The Toy Story franchise will be continuing this summer with the release of Toy Story 4. Some fans are wary of the new sequel, since Toy Story 3 wrapped up the trilogy and concluded the story in the greatest possible way. However, Toy Story 4 is reportedly not trying to undo that conclusion or progress the story.
Instead, it will stand on its own as a side story about the characters. It’s been described as a romantic comedy focusing on Woody and Bo Peep’s relationship. The fourth movie will likely bring us a bunch of new iconic quotes in a franchise already chock full of them. So, here are the 10 Most Memorable Quotes From The Toy Story Movies.
10 “You are a sad, strange little man, and you have my pity.”
Right after Woody has knocked Buzz out the window of Andy’s bedroom, Andy can’t find Buzz and instead takes Woody to Pizza Planet. This was Woody’s plan, but what he didn’t plan on was Buzz hopping on the back of the car – or getting knocked out the window at all, actually. So, he’s surprised – and kind of relieved – when Buzz turns out to be okay.
But of course, he’s not pleased. When Woody becomes “a lost toy” and is stranded at the gas station with Buzz, he panics. Buzz still thinks he’s a Space Ranger at this point, so he’s not too bothered, and he tells a terrified Woody, “You are a sad, strange little man, and you have my pity.”
9 “He ain’t the sharpest knife in the place where they keep the knives.”
In Toy Story 3, when Buzz goes to investigate the bad guys on the toys’ first night as Sunnyside Daycare Center, he overhears Chunk saying this about him. The rest of the toys are called “toddler fodder,” but Buzz – referred to as “that space guy” by Michael Keaton’s Ken – is deemed potentially “useful.”
And then Chunk, being a hypocrite, says, “He ain’t the sharpest knife in the place where they keep the knives.” To be fair to him, he is a toy. He doesn’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen, taking knives in and out of drawers, so how can he be expected to know where knives are kept?
8 “This isn’t flying. This is falling with style!”
We now know Woody and Buzz as the best of friends, but at the beginning of the first movie, they were adversaries. Woody was jealous of all the attention Buzz was getting. When Buzz managed to fly around Andy’s bedroom, Woody shrugged it off as “falling with style.” Later, when they’re best friends and they’re desperately pursuing the moving van, Buzz owns the “falling with style” thing.
He’s realized he’s just a toy and he can’t really fly, but the fact that he can glide through the air after being shot into the sky strapped to a rocket brings back some of his sense of wonder – and gives Woody his own sense of wonder – which helps to set the stage for the rest of the series.
7 “Excuse me, I think the word you’re searching for is ‘Space Ranger.’”
In the first Toy Story movie, when all the other toys are gushing over Buzz, and Woody is starting to feel the jealousy that will drive him to almost kill him, the sheriff says, “All right, that’s enough! Look, we’re all very impressed with Andy’s new toy.” Confused, Buzz says, “Toy?” Woody explains, “T-O-Y. Toy!”
Offended, Buzz says, “Excuse me, I think the word you’re searching for is ‘Space Ranger.’” And then Woody, with Tom Hanks’ perfect comic timing, says, “The word I’m searching for, I can’t say, because there’s pre-school toys present.” The tensions are already starting to show.
6 “The thing that makes Woody special is that he’ll never give up on you.”
At the end of Toy Story 3, Andy gives all his toys to Bonnie, passing the colorful cast of characters on from one generation to the next. First, he shows her Woody and, in a few short words, sums up everything’s that’s great about the character.
“Now, Woody...he’s been my pal as long as I can remember. He’s brave, like a cowboy should be, and kind and smart. But the thing that makes Woody special is that he’ll never give up on you – ever. He’ll be there for you, no matter what. You think you can take care of him for me?”
5 “There’s a snake in my boot!”
Of all the lines that Woody utters when his pull-string is given a tug, this one is the most memorable. Lines like “Reach for the sky!” are just as memorable, but that’s something you’d expect a cowboy to say. “There’s a snake in my boot!” is something new.
It’s unique to Woody. In Toy Story 2, he would discover that this line was followed up with the kind of tacky merchandise that gets produced from successful franchises like Woody’s Roundup – a cowboy boot where the stirrup acts as a trigger that, if pulled, launches a snake out of the boot.
4 “You are a child’s plaything!”
Ostensibly, Toy Story is a movie about one toy who is deluded into thinking he is actually the Space Ranger that he has been designed to look like having his eyes opened by another, more cynical toy who is aware that he’s made of plastic and was put together in a factory to be enjoyed by a human kid.
However, it’s also a movie about the optimistic toy opening the eyes of the pessimistic toy and giving him a sense of adventure. Over the course of the plot, Woody doesn’t just change Buzz; Buzz changes Woody, too. And in the process, they become best friends.
3 “Woody once risked his life to save me. I couldn’t call myself his friend if I weren’t willing to do the same. So, who’s with me?”
This is what Buzz says in Toy Story 2 when he’s rallying the troops to go and save Woody from the clutches of “the Chicken Man.” Toy Story 2 is the perfect sequel, because it continues the journey of its characters in the most natural and organic way. It also avoids being a rehash of the first one by flipping the stakes.
It went from being a story about Woody saving Buzz to being a story about Buzz saving Woody to further solidify their bond. But it didn’t just swap the characters – it was an entirely different plot, which helped it to stand on its own.
2 “You never forget kids like Emily, or Andy, but they forget you.”
It’s hard to join the cast of a TV show or film franchise in a later episode or movie and be accepted as much as the original characters. However, Joan Cusack’s cowgirl doll Jessie was welcomed into the fold almost immediately. She’s funny, energetic, lovable – and she told us her tragic backstory. This line sums up the tragedy of that backstory in one sentence.
Kids mean far more to their toys than their toys mean to them, because kids grow out of their toys and the toys never grow out of their kids. Trust Pixar to find the emotional core of inanimate (we think) objects.
1 “To infinity and beyond!”
This is just Buzz Lightyear’s catchphrase, but it was taken from the toy company that made him and turned into the motto of Andy’s group of toys. Buzz says it at the end of the first movie when he and Woody are soaring through the sky towards the moving van.
“To infinity and beyond!” is the Toy Story franchise’s version of Finding Nemo’s “Just keep swimming,” the quote that keeps its fans going through tough times. It doesn’t really mean anything, since by definition, there is nothing beyond infinity – it simply doesn’t exist – but Woody and Buzz have given it meaning.