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You, my little cowboy friend, are gonna make me big buck-buck-bucks!
―Al McWhiggin[src]

Al McWhiggin is one of the main antagonists of DisneyPixar's 1999 animated film Toy Story 2. He is a greedy toy collector determined to collect rare toys in exchange for money.

Background[]

Personality[]

Al is greedy and funny at the same time, but unlike Sid Phillips (who would break toys and use them for scary experiments) from the first film, Al is intelligent and collects toys in his own kind of way. He never breaks them or takes them apart to the point that they lie around broken. Instead, Al sells off the toys after completing the collections to do his plan. His mind is bent solely on money and materialistic pleasures and he will do anything in his power to obtain them, which in turn makes him skilled in his business and trade. That said, he seems have no problems about committing minor crimes to get what he wants, such as when he stole Woody after he attempts and fails to exchange with Andy's mom for Woody despite the former telling him Woody wasn't for sale.

Al is very immature, not only shown by his weird behavior on television but also shown by his rudeness and lack of respect when contacting other businesses. When his phone rang, he answered by rudely yelling, "Yeah, what?", only to realize it was Mr. Konishi, and immediately cleaned up his act. When Al contacts Geri, he tells him he is unconcerned about his schedule and demands he help him immediately, then hangs up before Geri can agree or disagree to come to his apartment first thing in the morning. When Al talked to the airport pickup hotline about his flight and its price for travel and shipping while packing his stuff, he was completely disbelieved about the shipping price (in dollars instead of yen) and accused them of deliberately taking advantage of people in a hurry, but eventually agreed to accept the price and aggressively told the pickup driver to be at his apartment in 15 minutes to catch his plane. When Al is at the airport, he yells at the front desk baggage manager, telling him to be especially careful with his case as the contents inside were worth more than the manager's yearly salary (he also stated that he took a box of cookies on a flight once, and when he got to his destination they were reduced to crumbs due to poor baggage handling). All of these also show how convinced he is that the planet revolves around him. He also has an over dramatic reaction to being woken up by Stinky Pete and freaks out childishly when Woody's broken arm falls off, though in the latter case, it's understandable as he needs to sell Woody in one piece.

Al is also shown to be rather lazy, such as when he complains about "driving all the way to work on a Saturday", even though his apartment is only across the street from the store and he could easily walk there instead. He also sleeps on his couch at night still wearing his work clothes rather than in his bed wearing pajamas.

Physical appearance[]

Al is a middle-aged, stubby fat man with balding brown hair turning to gray. He has a mustache and goatee and wears thick-rimmed glasses. He is usually seen wearing solid bowling shirts, a white undershirt, navy pants, black shoes, and a wristwatch. During his company commercials, he wears a white chicken costume consisting of a red comb, giant white eyes with small black pupils, and a yellow-orange beak.

Appearances[]

Toy Story 2[]

In Toy Story 2, Al is the owner of Al's Toy Barn in the Tri-County area who appears as its mascot, a giant chicken, in the toy retailer's television commercials. He is also a toy collector and even made a deal with Mr. Konishi of the Konishi Toy Museum in Tokyo, Japan to collect the entire Woody's Roundup collection in exchange for a handsome payment. He spent an undetermined amount of time tracking down Woody and his gang and eventually found Jessie, Bullseye, and Stinky Pete.

Later, while attending a yard sale at Andy's house, he notices Woody, who had just saved Wheezy from being sold. Overjoyed with finding the missing piece to his collection (even if Woody's arm was ripped due to a previous accident), Al tries to buy him, but Andy's mother, (unaware how Woody got into the yard sale) refuses to sell Woody by taking him away. Al tries to offer her $50, but she said he's not for sale as she knows that he still belongs to Andy, who was away at Cowboy Camp. Despite this, Al offers his watch in exchange for Woody as a trade, but to no avail. Refusing to take no for an answer, Al steals Woody when Ms. Davis had her back turned (by causing a distraction involving kicking a skateboard into a series of boxes) and hastily escaped with his prize. Buzz initially tries to save Woody from the trunk of Al's car but fails due to losing his grip before he can open the trunk. Despite the failure, he gains a few clues, such as a feather and a glimpse of the license plate LZTYBRN. After deciphering the license plate number for his car as "Al's Toy Barn" during the Crime Scene Investigation, consequently identifying the culprit as being Al and gaining a map to Al's Toy Barn from a commercial they saw on television, Buzz, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, Hamm, and Rex then travels to the city to save Woody.

