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Toy Story

Directed byJohn Lasseter
Produced byBonnie Arnold, Ralph Guggenheim
Screenplay byJoss Whedon, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow
Story byJohn Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, Joe Ranft
StarringTom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, John Morris, Erik von Detten
Music byRandy Newman
Edited byRobert GordonLee Unkrich
Walt Disney PicturesPixar Animation Studios
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures Distribution
Release dateNovember 19, 1995 (El Capitan Theatre), November 22, 1995 (United States)
Running time81 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$30 million
Box office$373 million

Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The first instalment in the Toy Story franchise, it was the first entirely computer-animated feature film, as well as the first feature film from Pixar. The film was directed by John Lasseter (in his feature directorial debut), and written by Joss WhedonAndrew StantonJoel Cohen, and Alec Sokolow from a story by Lasseter, Stanton, Pete Docter, and Joe Ranft. The film features music by Randy Newman, was produced by Bonnie Arnold and Ralph Guggenheim, and was executive-produced by Steve Jobs and Edwin Catmull. The film features the voices of Tom HanksTim AllenDon RicklesWallace ShawnJohn RatzenbergerJim VarneyAnnie PottsR. Lee ErmeyJohn MorrisLaurie Metcalf, and Erik von Detten. Taking place in a world where anthropomorphic toys come to life when humans are not present, the plot focuses on the relationship between an old-fashioned pull-string cowboy doll named Woody and an astronaut action figure, Buzz Lightyear, as they evolve from rivals competing for the affections of their owner Andy Davis, to friends who work together to be reunited with him after being separated from him.

Following the success of their 1988 short film Tin Toy, Pixar was approached by Disney to produce a computer-animated feature film told from a small toy’s perspective. Lasseter, Stanton, and Docter wrote early story treatments, which were rejected by Disney, who wanted the film’s tone to be “edgier”. After several disastrous story reels, production was halted and the script was rewritten to better reflect the tone and theme Pixar desired: “toys deeply want children to play with them, and … this desire drives their hopes, fears, and actions”. The studio, then consisting of a relatively small number of employees, produced the film under only minor financial constraints.

Toy Story premiered at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, California, on November 19, 1995, and was released in theatres in North America on November 22, 1995. It was the highest-grossing film during its opening weekend, eventually grossing over $373 million worldwide. The film received critical acclaim, and holds a rare 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It was praised for the technical innovation of the 3D animation, wit and thematic sophistication of the screenplay, musical score, and vocal performances (particularly Hanks and Allen); it is considered by many to be one of the best-animated films ever made. The film received three Academy Award nominations (Best Original ScreenplayBest Original Song for “You’ve Got a Friend in Me“, and Best Original Score) as well as winning a Special Achievement Academy Award. In 2005, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. The success of Toy Story launched a multimedia franchise and a series of three sequels, starting with Toy Story 2 (1999).

IMDb’s One Star reviews from the last decade for TOY STORY!

Nothing could stand up to adult appreciation

KIDOLOHKEN 8 January 2020

No matter where I looked very high score, but I’m disappointed. Probably, the parents were impressed when they saw the children being very happy. Basic, no script. I don’t know if the hero wants to help him personally or all his friends. Since there is a halfway point, the hero looks like a frivolous character. However, there is no hint that he will later wake up to friendship and responsibility. … I don’t know what to expect and I don’t know where to be involved. I couldn’t know why he is so happy that the boy likes him. I stopped on the way because it was boring.

Toy Story is Buddy cop movie for 2 year olds

mike_sta 10 July 2018

Warning: Spoilers

This movie is completely stupid. My math teacher said so. In it, this old antique toy gets jealous of this fancy new spaceman toy, which represents the cold war. Anyway, at first the baby boomer gets upset at how the millenial acts. He is so entitled. Then they fight over a piece of plastic and fall on the ground. They need a couple therapist. All in all, this movie is immature in how it represents the generational changes to the proposed demographic, which seems to be 2 year olds. I don’t think this movie did anything for animation, and the Hungarian animation of the mid 90s is more important than this piece of windows 95 trash.

Rubbish movie, so many plot holes… Toy Story

HonestReviews 25 March 2015

Warning: Spoilers

I don’t understand why this film is so highly rated. The film has so many plot holes in it I actually lost count. Now before I start this review, I’m not going to say toys talking is a plot hole, the idea of them talking is interesting but it opens up so many other questions that the movie never really explains. Also, don’t argue, “it’s a kids movie”, films need to make sense in order to work whether they’re for kids or not. This film is so bad and here is why. Even if you like this film, you have to agree with some of the points I’m making here:

Buzz thinks he’s a space ranger. If that is the case then why does he allow Andy to play with him? Does he not think why is this giant kid picking me up and throwing me around? Buzz however makes no attempt to communicate with Andy. Surely Buzz would try and talk to him? This doesn’t make sense given that Buzz doesn’t believe he’s a toy. Also when Woody hits a button that release Buzz’s helmet and he gasps for air, you’re telling me Andy never pushed that button? He’s owned the toy for weeks yet hadn’t pressed all the buttons? Rubbish.

The end scene is one of the worst scenes for me. It’s broad daylight and two toys are running down a street. Where are all the pedestrians on the street? How are they able to open the back of the moving van truck? Surely the driver would notice doesn’t he check his rear view mirrors, or surely a button or signal would come up revealing that a door was open at the back of his truck? Wow any thief could steal from this useless driver. Also when Woody and Buzz fly down from the sky and land in Andy’s car. Andy’s car is directly in front of the truck driver, how could he possibly not see this???

The most hilarious scene though is when Woody is moving around in the middle of the road and a person in a car honks at him. Woody then ducks in front of the car as it drives over him. 1) Why would you sound your car horn if there was a toy in the road? 2) The driver therefore saw Woody as he sounded his horn. 3) He must have seen Woody moving about and be thrown from the moving van. Does this driver know toys are alive or something? Is it only kids who are unaware? I just don’t understand. It’s never fully explained. Continuing this point: when the toys all surround Woody and prepare to attack him after he knocks Buzz out the window, we hear Andy from outside shouting. This allows them to return into position. What if he hadn’t have shouted though? He would have walked in and seen them. This is why this idea of toys coming to life could never work! No kid would always shout when they enter their room and most kids leave their doors open yet Andy never does – allowing the toys to move around and communicate.

Once you take these plot holes into account, the conclusion is that the film sucks and is a really poor movie. Honestly how could anyone like it? An interesting idea that just falls flat. And also the final question that is never addressed is: Why can’t toys reveal they’re alive to humans??? It’s never explained and I don’t get why. Poor film 1 star. Awful.

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