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Toy Story Community

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WOODY: Okay, first item today...oh, yeah. Has everyone picked a moving buddy?

HAMM: Moving buddy?! You can't be serious!

REX: Well, I didn't know we were supposed to have one already.

MR. POTATO HEAD: Do we have to hold hands?

WOODY: Oh, yeah, you guys think this is a big joke. We've only got one week left before the move. I don't want any toys left behind. A moving buddy—if you don't have one, get one!

It's clear from the very opening of this movie that Woody is the leader of this little community of toys. Here, he's heading their staff meeting and giving out some pretty good advice…even if the rest of the group doesn't want to take it seriously.

SLINKY: Woody, what are you doing under the bed?

WOODY: Uh-h-h-h...nothing! Uh, nothing. I'm sure Andy was just a little excited, that's all. Too much cake and ice cream, I suppose. It's just a mistake.

MR. POTATO HEAD: Well, that mistake is sitting in your spot, Woody.

REX: Have you been replaced?

WOODY: Hey! What did I tell you earlier? No one is getting replaced. Now let's all be polite, and give whatever it is up there a nice, big "Andy's Room" welcome.

Oh, wow. There's been a shake-up in Andy's bedroom. As soon as the new toy rolls in, everyone in the little toy community looks to Woody for answers, but they're shocked to see him lying on the floor like the rest of them. Looks like there's a new Sheriff in town… and he's a spaceman.

WOODY: […] That is Sid.

BUZZ: You mean that happy child?

MR. POTATO HEAD: That ain't no happy child!

REX: He tortures toys—just for fun!

Sid's a pretty big worry for this group of toys. Sure, they're all pretty safe in Andy's room, but one wrong move near the window and they could end up being blown up in Sid's yard. Woody's also careful to exclude Buzz from their group. After all, he's a "space ranger," not a toy like the rest of them.

BUZZ: Say there, Lizard and Stretchy Dog. Let me show you something. It looks as though I've been accepted into your culture. Your Chief, Andy, inscribed his name on me.

REX: With permanent ink, too!

Buzz has been accepted into the community by both other toys and by Andy. This little scene just serves to make Woody even angrier. Why is Buzz trying to cut in on the group of toys he clearly leads?

SARGE: There he is, men! Frag him!

MR. POTATO HEAD: Let's string him up by his pull string!

BO PEEP: Will you boys stop it?

HAMM: Tackle him!

Things have changed in this toy community. Woody was once at the top of the toy pile and now he's being attacked by the other toys who think he's a danger to everyone else. Oh, how the mighty toy has fallen.

WOODY: How am I gonna convince those guys it was an accident? Buzz! Buzz! You're alive! This is great! I'm saved! Andy will find you here, he'll take us back to the room, and then you can tell everyone that this was all this all just a big mistake. Huh? Right? Buddy?

BUZZ: I just want you to know that even though you tried to terminate me, revenge is not an idea we promote on my planet.

WOODY: Oh. Well, that's good.

BUZZ: But we're not on my planet, are we?

Woody wants back into Andy's room, but he knows he's not going get there without the buy-in from all the other toys. No one believes that he wasn't jealous enough to push Buzz out the window, so he needs bring Buzz home safe and sound. Buzz isn't cooperating, but Woody can't reclaim his little community without him.

BUZZ: This is an intergalactic emergency. I need to commandeer your vessel to Sector 12. Who's in charge here?

GREEN ALIENS: The Claw! The Claw is our master. The Claw chooses who will go and who will stay.

WOODY: This is ludicrous.

Here, we get to see a different group of toys. While Andy's toys have their own ideas and concerns about the world, these little green aliens in a claw machine have made up a whole religion around the claw above them. When you've got a community stuck in an arcade game, they would naturally worship The Claw that moves above them and frees them from the machine. It's pretty genius.

MR. POTATO HEAD: Son of a building block! It's Woody!

HAMM: He's in the psycho's bedroom!

[…]

MR. POTATO HEAD: Did you all take those Stupid Pills this morning? Have you forgotten what he did to Buzz? And now you wanna let him back over here?

Woody finds out the hard way that getting back into Andy's room isn't gonna be as simple as he hoped. The other toys in the group are not willing to welcome him back in… or even help him. It's actually pretty cruel how much they've turned on Woody. They won't even rescue him from being tortured at Sid's.

BO PEEP: It is Buzz! Woody was telling the truth!

SLINKY: What have we done?!

REX: Great. Now I have guilt.

Looks like Woody wasn't as awful as they thought (just kind of awful). The group switches pretty quickly here in gear to save Woody and Buzz. This is one community that knows when they're wrong…and isn't afraid to adapt and do the right thing.

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