- For other uses, see Woody (disambiguation)
- "Now Woody, he's been my pal for 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 he'll never give up on you...ever. He'll be there for you, no matter what."
- —Andy, as he finally decides to hand Woody over to Bonnie
Sheriff Woody Pride (also known as Sheriff Woody; usually addressed as Woody) is one of the main characters of the Toy Story franchise. He is the protagonist of the movies and a supporting character in the Toy Story Treats, the Toy Story Toons shorts, and the two TV specials Toy Story of Terror!, and Toy Story That Time Forgot.
He is a pull-string cowboy doll based on a character of the same name from a 1950s children's television series called Woody's Roundup. He was once the favorite toy of a boy named Andy Davis until Andy grew up and gave him to a little girl named Bonnie Anderson. He is the leader of Andy's toys and later Bonnie's toys. In each film, Woody leaves Andy's room (where he and the other toys live) and ventures out into the world on an unexpected adventure.
Woody currently makes daily appearances in the Toy Story Midway Mania! attraction at both Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim, California and Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.
In the original story pitch of Toy Story, Woody had a markedly more distasteful personality; having the character of one whom had let his role as "leader" go to his head and had little compassion towards his peers. One notable example of this from the original script is that Woody actually throws Buzz out the window on purpose and doesn't care one bit over what had happened or what the other toys thought of the incident, even saying in a casual tone that it was a "toy-eat-toy world" when accused of doing so. He also proceeded to heavily insult the toys, especially Slinky, during this time, which resulted in all of them turning on him. This poor choice in characterization had been forced upon Pixar by then-Disney Chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg due to the latter wanting more of an adult, cynical, edginess to the story, resulting in Woody becoming jealous, sarcastic, belligerent and mean toward Buzz and the other toys. This nearly led to Toy Story being canceled after a Black Friday Viewing. However, Pixar was given another chance, and over the next two weeks, they reworked the movie plot, making Woody a more likable character. According to John Lasseter, they wanted the audience to be like, "No, Woody, don't make those choices," instead of just, "Wow, what a jerk." In addition, the change was also brought about because Apple and Pixar co-founder Steve Jobs and the rest of the production team did not like how Woody ended up and decided to change his personality by making him the wise leader of the toys, and his jealousy over Buzz was more sympathetic.
- "You are a sad, strange little man. And you have my pity."
- —Buzz Lightyear, thinking Woody is no help to him
In the first Toy Story film, Woody is Andy Davis's favorite toy and leader of Andy's toys. His best pal is Slinky Dog, who he often played checkers with, and he had a relationship with Bo Peep. Woody has been the favorite since Andy went to nursery school and had the place of high honor on Andy's bed as well as his owner's name on his right boot.
He holds a meeting informing them of an upcoming move to a new house, and the fact that, due to the move, Andy's birthday party is being held that day. At the request of the other toys, Woody coordinates a reconnaissance mission to discover what Andy's new toys are, as everyone fears being replaced.
To Woody's dismay, Andy receives Buzz Lightyear, a Space Ranger action figure complete with impressive electronic gadgets. He is instantly extremely popular with the other toys making Woody feel unwanted and jealous. To make matters worse, Buzz is under the delusion that he is a real Space Ranger and needs to travel back to his own planet.
As the days go by, Buzz seems to be getting most of the attention and Woody feels his world crumbling all around him especially when the posters on the walls, the pictures and even the bed sheets all change to Buzz and he ends up in the toy box instead of in the bed. Buzz even gets his owner's name on the bottom of his right boot with permanent ink, which infuriates Woody even more.
When Woody hears Andy is going to Pizza Planet for dinner one evening, he hatches a plan to knock Buzz behind Andy's desk using RC, but it backfires when Buzz gets knocked out of the window by a rotating lamp instead. He is then accused by Mr. Potato Head, Hamm and some of the other toys of attempting to murder Buzz out of jealousy and is almost punished before Woody is taken with Andy to Pizza Planet, but only because Andy can't find Buzz. While Andy's mother refuels the car at a gas station, Woody ponders how he can return to Andy's room alone without any hostility from the other toys. Suddenly, he is confronted by Buzz (who stowed away on the car) and the two end up in a fight, leading to them fall outside the car, which drives off and leaves the two stranded.
A bitter argument between them ensues, ending with Woody angrily telling Buzz once and for all that he is a toy, and not a real Space Ranger. But since Buzz still doesn't believe him, even calling him a "sad, strange little man", they go their separate ways. Then Woody spots a truck bound for Pizza Planet and plans to rendezvous with Andy there. Realizing that he will face the wrath of the other toys if he returns alone, Woody convinces Buzz that the truck is a spaceship and will take them to another one that can lead him home. At Pizza Planet, Buzz climbs into a rocket-shaped claw game machine, forcing Woody to clamber into the machine to try and rescue him. Instead, Woody and Buzz are then captured by Andy's next-door neighbor, the toy-destroying Sid Phillips.
As Woody desperately attempts to escape from Sid's house before Andy's family's moving day, Buzz finally realizes that he is a toy after viewing a commercial and becomes a depressed burden to Woody. Woody comes up with an escape plan to make it back to Andy's with a string of Christmas lights, and get the attention of Andy's toys to help them escape. However, Mr. Potato Head is still suspicious of Woody murdering Buzz, and Woody tries to tell him that Buzz is in fact, alive, and with him. Much to Woody's dismay, Mr. Potato Head labels Woody as a "liar." In order to convince Mr. Potato Head that Buzz is with him, Woody commands Buzz to come with him, only to have Buzz throw his severed arm at him. Woody tries to convince the toys that Buzz is sound, but the toys start to become suspicious of what he's doing, and Woody accidentally blows his cover. This causes Mr. Potato Head to call Woody a "murdering dog," and he and Buzz are left stranded in Sid's house by the toys. In the film's turning point, Woody admits that Buzz is a "cool toy", but despairs that he himself now stands no chance of being Andy's favorite; so he was afraid to come back, afraid Andy and his toys wouldn't love him anymore.
