For decades, Tom Hanks has dazzled viewers as the central character in one of Disney’s most successful film franchises, toy story. Working alongside Tim Allen, who played Buzz Lightyear, the two starred in three sequels, finishing the last in 2019.
Although Hanks had already made a name for himself with films like Forrest Gump and Big, toy story solidified him as a box office titan. toy story marked the first time he — or any actor for that matter — would star in an entirely computer-animated feature film, and no one knew what to expect, especially Hanks.
Interestingly, in the early stages of toy story, the film’s producers had to rely on audio from a forgotten movie starring Hanks to develop their initial take on Woody.
‘Toy Story’ producers used audio from another Tom Hanks movie to create Woody
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Hanks opened up about creating Woody during an interview with BBC Radio 1 in 2019. According to Hanks, toy storyWoody’s producers extracted sound from a 1989 movie he starred in to create Woody’s voice.
“They took a line from a movie I did for Disney called Turner and Hooch, in which I was yelling at a dog,” Hanks said. “And they animated Woody on that line, and it was on repeat. They did it over and over again.”
Tom Hanks was immediately interested in “Toy Story”
When toy story went through its early stages of development in the early 1990s, computer-generated feature films were unheard of. No one knew if the concept would work, especially Hanks.
Anyway, he was so impressed with the creativity of toy story that he signed on to do the movie anyway.
“There were two things about it,” Hanks said. “One, it was like, ‘I’m not sure what that is.’ The computer-generated animation itself felt hyper-real. But also, the marriage of my outraged voice inside that outraged body of a toy was – I mean, it was undeniably awesome. So I was there from the get-go. They invited me in to kind of, explain this weird, unknown amount of something that may or may not work. I said, “Well, that sounds good to me, let’s just it.” And that’s how it all started.
He says making ‘Toy Story’ was the hardest physical work of his life
Although Hanks had a lot of fun working on every film in the toy story franchise, making the movie wasn’t all games. Doing Woody’s voiceover was a long and meticulous process that required many hours in the studio, which took a physical toll on Hanks.
“…As an actor, I will say the hardest physical work I’ve ever done as an actor was recording these movies,” Hanks said. Graham Bensinger. “Because you can’t move. You don’t have a costume to hide in. You don’t have a movement to animate the emotion, you can’t do it. You have to stay locked in place, at the microphone and only use your imagination and your voice to get there. And I think I probably recorded half of all the Toy Story movies with my eyes closed.