Why do toys in Toy Story absolutely want to avoid interacting with humans? Why not interacting with them like they interact with the dog for example?

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    Dogs don't tell tales (just chase them ..well 'tails' anyway). Jul 25, 2015 at 12:35
  • They don't want a big change in their world.
    – klaymen
    Jul 26, 2015 at 9:25

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The toys in Toy Story are portrayed as they would be in real life. In real life, toys don't move when a human is around. Who knows what they do when we don't look.. They might be doing their own thing (This might explain how I lost some of my toys when I was young)

  • And besides, when toys move around humans, we get the movie Small Soldiers. Sep 2, 2015 at 14:18
  • I'm wondering how this unscientific answer has gotten a score of 7
    – user71192
    May 11, 2021 at 17:56
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    @aminabzz Because there is nothing scientific about living toys.
    – Joachim
    May 11, 2021 at 19:41
  • @aminabzz .... what do you mean? what is wrong with this answer? If the toys behaved differently then this would be counter to how they are in real life ... therefore they wouldn't be like toys. It's an 'out of universe' answer, but it's reasonable enough. An in-universe answer may be what mateoc is looking for - but there probably isn't one.
    – iandotkelly
    May 12, 2021 at 15:24
  • Look at how Sid reacted to Woody and the toy “attack”. The toys know how humans would react (except very little ones that don’t know better) if they animated around them. They’re not there to scare kids, they’re there to bring joy, memories, and smiles to kids. Even demented kids like Sid. May 16, 2021 at 2:35

Because it's a story that wants us to imagine that toys secretly come to life when nobody's looking. In other words, they want to tell the story about what what life might be like if that really happened, and maybe imagine our toys doing the same.

They couldn't do this in a world where toys moved freely about in front of the kids, it would take away from the suspension of disbelief.

I don't think a reason in-universe is ever given (it's just implied there are "rules" by Woody in the first film)

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    I don't think a reason in-universe is ever given Completely different movie, but very similar premise: in Bee Movie, the humans' first reaction to seeing a talking bee was freaking out and trying to kill it. Toys may have been warned by older toys to not reveal that they are alive.
    – Flater
    Feb 23, 2018 at 9:32

The reason that the toys in toy story don't want to interact with the human species is because they don't exactly know how the human will react. Children are normally rough with toys anyway and if a child saw one move or talk, they would probably get scared because it's out of the norm. Also, with an adult it would probably worse. Adults are more experienced in life and would know when danger approaches, plus it might be their child's toy and they could get scared for the child's safety. Another reason for the toys not wanting humans to see them move might have been so they didn't get split up because in toy story, they are all friends (well, most of the time!)


Everyone of these answers is a little bit right, but the truth is actually a combination of them.

As Simba and Colmde said, toys don't move on their own in real life. The entire story would change if the toys didn't have to "play dead" whenever a human was around, because that helps build some of the tension.

As G.Byatt and others said, a human seeing a toy move would probably cause some concern. In fact, that exact concept was used to escape Sid, Andy's psycho neighbor, when all of Sid's mutant creations "come to life" and scare him into fleeing his bedroom.

The toys have a complete life away from Andy, and part of the fun of the movies is seeing this secret life.


If an adult human sees a toy somewhere other than where it should be, the adult will probably put the toy back. Which means the toy will have to go through all that work again. If a child sees the toy and picks it up, who knows where the toy will end up. As a final thought, suppose you looked down and saw a toy like Woody sneaking across the floor. How would you react -- in real life?

  • For your "final thought" - You would react badly only if it were an unusual occurrence. If toys interacted as a normal thing, you wouldn't think anything of it at all.
    – JohnP
    Sep 2, 2015 at 17:34
  • The other points appear to be what would happen if someone noticed the toys had move. Not what would happen if they observed them moving in real time.
    – Gnemlock
    Feb 23, 2018 at 3:29

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