Child's Play director Tom Holland explained that Chucky draws heavily from the My Buddy dolls: "I originally called him Buddy, and I couldn’t use it because of the ‘My Buddy’ doll. I went out, I got a ‘My Buddy’ doll, I got a Raggedy Ann, a Raggedy Andy and I got one of those life-size baby infants. And I still have it out back. They are the creepiest things in the world. And what I told [designer] Kevin Yagher was, I wanted Buddy, but I wanted the Raggedy Andy coloring – those button overalls, and I wanted the freckles and all that. And then I wanted the meanest-looking son of a [expletive] Raggedy Ann and Andy doll that you could create, but I wanted it with the creepiness of that infant doll."
Child's Play (1988)
In 1988, Charles Lee Ray (born March 9, 1950), known as the "Lakeshore Strangler", is a voodoo-obsessed serial killer on the run from the police in Chicago. After his driver and partner Eddie Caputo abandons him in his van to escape the police, Ray takes refuge in a toy shop, where he is shot by homicide detective Mike Norris. Aware that he is mortally wounded, Ray swears revenge on Mike and Eddie before transferring his soul into a Good Guy doll via a voodoo ritual. Thunder and lightning destroy the store due to the ritual. Mike finds Ray's body in the aftermath, believing him to be dead.
A day later, single mother Karen Barclay buys a Good Guy doll from a peddler for her son Andy's sixth birthday. The doll, now possessed by Ray and called "Chucky", kills Andy's babysitter, Maggie, by hitting her with a hammer, causing her to fall out of the apartment window to her death. Mike suspects that Andy killed her, angering his mother. The police leave and Andy insists that Chucky is alive, much to the dismay of Karen, who scolds Andy for this claim.
The next day, Chucky tells Andy to skip school and take him to Eddie's house. Andy does so and urinates outside while Chucky enters the residence. Chucky turns up the gas in Eddie's oven, startling Eddie, who shoots and accidentally causes an explosion, killing him while Chucky escapes. Andy is suspected of the crime and placed in a mental hospital. Karen, at home, finds that Chucky has no batteries in him. Chucky, realizing he has been found out, suddenly says, "Hi, I'm Chucky. Wanna play?" Karen, disturbed, threatens to throw Chucky into the fire. Just then, Chucky's voice changes to when he was in human form, cursing Karen. After a little fight Chucky then bites her arm and escapes.
He later sneaks into Mike's car, attempts to strangle him and causes the car to crash. Mike survives and shoots Chucky in the shoulder, but Chucky makes an escape. Chucky confronts his voodoo mentor, John, about why the bullet wounded him and John insists that Chucky is slowly becoming human. Chucky's plea for help is rejected. Angered, he reveals a voodoo doll of John and breaks his leg, then threatening to kill him if he does not comply. John, frightened for his life, claims that Chucky must possess the body of the first person he revealed himself to or else he will be forever trapped in the form of a Good Guy doll. Chucky realizes this is Andy, fatally wounding John by stabbing his voodoo doll and escapes. Mike and Karen arrive on the scene and John tells them with his dying breath that Chucky can only be killed with a puncture to the heart, as he is not fully human yet.
Chucky goes to the mental hospital to possess Andy's body, who manages to evade Chucky. Dr. Ardmore, looking after Andy, stops him but is electrocuted to death by Chucky. Andy returns home where Chucky has already arrived via the chimney. He knocks out Andy and attempts to possess him but Mike and Karen arrive suddenly and save Andy. Enraged, Chucky stabs Mike in the leg. Karen takes Andy and runs, Chucky in pursuit. Karen manages to trap Chucky in the fireplace and proceeds to burn him. The two open the fireplace when a charred Chucky attacks them once again. Karen shoots him with Mike's gun multiple times but misses his heart. Mike's partner Jack Santos arrives and is nearly strangled by Chucky but Chucky is finally shot in the heart and seemingly killed. Karen, Mike and Jack realize nobody will believe their story and leave the apartment after one final look at Chucky's remains. The movie fades with only Andy looking back at the burnt remains of the killer doll.