- “Don't talk to any toy you don't know!”
- ―Mrs. Potato Head[src]
Mrs. Potato Head is a supporting character in the Disney•Pixar Toy Story franchise, first appearing in Toy Story 2, and a major character in the third film. She is the wife of Mr. Potato Head, the adoptive mother of the three Little Green Men, and is based on the Hasbro and Playskool doll of the same name.
In the third film, her role was expanded upon, becoming a pivotal character. With her eye missing while away at Sunnyside Daycare, Mrs. Potato Head is able to see Andy and come to the realization that he did not mean for them to be "thrown" away. As such, this realization motivates the toys to return to Andy's, and leads them to become the new toys of Bonnie Anderson.
Though she did not appear in the original Toy Story, Mrs. Potato Head is mentioned by Mr. Potato Head throughout the film. During Andy's birthday party, the group of toys listen to Sarge through Molly's baby monitor as Andy opens his birthday presents. Suddenly, Mr. Potato Head begins to chant for one of the presents to be a Mrs. Potato Head doll. The other toys look down at him in confusion, but he justifies it by saying, "I can dream, can't I?".
At the end of the film, the toys are now listening to Sarge through Molly's baby monitor once again as Andy and Molly open up their Christmas presents. Buzz tells everyone to be quiet, and Sarge suddenly announces through the monitor that Molly's first Christmas present is a Mrs. Potato Head doll. The other toys woo and congratulate the excited Mr. Potato Head, who says that he needs to shave, then nonchalantly removes his plastic mustache with ease and throws it away.
Mrs. Potato Head makes her first appearance in Toy Story 2 as a supporting character. She first appears when the gang looks for Woody's lost hat before he leaves for Cowboy Camp. As Mr. Potato Head emerges from under Andy's bed, he says that he's found something unspecified. Woody excitedly asks him if it's his hat, but Mr. Potato Head annoyingly says it's not his hat, but that the "Mrs. lost her earring." He calls for his "sweet potato" as she reads to the Toddle Tots. She excitedly turns around and is thankful that he found it. As she puts her ear back on, she admires how nice it is to have a "big, strong spud" around the house, causing her to laugh ticklishly when her husband kisses her on the side playfully.
Later, Slinky comes into Andy's room saying that he has both good news and bad news. Mrs. Potato Head asks what the news is, to which Slinky announces that the good news is that he found Woody's hat, but the bad news is that Buster (Andy's playful, yet destructive puppy) had it and is not too far behind. This causes the toys to jump back into their positions and for the Green Army Men to hold back the door as Woody hides in Andy's backpack. Buster eventually overcomes the soldiers and barges into the room. As he sniffs around and knocks the toys over, Buster crashes into the Lincoln Logs house that collapses to show Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head frozen and kissing. Buster eventually finds Woody in the backpack and throws him out, but it's revealed it was a game to see how long it would take for Buster to find Woody.
The next morning, Woody (who was put on a top shelf by Mrs. Davis after his arm tore, prompting Andy to leave him home) finds Wheezy, a rubber penguin with a broken squeaker who reveals that there is a yard sale Mrs. Davis is preparing outside. This causes Woody to announce to the other toys that there a yard sale outside, and orders Sarge to perform an emergency role-call. As the toys line up in a straight line, Buzz walks down it and calls out every toys' name, including the Potato Head. Suddenly, Rex hears Mrs. Davis coming, and the toys flee. After Mrs. Davis grabs Wheezy for the yard sale, Woody decides to rescue him. After whistling for Buster and jumping from the shelf, Woody rides him downstairs to the yard sale, much to the confusion and shock of the gang, believing he is throwing himself out due to being broken. After rescuing Wheezy, Woody is accidentally left outside and is stolen by Al McWhiggin.
