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Where in the United States is Toy Story actually based?

PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 12:52 pm
by B2R4D
Unless I have missed something along the way, never have I come across the actual location of where each of the Toy Story films take place. Obviously, I know for a start that it is based within the United States, but where? The town or city and the state where Andy, his toys and his family lives is really questionable.

Like some other television shows and films, sometimes the writers prefer not to disclose such information. Who knows? This may or may not be the case with Toy Story. Hence, that is why I'd appreciate some of your opinions. Of course, the purpose of this post is just for some fun, and to see what everyone thinks regarding the topic.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 1:24 pm
by Bryko614
Wikipedia says Michigan for 2 and 3 at least. Not sure what the source is.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:F ... n_Michigan

PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 1:26 pm
by Chopperface
Probably just a typical "Anytown, USA." If it gets cold enough to snow at Christmas, it sure as hell ain't Texas. That much I know. Then again, we did have a nice dusting this past December... and then Valentine's Day was awesome!

PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 1:36 pm
by lennonluvr9
If thats true I had no idea it was set in Michigan. I'm not sure if where he lives was ever officially established. Although, that would also give clues as to what college he's going to. He's close enough to drive there, after all.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 6:53 pm
by Within A Nutshell
It's not Ohio - the weather's not sporadic enough. :P

PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:24 pm
by twitchA113
For some oddreason, I thoguht they lived in Rhode Island. The small shops (like in the area where Scud chases Buzz), large houses and snow and rain levels lead me to think they live there.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:36 pm
by Kyle
I thought it was California, since al's toy barn is shown on etch a sketch (and that commercial they got it from) to be where Pixar's studio is located, which would be Emryville CA.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:36 pm
by frontierqueen
It may be as mysterious as which Springfield the Simpsons live in.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 10:05 pm
by YouUnculturedSwine
I'm curious as to how far he moved between the first and second. Unless it's coincidence, he must've stayed pretty close for Sid to be around..

PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 11:55 pm
by OneEyedBart95
Excluding "Tri-County Area" They never really gave any other information. Unless the town is actully called "Tri-County", because everything seems to reference that, especially Hamm. "There are more than 2,200 licence plates registered in the Tri-County Area alone" "Availiable at all Al's Toy Barn outlets in the Tri-County Area" and in TS3, [spoil]The Garbage Dump has a sign that says "Tri-County Dump"[/spoil] and despite the move in the first one, it's still the same. Just an interesting factor i've noticed. Then again... [spoil]Sid's the Garbage boy, so I guess they didn't move too far away...[/spoil]

PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 12:36 am
by B2R4D
OneEyedBart95 wrote:Excluding "Tri-County Area" They never really gave any other information. Unless the town is actully called "Tri-County", because everything seems to reference that, especially Hamm. "There are more than 2,200 licence plates registered in the Tri-County Area alone" "Availiable at all Al's Toy Barn outlets in the Tri-County Area" and in TS3, [spoil]The Garbage Dump has a sign that says "Tri-County Dump"[/spoil] and despite the move in the first one, it's still the same. Just an interesting factor i've noticed. Then again... [spoil]Sid's the Garbage boy, so I guess they didn't move too far away...[/spoil]


Thanks for the help. I actually just did a Google search and found this:
http://pixar.wikia.com/Tri-County_International_Airport

It's about the airport in Toy Story 2, which seems to be named Tri-County International Airport. So, now that we have found some clues it is obvious that the films are based somewhere within this place called Tri-County. Hmmm..

PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 2:03 am
by OneEyedBart95
B2R4D wrote:It's about the airport in Toy Story 2, which seems to be named Tri-County International Airport. So, now that we have found some clues it is obvious that the films are based somewhere within this place called Tri-County. Hmmm..


Thanks for pointing that out. I didn't even think about the airport, but it's true. Every location references "Tri-County".

PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 2:55 am
by Ding
Hmm... According to this article, Toy Story 3 contains some references to Chagrin Falls, Ohio, where Lee Unkrich was born and raised. For example, Andy's Mom's license plate frame reads "Tiger Pride", referencing the mascot of Chagrin Falls, the Tiger.

These are probably just little easter eggs and TS2 and 3 probably don't actually take place in Chagrin Falls. It might be wishful thinking, but it sure would be awesome if it was true, because I literally live ten minutes away from there, and I've even been there before!

PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 6:48 am
by KarmaWolf
I've always assumed that it was California because (like Kyle said), Etch drew a map in the second movie to help find Woody and the map had some routes and stuff that is only in California.

Either that or it's kinda like Springfield in The Simpsons, so God only knows where they are in the US. Then again I've heard that Springfield is in some made up state called North Tacoma. I don't know how true that is though.

Anyway, maybe it's the same for Toy Story. On the license plates, [spoil]the garbage dump sign[/spoil] and I think on a few certificates it says Tri County. I've always thought that Tri County is just the name of a town, but if it's on a license plate then maybe it's a made up state(?)

PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:49 am
by B2R4D
KarmaWolf wrote:I've always assumed that it was California because (like Kyle said), Etch drew a map in the second movie to help find Woody and the map had some routes and stuff that is only in California.

Either that or it's kinda like Springfield in The Simpsons, so God only knows where they are in the US. Then again I've heard that Springfield is in some made up state called North Tacoma. I don't know how true that is though.

Anyway, maybe it's the same for Toy Story. On the license plates, [spoil]the garbage dump sign[/spoil] and I think on a few certificates it says Tri County. I've always thought that Tri County is just the name of a town, but if it's on a license plate then maybe it's a made up state(?)

Good point man. As you said, if Tri-County is on a license plate then it most likely may be a fictional state. This is however conflicted when Hamm says "There are more than 2,200 licence plates registered in the Tri-County Area alone". If you analyse the quote, he refers to Tri-County as an area instead of a state.

As you pointed out, the situation is much like the one we have with the location of The Simpsons. There are all these great clues that we pick up on, yet when we put them all together they don't make sense. I guess that is the beauty of it though. I think writers purposely spurt out little clues here and there just to get the audience thinking.. The location of Toy Story could be a classic example of Anytown, USA. I'd still like to think that it is set somewhere, or if not, then heavily based on a realistic location.