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Al McWhiggin is one of the two main antagonists (the other being Stinky Pete) of DisneyPixar's 1999 animated feature film Toy Story 2. He is a toy collector with a goal to collect rare toys in exchange for money.

Background

Personality

Al is greedy and funny at the same time. However, unlike Sid Phillips (who would break toys and use them for scary experiments), Al is intelligent and collects toys in his own kind of way. He never breaks them or throws them around to the point that they lay on the ground broken. Instead, Al sells off the toys after kidnapping them 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.

Al is immensely immature, not only shown by his hammy demeanor on television, but also shown by his lack of tact when contacting other businesses. When he 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 he is at the airport, he yells at the front desk manager, telling him to be especially careful with his case. Both 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 arm falls off.

He is also shown to be 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. He also sleeps on his couch at night rather than in his bed.

Physical appearance

Al is a middle-aged stubby fat man with balding brown hair turning to gray. He has a moustache and goatee and wears eyeglasses. He is usually seen wearing solid bowling shirts, white undershirt, navy pants, black shoes, and a wristwatch. In his chicken suit, he wears a white chicken costume consisting of a red comb, giant white eyes with small black pupils, and 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.

While attending a yard sale at Andy's house, he happened to come across Woody, who had just saved Wheezy from being sold. Al tried to buy him, but Ms. Davis, (unaware how Woody got into the yard sale) declines 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, to a 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 tried to save Woody from the trunk of Al's car, but failed due to losing his grip before he could open the trunk. However, he did gain a few clues, despite the failure: 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 LightyearSlinky Dog, Mr. Potato Head, Hamm, and Rex then travelled to the city to save Woody.

Meanwhile, Al took various photos of Woody and the rest of his collection and after faxing them to Mr. Konishi, made arrangements to finally fly to Japan with the whole collection. He placed the Roundup Gang dolls in a big green box to keep them safe during the flight, even though he made it very clear to the baggage handler that what was inside was important to him, stating he had a box of cookies on a plane once and they finished off as crumbs.

However, when he finally arrived in Japan, he realized they were 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 was seen in another one of his commercials, sobbing over his loss of fortune and having the lowest prices in town. Hamm quickly comments, "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 Roundup Gang 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 appear in the special, but was cut for timing reasons.[1] Disney / Pixar released a deleted scene in 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 2005 Toy Story 2: Special Edition 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 because 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 Andy's mom Buzz).
  • 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 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, which makes a cameo to 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 were 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 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.
  • Al is the first Disney/Pixar villain who does not reveal his true nature at first or turn bad as the film progresses.
  • It took over a month for Pixar to digitally paint Al's car.
  • It is also possible that he 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.[2]
  • 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 fear 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.

References


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Media
Films and Television: Toy StoryToy Story 2Toy Story 3Toy Story 4Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (The Adventure Begins) • Buzz Lightyear: Mission LogsToy Story TreatsToy Story Toons (Hawaiian VacationSmall FryPartysaurus Rex) • Toy Story of Terror!Toy Story That Time ForgotForky Asks a QuestionLamp Life

Music: Toy StoryToy Story 2Toy Story 3Toy Story 4The Legacy Collection: Toy Story
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 RacerToy Story Mania!Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar AdventureDisney InfinityDisney Crossy RoadKingdom Hearts IIIDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Heroes: Battle Mode
Books: Classic StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingLittle Golden Book

Disney Parks
Toy Story LandToy Story HotelAlien Swirling SaucersBuzz Lightyear's Space Ranger SpinThe Magic of Disney AnimationGarden of the Twelve FriendsGames of Pixar PierIt's a Small WorldJessie's Critter CarouselPixar Pal-A-RoundRC RacerSlinky Dog DashSlinky Dog Zigzag SpinStitch and Friends Summer SurpriseToy Soldier Parachute DropToy Story Midway Mania!Woody's Round-UpWoody's Roundup Village

Entertainment: "A Whole New World" A Magical Disney SongbookDisney's Showtime SpectacularFantasmic!Horseshoe RoundupMickey presents: “Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris”Mickey's Magical Music WorldOnce Upon a MouseThe PavilionPixar Playtime PalsThe Golden MickeysToy Story: The Musical
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 Easter WonderlandDisney Cinema ParadeDisney Magic on ParadeDisney on ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeFlights 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 ExpressMickey's WaterWorksPaint The Night ParadePixar Play ParadePixar Water Play Street Party!Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
Fireworks: Celebrate the MagicCelebrate! Tokyo DisneylandHappily Ever AfterThe Magic, the Memories and YouTogether Forever: A Pixar Nighttime SpectacularWorld of Color
Halloween: The Nightmare Experiment
Christmas: A Totally Tomorrowland ChristmasDisney Christmas StoriesDisney Dreams! of ChristmasDisney Gifts of ChristmasLa 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 DogTroikasBabyfaceMutant ToysZurg BotsMrs. Potato HeadWheezyBullseyeJessieStinky PeteTour Guide BarbieBarbieUtility Belt BuzzEmperor ZurgChatter TelephoneChunkBig BabyMonkeyJack-in-the-BoxLotsoTwitchKenBookwormSparksStretchMr. PricklepantsButtercupPeas-in-a-PodTotoroTrixieChucklesDollyFun Meal Buzz LightyearFun Meal Emperor ZurgDiscarded Fun Meal ToysCombat CarlAngel KittyThe ClericReptillus MaximusForkyDucky and BunnyGabby GabbyThe BensonsDuke CaboomGiggle McDimplesMelephant BrooksChairol BurnettBitey WhiteCarl ReinerocerosTinny

Humans: Andy DavisMolly DavisMrs. DavisSid PhillipsHannah PhillipsAl McWhigginGeriEmilyBonnie AndersonMr. AndersonMrs. AndersonDaisyRonald TompkinsMasonHarmonyMargaretCarolMiss WendyAxel the Carnie
Animals: ScudBusterMr. JonesDragon the Cat
Deleted characters: ShakesSeñorita Cactus

Locations
Andy's HouseSid's HouseDinocoPizza PlanetAl's Toy BarnAl's PenthouseTri-County International AirportSunnyside DaycareButterfly RoomCaterpillar RoomKen's Dream HouseVending MachineBonnie's HouseTri-County SanitationTri-County LandfillIncineratorPoultry PalaceSleep WellSecond Chance Antiques
Objects
A113Pixar BallPizza Planet TruckEggman Movers VanThe Claw
Songs
Films: You've Got a Friend in MeStrange ThingsI Will Go Sailing No MoreWoody's RoundupWhen She Loved MeWe Belong TogetherDream WeaverLe FreakThe Ballad of the Lonesome CowboyI Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away
Deleted: The FoolPlastic Spaceman
See Also
Black Friday reelToy Story (Original Treatment)Toy Story 2 (original storyline)Toy Story 3 (Circle 7 Screenplay)The Science Behind PixarPixar in a Box
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