That evening, after drawing out directions to Al's Toy Barn (where Al is the manager), Buzz devises a rescue mission and assigns Mr. Potato Head, Rex, Hamm, and Slinky to join him. As they prepare to leave, Mrs. Potato Head packs her husband's storage compartment with an extra pair of shoes and his "angry eyes". She then gives him a large kiss, before Mr. Potato Head snaps his mustache on and tells the gang to roll. The group of five soon walk across the roof, as the others wave them goodbye and good luck, with Mrs. Potato Head advising them not to talk to any toys they don't know.
She does not appear until the end of the film when the gang returns with Woody (and new toys Jessie, Bullseye, and a trio of Pizza Planet Aliens). The next morning, Mr. Potato Head once again kisses his wife's side as she laughs ticklishly when the three aliens arrive and announce once again that since Mr. Potato Head saved their lives (Earlier in the climax, during the Pizza Planet car chase, Mr. Potato Head rescued the trio from flying out the window, and they have expressed their gratitude for him ever since), they are eternally grateful. Despite her husband's obvious annoyance by them, Mrs. Potato Head is shocked to learn he saved their lives, which then leads her to hug him and call him her hero. She brings one close to her and calls them "adorable", and immediately announces they're adopting them. This causes the trio to hug the shocked and saddened Mr. Potato Head and call him "Daddy", much to her delight. She and Mr. Potato Head are seen standing together as they watch Wheezy sing "You've Got a Friend in Me."
She and her husband finally appear during the bloopers. As she packs her husband's storage compartment with his extra pair of shoes and angry eyes, she then starts packing it with unnecessary items, including: Cheese Puffs (in case he is hungry), a key (she says she doesn't know what it is for, but nonetheless states he will never know), a golf ball (in case he has time for golf), a plastic steak, a rubber ducky, a yo-yo, a bouncy ball, wound-up teeth (she tells him to be careful since they chatter, as she puts them in, it causes him to bounce up as it shakes inside him), crayons (in case he gets bored), blue Play-Doh (she has a tough time getting it in until it causes her husband's ears to pop out and have the Play-Doh ooze out his ear holes), a dime (so he can call her), and Monkey Chow. He asks her what the Monkey Chow is for, but Mrs. Potato Head casually says it is of course for the Barrel of Monkeys, and she soon calls for them. As they dance around Mr. Potato Head, he yells that he draws the line at monkeys, and yells to get his agent on the phone.
In Toy Story 3, Mrs. Potato Head returns with a much larger role. After Woody and Buzz call for a staff meeting, reminding them that their job is to be there for Andy, Andy prepares to store Mrs. Potato Head and the rest of the toys (excluding Woody, who is intended for college) in the attic. However, when Andy leaves to help Molly, he leaves the garbage bag holding Mrs. Potato Head and the others in the middle of the hallway, prompting Mrs. Davis to throw them away, unaware of their presence inside the bag. Woody desperately and frantically rescues Mrs. Potato Head and the others, knowing that they aren't trash.
After the rescue, Mrs. Potato Head and the other toys hop into the Sunnyside Daycare donation box, vowing to never see Andy again, ranting about the situation and retort that he doesn't want them anymore. Barbie begins to break down in despair, agreeing with the other toys' pleas to be donated, but Mrs. Potato Head comforts her. Woody angrily tries to reassure Mrs. Potato Head and the other toys that Mrs. Davis throwing them away was an accident and that Andy wanted to put them in the attic, but Mrs. Davis closes the trunk of the van and heads off to Sunnyside.
When Woody, Mrs. Potato Head and the other toys arrive at Sunnyside, they fall out of the donation box and are welcomed by the Sunnyside toys, including their leader, Lotso. Mrs. Potato Head brings up Andy's perceived betrayal, but Lotso reassures her that she and the others are safe now, under his care. Lotso then gives Mrs. Potato Head and the rest of Andy's toys a tour of Sunnyside and shows them their future home, The Caterpillar Room, just before Lotso departs back into The Butterfly Room. Woody admits that Sunnyside seems like a nice place, but corrects them that Andy's house is their real home, which he coaxes them to return to. Annoyed that Mrs. Potato Head and the rest of the toys have given up on Andy, Woody hastily rushes out of Sunnyside, but unfortunately loses his hat, gets stuck in a tree and is taken to Bonnie's house.
