What’s Wrong With This Picture: There’s a Snake in the Art Department! Edition

Woody (courtesy pixar.wikia.com)

TTAG reader KWK recently (belatedly) spotted an annoying anomaly at pixar.wiki.com: a disarmed tea-oh-why-TOY. Specifically, Woody. And it’s not just this image either. All of the films, pics and costumer version of Pixar’s cowboy character show him toting an empty holster. Why? Because he doesn’t have one. Now you could say it’s because Woody’s gun was lost. Or you could say Pixar PC demanded disarmament. Or both. Or . . .

They probably would have never have given him a holster, but they needed somewhere for him to put the match, and a holster made the most sense. In TS1, the lack of a gun to put there is immaterial.

When TS2 comes out, they suddenly have the problem of “original condition” and what parts are needed to complete the set. A gun complicates matters more than is worth dealing with, so it was simply ignored, completely.

It’s not the only thing Pixar chose to ignore because dealing with it would be too complicated. In TS1, when Buzz is showing off his wings, the wings would have hit the car track when he flipped through the loop. To make it through, they just made a few camera cuts and: boom, problem solved. Same with a group hug Buzz gives: his arms weren’t long enough, so they just stretched them and hid it behind the group he’s hugging.

Thank you garygnu from the straightdope.com board, circa 2006. To which D18 added . . .

He had to have a gun at some point because one of his catch phrases is “reach for the sky”. Why would the bad guy reach for the sky if there wasn’t a gun aimed at him?

Anyway, as the Toy Story re-runs run-up to Xmas at least there’s one kiddies Christmas film that not only has a gun, but bases its plot on the rifle. Or have I forgot something?


  1. avatar bobmcd says:

    Ralphie’s rifle is really real, ’cause it doesn’t have an orange tip.

    1. avatar Will says:

      Ralphie almost shoots Ralphie’s eye out with his very real rifle. I always wondered if there was a subtle anti-gun message in Christmas Story. But then I think “It’s Christmas Story, one of the best, most entertaining movies ever…don’t over think it.”

      1. avatar Scrubula says:

        The message is more like “be safe” than “don’t have fun with air guns”.

        His glasses saved his eye, which is kinda a subtle PSA like wearing helmets while riding bikes.

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          And it’s a cautionary tale on the dangers of freezing weather and tongues frozen on flagpoles…

      2. avatar Shelley says:

        But it’s not the gun, or the pellet, that hits his eye – is it? I thought it was an icicle or something… Maybe not.

        1. avatar James R says:

          If I remember correctly…
          The icicle was his cleverly crafted story for his parents.
          I think the recoil (from a BB gun?) knocked him down and his glasses fell off then he stepped on them.

  2. avatar Jeff M says:

    Buzz has a wrist-mounted laser/pistol/weapon. Do the green plastic army men have guns? I never noticed.

    1. avatar Flubnut says:

      Yes they do. One even has a bayonet! Oh the horror!

      (OK, novel kinda-pointless post, I get it. But seriously, between Pakistan and Sydney and Surgeon General, this isn’t exactly a slow gun news day…)

    2. avatar Dirt Dog says:

      The Bucket O’ Soldiers is shown fully armed, including what appear to be M16s, a 1911, a mortar team, and a bazooka/RPG launcher.

    3. avatar Jim Jones says:

      We bought a Woody for our son for Hanukkah this year. I can confirm that the doll also comes gun-less. I noticed it right away after the lady picked it up from the store. It’s no big deal. Unlike many of his .friends, my son will get to enjoy the responsibility of gun ownership soon enough

    4. avatar Gearmoe says:

      You should know there is no problem with vaporizing a person because when a person dies they disappear. With a bullet they are still present.

      The lesson: Out of site, out of mind. This is how the anti-firearm thought justifies.

  3. avatar Avid Reader says:

    Someone who’s quicker than I am should be able to come up with a line about Woody’s, ah, deficiency. . .

    Dirk? Ralph? Bueller? Bueller?

  4. avatar SpecialK says:

    Ban “A Christmas Story”! For the kids! They’ll shoot their eyes out! Ironically the house where much of the movie was filmed is in Cleveland.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      And its open for tourists…


      Cost you 10 bucks, tho…

      Psst… You can buy a Leg Lamp in the Gift Shop…

      1. avatar Timmy! says:

        I got one of those leg lamps for Christmas last year! Sits by my bed and illuminates the keyboard when I stay up way too late on TTAG.

  5. avatar Don says:

    Everyone knows that small plastic detachable parts always end up in the vacuum the first day……. it’s a wonder the potato heads have both eyes… most of the time.

    1. avatar RT says:

      This X 1000

    2. avatar Sid says:

      Exactly! As the Rebel Pilot, you could count on the original Luke Skywalker being armed for maybe a day. But as the actual Lukee, he stayed armed because the light saber retracted into his forearm.

      I have always assumed the gun was lost because anyone who has owned an action figure will tell you that the pieces go quickly.

      1. avatar Lucas D. says:

        “But as the actual Lukee…”

        I’m confused: who was the Luker in this situation? How do you even Luke someone in the first place? I sometimes go by that name, so the information could come in handy.

  6. avatar Grindstone says:

    Holy smokes, who cares?

  7. avatar Quinn says:

    This is a real article on this site? And people should take this website seriously?

    1. avatar Kirk says:

      Cultural commentary re guns is perfectly legitimate, and interesting.

      One might see creeping pacification at Pixar as evidenced by the missing gun, and one would be wrong, as set forth here.

      At least: I found it interesting, and somewhat heartening.

    2. avatar Ralph says:

      @Quinn, we take the site seriously. Alas, we don’t take you seriously.

