Toy Story Treats (also known in some regions as Toy Story Shorts) are a series of short interstitials made by Pixar Animation Studios that were used for commercial breaks on ABC's Saturday morning lineup in 1996 shortly around the time of the VHS and Laserdisc release of the original Toy Story. The shorts largely focus on Woody, Buzz, Rex, Hamm, and the Aliens, as well as some of the minor toys seen in Andy's room (however, some of the other main characters from the film, such as Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, and Bo Peep, did not appear in any of the shorts). This was also perhaps one of the first times outside of the video games and merchandise that Jim Hanks and Pat Fraley had to replace Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as the voices of Woody and Buzz, respectively.
- Jim Hanks - Woody
- Pat Fraley - Buzz Lightyear
- John Ratzenberger - Hamm
- Wallace Shawn - Rex
- Jeff Pidgeon - Aliens
These shorts were eventually released onto the Toy Story & Toy Story 2: Ultimate Toy Box DVD set and again as Easter Eggs on the Toy Story: 10th Anniversary Edition DVD, and as non Easter Eggs on the Toy Story 2010 Blu-ray. Some of the shorts can now be found on Disney's official Toy Story site.
This series marks the first time a Pixar property had been spun-off for television. Due to time constraints and the large number of shorts in production, as well as the smaller production budgets, the characters in Toy Story Treats are quite roughly animated and do not have Pixar's standard fluid animation as seen in their feature films.
|Waiting for Andy||Woody, Hamm, Rex, and Buzz are looking out the window for Andy to return home from school. Woody tries to tell everyone that just because Andy's gone to school "doesn't mean we have to put our lives on hold". At about 3:10, Hamm says that he thinks he sees the bus, but Woody suddenly becomes concerned asking what day it is. Everyone sees that it's Tuesday on the calendar, which says that Andy has soccer practice at 3:15. Buzz says, "Blast! Soccer practice!" and Hamm replies, "I think we need a hobby."|
|Rex in Danger?||Rex is telling Hamm, Lenny and RC that he believes a new toy appears in the room every time Andy sees a commercial for it on the TV. Hamm then turns to the TV and says "Oh, look, a commercial for a new dinosaur toy. And it glows in the dark!"|
|Shadow Play||Woody turns on a lamp. Seeing his shadow on the wall, Woody does simple shadow puppets. Buzz comes in and he does a shadow puppet of his own, but of an impossible-to-be-done American Bald Eagle. He then challenges Woody who does the dog shadow puppet, only to be bested again by Buzz doing one of the American Flag. Woody then does a bunny, but Buzz ends it with a rocketship blasting off, which angers Woody to the point of turning the lamp off and walking away.
In another short, Woody walks past the lamp and sees Buzz's shadow instead of his own. Woody looks around to see if Buzz made the shadow, but he isn't there. Woody then starts to do movements and the Buzz shadow mimics him. Woody begins flexing his muscles at the door, with the Buzz shadow making it look as if he is strong. A group of Aliens walks in to watch. Buzz's shadow shoots out his wings and jumps away, which makes Woody turn around and his normal shadow to return while Woody chuckles in embarrassment.
|Story Time||Woody walks past Hamm, Rex and the Aliens who are reading a book and crying. He sees that they have it upside-down and turns it the right way up. Afterwards the toys are laughing.|
|Hat Dance||Babyface does a Mexican hat dance around Woody's hat on the floor. Woody walks over and picks it back up but finds it shredded from Babyface's sharp legs.|
|Buzz Becomes Obsolete||Woody, Buzz, Rex, and Hamm are playing cards when a commercial for new and improved Buzz Lightyear toys comes on the TV. The different versions that were mentioned were Cyber-Sonic Buzz with 15,000 word combinations, Battle Scar Buzz with ultra damage, and Sky Runner Buzz which really flies. Buzz becomes crushed and envious as he watches the commercial, but Woody tells him "There's something to be said for the original," to which Hamm adds "And that something is yard sale!"|
|Road Block||Woody and Buzz are watching RC drive by when Woody places a block down in front of RC, causing him to stop. Woody says "Road Block!" and you suddenly hear the sound of a rimshot and an audience clapping. Woody and Buzz laugh and give a thumbs up towards the screen as it irises-out.
