Sigh…I really regret doing this Forgotten/Minor Characters project with Pixar films, not because it’s a task I find boring. On the contrary, it’s wonderful to re-watch these Pixar films as I’m personally a Disney fan, hence the Disney movies are the ones that I’ve seen over and over multiple times whereas most Pixar films I’ve only seen once or twice.
No, the reason I regret doing this project with the Pixar films is that it’s so hard finding forgotten/minor characters in these films. Pixar has mastered a way of creating a plethora of characters in their films while still making each character distinct, unique, and above all, memorable. This is an admirable quality except when you’re doing a project like this. But, that’s the way the cookie crumbles and the show must go on and (insert any other figure of speech/idiom/phrase that you deem fit).
Anyway, the year is 1999 and the Pixar film is Pixar’s first sequel, Toy Story 2. Produced and released due to the success of the original, this film continues the story of our beloved toys with a bit of an opposite plot than the first one. This time, Woody, voiced by Tom Hanks again, is the one whom Buzz and the others have to rescue. Woody has been stolen by a toy store owner/toy collector, Al, voiced by Wayne Knight, who recognizes that Woody is an antique toy worth
a bajillion dollars enough money to keep him satisfied for life.
Woody’s not the only toy that Al is planning to sell. Besides being just an antique, Woody is also part of a collection of cowboy-related toys that includes a yodeling cowgirl toy named Jessie, voiced by Joan Cusack, a mute horse named Bullseye,
and a prospector named Stinky Pete, voiced by Kelsey Grammer.
Together, they are worth a fortune and it’s up to Buzz, Hamm, Slinky Dog, Rex, and Mr. Potato Head (voiced again by Tim Allen, John Ratzenberger, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, and Don Rickles, respectively) to save Woody before Al carries through with the transaction.
Now, where does our forgotten/minor character come in? Well, Mr. Konishi is the Japanese owner of an international toy museum and is the one to whom Al’s planning to sell Woody, Jessie, and Stinky Pete. He’s not seen or heard, which is always a good trait for a character to be forgotten/minor.
Al talks with Mr. Konishi via phone often and it’s apparent from what we hear of the conversation that Mr. Konishi is EXTREMELY interested in purchasing these antique toys and willing to pay Al any amount he desires.
At the end of the film, Woody, Jessie, Bullseye, and Stinky Pete get out of Al’s luggage before the flight takes off. So, when Al goes to Japan and realizes that his toys are missing, I think we all know how he’d react. But, what interests me more is how did Mr. Konishi react?
I mean, when Al arrives at Mr. Konishi’s office (presumably) and opens his luggage to reveal its emptiness, does Mr. Konishi get mad that his time is wasted? Or does he feel sorry for Al since Al is really the one who’s time has been wasted? I mean, Al had to book a flight to Japan and travel for hours just to find that the deal of his life has been sabotaged.
Or maybe, Al finds out that his suitcase is empty when he’s at the Japanese airport and doesn’t bother going to meet Mr. Konishi. If that’s the case, how does Mr. Konishi react? Is he still waiting patiently for Al to show up at his door? Is he repetitively calling Al on his cellphone so much so that he’s a nuisance? Does he just not care and hope to find someone else in the world who has other Woody toys?
The point of the matter is, we don’t know what happened in Japan. But, we sure would like to!
Wrapping up, here’s to our forgotten/minor Japanese
friend enemy stranger, Mr. Konishi!