Toy Story Toys

Toy Story became one of the most celebrated franchises in movie history for good reason. Besides boasting a superb plot and (at the time) groundbreaking digital animation, the trilogy featured interesting, well-rounded characters that command adults’ attention as much as they entertain kids. Here is a look at some of the lesser-known Toy Story characters the world was first introduced to over 20 years ago.

Rex

Part of what makes these characters so charming is that their creators made sure they weren’t one dimensional. The contrast between Rex’s status as the king of the dinosaurs and his sensitivity, non-confrontation nature, and struggles with anxiety make him an endearing and sympathetic figure. Though he started out somewhat neurotic and unsure of himself in the first movie, Rex gained confidence as the trilogy progressed. He defeated the real Zurg in the second film (albeit accidentally) and opened the third by terrifying the bad guys with a deafening roar.

Hamm

Hamm’s character, with its obvious references to voice actor John Ratzenberger’s previous role as Cliff Clavin on the classic television show “Cheers,” is especially appealing to adults but plenty entertaining for kids. Early in the story, Hamm is quick to anger at times and tends to easily believe the worst about people; he is one of the first toys to turn on Woody when Woody accidentally pushes Buzz out the window. Although he redeems himself somewhat in the second film by playing a pivotal role in locating and rescuing Woody, he continues to struggle with anger and cynicism. In the third film, he is quick to believe that Andy has thrown the toys out on purpose, and even at the end of the movie only drops his quest for revenge because Woody talks him out of it.

Mrs. Potato Head

Introduced at the end of the first movie but not really developed until the third, Mrs. Potato Head helps to balance out her husband’s hothead personality. Both characters’ status as toys with interchangeable body parts is used to comic and dramatic effect. In the second movie, Mrs. Potato Head fusses over her husband as he prepares to join the other toys on their rescue mission, placing items she thinks he might need into the compartment on the back of his plastic body and making sure he takes his “angry eyes” with him. In the third movie, she uses her lost eye – which has been misplaced under a piece of furniture – to see Andy searching for the toys, making it clear that they weren’t thrown out on purpose.

The development of a well-rounded cast of supporting characters is one of the factors that makes this movie franchise so compelling for adults and children alike. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of this best-loved trilogy in the history of movies by visiting Toyzoo to check out the selection of toys based on its entire cast of characters.