For the scene where Woody looks at the merchandise from "Woody's Roundup", mock-ups of the toys were shown to Tom Hanks in the recording booth. Hanks' spontaneous reactions to the toys were recorded and used for Woody's dialogue.
There was some discrepancy with regard to the song "When She Loved Me" and its place in the film. Randy Newman expressed concern over whether or not young children would be able to sit through the three-minute ballad while both Tim Allen and Tom Hanks admitted to being moved to tears by the scene featuring the song.
This is one of three Disney movies to win a Golden Globe for Best Picture. The other two are Beauty and the Beast (1991) and The Lion King (1994).
When Jessie first meets Woody (Tom Hanks), she exclaims, "Sweet mother of Abraham Lincoln!" Abraham Lincoln's mother was Nancy Hanks, a blood relative of Tom Hanks. Tom Hanks is a direct descendant of an uncle of Nancy Hanks.
The dust in the scene where Woody meets Wheezy set a record for number of particles animated for a movie by computer.
When Hamm is flipping through the channels looking for the Al's Toy Barn commercial, all the other stations show clips from shorts and commercials Pixar produced through the years including Luxo Jr. (1986), Red's Dream (1987), Tin Toy (1988), and Knick Knack (1989). There is also a logo for the NeXT computer developed by Pixar's then CEO, Steve Jobs, as well as a few clips of some of Pixar's television commercials they did, and a brief image of Pixar's old logo.
While driving around Al's Toy Barn, the gang drives down the Buzz Lightyear aisle. Tour Guide Barbie tells them "Back in 1995 short-sighted retailers did not order enough dolls to meet demand". This is an in-joke and a fact: When the original Toy Story (1995) was released, toy sellers did not think the movie would be a hit and they indeed did not order enough dolls to keep up with demand. The joke is also a self-deprecating dig at Mattel Toys, which denied use of the Barbie character in the first film, thinking it would be a flop.
The canyon at the beginning of the movie that Buzz is flying through was originally an earlier version of Ant Island from A Bug's Life (1998). The floating rocks had been an accident, but John Lasseter liked the effect, so it was used in the final film.
The cleaner who fixes Woody for Al is Geri, from the Oscar-winning Pixar short Geri's Game (1997); some of the chess pieces he played with in the short are in one of the drawers of his case. Geri was based on renowned makeup artist Stuart Freeborn.
At one point, while the toys are at Al's Toy Barn, Mr. Potato Head views Rex, chasing after the car, in a rearview side mirror, which parodies a scene in Jurassic Park (1993), when the T-Rex chases after the crew in a Jeep. Additionally, the phrase made famous in Jurassic Park, "Objects in mirror are closer than they appear," is also visible on the mirror of the car that the toys drive in the store.
Jim Varney, the voice of Slinky Dog, died three months after the movie's release due to lung cancer from smoking. Because of this, Varney was replaced by stand-up comedian and actor Blake Clark in Toy Story 3 (2010), who had actually been a close friend of Varney.
When the toys are playing cards during Woody's nightmare after he's been shelved, all the cards are the ace of spades. In fortune telling, the ace of spades represents death.
In the scene with Rex in the car in Al's Toy Barn holding the How to Defeat Zurg book, there is one frame where a clear glimpse of the bottom corner of the book is seen. As a lighthearted jab at Canadians, the cover price is shown as $4.95 and $50.00 in Canada. It should be about $6.95. In the waiting area for the new "Toy Story Mania!" ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida, there is a large replica of the book's cover that also reflects this joke.
One of the items in Al's Toy Barn behind Rex, before he and Mr. Potato Head board Barbie's car, is a pink teddy bear, which previously appeared as one of the silent toys on the shelf top, during the staff meeting in Toy Story (1995) (that actually served as the basis for Lotso in Toy Story 3 (2010).
Many of the ideas that were not used in Toy Story (1995) appear in this film: the Buzz Lightyear cartoon, the yard sale, and Woody's nightmare.
Many people think the "Woody's Roundup" sequence was filmed with real puppets. But really they took the same CG models and made small changes to make them look like puppets. Then they animated the puppet versions of the characters in a CG black-and-white set. Then they used this technique called the kinescope effect, which adds scratches, hairs, and pieces of grain to the image to make it look old.
When Al hangs up the phone with the Japanese investor, he says "Don't touch my mustache." This refers to an English mnemonic for the Japanese phrase meaning "You're welcome": "Dou itashimashite."
