Toy Story 2 Easter Egg - A Previously Unknown Make of Japanese Car

Pay close attention to the pizza delivery car. There's a clear shot of the back where you can see that the only letters left on the trunk are, "YO". So you'd assume it's a Toyota, right? Well, a careful look at the upside-down manual reveals it's a Gyoza. The car is named after a dumpling! (Gyoza are a type of Chinese dumpling that are also popular in Japan.)

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Contributed By: Ex-Gaijin on 01-18-2000
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Gasgano writes:
It is a Gyoza. When Hamm reads the manual, it says "1978 Gyoza"
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the same truck is also in A Bugs Life, when Flick leaves for the city there is a scene in the circus. After the circus scene and just before we see Flick the camera pans up from the tent and there is a caravan with the Toyota parked outside.
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mirage writes:
So, Kaneda, you're saying that all Toyota manuals from '85 to '90 say "Gyoza" on the front like the one in the movie does?
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FreeLance writes:
Mmmm... gyoza... I wouldn't call them Pot stickers... pot stickers are actually quite different. Perhaps a cultural twist to them... TRUE gyoza are much different from pot stickers. but the ones you could by at Ito Yokado and other such stores are more like pot stickers than real gyoza. Anyway, about that truck... probably just a japanese word they thought up to use... :)
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ben writes:
Ok, 1, the ute in the first movie did not say "TOY" it said "YO", The reason for calling the ute a Gyoza was to avoid having to get permission from Toyota to use the Toyota name. And 2. In Toy Story 2, they pulled the gear shift into 1st gear without the clutch, one, that would have stalled the engine and killed the transmission! The engine sounds the same as a Toyota Hilux 2 litre though, so thats a realistic idea (to Americans thats 4Runner not Hilux, im in NSW Australia.
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Cowandchick writes:
Just in case you were wondering, Gyoza is actually the fried form of the potsticker.
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Kaneda writes:
Actually, while it can be assumed that the truck is a "Gyoza", in the scene where we actually SEE the truck's owner's manual, I can tell you for a FACT that that's how all Toyota owner's manuals looked from '85 to '90.
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JWPanther writes:
While the manual says "Gyoza", I have seen quite a few Toyota trucks with some of the letters on the tailgate removed so they read "TOY" or "YO".
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FauxPas writes:
No, you moron, they don't say Gyoza on the cover! I can tell you for a fact that that truck is a two wheel drive Toyota pick-up of the 1984 - 1988 variety. The manual looks like a Toyota manual but do you really think they wanted to mess with securing Toyota's permission to use the actual name in the movie? Why not just call it something else - everyone who cares will really know what kind of truck it is!
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Am I the only one that noticed that "Gyoza" sound remarkably like "Toyota"? When pronounced: _ _ _ G I O Z A Just replace the Z and the G with T's.
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tampabrat writes:
I know this is probably a known fact, but the truck was also the same truck and driver from the first movie. (Remeber whan they jumped in for a ride to pizza planet?)
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I agree.
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Ruggaphile writes:
Omigosh! That is so awesome! Good eye =)
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Gnafu writes:
In the first movie the truck said TOY. Therefore it's a Toyota, period.
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