Slinky Dog (better known as Slinky) is a toy dog and the one of main protagonist in the Toy Story trilogy. Slinky, often referred to as "Slink," possesses wooden front and hind quarters, with a Slinky as his middle. The character's name and basic appearance are modeled on a much older pull-toy dog, manufactured by James Industries (the Slinky company). When Toy Story was released theatrically in late 1995, the original toy had been out of production for at least five years. Thus, while toys of Woody, Buzz, and even a special edition Mr. Potato Head had been rushed to the market, company CEO Betty James had "mold problems" reworking the toy, and it was some time later when Slinky Dog toys (now bearing the likeness of the Toy Story version) were shipped to stores.
In the first film, Slinky is loyal to Woody, and is his best friend in Andy's room, and continues to defend him... until he sees Woody waving Buzz Lightyear's severed arm. After the toys learn from Bo Peep that "Woody was telling the truth," Slinky, also feeling guilty, uses his elastic middle to help pull Woody and Buzz into the moving truck (ultimately rebounding back when he wears himself out).
In Toy Story 2, Slinky explains to the other toys that he has some good and bad news: the good news being that he found Woody's hat, and the bad news being where he found it (it isn't known where, though, but it could be that Buster had it). Later, after Al McWhiggin of Al's Toy Barn steals Woody, Slinky goes on the mission led by Buzz Lightyear to rescue their friend. Slinky's coil is used as a bungee cord to jump from Andy's house. While crossing the road, Slinky uses two cones. When the toys break into Al's apartment, Slinky uses his coil to tie Jessie and Bullseye. Later, Slinky controls the pedals of a Pizza Planet delivery truck that the toys hijack to chase Al to the airport.
Now slightly older, Slinky is still very loyal to his friends, but is heartbroken when he believes he and the other toys are thrown out by Andy. At Sunnyside Daycare, he is seen being tangled up constantly by the younger children, and is easily dispatched by Lotso's gang and imprisoned. He is seen to be the happiest toy to see Woody return and helps his best friend subdue the Monkey who monitors the security cameras. When the toys end up in the junkyard, Slinky is the first to be sucked up by a magnetic ceiling due to his metallic rings in his body. When the toys are rescued from death by an incinerator, he is the most vocal about wanting to get revenge on Lotso for leaving them to die. He and the other toys are eventually donated to Bonnie, a little girl who took Woody home earlier in the film.
Toy Story - The Musical
Toy Story Land
Slinky Dog is the main feature of the Slinky Dog Zig Zag Spin ride, a Himalaya style spinner ride in which guests are seated in Slinky's coils.
Pixar Play Parade
Both of Slinky Dog's movies' voice actors, Jim Varney and Blake Clark, were friends.
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