In an interview in 2019 BBC Radio 1, Tom Hanks explained why he was interested in participating in Toy Story as Woody. “There were two things about it. At first, it was like “I’m not sure what this is.” The computer-generated animation itself looked hyperreal. But the marriage of my indignant voice inside this indignant body of the toy was simply magnificent, ”he said. “So I was from the start. They brought me in to sort of explain this strange, unknown amount of something that may or may not work. I said, “Well, I think that’s okay. !’ That’s how it started.”
Looking back at the first Toy Story movie, the animators struggled with the portrayal of human characters, especially (via ComicBook.com). To modern audiences, Andy is the epitome of the uncanny valley, but at the time, it was the undisputed creation of an entirely new genre of cinema. So, according to Hanks, it was a unique experience. No one invested in expanding their career would turn down something like Toy Story, and Pixar fans around the world are grateful to Hanks for taking such a step, even if his use of the term “hyperreal” arouses ludicrous suspicion.