One of the inspirations for this sequel was when John Lasseter was traveling with his wife and kids. When they stepped off their flight into an airport, Lasseter saw a little boy holding a Woody doll and showing it to his dad. Lasseter immediately knew that his characters are not just his but everyone else's. When he sees the movie, Lasseter always thinks of the little boy.
During the opening credits (when "WALT DISNEY PICTURES" is displayed), the Pixar trademark lamp (from Luxo Jr. (1986)) can be seen as a constellation of stars in the stars in the upper right corner of the screen. Andy's red lamp, which is a colored version of this, also reappears from the first film, as does Andy's Mickey Mouse "watch" clock.
Early drafts of the original Toy Story (1995) had a Barbie doll in the role that became Little Bo Peep, but Mattel refused to license the character to Disney. The huge popularity of the movie (and boost in sales for Mr. Potato Head and other featured toys) led them to agree to have Tour Guide Barbie included in this film. Naturally, Mattel released Tour Guide Barbie as an exclusive doll, as a tie-in with the film.
John Ratzenberger, who does the voice of Hamm, has voiced a character in every film made by Pixar.
The movie has several references to A Bug's Life (1998). In Andy's bedroom, Andy has a wall calendar that shows the ants from the film standing on a leaf. Mrs. Potato Head reads a "A Bug's Life" book when Mr. Potato Head shows up with the earring. Heimlich the caterpillar can be seen munching on leaves as Buzz karate chops his way through the bushes. (Buzz chops a branch, causing Heimlich to fall.) In Al's office, there is an abstracted version of a shot from "A Bug's Life." The shot was reputedly abstracted to prevent people from identifying the shot until they got the video version and looked hard at it. In the final scene of Jessie's flashback the tree in the background is the tree from "A Bug's Life". There are some "A Bug's Life" toys seen in the background in Al's Toy Barn. Among the objects in the background by Hamm in Al's car is the Chinese take-out box used in Gypsy and Manny's magic act. Flik and Heimlich appear in an "outtake" during the closing credits.
Production of this film lead to a major disagreement between John Lasseter and Disney chairman Michael Eisner. At the time of production, Pixar Animation was in the midst of a five-picture deal with Disney. Pixar Animation had initially contracted with Disney to produce and distribute five computer animated films, three of which had already been released: Toy Story (1995), A Bug's Life (1998), and Monsters, Inc. (2001). Though this movie was produced while Pixar and Disney were operating under the same contract, it was counted as its own entity since the original agreement specified five original films, not sequels. Consequently, production on the final two movies of the initial deal, Finding Nemo (2003) and The Incredibles (2004) was delayed. When Disney, which owned all the characters, decided to move ahead with a low-budget direct-to-DVD sequel, Lasseter intervened, offering Pixar's services to produce the film. Lasseter assumed it would be counted as part of Pixar's five-picture contract, but Eisner refused, forcing a tense renegotiation between the two studios. It also led to Pixar's refusal to renew it's distribution contract with Disney, though Disney eventually bought Pixar Studios and integrated its creative staff into studio management. When producers saw the first results of the considerably lower-budget direct-to-DVD production they were dissatisfied and gave the project back to the makers of the original for a cinematic release.
When he "arrests" Buzz 1, Buzz 2 says he is "in direct violation of Code 6404.5 stating all space rangers are to be in hyper-sleep until awakened by authorized personnel." Code 6404.5 is actually California's state law that bans smoking in public places.
When working on the film, someone entered a code called RM*, a code which, when entered, deletes everything on the computer as quickly as possible. Because of this, the creators of the movie lost ninety percent of the film. The animators tried to get the back-up animation, but it wasn't working. Fortunately, supervising technical director Galyn Susman had recently had a child, so she took a copy of the movie home with her so she could work from home. They covered the extra copy in blankets and drove it back to the studio, and were able to recover most of the film.
The box that Zurg comes out of, in Al's Toy Barn, has "Printed in Point Richmond" written on it. Pixar's offices were in Point Richmond in Richmond, California, when the movie was made.
Because of such a tight schedule, the editors of the film would often work 36-48 hour shifts. Editorial Department Manager Lindsay Collins said that some times editors would burst into tears purely from exhaustion.
