Table of Contents
- 6 ‘Toy Story 2’ Voice Actors You Forgot Were in the Film
- Happy 4th of July: 4th Franchise Movies Ranked From Worst to Best, Including ‘Toy Story 4’ (Photos)
- Toy Story
- Toy Story 2
- Monsters, Inc.: Laugh Factory
- Toy Story 3
- Other quotes
- Toy Story Toons
- Toy Story of Terror!
- Evil Dr. Porkchop
- Toy Description
- How ‘Toy Story 4’ and Pixar keep Don Rickles’ legacy alive two years after his death
- Hawaiian Vacation (1)
- Small Fry (2)
- Partysaurus Rex (3)
- External links
6 ‘Toy Story 2’ Voice Actors You Forgot Were in the Film
When Toy Story 2 was released in cinemas, I was only 7 years old and living overseas with my family in Egypt. So unfortunately, it wasn’t until a few years later that I had the opportunity to experience the magic of this wonderful Toy Story sequel. Yet when I did finally get around to watching it, I was hooked for life. I was always that kid who believed her toys understood what she was saying whenever we sat down for a tea party and naturally really took Jessie’s story to heart. Her song about her former owner Emily still makes me reach for the tissues even today.
With the third movie’s release in 2010, and a Toy Story 4 on the way to theaters for a 2017 premiere, it seems hard to believe that Toy Story 2 came out so long ago and is celebrating its 15th anniversary on Nov. 24 this year. Time flies, but it’s nice to know that myself and so many others can reminisce on our childhood with movies like this one. And the best part about re-watching my second favorite film of the franchise? Revisiting the characters and the actors behind them.
Although everyone already knows that Tom Hanks voices Woody and Tim Allen voices Buzz Lightyear (at least I hope you all know that), I often have to remind myself who played the supporting roles. After all, they’re just as important as our favorite toy duo. So to help the rest of you remember as well, and to bring a little nostalgia into your life, here’s a list of some of Toy Story 2’s characters and the (surprising) people who voice them that you may not know about.
Jessie – Joan Cusack
For years I honestly had no idea that Cusack was rootinest tootinest yodeling cowgirl in this Pixar animated film. Although I can sometimes catch her voice now, the actress known for her work in Addams Family Values, School of Rock, and Shameless, really ad me fooled. Born in New York and raised in Illinois, Cusack proved she knows how to act with her awesome southern accent as Jessie.
Stinky Pete the Prospector – Kelsey Grammer
Grammer, or as I still like to call him, Frasier, isn’t as difficult to detect voice-wise like Cusack was, but even so I still imagined that Stinky Pete’s voice actor was actually as old as his character looked. Turns out I was so wrong.
Tour Guide Barbie – Jodi Benson
Aside from voicing, oh you know, Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Benson also participated in Toy Story 2 as the friendly Barbie doll that shows the rest of Andy’s toys around Al’s Toy Barn when they attempt to search for Woody. Although Benson has voiced so many of our favorite characters like Thumbelina or the robot Weebo from Flubber, not many people recognize her name (unless you’re as obsessed with animated movies as I am).
Blue Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robot – John Lasseter
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If you’re not already familiar with Lasseter’s name, now is the time to be because he’s not only directing Toy Story 4, but also directed Toy Story and Toy Story 2. And between being a director and a producer, Lasseter has big names like Bugs Life, The Princess and the Frog, Wall-E, Cars (all of them), and Finding Nemo on his resume as well. And when he’s not busy doing so much behind the scenes, he of course helps out with voicing every now and then, because why not?
Andy’s Mom – Laurie Metcalf
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Maybe it’s because we don’t see her too often in any of the movies, but Andy’s mom — or as some theories go, Emily, Jessie’s previous owner — isn’t a character I think about too often. Yet little did I know, Metcalf has actually starred in a number of films and TV shows like Roseanne, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and The Big Bang Theory.
Most of Andy’s toys have such prominent and distinct voices that they’re so easy to match with the people behind them. From Wayne Knight as Al the Toy Collector (I mean anyone who’s seen Seinfeld or Space Jam knows that voice), to Estelle Harris as Mrs. Potato Head, Pixar chose actors we’d all immediately recognize. Yet Slinky might be the one toy that trips people up. From Ernest Goes to Camp and all of the many Ernest films that followed, to Roseanne, you’d probably know exactly who Varney is if you saw his face.
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Though Woody and Buzz’s original owner, Andy Davis, is mostly missing from “Toy Story 4,” his legacy looms large over the plot of the new Pixar movie. It’s not hard to see why. Even nine years after the release of “Toy Story 3,” Andy’s voice actor, John Morris, says people still bring up that film’s tear-inducing ending where Andy hands off his beloved cowboy to little Bonnie.
“A lot of people tell me ‘Oh my gosh, I just broke down and cried!’” Morris told TheWrap. “I think that ending just taps into a universal milestone of childhood ending and entering adulthood. While recording that scene I went back to how I felt when I left for college and left childhood, and because it became so emotional for me, I think it became emotional for the audience.”
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Now 34, Morris said that memories of standing in Pixar’s recording studio as a boy nearly 25 years ago came to mind as he watched “Toy Story 4” at its Hollywood premiere. While there was much skepticism about whether “Toy Story” needed a fourth installment after such an acclaimed trilogy capper, Morris was impressed by how the latest film explored how Woody’s devotion to Andy and Bonnie is challenged by his discovery of a new world with more kids that need a toy to play with.
“The scene that stuck with me most is where Forky and Woody are walking back to the trailer and Forky asks, ‘Who’s Andy?’ because even though he’s just come into existence even he can tell that Andy is important because of how Woody’s talking about him. And that contrasts well with Harmony and Bonnie and what those kids need growing up. It’s nice seeing that message that there are all kinds of different kids out there.”
While his “Toy Story” days have come to an end, Morris wants to take the passion for voice acting that came with a childhood behind the microphone and instill it in a new generation. He’s currently working on a series of projects, including a one-man play and documentary, that reflect on his time as Andy and exploring the unique challenges and quirks of voice acting.
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“I think what I love most about it is that when you just have your voice and no physical set or costume, you have to completely rely on your imagination,” he explained. “I was a lot like Andy, completely imagining new worlds and stories with his toys. Sometimes I would be given some character design to work with, but I didn’t always have that, and I got to just imagine how the scene would go and the animators would build around it.”
And to Morris, one of the most imaginative voice actors he’s ever heard is John Ratzenberger, the “Cheers” star who followed up his decade as Cliff Clavin with a voice career that has made him a Pixar icon. Along with playing Hamm in the “Toy Story” series, he’s also had a role in many other Pixar films that have been made, a consistency that was lampooned in “Cars” when his talking truck character, Mack, watched car-infused spoofs of all the roles Ratzenberger had played through time.
“I think it’s so impressive that he’s been able to show such an incredible range with Pixar over the years,” Morris said. “And another person I really love is Nancy Cartwright, who plays Bart Simpson. It’s always something I love when an actor plays someone who is a different age and gender than you.”
Such a profound difference between character and actor can knock a lot of fans for a loop, something that Morris often experiences with kids who do a double take when he tells them he played the kid in “Toy Story.” But with his new project, Morris hopes he can demystify voice acting for kids and show them a little bit about how their favorite animated TV shows and movies are made.
“They always see the final product, but not a lot of kids and families see the process,” he said. “I’m hoping I can bring that process and the medium to the stage through my personal experiences growing up as Andy.”
Happy 4th of July: 4th Franchise Movies Ranked From Worst to Best, Including ‘Toy Story 4’ (Photos)
Happy 4th of July holiday! There are few things more patriotic than pairing grilled food and movie franchises with at least four installments. But where to start? Find out with us as we celebrate Independence Day by counting down the worst and best “fourth” franchise films.
33. “Jaws IV: The Revenge” (1987)
“I have never seen it (‘Jaws 4’) but by all accounts it is terrible,” star Michael Caine said about the movie. “However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific.”
32. “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009)
Thank the heavens that “Logan” and “Deadpool” happened.
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31. “Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol” (1987)
Did you know the Razzies had a “Worst Original Song” category? The one from this film was Brian Wilson’s “Let’s Go to Heaven in My Car.”
