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60 things you might not know about your favorite Pixar movies (61 items)

By , Deseret News

Aug. 24, 2014

Pixar Animation Studios burst onto the movie-making scene in 1995 with the release of "Toy Story." Since then, the studio has released a string of hit films that have touched audiences the world over while also winning numerous awards.

Here's a look at 60 things you might not know about Pixar's 14 full-length feature films.

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1 of 61. Toy Story (1995)

At the beginning of "Toy Story," Woody reassures his fellow toys about Andy's impending birthday party while standing in front of a shelf of books. The titles of these books are taken from previous Pixar films.

2 of 61. Toy Story (1995)

In casting the leading voices for "Toy Story," the filmmakers always wanted Tom Hanks for Woody. John Lasseter was a fan of Tim Allen in "Home Improvement," but nobody else had ever heard of him. Even so, they cast Allen in the role and shortly afterward, Hanks' and Allen's fame began to skyrocket due to "Forrest Gump," "Apollo 13" and "Home Improvement."

The folks at Pixar originally approached Billy Crystal, the voice of Mike Wazowski in "Monsters, Inc.," to do the voice of Buzz Lightyear, but he turned them down.

3 of 61. Toy Story (1995)

Animator Doug Sweetland spent so much time animating Buzz's overreaction to Woody's accidentally opening Buzz's helmet that he didn't have time to animate Woody's reaction to Buzz's dramatics. He inserted a little shot of Woody turning his head to fill the space, and the filmmakers said they just fell down laughing. They added some blinking on Woody's part and declared the scene done.

4 of 61. Toy Story (1995)

In the scene where Woody tries to make Buzz fall behind the desk in Andy's room, the filmmakers used "Indian Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark" as their inspiration, to the point of incorporating the sounds of the iconic rolling boulder and shooting arrows from that movie as the globe rolls toward Buzz and pushpins shower down.

5 of 61. Toy Story (1995)

In the rescue scene at Sid's house, Woody utters the line, "Wind the frog." Joss Whedon — known for shows like "Firefly" and "Buffy" and the movie "The Avengers" — wrote that line, and the filmmakers liked it so much that they created the wind-up toy frog specifically so they could use it.
1. CVgal
Smithfield, UT,
Aug. 29, 2014

I would have read this article, but I'm not going to go through 61 pages. Sorry DN.

2. K
Mchenry, IL,
Aug. 29, 2014

61 pages?

3. Allen
Salt Lake valley, UT,
Aug. 30, 2014

I went through all 61 pages. Pretty interesting!