One of Pixar’s The most celebrated animators joined the studio in 1994, where he was one of the editors on their first feature film. Toy story. Since then, this animator graduated as a film director and producer, co-directing toy story 2, leader Toy Story 3, and executive producer toy Story 4, among other Pixar favorites.
But Lee Unkrich is not only partly responsible for giving everyone the toy story franchise, but it works as one of the glow the most amateurs. Unkrich not only runs an entire website dedicated to the 1980 horror movie, but he’s also a resourceful creative at Pixar Animation Studios., sneakily, and sometimes not so sneakily, sprinkled on Easter eggs to the Stephen King Film adaptation.
Sid’s Carpet (‘Toy Story’)
It is the most notable reference to the glow in the original toy story when Woody and Buzz find themselves trapped in Sid’s house and looking for a way out. As they run down the hallway upstairs, the toys run across an eerily familiar rug.
That orange and red hexagonal pattern that Woody and Buzz stand on is the exact same design as the rug in The Overlook Hotel that Danny rides his blue trike on, trying to escape just like the toys.
Apollo 11 (‘Toy Story’, ‘Toy Story 4’)
It’s no secret that everyone’s favorite space ranger, Buzz Lightyear, is named after the famous real-life Apollo 11 astronaut who walked on the moon in 1969. Buzz Aldrin. But the glow fans have always wondered if all the references to Apollo 11 and the space rocket were related to the horror movie as well.
It may be exaggerated, but Danny wears a blue sweater that says “Apollo 11 USA” while Buzz Lightyear is based on an Apollo 11 astronaut. toy Story 4, some of the carnival prizes are toy rockets that look like the one on Danny’s sweater.
The intercom and the tissue box (‘Toy Story 3’)
In Toy Story 3, Sunnyside Daycare’s control room is run by a toy clapping monkey with cymbals, and if that’s not creepy enough, it’s also riddled with the glow Easter eggs.
To the left of the desk, you’ll see the old-fashioned intercom that looks exactly like the one Wendy uses to try and communicate with the outside while at The Overlook Hotel. To the right, you’ll notice a box of tissues among the clutter that has the exact same design as the famous rug from Sid and The Overlook Hotel.
Benson or Lloyd? (‘Toy Story 4’)
For an animated children’s film, toy story 4 it certainly bordered on a horror movie at times. She not only featured an evil doll with a creepy broken voice box, but also her terrifying fictional ventriloquist minions who seem to have been modeled after a memorable character from The glow.
Not only do the mannequins, all named Benson, respectively, have similar facial features to bartender Lloyd from The Overlook Hotel, but Benson’s black jacket and red bowtie mimic Lloyd’s red jacket and black bowtie in the film.
The long and winding road (‘Toy Story 4’)
To get to The Overlook Hotel, Jack, Wendy, and Danny take a long, winding road that is surrounded by trees and greenery during the opening scene of The glow.
When Bonnie, her parents, and their toys embark on an end-of-summer road trip that leads the toys to find Woody’s lost love, Bo Peep, at an antique store while Bonnie and her parents attend a carnival, They drive their caravan down a long, winding road during a shot similar to the one in the horror film.
Kalinga technique (‘Toy Story 3’)
the glow outstanding music of the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, who made the “Kalinga” technique famous. This particular style of music is said to have an intentional disturbing effect and is done by violinists striking their bows against the strings rather than strumming them.
When he wasn’t creating memorable musical moments in Toy Story 3, composer Randy Newman Executive producer Unkrich urged using the “kalinga” technique during moments in the film where they wanted the audience to feel unsettled. The ominous sound can also be heard during a scene in Finding Nemo where Unkrich requested it from the composer Tom Newman.
“Midnight, the stars and you” (‘Toy Story 4’)
In the glow, the 1934 foxtrot song “Midnight, The Stars And You” by Ray Noble and his orchestra plays during Jack Torrance’s memorable shot of a black-and-white photograph captioned “Overlook Hotel July 4th Ball, 1921.”
In toy Story 4, enthusiastic listeners can hear the same song on the antique store’s record player, which Unkrich and the director joseph cooley was cast as a stand-in during production before falling in love with the creepy reference and deciding to include it in the final film.
“Here’s Benson!” (‘Toy Story 4’)
The most famous scene the glow —and possibly one of the most famous scenes in movie history— is when by Jack Nicholson Jack Torrance blasts a hole through a locked door and sticks his face in, saying the historical line from the film: “Here’s Johnny!”
toy story 4 paid homage to that scene when Benson’s dummies chase Woody and Forky and one breaks through a barrier with a creepy face similar to Jack’s. The line was previously used in Finding Nemo when the shark named Bruce chases after Marlin and Dory and smashes his head against a wooden boat, saying, “Here’s Brucey!”
Mr. Tony (‘Toy Story 3’)
fans of the glow he can remember Danny’s imaginary friend named Tony, who is said to live in Danny’s mouth and help him detect spirits and see past, present and future events during his stay at The Overlook Hotel.
Eagle-eyed viewers caught the name of Sunnyside Day Care janitor Mr. Tony, who spends his only scene in toy Story 3 looking at himself in a mirror, like Danny does when talking to his imaginary friend Tony.
Number 237 (‘Toy Story 3’, ‘Toy Story 4’)
In the Stanley Kubrick movie, number 237 represents the most haunted room in The Overlook Hotel, where the ghost of a woman who drowned resided.
Like A113, this number appears several times throughout the toy story Movie (s. In Toy Story 3, shown three times; on a security camera, on the license plate of the garbage truck Sid drives, and on the username “Velocistar237”, who Trixie messages online. The numbers can also be seen in Toy Story 4 as old Ducky and Bunny’s house numbers comically attacking in a dream.
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