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Tin Toy (1988) Poster

(1988)

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Considered to be a prequel to "Toy Story". The baby in the short film is considered to be Andy Davis, the owner of Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the other toys in the "Toy Story" film.
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Won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short, the first fully-CG film to do so.
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Pixar's first Oscar winner.
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Selected for preservation by the National Film Registry in 2003.
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Tinny was originally supposed to be in the place of Buzz Lightyear when Buzz was going to be the new toy in Toy Story. But Tinny was scrapped after everyone thought that an old fashion tin toy like Tinny was would not be a kids' new favorite toy.
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In 1989, A Christmas TV movie titled "A Tin Toy Christmas" was going to be made after the success of this short film. The story was going to be about Tinny being one of a set of tin toys in the 1940s that performed music, but is put away in storage because he didn't sell very well. After being asleep for many years, he finally wakes up in the present time and finds himself in a huge mega store during Christmas. Tinny then goes on a search to find his old friends, along the way meeting a ventriloquist's dummy and a junk-man. Pixar hoped that this TV special would allow them to work their way up to make a feature length film one day. However it turn out they couldn't get the budget to start production on it after the network they tried to pitch the idea to refuse to give them the right amount of money. The idea was shelved for two years until John Lasseter took the idea of the story for a full length movie after the company was hired by Disney to make them a full length movie. The story was re-worked until it became what is known as Toy Story. Some of the ideas from this un-produced TV special were used for all four "Toy Story" movies.
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Pixar's first attempt at creating a human form with the computer.
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In the wide shot of the room, a hanging framed picture of Luxo Jr. is briefly visible.
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The shopping bag the toy came in (visible at the very beginning, and played with by the baby at the very end) has a square insigna on one corner. This is Pixar's original logo.
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In the background we can hear an episode of "The Price Is Right" playing on the TV.
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Released with the DVD of Toy Story (1995).
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The first Pixar short to be rendered with Pixar's in-house render software Renderman.
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The sound effect of the baby crying was reused in The Fly II (1989).
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Cameo: The Tin Toy makes a cameo in Toy Story 4 (2019) , and Bo Peep addresses him as Tinny.
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This is Australia on released on Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey in 1993.
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This is USA and Australia on released on Who Framed Roger Rabbit in 1988.
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This is UK on released on Flubber in 1997.
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This is Australia on released on James and the Giant Peach in 1996.
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This is UK on released on Return to Never Land in 2002.
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This is Australia on released on Around the World in 80 Days in 2004.
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Pixar's last short film to not release theatrically until Purl (2019) released 30 years later.
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