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Toy Story was a film that went through numerous changes before finally being released on November 22, 1995. The story was originally written as far back as March 1991 by John Lasseter, Pete Docter, and Andrew Stanton. The original pitch was noticeably different, yet featured numerous plot elements and characters that would later be incorporated not just into Toy Story, but also 2, 3 and 4 as well. The outline itself was featured on a special edition DVD version of the film.[1]


The story begins with Tinny; a wind-up, one man band, tin toy; being "born" within a toy factory. He is placed within a box and shipped to a toy store to be sold. Tinny immediately wishes to be played with as it is a toy's purpose. He is eventually bought by an adult and wrapped up as a birthday present for the man's son. The son begins playing with Tinny who enjoys the attention, but an old beat up teddy bear tells Tinny to enjoy it as much as he can as the boy will eventually outgrow him:

"Enjoy it while you got it. Kids grow up and they'll outgrow you. They run off after girls, cars, whatever, and they forget all about their toys. Your best shot is to be handed down. Play your cards right, and when this boy grows up he'll hand you down to his kids. You're made of tin, so you'll last. Not like some of these plastic things. In a week they'll all be broken. But you have a chance. Like I said, enjoy it while you got it. It doesn't last forever."

Eventually, the family decides to go on a road trip and Tinny is taken by the boy. The family continues to bicker and argue during the ride and Tinny is caught in between the seat and the car door. As the family makes a pit stop, Tinny falls out of the car and the family drives away before he can get back on. Tinny is left all alone in the cold desert with no hope of returning home.

The next morning, Tinny spots a family across the street who are moving into a new house and tries to venture across without getting flattened by the traffic. He is successful and hops into the back of what he thinks is the family's truck, only to realize to his horror that he is in another truck and watches as the family drives away in the opposite direction. Tinny sadly resigns himself but ends up encountering a slightly bitter, but jokey ventriloquist dummy. The Dummy tells Tinny that he will look after him and reveals that the truck they are in belongs to a collector of old things and that they are headed to an auction.

At the auction, Tinny and the Dummy are put up for sale together. Tinny sees numerous children and hopes to be bought by one of them, but unfortunately, he and the Dummy are bought by an "anal-retentive" man who delicately takes them home and places them in glass cases with numerous other toys. While there, Tinny and the Dummy meet a slinky caterpillar who dreams of one day being played by a child even though he has never seen one before. Taking pity on him, Tinny and the Dummy escape and take Caterpillar with them.

They escape through the collector's garbage and end up getting into a garbage truck. The Dummy pulls a lever resulting in the trio hanging out of the back of the truck. They fly off and end up inside of a box at a yard sale where they are sold to a young couple for their "baby". They are taken to their new home, but "Baby" turns out to be a dog who begins terrorizing the toys. They flee under the couch where they find a squeeze toy glow-in-the-dark penguin named Binky who has been hiding from Baby for a while.

They escape out the backyard and discover that they are right next to a kindergarten school. While Caterpillar and Binky are picked up by the kids to be played with, the Dummy is dragged back by Baby, forcing Tinny to go back and save him. Binky and Caterpillar meet a See 'n Say and a Speak & Spell who learn about Baby and they go back to help Tinny rescue the Dummy. Using a series of traps and tricks, the toys eventually lead Baby into a recycling bin where he is carted away.

The toys make it back to the kindergarten, but the Dummy is all torn up. The teacher comes in early in the morning and spotting the Dummy patches him up and puts him back in the classroom to be played with. As the kids enter the room, Tinny realizes that every year new kids will come in and play with them, thus he and his friends have truly found a toy heaven and live happily ever after.

Reused story elements

Toy Story

  • The Ventriloquist Dummy would famously go through many changes before becoming Woody.
  • Tinny, who started as the lead in Tin Toy, would later be dropped in favor of the more appropriate Buzz Lightyear.
  • The Slinky Caterpillar would eventually evolve into Slinky Dog.
  • Baby the Dog would eventually be renamed Scud.
  • The gas station scene is almost similar to the final film except instead of two toys fighting each other and falling out of the car, a single toy falls out of the car himself.
  • Tinny, the Dummy and Caterpillar's action scene in the back of the truck is identical to the climax of the film.
  • Binky's glow in the dark ability would be given to Buzz.

Toy Story 2

  • Binky would lose his glow-in-the-dark ability and evolve into Wheezy.
  • The "anal-retentive" man, most likely became Al McWhiggin.
  • The toy store would be reinvented as Al's Toy Barn.
  • The yard sale is reused as the set up for the film.
  • The idea of children outgrowing their toys would be reused in this film
  • The scene of Tinny crossing the street would be recycled for the street crossing scene with Andy's toys.

Toy Story 3

  • The old teddy bear most likely became Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear.
    • Lotso was meant to appear in the first Toy Story. Instead a simpler version can be seen during the staff meeting scene.
  • The kindergarten school would become the setting of the film with the idea of it being a "toy's paradise" being a major plot point.

Toy Story 4

  • Tinny finally makes an appearance.
  • Ventriloquist dummies are finally used to become The Bensons.
  • A toy being patched up (in this case stitched up) is reused with Woody after he gives his voice box to Gabby Gabby.



  1. "Toy Story: The Original Treatment" (Blog). Platypus Comix.

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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

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

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
A113Pixar BallPizza Planet TruckEggman MoversThe ClawThe Davis's Family VanFar East Airlines Jet
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)