July 22, 2010
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Director: John Lasseter
Writers: John Lasseter/Pete Docter/Andrew Stanton/Joe Ranft
Producers: Ralph Guggenheim/Bonnie Arnold
Starring: Tom Hanks/Tim Allen/Don Rickles/Jim Varney/Wallace Shawn
BBFC Certification: U
Duration: 80 minutes
In anticipation for the release of the much-awaited Toy Story 3, I will be watching the first two movies where the magic started. It’s brilliance doesn’t lie within the amazing animation and the CGI but lies within its charming story, loveable characters and the clever dialogue. Not only does it make fantastic viewing for children and adults alike.
Toy Story is about Woody, a pull-string cowboy who is happy to be known as Andy’s favourite toy and leader of the toys in Andy’s room. However, panic and anxiety strikes the toys as Andy’s birthday party has been moved a day earlier than planned, meaning new toys. Enter Buzz Lightyear, the coolest space toy ever, who impresses everybody within the first minute of arrival. Jealous of Buzz and his attention, Woody plots to get rid of Buzz and soon finds his plan backfires when he and Buzz are stuck in the outside world with no choice but to team up and find their way home. In 1995, Toy Story was the first completed computer-animated movie and what a movie it is, everything from the story to the animation is perfect, the visuals are stunning and the timing couldn’t have been better. The charm is brilliant in the movie and it doesn’t fail to impress either. The movie has lessons to be learned such as friendships, jealousy and rivalry.
Pixar and Disney have made a massive hit and have made a movie that many people love and many children will adore in the future. The imagination used in the movie is fantastic and much like Monsters. Inc with monsters hiding under the beds, Pixar leaves your mind filled with endless possibilities and the movie has some genuine excitement and great drama. What Pixar do with their movies isn’t only brilliant but also very interesting as they get in touch with our imaginations such as Monsters. Inc. They question whether monsters under the bed are real and whether they live like us. They do the same thing with Toy Story by asking the question of whether the toys you’ve played with as a kid actually came to life when you weren’t in the room and whether they had emotions just like us. When the younger generation see this movie today, they may think that the animation isn’t like what they see in today’s movies such as WALL.E and Up but for us big kids growing up in the 90s, this was mind-blowing and makes you appreciate it more. It also makes you think how technology has developed over a short period of time, the movie is also special because, as mentioned above, it’s the first completed computer-animated movie but even if it wasn’t, the movie would stand out by miles because of it’s fantastic storytelling and compelling characters. Toy Story is a stroke of genius and it’s definitely a movie that is and will be adored by many.