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Performer: Joe Ranft (speaking voice in Toy Story 2)
Robert Goulet (singing voice in Toy Story 2)
Appeared in: Toy Story 2
Toy Story 3 (silent cameo in the flashbacks)
"What's the point in prolonging the inevitable? We're all just one stitch away from here...to there."
—Wheezy points to a yard sale outside Andy's house
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Wheezy singing You've Got a Friend in Me with blocks spelling his name.

Wheezy is a toy penguin who appears in Toy Story 2.

Toy Story 2

Andy got Wheezy sometime before the events of Toy Story 2. He was once one of Andy's favorite toys until his squeaker broke. Andy was very upset, and when his mother said she would fix it, she instead left Wheezy on the shelf, where he was forgotten as he coughed on dust. He tried to squeak for help, but nobody could hear him as his squeaker was still broken.

When Woody's arm was accidentally torn by Andy, he also ended up on the shelf and by chance, discovered Wheezy. He tried to help Wheezy but there was little he could do to repair him. The asthmatic penguin pointed out that there was a yard sale outside and that he was likely to be sold. He was among the many toys collected for the sale, so Woody rushed to rescue him. He and Andy's dog, Buster, ran to the sale and recovered Wheezy, who was grateful for his help. Unfortunately, Woody fell off Buster, who ran back inside the house. Woody was subsequently found and kidnapped by Al, and this is where the toys' mission to rescue him began. As Buzz prepared to embark on his mission, Wheezy pleaded with Buzz to save Woody.

Wheezy was later seen in a happier mood after Woody and his friends return home. Wheezy was finally repaired with help from Mr. Shark and sang You've Got a Friend in Me to all of his friends in a deep voice.

Toy Story 3

"We've lost friends along the way... Wheezy... and Etch..."
—Woody

Wheezy only appeared briefly in the home videos that Andy's mom made of Andy when he was a kid. Later on, Woody commented that Wheezy and toys like him were either given away or sold in yard sales, which suggests that Woody was unable to help him this time like he did before. Wheezy was a silent cameo in the movie, most likely out of respect for Joe Ranft.

Other appearances

Buzz Lightyear of Star Command

In the show's pilot, Wheezy makes a cameo appearance in the film's opening sequence where Joe Ranft reprises his role. Wheezy sees the Buzz Lightyear VHS after it arrives in Andy's room and tells Buzz, "You ought to sign that tape. It might be worth something someday!" Later, in the TV series, Wheezy makes a silent cameo at the intros of the animated series where he is trapped in a box house on fire. Suddenly, Buzz flies by and rescues him. Buzz then goes to watch his TV show with the others.

Toy Story 3: The Video Game

Wheezy appears in Toy Story 3: The Video Game, along with Bo Peep. Due to the deceased Joe Ranft, Wheezy is voiced by a new video game voice actor, Phil LaMarr.

Toy Description

Wheezy, the squeaking penguin, has seen better days. Ever since his squeaker broke, he's been marooned on top of a tall bookcase in Andy's room. But given another chance (and a new squeaker), the dapper penguin can still belt out a tune or two.

Trivia

  • Wheezy originated from the earliest story ideas for the first Toy Story, when it would have starred the main character Tinny from Tin Toy. At that time, it was planned to have been a feature version of Pixar's unmade TV special A Tin Toy Christmas (hence the reason that he's a penguin).[1]
  • Wheezy got his name from having asthma.
  • Before Toy Story 3 came out, Wheezy was rumored to have a speaking role with a new voice actor. Among the voice actors rumored were Robin Williams, Charlie Adler, Mark Linn-Baker, and Mike Myers.
  • In one of the videos on the Toy Story 3 website, his own version of You've Got a Friend in Me is shown, and he is also credited as "Squeak E. Clean."
  • Wheezy made a non-speaking cameo appearance in a Toy Story Mania commercial.
  • According to Disneystrology, his birthday would be on September 13th.
  • Both of his voice actors, Joe Ranft and Robert Goulet, are deceased.

Gallery

Quotes

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
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
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


References

  1. The Pixar TV special you never got to see, "A Tin Toy Christmas"

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