30. “A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master” (1988)
This sequel is easily confused with the third, far superior film, “Dream Warriors.”
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29. “Superman IV: The Quest For Peace” (1987)
“Uh, No pain, no gain?” is our kryptonite.
28. “Batman & Robin” (1997)
Not to sound cold, but between bat nipples, that whole Poison Ivy-Bane thing, and Mr. Freeze’s puns, they should’ve put this movie… on ice.
27. “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (2008)
This is the movie that got “Jump the Shark” replaced with “Nuke the Fridge.”
26. “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter” (1984)
“The Final Chapter.” That’s hilarious.
25. “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers” (1988)
Skip this and watch the excellent 2018 sequel instead.
24. “Sudden Impact” (1983)
This movie is, uh, not great. No, not even “Go ahead, make my day.”
23. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” (2014)
This is the “Transformers” movie with dinosaurs/dinofours.
22. “Alien Resurrection” (1997)
It’s probably aged better than a lot of the other fourth films, but “Resurrection” suffers from a thin plot and an obvious attempt to keep a franchise alive.
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21. “Terminator Salvation” (2009)
The only good thing that came out of “Salvation” was Christian Bale’s freakout.
20. “Vegas Vacation” (1997)
Why would we watch “Vegas Vacation” when “Christmas” and the original exist?
19. “Shrek Forever After” (2010)
It’s “Shrek FORever After.” Like “FOURever.” Get it? GET IT?
18. “Saw IV” (2007)
Might as well have been “Saw IV: The Final Chapter.”
17. “Live Free or Die Hard” (2007)
A PG-13 John McClane film with boring, blood-free action was bad, but the real cardinal sin was censoring the f-word out of McClane’s iconic catch phrase. That really happened! Yippie-ki-boooo.
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16. “Bourne Legacy” (2012)
Remember when Jeremy Renner starred in a Bourne film? No? Then I guess you can’t tell us where they keep the chems.
15. “Lethal Weapon IV” (1998)
Fun yes, and Jet Li is awesome. But, by this point, the franchise was getting too old for this sh–.
14. “Bride of Chucky” (1998)
One of Jennifer Tilly’s best roles, without a doubt.
13. Men in Black International (2019)
The soft-reboot starring Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth basically James-Bonds the franchise. The film is actually delightful, if also kinda forgettable. (No, that’s not a neuralizer joke.)
12. “Thunderball” (1965)
But what if James Bond went underwater?
11. “Scream 4” (2011)
It’s easily a cash grab, but it’s one of the most fun horror movies to come out in recent years and is way better than it has any right to be.
10. “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” (2011)
We thought we’d get bored of watching Tom Cruise jump out of things. We were wrong.
9. “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes” (1972)
The chilling, highly topical final speech by Roddy McDowell’s Caesar alone qualifies this underrated gem for cinematic immortality. Especially the unrated version.
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8. “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” (1986)
They made us really care about those whales in this fish out of water sci-fi.
7. “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005)
The third and last films in the franchise are probably the best in terms of quality and how successfully it adapted the source material… but “Goblet of Fire” killed off Robert Pattinson and broke our hearts.
6. “The First Purge” (2008)
The series went prequel to show how the “murder is legal once a year” dystopia came to be, but that doesn’t mean it was out of ideas.
Come for the extremely unambiguous politics, stay for the franchise’s hands-down best action scenes.
A nation reborn!
5. “Fast & Furious” (2009)
You have this film to thank for turning a disjointed (but still awesome) series of car-based action films into what is arguably a superhero franchise. NOT a complaint. (Also, as always, R.I.P. Paul Walker.)
4. “Rocky IV” (1985)
Say what you will, but more than 30 years later, Rocky vs. the Russians might be the most quintessentially ’80s concept ever put to film, and it hasn’t been topped since.
3. “Toy Story 4” (2019)
We’ll let TheWrap’s review speak for itself:
“There’s adventure and growth and the subtlest brands of messaging and metaphors that current family films can offer… ‘Toy Story 4’ is, in its way, as much of a game-changer as ‘Avengers: Endgame.'”
2. “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” (1977)
Technically, this is the first “Star Wars” movie made, so it can’t possibly be number one on our “fourth movies” list. But because George Lucas gave us a sequential order that we have to stick by, it gets the number 2 spot.
1. “Mad Max Fury Road” (2015)
George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” managed to reboot a dead franchise, making it explosively modern and fresh, and it stands as one of the best action movies of the 21st Century. It lives. It dies. It lives again. Shiny and chrome.
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From “Men in Black: International” to “Mad Max: Fury Road,” ring in Independence Day with the best (and worst) fourth installments
Happy 4th of July holiday! There are few things more patriotic than pairing grilled food and movie franchises with at least four installments. But where to start? Find out with us as we celebrate Independence Day by counting down the worst and best “fourth” franchise films.
Sidney “Sid” Phillips is the main antagonist of Toy Story. He is mentioned by Buzz in Toy Story 2. He also makes a cameo in Toy Story 3. He is the only person who knows toys are alive.
“I don’t believe that man’s ever been to medical school.” —Buzz Lightyear witnessing Sid’s atrocious activities
Sid used to be Andy’s sociopath neighbor, until the Davis family moved out near the end of the film. The most common shirt he wears has a picture of a skull. Sid is introduced at the beginning of the film as a toy terrorizer when he explodes a Combat Carl with an M-80, with his toy-chewing dog Scud by his side. Andy’s toys are surprised to see him back at his old habits so soon, assuming he got expelled from summer camp early this year. Later that day, when Andy and his family goes to Pizza Planet, Sid is also there. After playing Whack-an-Alien, the Crane Game catches his attention. After grabbing an Alien, Sid notices Buzz Lightyear in the Crane Game. When Sid goes after him, not only does he get Buzz, but Woody hooked onto his foot as well (Woody tried to save Buzz, but the Aliens wouldn’t let him). After skateboarding back home with his new toys in his backpack, he’s immediately greeted by Scud, whom he gives the alien to viciously chew. Then, seeing his sister Hannah with her Janie doll, he snatches the toy and runs up to his room, slamming the door in Hannah’s face. He then pulls out his Pterodactyl toy as he plays doctor for his “double-bypass brain transplant.” After putting the Pterodactyl’s head on Janie’s body, he opens up the door and shows it to Hannah, who runs off to report to their mother. Sid throws the mutant toy onto the floor and runs after her, claiming Hannah is lying. With Sid gone, Woody explores his room to search for a way out, but the door is locked and he’s unable to escape. Trying to find another way out, he then discovers that Sid has taken other toys apart and assembled them back together in weird combinations, much to Woody’s horror. The next morning, Sid torments Buzz by spinning him on a drill bit (as seen in a deleted scene), and then takes Woody and throws him across the floor, pretending to interrogate him. Next, he opens up the window shade to let the sun in. He then takes out a magnifying glass and focuses the hot beam of light on Woody’s forehead, until Sid’s mom informs him his Pop-Tarts are ready.
Later, Sid returns to his room with a rocket he had ordered in the mail, labeled “The Big One.” He intends to blow apart one of his toys with the rocket for his own amusement. Initially, he was to blow up that “wimpy cowboy doll,” but he fails to find him (Woody hid under a milk crate). However, when he unexpectedly steps on Buzz, he decides to tape the rocket on Buzz, stating that he has always wanted to blow a spaceman into orbit. Unfortunately, Sid is forced to delay the launch due to adverse weather conditions at the launch site, giving Woody and Buzz time to reconcile overnight.
While trying to escape, Sid wakes up and takes Buzz outside to blow him up. Woody and all of the mutant toys plan a way to exact revenge on Sid and help Buzz before Sid can destroy him with the rocket. The toys all appear out of nowhere and approach Sid, making him increasingly scared. Woody then tells Sid to take care of his toys, because they will know if he did not. After seeing Woody come to life by saying “So play nice” in front of his face, it’s too much for Sid and he screams and retreats back into the house, frightened that the toys have come alive. Hannah then takes pleasure in scaring Sid even more and making Sid cry with her dolls after she discovers how scared he is.
Sid’s rocket is ultimately utilized by Woody during the move to Andy’s new house to help RC, whose batteries have been depleted, back into the moving truck as Woody and Buzz both go skyrocketing, during which Buzz frees himself from the rocket by opening his wings to tear off the tapes that bound him to the rocket (as for the rocket, it climbed up for a few feet higher before exploding into smithereens).
