Dan the Pixar Fan
As you may know, I'm a HUGE Toy Story fan. I love all of them and the stories really mean a lot to me. That being said though, I can't help but notice some striking similarities between the 2nd and third : )

Both have a themed opening relating to the two main characters Buzz and Woody (space and western).

Woody, in the beginning of both films, attempts to save a toy(s) from Andy's front yard (Wheezy and the toys in the garbage bag).

Both films have an old character who first appears nice and welcoming but turns out to be a sinister villain because of past traumatizing experiences as a toy (Stinky Pete and Lotso).

Both films have a Buzz back to his deluded space ranger self (Utility Belt Buzz and Demo Mode Buzz)

Woody, in both films, gets stolen and brought to a place where he meets new friends and learns valuable information (Woody in Al's office and Woody in Bonnie's Room)

Both films have a flashback scene of a traumatic event in a toy's life (Jessie and Lotso)

Both films have a villain who gets what they deserve (by getting an unlikely new owner who puts them in an uncomfortable settings with other toys-Stinky Pete in a backpack with a Barbie and Lotso tied to the front of a truck with other critters).

The toys in both films are trying to get home to Andy and make it just in time (Andy coming home from Cowboy and Andy about to leave for college).

Both films' climax take place in a large scale, exiting environment (Airport and Ti-County Dump).

All 3 films include moments when the toys of Andy's room doubt Woody about whether he's telling the truth.


Can you think of any more?? : )

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Pixar Post - T.J.
Holy cow - first off, this is amazing! I can't believe I never took the time to sit down and think of all the similarities. I have though of the fact that at some point the toys doubt Woody...and a few others...but I've never thought of all of them together like this.

I'm going to have to take some time to see if I can come up with any more similarities, but this is a great start and really is fascinating! Great job and thanks for the post!

How's about anyone else - your thoughts?
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Dan the Pixar Fan
Thanks TJ! Yah I'm curious if anyone can think of more or have any deeper insights...I hope people get involved with this thread! : )
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mac95
Great list! Although, I tend to think that the villain usually gets what they deserve. [smile]
When Pixar was making the trilogy, they used a lot of material from "A Tin Toy Christmas" a Christmas TV special that was never made. So I can understand that this is a good size list!

Both have a climax where the toys try to save Woody. Once where Buzz and Bullseye save Woody and Jessie on the plane, and the other when Woody is pulled into the dumpster by Lotso.
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Rachel Cranor
I love when a series has back up things

I also love that not including the Disney and Pixar Logos, or the Epilogue and Credits, The first and last thing we see are almost identical.

I also notice that the famous Pizza Planet Truck plays a somewhat crucial role in all three:
1. Ride to Pizza Planet to find Andy/Sid
2. Ride to the Airport to save Woody and Jessie
3. How Lotso, Big Baby and Chuckles get to Sunnyside.
Most other Pixar movies, it is just a cameo, but in these, it is actually part of the story.

I also just LOVE how similar the back stories of Lotso, Jessie and the Prospector are (Syndrome too):
All three (plus Syndrome) were pushed aside by someone they look up to. And they all become bitter at some point. Only Jessie turns around though.
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Pixar Post - T.J.
Hello everyone,

Since this topic was so fantastic, we decided to invite Dan (the forum user that started this topic) onto episode 24 of the Pixar Post Podcast to discuss this post and add in our one additional story observation as well.

Also, thanks for Rachel for her great mention of the Pizza Planet Truck as well - Dan and I also discussed this on the podcast.

The story element and comparison we found was...

In both movies, all of the toys want to stay safe in Andy's room...but once they find themselves in a new environment, someone doesn't want to go back to Andy's room again.
  • in Toy Story 2 once Woody is convinced that he should go to the toy museum in Japan with the other members of the roundup gang (Jessie, Bullseye and Stinky Pete), he no longer wants to go back to Andy's room.
  • In Toy Story 3 once the gang gets to Sunnyside Daycare, no one except Woody wants to go back to Andy's room (even though Woody urges them to come back with him).
It was almost like Woody learned in Toy Story 2 that being safe in Andy's room was the best course of action so he tries to convince the gang to come back with him in Toy Story 3...but it seems the gang will have to learn this lesson on their own.  

During the call, Dan also pointed out that in both instances I mentioned above, the toys are fine in their new environment until the bad guy (Stinky Pete in TS2 and Lotso in TS3) turn bad. It's like the gang all the sudden realizes that they have to get the heck out of there!

Any other great comparisons we can add to the list?

Feel free to listen to the Podcast episode for inspiration (we start chatting with Dan at 18 minutes into the show)

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ThisDayInPixar
Great podcast episode guys! I'm really enjoying listening to it, and I love this topic. It's made me want to go back and watch both films. It also makes me think about other films that may have similarities!!
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Pixar Post - T.J.
I'd personally love to hear if you could come up with any other similarities between films, Jeff! Oh, and thanks for the kudos on the latest episode - it is much appreciated!!
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