Mandi Bierly
June 25, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

John Morris was 7 when he was cast as the voice of Andy in Toy Story. He went to an open call for boys, who were told to bring their one favorite toy. ”I brought 45 X-Men figures and dumped them all out on the floor,” says Morris, now 25. ”I remember [the Pixar team] bursting out in laughter. I couldn’t choose just one. It was all part of a set. I think Pixar got that. They were just like, ‘Yeah, he had to bring all of his toys.”’

Morris was asked to read for the role again for the first sequel (he was 13), and once more for Toy Story 3. ”Going to Pixar Studios to record is an amazing experience,” says the UCLA grad, who lives near San Francisco and hopes to do voice work and theater. ”There are toys everywhere, people are racing around on Razor scooters. Everyone just has a huge smile on their face.”

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