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Buzz: “Come on, fellas. Did Woody give up when Sid had me strapped to a rocket?” Toys: “No…” Buzz: “No.” ―Buzz reprimands the toys who have requested a rest
Although Sid did not appear in this film, he was mentioned by Buzz Lightyear, who reminded everyone searching for Woody how Woody didn’t give up on him when Sid had him strapped to the rocket.
Monsters, Inc.: Laugh Factory
Sid in the Monsters, Inc. comic book.
Sid made guest appearances in issues 3 and 4 of the Monsters, Inc. comic book mini-series Laugh Factory as the main antagonist, though his name is never actually given (as the monsters do not bother learning it from him). At the beginning of the third issue “Toy Worry”, he ducks into Boo’s bedroom to hide from Sulley and Mike when they’re pursuing him. We learn from Sulley and Mike that Sid has been using the monsters’ door-traveling technology to break into kids’ rooms and steal their toys. Afterward, Sid escapes with Boo’s Jessie doll, and Boo follows him into Monsters, Inc. to help Mike and Sulley capture him. Upon being caught and brought to the CDA, Sid states that he has been stealing the toys in an attempt to “save” the kids from suffering the same incident he did, but the monsters do not believe him. They have Sid thrown back to his home through Hannah’s door.
In the next issue’s story, Sid breaks back into Monstropolis, and helps Randall and Mr. Waternoose escape from prison. They offer to give him the plans for their door-traveling technology (which Sid plans to get rich off of in his world) in exchange for him helping them get revenge on Sulley and Mike. They manage to capture the heroes along with Celia and Boo (the latter of whom stowed away with Sulley as he was coming back from his last visit with her), but the girls manage to escape back into the human world with Sid and the two villainous monsters pursuing them. Eventually, Celia and Boo manage to find another closet door back to Monstropolis, where they lead Sid, Randall, and Waternoose into captivity by the CDA. In the end, Sid is again sent back home, with the monsters hoping that he has enough of them now.
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If you are looking for the garbageman who finds Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear, see here.
Chatter Phone Tipline “Sid’s Cameo”
Chatter Telephone explains Sid’s cameo in the film.
Sid (now grown up) made a cameo appearance in Toy Story 3, working as a garbageman for Tri-County Sanitation. He is seen on a garbage truck as he comes to pick up the trash from Andy’s house (including Andy’s toys who were also in a bag and mistakenly got put outside by Ms. Davis, whom Woody hurries out to rescue without being seen). Sid is mostly heard scatting to music and is identified by having the same skull T-shirt that he wore as a kid, along with a blue shirt underneath, a yellow vest, goggles, a small beard, a mullet in contrast to his buzzed head as a kid, a backward camouflage cap, and a big set of headphones. He is seen again near the end of the film after the toys escape from the incinerator at the Tri-County Landfill and hitch a ride on his garbage truck to get home. During his brief re-encounter with him earlier, Woody apparently did not recognize him as being Sid as he was more concerned about saving the others.
Erik von Detten reprised his role as Sid again for the film as an adult, like the way John Morris did as Andy.
Woody: “That is Sid” Buzz: “You mean that happy child?” Mr. Potato Head: “That ain’t no happy child.” Rex: “He tortures toys, just for fun!” ―The toys observe Sid from Andy’s room
Sid is a young, bratty and somewhat disturbed skate punk with metal braces, whose idea of fun is terrorizing his little sister, Hannah, by taking her toys away and using them for scary experiments like switching out heads or performing operations on them. He also destroys toys in many ways (exploding, burning, or in his “mad doctor” plays).
After his toys turned on him, he vowed never to hurt a toy again. Aside from this, Sid remained mostly the same (especially his love of heavy metal), and eventually became a garbage man.
Sid is not a true villain, being that he didn’t realize that the toys are really alive when breaking them, but since this movie is in the point of view of toys, he can be considered an antagonist.
- Sid was used in the Space Shoot game on Novel Games on January 4 2018.
- According to the Toy Story: Animated Storybook, Hamm somehow knows that Sid’s last name is Phillips.
- Sid also appeared in a Toy Story Treat short Woody’s Nightmares. In one of the two nightmares that Woody had, Sid was laughing evilly as he had swapped the heads of Woody and Buzz Lightyear (the similar way he had replaced the Janie Doll’s head with the Pterodactyl’s).
- It is said that Sid Phillips is inspired by a former Pixar employee who has been known to disassemble toys and use the parts to build strange creations.
- During production, Sid was nicknamed “Little Jack Nicholson”. This might explain why Sid’s house has the same rug pattern as the Overlook Hotel from The Shining, in which Nicholson starred.
- In Monsters, Inc., Claws Ward runs out the door of a kids room on the scare floor. He states that the kid almost touched him. As he runs out, the “Kill’n Paul Bunyan and his Blue Ox of Doom” poster from Sid’s room can be seen on the wall of the room.
- However, Claws Ward’s assistant says that the room belonged to a 6-year-old girl, meaning that it was not Sid’s room.
- It is likely that he reforms for the better, as his appearance is somewhat neater and is more hygienic, as his teeth are clean and even, in contrast to the first movie. The way he happily bangs trash bins and his garbage truck, as well as scatting to his heavy metal music, shows that he enjoys his job.
- Erik Von Detten returned to voice Sid in Toy Story 3. The fact that he is now older than he was when he did the first Toy Story movie had no effect on the character of Sid since he had also grown up.
- Sid is the only human character in the Toy Story series who knows toys are alive.
- In a deleted alternate version of the “Play Nice!” scene, Buzz Lightyear calls Sid vicious, possibly a reference to 1970’s punk icon Sid Vicious.
“Yes! He’s gone! He’s history!” —Sid, after demolishing a Combat Carl soldier toy “All right! Double prizes! Let’s go home and… play. Ha-ha-ha.” —Sid, after picking Woody and Buzz Lightyear from a claw vending machine “Oh, a survivor. Where’s the rebel base? Talk! I can see your will is strong. Well, we have ways of making you talk. Where are your rebel friends now? Heh, heh.” —Sid, as he plays wild with Woody and singes Woody’s forehead with a magnifying glass “It came! It finally came! The big one.”
(He reads the label on the rocket)
“‘Extremely dangerous. Keep out of reach of children.’ Cool! What am I gonna blow? Man, hey, where’s that wimpy cowboy doll?”
(unexpectedly steps on Buzz Lightyear, activating his laser)
“Yes! I’ve always wanted to put a spaceman into orbit. Ha-ha.”
(tapes the rocket onto Buzz’s back, but then lightning flashes outside)
(rain begins to fall)
“Aw, man! (slams his head on the window) Sid Phillips reporting. The launch of the shuttle has been delayed due to adverse weather conditions at the launch site. Tomorrow’s forecast: sunny. Ha-ha-ha. Sweet dreams.” —Sid, after receiving the rocket, but rain delays his nefarious plot “I wanna ride the pony…” —Sid moans in his sleep “Oh, yeah! Time for lift-off! To infinity and beyond!” —Sid wakes up and takes Buzz Lightyear out for blast-off “Houston to Mission Control. Come in, Control. The launch pad is being constructed! Heh-heh.” —Sid, as he prepares to blast Buzz Lightyear into air “The toys! The toys are alive!” —Sid, after witnessing Woody and the mutant toys come to life
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While we wait to see if Sid pops up again in Toy Story 4, producer Jonas Rivera has responded to one of the biggest fan theories about the character.
After tormenting the toys in Toy Story, Sid showed up again as a garbageman in the third movie, leading one fan on Reddit to argue that he’s doing it to rescue the toys that are thrown away, traumatised by the knowledge that he knows they’re alive.
“We hear a lot of them and we always joke that everyone thinks we’re a lot smarter than we are, we would never have done the math to figure that out. I think that’s a little bit of receipt to us that people dig really deep into these.
“Poor Sid, he’s the only one that has actually seen the toys alive. We’ve kind of ruined Sid, I’m actually on Sid’s side.”