A clip of this short was used at the end of the Glenn McQueen tribute found on the DVD for Finding Nemo, which suggests that he may have animated the short.
|Woody's Nightmares||Woody has a nightmare that Buzz is flying around him like a fly and goes up his nose, making him sneeze, when it is really just Buzz tickling Woody's nose with a feather while he is sleeping.
In another short, Sid has swapped Woody and Buzz's heads, but then wakes up and screams, then breathes a sigh of relief.
|Space Rangers||In the first short, Buzz is telling Rex, Snake, Robot, the Hockey Puck and the Aliens that it's not just the looks that make a Space Ranger, but the attitude. One of aliens does a somersault and says "Eat Laser, Zurg!" in a cool sounding voice, and Buzz looks at him, approvingly saying, "Now that's the right stuff."
Another one has Woody and Buzz going to see Rex, who has a goldfish bowl on his head for a helmet telling Woody that he's a Space Ranger. But Buzz tells him that Rex is only a "Space Cadet" because he keeps forgetting the secret handshake.
The final one has Buzz telling Rex that it takes more than a goldfish bowl to become a Space Ranger. He then sticks suction cup arrows to Rex's helmet, saying that now he's a real Space Ranger, and shakes his hand congratulating him. (Rex's goldfish bowl helmet with the suction cups would later be seen in Toy Story 2.)
|This Won't Work||
Woody watches as Buzz waves to the Aliens who are crammed inside his old spaceship box, attempting to send them back to their home planet. When Woody asks Buzz if anyone told them that it would not work, Buzz says that he did not have the heart to. There are two different versions of this short. One ends with Buzz saying, "They'll never make hyperspeed with that much weight!" and in the other one he says, "There's not nearly enough fuel to get them to their home world."
|Staring Contest||Woody goes up to Lenny challenging him to a staring contest. Woody, at the start, struggles not to blink, while Lenny does not have any trouble. It comes to the point, where Woody is shaking and then he finally blinks. Woody then falls down and comes back up saying to Lenny, "Oh, you're good!"|
|King Me||Woody plays a game of checkers with the Aliens, but the aliens manage to win by somehow levitating the checker pieces and finish by saying "King Me".|
|Over Here!||Rex is looking through Lenny and calling to Woody, "Hey, Woody, over here! Hey, Woody!" Woody comes over and switches Lenny around to face him, prompting Rex to say, "Oh," and shrug.|
|Checkers||Woody is playing Checkers with Hand-in-the-Box, who is waiting impatiently for him to make his move. Rex pops up behind Woody and starts giving his opinion on the game while Buzz walks in just after Woody makes his move and tells him "Bad Move." Hand-in-the-Box makes his move and clears the entire board much to Woody's disappointment. The Aliens give him the trophy and hoist him up and down while he holds it in triumph.|
|Rex at Play||In the first short, Rex encounters Hand-in-the-Box, who proceeds to tickle him wildly.
In the second short, Rex turns Hand-in-the-Box's handle multiple times until the hand finally pops out and scratches Rex's back.
In the final one, Hand-in-the-Box and Rex are seen on the desk beside each other. Hand-in-the-Box pokes Rex on the back and moves the hand away when Rex turns his head around. Hand-in-the-Box pokes Rex on the back again, and Rex turns his body around to see who's there. Hand-in-the-Box orbits him out of sight, until Rex's tail knocks Hand-in-the-Box off the desk.
|Optical Illusion||Robot goes by a couple stacks of blocks when he sees another version of himself on the other side as if it were a mirror. When Robot backs up and goes past it again, he then sees Rex, who runs away screaming.|
|Guess Who||Robot shows Rex three Troikas. He puts the ladybug in one of them. He mixes them up and Rex has to guess which one he put it in. He first guesses the cat (the one does not have the ladybug in it), then he guesses the bulldog (the one that does not have the ladybug either). He then picks the duck which shakes for a little bit. All of a sudden, Babyface pops out of the duck while in one of his claws holds the ladybug causing Rex to fall down.|
|New Planet||The first short has the Aliens are putting their change in Hamm's slot who tells them that they now own their own planet which is actually a ball of the planet Earth.