Meanwhile, Al takes various photos of Woody and the rest of his collection and after faxing them to Mr. Konishi, he makes arrangements to finally fly to Japan with the whole collection. He places the Woody's Roundup gang dolls in a green suitcase to keep them safe during the flight, even though he made it very clear to the baggage handler that what was inside was financially important to him, stating he had a box of cookies on a plane once and they finished off as crumbs by the time he reached his destination.

However, when he finally arrives in Tokyo, he realizes they are all gone due to Buzz and the other toys' interference of rescuing them (and dealing with Stinky Pete's desperation to go there) and returning home to Andy. Because of this, the deal Al made with Mr. Konishi earlier in the film was cut off due to not having the entire collection he promised and it is likely Al and his store began to suffer financial troubles.

Shortly after this, he is seen in one of his commercials, sobbing over his loss of fortune while barely stating that the store has the lowest prices in town. Hamm responds to this by saying, "Well, I guess crime doesn't pay."

Toy Story of Terror![]

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Al in a deleted scene of Toy Story of Terror!

Over a decade later after the events of the second film, after Andy has given his toys to Bonnie in Toy Story 3, Al is still concerned with completing his Woody's Roundup collection, and in Toy Story of Terror!, he is the winning bidder on Ron Tompkins' auction on Woody after he is snatched from one of his motel patrons by his pet iguana Mr. Jones (ironically the same one he had once tried to steal). As his address signifies, he remains the owner of Al's Toy Barn. After Woody was saved by Jessie and Ron got exposed by Bonnie and her mother as being a crook, Ron was unable to send any of his stolen toys out.

Originally, Al was planned to physically appear in the special but was cut for timing reasons. Pixar released a deleted scene in the storyboard form illustrating this. In this scene, Al is shown wearing his chicken suit, rejoicing as he sees on his laptop he has won the auction for Woody. A news article on the wall indicates that Al's Toy Barn has gone bankrupt and it is implied he lives at his mother's house. However, this may not be true since, as indicated above, he still has the address of his store in the final version.

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Trivia[]

  • Al's license plate reads "LZTYBRN," which is "Al's Toy Barn," minus the vowel letters and a Z in place of the S. It was also the actual license plate of the film's co-director Ash Brannon at the time of the film's release, according to the Toy Story 2 commentary.
  • His last name is revealed on the nameplate on his office desk. Additionally, when he is done taking pictures, he answers his cell phone and Mr. Konishi can be heard saying his full name.
  • When Al finishes his conversation with Mr. Konishi over his phone, he says, "Don't touch my moustache," which is a mnemonic of how to say "You're welcome" in Japanese. Incidentally, the phrase "you're welcome" itself is considered highly impolite in Japanese culture.
  • According to a Disney Adventures magazine, the reason why Al was obsessed with toys is that his parents never allowed him to play with such toys as a kid.
  • Both Al and his toy store were first mentioned at the end of the Buzz Lightyear commercial in the first Toy Story movie. (It is implied that he or one of his workers sold Buzz to Andy's mom.)
  • Wayne Knight (the voice of Al), shortly after this film, got to voice another one of Toy Story 2's villains, the Evil Emperor Zurg for Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.
    • Because Wayne Knight was bearded at the time of the film's production, the Pixar staff chose to give Al a goatee. Early concept drafts show Al as an almost identical animated version of Knight, with the final design being fairly toned down to distance them.
  • In Toy Story 2: The Video Game, Al is implied to have an interest in trains, as his bedroom has a model train set and his bed is designed to resemble a train.
  • In Toy Story 3: The Video Game (PS3 or Xbox 360 version), a trophy (or achievement) has the name "The Collector" with Al on the image, despite the fact that he did not appear or was even mentioned in Toy Story 3. Though he does not physically appear in the game, his Toy Barn does where you can buy new toys for Toy Box mode by unlocking different cards in story mode. He also appears on the coins used to buy toys from his toy store.
  • Al's car is mostly based on the 1956 Ford Mystere concept.
    • It bears some resemblance to Flo from the Cars franchise.
  • In Al's apartment, he has an abstract painting of Tuck and Roll and Dot from A Bug's Life.
  • The read-along version never shows the plane rescue or Al's fate, it only mentions Woody saving Jessie and the toys returning home.
  • It can be assumed that Al's favorite snack is cheese puffs, considering that there were a few in his trunk as Woody was being stolen, some on his office desk as the toys was searching for Woody, and he had a whole bowl of them which fell on the floor as he was snoozing in his apartment. This could also explain why he is overweight.
  • During the development of the film, the crew suggested that Al would fix Woody when he got damaged, as he would be a toy repairman himself. But as they continued to develop the character, they thought Al would not have the ability to fix him, so they decided to use Geri from Geri's Game instead.
  • It took over a month for Pixar to digitally paint Al's car.
  • It is possible that Al was the one who sold Buzz to Andy as a birthday present in the first film, as his store was known for selling Buzz Lightyear action figures in the Tri-County Area.[1]
  • Al, or at least a character similar to him, was conceived in the earliest draft of Toy Story. He was described as being "anal-retentive" and only handled toys when wearing gloves. The draft even describes that he has an obsession with taking out the trash and that the trash itself was clean, implying that he might have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
  • Al may have feared of being caught for stealing Woody (and possibly other valuable toys) because when Stinky Pete turned on the television, he jumped up from his sleep yelling, "No officer! I swear." as though he thought the police were in the room.
  • Glenn Shadix was considered for the role for Al.[2]
  • In the Buzz Lightyear Recall Draft for Toy Story 3, Al would have made a small appearance at an Toy unveiling for the Character Daxx Blastar
  • George Wendt was considered for the voice of Al, but however it felt that there was too many Cheers cast members in the movie with John Ratzenberger (Hamm) and Kelsey Grammer (Stinky Pete) respectively.

