The beloved Toy Story is one of the most iconic animated films watched and loved by children and adults alike since its release in 1995.

The Disney Pixar series consists of four films which have all been huge hits. Now Lightyear, a movie about main character Buzz, has been released.

In light of the Toy Story spin-off Lightyear hitting cinemas last week, HullLive takes a look at the original cast. And that reveals that the Toy Story franchise didn’t launch everyone into Infinity and Beyond.

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Tom Hanks – Woody



Hollywood star Tom Hanks has never left the spotlight

It can only be Tom Hanks, of course, who voices everyone’s favorite toy cowboy, Woody, in the original film and the rest of the franchise. Hanks went on to become one of the most successful and popular film stars of his generation with a fortune of over £300million.

The Hollywood star is still working hard at the age of 65 with no signs of stopping anytime soon. There have been plenty of movies listed starring the famous actor set to release in the near future, including playing the loveable Geppetto in the upcoming Pinocchio movie. He is also starring in the highly anticipated new Elvis movie where he plays Colonel Tom Parker which arrives in cinemas on June 24th.

Don Rickles – Mr Potato Head



Mr. Potato Head is everyone's favorite interchangeable toy
Mr. Potato Head is everyone’s favorite interchangeable toy

The awkward Mr. Potato Head was voiced by icon Don Rickles, the stand-up comedian was also best friends with fellow legend Frank Sinatra. Don played Mr. Potato Head from Toy Story 1 at the second install. Don sadly passed away in April 2017 from kidney failure at the age of 90.

Tim Allen – Buzz Lightyear



Tim Allen voiced the original iconic character that is Buzz Lightyear
Tim Allen voiced the original iconic character that is Buzz Lightyear

Tim Allen, the original Buzz Lightyear, has gone to infinity and beyond voicing the toy astronaut in all four Toy Story movie franchises. A troubled start to life included arrests for cocaine possession and two years in prison – he hasn’t used drugs or alcohol for nearly 25 years – before Allen became a household name in America playing the hapless anchor of DIY Tim Taylor in the sitcom Home Improvement.

Unfortunately, Tim wasn’t cast in the new Lightyear movie to play Buzz, who was passed on to Captain America, also known as Chris Evans. However, the 69-year-old has embarked on other projects, including a TV mini-series The Santa Clause in which he returns in the recognizable role of Scott Calvin. The new series is now in the post-production phase and should therefore soon arrive on the Disney+ streaming platform.

John Morris – Andy



Andy Morris voiced Andy in all four Toy Story films
Andy Morris voiced Andy in all four Toy Story films

John Morris played animated toy owner Andy, whose name is scrawled on loyal cowboy Woody’s boot. However, the actor has stepped away from the acting world since Toy Story 4 as he hasn’t received an acting credential since 2019. He now does cameo videos for giveaways which he charges £62 and makes special appearances at conventions.

Jim Varney – Slinky Dog



Jim Varney has sadly passed away at the age of 50
Jim Varney has sadly passed away at the age of 50

Jim Varney played the super adorable Slinky Dog in both the original and Toy Story 2. He was a successful comedy actor before Toy Story as the character Ernest in the hit American film series based on a character he first played for a commercial.

The actor sadly passed away in 2000 at the age of 50 after battling lung cancer. When Jim died before production on the third film began, Blake Clark went on to portray Slinky Dog.

Wallace Shawn – Rex



Wallace Shawn voices the friendly dinosaur Rex
Wallace Shawn voices the friendly dinosaur Rex

Wallace Shawn is also a familiar face in Hollywood as he plays friendly dinosaur Rex in the franchise. Considered one of Hollywood’s hardest working actors, he has appeared in over 200 films and television shows.

Wallace has since appeared in numerous television series, including Gossip Girl and Young Sheldon. In addition to voicing Mr. Mustela in The Addams Family 2 animation which was released in 2021. The 78-year-old is also featured in the 2022 series, Evil.

Annie Potts – Bo Peep



Annie Potts has a career spanning over 40 years
Annie Potts has a career spanning over 40 years

Little Bo Peep, voiced by Annie Potts, the fierce little doll has featured in all four current Toy Story films. Hitting our screens in the 70s, in classic films such as Corvette Summer and best known for playing Mary Jo Shively in the 80s sitcom Designing Women.

More recently, the American actress starred opposite Toy Story cast member Wallace in the Big-Bang Theory spin-off Young Sheldon, where she plays the genius kids MeeMaw.

John Ratzenberger – Hamm



John Ratzenberger and his alter-ego Hamm who launched his voice acting career
John Ratzenberger and his alter-ego Hamm who launched his voice acting career

Ratzenberger found success playing the character of Cliff Claven on the sit-com Cheers, one of the longest-running comedy series of all time. But Ratzenberger became one of the biggest box office performers of all time due to the huge success of his character voice acting, which began with Toy Story and the wisecracking piggy bank Hamm.

Ratzenberger began his career in London in the 1970s and his earliest film appearances include the war film A Bridge Too Far and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Since then, his iconic voice has featured in all 22 Pixar feature films ranging from A Bug’s Life to Onward. He also appears regularly in reality series on American television. He has a personal fortune of around £50million

Erik Von Detten – Sid



Erik Von Detten has decided not to play anymore
Erik Von Detten has decided not to play anymore

The voice of the antagonist and the nightmare who was Andy’s next door neighbor, Sid, was Erik Von Detten. The star won people’s hearts by starring in The Princess Diaries alongside the beautiful Anne Hathaway.

Erik did a rare interview with Electronic News this confirmed that he had walked away from acting as an opportunity that suited him better presented itself. Since 2021, he has been working in a financial company in which he has worked his way up to a management position.

The former actor admitted he actually misses acting, but now that he’s stepped away from the spotlight it’s allowed him to live his life in public with his family.

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