Whether we see Sid again or not, Rivera added that “a lot” of the time spent on Toy Story 4 was balancing the nods to the past – like Sid in Toy Story 3 – with the new characters they wanted to introduce.
“There are a bunch of versions of the movie where we would go too far away from the new characters and it felt like too much sameness. Then there were other times we’d overcompensate and there wasn’t enough drive,” he outlined.
Toy Story 4 is released in cinemas on June 21.
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For other uses, see Hamm (disambiguation) “And Hamm, he’ll keep your money safe, but he’s also one of the most dastardly villains of all time: Evil Dr. Porkchop!” —Andy shows Hamm to Bonnie
Hamm is a supporting character in the Toy Story franchise. He is a wisecracking plastic piggy bank with a cork in his belly.
Hamm appears to be best friends with Mr. Potato Head and is usually seen insulting Rex.
Out of all the toys, he seems to be the one with the most common sense, although when he trips and his coins fall out, he’s a few cents short of a dollar, and always says exactly what he thinks of the other toys.
Hamm had a minor appearance in Toy Story. He is first seen during Andy’s playtime in the beginning of the film, representing the safe that the robber was taking money from. His first speaking appearance was when Mr. Potato Head, after attempting to repair himself due to an incident with Molly, tells tries to depict himself as Picasso, although Hamm doesn’t understand what he is talking about, causing Mr. Potato Head to call him an “uncultured swine.”
Later, during the unplanned staff meeting, Hamm expresses irritation that Woody would ask them if they found a moving buddy. He also expresses irritation when he learns that Ms. Davis moved Andy’s birthday to that day instead of the next Wednesday, asking if she lost her marbles. He eventually interrupted the meeting to inform them that the birthday guests are arriving. He later listens in on Sarges’ reports about any gifts Andy got, also expressing shock at Andy getting a lunch box, although he and the other toys celebrated when the final present was revealed to be a game of Battleship, also accidentally knocking Mr. Potato Head’s pieces over, causing him to call him “hero spudhead.” However, after a breaking report where it was revealed that Andy had a surprise birthday present and Rex ended up inadvertently breaking the baby monitor, Hamm ended up blaming Rex for breaking the baby monitor, and also attempted unsuccessfully to fix it by placing the batteries back in (forcing Woody to directly take over the job). He eventually returns to his place, coming out when the coast is clear, eventually meeting Buzz Lightyear.
Eventually, when Sid was heard laughing, Hamm speculated that Sid may have had trouble getting into camp this year for why he was at home, also observing what Sid frequently does with the other toys. After Woody accidentally knocked Buzz out of the window and was exposed as having done so, Hamm expressed distrust of Woody and hinted that they should throw Woody out of the window both because of what they thought Woody did and to not give him a chance at doing the same to them, although he and the other toys weren’t able to do this before Andy came back into the room. He and the other toys later tried to search for Buzz with the flashlight, although they were irritated when the entity they thought was Buzz was actually Whiskers the cat. After Hamm learned that Woody also disappeared, he mentioned he had it coming.
Later, Hamm and Mr. Potato Head were playing Battleship, and had apparently won Mr. Potato Head’s hat from a previous match, and was requesting he get Mr. Potato Head’s nose for losing to him again, although Mr. Potato Head suspects Hamm was peeking due to his height, when they discovered Woody was nearby. He then ordered everyone to get over there due to Woody being at Sid’s house. However, after Woody was found with Buzz’s detached arm, Hamm assumed the worst and left him to his fate.
After Woody boarded the Eggman Movers truck, and Woody apparently tried to leave RC behind, Hamm and the other toys attacked him, with Hamm proceeding to lay a “pig-pile” on Woody (also causing RC and Buzz to literally jump in the air), eventually succeeding in throwing him out of the truck, although he later tried to help them when they discovered he was actually telling the truth.
During Christmas, Hamm listened in to the Christmas gift announcements, with Hamm himself congratulating Mr. Potato Head for Molly getting a Mrs. Potato Head.
Hamm returns in Toy Story 2 with a much larger role. He takes a dislike to Al McWhiggin, the chicken mascot of Al’s Toy Barn, especially after learning that he is the same man who kidnapped Woody from a yard sale. Later, he and Mr. Potato Head set up a crime scene to present Woody’s kidnapping to the other toys, but Rex inadvertently destroys their presentation. Hamm then takes over the channel-hopping that Rex was trying for, doing it far more rapidly. When asked how he can even tell what’s on, Hamm simply replies, “I can tell,” and keeps going. However, he ends up accidentally skipping the Al’s Toy Barn commercial and, already flipping too fast to stop and go back, continues channel-surfing until the toys eventually find the commercial again and stop Hamm immediately.
After helping the toys find Al’s Toy Barn on TV, Hamm, along with Buzz, Potato Head, Rex, and Slinky go on a mission to rescue Woody. It is during this mission when he displays embarrassment to the other toys after his cork falls out, and he requests no one to look until he gets it back in. The following day, he is the first to spot Al’s Toy Barn right across the street and informs them via a variant of the old “Why did the chicken cross the road?” joke. During their search in the toy store, Hamm managed to find a convertible and drove it to rendezvous with Mr. Potato Head and Rex (the latter of whom was talking incessantly about the guidebook for the game he had), though Mr. Potato Head forced him off the driver’s spot in order to “let a toy with hands” drive. Hamm and the others later spot a group of Barbie dolls having a party and asks them where to find the owner of Al’s Toy Barn. He also takes over Mr. Potato Head’s spot in the vehicle, partially because Mr. Potato Head was incessantly and repeatedly chanting, “I’m a married spud!” regarding Tour Guide Barbie’s presence.
When Tour Guide Barbie drives the toys into the Buzz Lightyear aisle, Hamm spots a “Bonus Belt” Buzz, thinking he is Andy’s Buzz (but later, the toys are able to rejoin with the “true” Buzz). When the toys break into Al’s apartment via the elevator, Hamm loses some of his change due to the angle, also warning the toys below about “lost change.” After eventually reaching Al’s room, Hamm knocks down the box with the Prospector inside and exclaims: “You heard of kung fu? Well, get ready for ‘pork chop’!” However, Hamm then gets shocked when the actual Buzz belonging to Andy, and after the latter confirmed his identity enthusiastically greeted him. They then were dismayed that Woody would rather stay with the Roundup gang, although they rejoiced when he changed his mind. However, due to Stinky Pete’s interference, they couldn’t save Woody, forcing them to pursue him and Al, also witnessing the fight between Bonus Belt Buzz and Zurg. After hijacking a Pizza Planet vehicle, Hamm proceeded to give driving directions via the onboard manual, while noting the inconsistency regarding the mileage of the vehicle with some amusement. Hamm and the others then tried to locate the suitcase containing Woody in the conveyor belt area and split up from Buzz to do so, though they only found camera equipment in one of the luggage bags that only looked like Woody’s luggage container. Nonetheless, they did use the flashers to aid Woody and Buzz before Stinky Pete could finish off Woody, stunning him long enough for Woody and Buzz to overpower him.
After the toys return home, Hamm attempts to beat a Buzz Lightyear: Attack on Zurg video game that was previously played by Rex and asks him for a hand. However, Rex, too overjoyed about his triumph over defeating Zurg in an elevator, doesn’t help, and Hamm loses the game before he can continue with his playthrough and gets upset. He then sees a sobbing Al on TV about how he lost his money, which makes Hamm comment that crime doesn’t pay.
Hamm returns in Toy Story 3. He is saddened like the other toys are when a now seventeen-year-old Andy has stopped paying attention to his toys. Later, when Andy starts to clean his room, Hamm is put into a trash bag along with the other toys except Woody, but Andy’s mom mistakes the bag as trash and puts it onto the curb. The toys manage to get out of the bag, under Buzz’s direction, and climb into a box bound for Sunnyside Daycare. At the daycare, Lotso assigns the toys to the Caterpillar Room, where the toys are impressed at the sights and sounds of the room. However, as the recess bell rings and the toddlers of the room enter, Hamm is bathed in glue and coated in glitter. After the daycare closes for the evening, Hamm removes his cork to spill out some rubbish, including Mr. Potato Head’s arm, out of his body. Soon, he and the other toys realize that Woody has been truthful about Andy’s intent of putting them into the attic. They decide to leave to go home, but are imprisoned in wire cubbies functioning as prison cells by Lotso, his gang, and a reset Buzz.
