Toy Story (1995)
So there’s an endless supply of TS3 reviews right now. They all pretty much say the same thing: A+, 4 star, 10 points, 5/5 etc. I haven’t seen it. It hasn’t even been RELEASED in Tahiti yet. You know I’m actually getting used to watching movies ages after they come out. Nothing was worse than waiting 7 months for The Dark Knight. I can deal with anything now. But I got myself pumped anyway for when I do watch it… by watching 1 & 2 a couple weekends ago.
From the get-go Pixar was something special. They needed no practice runs. Toy Story raised the bar a whole ‘nuther level for animated pictures featuring both a quality story for all ages and top notch animation. Although Pixar does nothing but improve in the effects department, the detail here is still incredible and better than any other animated predecessor.
I doubt I really need to add any plot summary (even if you haven’t seen it, I’m pretty sure you know what it’s about…) but what the heck. Andy (voiced by John Morris) is a kid just like any other who enjoys playing with his favorite toys. But, don don don, as soon as he leaves the room, his toys come alive. Surprised, aren’t you? Our chief character and leader of the pack is Sheriff Woody (Tom Hanks), Andy’s favorite toy. Other toys include Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles), Hamm (John Ratzenberger), Rex (Wallace Shawn), and Slink (Jim Varney). After Andy’s birthday party (a very delicate affair complete with green army dudes for a stake out) the new toy arrives. Buzz Lightyear of star command (Tim Allen) is pretty new to the toy-verse. He still believes he’s a space ranger but regardless his mental state, there’s no denying that this toy is slick. He comes complete with a karate chop action arm, wings, glow in the dark capabilities, a laser, and his helmet does that WHOOSH thing. Pretty soon Woody is no longer the bee’s knees amongst his peers and owner. Laser envy! Buzz and Woody’s rivalry takes them on adventures they never could have imagined in their toy dreams, “one minute you’re defending the whole galaxy, and, suddenly, you find yourself sucking down Darjeeling with… Marie Antoinette and her little sister.”
While I probably prefer numero dos to this one (I like it better when Woody and Buzz are friends…) there’s no denying it remains one of Pixar’s very best. Buzz particularly stands out as the cocky space toy, er, ranger who falls with style better than anyone I know. But who can’t love our sheriff Woody? These characters will last for ages. This movie also deals with issues far deeper than your usual happily ever after tale. No one wants to be forgotten or left behind.
Not only is the animation new and fantastic, Pixar proved that an animated flick (or any flick) doesn’t have to be childish to appeal to kids. The script is fun for everyone with such sharp wit! “Hey look I’m Picasso!” “Gee, I don’t get it.” “You uncultured swine!”
Complete with an excellent soundtrack by Randy Newman, Toy Story isn’t getting old any time soon. 9/10
“Right now, poised at the edge of the galaxy, Emperor Zurg has been secretly building a weapon with the destructive capacity to annihilate an entire planet. I alone have information that reveals this weapon’s only weakness.” Now read that and tell me it isn’t Star Wars…