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Twitter users who follow Lee Unkrich got a surprise today when he revealed that the name of Pixar’s flagship piece of cinema was actually just the working title.

The string of abandoned titles all started with Lee Unkrich (editor of Toy Story, co-director of Toy Story 2 and director of Toy Story 3) making a joke on Twitter about how Pixar’s recently announced feature film about dinosaurs may keep the title it was announced with at D23.

‘Toy Story’ was always just a working title that we never intended to use. Maybe this one will stick, too.

After Unkrich posted the picture, he received a response asking if he remembered the titles that Toy Story went through before they settled on Toy Story.

He had more than 200 alternative titles to Toy Story, but he picked seventeen of them and published them with #RejectedToyStoryTitles as the tag. We’ve got them listed for you below.

The New Toy

Made in Taiwan

Moving Buddies

To Infinity and Beyond

Wind-Up Heroes

The Cowboy & The Spaceman

Spurs & Rockets

Each Sold Separately

Wings & Pullstrings

The Favorite

Bring Me The Arm of Buzz Lightyear

Wind the Frog

Rex’s First Movie

For the Love of Peep

Toyz in the Hood

Some Assembly Required

The titles range from fairly good to absurd (Rex’s First Movie? Toyz in the Hood?!), but it makes sense since according to Unkrich, they went through hundreds of names before finally reaching out and asking everyone they could find.

These are randomly picked from a list of HUNDREDS of brainstormed titles. We had an open call to studio employees, out of desperation.

He also mentions that Pixar briefly flirted with the idea of calling A Bugs Life by a different name (Bug Story) after the success of Toy Story. They eventually realized that it might be a poor choice since they would get stuck using the same naming scheme.

As a Twitter user noted, that means that in some bizarro universe where Pixar made the decision to stick to the “Story” naming scheme, we would now have such cinematic masterpieces as Monster Story, Fish Story, Rat Story, Robot Story and Old Man and the Korean Kid Story.

We don’t blame them. After all as we’ve mentioned before, titles are hard.

  • lostinthegray

    Old Man and the Korean Kid Story cracked me up…lol.

  • Eoin

    Yo! Toyz in the Hoooood! Hahaha.

  • http://twitter.com/taylie27 taylore thompson

    “Made in Taiwan” cracked me up, but I could see “some assembly required” and “To infinity and beyond”

  • Cheydancer

    some of those are beyond awfull! Made me laugh so hard, but some were pretty good.

  • http://twitter.com/paramaniac97 Edward’sGal

    Some of those were just weird….

  • http://twitter.com/wenuwish Rhiannon Walters

    That wasn’t just another twitter user, she’s an animator who works at Pixar. :)

  • Anonymous

    “Bring me the arm of Buzz Lightyear” would have been hilarious and it could have changed to Woody in the sequel since he loses his arm.

  • emilyful

    What about “doesn’t include batteries” ?

    • Diegomom50

      The already is a movie called Batteries not Included by Steven Spielberg

      • Anonymous

        REALLY? When was that made????

  • Kennedy

    Wind the Frog…Really?

  • Anonymous

    lol “Toyz in the Hood”? Yeah Toy Story was definitely a better name than all of these…

  • http://hypable.com Selina

    No way was “Bring Me The Arm of Buzz Lightyear” ever considered a possible title haha! Toy Story sounds good now, but I reckon if it’d had another title we’d have been like, “Toy Story? That’s so lame and vague.” What’s interesting about some of these is that they seem to put other characters like Buzz and Rex in the center, where really the movie ended up being about Woody (with Buzz as a close second). I’m betting most of these were thought up before the project was fully developed.

    • Anonymous

      I would NEVER have gone to seen “Bring Me The Arm of Buzz Lightyear.” Instead, I probably would have laughed and made fun of it until tears were streaming down my face. :) Thank goodness they decided on “Toy Story!”

  • Emmalou

    toyz in the hood?? lol that is not disney friendly…

  • MH4

    Lol… the only one I actually like is Some Assembly Required!

  • http://giddyauntflamingnora.tumblr.com Jenny Tattum

    I quite like ‘The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dinosaurs’….

  • Steven R

    isn’t Bring Me The Arm of Buzz Lightyear a parody to a old movie title i can’t quite remember but if anyone listens to the british radio show ‘i’m sorry i haven’t a clue’  it a recurring joke

  • Jacob

    lol I like Made in Taiwan and Some Assembly Required.

  • Anonymous

    I like made in Taiwan, Idk what they were smokin with toyz in the hood though 

  • Kate

    Toyz in the Hood. 
    Would have made my life.
    So would “The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dinosaurs” though.

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