Toy Story 3 Hidden Messages and Clues You Probably Never Spotted

It is no secret that most of us are huge fans of Toy Story, and we may have seen everything from the original Toy Story movies in 1995 through Toy Story 4 in 2019. But have you ever noticed the Toy Story 3 hidden messages? Maybe not. 

Toy Story 3 Hidden Messages You Probably Never Spotted

Because we may consider ourselves to be the biggest Toy Story fans, there are a few things that most of us should be aware of. 

Some of the Hidden Messages and Clues in Toy Story 3

The unique and enjoyable aspect of Disney Pixar is that their films contain several easter eggs and hidden references. Only ardent Disney fans can identify the easter eggs from a distance.

Mr. Potato Head’s Voice

Did you know that the actor who played Mr. Potato’s head in the first three Toy Story movies died before the fourth could be made? Don Rickles, who died in 2017, provided the voice-over.

Toy Story 4 was released in 2019. The film’s creators had to combine voice sessions, outtakes from other films, and interviews to piece together all of Rickles’s voice to form Mr. Potato’s monologues.

Andy’s Red String

Remember the red string Andy used to patch Woody’s damaged arm in ‘Toy Story 2’? That red string might still be seen in ‘Toy Story 4 (2019)’.

Army Soldiers

To illustrate to the creative how many army soldiers would be able to walk and run in a sequence in “Toy Story (1995),” the screenwriters’ tape shoes to a wooden board.

This aided the creative team in understanding what the writers envisioned for the moment.

Cobwebs in ‘Toy Story 4’

There is a point in Toy Story 4 (2019) where the film required the display of cobwebs.

It would have been inefficient to manufacture each cobweb separately, therefore Al spiders were created that were programmed to create cobwebs wherever they were needed.

Sid is the Garbage Man

Does anyone else see the eerie resemblance between Sid from the first film and the garbage collector from ‘Toy Story 3’? This is due to the fact that they are the same person.

Tim Allen’s Reference

Many of you may be unaware that Tim Allen provided the voice of Buzz Lightyear. Now that that’s out of the way, Tim Allen’s role in films doesn’t end there.

If you look closely at the above Toy Story scenario, you will discover that the tools used by Sid are made by the company Binford Tools.

Binford Tools sponsored the show “Tool Time,” which was part of Tim Allen’s show “Home Improvement.”

Product Babies

The names of babies are mentioned under the category ‘Production babies‘ in the credits. These are all the children born to members of the team when the film was being made.

“Up” Reference

If you pay attention to this moment from ‘Toy Story 4,’ you will notice the grape pin that the old man in the movie ‘Up’ used to pin up on his blazer.

Little Girl from the Movie ‘Monster Inc.’

During the carnival sequence in ‘Toy Story 4,’ the little girl from ‘Monster Inc.’ film appears. She can be seen playing games at one of the stalls.

Jessie Doll in Monster Inc.

The small child in ‘Monster Inc.’ is carrying a Jessie doll.

“Up” Movie References

A postcard shared by Carl and Ellie in the film “Up (2009)” can be seen posted up on a wall in Andy’s room in “Toy Story 3(2010)”.

Andy’s Handwriting Gets Better as He Grows Older

Andy’s penmanship improves as he gets older in the movies, especially when contrasted to the first film.

The Carpet from “The Shining”

Anyone who enjoys “the shining” and “the toy story” may find a few references to “the shining” in the Toy tale movies. 

The carpet in the house in The Toy Story is the same as the carpet in The Shining (1980). This was done on purpose.

Same Old Man Cast in Many Movies

The old man seen in “Geri’s Game” and “A Bug’s Life (1998)” is also seen cleaning up Woody to sell him in Toy Story 2 (1999).

References to the Jurassic Park

The moment in Jurassic Park where the T-rex chases the car is recreated in the Toy Story film.

Reference to Wall-E

The batteries that power Buzz Lightyear are made by the same business “Buy N Large” that made Wall-E.

Mr. Potato Head Reading “A Bug’s Life” Book

In Toy Story 2, Mr. Potato was reading a book about ‘A Bug’s Life’.

Buzz Ages with Time

As the story progresses, the stickers on Buzz Lightyear begin to come off.

CGI Movie

Did you know that the first Toy Story film was the first feature-length computer-animated film?

Bookshelf in Andy’s room

If we look closely, we can see that all of the books on Andy’s bookcase are Pixar animated shorts.

Occasional Blinking

To add realism to the toys in movies, they are depicted blinking one eye at a time.

This was done to demonstrate that the figures are still toys and, like all toys, can have issues with their functionality from time to time.

The Teapot

Buzz is carrying a teapot at the party scene where he has lost his senses. The teapot utilized was the Utah teapot, which was one of the first computer-generated graphic models made in the 1970s.

Reference to Lincoln

Jessie says “Sweet Mother of Abraham Lincoln” in Toy Story 2. This relates to Tom Hanks, who played Woody, being related to Abraham Lincoln’s mother.

Vulcan Salute from Star Trek

The salute Buzz Lightyear gives to Woody comes from the Star Trek franchise.

More References to “The Shining”

The legendary room 237 from The Shining was reputed to be the most haunted room in the hotel. In Toy Story 2, the same number is utilized as a license plate number.

The American Flag Replaced by Globe

In Toy Story 2, the American flag has been removed, and the globe of the earth has been put behind Buzz.

Real-life Barbie and Ken

The Barbie and Ken dolls in Toy Story 3 are perfect replicas of their real-life counterparts. Ken was remade as the Animal Lovin’ Ken toy in 1988. Barbie debuted in 1983 with the Great Shape Barbie toy.


Toy Story 3 hidden messages are quite evident, but you must watch the film closely to see them. The film’s toys and games are authentically depicted, with authentic brand names and logos. 

For example, a vehicle in Andy’s room bears the Little Tikes trademark on its side, yet the Tinkertoy container bears the real Playskool symbol and instructions.

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