It’s no surprise that the Toy Story trilogy has been jam-packed with memorable instances of dialogue, as all three of the movies are justifiably considered the high-water mark as far as modern computer-generated animation. And though it’s difficult to narrow the field down to just five quotes, the following stand as the best of the best within Pixar’s groundbreaking series:
This iconic Buzz Lightyear line is not only the most memorable quote in the Toy Story series, but it’s also become one of the most indelible lines in all of movie history (animation or otherwise). It’s used best in the 1995 original, as Buzz (Tim Allen) first utters it as he prepares to prove to Woody (Tom Hanks) and the rest of Andy’s toys that he can, in fact, fly. There are few movies that are as closely identified with one piece of dialogue as Toy Story is to “To infinity and beyond!” and it’s a testament to Pixar’s dedication to quality that they managed to place such a well known quote within their very first film.
2. “You are a toy!” ('Toy Story')
There are few exchanges in the Toy Story saga that are as hilarious (and memorable) as the “You are a toy!” argument between Woody and Buzz in the original film, as Woody loses his patience with Buzz and blurts out the aforementioned bit of dialogue. The inherently comedic nature of the line itself is heightened by Tom Hanks’ absolutely brilliant delivery, with Hanks’ increasingly frantic performance counterbalanced by Tim Allen’s comparatively calm, collected voice work as Buzz. Buzz’s response to Woody’s “You are a toy!” claim is almost as iconic, as the character fires back with “You are a sad, strange little man and you have my pity.”
3. “That wasn’t flying. That was falling with style!” ('Toy Story')
This is actually an extension of the first quote on this list, as Woody utters it after Buzz takes his awe-inspiring flight around Andy’s room. With the other toys using words like “magnificent” and “whoa” to describe Buzz’s airborne exploits, Woody attempts to make it clear that Buzz didn’t actually fly around the room – as the Space Ranger instead used a well-timed jump as a springboard for a luck-filled trip through Andy’s race-car track and onto his ceiling fan. A variation of the line is repeated towards the end of the film by Buzz, as Woody and Buzz are sent aloft by Sid’s oversized firecracker and Buzz, in response to Woody’s shock that Buzz is soaring through the air, says “This isn’t flying. This is falling with style!”
4. “I can't stop Andy from growing up. But I wouldn't miss it for the world.” (TS2)
A big part of what makes the Toy Story series so great is its heart, as the filmmakers at Pixar have infused each of the three films with moments designed to choke up even the hardiest of viewers. The evolution of Woody and Andy’s relationship certainly remains one of the most emotionally satisfying elements of the entire trilogy, and it was in 1999’s Toy Story 2 that Woody first came to accept the fact that his days with Andy were numbered. Stinky Pete (Kelsey Grammer) almost manages to convince Woody to join Jessie (Joan Cusack), Bullseye, and himself in Japan, but Woody remembers the good times with Andy and finally utters the above line. It’s a heartwarming moment that drives home just how much Woody cares about Andy.
As far as scene stealers in the Toy Story trilogy go, the trio of three-eyed aliens rank right up there with Wheezy from Toy Story 2. When we first meet them, the aliens are trapped inside a claw game at Pizza Planet – with Buzz’s efforts at figuring out who’s in charge leading the three aliens to reply “The Claw!” (They go on to explain that “the Claw chooses who will go and who will stay.”) The most satisfying utterance of this line comes in Toy Story 3, however, as Andy's toys find themselves trapped in an enormous incinerator and have accepted their fates. Just when all seems hopeless, our heroes are scooped up by an enormous claw being operated by the three aliens (with their cry of "The Claw" prompting cheers from the audience).