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Tin Toy

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Directed by: John Lasseter
Written by: John Lasseter
Release date: 1988
Running time: 5 minutes, 6 seconds

Tin Toy is a 1988 Pixar short film.


It's about a small toy named Tinny, who is trying to escape from Billy, a baby who wants to play with him and dribble on him. When Tinny tries to walk, his musical instruments on his back play notes. He then begins to run, but is chased by Billy. Tinny soon finds cover under the couch, and when he looks up, he sees that there are several other toys hiding, also afraid of Billy. While walking and trying to find the toy, Billy falls down and begins to cry. Tinny, feeling bad for the baby, tries to go and cheer him up. When he does, Billy just ignores him and plays with the boxes Tinny came in. Mad, Tinny tries to follow Billy to get his attention, but is still ignored. Near the end of the credits, other toys hiding under the couch come out from underneath and begin to play.

Efforts for a Sequel

Tinny Ventriloquist Dummy

Tinny with the ventriloquist dummy in one of the original sketches for Toy Story

A follow-up entitled A Tin Toy Christmas was planned as a holiday TV special. The plot involved Tinny being put into storge at a mall after he failed to sell, where he would have met with other toys who had had the same thing done to them. However, due to lack of funding for the project, it was dropped. Later, when Pixar and Disney collaborated on Toy Story, Tinny was to be the main character of the film. The original draft of Toy Story's script told the story of how Tinny got left behind at a rest stop and teamed up with a ventrloquist dummy in search of a new home. Later it was decided that both toys were too old-fashioned and they were replaced with Lunar Larry (later renamed Buzz Lightyear) and Woody respectively.


Tin Toy won the 1988 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, the first time a computer animated film had won in that category.


  • One of the boxes that Billy is playing with near the end of the short wields the old Pixar logo on the bottom-left.
  • At the beginning of the short, when the camera shows the entire room, there is a picture of a Luxo lamp at the top-right.
  • In Toy Story 2, when Hamm is flipping through the channels to find the Al's Toy Barn commercial, you can see brief clips of Tin Toy and other early Pixar shorts.
  • Some of the toys from the short can be seen cowering under a table at Sunnyside when the kids come into the Caterpillar Room in Toy Story 3.
  • Tinny can be seen under the bed in Lifted.
  • A Tin Toy book can be seen stacked on Andy's bookshelf during the first Toy Story. The book is located on the second to the bottom shelf, and can be seen when Woody passes by Etch before their duel, or when Woody talks at the toy meeting.
    • The book's author is shown as "Lasseter." A reference to the director and writer of the short, John Lasseter.
  • In a bag the camera passes over towards the beginning, you can see the old Pixar Logo in the top left corner.
  • The picture on the table is an actual photograph of director John Lasseter.[1]



  1. Price, David A. (2008). The Pixar Touch. P. 105. New York, Alfred A. Knopf

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