When Buzz is taken away by Sid to be destroyed with a firework rocket, Woody teams up with Sid's mutant toys and stages a rescue of Buzz, confronting and terrifying Sid into running away in fear of his own toys. Woody and Buzz climb into the moving van, attracting the attention of Sid's dog Scud. When Buzz sacrifices himself to save Woody by tackling the dog, Woody attempts to rescue Buzz with Andy's RC. Unfortunately, Andy's toys watch him toss RC out of the van and assume that Woody was trying to murder RC. Mr. Potato Head then orders all of the toys to ambush Woody, by having the snake wrap around his legs to keep him from escaping. Rocky then picks up Woody and spins him around and throws him at a side of the truck. Hamm does a "Pig Pile" on Woody, which involves him jumping on his back. Eventually, he is then chucked out of the van by the other toys, and the toys celebrate at what seemed to be Woody's demise, almost getting run over by an oncoming car.
Luckily, Buzz and RC catch up with Woody, and he accelerates RC towards the moving van. Meanwhile, the toys are seen congratulating one another on a job well done. However, Lenny sees Woody and Buzz on RC, and warns all of the toys. Bo Peep gets a better look at them. This finally convinces the toys that Woody didn't harm Buzz and that Woody was telling the truth. This makes the toys feel guilty for what they did to Woody, and they decide to help Woody and Buzz back onto the van by having Slinky stretch his body. This works until RC's batteries suddenly deplete. This causes Slinky to get slung back onto the van.
Woody realizes that he can ignite Buzz's rocket, and as they catch up, we see the toys again, this time feeling awful over their loss of Woody and Buzz. However, Lenny excitedly tells the other toys that Woody and Buzz are catching up, making them just as excited to have them back. Woody manages to toss RC into the moving truck just as he and Buzz go soaring into the air. Buzz manages to detach from the rocket by means of his wings, which slice the duct tape, and glide through the air until they pass the moving truck and land safely inside Andy's car. At the end of the film, which takes place at Christmas, Woody and Buzz stage another reconnaissance mission to prepare for the new toy arrivals. As Woody wonders what gift may be worse than Buzz, Andy receives a puppy, much to his and Buzz's surprise and dread.
Toy Story 2
- Buzz: "Woody, you're not a collector's item; you're a child's plaything. You are A TOY!"
- Woody: "For how much longer? One more rip, and Andy's done with me. And what do I do then, Buzz? Huh? You tell me."
- Buzz: "Somewhere in that pad of stuffing is a toy who taught me that life's only worth living if you're being loved by a kid. And I traveled all this way to rescue that toy because I believed him."
- ―Buzz Lightyear, as he reminds Woody who he truly is[src]
In Toy Story 2, Woody is first seen getting ready to go with Andy to Cowboy Camp. However, he's left stressed out because he was missing his hat, which he needed to go to Cowboy Camp with Andy. Eventually, Slinky managed to find the hat for Woody, although this resulted in Buster coming up to Andy's room, resulting in some chaos before it was revealed that they were in fact doing a round of hide and seek. He then was played by Andy alongside with Buzz, Hamm, and Bo Peep, although Andy accidentally rips his arm and is forced to leave him on the top shelf. Woody later has a nightmare where Andy ends up deciding to dispose of Woody due to his broken status, and also ends up accidentally discovering Wheezy on top of the shelf, and not only that, but also learned that Mrs. Davis was about to do a yard sale, just barely warning the other toys in time, although Wheezy ended up being "chosen" to be sold. He then mounted a rescue operation with Buster to save Wheezy, although because of Buster having to jump, Woody ended up being dropped and then being discovered by a kid and her mom, who decide against buying it due to it being broken, eventually catching the attention of a collector named Al McWhiggin. Although Mrs. Davis refused to sell Woody to Al, Al had other ideas, and after causing a distraction by kicking a skateboard into a pile of stuff to cause it to collapse, proceeded to steal Woody. Shortly after, he meets his three western toys: Bullseye, Jessie, and Stinky Pete The Prospector. He then finds out that he was the star of a popular late 1950's TV show called Woody's Roundup and Bullseye, Jessie and the Prospector were his Roundup gang on the show. Woody initially intends to go back to Andy, making Jessie bitter and resentful since the alternative to going to the toy museum is being put into storage. Al, after returning from work at Al's Toy Barn, attempted to place Woody in front of the other toys for a photo op (presumably for Mr. Konishi), although because the arm got caught in the braces via the remaining threads, Al accidentally ended up amputating Woody's broken arm, thus forcing him to postpone until he was repaired, also keeping the arm on his person in the meantime. While Al was asleep, Woody then tried to retrieve the arm, also narrowly avoiding both a Cheeto spill that Al unintentionally caused due to dropping the bowl while sleeping and his belch, but unfortunately for him, the TV all of a sudden turned on to Woody's Roundup, spoiling the attempt, with Woody blaming Jessie for it due to the remote being right beneath her. Afterward, he then ended up fully repaired by Al via hired help, with even Andy's name being painted over, and then was photographed. Woody then was glad at having his arm fixed, and then learned from Jessie her own history regarding her owner. He then gradually warms up to go to the toy museum with the Roundup gang, both due to sympathy to Jessie and also due to Prospector pointing out that Andy when he grows up most likely won't keep Woody anyway. Ultimately, when Buzz, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, Hamm and Rex arrive to save Woody, and although he refuses, after Buzz points out what being a toy really means over being in a museum, and watching the end credits for Woody's Roundup, he decides to go back to Andy and offers to take the others with him, and even attempts to get the rest of the Roundup members to come along. However, while Jessie and Bullseye end up agreeing with Woody to go meet Andy, Stinky Pete prevents them from escaping, with his also learning that it was in fact Prospector who was responsible for foiling the earlier escape attempt, because he wants to go to Japan since he was never sold to children, and displays embitterment towards space toys like Buzz. The Toys rush to the local airport to rescue Woody and take care of Stinky Pete by placing him inside a girl's Barbie bag, although not before Stinky Pete in a rage breaks Woody's arm again, and they go home with Jessie and Bullseye after rescuing them from the plane (as they never made it out of the luggage). He and the other toys then welcome Andy back their own way. Andy later fixes Woody's broken arm.
