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As phantom42 points out in comments, the other Buzz Lightyear and Emperor Zurg dolls believe they're real, but we do meet some other toys that might qualify as "fresh out of the box": the aliens in the claw machine. BUZZ: Who's in charge here? ALIENS: The claw! They certainly don't seem to know they're toys. Their worldview is based entirely around ...


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The film's original script strongly indicates that Buzz and Woody are gliding (referred to as "soaring") rather than engaged in any sort of powered flight. Although it makes reference to them "flying" over the roof of the car, I think we can assume this is intended hyperbolically rather than literally. BUZZ: This isn't flying. This is falling -- with ...


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Based on Toy Story 4, where we see an animated toy chair named Chairol Burnett, and Bonnie creating a toy named Forky, it seems that objects that are not inherently toys can be animated, although it only seems to be objects used as toys. Other non-toys include a garden gnome in Toy Story 2, and Christmas ornaments. A common fan theory is that the ownership ...


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The original script treatment, as seen on DVD 3 of the "Ultimate Toy Box" special edition, had the original star of the film (Tinny the Tin Toy) coming alive in the factory before being shoved into a box. Our story opens in a small factory where tin toys are manufactured. They sweep down a conveyor belt with all types of other toys of different sizes,...


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In the Toy Story segment of Kingdom Hearts 3, it’s explained that some unknown force unique to that world causes toys in that world to become imbued with Hearts (a spiritual organ responsible for your ability to feel emotions, which is apparently distinct from a person’s soul), and that this imbuement is what causes the toys to come to life. Their ...


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I think the idea is that no new toys realise they are toys initially, particularly ones that come with a backstory like Buzz and Zurg. They come to the realisation they are toys after children start playing with them. If you watch the Toy Story special "The Toy Story that Time Forgot" the new Battlesaurs toys also exhibit this behaviour - they believe their ...


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Because I love advancing alternative theories... Buzz thinks he is Buzz Lightyear because he was programmed to think he was Buzz Lightyear. (Disclaimer: I am software programmer.) Consider: Woody has no programming. He has no electronics at all except a random drawstring that plays back a sound. Woody does not think he is a toy. The aliens do not think ...


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Both films appear to be set in the same geographical region; The fictional "Tri-County" area and they both appear to have food items from the same Chinese restaurant seen in Toy Story 2 You could also note that the tech seen in the films (Skype, eBay, internet, flat-screen TVs) would seem to localise the films sometime between the late 1990s and the ...


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Yes. Not only do they live in the same world, they also somehow know Carl and Ellie from Up. In Toy Story 3, Andy has a postcard from the couple. In Inside Out, Riley apparently has very hazy memories of them. Additionally, the same playground equipment company appears to exist in each world.


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None of this is official, but here's one possibility. One thing that uniquely differentiates Woody from Buzz and the Battlesaurs is that he is very, very old. He's probably older than both Andy and his mother seeing as he comes from an old black and white TV show and Andy's mom describing him as "an old family toy". Perhaps his extreme age has made him ...


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A possibility is that he was following some space ranger directive. In Toy Story 2, the "Utility Belt Buzz" says the following to Buzz after catching him trying to steal the belt: New Buzz: "You're in direct violation of Code 6404.5 stating all space rangers are to be in hyper-sleep until awakened by authorized personnel." Buzz: "Oh no." New ...


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There's a fairly long answer given in the YouTube explanation by "SuperCarlinBrothers". I'll transcribe some of the main points here, but I think it's best for you to go and take a look at the video. 3:45 onwards features some of the main points: "Buzz isn't alone in this camp. There are other toys whose personalities ...


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While it is possible Andy just calls her Bo Peep, I wouldn't think so. Vintage Bo Peep toys do exist that are specifically named. The toys seem to know their own names as well fresh out of the box (like Buzz Lightyear). VINTAGE 1987 MBI LITTLE BO PEEP DOLL TOY WITH STAND SHEPHERDS HOOK & SHEEP Ebay Listing - Madame Alexander Vintage Doll Bo-Peep ...


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While not "canon", Pixar's head of story for the films said Woody was one of a kind The was recently an interview conducted with Mike Mozart (Disney Artist and toy collector) by the Super Carlin Brothers in which Mike tells of a story from Joe Ranft (Pixar's head of story until his death in 2006). However, once the video aired on YouTube, Andrew Stanton (...


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Buzz's box as well as his preprogrammed dialogue explain the primary pieces of Buzz's back story. Woody on the other hand only says a few ambiguous things related to the wild west. This is how i always assumed buzz thought he was real since he had far more in-depth programing.


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Jack B Nimble's out-of-universe answer is fine, but even in-universe, all the evidence points to "Bo Peep" being her real name. Andy almost exclusively refers to his toys by their real names - Woody, Buzz, Jessie, etc. The only exception is Hamm, who takes the role of "Evil Dr. Pork Chop" during Andy's play sessions, but Andy still knows his real name ...


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At some level, Buzz must know he's a toy. He freezes when Andy walks into the room. Also, if he truly believed he were a space marine, he would probably try to escape Andy's room, and find a way to communicate with star command.


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Maybe it's because the toy is mimicking whatever the person who plays with it thinks about them. Andy is really into Buzz and really keeps up the fantasy that he is buzz lightyear, whereas after one has played with a toy for awhile, one starts to change up the storyline and break the fourth wall. The personality of the toy is actually in the imagination of ...


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Some things are true because people have faith that they are true. The innocent and uncomplicated faith of a child is a cosmically powerful force. If enough children believe that toys can come alive and have a secret life of their own, reality doesn't stand a chance. Because children supply the divine force that creates life in toys, children get to decide ...


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After reading Valorum's answer and the film's script, I'd like to post an alternative analysis: Yes, they are flying. The same original script that Valorum posted says it explicitly: Just then Buzz banks under some power lines and soars upward again. Woody takes a peek. They're flying. WOODY: Hey, Buzz!! You're flying!! Because he was ...


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In the answer I gave to the linked question, I mentioned this YouTube video. Towards the end he says that Woody most likely doens't remember due to the fact that he's been played with so much, he only sees himself as a toy and his life in relation to Andy's. Seeings as there are many fan theories about Woody being passed down from Andy's father, or given ...


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