Toy Story, The Shining

‘Toy Story 4’ references ‘The Shining’ in traditional Pixar fashion

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June 17, 2019
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It’s no secret that Pixar loves to fill their films with Easter eggs, but did you know that this family-friendly franchise holds numerous connections to the terrifying horror film The Shining? The forthcoming Toy Story 4 upholds the creepy hidden details thanks to director Josh Cooley.

Check out the reference below!

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**WARNING: If you want absolutely ZERO spoilers (no matter how small) going into Toy Story 4 – then stop reading now!**

We’re just a few short days away from the debut of the next installment of our childhood, and fans of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining might pick up one not-so-subtle nod to the horror film.

According to, 30 minutes into the film Woody finds himself in an antique store. There, he comes face to face with the toy, Gabby Gabby.

Then, a record begins to play a song fitting of the old-timey atmosphere, but fans of the creepy classic will pick up on the familiarity of the track.

The song is “Midnight, the Stars and You” performed by Ray Noble and His Orchestra for the horror film.

“Lee Unkrich is a huge fan of ‘The Shining.’ I’m a huge fan of ‘The Shining,'” Cooley tells “I mean, the movie is insane. Every family should go out and see The Shining [Laughs]. So just the fact that we were going to be in a creepy place, having the old record player, that was essential. And we put that in as scratch at first, and just temporary, and I loved—it just made me happy. And then, we were able to actually use it and I just went over the moon. I just loved it so much.”

The director also revealed a second The Shining reference in the film, although this one is a bit more subtle.

“The woman who Ducky and Bunny attack, there’s that wide shot of the house when she’s screaming. Her address is 237.”

These references join other Toy Story nods to the film including Sid’s carpet in the original Toy Story film, numerous 237 references and more.

To check out more The Shining references, check out the gallery on

Toy Story 4 hits theaters this Friday, June 21. You can check out the trailer below.

Did you know about the Pixar film’s nod to this horror classic? Sound off in the comments below!

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Written by Whitney Shoemaker

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