Toy Story 3
- "So long, partner."
- —Woody, saying his final farewell to Andy
In Toy Story 3, Woody is first with the other toys in Andy's playtime scene. Several years later, Woody and his friends take one chance to get a now 17-year-old Andy to notice them in what Woody calls Operation Playtime, in which the toys dial Andy's cellphone number on another phone. The plan ultimately backfires when Andy ignores his toys and, instead, assumes Molly is messing with his stuff. Woody then calls for another staff meeting in which he reminds the toys that their job isn't about getting played by but to be there for Andy, tells them that no one is going to get thrown away, mentions about the friends who have been lost (he is still hurt at the loss of Bo Peep when her name is mentioned by Rex) and gone to their new owners, reminds the toys that Andy has held onto them during every yard sale and spring cleaning because he must have care for them, and tells them that Andy will place them in the attic, a place where there are games, books, the race-car track, the old TV, and Christmas decorations. He guarantees that Andy will continue to take care of the toys, then he climbs up on the dresser to see photos of Andy's high school graduation and a young Andy posing with his toys, even confessing to Buzz that he's also slightly worried about Andy's future intentions for them.
When Andy reenters the room to prepare for college, he gets out a trash bag and puts his toys inside the bag. When it comes to between Woody and Buzz, Andy tosses Woody into a box of possessions he is going to take to college and puts Buzz into the trash bag with the others. Woody, concerned for his friends, jumps out of the box to track the bag, but is relieved to see that Andy is intending to put the toys into the attic, but Andy leaves the bag to help Molly. Woody then witnesses in horror as Andy's mother takes the bag downstairs, believing that it's trash. Thinking quickly, Woody signals to Buster and instructs him to take him to the curb, but the dog is too old and weary to help Woody, and turns over instead to fall on top of Woody. After pushing him off, Woody rushes to the window to see Andy's mother place the bag of toys on the curb with other bags full of garbage. Spotting an approaching garbage truck down the street, Woody grabs a pair of scissors, jumps out of the window, slides down the drainage, and runs toward the bags. Using the scissors, he cuts open 2 trash bags but neither one holds his friends. After the bags are loaded into the truck and the truck goes down the street, Woody runs after the truck, but witnesses the trash bags being crunched by the truck's compactors. Woody is horrified, but turns to see a recycling bin scurrying into the garage on little feet, to his relief. Catching up with the toys who have climbed into a box bound for Sunnyside Daycare, Woody tells the toys that Andy's mother has mistaken the toys as trash and that Andy has intended to put the toys into the attic, but the toys don't listen to Woody and respond back by declaring that they're going to Sunnyside instead, believing that Andy doesn't want them anymore.Arriving at Sunnyside, the toys meet Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear (Lotso) who gives them a tour around Sunnyside and assigns them to the Caterpillar Room. Woody tries desperately to convince the toys to go back home, but his friends believe that daycare is perfect for them and convinces Woody in joining them to be played with by the children of the daycare. Woody is disappointed to hear that Buzz is staying at the daycare with the others as well. Woody believes that his friends shouldn't turn their back on Andy so quickly and calls them selfish for deciding to move on with their new life at the daycare and without Andy. Woody decides to go back to Andy alone, and Buzz steps forward to shake hands with Woody as a symbol of saying goodbye, but Woody turns away and heads out the door, still frustrated. As he sneaks across the hallway, trying to find his way out, a janitor cart comes his way, and Woody grabs the bottom of the cart, but the cart goes into a bathroom. Woody then sneaks into one of the stalls, climbs up the toilet, jumps to the top of the stall, and slips out of the open window. After climbing up to the roof of the daycare, Woody looks around to try to find his way out, but then his hat gets blown off by a gust of wind, landing next to a kite on the roof, which Woody uses to glide over the playground and over the wall. Just as he makes a perfect landing, a sudden updraft yanks him high into the air. Woody panics and wraps himself around the kite's bar, but the bar snaps and Woody plummets to the ground. He then crashes into the tree, hitting branches on his way down, then he falls from the tree, but he stops inches above the pavement due to his pull-string caught in a branch. Woody tries to struggle himself free, but is forced to go limp when he sees Bonnie approaching. She finds Woody, frees him from the tree, puts him into her backpack, and goes home with her mother, unknowingly without his hat.
At Bonnie's house, Woody meets Bonnie's toys, Dolly The Doll, Mr. Pricklepants The Hedgehog, Trixie the Triceratops, Buttercup the Unicorn, the Peas-in-a-Pod and Totoro. Although he enjoys playtime with Bonnie and her toys, he still wants to go home to Andy so Bonnie's toys start up the computer for Woody to find the direction from Bonnie's house to Andy's, which to his joy, turns out to be right around the corner. As he tells Bonnie's toys that if they get donated to Sunnyside that they tell Andy's other toys that he made it home, Bonnie's toys become surprised to see that he has come from the daycare and want to know how he escaped. When Woody asks them what they meant, Mr. Pricklepants tells Woody that Sunnyside, ruled by Lotso, is a place of ruin and despair. Woody then asks why, and Bonnie's toys direct him to Chuckles The Clown, who explains that he, along Lotso and Big Baby, once belonged to a sweet girl named Daisy, who accidentally left them in a park. Lotso, Chuckles and Big Baby eventually made their way back to Daisy, only to find that Daisy had replaced Lotso with another toy bear, turning the pink bear bitter and ruthless. They found Sunnyside, and Lotso and Big Baby rose to power quickly, turning the daycare into a toy prison, while Chuckles had been taken home by Bonnie. Chuckles gives Woody Big Baby's old pendant as he finishes his story. Woody then realizes he has to go back to Sunnyside to save his imprisoned friends, despite objections from Bonnie's toys, who believe returning there will be sacrificial and suicidal.
