Toy Story (lost early test footage of Pixar animated film; existence unconfirmed; 1992)

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Still of the test footage.

Status: Existence Unconfirmed

Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated film that was Pixar's first feature-length film, the first all-computer-animated film, and the film that ultimately started the trend of computer-animated movies today. It has been highly regarded as one of the greatest animated films ever, lauded for its presentation and innovation.[1]

In 1992, Pixar and a company named "Hi-Tech Toons" made test scenes of the movie.[2] These designs are drastically different from the ones seen in the final product (notably, Buzz is smaller, and in a red spacesuit and Woody is a ventriloquist doll). What little test footage is available is similar in tone to the infamous Black Friday Reel. There is also test footage of Buzz being voiced by Billy Crystal, Pixar's first choice for the role (Tim Allen would voice Buzz in the final product). Despite fans rumouring the existence of additional animation tests based on the assumption that this wasn't all that could have been made, there has been no actual, solid evidence of this being the case.


The test animations with narration, taken from the Ultimate Toy Box DVD.

The test animation of Buzz Lightyear (then known as Tempus) voiced by Billy Crystal.

Test of Buzz and Woody running (6:27).

See Also

Toy Story


Animation (Disney)

Animation (Pixar)


Live Action

Short Films