Some other folks might be a little bit smarter than I am
Bigger, stronger too... maybe...
But none of them will ever love you the way I do
It's me and you, boy
And as the years go by, our friendship will never die
You're gonna see, it's our destiny
You've Got a Friend in Me

You've Got a Friend in Me

Woody is one of the heroes from Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 2 (1999), and the possible upcoming Toy Story 3 (2008).

Woody is an old family toy, a great cowboy doll with a drawstring that, when pulled, speaks Woody's catchphrases (such as, "There's a snake in my boot!" and "Reach for the sky!" And "You're my favorite deputy!"). Woody is the prized possession of Andy, a boy that loves to play with his many toys. Woody's spot on Andy's bed and position as the favorite and leader of the other toys is compromised when Andy receives a fancy new Buzz Lightyear action figure. Before long, the other toys send all their direction in Buzz Lightyear's direction, and, much to Woody's dismay, so does Andy's. To worsen the situation, Buzz believes himself to be the REAL Buzz Lightyear, and has no idea he's actually a toy. When Woody tries to explain it, people label him as jealous, and he's quickly replaced by Buzz as Andy's favorite toy. When Andy tries to knock Buzz behind to dresser so Andy will pick Woody to take to Pizza Planet for dinner, Buzz is accidentally knocked out the window and into the driveway. Andy takes Woody, and Woody is thrilled to find that Buzz hasn't disappeared, but has stowed away on the van, and is furious at Woody's seeming sabotage and assassination of him. They fight, and tumble out of the minivan, and before long, the van pulls away and the two become Lost. Woody spies a Pizza Planet delivery truck, and tricks Buzz into thinking Pizza Planet is a spaceport, sure that if he returned home without Buzz, the other toys would accuse him of getting rid of Buzz by vicious means. Woody and Buzz make it to Pizza Planet, but things go sour when they're found by Andy's devious next-door neighbor, Sid Phillips, notorious for torturing and mutilating toys. At first Woody is terrified by the mutant toys at Sid's house, but before long realizes they're friendly, victims of circumstance, and when Buzz has a serious identity crisis, Woody puts aside his pride and jealousy and helps Buzz overcome his issues. Woody yells across to Andy's toys, but they believe he has disposed of Buzz and refuse to help him. Terrified that he and Buzz will miss the moving truck, taking Andy's family and his possessions to their new home, the mutant toys help Woody and Buzz stage a coup against Sid, and in so doing assure that Sid will no longer torture the toys, and Woody and Buzz can escape. They barely make it into the minivan, where Andy is sure they must have been there all along, and the toys realize that Woody and Buzz have become friends, and there's room for both of them in Andy's heart.

In the sequel, Woody learns, after he is stolen at a garage sale by a toy salesman named Al, that he's actually a rare collectible, and was the star of his very own TV show in the 50s, Woody's Round-Up, along with his trusty stallion, Bulls-Eye, a yodeling cowgirl, Jessie, and Stinky Pete, the Prospector. Buzz and the toys have to come to the rescue and convince Woody that he's more needed at Andy's place than in a museum in Japan.

Woody is voiced by the famous Tom Hanks.

Woody's girl is the sweet and sassy porcelain shepherdess, Bo Peep.
For much of the first film, Woody's nemesis is the delusional Buzz Lightyear, but in the end, they must work together to escape from the viciously violent toy tormentor Sid Phillips. In the sequel, the Prospector tries to trap Woody into going to Japan as a collector's item to spend the rest of his days in a museum.
My personal thoughts and analysis...

I've already given most of my thoughts on these films on Buzz's page, but Woody is definitely a hero in many ways as well. Now that I think about it, in fact, Woody and Buzz's interaction and conflict is kind of like the issues between 3D and 2D animation, the old and the new. The good news is that there's room for both of them, just like there ought to be room for both methods of animation (personal rant here...). Woody is a great character, admirable in many ways, but definitely imperfect, someone who's always trying to be his best. Failing, but always trying.

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Quotes from the Sheriff

From Toy Story:

Buzz: Right now, poised at the edge of the galaxy, Emperor Zurg has been secretly building a weapon with the destructive capacity to annihilate an entire planet! I alone have information that reveals this weapon's only weakness. And you, my friend, are responsible for delaying my rendezvous with Star Command!
Woody: (pauses and looks incredulous) You! Are! A! Toy! You aren't the real Buzz Lightyear! You're - you're an action figure! (holds hand up to eyes indicating something small) You are a child's play-thing!
Buzz: You are a sad, strange little man, and you have my pity. Farewell.
Woody: Oh, yeah? Well, good riddance, ya loony.