The next day he stows away inside Bonnie's backpack to go back to the daycare. Woody climbs through the ceiling to go to the Caterpillar Room and watches in horror as his friends get played roughly by the toddlers. Just then, Chatter Telephone rings to get his attention, and warns Woody that he should never have come back because due to more guards and patrols, he and his friends are never going to escape. Chatter Telephone tells Woody that the garbage chute is the only escape route out of the daycare and that he needs to negotiate through doors, hallways, the lobby, the playground, and the walls to reach there. Chatter Telephone warns Woody of the Monkey who monitors the security cameras through the night, and the first thing he has to do in order to escape is to get rid of the monkey. After Woody calls to his friends once the toddlers leave the Caterpillar Room, the toys become overjoyed to see him, then they apologize for not listening to him. Woody, in return, apologizes for leaving them and asserts that they will stick together. He then formulates an elaborate plan on helping the toys escape. Upon learning that Lotso has reset Buzz into thinking he is a Space Ranger once again, Woody decides to get Buzz back on their side as part of his escape plan.
That night, Woody witnesses Ken and Buzz taking roll call to ensure that all the toys are present. As the two walk off to catch Mr. Potato Head, who attempts to open a locked window before being spotted, Woody then signals to Slinky to emerge out from his cell, then the two go through the ceiling to the office to subdue the Monkey. Slinky lowers Woody, who is holding a bag to place over the Monkey's head, but the Monkey notices them and starts screeching, startling Woody and Slinky, who slip from the ceiling and fall to the Monkey. The Monkey then runs toward the door to alert Lotso's guards, but Woody uses a wire to trip the Monkey. He then fights the Monkey, who seems to overpower him as he repeatedly bangs his cymbals on Woody's head. Woody then yells to Slinky to grab the tape, and they manage to tape up the monkey and lock him in a filing cabinet. After finding the key, Woody tells Slinky to fire it under the door, across the hall, and into the Caterpillar Room. Later, Woody and Slinky are joined by Barbie, who has retrieved a Buzz Lightyear instruction manual, then the three head back to the Caterpillar Room to see that Buzz, after being trapped in a storage bin by Rex and Hamm, has broken himself free. Woody orders them to stop Buzz from escaping, then he, Barbie, and Slinky rush over to help. As Barbie unscrews Buzz's back compartment, Woody flicks the Play-Demo switch, but to no avail. As Hamm reads the steps on how to reset Buzz, Woody quickly tells Rex to insert his finger into a tiny hole below the switch and hold it long enough to cause Buzz to shut down. Just then, Buzz springs back up, knocking everyone off him, then he starts speaking Spanish, much to the shock of Woody and the others. Woody tells Buzz that he and the toys are "amigos" to get Buzz back on their side. Although Woody feels the need to switch Buzz back, he realizes that time is running out so he and his friends head out of the Caterpillar Room.
Outside, Woody and his friends rejoin with the others at the playground. As they head for the garbage chute, Woody, Bullseye, and the Aliens become separated from Jessie and the others when a security truck pulls up toward them. As Woody, Bullseye, and the Aliens negotiate the playground in which Big Baby is sitting on a swing, they accidentally attract Big Baby's attention, but they dive under the bucket, safe from Big Baby's eyesight. After rejoining with Jessie and the others, they finally make it to the garbage chute, where Buzz does an acrobatic stunt to get the lid open, then the toys climb into the chute. Woody goes first to see that the chute is leading to an open dumpster, then he signals to his friends to come down, but not all at once. The toys, however, thinks Woody has told them to come down all at once and they do, colliding with Woody, who almost falls into the dumpster, but Jessie pulls him up. Just as the Woody and the toys are about to leap to freedom with help from Slinky, Lotso and his gang corner them. Seeing Woody among the toys, Lotso tells the toys that Andy doesn't want them anymore, to which Woody responds by labeling Lotso's remarks as a lie, but Lotso asks Woody why Andy is leaving if he loves Woody so much. He labels Woody as a piece of plastic made to be thrown away and coaxes the toys to go back to the Caterpillar Room to avoid the approaching garbage truck and join Lotso's family again. Ken, having switched sides because he truly loved Barbie, stands up to Lotso as the Pink Bear tells the toys that Andy is the one who has thrown them away and that not one kid will ever love a toy, Woody brings up the subject of Daisy to try to remind Lotso about his previous owner, but Lotso doesn't want anything to do with Daisy. It's during this heated argument between Woody and Lotso that Lotso's cohorts become increasing aware of their leader's evil nature. As Woody argues with Lotso, he shows Big Baby's old pendant to Lotso and Big Baby, and the latter notices his old possession, causing him to remember Daisy. Woody then tosses the pendant to Big Baby, who picks it up to take a look at the token of his lost love and sniffles, "Mama." This makes Lotso snap as he snatches away the pendant and destroy it, and pokes Big Baby hard with his cane for still loving Daisy. Big Baby then picks up Lotso, throws him into the dumpster, and closes the lid, making a bridge available for Woody and his friends to escape. Unfortunately, one of the Aliens gets his feet stuck in a dumpster lid, prompting Woody to go back to free the Alien by slightly opening the lid. Lotso, having caught a glimpse of Woody through the opening, grabs Woody and pull him into the dumpster as a way to get revenge for being foiled and humiliated just as a garbage truck arrives. Woody's friends jump onto the dumpster, only for them to end up inside the garbage truck as well. During the ride, Buzz is crushed by a TV, resetting him to his normal self and causing him to regain his memory, such as recognizing Woody (Woody tells Buzz that he has gone "beyond infinity").