The next day, Hamm, feeling bored and lonely, plays a harmonica to lighten his spirit, but is caught by Buzz, who bangs on his cell and orders him to be quiet. After another rough playtime with the toddlers, the toys are reunited with Woody and agree to help him get back home as Woody formulates a plan to escape Sunnyside. On the night the toys carry out their breakout plan, Hamm and Rex, upon receiving a signal from Jessie, stage a little fight to distract Buzz, who then intervenes to try to break up the fight. With Buzz preoccupied, Jessie and Bullseye emerge from their cells and slam a plastic storage bin over Buzz. Rex and Hamm then immediately jump onto the bin to trap Buzz. Just after Woody, Slinky, and Barbie return to the Caterpillar Room with a Buzz Lightyear instruction manual in hand, Buzz breaks himself free, and Hamm and Rex tackle him down from the side to stop him from escaping. As the toys restrain Buzz, Hamm reads the steps in the manual on how to reset Buzz, but the toys end up resetting Buzz to a Spanish version of his “Space Ranger” persona. Nevertheless, they escape via the garbage chute, only to be cornered by Lotso and his gang again. The confrontation eventually results in Lotso’s henchmen turning on their leader upon being convinced of his deception and Lotso being thrown into a dumpster by Big Baby. After Lotso pulls Woody into the dumpster, Hamm and the others jump onto the dumpster, only to fall into a garbage truck that has just arrived. The truck takes them to the Tri-County Landfill, where the toys escape the shredders, but are dumped into a furnace after Lotso leaves them to die in an incinerator. Hamm takes Slinky’s paw and Rex’s hand as the toys accept their fiery death, but are saved by the Aliens operating a giant claw. After escaping the incinerator, Hamm expresses his desire to get back at Lotso for leaving him and his friends to die, only to be convinced by Woody that Lotso is not worth it. The toys return home, wash themselves off with a garden hose, and climb back to Andy’s room. They say goodbye to Woody as they climb into a box destined for attic, but with Woody’s intervention, they are given to Bonnie Anderson when Andy stops at her house. After Andy leaves, Hamm is seen walking and talking with Mr. Pricklepants as the film closes.
In the end credits, he is seen together with Buttercup, presumably his new best friend, as the two are next to each other when Woody reads his friends a message from Sunnyside, when they watch Mr. Pricklepants and an Alien play their rendition of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and when they enjoy watching Buzz and Jessie perform a paso doble.
Toy Story Toons
Hamm is seen helping Barbie and Ken make their trip to Hawaii a perfect one right inside Bonnie’s room. When Barbie and Ken have a romantic moment outside of Bonnie’s house, they fall off the doorstep and into the snow bank, to which Hamm says, “I’ll get the shovel.” He is last seen watching Mr. Potato Head free Barbie and Ken from a block of ice.
After Bonnie returns home from Poultry Palace with Rex and Fun Meal Buzz Lightyear (the latter having switched places with the real Buzz), Hamm alongside the other toys welcomes Rex home, although after Fun Meal Buzz reveals himself, he and the other toys quickly realize that he isn’t the real Buzz. Despite this, even though Woody is arguing with Rex for the latter being gullible enough to fall for the obvious trick by the Fun Meal Buzz, Hamm notes that the Fun Meal Buzz is a really good ice dancer regardless (referring to his skating around). However, Hamm quickly changes his opinion when Fun Meal Buzz, after stealing Woody’s hat, proceeded to slap Hamm’s behind, requesting that someone tackle Fun Meal Buzz, also proceeding to thank Woody when the latter managed to do so almost immediately after he requested this. He is later present during the planning of a rescue operation to bring Buzz back, with Hamm suggesting they jimmy the lock, although the planning proved to be unnecessary after Buzz was revealed to have escaped via the drive-thru, with him and the other toys greeting him enthusiastically.
Hamm only briefly appears in the beginning and nearing the end of the short. In the beginning, he watches Mrs. Potato Head’s attempt at blowing a bubble as well as calling Rex a “buzzkill” after Rex, in his clumsiness, popped the bubble, and also knocked the other toys behind him over, as well as hiding when Bonnie going to take a bath. He later appears when the toys try to check up on Rex, only to be hit with a tidal wave from the bathroom.
Toy Story of Terror!
“I promised Hamm I’d bring him back something nice.” —Mr. Potato Head
Hamm dosen’t appear in Toy Story of Terror!, but he is mentioned by Mr. Potato Head.
Evil Dr. Porkchop
Evil Dr. Porkchop in his ship in Toy Story 3.
Buzz Lightyear: “Evil Dr. Porkchop!” Hamm: “That’s Mr. Evil Dr. Porkchop to you!” ―Buzz Lightyear and Hamm in Andy’s imagination
Evil Dr. Porkchop is the villain Andy creates from Hamm.
He appears in Toy Story 2 (when Andy sets up a stage before leaving for Cowboy Camp) and Toy Story 3 (in Andy’s realistic imagination, controlling a pig-shaped spaceship). In both cases, he is wearing Mr. Potato Head’s black hat. He is referred to this play character again when Andy hands Hamm over to Bonnie Anderson at the end of Toy Story 3.
He is in the Toy Story 3 video game as well, but also with a black patch over his right eye.
Hamm is a wisecracking piggy bank. He and Mr. Potato Head appear to be best friends, as they are often seen playing games and high-fiving each other whenever something spectacular happens.
Hamm is somewhat of a technological genius. He can identify types of trash bags, child locks, and is the ultimate channel-hopper in Toy Story 2, as he switches channels far more rapidly than the other toys can. Some of his knowledge is attributed to the fact that he lives near the window and so can examine and learn about the outside world.
From Official Website:
|“||Hamm is a pink piggybank with a penchant for one-liners. He’s still a know-it-all, or at least that’s what he’d like everyone to believe.||”|
- By the time of Toy Story 2, Andy seems to have lost Hamm’s original stopper, so he now uses a wine cork in its place.
- Toy Story of Terror! and Toy Story That Time Forgot are the first installments in the franchise where Hamm doesn’t appear.
- Technically he is not a toy, he’s actually a piggy bank: although he can function as both simultaneously.
- Hamm appears as a car during the end credits of Cars. Mack calls him a piggy truck.
- In the Toy Story opening Pixar made for the direct-to-video film, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins, Andrew Stanton voiced Hamm, filling in for John Ratzenberger.
- Apparently, Hamm is capable of changing the channel in under a millisecond, which caused them to nearly miss where to find Al’s Toy Barn in a commercial. When he is clicking through channels to find said commercial in Toy Story 2, various clips of Pixar shorts and commercials are featured, along with the old Pixar logo.
- Evil Dr. Porkchop in Toy Story 3 can be considered John Ratzenberger’s second villain role after The Underminer in The Incredibles, though in reality it’s just Hamm in a fantasy sequence.
- Also interesting to note is that he plays Dr. Porkchop at the very beginning of Toy Story 3 while he plays The Underminer at the very end of The Incredibles.
- Also noteworthy is the fact that when Andy speaks for Dr. Porkchop, he uses a British accent, yet in Andy’s fantasy sequence in Toy Story 3, John Ratzenberger maintains his American accent while voicing Dr. Porkchop.
- Hamm is the first Pixar character to be voiced by John Ratzenberger who was best known for playing Cliff Clavin the mailman from Cheers.
- In the Black Friday reel, Hamm was depicted as being a bipedal pig (presumably a plush toy) instead of a piggy bank. In addition, he also was given a voice that was more pig-like, similar to Porky Pig, albeit slightly deeper.
- Hamm narrates the Animated Storybook and hosts the main menu.
- Hamm was used in the Stained Glass game on Novel Games on May 12 2019.
From Toy Story
Mr. Potato Head: “Hey, Hamm! Look, I’m Picasso!”
Hamm (confused): “Uh, I don’t get it.” (walks away)
Mr. Potato Head: “You uncultured swine!” —Mr. Potato Head shows Hamm his messed-up face “What’s goin’ on down there? Is his mom losin’ her marbles?” —Hamm, after learning about the day of Andy’s birthday party “Pardon me. I hate to break up the staff meeting, but… they’re here! Birthday guests at three o’clock!” —Hamm spots Andy’s friends arriving at the house Hamm: “What’s with him?”
