Pizza Planet Truck

The Pizza Planet truck is a 1978 Gyoza Mark VII Lite Hauler pickup truck that is used to make deliveries for Pizza Planet in Toy Story. It has made cameos in every Pixar film to date except The Incredibles, though it appears in its video game adaptation.

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appearance

  • The truck has a yellow coat of paint overall, although it is usually quite faded and peeling. The camper shell on top is white, and the rear bumper is a dark gray. The interior seats are a light brownish color.
  • Mobius rides to Sylvie Laufeydottir’s rescue in a pruned pizza truck. Though not exactly the same, the design is a close echo of the famous Pizza Planet truck that has become a recurring Pixar Easter egg ever since. The slice on the roof replaces the rocket, and the vehicle’s shape isn’t completely unlike Pixar’s well-worn delivery van.
  • Most Pizza Planet trucks use a manual (or stick-shift) transmission.
    • Its license plate number in all three Toy Story films is RES1536. (The original Toy Story‍’‍s resolution was rendered at 1536 x 922, using a “render farm” of 117 Sun Microsystems. RES is the abbreviation of resolution.)
  • There is a bumper sticker on the rear bumper that reads: “How’s my driving? Ha ha ha ha ha!” From a distance, this message appears to be a “How’s my driving? Call this number to report me!” type of sticker.
    • A similar bumper sticker appears on the back door of the Marine Life Institute fish truck in Finding Dory.
  • On the camper shell’s glass is a small sticker which reads: “KRAT FM”. This is a reference to a Pixar employee named Tia Kratter.
    • Additionally, the camper shell’s glass also has an even smaller circular sticker which has a “55” crossed out by a red “no” symbol.
      • This is a reference to the song “I Can’t Drive 55” by American rock and metal musician, Sammy Hagar.
  • The back of the truck reads “YO”, which, in combination with its overall appearance, strongly suggests that it is based on a Toyota Hilux pickup truck.
    • In Toy Story 2, the Toyota issue is averted by the truck’s owner’s manual, which states that it is actually a 1978 “Gyoza” model.
    • It is noticeable that the alignment of the letters on the tailgate (in both the original Toy Story and Toy Story 2) would seem to indicate that the vehicle was actually a Toyota, as the letters are centered, and as such, “Gyoza” would be off-center.
    • The truck’s fictional branding was likely done to avoid copyright issues, given that the actual Toyota Hilux truck was actually still in production at the time.
  • The gas cap is on the truck’s left side, the exhaust pipe is on the truck’s right side, and the radio antenna is on the right side, at the front.
  • There is a red and white plastic “Pizza Planet” rocket on the top of the truck. This is what Woody uses to convince Buzz that he has found a spaceship.
  • The camper shell has six windows: two rounded ovular ones toward the front, two rounded rectangular ones toward the back, one skylight towards the front, and one opening window on the back (which Woody climbs through).
  • Heavy Metal/Hard Rock music is playing on the radio the majority of the time.
  • Judging from the interior (and as well as the exterior), it is possible that it’s a regular cab truck.
  • In Turning Red, You can spot the Pizza Planet Truck when Mei is going to the Skydome in the traffic scene: https://static0.srcdn.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Pixar-Pizza-Planet-truck-Turning-Red.jpg?q=50&fit=crop&w=740&h=370&dpr=1.5

The inside of this hand truck is first shown in the inaugural Toy Story film.

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Quotes

From Toy Story

Woody: “Buzz! Buzz, come back!
Buzz: “Go away!
Woody: “No! Buzz, you gotta come back! I…I found a spaceship! It’s a spaceship, Buzz!
―Woody labels the Pizza Planet truck as a spaceship in order to call Buzz Lightyear back[src]

From Toy Story 2

Rex: “How are we going to get him now?
Mr. Potato Head: “Pizza, anyone?
―Rex and Mr. Potato Head, as Mr. Potato Head spots an idling Pizza Planet truck nearby[src]
“Oh, I seriously doubt he’s getting this kind of mileage.”
—Hamm, reading the manual of the truck
“Guys, we can’t park here, it’s a white zone!”
—Rex, after the toys stop the truck at the airport

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