Does anybody -- even Tom Hanks -- really look like Woody the sheriff? Does anybody -- even Tim Allen -- really look like Buzz Lightyear? For that matter, do any of the voice-actor stars of the Toy Story movie franchise, including Toy Story 4 additions Christina Hendricks, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Keanu Reeves and more, really look like they’re characters?
You’d be surprised. And not.
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The Disney-released, CGI-animated Toy Story franchise date back nearly 25 years, to 1995’s Toy Story, and continues through Toy Story 4, which finds the Woody- and Buzz-led toys, now the playthings of Bonnie (the little girl who was bequeathed Andy’s childhood things at the end of Toy Story 3), on a quest to find Bonnie’s new toy creation, Forky.
Forky, who, as pointed out in Toy Story 4, is more of a spork than a fork, is voiced by Veep’s Tony Hale. Hendricks, late of Good Girls, and previously of Mad Men, is the voice of the movie’s innocent-looking villain, a talking doll named Gabby Gabby. Key and Peele, who rose to fame as the comedy duo of Key and Peele, do the voices of the carnival-prize duo, Ducky, a stuffed toy duck, and Bunny, a stuffed toy rabbit, natch. Reeves makes his Toy Story debut as the voice of Duke Caboom (think Evel Knievel).
Toy Story 4 features returning favorites, too. In addition to Hanks and Allen, there’s Annie Potts, reprising her voice work as Woody’s lady friend, Bo Peep; Joan Cusack, once again roping up adventure as Jessie the cowgirl; Wallace Shawn, who’s back to his non-menacing ways as Rex, the T. rex toy; and Jodi Benson, who once again is featured as the voice of Barbie.
In the most poignant Toy Story 4 development, Don Rickles, the late insult comic who was the pitch-perfect voice of Mr. Potato Head in Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3, will be heard once more as the character. Rickles, who died in 2017 at the age 90, did not record any dialogue for Toy Story 4, but he was due to return to the cast; filmmakers pieced together a performance from archival audio.
Matching up all of these Toy Story actors -- and more -- to their Toy Story characters is a fascinating trip through the franchise’s history, and sometimes just plain trippy? Who looks most different from their character? Who looks most alike? See for yourself.
... Tony Hale
Hale has won two Primetime Emmys for his role as the harried aide on Veep; he's scored a following for playing the skittish Buster Bluth on Arrested Development.prevnext
Bunny and Ducky are voiced by ...
These carnival-prize stuffed animals are a team in Toy Story 4.prevnext
... Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key
The Us filmmaker and Friends from College star, respectively, were a team on Key and Peele.prevnext
Duke Caboom is voiced by ...
This daredevil action figure crashes the Toy Story universe in Toy Story 4.prevnext
... Christina Hendricks
The Mad Men alum is one of the criminal heroines of NBC's Good Girls.prevnext
Giggle McDimples is voiced by ...
That's Officer Giggle McDimples, to you. This law-enforcement character is a miniature-sized addition to the Toy Story universe via Toy Story 4.prevnext
Stretch is voiced by ...
This purple-colored octopus is all hands, er, tentacles, in Toy Story 3.prevnext
... Whoopi Goldberg
This multimedia star extended her reach to Hollywood thanks to The Color Purple.prevnext
... Ned Beatty
Seen here in Charlie Wilson's War, Beatty is a much-loved, Oscar-nominated character actor (Network).prevnext
... Kristen Schaal
The actress (Last Man on Earth) is a comedy star on Bob's Burgers -- she's the voice of Louise.prevnext
... Jeff Garlin
This comic has tasted TV success with The Goldbergs and Curb Your Enthusiasm.prevnext
Ken is voiced by ...
Barbie's mate is looking good, as ever, in Toy Story 3 and Toy Story 4.prevnext
... Michael Keaton
The Oscar-nominee (Birdman) is looking ahead to playing software giant John McAfee in a big-screen biopic.prevnext
... Kelsey Grammer
In addition to Cheers, Frasier and The Last Tycoon (pictured), this TV favorite is known to fans of The Simpsons as the voice of the sidekick-gone-bad, Sideshow Bob.prevnext
... Andrew Stanton
A Pixar giant, Stanton is best known as a filmmaker. His credits include WALL-E, Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. He's one of the screenwriters of Toy Story 4.prevnext
Barbie is played by ...
Mattel's real-world plastic icon has appeared in Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3 and Toy Story 4.prevnext
... Jodi Benson
The actress and singer is best known for her iconic turn as the voice of Ariel for Disney's The Little Mermaid.prevnext
Sarge is voiced by ...
This go-getter is heard barking orders in Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3.prevnext
... R. Lee Ermey
The Vietnam vet and character actor, seen barking orders in Full Metal Jacket, died in 2018.prevnext
Mrs. Potato Head is voiced by ...
Another real-world toy turned Toy Story favorite, Mrs. Potato Head is seen in Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3 and Toy Story 4.prevnext
... Estelle Harris
On TV, Harris is best known for playing George Constanza's mother, Estelle, on Seinfeld.prevnext
Bo Peep is voiced by ...
This sheep-herding figure of nursery-rhyme fame is definitely not sheepish in Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 4.prevnext
... Annie Potts
Late of Young Sheldon, Potts has spent a career rounding up A-list projects, including the original Ghostbusters franchise.prevnext
Hamm is voiced by ....
This piggy bank is money: The character has appeared in all four Toy Story movies.prevnext
... John Ratzenberger
The actor appeared in all 11 seasons of Cheers. He's also the voice of the Cars franchise's Mack.prevnext
Rex is voiced by ...
This friendly toy Tyrannosaurus rex has roamed the Toy Story franchise since the first movie.prevnext
... Wallace Shawn
This Princess Bride favorite can be heard in scores of animated TV episodes and films, including The Simpsons, Family Guy and The Incredibles.prevnext
Slinky Dog is voiced by ...
This good-natured pooch toy first appeared in the original Toy Story.prevnext
... Jim Varney
The actor, seen here in the 1989 movie, Fast Food, gave Slinky Dog his ruff in Toy Story and Toy Story 2. Varney died in 2000.prevnext
Slinky Dog is also voiced by ...
Despite Varney's death, the Toy Story canine has remained in the franchise kennel.prevnext
... Blake Clark
The stand-up comic, seen here in a vintage photo from a 1990s appearance on The Tonight Show, is heard as the voice of Slinky Dog in Toy Story 3 and Toy Story 4.prevnext
Mr. Potato Head is voiced by ...
This Playskool tater is the only real-world licensed toy to play a major role in the first Toy Story movie. It's gone on to appear in all four films.prevnext
... Don Rickles
The insult comic died in 2017 before he'd done any work on Toy Story 4. But he's still expected to be heard in the new movie via snippets of previously recorded Mr. Potato Head dialogue.prevnext
Jessie is voiced by ...
The spunky cowgirl toy rounds up action in Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3 and Toy Story 4.prevnext
... Joan Cusack
The two-time Oscar-nominee (In & Out, Working Girl) is the voice of Red on The Stinky & Dirty Show.prevnext
Buzz Lightyear is voiced by ...
The as-seen-on-TV action figure has been going to infinity and beyond for the Toy Story franchise since the first Toy Story movie.prevnext
... Tim Allen
When the comic worked on 1995's Toy Story, he was the star of the TV sitcom, Home Improvement. Twenty-four years later, he's the star of the TV sitcom, Last Man Standing.prevnext
Woody is voiced by ...
The heart and soul of the Toy Story franchise, this cowboy doll has saddled up for every Toy Story film.prevnext