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Toy Story (1995)

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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…

From: Marc Ciafardini (
Sent: Thu 7/08/10 2:20 PM

Hey All,
I sent out an email yesterday and wanted to see if anyone would be interested in a multi-blog-a-thon I’m crafting. Here’s the details:

In the success of Andy’s Desert Island DVD’s and Mike’s 27 Movies that Made Going to the Movies Suck, I’d like to suggest another big event that should be equally as fun entitled Films That Defined Us.
Since we’re all pretty much life long film fans, I thought it would be fun to write about the movies that really set the bar for us. More specifically the movies were were raised on which (probably) forever defined our tastes. It’d not only be a fun trip down memory lane, but also a way for us to find out what makes our friends tick.
The format would be as follows:
Please identify 1 or 2 titles from any applicable genres (comedy, horror, action, romance, mystery, etc) which will highlight no less than 5 and no more than 8 of your favorite films from your impressionable years. I’m leaving it all open and imagine that you can mix and match however you want. Choose movies from just one genre, omit certain genres, whatever. It’s all up to you so write about the movies you want to write about…I just want to keep the total low and don’t want people coming up with like 20 entries. The 5 to 8 is a good and concise number.
Each entry would require 3-4 sentences of 1. Why it dazzled you at a young age  2. What still stands up about it, and 3. Why you think it sets the standard for the genre of choice.
Since this is a personal list, don’t worry about trying to impress anyone with seemingly sophisticated tastes. Remember, these are the films that you saw at a young age and the ones you constantly refer back to as classics…even if they really aren’t 😛
If anyone is interested in this, please let me know. I plan to post this on Friday August 13 but would like to have your shortlinks sent to me the weekend prior (which would be the August 7/8th) so I can link all participating parties.
Let me know if you want to be a part of this. Be glad to have you on board! Oh and pass this on to anyone you feel might want to participate as well!
Marc V. Ciafardini

Written by laurenthejukebox17

July 8, 2010 at 9:16 pm

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  1. Good idea!

    I actually rewatched this (and numero dos) prior to going out and seeing the new one. It had been ages since I’d sat down and watched them proper, and I’d really forgotten how clever they all were.

    I can’t say exactly why, but I love that melancholy scene when Buzz is trying to escape from Sid’s house. That Randy Newman song swells, and he tries to make the jump to the window only to go tumbling down the staircase…

    Geez…Pixar got an early start at pulling on our heartstrings with that.

    PS – Not to spoil anything, but look for Sid in part three. You’ll know it’s him by the skull tee shirt, and it’s a neat touch.

    Mad Hatter

    July 9, 2010 at 1:12 am

    • I love that scene is well. “And I… won’t go sailing no more…” Definitely pulls on the heartstrings, there.

      Ooh, I will definitely look out for Sid! I’m very excited to see it.


      July 9, 2010 at 8:57 am

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