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Woody (Tom Hanks) is a good-hearted cowboy doll who belongs to a kid named Andy but he sees his position as Andy’s favorite toy being threatened when Andy is gifted a Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) action figure for his birthday. Even worse, the arrogant and ignorant Buzz believes that he is actually a real spaceman on a mission to defeat the evil Emperor Zerg and return to his home planet. In the midst of preparing to move to a new house, Woody and Buzz find themselves in the clutches of Andy’s sadistic neighbor Sid, who takes pleasure in ripping apart and destroying toys. Can Woody and Buzz put aside their differences in time to escape Sid and return to Andy before the move? Or will they be another one of Sid’s victims and never see Andy or their friends again?
Directed by John Lasseter (Cars 2) and co-written alongside a slew of writers like Pete Docter (Inside Out), Andrew Stanton (Toy Story 4), Joss Whedon (Agents of SHIELD, Justice League), and more, Toy Story (1995) made history as one of Pixar’s greatest filmmaking achievements of its time, since Disney’s Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs (1937). The film transformed the industry with its groundbreaking special effects and inventive storytelling that set a new standard for its genre and thus cementing itself as an all-time cinematic classic. The story is tightly put together and makes excellent use of wit, heart, and showcase a colorful cast of character who demonstrate incredible levels of depth in their respective character arcs. Toy Story is one of those rare films that stays with you for the rest of your life, it doesn’t matter how old you get because it will always manage to bring a smile and bring you back to your childhood. The story’s message teaches us about teamwork, being truthful even if it might hurt someone you care about and accepting who you are even if that person doesn’t quite measure up to the fantasy you built in your head. In addition, the music by Randy Newman (Toy Story series, Seabiscuit) instills joy, warmth, and wonder. Its Oscar-winning song “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” has long since been considered the series’ theme song and it certainly is.
The voice acting is perfect and unforgettable. Tom Hanks (Sully, Toy Story series) and Tim Allen (Last Man Standing) did a wonderful job as Woody and Buzz Lightyear, I don’t think we could have asked for better actors. The other voice actors include Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, and Jim Varney and they all do a fantastic job with their respective performances by offering supportive characters to are two main guys.
Overall, Toy Story (1995) is a film that stood the test of time as both a groundbreaking piece of cinematic history and a timeless classic that will stay with you no matter how old you get. The story’s message teaches us about teamwork, truth, and acceptance; the music instills joy, warmth, and wonder; and the cast performances were colorful and carried a large amount of character depth. All in all, Toy Story is an incredible film and I am highly anticipating the release of Toy Story 4 (2019)
Final Vote --- 8 of 10 stars
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