31 Facts About Toy Story


Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated comedy film directed by John Lasseter, produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures.

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Toy Story premiered at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States, on November 19, 1995, and was released in theaters in North America on November 22 of that year.

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The success of Toy Story launched a multimedia franchise and a series of three sequels, starting with Toy Story 2.

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Toy Story then went on to work at Lucasfilm and in 1986, he became a founding member of Pixar.

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In 1988, Lasseter produced the short film, Tin Toy Story, which was told from the perspective of a toy, referencing Lasseter's love of classic toys.

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Tin Toy Story won the 1989 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, the first computer-generated film to do so.

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Tin Toy Story gained Disney's attention, and the new team at The Walt Disney Company, CEO Michael Eisner and chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg in the film division, sought to get Lasseter to come back.

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An agreement to produce a feature film based on Tin Toy with a working title of Toy Story was finalized, and production began soon thereafter.

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Originally, Toy Story was going to star "Tinny", who is the wind-up one-man band toy from the Tin Toy short, along with "the dummy", a ventriloquist's dummy.

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Toy Story added the character of Rex and sought a pivotal role for a Barbie doll; the latter transformed into Bo Peep as Mattel would not license the character.

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Toy Story was both Hanks's and Allen's first animated film, and they recorded their lines together to make their characters' chemistry and interactions realistic.

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Toy Story was released by Walt Disney Home Video on VHS and LaserDisc in the United States on October 29, 1996, with no bonus material.

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Toy Story was released for the first time on DVD on October 17, 2000, in a two-pack with its first sequel Toy Story 2.

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The DVD two-pack, the Ultimate Toy Story Box set, the Gold Classic Collection VHS and DVD, and the original DVD were all put in the Disney Vault on May 1, 2003.

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On September 6, 2005, a 2-disc "10th Anniversary Edition" was released featuring much of the bonus material from the "Ultimate Toy Story Box", including a retrospective special with John Lasseter and a brand new DTS sound mix.

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The 10th Anniversary release was the last version of Toy Story to be released before being taken out of the Disney Vault lineup along with Toy Story 2.

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Also on September 6, 2005, a UMD of Toy Story featuring some deleted scenes, a filmmakers' reflect, and a new "Legacy of Toy Story" was released for Sony PlayStation Portable.

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Toy Story was available for the first time on Blu-ray in a Special Edition Combo Pack that included two discs, the Blu-ray, and the DVD versions of the film.

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Toy Story went on to become the highest-grossing domestic film of 1995, beating Batman Forever, Apollo 13, Pocahontas, Casper, Waterworld, and GoldenEye.

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Toy Story became the second-highest-grossing film of 1995, just $3 million behind Die Hard with a Vengeance.

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Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times stated that "Starting with Tom Hanks, who brings an invaluable heft and believability to Woody, Toy Story is one of the best voiced animated features in memory, with all the actors.

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In 1995, Toy Story was ranked eighth in TIMEs list of the "Best 10 films of 1995".

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Toy Story's sitting on this landing at the top of the staircase and the camera pulls back and he's this tiny little figure.

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Toy Story was this guy with a massive ego two seconds before.

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Toy Story won eight Annie Awards, including Best Animated Feature.

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Toy Story was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, one for Best Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical, and one for Best Original Song—Motion Picture for Newman's "You've Got a Friend in Me".

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Toy Story is among the top ten in the BFI list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14, and the highest-placed animated film in Empire magazines list of "500 Greatest Movies of All Time".

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Toy Story had a large impact on the film industry with its innovative computer animation.

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In 2005, Toy Story was selected by the United States Library of Congress to be preserved in the National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

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However, after the cast from Toy Story returned and the story was considered to be better than that of a direct-to-video release, it was announced in 1998 that the sequel would see a theatrical release.

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Toy Story 4 was released on June 21, 2019, with most of the main cast returning for the film.

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