When the toys are planning the rescue of Woody, Etch-a-Sketch shows a map to Al's Toy Barn located at 1001 West Cutting Boulevard. This is the address of Pixar Animation Studios in Richmond, California.
The Life Magazine issue with Woody and Bullseye on the cover is dated January 12th, 1957, the birthday of John Lasseter. The caption reads "Doctors Say Americans Don't Eat Enough Fat."
When a Barbie backpack with the Prospector emerges out into the baggage claim area, the announcement "LassetAir Flight A113 now arriving from Point Richmond at gate three" can be heard from the PA. LassetAir is a pun on director John Lasseter. Flight A113 is a reference to a classroom at CalArts along with A113. And Point Richmond refers to Point Richmond, California, where the Pixar studio was located, before moving to Emeryville.
When the toys enter the airport inside the pet carrier, if one looks closely in the background, they can see a boy and a girl playing patty cake on the chairs. The boy then slugs the girl and then hides behind the seat.
In the original story for the direct-to-video sequel, the "Woody's Roundup" toys that Woody met at Al's apartment included Bullseye (who had a voice and could talk), the Prospector (who was not named), and Senorita Cactus, a Mexican dancer doll. The Prospector and Senorita Cactus were snobbish "collector's item" characters, who treated Woody with disdain because he had been previously owned by a child and played with. The ending of the film featured a car chase, with Woody, Buzz, and the rest of Andy's toys stealing Al's car to escape, and Al pursuing them in the "Pizza Planet" truck (instead of the other way around, as in the finished film). When production of the sequel was returned to Pixar, John Lasseter and the other Pixar animators reworked the story, adding Jesse the Cowgirl, and expanding certain sequences (i.e. the visit to Al's Toy Barn) to give it more heart and humor.
When the toys are crossing the street, Slinky Dog says, "I'm not a smart dog, but I know what roadkill is." This is a reference to a quote from the title character in the movie Forrest Gump (1994), who says, "I'm not a smart man, but I know what love is." Both Forrest Gump and Sheriff Woody are played by Tom Hanks.
The video game opening scenes feature several references to the Star Wars films: -The robotic scanning device that popped out of the rock face resembled the gatekeeper droid for Jabba the Hutt's palace in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). -Buzz's traveling through the tunnel in Zurg's fortress and it closing behind him upon entering, spiked wall trap aside, was taken from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). -Zurg's line of "So, we meet again, Buzz Lightyear, for the last time!" is a paraphrase of what Darth Vader said to Obi-Wan Kenobi shortly before dueling him in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). This also occurred during the encounter with the Zurg toy in the elevator shaft of Al's apartment in the real world. This phrase is also spoken in Mel Brook's Spaceballs between Lord Helmet and Lonestar before their last battle.
The scene in the airport baggage area took an average of seventy hours to render each frame.
The shot of Andy's Buzz Lightyear climbing up the display only to encounter the new Buzz Lightyear standing tall resembles the one of Woody climbing up Andy's bed only to encounter the original Buzz standing tall in Toy Story (1995).
According to rottentomatoes.com in 2007, this is the best reviewed movie of all time.
The scene where Woody, Buzz, and Bullseye are chasing the baggage tractor to save Jessie resembles a typical western film scene where the hero chases a train on horseback. In fact, the first trailer after the tractor is open-topped, to give it the appearance of the tender of a steam locomotive.
The baggage handler at the airport who shouts "Hold it! There's a couple more bags coming from the terminal!" is the voice of UK television personality Andi Peters. When filming a documentary on the making of Toy Story 2 (1999), he was offered this one small line in the film by John Lasseter himself. The recording almost didn't happen because Andi Peters did not have a U.S. work permit, but was allowed to record the dialogue from a London studio, supervised by John Lasseter via satellite.
As the toys exit the apartment, Mr. Potato Head throws his hat like a frisbee to stop the closing doors, a reference to Oddjob's trademark hat-throwing technique in Goldfinger (1964).
Buzz tells Woody "You are a toy!" in Al's apartment. This is clearly a reference to the first film when Woody tells this to Buzz when he thinks that he is a real space ranger.
Directly after Rex lands back in the car in Al's Toy Barn, Tour-Guide Barbie quotes "Remain seated please" then repeats it in Spanish. This is a reference to the safety spiel on the Matterhorn at Disneyland. (In the Spanish version of the movie, she repeats it in French.)