References[]

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Media
Films: Toy Story (video/soundtrack/The Legacy Collection) • Toy Story 2 (video/soundtrack) • Toy Story 3 (video/soundtrack) • Toy Story 4 (video/soundtrack) • Toy Story 5Toy Story of Terror! (soundtrack) • Toy Story That Time ForgotLamp Life

Shows: Toy Story TreatsToy Story Toons (Hawaiian Vacation/Small Fry/Partysaurus Rex)Forky Asks a Question
Video Games: Toy Story: The Video GameToy Story 2: The Video GameToy Story 3: The Video GameToy Story: Animated StoryBookToy Story: Activity CenterToy Story 2: Activity CenterToy Story RacerBuzz Lightyear Astro Blasters OnlineToy Story Mania!Toy Story: Smash It!Toy Story Drop!Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar AdventureDisney InfinityDisney Crossy RoadLEGO The IncrediblesKingdom Hearts IIIDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Heroes: Battle ModeDisney Getaway BlastDisney Speedstorm
Books: The Art of Toy Story 3/4The Toy Story Films: An Animated Journey

Disney Parks
Toy Story Land (Paris, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Florida) • Toy Story HotelDisney's All-Star Movies ResortAndy’s Backyard GamesAlien Swirling SaucersBuzz Lightyear's Space Ranger SpinCarnival CorralCountry Bear Musical JamboreeThe Magic of Disney AnimationGarden of the Twelve FriendsGames of Pixar PierIt's a Small WorldJessie's Critter CarouselPLAY!Pixar Pal-A-RoundRC RacerSlinky Dog DashSlinky Dog Zigzag SpinToy Soldier Parachute DropToy Story Midway Mania!Woody's Round-UpWoody's Roundup Village

