alright, this one will just give me nightmares for weeks! I'll never look at Toy Story the same way again!
3. The toolbox on top of the milk crate that Woody is trapped in is a Binford, the same type of tool that Tim Allen used on his television show Home Improvement (1991).
I've known this one for years, yet it still makes me laugh to see a nod to Tim Allen's TV show! Perhaps is Buzz did Tim Taylor's grunt noise from the show, we'd all be rolling on the floor laughing!
4. Joss Whedon reportedly created the character Rex the Dinosaur.
Well, turns out that Joss Whedon started out small with making raging green monsters.
5. An early possible title for the film was "You Are A Toy".
Maybe if Toy Story was a standalone film it could have work. However, it would get old saying the title for the sequels: "You Are A Toy 2".
6. Bill Murray was considered for the role of Buzz Lightyear.
Of course Bill Murray was considered! Bill Murray is one of the most beloved, classic actors in Hollywood!
7. First fully computer-generated full-length feature film. Each frame took 4 to 13 hours (depending on the complexity of the shot) of time on a RenderFarm consisting of 87 2-CPU SparcStation 20's, 30 4-CPU Sparc-Station 20's and a SparcServer 1000.
This must have been a groundbreaking film for its time, since it was the first full-length, computer-generated, animated film! And 4 to 13 hours per frame!?! Applause for the animators!
8. This was the first animated film in Oscar history to be nominated for a Best Screenplay Academy Award - Adapted or Original.
With Toy Story being the first full-length, computer-generated, animated film, of course it was nominated for an Oscar! What surprises me is that it didn't win the Oscar!
9. All of the cars in Toy Story have license plate stickers that are dated November 95 - the same date the movie was released.
I guess that must have been a really busy day at the DMV!
10. 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.
I've got two comments: 1) Tom Hanks must have been really busy at the time, and 2) He must have known that mixing comedy and seriousness within a couple of hours could have ruined Forrest Gump for us!
Did I miss anything? Know anymore facts about Toy Story? Post your responses in the comments section below!
Note - All of these facts are from IMDB.