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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jim Varney, the voice of Slinky Dog, died shortly three months after the film was released worldwide at the age of 50 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.
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 six-picture deal with Disney. Pixar Animation had initially contracted with Disney to produce and distribute six 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 six original films, not sequels. Consequently, production on the final three movies of the initial deal, Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), and Cars (2006) were 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 in December 2006 six months shortly after the release of Cars (2006). 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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 rides at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. (In the Spanish version of the movie, she repeats it in French.)
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.
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.
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 theory.
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".
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
When Woody first sees the "Woody's Finest Hour" tape, it's stopped in the middle of a cliffhanger, with Stinky Pete saying "Woody's Roundup" was cancelled before airing the conclusion. This is the very same tape Woody plays for the others when they come to rescue him, except he failed to pause it. If you listen to the background after Buzz delivers his Armor-Piercing Question and leaves, you can hear the conclusion to "Woody's Finest Hour" (he made it across the gorge and saved the others) before it goes into the "You've Got a Friend in Me" number. Or, in other words, by revealing that he lied, Stinky Pete's villainy was hinted at before it was shown.
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).
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 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).
Heimlich the Caterpillar from A Bug's Life (1998) is seen climbing a branch when Buzz chops through the leaves, in the outtakes he is seen talking with Flik the Ant then they both scream when Buzz chops through the leaves.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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), Inside Out (2015), Incredibles 2 (2018), and Toy Story 4 (2019).
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.
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.
Despite often being called Stinky Pete, he is actually only referred to by that name twice in the entire film, and only by Woody, who does so to insult him. Throughout the rest of the film, however, he's actually called Prospector, and is even credited by that name in the credits.
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.
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 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.
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.
When Woody and Jessie are exiting out of the airplane, Originally it was going to be Jessie who slips and Woody saves her, However Joan Cusack who voices Jessie suggested to the director and writers that Jessie should save Woody so that way it would show the courage MD strength of her character, John Lasseter and everyone else liked it so much they went with it that way.
The movies do not explicitly state the years in which they take place, which makes the Toy Story film timeline inexact. However, references within the films can date the first movie as taking place in 1995. This means that Andy, who is turning six in the first film, was born in 1989. Woody and Andy were friends from an early age, so Woody and Andy could have first met when Andy was a baby. Even then, however, Woody is a lot older than Andy. In Toy Story 2, Woody learns that he is a collectible toy based on the 1950s television show Woody's Roundup. Along with Jessie the Cowgirl, Bullseye the Horse, and Stinky Pete the Prospector, Woody is part of a limited edition set of toys that are rare enough to be sold to a Japanese museum. The black-and-white aesthetic always suggested the 50s, and this is confirmed in Toy Story 4 by Gabby Gabby. As a result, Woody would have lived thirty to forty years of his life before meeting Andy. When Al tries to buy Woody at the yard sale in Toy Story 2, Andy's mother apologizes and takes Woody back, saying that he is "an old family toy." Andy is only around eight years old in Toy Story 2, and as his mother identifies Woody as a family toy, rather than her son's toy, that seems to signal that Woody has been in the family's possession longer than Andy has been alive. In Toy Story 2, Woody remarks, "A record player! I haven't seen one of these in ages." It's unlikely that Andy would have had a record player in the 1990s, so this would indicate that Woody does have memories of his life before. It's likely that Woody was owned by one of Andy's parents when they were children. Some fan theories go deep into Andy's missing father, and hinge on the idea that Woody once belonged to him; because Andy associates Woody with his father, he is all the more attached to the toy.
Wheezy's singing voice during the karaoke at the end of the film is based on Frank Sinatra who was considered to be one of the best singers of the 20th century. Ironically his death was a year before this film's release.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 an SNES console.
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 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.
John Lasseter's last directorial effort until Cars (2006). Although it is the last Toy Story film to be directed by him before focusing on the Cars franchise until giving up directing the third film of the Cars franchise and later exiting Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar in 2019 as CEO to work for Paramount Pictures.
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.
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.
Jim Varney (Slinky Dog) and Don Rickles (Mr Potato Head) died 17 years apart from each other additionally Joe Ranft (Wheezy and Lenny) and R. Lee Ermey (Sarge) both pass away 13 years apart from each other.
This is the first Pixar film that either Tokyo is mentioned or seen. The second film was technically Monsters, Inc. (2001) as Mike and Sulley during the climax pass Mount Funji a volcanic mountain in Tokyo and Cars 2 (2011), the future of which would be directed by John Lasseter.
It can be assumed that Al's favorite snack is cheese puffs, considering that there were a few in his trunk as Woody was being stolen, some on his office desk as the toys were searching for Woody, and he had a whole bowl of them which fell on the floor as he was snoozing in his apartment. This could also explain why he's obese.
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.
The scene when the toys make their way to the nose wheel compartment and jump from the aircraft just is it is taking off is very similar to a scene near the beginning of the movie, Commando (1985) where Arnold Schwartzenegger jumps from the nose wheel of an aircraft as it is taking off.
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.
For unknown reasons, 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.
The (curiously non sentient) toy car Jessie uses as a skateboard is a 1960s style red station wagon. This is nearly identical to the car Emily's parents use to drop Jessie off at the donation bin. That was a red 1960s style wagon with fake wood paneling.
After Zurg falls down the elevator shaft, he is seen playing ball with the utility belt Buzz. And when he starts talking, you can see one of his teeth does not light up. So this basically means he lost a tooth.
Stinky Pete is the first Pixar villain who isn't revealed to be a bad at first. In other words, when Stinky Pete is first introduced, his alignment is shown to be good at first, but he would later reveal his true colors by showing that he is the main antagonist of the film.
Zurg falling down the elevator shaft crying out "NO!" mirrors a similar scene from Masters of the Universe (1987) which Skeletor (Frank Langella) cries out "NO!" as he falls into a bottomless pit. Masters of the Universe (1987) is based on the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe toy franchise from Mattel.
Stinky Pete is the real main antagonist of the second film, Al is the Bigger Bad as he was the one who came with the plot to sell the Roundup toys to Japan, to which Stinky Pete tagged along. It's also possible that he was the one who sold Buzz to Andy's mom as a birthday present in the first film, as his store was known for selling Buzz Lightyear action figures in the Tri-County Area.
In the film's latest 4K UHD/digital re-releases for the home market, Stinky Pete's blooper during the end credits involving the twin Barbie dolls has been removed, in probable response to director John Lasseter's inappropriate behavior towards employees and subsequent retirement from Pixar Animation Studios during the #MeToo era.
Al McWhiggin is one of the main characters to be thought to be the main antagonist this was proven wrong as he is the tertiary antagonist alongside Stinky Pete, who is the main antagonist and Emperor Zurg, who is the secondary antagonist.