During the Al's Toy Barn commercial, one of the images of items on sale, also seen in the corner of the lobby when Al is about to leave with the toys in his bag, is the ball Buzz bounced off of in the original Toy Story, a trademark of Pixar's originally from Luxo Jr. (1986).
Randy Newman designed the music of the film so that it was much more predominant when the toys are 'alive' compared to when they are not, or when the camera is not focusing on them.
The car that Buzz and Hamm drive to find Woody is a Gyoza (a pun on Toyota). A gyoza is a type of Asian dumpling.
Al's car is actually a concept automobile never put into production. It was made by Ford as the 1955 Ford Mystere. Al's version bares minimal changes to the body design, including the exterior and interior colors.
Al the toy collector is partially based on Pixar animator and storyboard artist Matthew Luhn's father Mark, who is a toy store owner and collector. A group of animators shadowed Mark Luhn for days to study his mannerisms and learn about toy collection. They also took references from his shop "Jeffrey's Toys", located in San Francisco.
On the machines Pixar was using to create the film, the command 'RM*' erases all the data on the machine as fast as it can; during production someone accidentally entered this command on the drive that all the Toy Story 2 files were kept. This meant that characters, sets, and eventually entire sequences started to disappear. The animators estimated if they had 20 or 30 people working for solid year they could recreate all the work that had been erased in less than 20 seconds. As this was going on the animators called the System Management Department and told them to pull the plug on the system, they did. They then plugged it back in and found that most of the film had been erased. The Supervising Technical Director, Galyn Susman was told, and she said for them to use the backup files, however, the backup files had been corrupted and were unusable. In a meeting Galyn Susman said that she might have a copy of the film on her home computer. Gaylyn Susman and Oren Jacob then went over to her house and collected the computer. They put the computer in the backseat of her car and wrapped it in blankets and pillows and put seat belts across it, to transport it to the Pixar office. When they arrived at the Pixar office they plugged the computer in a found that all their work had been saved, and they could continue their work on the film.
When the toys arrive at the building where Al lives, across from Al's Toy Barn, it shows the elevator's highest point is the 23rd floor. If you look closely you'll notice that there is no 13th floor. Many hotels, apartment high rises, and skyscrapers do not have a 13th floor due to superstition. The elevator in the film goes from the 12th floor to the 14th floor. Therefore Al's apartment being on the 23rd floor, is actually only 22 floors up.
Mary Kay Bergman, who provided Jessie's yodeling, committed suicide two days before the film premiered.
The Buzz Lightyear video game, at the beginning of the movie, appears to be a Super Nintendo game. This could be a reference to the video game for the first Toy Story (1996), which was on the Super Nintendo.
The Rock 'Em Sock 'Em robots found in Al's office at Al's Toy Barn were voiced by the film's director John Lasseter and co-director Lee Unkrich respectively, as had previously been the case with the bugs at the bug zapper in the previous film, A Bug's Life (1998).
In the opening scene, when Buzz tries to grab Zurg's battery, if you listen closely, you will hear the lightsaber sound from the Star Wars movies.
When the toys enter the airport, the announcement "Passenger Leon Krich" can be heard from the P.A., a pun on co-director Lee Unkrich. The subtitles for the above announcement reads "Passenger Twitch, passenger Leon Twitch."
The valley that Buzz flies through during the opening sequence was going to be a river in a A Bug's Life (1998) but was abandoned as the rocks are floating where the river should be.
In the airport, an announcement is made for Lasset Air, Flight A113. That's two references in one: to director John Lasseter, and to room 113 at Cal Arts College, famous for its alumni, including many Pixar animators. A113 is also Andy's mom's license plate number.
Betty White, Doris Roberts, Marcia Wallace, Carol Burnett, and Cloris Leachman were all considered for Mrs. Potato Head.
When Andy's mom puts Woody on the shelf before Andy leaves for cowboy camp, Woody is set beside a book called "Joyce Goes Bye Bye".
Pixar's first ever sequel, and the only sequel of theirs up until Toy Story 3 (2010), since Disney wouldn't let them make more sequels until they purchased/acquired Pixar in 2006, as well as Toy Story (1995) being their only film to become a franchise up until Cars (2006) with its sequel Cars 2 (2011).
At the airport, Rex says 'we can't park here, it's a white zone!' an oblique reference to Airplane! (1980) where two married Tannoy announcers have a public spat about parking restrictions.