Back at Sunnyside, Mrs. Potato Head experiences a rough playtime with the toddlers and one kid sticks some of her body parts into his nose, mixing them up with some of Mr. Potato Head's body parts. This prompts Buzz to request a transfer to the Butterfly Room, but Lotso and his minions reset him into his gullible space ranger demo mode, thus making him their henchman. Despite missing her right eye, Mrs. Potato Head is able to use it to see inside Andy's room. In the process, she helps the other toys realize that Woody has been truthful about Andy after they have initially refused to listen to him. She and the others feel bad about doubting Woody and giving up on Andy and desire to return home.
However, the toys are suddenly stopped by Lotso and his henchmen, who inform them of the no check-out early policy. Mrs. Potato Head instantly protests against the Sunnyside rules and Lotso takes away her mouth to appease her. She immediately becomes separated from Mr. Potato Head, who is imprisoned in a sandbox as punishment for returning her mouth and back-talking Lotso and his minions. She is also imprisoned along with Jessie, Rex and the rest of Andy's toys, who are shocked to find out that Buzz is now one of Lotso's minions. As Lotso goes into details about the rules of Sunnyside, he tosses over Woody's hat, which he left behind in his escape, making Mrs. Potato Head and the others suspect that Lotso killed Woody.
The next day, Woody comes back to Sunnyside, much to the surprise and delight of Mrs. Potato Head and the rest of Andy's toys and helps them formulate a plan to escape Sunnyside. Later during that night, Mrs. Potato Head receives a signal from Mr. Potato Head (now using a tortilla for his body), who uses a bicycle's mirror to direct the moonbeam into the Caterpillar Room, to open the locked door with a key (retrieved from the office by Woody and Slinky), and she, along with Jessie, Bullseye, and the three Aliens get a head start as they head for the playground equipment. After the rest of the toys (except Mr. Potato Head) catch up, Mrs. Potato Head warns Jessie and Buzz Lightyear, the latter being reset into his Spanish mode, that something is coming behind them. It turns out to be Mr. Cucumber Head (parts of Mr. Potato Head using a cucumber for his body), whom Mrs. Potato Head instantly recognizes shortly before her husband gets his plastic potato body back.
Just as the toys prepare to travel back to Andy's house, they make their way through the trash slot, but are suddenly interrupted by Lotso and his gang. Lotso lectures Mrs. Potato Head and the others that Andy doesn't want them anymore, the Caterpillar Room needs toys and that a garbage truck is nearby and invites her and the others to continue their lives at Sunnyside, but Mrs. Potato Head and Andy's other toys decline. Woody explains the shady side of Lotso (which he learned during his stay at Bonnie's house) to the other Sunnyside toys (including Ken and Big Baby), who are angered by Lotso's deception and toss him into the dumpster. Despite being allowed to escape Sunnyside, Woody is sucked into the dumpster by Lotso, prompting Mrs. Potato Head and the rest of Andy's toys to rescue him. To make matters worse, Lotso abandons Mrs. Potato Head and the rest of Andy's toys, forcing them to sacrifice themselves in flames.
The toys are unexpectedly rescued by the aliens from being incinerated at the Tri-County Landfill. Mrs. Potato Head tells the aliens, "You saved our lives," followed by Mr. Potato Head telling them, "And we are eternally grateful" (the same statement the aliens have repeatedly said to Mr. Potato Head) and Mrs. Potato Head is shown to be pleased as her husband hugs the aliens, finally accepting them as their children.
At the end of the film, she finally recovers her right eye after the toys return to Andy's house. However, after saying a supposed goodbye to Woody, who recommends that she and the others deserve to be in a much more fun place than the attic, she is given to Bonnie along with Mr. Potato Head and the others. Mrs. Potato Head and the others witness Andy's departure and she is briefly seen shaking hands with Chuckles the Clown.