Mr. Potato Head: How come you don't have a laser, Woody?
Woody: It's not a laser. It's a little light bulb that blinks.
Hamm: What's wrong with him?
Mr. Potato Head: Laser envy.

Buzz: I've set my laser from stun to kill.
Woody: Oh, great. If anyone attacks we can blink 'em to death.

(Preparing for the tormented toy mutiny)
Woody: Wind the frog.

Woody: Wait a minute, I just lit a rocket... Rockets explode!

Woody: Tuesday's plastic corrosion awareness meeting was, I think, a big success.

Woody: Look, we're all very impressed with Andy's new toy.
Buzz: Toy?
Woody: T-O-Y, toy.
Buzz: Excuse me, I think the word you're searching for is "space ranger".
Woody: The word I'm searching for, I can't say, because there's preschool toys present.

Woody: What chance does a toy like me have against a Buzz Lightyear action figure?

Woody: That wasn't flying! That was... falling with style!

Woody: Okay, Buzz. I think you've had enough tea, for now.

Woody: Buzz, you've got wings! You glow in the dark! You talk! Your helmet does that, that...whoosh thing! You are a cool toy! (loses steam) As a matter of fact, you're too cool.

Buzz: How are you fixed for fuel? Are you still using fossil fuels, or have you discovered crystallic fusion? Woody: Well, we have double-A's.

Woody: Sergeant, establish a recon post downstairs. Code Red. You know what to do.
Sergeant: Yes, sir! All right, men! We're at Code Red! Repeat, Code Red! Recon plan Charlie: Execute! Let's move, move, move!

Buzz: What's going on?
Woody: Nothing that concerns you Space Rangers. Just us toys.
Buzz: I'd better have a look anyway. (look through binoculars) Why is that soldier strapped to an explosive device?
Woody: (moves binoculars) That's why. Sid.
Buzz: Sure is a hairy fella.
Woody: No, no. That's Scud, you idiot. That's Sid.
Buzz: You mean that happy child?
Mr. Potato Head: That ain't no happy child!
Rex: He tortures toys, just for fun!

(about Buzz talking to the aliens about The Claw)
Woody: Oh, this is ludicrous.

Woody: (trying to get Buzz into Molly's stroller) It's a special spaceship, I just saw it.
Buzz: You mean it has hyperdrive?
Woody: Hyperactive hyperdrive, and astro... uh... turf.

Woody: Listen, Lightsnack, you stay away from Andy. He's mine, and no one is taking him away from me.
Buzz: What are you talking about? Where's that bonding strip? (slides under his ship with a skateboard.)
Woody: (pulls him back out) And another thing, stop with this spaceman thing! It's getting on my nerves.

Woody: Pull my string! The birthday party's today?

Woody: Hey, Etch... Draw! (Etch draws a picture of a gun) D'oh! Got me again! Fastest drawer in the west!

Woody: Hey, Slinky?
Slinky Dog: (with a checker board) Down here, Woody. I'm red this time.
Woody: No, Slink...
Slinky Dog: All right, you can be red if you want.
Woody: Not now, Slinky. I've got some bad news.
Slinky Dog: (shouts) Bad news?
Woody: Shhh! Just round everyone up for a staff meeting and be happy.
Slinky Dog: Okay. (walks away slowly with his head down)
Woody: Be happy!
Slinky Dog: (laughs hysterically and runs away)

Woody: Aaaaah! This is the part where we blow up!
Buzz: Not today!

Woody: Who's got my hat?
Shark: Look, I'm Woody: Howdy, howdy, howdy.
Woody: Ha-ha, ha-ha. Gimme that.

Bo Peep: Why don't I get someone else to watch the sheep for me tonight?
Woody: Oh-ho yeah.

Buzz: Do you know these life forms?
Woody: Yes, they're Andy's toys.

(Buzz deploys his wings)
Hamm: Wow. Impressive wingspan. Very good.
Woody: Oh, what? What? These are plastic. He can't fly.
Buzz: They are a terillium-carbonic alloy, and I can fly.
Woody: No, you can't.
Buzz: Yes, I can.
Woody: Can't.
Buzz: Can.
Woody: Can't, can't, ca-an't.
Buzz: I tell you, I could fly around this room with my eyes closed.
Woody: Okay, Mr. Lightbeer, prove it.
Buzz: All right then, I will.