      I think we’re making the right choice.

    3. avatar Former Water Walker says:

      It’s called clickbait. And Sid was certainly a sick little future serial killer in training. Get a grip…duh.

  8. avatar Wood says:

    @ Quinn & Grindstone

    Welcome to the war. The future of the Second Amendment means recruiting new shooters. Now, I’ve managed to breed two, and have another pair on the way… And I’ve taken several new people to the range. But the other side is waging its own war to redefine what normal is, and in their world guns are bad, citizens shouldn’t have any, and the government will provide for your every need.

    Is this article silly? Maybe, but it’s an example of the absurd lengths taken to denormalize guns in today’s world.

    1. avatar Grindstone says:

      You really think Pixar is deliberately trying to “denormalize” guns by having an *empty holster* on Woody? Seriously? The fact that we get dozen of Hollywood blockbusters that 100% center around firearms per year doesn’t make this idea seem more than a little silly? Tell me, what place would a firearm have even served the plot of TS1?

      No, this is just absurd and looking for boogeymen where there are none.

      1. avatar Wood says:

        I did not say it’s a Pixar conspiracy. I said it’s an *example* of the lengths the left will go to to win.

        While we’re all either wearing foil hats or accusing each other of wearing foil hats, the antigun conspiracy may yet win.

      2. avatar Rick the Bear says:

        Two letters for you: ET. On re-release, the gvt shotguns were changed to walkie-talkies. And don’t get me started on Spielberg and Schindler’s List.

  9. avatar Russ Bixby says:


    Funny they didn’t also disarm Buzz Lightyear, but they likely will once directed energy weapons become commonplace…

    1. avatar lolinski says:

      Buzz is new, Woody is old. Toys usually miss their removable parts, especially when they get old.

  10. avatar Stan says:

    Wow! Bloomberg and MDA went after Woody too?

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      If MDA actually had an interest in a Woody…

      Ah, fuhgeddabouditt…

  11. avatar Skyler says:

    This was old news 19 years ago. Sheesh.

    Kids toys are always missing the removable parts. Get over it.

  12. avatar DickDanger says:

    For everyone going “OMG who cares”, just consider it a little light-hearted break from the more intense and serious news of today.

    1. avatar Grindstone says:

      It’s not even funny.

      1. avatar JR_in_NC says:

        It’s a sad world in which you live…

        Did someone hold a gun to your head and MAKE you read the article? I’m guessing no.

  13. avatar Alan W. Rose says:

    Let us not forget Yukon Cornelius of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, with a revolver stuffed in his belt. But not at Toys R Us. They disarmed him.

  14. avatar Mediocrates says:

    How is Woody going to protect Little Bo Peep?

    1. avatar Sian says:


      He didn’t.

  15. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

    The BB gun? Are you kidding me? That lamp was the star of the show.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      You can buy your own in the Christmas Story House gift shop…


      Just the thing to trigger the divorce….

  16. avatar Dan A says:

    I was around 7 when Toy Story came out, and that bit with Buzz’s wings and the racetrack has bothered me ever since. And it still annoys me, way more than Woody’s empty holster does.

  17. avatar Don says:

    Woody the cowboy negligently misplaced his handgun and we can only assume that now it’s being used in a school shooting somewhere.

  18. avatar Jim says:

    You’ll shoot your eye out!”

    It’s not Christmas in this household until we watch Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation…several times

  19. avatar Deadeye says:

    Woody is a sheriff after all and one of the characters is a dog so…..

  20. avatar lolinski says:

    I thought it was obvious. He doesn’t have the gun because he is an old toy that isn’t in good condition. That’s why he doesn’t like Buzz in the beginning. Because he is afraid that he will lose Andy to the new and shiny Buzz.

  21. avatar sacorey says:

    Woody must have lost it in a boating accident

  22. avatar James R says:

    This is what happens to a disarmed toy box: They get butchered by Sid.
    Should have been a DGU….

  23. avatar Chrispy says:

    “Hey Etch….. DRAW”

    *spin around*

    The etch-a-sketch draws an old school cap and ball revolver in under two seconds… Surprised nobody else brought that up.

  24. avatar JJ48 says:

    Also, there is simply no way that Buzz’ helmet could have focused sunlight just right to launch the rocket. Incidents like this, Woody’s gun, Buzz’ wing phasing through the track, and the toys’ attack on Sid are CLEARLY examples of Pixar’s subliminal messaging trying to get people to stop buying toys! I think we should start http://www.toystoryTRUTH.org to expose the conspiracies of the ATO (Anti-Toy Order)!

  25. avatar AJ says:

    I can’t remember the last time I saw a gun on illustrated cop’s belt. My family always snaps up police books for my little guy and I always grumble to the wife about it.
    Aren’t cops the “only ones” who should have them? It’s a glaring omission, IMHO, and I hate why they do it.

  26. avatar xwing says:

    They’re portraying Woody realistically… every kid would lose the toy gun as part of the set! LOL 🙂

    I don’t see this as a big deal.

  27. avatar preston says:

    i noticed this as well at disney world. i looked through several dolls to make sure someone just didnt take a bunch of them and nope, the picture on the box shows no gun, but buzz gets a lazer? some how thats not a gun i guess because it doesnt have a grip. its built into his suit.

  28. avatar Phillip R says:

    The gun wasn’t lost because he’s an old toy, it has always been absent.
    TS2 doesn’t just avoid the issue of “original condition”. The black & white videos shown of “Woody’s Roundup” (the Cowboy Crunchies advertainment that is the origin of the Woody character) the puppet’s holster is always empty.
    So, the character has never had a gun but always had an empty holster. Seems awfully silly to me.

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