Toy Story (1995)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Director: John Lasseter (Toy Story 1,2, A Bug’s Life, Cars)
Notable Writers: John Lasseter (Toy Story), Joss Whedon (Avengers 1,2), Pete Docter (Inside Out/Up)
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, Jim Varney, R. Lee Ermey
What if toys came to life when nobody was watching? (It’s The Brave Little Toaster of the 1990’s.)
For many, when they think of Pixar, they first think of Toy Story. As I mentioned earlier, the idea of this film and concepts within have been around for a while. Even used in previous animation films with success. However, Toy Story took computer animation to outstanding new heights. They didn’t just hit the bar, they far surpassed it in regards to that animation.
They also created flawed characters that face existential crises which we all face. Like the meaning of our existence and our value to society. In those regards, the people who worked on Toy Story jump ahead of everyone and became great innovators in animated film. I love that they refused to settle for average and while I miss that old-style of animation at times, there is no question that Pixar were successful pioneers into the future of animation.
Toy Story features a great cast, led by Tim Allen as Woody and Tom Hanks as Buzz Lightyear. The animation is transcendent of its times. The script, its characters, and the concepts within all come together to make a top-notch animated film which even today many try to emulate (with mixed results at best).
Which is the best Toy Story?