DARTH VADER BREATHING: Heard when Buzz lands on the ground in the Buzz Lightyear video game after flying.
In the Pizza Planet Truck Chase scene, in front of the truck is a car, and that car's license plate is HDNCTY. This is a reference to what was Pixar's next film, Monsters, Inc. (2001). In that film there was a cafe in Monstropolis called the "Hidden City Cafe".
Talk about doing a sequel to Toy Story (1995) began about a month before the original was released. Its box office success made this a definite.
Originally Bullseye (Woody's horse) was going to talk, until it was decided that he should act like a giant, adorable puppy.
Zurg's weapon has 11 intensity levels which is probably a reference to This Is Spinal Tap (1984): In the movie the band supposedly has a Marshal amplifier that goes up to 11, too.
There is a remote possibility that Andy's mom is actually Emily (Jessie's original owner) this is because the red cowboy hat that Andy wears is similar to the one Emily was wearing in Jessie's flashback (Andys hat also has a faded white ribbon which supports this theory) and Andy's mom grew up during the 1960s and 70s making her the right age to be Emily, while this is unconfirmed, there's plenty of evidence to back up this theroy.
At the airport, when Buzz and the gang pop out of the dog cage, we see a sticker that reads "LHR" on Slinky's face. LHR is the airport code for London Heathrow.
The enormous amount of Sheriff Woody merchandise is a reference to the similarly themed Disney merchandizing phenomenon, Davy Crockett, from the 1950s.
When Buzz leaves the newer Buzz with Emperor Zurg (before he and the other toys head the airport to rescue Woody), he parts by making a Vulcan salute (from Star Trek), similar to what he did towards Woody in the first film, before the Pizza Planet Truck arrived at the Dinoco Gas Station.
When Andy is heading off to cowboy camp, he's wearing a "Triple R Ranch" t-shirt. The Disney series The Adventures of Spin and Marty (1955), was also set at the Triple R Ranch.
In the closing outtakes portion during the credits, Stinky Pete (voiced by Kelsey Grammer) dismisses the two Barbie dolls with the phrase "off you go then." This is a catchphrase of another famous Kelsey Grammer character, Dr. Frasier Crane from Cheers (1982), which Pixar legend John Ratzenberger has been famous for being in as well.
When Barbie tells the other toys in the car to "remain seated please" she then says it in Spanish, "permanezcan sentados por favor" which is directed at the end of the Matterhorn ride at Disneyland in California. And is also heard at the end of the No Doubt album "Tragic Kingdom" since the band is from Anaheim where Disneyland is located.
Heimlich the Caterpillar from A Bug's Life (1998) is seen climbing a branch when Buzz chops through the leaves.
Pixar Legend 'John Ratzenberger' (Hamm) and Kelsey Grammer (Stinky Pete the Prospector) appear together on the show Cheers (1982) as Cliff Calvin and Dr. Frasier Krane respectively.
Just like in the first Toy Story (1995), when Buzz is trying to save Woody by climbing onto Al's car, he loses his grip and falls off, and then looks at the back of the car, and above the license plate it says "Nov" on the left side, and "99" on the right side. This is a subtle nod to the film's release eventual release date in November 1999.
In the opening scene, when the little eye droid pops out and stares at Buzz, it is actually a reference to Jabba's the Hutt's gatekeeper droid in _Return Of The Jedi (1983)_.
When Buzz sees the Utility belt Buzz Lightyear, he does the same thing from the first Toy Story (1995) where Woody climbs up onto the bed, and stares up in awe at Buzz.
When Buzz is trying to think of what Al's license plate means, he spells "Lou's Thigh Burn" with Mr. Spell. This is actually a reference to Pixar worker Lou Romano.
When Woody looks at the magazines on the floor, you can see one of them says "Jan 12 1957", which is a reference to when the director, John Lasseter was born, January 12th, 1957.
The main theme from A Bug's Life (1998) can be heard when Al is in the elevator, and while New Buzz is fighting Zurg.
The introduction of Jessie largely came about at the insistence of John Lasseter's wife, Nancy, who wanted the film to feature a positive female character with a bit more substance than Bo Peep.
This was an especially trying film for Pixar as the film effectively had to be completely retooled but they could not get out of their release dates. Consequently what we see today was all done in the space of 9 months, an unheard of schedule for an animated film.
