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Small But Clever Details From The 'Toy Story' Movies That Fans Noticed

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It's been more than 25 years since the release of the first Toy Story movie, and with three sequels and millions of devoted fans, there's a lot of love for the franchise. People have been watching and rewatching the Toy Story movies for years, and every time someone sees it again, they often notice something they never saw before. It's not uncommon in a movie that plays off the viewer's nostalgia.

Perhaps they notice a detail of a toy that hadn't seen before, or a joke that didn't land when they were children has them rolling on the floor decades later. Whatever it is that they notice, it's often a clever little detail the writers or animators threw into the movie. Fans have been finding them for years, and many have taken to the MovieDetails subreddit to share their discoveries.

Check out this list of small but clever details from the Toy Story movies. When you find something that's particularly interesting, be sure to give it an upvote to see which one rises to the top!

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    A Clever Easter Egg Linking 'Toy Story' To 'Home Improvement'

    Tim Allen's vocal talents breathed life into Buzz Lightyear, but he made a name for himself on Home Improvement before that could happen. Redditor u/VividExchange noticed this Easter Egg linking the two:

    In Toy Story (1995), Sid has a Binford tool chest in his room. Binford is the fictitious tool company featured on Home Improvement starring Tim Allen, who voiced Buzz Lightyear.

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    Don Rickles Was Posthumously Able To Voice Mr. Potato Head In 'Toy Story 4'

    Despite his passing, Don Rickles was able to voice Mr. Potato Head in the fourth movie, as pointed out by Redditor u/epicurious_aussie:

    In Toy Story 4, Mr Potato Head is voiced posthumously by Don Rickles (who passed away in 2017). The Pixar team mined through more than two decades of Rickles’ voice sessions, outtakes for other films, theme parks, toys,...etc. to piece together the performance.

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    Buzz Was Showing Wear And Tear By 'Toy Story 4'

    The animators were careful to show that the toys aged through the movies as time passed. Redditor u/kklkktlg picked up on this interesting detail:

    In Toy Story 4 (2019), a closer look at Buzz Lightyear shows that his stickers are slowly starting to peel away.

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    'Toy Story 3' Has A Visual Callback To The Beginning Of 'Toy Story'

    Redditor u/thesupershauny picked up on an interesting visual cue that calls back to the very beginning of the franchise:

    In Toy Story (1995) one of the first few scenes, we see Woody being held up with the cloud wallpaper in the background. At the end of Toy Story 3 (2010) when Woody says goodbye to Andy, the movie ends in the clouds which are identical to his old wallpaper. A nice way to bookend the trilogy.

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