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Woody is the main protagonist of the Disney/Pixar Toy Story movie franchise. However, in the first drafts and storyboards of the first film, Woody was portrayed as a protagonist villain who led Andy Davis' toys as an abusive tyrant. This was partially due to then-Disney Chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg's demand that the movie have a more adult, cynical edge, which resulted in the writers making Woody incredibly selfish, cruel, and vile. When the prepared scene was shown on November 19, 1993 to various studio executives, alongside the original reel, Roy E. Disney and the other Disney heads were disgusted with the result, and shut down production of Toy Story for two weeks in preparation to cancel the film. Former Chief Creative Office John Lasseter begged for two weeks to fix the film, and his team did so, and Disney allowed the project to continue.
He was voiced by Tom Hanks.
In the released reel, Woody was portrayed as an egotistical and abusive leader who demeaned all the other toys and praised himself for being Andy's favorite. When the new toy Buzz Lightyear showed up and began to sway Andy's attention, Woody became incredibly spiteful and jealous.
In the reel, Buzz is first shown giving Woody a handshake after wishing him luck for an unspecified thing; stating "I know you'd do the same for me." Woody afterwards sarcastically handshakes him back, and takes this as an opportunity to purposely throw him out the window. Afterwards, Woody pulls the blinds down and turns around, to see all the other toys in Andy's bedroom having had witnessed what he just did. Woody lies that Buzz slipped and he attempted to help him, with the toys immediately rushing to the window, peeking through the blinds, to see what had happened to Buzz.
Woody attempts to go to bed and relax while ignoring the matter, but Bo Peep abruptly accuses Woody of having had purposely thrown him out the window, where Woody, in a mean-spirited tone, says "Hey, it's a toy-eat-toy world". After the Sergeant of the green army men scolds Woody for what he did, he silences him by throwing him back into the bucket they all come in. All the toys go onto Woody's bed in rebellion, and refuse to leave after Woody commands them to. In response, Woody calls for Slinky to remove them, but he refuses while agreeing with the other toys. Upon Slinky's refusal to carry out his command, Woody screams at Slinky and threatens to throw him out the window too if he doesn't do what he says. This only makes the toys angrier, and the green army men suddenly restrain Woody so the toys can get ahold of him. Slinky then reccommends that rather than throwing him off the bed, that they throw him out the window, like he did to Buzz.
In a deleted scene of Toy Story (an alternate take of the scene with Woody stuck under a toolbox and Buzz strapped to a rocket while it's raining out), Woody rudely tells Buzz that he should've hid, and that it was his fault he was strapped to the rocket. He then notices Buzz not paying attention, and then insincerely apologizes for throwing him out the window and leaving him to die at the hands of Sid.
- Woody was originally put under consideration to be a cowboy ventriloquist dummy.
- This early depiction of Woody likely served as inspiration for the villainous Lotso in Toy Story 3.