Such was the intensity of the work leading up to the film's release, many of the animators suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive strain injuries.
As the credits roll at the movie's end, they are accompanied by some 'outtakes' from included scenes. The first of these, his predicament with the tape roll, is a reference to the famous Tom Hanks scene in "The Money Pit" when his character is stuck in the floor, producing his uncontrollable laughter.
Right before they cross the street, slink the dog says "I may not be a smart dog, but I know what road kill is" he's doing a play on a line from Forrest Gump, voices by Tom Hanks (Woody)
On top of the elevator Zurg tells the fake Buzz he is his father. While this is a parody of Empire strikes Back where Vader tells Luke Skywalker the same thing this also foreshadows the fate of Star Wars when George Lucas sold all rights to Disney and from 2015 on wards all future Star Wars film's and spin offs are produced by Disney instead of 20th century fox.
In an outtake, when the Prospector tells Woody he can either go back to Andy or stay with them, he ruins the moment by farting loudly. He then remarks that was why they call him "Stinky Pete."
Stinky Pete predicted some of the events of Toy Story 3. In an outtake from Toy Story 2, Stinky Pete was talking to the Barbie twins about getting them a part in Toy Story 3. Since this was non-canon, it turns out it wasn't real, as only one Barbie appeared in the third film. Before Buzz, Woody and the gang stuffed him into Amy's backpack, he said that the toys would end up in a landfill, and they did. In Toy Story 2, Prospector asked Woody if he thought that Andy was going to take him to college or on his honeymoon, as it was unlikely an adult would do so. While in Toy Story 3, his prediction on that turned out to be true, with Andy ultimately handing Woody and his other toys (including Jessie and Bullseye) over to a girl named Bonnie Anderson. However, it should be noted that Andy was indeed initially planning on taking Woody with him to college, therefore defying the Prospector's expectations. He said "Children destroy toys!", foreshadowing the rough play scene in the Caterpillar Room in Sunnyside Daycare.
During the "Rescue Jessie", Bullseye is somehow able to run just as fast as a plane getting ready to take off, similar to how RC can catch up to a moving truck in the first film.
Bullseye was originally going to have a speaking voice by Martin Short, but John Lasseter decided to make him a non-speaking character since he thought it would be more appealing to audiences.
Jessie seems to be scared of going inside cases. In Toy Story of Terror!, it is revealed she has claustrophobia, a fear of which she gets over in the short.
It is possible Molly took no interest in Mrs. Potato Head, which is why she has always been seen in Andy's room and why Andy is as sentimental with her as much as Mr. Potato Head. It is also possible that Andy started to enjoy playing with Mrs. Potato Head so much that he and Molly forgot that Mrs. Potato Head was originally Molly's.
When Jessie fights Woody after he accuses her for turning on the TV, Jessie's position (pinning Woody on the ground, foot on his back, pulling his arms back) is the same as Buzz's when he fights Woody underneath Andy's car at the gas station in Toy Story.
Jessie's claustrophobia is basically post-traumatic stress disorder as being abandoned in a box and in storage for so long traumatized her.
Jessie outgrowing her owner in a flashback is very similar to when Buzz discovers that he's just a toy in Toy Story.
John Lasseter's wife Nancy suggested that in Toy Story 2 that there should be a strong female character, which soon led to the creation of Jessie.
The green three-eyed aliens have a circled pizza (pepperoni and mushroom) on their fronts.
At the beginning, when Buzz jumps into Zurg's lair and the door closes, Buzz lights up. And, there's only three ways you'll find these 2 Easter eggs. 1. If you have glasses, and look around on the whole picture. 2. If you press pause, and look around. And 3. If it's the Blu Ray version. The Easter egg is, if you look closely to the left, you will see a rock dedicated like the Pixar ball from Luxo Jr (1986). Second, if you look closely to the right, you will see a Death Star dedicated rock. I saw this Easter egg on the Crazy Nate video on Toy Story 2 (1999) Easter eggs.
The Pizza Planet truck has the word "YO" written on the tailgate, as it actually represents a Toyota. It's possible that the model used for the Pizza Planet truck is a mid-80s Toyota pickup.
The year "Woody's Roundup" got canceled was 1957, the same year the film's director John Lasseter was born.
Consistent with Al's love for cheese puffs, not only does Al fall asleep eating cheese puffs, but there is a cheese puff in his hand bag shown when he steals Woody.