Woody: (through his voice box) Reach for the sky!
Sid Phillips: Huh?
Woody: This town ain't big enough for the two of us!
Sid Phillips: What?
Woody: Somebody's poisoned the waterhole!
Sid Phillips: It's busted.
Woody: Who are you calling busted, Buster?
Sid Phillips: Huh?
Woody: That's right! I'm talking to you, Sid Philips! We don't like being blown up, Sid. Or smashed, or torn apart.
Sid Phillips: (hyperventilating) W-we?
Woody: That's right, your toys! (Toys get up and surround the terrified Sid) From now on, you must take good care of your toys, because if you don't, we'll find out, Sid! (while turning head around slowly) We toys can see EVERYTHING! (speaking and moving) So play nice! (Sid screams and runs inside)

Rex: ROAR!
Woody: Oh, how ya doin', Rex?
Rex: Were you scared? Tell me honestly.
Woody: I was very close to being scared that time.
Rex: I was going for fearsome, but I don't think I'm coming across. I'm afraid I'm just coming off as annoying.

Buzz: This is no time to panic.
Woody: This is a perfect time to panic!

Woody: Buzz, could you give me a hand here? (Buzz throws his broken-off arm) Ha-ha, ha-ha. This is serious!

Slinky Dog: Gaddily bob-howdy!
Woody: Oh, shut up.

From Toy Story 2:

Stinky Pete the Prospector: How long will it last, Woody? Do you really think Andy is going to take you to college, or on his honeymoon? Andy's growing up, and there's nothing you can do about it. It's your choice, Woody. You can go back, or you can stay with us and last forever. You'll be adored by children for generations.
Woody: Who am I to break up the Roundup Gang?

Jessie: You never forget kids like Emily or Andy, but they forget you.
Woody: Look Jessie, I know you hate me for leaving, but I have to go back. I'm still Andy's toy. Well, if you knew him, you'd understand. See, Andy's...
Jessie: Let me guess. Andy's a real special kid, and to him, you're his buddy, his best friend, and when Andy plays with you it's like... even though you're not moving, you feel like you're alive, because that's how he sees you.
Woody: How did you know that?
Jessie: Because Emily was just the same. She was my whole world.

Buzz Lightyear: Don't worry, Woody. In just a few hours you'll be sitting around a campfire with Andy making delicious hot Schmoes.
Woody: They're called "S'mores", Buzz.
Buzz Lightyear: Yes, yes. Of course.

Bo Peep: (amorously) You're cute when you care.
Woody: (embarrassed) Bo... Not in front of Buzz.

(On "Woody's Roundup" TV show, Jessie's animal friends run to Woody to come to her rescue)
Rabbit: (incoherent chatter)
Woody: What's that? Jessie and Prospector are trapped in the old abandoned mine and Prospector just lit a stick of dynamite thinking it was a candle and now they're about to be blown to smithereens?
Rabbit: Uh huh.
Woody: Ride like the wind, Bullseye!

Woody: (yelling through the heat duct) Buzz, help!
Stinky Pete the Prospector: It's too late, Woody. That silly old Buzz Lightweight can't help
. Woody: His name is Buzz LightYEAR.
Stinky Pete the Prospector: Whatever. I always hated those upstart space toys.

(Woody explains his newfound past to his old friends)
Woody: Oh, you should have seen it. There was a record player. And a yo-yo. Buzz, I was a yo-yo.
Mr. Potato Head: (to Hamm) WAS?

Woody: (to the Prospector) You really are a Stinky Pete, aren't you?

Jessie: You callin' me a liar?
Woody: Well, if the boot fits.
Jessie: Say that again.
Woody: (slowly) If the boot-tah fits.

Stinky Pete the Prospector: Idiots! Children destroy toys. You'll be ruined, forgotten, spending eternity rotting on some landfill.
Woody: Well, Stinky Pete, I think it's time you learned the true meaning of playtime.

Buzz Lightyear: Are you still worried?
Woody: About Andy? Nah. I'll be fun while it lasts.
Buzz Lightyear: I'm proud of you, cowboy.
Woody: Besides, when it's all over, I have Buzz Lightyear to keep me company, for infinity and beyond.

Woody: I have no choice, Buzz. This is my only chance.
Buzz Lightyear: To do what? Watch kids from behind glass and never be loved again? Some life.

Woody: Here is the list of things to do while I'm away. Batteries need to be replaced. Toys in the bottom of the chest need to be rotated. Oh, and make sure everyone attends Mr. Spell's seminar on what to do if part of you is swallowed. Okay? Okay, good, okay.

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