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Buster is a dachshund in the Disney/Pixar Toy Story film series. He belongs to Andy Davis, who received him as a puppy for Christmas at the end of the first film, but made his first full appearance as a grown-up dog in the second film and grew old in the third film.

Background

Personality

Because he was still somewhat young in Toy Story 2, Buster was energetic, friendly, and playful around Andy's toys, but whenever Andy was present, Buster acted like a confused dog. Contrasting with the vicious Scud, Buster is considerably nice to Andy's toys and is fiercely loyal to Woody.

In Toy Story 3, Buster is now elderly and obese, who is a teensy bit weak to help Woody and his friends out, even though he remains loyal to them. He does maintain some of his excitable energy whenever Andy is around.

Appearances

Toy Story

At the end of Toy Story, Andy receives Buster as a puppy for his Christmas present. Although Buster isn't seen, he can be heard barking offscreen, and Andy says, "Wow, a puppy!" Both Woody and Buzz exchange worried smiles when they hear Andy say this, due to their earlier encounter with Scud.

Toy Story 2

In Toy Story 2, Buster makes his first full appearance as a brown miniature dachshund. He is able to understand the toys when they talk to him and is shown to be friends with Woody.

He is first shown as he bursts into Andy's room to find Woody having to hold off by Rocky Gibraltar and the Green Army Men, and after he takes Woody out of Andy's backpack, he tosses Woody to the ground and growls at him, but quickly begins to lick him repeatedly after sensing that Woody is actually alive. It turns out that Buster and Woody were playing hide-and-seek. It's also implied that Buster had somehow been involved in the earlier disappearance in Woody's hat, as when Slinky Dog reveals he found Woody's hat as the good news, he admits "well, that's the bad news..." when Woody asked where he found it, which was followed by Buster barking offscreen.

Woody then asks Hamm how Buster did, and it is revealed that Buster set a new record of 13.5 seconds, as shown on Mr. Spell. A little later, when Andy's mother takes Wheezy with a broken squeaker, out to be sold at a yard sale, Woody, thinking quickly, whistles for Buster (though Woody had to use his other arm due to his good arm having been inadvertently broken by Andy earlier), and he takes him out to the yard sale (though Buster, when told to be "subtle," does it in an exaggerated manner before Woody pointed out he didn't mean that level of subtlety), where Woody climbs into a box to dig out Wheezy and bring him back to Andy's room. Unfortunately for Woody, Buster jumps over a toy while heading back to Andy's room, causing Woody to fall – which leads to the events of the movie. Buster is later heard barking offscreen at Al McWhiggin who is trying to steal Woody and Mrs. Davis tells him to quiet down.

At the end of the film, Buster is shown alongside Slinky, who understands that Buster wants to get out of the room, and Jessie performs a stunt with a Hot Wheels car and track to reach the doorknob to let Buster out, which surprises Buzz Lightyear. He is last seen when Woody sees Andy, Molly, and their mother go out for another family outing.

Toy Story 3

In Toy Story 3, Buster, now 10 years older, makes an appearance. He is now very old, fat, and is unable to help Woody and his friends, even though he continues to remain friends with them.

Buster is first shown in a filmed video his mom recorded.

After seeing his friends getting thrown away by Andy's slightly aged mother, Woody, thinking quickly, whistles for Buster for help getting downstairs to rescue his friends from getting thrown away. However, after Woody hops onto Buster's back so he can run outside to save his friends, the elderly dachshund instead yawns and falls fast asleep on Woody. Then, Woody turns Buster around for air.

Buster is last seen being with a 17-year-old Andy who departs for college, telling his pet dog to keep Molly away from his stuff.

Trivia

The first page of the comic in which Buster is named "Speck".

  • An early version of Buster, named "Speck" by the toys, appeared in the Toy Story comic story Pup and Circumstance, printed in the November 30, 1996 issue of Disney Adventures. The character's name in the story was oddly not corrected when it was reprinted in the September 2005 issue. This version of Buster has the same body shape as the Dalmatian puppies from One Hundred and One Dalmatians.
  • In Toy Story 2, Buster's ears are longer than his older self in Toy Story 3. The reason for this was probably to make Buster look more close to an appearance of a real wiener dog and can be considered a goof.
  • Real-life dachshunds are believed to have a lifespan of around 14–17 years, so Buster would be considered quite old, 10 years old by Toy Story 3.
  • Buster is one of the few non-toy Toy Story characters who knows toys can come to life.

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Films: Toy Story (video/soundtrack/The Legacy Collection) • Toy Story 2 (video/soundtrack) • Toy Story 3 (video/soundtrack) • Toy Story 4 (video/soundtrack) • The Adventure BeginsBuzz Lightyear: Mission LogsToy Story of Terror! (soundtrack) • Toy Story That Time ForgotForky Asks a QuestionLamp LifePixar Popcorn (To Fitness and BeyondFluffy Stuff with Ducky & Bunny: LoveFluffy Stuff with Ducky & Bunny: Three Heads) • Lightyear

Television: Buzz Lightyear of Star CommandToy Story TreatsToy Story Toons (Hawaiian VacationSmall FryPartysaurus Rex)
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!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 Blast
Books: The Art of Toy Story 3The Toy Story Films: An Animated JourneyThe Art of Toy Story 4The Art of Lightyear
Cancelled projects: Circle 7 Screenplay

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 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 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 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 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 HeadWheezyBullseyeJessieStinky 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 ToysCombat CarlPocketeerPEZ CatOld 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
Lightyear: Alisha HawthorneIzzy HawthorneSoxMo MorrisonDarby SteelZyclops
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 DaycareButterfly RoomCaterpillar RoomKen's Dream HouseVending MachineBonnie's HouseTri-County SanitationTri-County LandfillIncineratorPoultry PalaceSleep WellSecond Chance AntiquesThe CarnivalStar Command
Objects
A113Pixar 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 Theme SongThe Ballad of the Lonesome CowboyI Can't Let You Throw Yourself AwayLivin' Thing
Deleted: The FoolPlastic SpacemanMy Unexpected Friend
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 BoxToy Story (franchise)
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