When Hamm is flipping through the TV to look for Al's Toy Barn you see a glimps of the first Pixar short Tin Toy (1988).
After The Prospector yells "Noooooo!", the airport woman says "Lasset-Air Flight A113". This is a reference to John Lasseter and his classroom number at Cal Arts was "A113".
The first film in the franchise to not show Sid. However, his table his seen in the yard sale and still has the Binford tool box on it. And, Buzz mentions him when he says that they have 19 blocks to go until they get to Al's Toy Barn.
On the machines Pixar was using to create the film, the command 'RM*' erases all the data on the machine as fast as it can; during production someone accidentally entered this command on the drive that all the Toy Story 2 files were kept. This meant that characters, sets, and eventually entire sequences were being deleted. It wasn't long until the plug was pulled, however, almost all of the film had been erased. The animators estimated if they had 20 or 30 people working for solid year they could recreate all the work that had been erased in less than 20 seconds. Upon discovering the backup files are corrupted, Technical Director Galyn Susman said that she might have a copy of the film on her home computer. Susman and Associate Technical Director Oren Jacob then went over to her house and collected her computer. They put it in the backseat of her car and wrapped it in blankets and pillows and put seat belts across it, to transport it to the Pixar office. When they arrived at the Pixar office they plugged the computer in a found that all their work had been saved, and they could continue their work on the film.
In the shot, just a few seconds before Buzz walks into the isle full of Buzz Lightyear toys in Al's Toy Barn, toys from A Bug's Life (1998) can be seen briefly in the background on a shelf.
Among the emblems on the "Woody's Roundup" plates in Al's apartment is a Virginia Tech logo. It is on the bottom right part of the Woody plate.
The shot of Buzz climbing up the display only to encounter the new Buzz Lightyear with the Utility Belt at Al's Toy Barn standing tall is a direct resemblance to the one of Woody climbing up Andy's bed to encounter the original Buzz standing tall in the first Toy Story (1995).
The second Pixar film to feature 'Jonathan Harris', after A Bug's Life (1998). It was also his last Pixar film before his death.
The famous Luxo Jr. lamp is seen out of stars in the beginning when it says "Walt Disney Pictures Presents".
When Rex and Buzz are playing the Buzz Lightyear video game, when Buzz is flying in burning gas, he does the Superman pose when Superman is flying.
When Mr. Potato Head finds Mrs. Potato Head's ear, blink and you'll miss Mrs. Potato Head reading an A Bug's Life (1998) book.
When the toys are getting ready to cross the road, you can see the Eggman Movers truck from Toy Story (1995) as it drives by. Additionally the truck with the large pipe on its flatbed shown later in this scene is the exact same model as it, right down to the same colour
When Buzz escapes the Buzz Lightyear box and tries to fly out the door, by the crate of lots of Pixar balls, it says that something is 99 cents. This is actually a shadow to the year the movie came out, 1999.
When the Pizza Planet truck hits some cones, and a bunch of stuff in the truck falls on Hamm, if you look closely around in the pile of stuff, than you will see the famous Chinese takeout box that is also seen in A Bug's Life (1998), Monsters Inc. (2001), Ratatouille (2007), and Inside Out (2015).
Zurg falling down the elevator shaft shouting "NO!" and the music itself mirrors a similar scene in Masters of the Universe (1987) which the film's main antagonist Skeletor (Frank Langella) cries out "NO!" when he is seen falling down a shaft into a bottomless pit.
The voices of Al and Mrs. Potato Head, Wayne Knight and Estelle Harris were both Seinfeld (1989) cast members. Knight played the show's antagonist, Newman while Harris played George Constanza's mother, Estelle.
Jessie was originally going to be a cactus called Señorita Cactus, but it was decided later on that she would be a cowgirl.
While all the other toys have brown, blue, and black eyes, Jessie is the only one with green. Also, she is the only toy with red hair.
Jessie is the only female toy in Andy's room who solely belongs to Andy, while the other female toys belong to Molly.
Since Jessie is from the 1950s, it is possible that she is approximately 50+ years old.
She has red hair and a red hat. Meanwhile, Woody has brown hair and a brown hat. It is unknown if this was done on purpose or just a coincidence.
Even though he is Woody's horse, Bullseye seems to be more attached to Jessie. Whenever Bullseye is around, she usually has an arm around him. Other times during dramatic situations, he hides behind her, or Jessie holds him close.
