Toy Story (1995)

Woody (Tom Hanks) is Andy’s (John Morris) favorite toy. When Andy gets a new Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) for his birthday, Woody must deal with many obstacles to try and be Andy’s favorite again.

Director:  John Lasseter

Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, Annie Potts

MPAA Rating: G

Fun Fact: Sid is named after punk rocker Sid Vicious.

Toy Story was groundbreaking when it was released in 1995. Up till that time animated films were hand drawn and Toy Story was the first very animated film to be entirely a computer made film. In the 90’s computer technology was still young when it came to making films, so how does it hold up today?

The film still holds up today after twenty years. It looks crisp and it looks good all around. The toys look life like and it’s fun to see all the different toys you know of like Mr. Potato Head. The only thing that doesn’t look that life like is the people. Pixar was just starting out and they didn’t have a formula to getting people down right. The best part about that is you get a cartoon like feel for them. So, you get a blend of realism and cartoon all in one movie and it works.

It’s interesting to note that Joss Whedon helped pen the script. It has a great blend of humor and the characters are well written. The best character to me is Sid. He makes a great villain and has some memorable moments. The scene where he is “interrogating” Woody is one of my favorite scenes in the film.

Tom Hanks and Tim Allen lead a cast of fine voice acting performances. These two have great chemistry together with their character interactions. You want to see more of them together and it was a great decision to cast them. Don Rickles is great as Mr. Potato Head, and he gives him a nice sarcastic tone to the character.

Overall Toy Story is a great family feature and is still one of the greatest animated films of all time. It has a great script, memorable characters, and great voice acting. Look and see how Pixar got on the map with this one.

Verdict: Hit

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