It’s common knowledge that everyone with a soul loves the Toy Story trilogy. We’ve all seen the iconic Pixar movies dozens of times, but here’s a list of facts you might’ve not known about the beloved films.
1. Toy Story 3 was the only one out of the trilogy not to garner a flawless 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. When it was all said and done, TS3 wound up with an embarrassing 99%. Step it up, Pixar.
2. The infamous, beat up Pizza Planet delivery truck that’s been featured in all Pixar movies (except The Incredibles) just so happens to appear in every Toy Story installment. Crazy, huh?
3. The initial plans for Pizza Planet had nothing to do with space or mini green aliens at all! In fact, it was supposed to be a pizzeria combined with a mini golf course called, Pizza Putt.
4. Pixar animators work their butts off. It was reported that during production, the staff’s most productive week resulted in 3.5 minutes of completed animation.
5. Jim Carrey was wined and dined by Pixar to be the voice of Buzz Lightyear, but given the low budget of the film, they were unable to make a deal.
6. But Mr. Carrey wasn’t even Pixar’s first choice to be the voice of Buzz. They originally offered the roll to Billy Crystal who declined. However, after Crystal saw the film, he publicly claimed it was the biggest mistake of his illustrious career.
7. The original title of the film was “You Are A Toy.”
8. The initial plot of the movie had nothing to do with Buzz or Woody. It was going to star Tinny, the main character in the Tin Toy short film that came out in 1988. In this movie, he would’ve gotten lost in the midst of a family vacation and paired up with a ventriloquist dummy in search of a home.
9. Buzz Lightyear’s name was initially going to be Lunar Larry.
10. The stiffs over at the Mattel corporation didn’t want Barbie to be used in the film because they assumed it was going to be a colossal flop. Also, they have always strayed from giving Barbie a definitive personality, saying they want kids to make up their own for the popular doll. However, when Toy Story became a monumental success, Mattel changed their tune and allowed Barbie to be in the sequel.
11. Those green army men we fell in love with were originally supposed to be G.I. Joes. But when Hasbro caught word that one of their beloved G-men was to be blown up by Sid, they immediately forbade any usage of their products.
12. Being the thespian genius he is, Tom Hanks opted to record his voice during breaks in filming Sleepless in Seattle and A League of Their Own. Mr. Hanks chose not to record any dialogue during the breaks of Philadelphia and Forrest Gump because he felt a comedic role wouldn’t translate well during his playing of serious roles. Way to stay classy, Tom.
13. The number “95” has been used throughout the entirety of the trilogy as a nod to the year the first Toy Story was released, 1995.
14. The brilliant sequel was only supposed to be released as an hour-long home video.
15. You might not have noticed, but the only one of these three films to have a full opening credit sequence is Toy Story 1.