Mr. Potato Head: “Laser envy.” —Mr. Potato Head suggests Woody’s “laser envy” to Hamm Mr. Potato Head: “You couldn’t handle Buzz cutting in on your playtime, could you, Woody? Didn’t wanna face the fact that Buzz just might be Andy’s new favorite toy. So you got rid of him. Well, what if Andy starts playing with me more, Woody, huh? You gonna knock me outta the window too?”
Hamm: “I don’t think we should give him the chance.” —Mr. Potato Head and Hamm drive Woody back to the edge of the table Mr. Potato Head: “Let’s string him up by his pull string!”
Hamm: “I got dibs on his hat!”
Bo Peep: “Would you boys stop it!”
Hamm: “Tackle him!”
Woody: “No, no, no! W-W-Wait! I can explain everything!” —Mr. Potato Head and Hamm prepare to attack Woody Hamm: “Yeah, boy, the weasel ran away.”
Mr. Potato Head: “Huh? Huh? I told you he was guilty.”
Rex: “Who would’ve thought he was capable of such atrocities?” —Hamm, Mr. Potato Head and Rex, after learning of Woody’s disappearance Mr. Potato Head: “B-3.”
Hamm: “Miss. G-6.”
Mr. Potato Head: “Ohhh! You sunk it!”
Mr. Potato Head: “Are you peeking?”
Hamm: “Oh, quit your whining and pay up. (Potato Head reaches for his ear) No, no, not the ear. Gimme the nose. Come on!”
Mr. Potato Head: “How ’bout three out of five?” —Mr. Potato Head and Hamm playing Battleship “Pig pile!” —Hamm, about to jump on Woody in the moving van.
From Toy Story 2
“I despise that chicken.” —Hamm, after turning off the TV in which a commercial for Al’s Toy Barn has been playing Hamm: “All right. Let’s review this one more time. At precisely 8:32-ish, Exhibit ‘A,’ Woody, was kidnapped. Exhibit ‘B,’ a composite sketch of the kidnapper.”
Bo Peep: “He didn’t have a beard like that.”
Hamm: “Fine. Etch, give him a shave.”
Slinky Dog: “The kidnapper was bigger than that.”
Hamm: “Oh, picky, picky, picky.”
Mr. Potato Head: “Let’s just go straight to Exhibit ‘F.’ The kidnapper’s vehicle. Now, the vehicle fled the scene in this direction.”
Hamm: “Your eyes are in backwards. It went the other way. “
Potato Head: “Hey, put a cork in it.”
Rex: “How do you spell ‘FBI’?” (destroys the “crime scene”)
Potato Head: “My crime scene!”
Hamm: “Oh, why don’t you watch where you’re going, ‘Godspilla’?”
Rex: “I didn’t know there was a crime scene.” —Hamm and Mr. Potato Head’s review of Woody’s kidnapping Buzz: “Etch, draw that man in the chicken suit.”
Rex: (gasps) “It’s the chicken man!”
Buzz: “That’s our guy.”
Hamm: “I knew there was something I didn’t like about that chicken.” —Buzz Lightyear, Rex and Hamm, after realizing Al as the one who has stolen Woody “All right, nobody look till I get my cork back in.” —Hamm, after his cork pops out, spilling some coins onto the pavement Hamm: “Hey guys, why did the toys cross the road?”
Buzz: “Not now, Hamm.”
Rex: “Oohh, I love riddles! Why?”
Hamm: “To get to the chicken on the other side!” —Buzz and the toys spotting Al’s Toy Barn across the street Hamm: “Say, where’d you get that cool belt, Buzz?”
Buzz #2: “Well, slotted pig, they’re standard issue.” —Hamm asks Utility Belt Buzz about his new utility belt Hamm: “How about a ham sandwich…with fries and a hot dog?”
Rex: “What about me?”
Hamm: “You can be the toy that comes with the meal.” —Hamm discuss his idea of getting into Al’s Penthouse Hamm: “Uh, Buzz, why not just take the elevator?”
Buzz #2: “They’ll be expecting that.” —Hamm and Utility Belt Buzz, as Utility Belt Buzz starts climbing up the elevator shaft “You know, I think that Buzz aisle went to his head.” —Hamm, on Utility Belt Buzz “Uh-oh. Hey, heads up down there!” —Hamm, as coins fall from his slot “Have you heard of Kung Fu? Well then, get ready for pork chops!” —Hamm leaps onto the Prospector’s box “Oh, I seriously doubt he’s getting this kind of mileage.” —Hamm, reading the manual of the Pizza Planet truck. Hamm: “Here we come, Woody!”
Mr. Potato Head: “Woody, here we come!”
Hamm: “Nice flash though.” —Hamm, Rex, and Mr. Potato Head open one of the luggages, only to find a flash camera inside Hamm: “Uh, hey, Rex, I could use a hand over here.”
Rex: “I don’t need to play. I lived it!”
Hamm: “No, no, no, no! Oh, nuts!” —Hamm asks Rex for help, but loses the video game
From Toy Story 3
“Come on, let’s see how much we’re going on eBay.” —Hamm, after the staff meeting “Quiet, musical hog! Knock it off!” —”Demo” mode Buzz, upon catching Hamm playing a harmonica in his cell Buttercup: “Next season, we’re doing Cats.”
Hamm: “Or might I suggest Hamm-let?” —Buttercup and Hamm sharing suggestions on what play will be next
By Zach Johnson
When Toy Story 4 is unboxed June 24, 2019, audiences will be reunited with fan-favorites like Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (voice of Disney Legend Tim Allen), as well as Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts), who was last seen onscreen in 1999’s Toy Story 2. (Find out why Bo was M.I.A. in Toy Story 3.) “There is such a deep love within the studio for these characters,” producer Mark Nielsen reminded D23 during a recent visit to Pixar Studios. “Everyone was like, ‘If we’re doing this, it has to be great. We’ve got to give it everything we’ve got to make it worthy.’” Toy Story 4 will venture outside Bonnie’s bedroom and introduce new characters, including a vintage pull-string doll named Gabby Gabby (voice of Christina Hendricks), an arts-and-crafts project come to life named Forky (voice of Tony Hale), and a pair of plush pals named Ducky (voice of Keegan-Michael Key) and Bunny (voice of Jordan Peele), to name a few.
Adding to the ensemble was an enormous task, and it took years to get all the details just right. Supervising animator Scott Clark explained, “As animators, we craft the physical and emotional performances of the characters in our films. You could say that we’re both the actors and the stunt doubles in a movie. We base our performances on the voice recordings of the actors, visual reference, and our own inspiration. Typically, the actors’ voices are recorded first. We then draw inspiration from the tone, the texture, and the cadence of their vocal performances.”
Before Toy Story 4 hits theaters, get to know the new toys on the block:
Gabby Gabby (Voice of Christina Hendricks)
“We went to a lot of antique stores for reference in this film, and there was always a creepy doll in the corner,” director Josh Cooley laughed. “We were like, ‘Well, that’s a perfect villain!’”
A talking pull-string doll mass-produced in the 1950s (around the same time as Woody), Gabby Gabby has been collecting dust in the antiques mall for decades. The reason? A manufacturing defect has warbled her voice box, making her less attractive to potential collectors. Bitter but not broken (mentally, that is), Gabby Gabby surrounds herself with four voiceless ventriloquist dummies, led by Benson (the one in the red bow-tie). It was an easy sell for Hendricks. “In her first recording session, I pitched the whole story,” Cooley recalled. “She said, ‘This is great! I actually didn’t want Barbie dolls when I was a kid; I wanted ventriloquist dummies.’”
Rendering Gabby Gabby was no small feat, as she had to appear both scary and sweet. According to supervising technical director Bob Moyer, “The challenge while we were building the character was to make her a realistic doll without looking too much like a human.” For example, Gabby Gabby’s curvature and deformations “had to look like hard plastic, not flesh and muscles,” Moyer explained. “We worried about how the eyeball would sit in the eye socket, how the hair was rooted, how the baby fat creased, and how the head fit into the neck.”