The second short has the Aliens showing the ball to Woody who tells them that they do not have the real Earth. But the Aliens turn the ball round to reveal a large label that says "The Earth".
|Give it a Spin||Hamm tries to sell RC to one of the Aliens saying that he has "extremely low-mileage". After Hamm quickly drives him around the room with the remote, the alien says "I'll take it!".|
|Night Time||Mr. Shark tells a "scary" story to the other toys late at night. It starts by saying, "And when they found him, his batteries were dead." To which, Rex screams in terror. Hamm says, "What are you afraid of? You don't even use batteries!" Rex looks relieved and says, "Oh...Right!".
Rex then tries to tell his own story saying that "When the leverage buyout fell through, the toy company was left with a big dark warehouse full of inventory!", and Mr. Shark replies by saying "If I had bones, they'd be chillin'!"
Next, Mr. Shark tells another story about a toy that made it all the way from the clearance isle to the cashier and the last words it heard being "How did that get in the cart?", which he then says is a "True story".
The short ends later at night with Rex trying to wake up Hamm, telling him that he cannot sleep. Hamm tells him to "Try counting sheep!" Rex is then shown standing next to the sheep on Bo Peep's lamp and counts them, saying "I don't see how this will help..."
|Waiting in Line||Rex waits in line among the Aliens for his turn in riding on Hand-in-the-Box. There are multiple versions of this short.|
|TV Time||Woody, Buzz, Hamm and Rex are all watching TV. Woody is happy to find a western, much to the chagrin of the other toys who all groan, causing Woody to say "Fine, then you pick a show!" Buzz changes it to a movie called The Star Eaters which Woody scoffs at for being science-fiction (much to Buzz's surprise). Rex changes it to a dinosaur documentary hoping for it to have a happy ending, only to see it end with the meteor as Hamm anticipated. Hamm then changes it to the Wall Street Report. Woody questions him about it with a puzzled look on his face and Hamm replies, "Oh sure, on the outside I may be a pig, but on the inside... I'm all bank!"|
|Why Doesn't Andy Just Get Cable?||Woody tells Buzz, Rex, Robot, Snake, Babyface and Rocky Gibraltar to move their legs and act as a television antenna. Rex asks "Why doesn't Andy just get cable?"|
|That Urkel Slays Me!||Woody tries to ask the Aliens if he can change the channel, but they push him away from the remote telling him not to anger the TV and that it is speaking to them. One of the aliens finishes by saying "That Urkel Slays Me!" as they continue watching.|
|Channel Surfing||Rex is standing on the TV remote and tells Hamm he's "channel surfing".
The clip of the dancing pigs seen on the TV at the end is from an old Famous Studios cartoon from 1949 called Farm Foolery. A clip from the 1927 silent film Metropolis can also be seen.
|Force Field||Buzz is seen trying to jump into the space background playing on the television, but bumps against the glass. Buzz thinks it is a force field of some kind, but Woody starts yelling at him saying that it is just a television set and the screen is made of glass. Buzz then points his laser at him saying "They've gotten to you, haven't they?" and Woody stomps away in frustration.
This same gag was used in the Animated StoryBook PC game, where Buzz sees two characters fighting inside an arcade game at Pizza Planet and attempts to break them up, but can not get past the "force field".
|Paleontological Debate||Rex is worried over a debate on whether dinosaurs were hot-blooded or cold-blooded, while some of the toys that are listening to him (including Woody) eventually get bored and leave. At the end, one of the Aliens is the only one who is still interested in it.|
|The Age of the Dinosaur||Rex shows the Aliens how the dinosaurs evolved until Hamm shows how they became extinct by a meteor crash.|
|Fast Food||The toys find a strange bucket in Andy's room after lunch and try to figure out what it is. Woody opens it, reading it to be a "Happy Snacky" meal, and a mini-Buzz Lightyear toy walks out, along with mini-versions of Woody, Rex and Hamm. The minis explain that they're being given away through fast food chains, which big-Rex starts panicking about, worried that kids won't buy toys when they can get them for free.