After the toys are dumped at the Tri-County Landfill, the Aliens spot the claw and run for it, and Woody yells at them to come back, but is cut off by a bulldozer that plows the Aliens away. Just then, another plow pushes Woody and the other toys into a trench, and they fall onto a long conveyor belt of garbage leading them into a dark tunnel. Seeing a set of shredders looming ahead, they grab onto a metal object so that they hang from a magnetic ceiling, safe from the shredders. Just then, Lotso, who is stuck underneath a golf bag, calls for help, and Woody, not having the heart to leave Lotso to die, drops down to rescue Lotso, risking his life in the process, but the golf bag, with some golf clubs inside, is too heavy for him to lift up. Seeing the danger Woody has placed himself in, Buzz drops down to assist Woody in freeing Lotso. They utilize one of the golf clubs to pry up the bag, letting the bear crawl out, and Woody makes Lotso take his hand as the golf club he and Buzz are holding on pulls the three up to the ceiling, seconds before the golf bag is pulverized. Woody calls to his friends to remind them that they are all still together, but they're not hanging from the ceiling. Hearing Jessie call out from the conveyor belt below, Woody, Buzz, and Lotso drop from the ceiling to catch up with the group. Seeing a glow up ahead, Rex then tells Woody that the toys will be fine, thinking the glow's daylight, but Woody sees that the "daylight" is a glow from an incinerator that the conveyor belt is pushing him and his friends toward. Woody and the toys run for it, desperate to escape their doom, but the conveyor belt keeps pushing them toward the furnace. Lotso then notices an emergency stop button, runs over to grab the lower rung of a ladder leading to the button, and calls to Woody to help him climb up the ladder. Woody and Buzz rush over to help Lotso, who climbs up the ladder and reaches the button. Woody shouts at Lotso to push the button, but Lotso gives him and the toys a menacing glare, throws an insult at Woody: "Where's your kid now, Sheriff?" and runs off, leaving the toys to die in the incinerator. The toys then tumble into the furnace, where tons of shredded garbage are cascading down an enormous bowl toward the flames. They try to climb away, but realize that they've been deprived of any escape chance and take hands as they accept oblivion as family. As Woody continues to climb his way out of the furnace, he turns to see that Buzz has accepted death as fate, having taken Jessie's hand with his left arm. He reaches out his right one for Woody's, and Woody, coming to realize that this is the unfortunate end for him and his friends, takes Buzz's hand with his left arm and Slinky's paw with his right one. Just as the toys prepare for their fiery death, a light shines on Woody's face, and Woody looks up to see a giant claw crane suddenly appear from above, drop down onto the toys, and scoops them up. As Woody and his friends ride in the air, they turn to notice the Aliens in the driver's cab, where they have taken control of the claw to rescue the toys. Woody heaves a sigh of relief, grateful that he and his friends are all safe and sound, as the claw carries them out of the furnace and places them gently on the ground. Hamm and Slinky express their desire to get back at Lotso for having them almost killed, but Woody convinces them to forget it as he believes that Lotso isn't worth it, but at the same time, he and his friends have other important things to worry about, such as the fact that they are still alive and need to go home before Andy leaves for college. They hitch a ride in Sid's garbage truck while Lotso is found by a different garbage man and tied to the front grille of a different garbage truck.
After the toys return home, they clean themselves of dirt and grime that has made its way onto them during their escape and their return home through the garbage dump. After climbing back up to Andy's room, Woody heads for a box bound for college while the others climb into a box bound for attic, but Woody pauses for a moment to shake hands with Buzz, unable to admit that the two best friends are now separating ways after all they have been through. The other toys say their farewell words to Woody, and Jessie tells Woody that she still knows about Buzz's Spanish mode, which briefly makes Buzz suspicious. After Buzz bids him farewell and climbs into the attic box, Woody climbs into the college box and takes a possibly last look at his friends as they close the attic box. He then watches through a hole in the college box as Andy's mother makes her emotional farewell as she lets go of Andy so he can move on with his life. Woody, who has struggled to accept that his role in Andy's life as his toy was coming to an end throughout the movie, finally realizes that he too must let go of Andy and move on with his own existence as a toy. While Andy turns away to say goodbye to Molly and Buster, he quickly jumps out of the college box, grabs a sharpie and a post-it note, rushes over and climbs onto to the attic box, and writes a message to Andy for him to donate the toys. Seeing that there is no time to make it back to the college box, Woody, unnoticed, stows away in the other box. When Andy reads the note, he decides to donate the toys, so he stops at Bonnie's house while en route to college and hands the toys to Bonnie, but when Bonnie looks inside the box for more, she surprisingly finds her "cowboy dolly", making Andy confused about how Woody has gotten into the box. Bonnie wants to have Woody, but Andy is reluctant to give away his favorite toy, which gives her a disappointed look on her face. Andy then realizes how much Bonnie loves Woody, just like he has done during his childhood, and in one last symbolic gesture, he finally gives Woody to Bonnie, telling her that they've been through a lot together and he means a lot to him, so she has got to take good care of him.Andy then briefly stays at Bonnie's house to play with his old toys, along with Bonnie and her toys, one last time before leaving. After Bonnie is taken inside her house by her mother for lunch, Woody and his friends sit up to watch Andy's car disappear down the road. Woody says his farewell to Andy, knowing that he will really miss his good old days as Andy's toy: "So long, partner." He is immediately comforted by Buzz as the two accept that their life with Andy is now complete (still Woody will always love Andy very, very much, no matter what), and then Woody introduces Buzz to Bonnie's toys.