Taking those elements into consideration, Clark said they “decided to embrace the limitations she has as a toy.” That was a game-changer, characters shading lead Alex Marino told D23: “One of the benefits we had as shading artists working on Gabby Gabby is that we knew she was going to be the antagonist of the film. We knew that that would allow for some deviations that we wouldn’t normally be able to do for some of our other characters.”
Not that the shelved doll would mind a touch-up. “In Gabby Gabby’s mind, her idea is if she can stay in the most pristine state, then a human might come along and want to adopt her,” said Marino. “But, clearly, she hasn’t been super successful, and so her clothes have started to age. There’s also subtle sun bleaching that occurs from sitting on a shelf and having the sun beating down on her over time.” Joking he gets paid to “obsess over the minutiae,” Marino added, “It’s something we take very seriously, because it helps tell the story of these characters. Hopefully if we’ve done our job correctly, they add a certain level of believability to all of our characters.”
Giggle McDimples (Voice of Ally Maki)
Hailing from a line of miniature playsets and figures in the 1980s, Giggle McDimples is the tiniest toy we’ve seen in a Toy Story movie. But her small size belies her big personality, as the feisty police officer is never afraid to speak her mind. Small enough to perch on Bo Peep’s shoulder (similar to Jiminy Cricket), Giggle McDimples is her advisor, confidant, and supporter.
Filmmakers cast Maki in the role after seeing her work on the TBS comedy Wrecked and watching her self-made spoof of Vogue’s “73 Questions” series she made with friends in 2016.
Ducky and Bunny (Voices of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele)
The comedy duo Key and Peele boarded Toy Story 4 in 2015, around the time their eponymous cable series was ending. “They were on really early, and as the story evolved and changed, they were always a part of it,” Cooley recalled. “Those two guys, they know each other so well. We always recorded them together in the same room, because they bounce off each other so well.”
We first meet Ducky and Bunny at a carnival. Eager to be won, the two plush prizes are in for quite a surprise when Buzz winds up in their orbit. “They’re hilarious, as we all know, but the thing that blew me away was how they were able to improv but stay on point in the moment,” Cooley said of working with Key and Peele. “They weren’t just being funny for funny’s sake; every take was supporting the story. They were a joy to work with.”
Forky (Voice of Tony Hale)
By his own admission, Forky is “trash.” While that’s not exactly true—he’s an arts-and-crafts project brought to life—he lacks the same purpose that drives the manufactured toys. But Woody is determined to help him realize that there’s no greater job than bringing Bonnie joy. Forky has a hard time accepting that idea, and when he tries to escape in the midst of Bonnie’s family road trip, Woody sets off to find him and bring him back before it’s too late.
Unlike the other toys in Bonnie’s collection, Forky was always imperfect. “Forky had to look like a 6-year-old kid’s creation and also had to hold up as an appealing main character who would fit in with the rest of the Toy Story characters,” Moyer said. “We figured out a lot of the design basics in a workshop where the crew built their own versions of Forky. He looks deceptively simple, but in fact, he’s made up of more materials than our other characters: pipe cleaner, glitter glue, googly eyes, popsicle sticks, soft clay, Wikki Stix, stickers, and crayon marks.” Of course, animating such a malleable character had its challenges. “He’s made of many different materials,” Clark said. “They all have a different style of movement.”
Gabby Gabby picked the perfect lackeys. “Dummies naturally have a creepy quality to them,” said Moyer. And because they’re in an antiques mall, the four who appear in the movie aren’t in mint condition: “There’s fading, paint peeling off, scratches, and paint spilling across edges.”
The team studied the complex internal mechanics of ventriloquist dummies to mimic their alarming attributes onscreen. For example, Moyer said, “The body was designed to move very awkwardly, like someone was supporting them from the inside. Clothing was a critical part of the silhouette; it was designed to be ill-fitting and helped add variation to the four dummies.”
Special attention was paid to Benson, the dummies’ leader. “The movement is driven from his core, and he has loose, floppy limbs—very much like Woody,” Clark said, echoing Moyer. “But we treat them differently where they hang, almost lifeless. He has barely any expression at all.”
No matter what, Moyer told D23, “Everything had to feel slightly off.”
Duke Caboom (Voice of Keanu Reeves)
A 1970s action figure based on Canada’s greatest stuntman, Duke performs stunt poses with swagger—even though he’s never been able to do the awesome tricks advertised in his own commercial. For years, he’s been reliving the failures of his past inside an antiques mall. In fact, when Bo introduces him to Woody, the down-on-his-luck daredevil can’t help but complain about his prior shortcomings. “It’s a commercial! It’s not real!” he says. “I can’t jump that far!”
Reeves was a casting coup, as his gravelly voice and Canadian roots were suited for Duke.
“We always create the character first. Then, we see who’s the right actor for it,” Cooley said. “We went after Canadian actors, and he was the first one on our list. I’m so thrilled he said yes.”
Keep checking D23 for all things Toy Story 4 before it hits theaters June 21!
How ‘Toy Story 4’ and Pixar keep Don Rickles’ legacy alive two years after his death
The toys in “Toy Story 4” are freaking out in Bonnie’s family RV when Rex spirals into his typical hysterics.
Panicked, the dinosaur swings his oversize green tail and whacks fellow franchise veteran Mr. Potato Head in the process.
“Hey, watch it, buddy!” the spud cries out, as his detachable pieces fall to his feet.
Mr. Potato Head, left, and Mrs. Potato Head struggle to put back their pieces in “Toy Story 3.” (Disney / Pixar) Advertisement
The scene features Don Rickles’ return to the big screen, two years after his death in April 2017 at age 90.
The Emmy-winning actor and comedian continued to headline lounges and concert halls well into his 80s, and before his death, Rickles agreed to join the fourth iteration of the 24-year-old franchise, which opens in theaters Friday.
The “Toy Story” team asked Rickles’ family if they wanted him to be included posthumously.
Don Rickles was photographed in Beverly Hills in 2017. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times) Advertisement
It was a no-brainer, daughter Mindy Rickles said at the world premiere in Hollywood this month.
“He always said, ‘Keep my name alive. Let them know who I am.’ So he would be thrilled by all of this, definitely,” she said on the red carpet.
“Toy Story 4” director Josh Cooley was overjoyed. “I can only see Mr. Potato Head as Don Rickles doing that voice. I can’t imagine anyone else.”
Our 1995 review: ‘Toy Story’ visuals delight kids, while adults will appreciate the wised-up jokes “
It was a painstaking process to include archival sound of Rickles’ voice.
Bit by bit, an editorial team mined more than two decades’ worth of Rickles’ voice sessions and outtakes recorded for movies, shorts, theme parks, toys and other projects.
They “logged every word, every cough, every hum, just so we’d know what we had,” Cooley recalled.
The 39-year-old director collaborated with screenwriters Andrew Stanton and Stephany Folsom to write general lines for Mr. Potato Head, and then they searched the archival database for the best fit.
Some resurrected quotes that made the cut include, “You got to be kidding me” and “I knew it” (both phrases uttered in frustration at Woody, played by Tom Hanks).
Don Rickles and Estelle Harris, who voice Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, at the “Toy Story 3″ premiere in June 2010. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
Annie Potts, returning as the voice of Bo Peep following 1995’s “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2” in 1999, was surprised to hear that the animators had found a way to include Rickles in the fourth film.
“I was like, ‘Wow, that is so fantastic,’ and then I thought, ‘Oh, my God, they’re going to probably pull my stuff too,’ ” Potts said.
“It’s a funny thing when we think about it. AI can replace actors entirely. That would be super distressing.
“But how wonderful that, in this movie, he can come back and enjoy this delightful movie and not be missed. As far as I’m concerned, it’s all a positive.”
Bo Peep introduces Woody to her best friend, Giggle McDimples, in “Toy Story 4.” (Disney / Pixar)
For Wallace Shawn, the voice of Rex, the decision seemed a bit strange.
“If it were me, if life after death turned out to be true, and I would be able to observe them doing that to me, I think I’d find it a little odd,” he said.
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Cooley laughed when he heard Shawn’s reaction: “It doesn’t surprise me that he said that. He’s so funny and so interesting.
“I totally understand what he’s saying. That’s why with Rickles, it’s the ideal situation that he agreed and the family agreed.”
