They're toys, they talk-at least when people aren't around-and they're back... celebrating the return of the Toy Story franchise-in Disney Digital 3-D this time!
Toy Story, the film that started it all, takes moviegoers back to that fantastic fun-filled journey, viewed mostly through the eyes of two rival toys: Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), the lanky, likable cowboy, and Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), the fearless space ranger.
The comically-mismatched duo eventually learn to put aside their differences when circumstances separate them from their owner Andy and they find themselves on a hilarious adventure-filled mission where the only way they can survive is to form an uneasy alliance.
Here are some things you may not know about Toy Story and Toy Story 2:
1. A Barbie doll, instead of Bo-Peep, was supposed to be Woody’s love interest in Toy Story; Mattel, which owned the Barbie character, decided against participating in Toy Story, but later allowed Barbie to appear in Toy Story 2.
2. In Toy Story, Andy’s mother’s car has licence plates that read A 111 and A 113. These refer to rooms at CalArts – the school where many Pixar staff trained – used by the animation department.
3. In Toy Story, when Woody is trapped by a milkbox in one scene, the toolbox on top has the word ‘Binford’ on it. Binford tools are the type used by Tim Allen (the voice of Buzz Lightyear) for his popular 1990s sitcom, Home Improvement.
4. Actor R Lee Ermey, who voices Sarge, the leader of the army men toys in both Toy Story films, is a retired US Marine Corp drill instructor. He held the rank of Staff Sergeant when he left the service, and subsequently acted as military men in the films Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket.
5. In Toy Story 2, during an airport scene, an announcement on the public-address system pages for someone named ‘Leon Kritch’. It was a joke referring to Lee Unkrich, editor of Toy Story as well as editor and co-director of Toy Story 2. Unkrich is the director of the upcoming Toy Story 3.
6. Both Toy Story and Toy Story 2 hold 100% “certified fresh” ratings at the reviews aggregator website, Rotten Tomatoes. All 69 reviews attributed to the first film, and all 144 for the second, are considered positive – a rare feat indeed.