During the credits, Woody reads his friends a message from Sunnyside, notifying them that it has become a happier place for the toys there, but finds that it is written by Ken instead of Barbie, to his dismay. The next day, he is surprised to see the drawings Bonnie has made for her toys, including the ones handed over from Andy. Finally, as he enjoys watching Buzz and Jessie perform a paso doble to "Hay Un Amigo En Mi", the Spanish version of "You've Got a Friend in Me", Woody tosses Jessie a flower and Jessie catches it by its stem in her mouth.
Toy Story 4
Toy Story Toons
In the first Toy Story Toons episode, Hawaiian Vacation, Woody first addresses his friends that Bonnie is now on winter break after the bell at Sunnyside has rung, so it is time for them to have a week of relaxation. However, he is surprised to see that Barbie and Ken have unexpectedly appeared in Bonnie's room. When Ken tells Woody that he and Barbie have stowed away in Bonnie's backpack, hoping to join her in Hawaii, Woody tells Ken that he is in Bonnie's room, much to Ken's dismay. After learning from Barbie about the vacation plans she and Ken have formulated for each other, Woody and his friends recreate various scenarios of Hawaii for the two using whatever they can find around Bonnie's house.First, Woody acts as one of the aloha spirits who welcome Barbie and Ken to "Paradise" and directs the two to their vacation plans that have been planned for them. Second, he tells Bullseye, on which Barbie is riding on, to ride like the wind. Third, he is seen dancing a luau with Dolly and Mr. Pricklepants to give entertainment for Barbie and Ken. Fourth, he tells Barbie that the place for her and Ken's first kiss is ready, but Barbie, having that one covered, takes Ken outside in the snow to have thier kiss, which is witnessed by Woody and the other toys through a window. However, the two then falls into the snow, and Woody and his friends use a hair dryer to melt the ice they are trapped in.
In the second Toy Story Toons episode, Small Fry, after Rex returns home, Woody asks Rex how his time at Poultry Palace with Buzz was but then he smells something like chicken fingers. Then, the smaller Buzz appears with Rex, jumping out of Bonnie's backpack. Despite Rex explaining why Buzz is now smaller, Woody of course understands something is wrong. He asks where the real Buzz is. He continues to argue with Rex when the latter remained adamant that the ball pit had shrunk Buzz and that he is the real Buzz, with Woody irritably pointing out that the "Buzz" that's currently with them is about three inches tall, much shorter than the real Buzz. He tries to play it nice with Mini-Buzz and ask him what happened with the real Buzz, but after Mini-Buzz takes Woody's hat and starts making a ruckus in the room, Woody tackles him. Woody and the toys devise a plan to rescue the Buzz, who suddenly shows up in Bonnie's room, much to the toys' happiness.
In the third Toy Story Toons episode, Partysaurus Rex, Woody is seen when Rex is chastised by most of the other toys for popping their bubble they were blowing up, and again near the end when a flood pours out of the bathroom door after it is opened.
Toy Story of Terror!
In Toy Story of Terror!, Woody is first seen watching a scary Halloween movie with Buzz, Jessie, Rex, Trixie, Mr. Potato Head and Mr. Pricklepants. Later, when the toys stop at the Sleep Well motel, Mr. Potato head decides to leave the bag. Despite the fact the fact Woody tells him not to leave, Potato head leaves anyway. Rex, Trixie and Mr. Pricklepants follow him and Woody and Buzz must bring them back. Jessie comes with them and soon they discover Mr. Potato Head is gone and they must find him. After Trixie falls down a hole, Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Rex and Mr. Pricklepants follow her down the hole and are under the motel. While trying to find Trixie, Mr. Pricklepants and Rex are taken by a mysterious creature, which is revealed to be an iguana named Mr. Jones. Woody, Buzz and Jessie run for their live and find one of Potato Head's arms. The arm leads them to a bathroom where Woody and Buzz get taken by Mr. Jones. After Jessie is taken by Jones, Woody, Buzz and the others are seen in a cabinet and reunite with Jessie. They are all being held by the motel manager Ron Tompkins who is using Mr. Jones to steal the toys of his guests so he can sell them online in bidding wars. After Woody is purchased, Ron puts him in a box and gets ready to stand him off. Luckily Jessie escapes and frees Woody. They manage to recuse their friends by exposing Ron's scheme to Bonnie and her mom.
Toy Story That Time Forgot
In Toy Story That Time Forgot, Woody is first seen while Bonnie plays with him. Later, Bonnie takes Woody, Buzz, Rex, Trixie and Angel Kitty to her friend Mason's house. Bonnie goes to join Mason at his new game console and the toys are left in the playroom. There they meet Reptillus Maximus, The Cleric and the Battlesaurus. While Rex and Trixie follow Reptillus, Woody, Buzz and Angel Kitty are grabbed by the other Battlesaurus. While Rex and Trixie are with Reptillus, Woody and Buzz discover that Mason hasn't played with Battlesaurus yet and they don't even know that they toys. In the Arena of Woe, Woody and Buzz inform Trixie of their discovery when suddenly they are attacked by Reptillus, Woody tries to fen him off with a red crayon he found, however Reptillus breaks the crayon and Woody and Buzz are forced to him on head-to-head. After Trixie orders Reptillus to back off, The Cleric summons the Goliathan and it swallows Woody and Buzz whole. Later, Woody and Buzz are brought to the Cleric who uses Rex, who is being controlled by Giant Robotic Arms, to fish out Woody and Buzz. The boys there discover that The Cleric is watching Mason and Bonnie play on the console. They realize that he knows he and the other Battlesaurus are toys and is determined to make sure that they don't find out. The Cleric then demands that Woody, Buzz and Angel Kitty be tossed down a shredder. However right when they're about to be shredded, Trixie, who has made it to the game console, and convinced Reptillus to help her turn it off, has gotten Bonnie and Mason's attention and managed to save her friends. Later the toys all go home.
