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Postby Dinoco » Sun Jul 18, 2010 5:32 pm

In Toy Story: The Essential Guide, it shows the map of the Tri-County area, and Andy's new house is only a couple streets away. It looks like a real tight-knit community.

And, they said it was based off the filmmakers' childhood homes in a commentary for the first Toy Story, so it's really not anywhere in particular. The California theory sounded good, but then there's the snow to consider.
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Postby Kyle » Sun Jul 18, 2010 5:36 pm

Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but I think it does snow in Emeryville.
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Postby B2R4D » Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:36 am

Well, i'm back. Sorry I haven't posted for so long.

Anyway, I have read the last few newer posts, and have noticed you guys have made some more observations. Great work everyone!
Thanks guys!
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Postby E.Nie » Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:47 pm

In the past I used to think that it could be based in Michigan. Simply because the surroundings of some other films set in Michigan reminded me of Toy Story. For instance, Virgin Suicides made me remember When She Loved Me fragment (my favourite. And both of them take place in 60-70s) However, that was long time ago and I haven't watched VS for quite a while... I'll have to check, I'm curious)

I've googled Tri-County and read about such areas in different states.
However, after reading your observayions I think it's nost probably Rhode Island
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Postby surfpark » Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:43 pm

Its supposed to be any city. In some of the commentary on the first film, I think John said it was meant to be a "familiar suburban childhood". The reason we can't quite narrow it down is because it has elements of all the places we've mentioned.

I was looking at Ann Arbor, Michigan (Where I think the Virgin Suicides was shot) and found some reference photos for the houses: http://www.flickr.com/photos/leylabunny/3463945924/

Pixar did a good job and not committing to a location. That is why the airport is from Oakland, the shops are from Rhode Island, the house is from Michigan, and other details are all over the place!
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Re: Where in the United States is Toy Story actually based?

Postby SullyMike » Sat Mar 05, 2011 5:36 pm

Or they could live in the Tri-State Area...
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Re: Where in the United States is Toy Story actually based?

Postby uruseiranma » Mon Mar 07, 2011 5:47 am

It definitely had a mid-western feel to the atmosphere. I always liked the rather obscure feel of calling everything 'tri-county.'

Though I will admit that when I was up in Oakland during late August, the leaves on the trees had already started to fall, and there was something about it that reminded me of some of the 'fall' aspects in PIXAR's films.
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Re: Where in the United States is Toy Story actually based?

Postby Pixarinho* » Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:29 pm

Well I don't live in USA so I don't have a first hand opinion. But I think the classic 'anytown USA' which has being poster on here before suits it perfectly. Much like The Simpsons or Ed Edd n Eddy, leaving it up to the imagination is fine.
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Re: Where in the United States is Toy Story actually based?

Postby soihaveapixaraccount » Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:16 pm

Saginaw, Michigan is the answer. I'm very sure like 98% sure its an extremely great chance. After I did research on this after watching and pausing Toy Story many times. Firstly there is a Michigan license plate or thats at least the state plate it closest resembles it's hard make out the letters but theres enough to spell a word like Michigan and it is blue and set up almost like the most common Michigan tag. There is also a tag that looks like an Ohio tag in one scene it looks like Ohio's white and gold tag which is close by Michigan obviously so that fits. Next, when Buzz fell from the sky and landed in Andy's car they show high rolling hills in the back. I looked up a terrain map of Michigan and it shows the higher terrain would be around the Northern part of the Mitten Shape area of Michigan. Most of Michigan is pancake flat so it must be in this region. Then I looked up Pizza Planet for Michigan and there are two places called Planet Pizza which is probably where they came up with Pizza Planet. There was a Planet Pizza in metro Detroit and one a few miles north of Flint. The map shows that there is flat terrain in Flint however 30 miles northwest the terrain begins to change to high rolling hills which i believe is where Andy's house is and that happens to be the largest city around that direction, as you can tell he lives in a good sized community and they most likely went to Planet Pizza in Northern Flint. Thirdly, while looking on street view on Google in neighoborhoods around Saginaw, the trees look almost exactly the same type of trees as in Toy Story and in Andy's community. Finally, the guy on Sid's television that announces for Al's Toy Barn talks about his stores in the Tri-County area and as I was looking on the internet I found out that the Saginaw region is made up three communities of Saginaw, Midland, and Bay City, Saginaw is the largest community and big enough to fit the description of Andy's hometown on the movie, there are also 3 major counties in that area too. Wow. I think Saginaw is where Toy Story takes place. However I think Andy moves to Detroit in the second movie since there is a major airport and the skyline looks like Detroit. Watch Toy Story yourself and look for these things.
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Re: Where in the United States is Toy Story actually based?

Postby Snipe » Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:43 pm

I always pictured Tri-County to be in California, I guess cause that's where Pixar is. Although I feel like I remember somebody saying in the TS3 commentary concerning Bonnie's house that it was located up somewhere in the mid-north states (like Michigan).

About the Tri-County deal though, maybe the city's name is "Tri-County" and it's like Indianapolis, with lots of smaller towns surrounding it. So, as we have the "Indianapolis Area", we'd also have the "Tri-County Area". 8)
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Re: Where in the United States is Toy Story actually based?

Postby Dinoco » Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:05 pm

I think that pretty much confirms that its Michigan. Where else in the Midwest would it be?
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Re: Where in the United States is Toy Story actually based?

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