Jessie was honored with the Patsy Montana Entertainer Award from the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
In Toy Story 2, Andy names Jessie "Bazooka Jane". But in Toy Story 3, when Andy introduces Bonnie to her, he calls her by her real name. It is unknown how Andy learned her real name, but it is possible that he found out about Woody's Roundup and learned her name. It is also possible that like real Jessie dolls, one of her pull string quotes does include her saying her name.
When the toys arrive at the Buzz Lightyear aisle, Tour Guide Barbie mentions 1995 retailers didn't order enough Buzz Lightyear toys to meet demand. 1995 is the year the first Toy Story movie was released. This is also base on a real event. Because of the success of the first Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear toys had a higher demand than retailers expected.
When Buzz runs up the baggage compartment to search for Woody, he has a label attached to his bottom, saying "BUTTE," a reference to Butte City, California. Also, he had a label attached to him at a separate part of the scene saying "LHR," which is the IATA code for London Heathrow Airport, England.
When Woody goes out to retrieve his arm while Al is sleeping, he must be careful not to step on the cheese puffs, or else he will wake Al. This mirrors a scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark when Indiana Jones, while inside a temple in South America to retrieve a Golden Idol, must not step on the sinking stone, which will trigger a trap by having a dart shot at him.
For some unknown reason, Al's apartment doesn't allow children to reside but only adults, as a sign on the front door of the apartment reads "NO CHILDREN ALLOWED." The reason for this could be that Al hates kids so much he forced the staff to put up that sign.
When Etch A Sketch draws a map to Al's Toy Barn, the address displays 1001 West Cutting Boulevard. This is the address of Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California.
Buckets of toy soldiers like the one in Andy's room are seen when Hamm Slinky mr. Potato Head and Rex bump into them while driving in the car in Al's toy barn.
Al's last name is revealed on the nameplate on his office desk. Additionally, when he is done taking pictures, he answers his cell phone, and Mr. Konishi can be heard saying his full name.
Wayne Knight (Al), shortly after this film, got to voice another one of Toy Story 2's "villains," the Evil Emperor Zurg for the TV series Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. Because Wayne Knight was bearded at the time of the film's production, the Pixar staff chose to give Al McWhiggin a goatee. Early concept drafts show Al as an almost identical animated version of Knight, with the final design being fairly toned down to distance them.
Al is the first Disney/Pixar villain who does not reveal his true nature at first or turn bad as the film progresses, not counting Mr. Potato Head who was a villain in the first movie.
During development of the film, the crew suggested that Al would fix Woody when he got damaged, as he would be a toy repairman himself. But as they continued to develop the character, they thought Al wouldn't have the ability to fix him, so they decided to use Geri from Geri's Game instead.
An early version of Buster, named "Speck" by the toys, appeared in the Toy Story comic story Pup and Circumstance, printed in the November 30, 1996 issue of Disney Adventures. The character's name in the story was oddly not corrected when it was reprinted in the September 2005 issue.
Buster is one of the few non-toy Toy Story characters who knows toys can come to life.
Even though it looks like Stinky Pete looked scared of getting his face painted near the end of the film it was revealed Pete actually enjoyed it.
This is the first Pixar film that either Tokyo is mentioned or seen. The second film was technically Monsters Inc as Mike and Sulley during the climax pass Mount Funji a volcanic mountain in Tokyo and Cars 2.
When the toys are entering the airport an announcement for "Leon Rich" can be heard. This is in reference to Lee Unkrich who added story material, his voice, and co-direction to the movie.
When Rex is playing the Buzz Lightyear video game in the beginning, he is using an SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) controller to play the game, which means that one of Andy's toys was a SNES console.
According to a Disney Adventures Magazine, the reason why Al was obsessed with toys is because his parents never allowed him to play with such toys as a kid.
Zurg spots a running Buzz Lightyear in his through-the-head targeting scope ("LOOK HERE"), with cross-hairs. This recalls an almost-identical feature on Marx's "Big Loo" giant toy robot of 1963, now a collector's item. And, like Zurg, Big Loo had a gun that shot plastic balls (albeit built into its left arm), eyes that glowed red and a just as impressive set of teeth.
At about 37:43 is a blink and you miss it moment. The removal truck from the first movie can be seen passing Al's Toy Barn.