When Woody first met Buzz, he considered him a rival. However, the two of them later become good friends.
Woody loved Bo Peep very much.
Woody and Jessie have a sibling relationship.
Before Buzz's arrival, Slinky Dog was Woody's closest friend.
Woody and Bullseye are good friends.
Woody was made in 1957, and stands 15.18 inches tall (his hat adds on three-fourths of an inch). His plastic components are made out of vinyl polymer, while his cloth components are made out of dyed fabric (with blanket stitch embroidering on his vest) and denim for his jeans. He has a pull-string gramophone voicebox, which has 9 tracks for each possible phrase.
From Official Website:
|“||Woody is a cowboy sheriff with a pull-string that, when pulled, proclaims Woody’s signature catchphrases from the 1950s TV show “Woody’s Roundup.” He’s always been Andy’s favorite toy. Even though his owner is now grown, the loyal sheriff Woody maintains a steadfast belief that Andy still cares about his toys. As the toys venture into their unknown future, Woody remains the voice of reason. As their dependable leader, he ensures that no toy gets left behind.||”|
Woody is quite a common character in Disney Parks. He can be seen with along with the rest of the main characters such as Buzz, Jessie and Bo Peep. Woody can be commonly seen in activities, attractions, parades, etc.
- Woody's full name is Woody Pride. However, his last name has never been used in any of the three films. His name was based on actor Woody Strode.
- Each primary villain of each Toy Story movie unintentionally helps Woody solve his problem in that movie.
- Woody's fixed arm seems to return to normal in the third film, even though Andy fixed it to look muscular in the second film.
- In an episode of House of Mouse, Donald Duck dresses up like Woody.
- Woody is the only protagonist in a Pixar film with sequels not to have a supporting role in any of the sequels.
- In the 101 Dalmatians: The Series episode "Mall Pups", Woody can be seen the toy store at the Stiffle Mall.
- Woody is similar to Baloo from The Jungle Book in the sense that both have a special friend who is a boy (Andy for Woody; Mowgli for Baloo), at one point argued with another character about having to part with him (Buzz for Woody; Bagheera for Baloo), and finally let the special friend go in the end, feeling sad but knowing it's for the best.
- Woody is the last character who speaks in Toy Story 2.
- Woody was originally going to be a ventriloquist dummy, as seen in early Toy Story sketches. He was later changed to be a stuffed cowboy doll because he looked sneaky, disturbing, and mean as a dummy.
- What attracted Tom Hanks to voice Woody was during his childhood, he would always wonder if his toys were alive and moved around when nobody was in his room.
- Woody makes a cameo in one of the additional outtakes of A Bug's Life as a crewman when he enters the frame, holding a clapper-board upside down, to mark the end of a scene gone wrong. Flik would "return the favor" by appearing in a post-credits scene in Toy Story 2, only to learn that Pixar's first sequel was not A Bug's Life 2.
- Woody's appearance in A Bug's Life is the first time a Toy Story character has appeared outside the Toy Story franchise.
- Woody, along with Buzz Lightyear and Hamm, appears in Cars as car versions during the end credits. Woody is a woody wagon.
- Buzz was advertised as the protagonist of Toy Story 2; however, Woody is actually the protagonist of all three films because he had bigger lessons to learn than Buzz.
- While Woody is voiced by Tom Hanks in all the films and few of the toys, his brother, Jim Hanks, voices most of the Woody toys and him in the video games and Toy Story shorts (excluding Toy Story Toons).
- Lee Unkrich, director of Toy Story 3, has revealed on his Twitter that Woody's full name is "Woody Pride," and has been since the earliest days of developing the original Toy Story. However, his last name has never been used in any of the three films. His name was based on actor Woody Strode.
- When Jessie first meets Woody in Toy Story 2, she exclaims, "Sweet mother of Abraham Lincoln!" Abraham Lincoln's mother was Nancy Hanks, a blood relative of Woody's voice actor Tom Hanks, who is a direct descendant of an uncle of Nancy Hanks.
- Woody was originally going to be a dummy and was not originally a cowboy. The reason why he was changed to a pull string doll was because that John Lasseter felt that Woody's form would frighten kids.
- Woody is based on John Lasseter's Casper doll, as well as the Howdy Doody puppets from the 1950s.
- The phrase "I'd like to join your posse, boys, but first I'm gonna sing a little song" was not spoken by Woody's voice box in the first two Toy Story films. However, it was originally spoken in a deleted scene for Toy Story where Sid tortured Buzz and Woody.
- The phrase "There's a snake in my boot!" is spoken by Woody's pull-string voice box once in Toy Story, twice in Toy Story 2, and twice in Toy Story 3.
- The phrase "Reach for the sky!" is spoken by Woody's pull-string voice box twice in Toy Story and once in Toy Story 3.
- The phrase "You're my favorite deputy!" is spoken by Woody's pull-string voice box once in Toy Story and once in Toy Story 3.
- The phrase "Somebody's poisoned the water hole!" is spoken by Woody's pull-string voice box twice in Toy Story and once in Toy Story 3.
- The phrase "This town ain't big enough for the two of us!" is spoken by Woody's pull-string voice box only once in Toy Story.
- The phrase "Yee-haw! Giddyup partner! We got to get this wagon train a-movin'!" is spoken by Woody's pull-string voice box only once in Toy Story.
- Woody is the only one of Andy's toys to "come alive" while in the presence of a human.
- Woody has 229 animation points of movement in his face.
- Woody and Buzz were originally going to be in Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix, but were later scrapped. They are now set to appear in Kingdom Hearts III.
- Woody appeared at the 2016 Oscars with Buzz and the Aliens, where they announced that Inside Out won the Best Animated Feature Film award.