Buzz Lightyear, map in hand, leads the motley group of toys, Slinky Dog, left, Mr Potato Head and Rex, on a mission to rescue Woody in “Toy Story 2.” (Disney / Pixar)
Other late “Toy Story” stars have either been replaced or do not return in the new film.
The latter was the case for toy soldier Sarge, voiced by R. Lee Ermey, who died in April 2018, and Chuckles, voiced by Bud Luckey, who was also an animator and died in February 2018.
Cooley still fondly remembers hanging out in Luckey’s office while working on 2004’s “The Incredibles” and 2006’s “Cars.”
Luckey also worked on “Sesame Street” and other projects that Cooley grew up watching, “which was always a trip to talk about.”
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With Jim Varney, the original Slinky dog, who died in 2000, his pal Blake Clark stepped in to fill his shoes in “Toy Story 3” and “Toy Story 4.”
Clark repeatedly yelled two lines from a Varney stand-up routine to get into character: “What time is it?” “Are you cooking beans?” It happened so often that Cooley and his editor would say the same phrases as they passed each other in the hallways at Pixar.
“All I’m trying to do is channel my best friend,” Clark told Cooley once before a recording.
As for the director, he’s also trying to honor the greats in the best way he can.
“All I can say is that it’s just a huge honor.”
Don Rickles smiles for photographers while receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on Oct. 17, 2000. (Michael Caulfield / Associated Press)
Toy Story Toons is a series of short animated films based on the Toy Story franchise. The plotline of the series begins after Toy Story 3. The films are set at Bonnie’s house, the new home of Andy’s toys. As of 2014, three shorts have been released as part of the series: Hawaiian Vacation and Small Fry in 2011, and Partysaurus Rex in 2012. A fourth short, titled Mythic Rock, was rumoured in 2013.
Hawaiian Vacation (1)
Hawaiian Vacation is a 2011 Pixar computer animated short. First screened in theatres with Pixar’s Cars 2, it is the first short in the Toy Story Toons series. Following the events of Toy Story 3, the toys in Bonnie’s room throw Barbie and Ken a Hawaiʻian vacation.
Story by Erik Benson and Christian Roman. Screenplay by Erik Benson, Jason Katz, Gary Rydstrom. Directed by Gary Rydstrom.
Woody: Okay, it’s 2:00. The bell at Sunnyside has rung, and Bonnie is officially on her Winter break! Soon she’ll be flying off to– Buzz: Hay-way-eye! Woody: It’s Hawaii, Buzz. Mr. Pricklepants: Thank you all for coming to the audition. #1, action. Alien #1: Ooooh. Mr. Pricklepants: Dreadful. Next. Alien #2: Ooooh. Mr. Pricklepants: Horrifying. Next. Alien #3: Ooooh. Mr. Pricklepants: Brilliant! Woody: Ready to lose at checkers, Slink? Slinky Dog: When pigs fly. Hamm: Actually, I had an uncle who was a pilot. Buttercup: Really? Hamm: No, not really. Captain Zip: Sorry, sir. I just zipped and unzipped. I don’t actually fly. Ken: Whoa, look at that. Barbie: Oh! Beautiful. Hamm: Watch this. Shark Week. Buttercup: Nice. Woody: Ride like the wind, Bullseye! Ken: Ride like the wind, Buttercup! Buttercup: OK. Get off me. Buttercup: It’s got to be… a bazillion degrees below! Hamm: Oh, good thing they’re wearing the 1982 winter weekend collection. Buzz: Best vacation ever. Woody: Yeah.Wikipedia has an article about:
- Official website
- Hawaiian Vacation quotes at the Internet Movie Database
- Hawaiian Vacation at the Big Cartoon DataBase
Small Fry (2)
File:Toy Story The Musical 2008-3.jpgAll right, where’s the real Buzz?
~ Sheriff Woody
Small Fry is a 2011 Pixar computer animated short. The second short in the Toy Story Toons series, it premiered with the theatrical release of The Muppets on 23 November 2011. The short involves Buzz getting trapped at a fast food restaurant, where there is a support group for discarded kids’ meal toys from over the years, with a kids’ meal toy version of Buzz taking his place.
Written and directed by Angus MacLane.
- My name is Recycle Ben, and I got recycled!
- Kid not like PIZZABOT. PIZZABOT sad.
- Playtime is your frie—
Mini-Buzz: I’m Buzz Lightyear! I come in peace! Jessie: Uh, what happened to Buzz? Rex: He says the plastic in the ball pit made him shrink! Mini-Buzz: Yeah, yeah, that’s right, Tex. Uh, say, uh… when’s the playtime start aroun’ here? Woody: All right, where’s the real Buzz? Buzz: I think there’s been a mistake. You see, I was just left in the ball pit, and I— Queen Neptuna: Oh, we’ve all been left in the ball pit of life, haven’t we? Mini Zurg: Oh, that was a good one. Belt Buckle, you crank me up sometimes.Wikipedia has an article about:
- Official website
- Small Fry quotes at the Internet Movie Database
- Small Fry at the Big Cartoon DataBase
Partysaurus Rex (3)
Partysaurus Rex is a 2012 Pixar computer animated short film and the final short in the Toy Story Toons series. It was first screened in theatres ahead of the 3D theatrical re-release of Finding Nemo. The short involves Rex getting left in the bathroom and making friends with bath toys by facilitating a rave.
Story by Mark Walsh and John Lasseter. Written and directed by Mark Walsh.
- I mean why have a little… when you can have… a lot?!
- Some of you? Why not… all of you?
Bonnie: Captain Suds: Fire torpedoes! Rex: No! I just want to have tea with you! Mrs. Anderson: Okay, trouble. There’s way too much water in here. Bonnie: Aww. Mrs. Anderson: Do you wanna flood the house? Bonnie: Yeah! Mr. Anderson: Well, how about dinner at Grandma’s instead? Bonnie: Grandma’s! Mrs. Anderson: Sure.
Rex: You guys missed it. I was a partysaurus. Mr. Potato Head: Party? You? I believe it when I see it. Wikipedia has an article about:
- Official website
- Partysaurus Rex quotes at the Internet Movie Database
- Partysaurus Rex at the Big Cartoon DataBase
|Hawaiian Vacation||Small Fry||Partysaurus Rex|
|Sheriff Woody||Tom Hanks|
|Buzz Lightyear||Tim Allen|
|Javier Fernandez-Peña (Spanish)||Teddy Newton (Mini)|
|Mr. Potato Head||Don Rickles|
|Mrs. Potato Head||Estelle Harris|
|Mr. Pricklepants||Timothy Dalton|
|Bonnie Anderson||Emily Hahn|
|Mrs. Anderson||Lori Alan|
|Aliens||Jeff Pidgeon||Silent cameo|
|Slinky Dog||Blake Clark|
|Peas-in-a-Pod||Zoe Levin||Silent cameo|
|Captain Zip||Angus MacLane|
|Queen Neptuna||Jane Lynch|
|Tae-Kwon Doe||Lori Alan|
|Koala Kopter||Carlos Alazraqui|
|Lizard Wizard||Josh Cooley|
|Roxy Boxy||Emily Forbes|
|Mini Zurg||Jess Harnell|
|Vlad the Engineer|
|Nervous Sys-Tim||Kitt Hirasaki|
|Gary Grappling Hook|
|DJ Blu-Jay||Bret Parker|
|Recycle Ben||Peter Sohn|
|Ghost Burger||Jason Topolski|
|Captain Suds||Corey Burton|
|Chuck E. Duck||Tony Cox and Donald Fullilove|
|Drips||Mark A. Walsh|
- A blue cell indicates the character was not in the programme.
Encyclopedic article on Toy Story Toons at Wikipedia
- Official website
|Films||Toy Story (1995) · Toy Story 2 (1999) · Toy Story 3 (2010) · Toy Story 4 (2019)|
|Spin‑offs||Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins (2000)|
|Shorts||Hawaiian Vacation (2011) · Small Fry (2011) · Partysaurus Rex (2012)|
|Television||Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000–2001) · Toy Story of Terror! (2013) · Toy Story That Time Forgot (2014)|
|Musical||Toy Story: The Musical (2008)|
|Characters||Sheriff Woody · Buzz Lightyear · Jessie|