Later, Buzz asks the smaller Buzz what features he has, finding out that he can only make a punching move with his arm by turning his head. Woody assumes that they are safe since they do not do much, and Woody sniffs the air, then asks, "Is it me or do you smell cheeseburgers?" and everyone looks at the mini-Hamm toy in bewilderment.
|New Aliens on the Block||Woody takes one of the Aliens over to Andy's toy box, telling him that they've completed his "New Toy Orientation". Woody then tries to tell him not to worry about fitting in when a bunch of other aliens come over, and they start wiggling their antennas together as a group.|
|Oooh, Ball!||The Aliens are seen exploring Andy's room when they stop to admire a ball in excitement. They see Woody standing next to the ball posing for their attention, and then go back to admiring the ball again.|
|Good Start||Woody teaches the Aliens how to make drawings on the chalkboard, starting with a crudely drawn alien, telling them that it takes a little practice. The aliens then quickly draw a full color portrait of Woody over his alien drawing and Woody says "That's good... that's a good start."|
|Circus Gag||A small wind-up car drives up behind Woody, who turns around and watches as dozens of Aliens pop out of the car. Woody then looks at the viewers and says, "I know. It's not funny when clowns do it either!"|
|Woody Impostor||Woody wakes up on Andy's bed and finds that his hat and badge are missing. When he gets off the bed he finds that a group of Aliens have been watching one of the other aliens imitate him with his missing hat and badge. Annoyed, Woody swipes his hat off of the alien and puts it back on his head.|
|Go Fish||Woody, Buzz, Rex, and Hamm are playing a game of Go Fish with Legs. Woody tells Legs to "Go Fish!" and Legs starts fishing for one of the cards with her hook. Woody then whispers to us, "She lives for this!"|
|Robotic Affairs||Andy has just left the room and Woody gets up and congratulates everyone for a great play day. He goes over to Buzz who is dressed in a frilly apron with a hat on his helmet and asks him how his day went. Buzz says he'd rather not talk about it, and an electronic doll is heard saying, "I love you."|
|Green Army Man Chants||These were commercial bumpers that aired before the commercial break.
They include (some along with Combat Carl, ans some along with Dolly):
Note: Not all the titles listed are official, as it is possible that they were never named when aired, but most of them have been taken from Disney's official Toy Story site and the hidden menu on the Toy Story: 10th Anniversary Edition DVD.
Inconsistencies with the films
Most of these have been considered to be non-canon with the films due to the many inconsistencies that they have with the story. However, their purpose was clearly for simple gags and are meant to be taken lightly. Some of these inconsistencies include:
- Woody and Buzz are still rivals, along with Woody still being jealous of Buzz.
- Buzz still acts like he is a real Space Ranger, despite the realization that he is a toy (he probably just missed his older self, or to avoid spoilers that Buzz realizes that he is a toy, which was not revealed until towards the end of Toy Story).
- The toys are still in Andy's old room, even though they have moved.
- The Mutant Toys make numerous appearances in Andy's room even though they belong to Sid.
- The Squeeze Toy Aliens are also in Andy's room for some unexplained reason (though it is possible that Andy may have won them from Pizza Planet). Canonically, three of the Aliens do become Andy's new toys and are adopted by Mr. Potato Head in Toy Story 2 after Buzz and the others find them inside a Pizza Planet truck.
The segments were released on the 10th anniversary DVD of Toy Story, as well as its 2010 Blu-ray (minus the Green Army Men Chants segments). Some segments were used in the direct-to-video compilation Tiny Toy Stories, with Jim Hanks and John Ratzenberger returning to re-dub Woody and Hamm's lines respectively, and Wallace Shawn replaced by Jeff Bennett as Rex.
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