- "Reach for the sky!"
"You're my favorite deputy."
"Somebody's poisoned the water hole!"
"Yee-haw! Giddyup, pardner! We got to get this wagon train a-movin'!"
"There's a snake in my boot."
"This town ain't big enough for the two of us."
"I'd like to join your posse, boys, but first I'm gonna sing a little song."
- —Woody's voice box phrases
From Toy Story
- "Pull my string! The birthday party's today?"
- —Woody, first spoken lines
- "YOU ARE A TOY!!!"
- —Woody to Buzz
- "A moving buddy. If you don't have one, get one!"
- —Woody during the first staff meeting
- "Okay! Save your batteries."
- —Woody, after Rex yells yes when he asks if they'll all calm down if he sends out the troops
- "Howdy! My name is Woody."
- —Woody introducing himself to Buzz Lightyear for the first time
- "There's no place like home! There's no place like home!"
- —Woody saying a famous quote from The Wizard of Oz while frantically trying to find an exit route after leaving Sid's room
- "So play nice."
- —Woody speaks to Sid
From Toy Story 2
- Buzz: "Woody, are you all right?"
Woody: "Yeah, yeah, I'm fine, Buzz. Okay, here's your list of things to do while I'm gone. Batteries need to be changed. Toys at the bottom of the chest need to be rotated. Oh, and make sure everyone attends Mr Spell's seminar on what to do if you or part of you is swallowed. Okay? Okay. Good, okay."
Buzz : "Woody, you haven't found your hat yet, have you?"
Woody: "No! And Andy's leaving for Cowboy Camp any minute, and I can't find it anywhere!"
Buzz: "Don't worry, Woody. In just a few hours you'll be sitting around a campfire with Andy making delicious hot 'sch'moes.'"
Woody: "They're called s'mores, Buzz."
Buzz: "Right. Right. Of course."
- —Buzz and Woody, when Woody can't find his hat
- Woody: "Oh, great. That's just great. This will be the first year I'll miss Cowboy Camp all because of my stupid hat!"
Bo Peep: "Woody, look under your boot."
Woody: "Don't be silly. My hat is not under my boot."
Bo Peep: "Would you just look?"
Woody: "You see? No hat. Just the word 'Andy'."
Bo Peep: "Uh-huh, and the boy who wrote that would take you to camp with or without your hat."
Woody: "I'm sorry, Bo. It's just that I've been looking forward to this all year. It's my one time with just me and Andy."
Bo Peep: "You're cute when you care."
Woody: "Bo, not in front of Buzz."
Bo Peep: "Let him look."
- —Woody and Bo Peep, when Woody can't find his hat.
- Woody: "Wheezy? Is that you?"
Wheezy: "Hey, Woody."
Woody: "What are you doing up here? I thought Mom took you to get your squeaker fixed months ago. Andy was so upset."
Wheezy: "Nah. She just told him that to calm him down, and then... put me on the shelf."
Woody: "Well, why didn't you yell for help?"
Wheezy: "Well I tried squeakin', but I'm still broken. No one could hear me. (tries squeaking, but coughs instead) Besides... (gasps) ...the dust aggravates my condition."
- —Woody meets a broken Wheezy on a shelf
- "Woody once risked his life to save me. I couldn't call myself his friend if I weren't willing to do the same."
- —Buzz remarks on how he owes his life to Woody
- Wheezy: "Mr. Buzz Lightyear, you just gotta save my pal Woody. (coughs)"
Buzz Lightyear: "I'll do my best, son."
- —Wheezy pleads for Buzz Lightyear to rescue Woody
- Bo Peep: "This is for Woody when you find him." (smooches Buzz on his cheek)
Buzz: "All right, but I don't think it will mean the same coming from me."
- —Bo Peep kisses Buzz before Buzz departs on his mission
- Buzz: "Come on, fellas. Did Woody ever give up when Sid had me strapped to a rocket?"
Buzz: "No! And did he give up when you threw him out of the back of that moving van?"
Mr. Potato Head: "Oh, you had to bring that up."
Buzz: "No, he didn't! We have a friend in need, and we will not rest until he is safe in Andy's room! Now let's move out!"
- —Buzz, as he demands the toys never to give up until Woody is safely home
- "Who am I to break up the Roundup Gang?"
- —Woody, after deciding to stay with the Roundup Gang
- "Ride like the wind, Bullseye!"
- —Woody, to Bullseye
- Woody: "Oh, Andy did a great job, huh? Nice and strong!"
Bo Peep: "I like it. Makes you look tough."
- —Woody shows his fixed arm (done by Andy) to Bo Peep
- Woody: "Wheezy, you're fixed!"
Wheezy: "Oh, yeah. Mr. Shark looked in the toy box and found me an extra squeaker."
Woody: "And how do you feel?"
Wheezy: "Oh, I feel swell. In fact, I think I feel a song coming on."
- —Woody and a fixed Wheezy
- Buzz: "You still worried?"
Woody: "About Andy? Nah, it will be fine while it lasts."
Buzz: "I'm proud of you, cowboy."
Woody: "Besides, when all it ends, I'll have old Buzz Lightyear to keep me company for infinity and beyond."
- —Buzz and Woody, last dialogue in Toy Story 2, as they accept the fact that Andy will eventually grow up
From Toy Story 3
- Woody: "Wait. What about Daisy?"
- Lotso: "I don't know what you're talking about."
- Woody: "Daisy? You used to do everything with her?"
- Lotso: "Yeah, then she threw us out."
- Woody: "No, she lost you"
- Lotso: "She replaced us!"
- Woody: "She replaced you, and if you couldn't have her, then no one could! You lied to Big Baby and you've been lying ever since!"
- ―Woody confronts Lotso about Daisy[src]
- "So long, partner."
- —Woody's final and emotional farewell to Andy, when he leaves for college