Tom Hanks Reveals This Secret About Woody From “Toy Story”

There are so many animated movies that have a special place in our hearts. Growing up, cartoons and animated movies were like gateways into other worlds where the conventional rules of reality don’t exist. Humor and compelling stories are uniquely conveyed through the animation process, and the only limit is the creativity of the people who are making it.

Of all the children’s movies that have been released over the past 25 years, none have impacted the animation industry more than Disney’s “Toy Story.” Prior to the film’s release, a digitally animated film of this scale had never been attempted. The stakes were incredibly high as it was a venture into the unknown, but the payoff was well worth it. With the help of the star-studded cast of voice actors that included Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Wallace Shawn and Don Rickles, the film became a smash hit among both children and adults. It would go on to be nominated for several Academy Awards and won eight Annie Awards, including Best Animated Feature. The movie’s success was so great that it spawned several sequels, and “Toy Story 4” is slated to be released in 2018.

Sheriff Woody Pride (Woody) is perhaps one of the most recognizable characters from the movie, and he instantly became a fan-favorite character due to his unique personality and his role as the leader of the other toys. With Woody comically paired with Buzz Lightyear, it’s hard not to chuckle as the two opposites struggled to overcome obstacles in their adventures.

Tom Hanks is universally praised for his work in voicing the character of Woody. The accomplished actor brought a familiar voice that perfectly matched the down-to-earth mentality that Woody represented. Through the years, the popularity of the character has spread to many different generations of children. Some of you may have even passed the love for the character on to your kids.


Here we see Isaac Torres – who is just over a year old – accompanied by his favorite doll, Woody. Even though he wasn’t born at the time of the original movie, his love for the character is just as strong.

Elsa Grace Torres

In a recent interview on BBC’s “The Graham Norton Show,” Tom Hanks revealed that kids who were lucky enough to have talking Woody toys may not have been getting an “authentic” Woody experience. If you did happen to have one of those dolls, you might have noticed it for yourself and blamed it on a subpar speaker, but Woody’s voice has always appeared a bit off.


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The truth behind it is that the Sheriff Woody doll was actually voiced by someone else: Jim Hanks – Tom’s Brother. This had always been the rumor, and word had spread around about it for years. Putting an end to the speculation, Tom confirmed what many have suspected all along. He went on to say, “There are so many computer games, and video things, and Jim, he works on those things all year long. They said ‘You don’t want to do this?’ and I said, ‘Get my brother Jim. He’ll do it.’ So that’s my brother Jim.”

To see the full interview, be sure to check out the video below:

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