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Toy Story (1995)

To infinity and beyond!

Directed by:

John Lasseter

Rating: 10/10

Running Time: 81 minutes

UK Certificate: U

On DVD

Country: United States

Forget ‘Snow White’ – it’s for losers. THIS is Disney’s finest hour-and-a-half. Not only does ‘Toy Story’ represent the birth of top quality wholly computer-generated cinema, it’s also one helluva funny ‘toon.

It takes a simple, familiar idea – that kiddies’ playthings spring to life when nobody’s peeking – and develops it into a wise-crack-packed adventure story to rival any adventure story. I’m yet to meet anyone – young or old – who doesn’t quite literally love this movie. And I’m pretty sure I don’t want to, either. For such people are clearly fools.

Tom Hanks provides the voice of Woody, the floppy cowboy doll who takes pride of place among the toy collection of a young sprog named Andy. But there’s trouble in paradise when Andy’s birthday produces a brand new toy – shiny laser-lighted space ranger Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen). Suddenly, jealousy reigns supreme in Andy’s toy chest.

What really gets under Woody’s Stetson is having to bite the bullet and work with Buzz as a team when the pair of them get lost in the big city, before ending up in the evil clutches of a local bully prone to performing Dr Phibes-style ops on innocent toys.

There are some cracking jokes along the way, more often than not related to Buzz’s insistence that he’s a REAL space ranger, and not just an action figure. In fact, this is worth buying just for the scene where the cold truth suddenly dawns on Buzz and he becomes ‘Mrs Nesbitt’. But there’s much, much more in here worthy of a guffaw or three. Whatever your age, this is an all-time classic that’s a must for your DVD collection.

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It's Got: Some marvellous support characters, most notably Mr Potato Head, Rex the dinosaur and Hamm the piggy bank.

It Needs: For all of those toy stores to have ordered more Buzz Lightyear dolls for Chrimbo ’95. There were a lot of miserable ankle-biters out there.

DVD Extras ‘Tin Toy’ (an animated short from Pixar), ‘The Making of Toy Story’, and a sneak trailer for ‘Monsters Inc.’ DVD Extras Rating: 6/10

Alternatives:

A Bug's Life, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., Toy Story 2

Summary

With stunning animation and a fantastic script, this is quite possibly the finest feature-length ‘toon ever made. Worth watching over and over again.

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One Comment

  1. jacob
    Posted December 13, 2009 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    this is a good review, but ist’s too long

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