SOME OF WOODY’S MOST MEMORABLE LINES WERE IMPROVISED BY HANKS. (TOM, NOT JIM.)
“In the process of making an animated film, we always record the dialogue before we do the animation so the animators can be inspired by the actor’s movements,” Lasseter told the crowd at D23 2015. And boy, were they inspired by Hanks. So inspired, in fact, that they’re still using Hanks’ original outtakes in “Toy Story” films because he “gave them so much.”
According to Lee Unkrich, who served as the film’s editor, bits of Woody’s dialogue in “Toy Story 2,” “Toy Story 3” and the upcoming “Toy Story 4” were recorded by Hanks in 1994.
Hanks was also a master improver with props. “We found out that if we gave him props, he would just come up with ideas,” Lasseter said. One prop — a fake severed arm that Lasseter borrowed from his kids — led to the sequence where Woody plays with Buzz’s detached arm in the window, like a shadow puppet.
“All of that dialogue was Tom Hanks ad libbing,” Lasseter said. (The more you know!)