23 Interesting Toy Story Facts | Disney Movie Facts

Here are some of the most interesting Toy Story facts I have been able to dig up in my internet travels. As always, I will be adding to and updating this post as I find more, so be sure to subscribe below and stay tuned!

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Toy Story Facts

Release Dates for Each Toy Story Movie:

Total Budget for Each Toy Story Movie:

  • Toy Story: $30 million
  • Toy Story 2: $90 million
  • Toy Story 3: $200 million

Total Box Office Revenue for Each Toy Story Movie:

  • Toy Story: $373 million
  • Toy Story 2: $485 million
  • Toy Story 3: $1.063 billion

Toy Story was the first completely computer-generated full-length feature.

Buzz Lightyear was named after the US astronaut Buzz Aldrin

The Pizza Planet delivery truck from Toy Story has appeared in every Pixar movie except The Incredibles.

Billy Crystal was originally supposed to be the voice of Buzz Lightyear, but he turned the role down.

The original name of Toy Story was ‘You are a Toy.’

Buzz Lightyear’s name was originally ‘Lunar Larry.’

The Little Bo Peep character was originally supposed to be a Barbie until Mattel backed out.

Toy Story 2 was originally planned to be a straight-to-video release.

Woody was originally supposed to be a sarcastic jerk and was  re-cast after Disney had an early screening.

Wood was originally supposed to be a ventriloquist dummy.

The dinosaur character Rex was created by Joss Whedon.

Toy Story 3 was the first animated film to gross over $1 billion at the box office.

Toy Story 3 was the first movie sequel to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars without any of the previous movies being nominated.

More Toy Story Movie Facts:

(click on a listing for more individual Toy Story movie info)

Toy Story (1995 Movie)
$362 million
The Pixar Story (2007 Movie)
Toy Story 2 (1999 Movie)
$485 million
Toy Story 3 (2010 Movie)
$1.063 billion
Toy Story 4 (2019 Movie) | Everything You Need to Know
$1.053 billion


Please note that some of these Toy Story facts and trivia are easier to find than others, so some of these are based on news reports and not official company tallies. All stats are linked to their source unless it was sent to me directly from the company. No stat listed should be considered in making any type of investment decision. In other words: This is the best I can find, but I don’t guarantee anything.


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Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us. My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back but was deepened by two semi-recent developments: 1) The birth of my son (who is now 7 years old and can't get enough Disney); and 2) Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm/Star Wars (did I mention I was a super Star Wars geek?) I recently came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching it with my son, so it only made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include Disney, Sports, 80's Nostalgia, LEGO, Star Wars and Tech Gadgets. Other sites include DMR and VideoGamesStats.com.