In the credits, when Bonnie makes a drawing of her toys, she has drawn Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head together on a single sheet. Next, Mrs. Potato Head and her husband watch as Totoro juggles their "children". The Potato Heads are also standing together as the toys watch Jessie and Buzz performing a pasodoble to "Hay Un Amigo En Mi," the Spanish version of "You've Got a Friend in Me."
In "Hawaiian Vacation", Mrs. Potato Head plans to have a "fun-filled week" with her husband while Mr. Potato Head being interested in playing poker until Barbie and Ken arrive unexpectedly. Mrs. Potato Head serves as a guide for a nature walk for Barbie and Ken as the toys recreate Hawaii for the pair.
In "Partysaurus Rex", Mrs. Potato Head blows a very big bubble which Rex pops. She then chews Rex out for bursting her bubble and joins in the mocking of calling Rex "Partypooper Rex."
Mrs. Potato Head returns with a smaller role, along with most of the other toys. She is shocked like the others to see Forky come alive but is also excited to go on the road trip with the Andersons. When Forky jumps out the window and Woody goes after him, the toys are left to watch out for Bonnie.
The next morning, they sneak a regular spoon in Bonnie's hand while she is sleeping, but to no avail. While the toys quietly discuss what should they do, Buzz jumps out of the R.V. to go find Woody and Forky while the others prevent the Anderson family from leaving the park.
Mrs. Potato Head is then seen with the gang trying to figure out how to get back to the carnival to get Woody. Jessie devises a plan to rig the R.V.'s GPS. Mrs. Potato Head lends Buzz her right ear so he can tell her directions on top of the R.V., where she repeats it to Trixie, who mimics the voice of the GPS and tells Mr. Anderson where to drive to. When the R.V. finally arrives at the carnival, Forky locks the family out of the R.V. while dealing with police chasing them. Meanwhile, the other toys stack themselves up so they can reach the button to release the awning. They then climb to the roof where they have a brief reunion with Bo Peep and have a goodbye hug with Woody.
One year later, the gang is introduced to Bonnie's newest creation, Karen Beverly the knife.
In the episode "To Fitness and Beyond", Mrs. Potato Head is seen dancing and cheering alongside her friends as Buzz concludes the episode.
- Before Estelle Harris was cast as Mrs. Potato Head, Betty White, Doris Roberts, Marcia Wallace, Carol Burnett, Cloris Leachman, and Florence Henderson were originally considered for the role.
- The storybook Mrs. Potato Head is reading to the Toddle Tots in Toy Story 2 is titled A Bug's Life. The picture seen in the book is at the point of the film where the two kids next to Dot say "Your dad's right, he's gonna die." shortly after Flik leaves for Bug City.
- Mrs. Potato Head seems to have a habit of losing parts as in Toy Story 2, she is seen missing her other ear while in Toy Story 3, she is seen missing her other eye.
- Despite being a Christmas gift to Molly in the original Toy Story, Mrs. Potato Head is shown and eventually confirmed as Andy's toy in the second and third films. It can be assumed Molly either had no interest in the doll and Andy decided to keep her, or Andy played with her so much Molly eventually forgot that it was even hers in the first place.
- Mrs. Potato Head mentions to Lotso in the third film that she comes with over 30 accessories.
- In the Toy Story 2: 2-Disc Special Edition DVD, concept art for Mrs. Potato Head depicts her with green shoes, green earrings, a pair of large yellow glasses, and a floppy green hat.
- After the events of the third film, if one looks closely throughout the Toy Story Toons, Mrs. Potato Head's purse has small bite marks and scratches after a toddler from Sunnyside chewed on it.
- Despite not physically appearing in the original Toy Story film, Mrs. Potato Head appears physically in the 1996 Disney On Ice adaptation of the film, with a early different design.
- Mrs. Potato Head was Estelle Harris' last film and voiceover role before her death in 2022.
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