Entertainment: "A Whole New World" A Magical Disney Songbook 2Disney's Showtime SpectacularFantasmic!Horseshoe RoundupMickey and the Wondrous BookMickey presents: “Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris”Mickey's Magical Music WorldOnce Upon a MousePixar Playtime PalsPixar Pals Playtime PartyThe Golden MickeysToy Story: The MusicalTOGETHER: a Pixar Musical Adventure
Restaurants: Alien Pizza PlanetToy Box CafeToy Story Pizza Planet ArcadeWoody’s Lunch BoxPoultry PalaceRoundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant
Shops: Al's Toy BarnAndy's EngineAndy's Toy BoxBuzz's Star CommandLittle Green Men Store CommandSlinky Dog's Gift TrolleyToy Story Playland Boutique
Parades: Block Party BashDisney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney's Party ExpressDisney Adventure Friends CavalcadeDisney Cinema ParadeDisney Magic on ParadeDisney on ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeDreams.... And Shine Brighter!Flights of Fantasy ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeJubilation!Mickey's New Year's Eve ParadeMove It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street PartyMickey's Rainy Day ExpressMickey's Storybook ExpressPaint The Night ParadePixar Play ParadeTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
Fireworks: Celebrate the MagicCelebrate! Tokyo DisneylandDisney EnchantmentHappily Ever AfterIlluminate! A Nighttime CelebrationThe Magic, the Memories and YouMomentousTogether Forever: A Pixar Nighttime SpectacularWorld of Color
Spring: Disney's Easter WonderlandDisney's Spring Promenade
Summer: Mickey's WaterWorksPixar Water Play Street Party!Stitch and Friends Summer Surprise
Halloween: The Nightmare Experiment
Christmas: A Christmas Fantasy ParadeA Totally Tomorrowland ChristmasDisney Christmas StoriesDisney Dreams! of ChristmasDisney Gifts of ChristmasDisney's White Holiday ParadeLa Parade de Noël DisneyMickey's Most Merriest Celebration

Characters
Toys: WoodyBuzz LightyearBo PeepBilly, Goat, and GruffSargeGreen Army MenBarrel of MonkeysHamm LennyLittle Green MenMr. Potato HeadRCRexMr. MikeSee 'n SaySlinky DogBabyfaceMutant ToysZurg BotsMrs. Potato HeadWheezyEtch A SketchBullseyeJessieStinky PeteTour Guide BarbieBarbieUtility Belt BuzzEmperor ZurgRock 'Em Sock 'Em RobotsChatter TelephoneChunkBig BabyMonkeyJack-in-the-BoxLotsoTwitchKenBookwormSparksStretchMr. PricklepantsButtercupPeas-in-a-PodTotoroTrixieChucklesDollyFun Meal Buzz LightyearFun Meal Emperor ZurgDiscarded Fun Meal ToysCaptain SudsChuck E. DuckDrips the WhaleCombat CarlPocketeerPEZ CatLEGO BunnyOld TimerTransitronAngel KittyThe ClericReptillus MaximusRay-GonGoliathonDino-HoundsBattlesaursForkyDucky and BunnyGabby GabbyThe BensonsDuke CaboomGiggle McDimplesMelephant BrooksChairol BurnettBitey WhiteCarl ReinerocerosTinnyKaren BeverlyRib Tickles

Humans: Andy DavisMolly DavisMrs. DavisSid PhillipsHannah PhillipsAl McWhigginGeriEmilyBonnie AndersonMr. AndersonMrs. AndersonDaisyRonald TompkinsMasonHarmonyMargaret the Store OwnerCarolMiss WendyAxel the CarnieRosieRejeanBilly
Animals: ScudBusterMr. JonesDragon the Cat
Deleted characters: ShakesSeñorita CactusBizz Leapyear, Buzztron, and Blip Laserfist

Locations
Andy's HouseSid's HouseDinocoPizza PlanetAl's Toy BarnAl's PenthouseTri-County International AirportWild WestSunnyside DaycareKen's Dream HouseBonnie's HouseDaisy's HouseTri-County SanitationTri-County LandfillIncineratorPoultry PalaceSleep WellSecond Chance AntiquesThe Carnival
Objects
Pixar BallPizza Planet TruckEggman MoversThe ClawThe Davis's Family VanFar East Airlines Jet
Songs
Films: You've Got a Friend in MeStrange ThingsI Will Go Sailing No MoreWoody's RoundupWhen She Loved MeWe Belong TogetherDream WeaverLe FreakBattlesaurs ThemeThe Ballad of the Lonesome CowboyI Can't Let You Throw Yourself AwayLivin' ThingGravityThe FoolPlastic Spaceman

Miscellaneous: Midway ManiaHot PotatoMy Unexpected Friend

See Also
A113Black Friday reelToy Story (Original Treatment)Toy Story 3 (Circle 7 Screenplay)The Science Behind PixarPixar in a BoxAstro Blasters RobotsStar Command
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