“We talked a lot about how far to advance these toys’ characters in the intervening years since Toy Story 2. There was some talk about where Buzz and Jessie’s relationship should be at this point, and should they actually be together. I worried that if we left them kind of in stasis, and right at the same place where they were at the end of 2, in terms of Buzz still being uncomfortable to talk to her, that might be kind of weird, that it’s been so long. But, in the end, we decided that we wanted to just keep them in the same kind of comfortable place that people remembered them being in. So, it might be a little strange that Buzz hasn’t gotten the gumption together to be with Jessie in all these years, but thankfully he finally does by the end of the movie.”
- Lee Unkrich’s commentary, in the Cine-Explore feature on the Toy Story 3 Blu-Ray
I had this vision in my head right after watching Toy Story of Terror for the first time. The special was pretty intense and I’m sure some of those experiences have affected the toys following night(s). While Jessie was being able to somewhat defeat her fears and managed to save not just herself but all the others, Buzz was trapped behind the glass. He had to watch Jessie being attacked by iguana, watch her struggle with it, then at the end watch her being sealed in a BOX to be sent god knows where and all of this time he was unable to help her. He couldn’t protect her. And then there was a massive chance of losing her maybe forever… These events most have been haunting him in his dreams. But when he suddenly wakes up from those nightmares Jessie is always there. She lets him rest his head on her soft little body while he wraps his arms around her.
Some of the reasons why it took me 2 months to complete this picture was the fact that these two has the craziest and most confusing proportions ever, and it’s still pretty difficult for me to put them together so close (while making them look somewhat comfortable) because of Buzz’s bulky upper body… Speaking of their proportions and stuff, I love the contrast between their designs: every part that is big and/or bulky on Buzz is small and/or thin on Jessie. I think it’s utterly adorable.
I just realized how these scenes sort of mirror each other, in a way. High-strung Prides need a calm, patient significant other in their lives to steady them. And I love how Bo was that for Woody, and now Buzz is that for Jessie.
It’s a perfect example of how Buzz and Jessie’s differences complement each other. <3