Toy Story Easter Egg - Star Wars References

There are two references to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in Toy Story.

1) When Buzz is describing his "mission" to Woody under the big rig at the gas station, think about what he's saying. Doesn't Buzz's mission sound remarkably similar to R2-D2's role in Star Wars Episode IV? If you don't believe me...

- Buzz Lightyear has in his possession important information that can be used to reveal the weaknesses of a massive weapon that the evil Emperor Zurg is constructing at the edge of the galaxy. He must rendezvous with Star Command to give them this information.

- R2-D2 has in his possession important information that can be used to reveal the weaknesses of the Death Star, a massive weapon that the evil Galactic Empire is using to intimidate and ultimately destroy the Rebel Forces. R2-D2 must rendezvous with the officials at the Rebel Base to give them this information.

2) A smaller and subtler reference... while Sid is torturing Woody by focusing the sun's rays with a magnifying glass onto Woody's head, he borrows a few lines from the scene in Star Wars Episode IV where Darth Vader interrogates Princess Leia pertaining to the location of the Rebel base.

It isn't too surprising that Toy Story would have a few references from George Lucas' greatest epic, especially since Toy Story is Pixar's first motion picture. The programming that Pixar uses to this day to animate their CGI movies was co-created by George Lucas himself in the 80's. Pixar was simply paying an homage to one of the people who made it all possible.

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Contributed By: Anonymous on 03-30-2005
Reviewed By: Gamer Sly-Ratchet, Loginer
Special Requirements: The film, knowledge of Star Wars' plot, a good listening ear
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caillin writes:
In the second one you also find out that emperor zurg is buzz's father
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dwsiddall writes:
I will add that Toy Story 2 has even more Star Wars references. At the beginning when Buzz is on the alien planet and we are given a view from inside his helmet, his breathing is the Darth Vader sound effect from Star Wars. Later, as Buzz approaches the bridge, the undulating sound effect is also from Star Wars as is the sound as Buzz tries to grab the battery (this is the light saber sound). Another reference: When Buzz is destroying the multitudes of robots in the above mentioned intro sequence there are two "The Black Hole" references. Not surprising since this movie was made in partnership with Disney, who made The Black Hole. First, the robots resemble Maximilian, the evil robot from that movie. Second, the sound effect of the laser blasts are those of the laser guns in The Black Hole. -Daniel
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ronoxQ writes:
Well, since Toy Story is supposed to make fun of movie cliches, it isn't very surprising... that's like saying Spaceballs is making fun of Star Wars: it's pretty obvious to begin with.
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kerbear writes:
Seems like you're grasping at straws on this one. Sid was a kid. Allbeit, a rotten kid. He was pretending/role-playing/whatever you want to call it. Lots of kids role-play Star Wars. It was completely natural. Sorry.
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