Sunday, June 10, 2012

Toy Story (1995) review


The film that started it all: nostalgic, innovative, and great entertainment for all.

PLOT:Cowboy toy Woody (Tom Hanks) has always been the leader of Andy's Room and all of his toys. One day, Andy gets a Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) spaceman action figure for his birthday and immediately falls in love with him. He starts to play with Buzz more than Woody, making Woody jealous; in turn, all of the other toys start to like Buzz better and start to do more with him than Woody! One day, Woody says that he's had enough and sets in a clever plan, knocking Buzz out the window. Now Woody must get Buzz back to relinquish the shame this deed has brought him and set things back to normal all before the big move. Not to mention Buzz actually believes he's a space ranger instead of a toy. What can come of this? It's a very good plot idea executed excellently.

VOICES:I believe this film contains some of the best voice casting I've seen for an animated film. Every voice did a great job with their role. The ones I want to mention specially are Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head, Wallace Shawn as Rex, John Ratzenberger as Hamm, R. Lee Ermey as Sargeant, Jim Varney as Slinky, and Joe Ranft as the binoculars. I believe Hanks and Allen shined very well in here as one of the perfect buddy teams. I actually didn't think Varney didn't go as far out in here as he does the Ernest movies, but that doesn't really matter.

SCORE:The score is composed of songs and pieces by the great Randy Newman. It was all very good, including the memorable songs. My favorite is "Strange Things".

ANIMATION:The animation in here is a milemark in the world of animation, for this was the first computer-animated film the world ever saw. The animation was very simplistic, but today it comes off as nostalgic, bright, fun, and even beautifully executed at times.

OTHER CONTENT:This film made up the obsession and joy of most of my young childhood, considering this came out the same year I was born. It was this and Star Wars that vied for the top spot of my childhood movies, but this was it. I had all the toys, all of the film nostalgia, and knew almost all of the lines. This film brings back not only memories, but creates feelings of childhood whimsy, everlasting freewill, and nostalgic joy. This, though it's a children's film, is one of the most perfect film's I've seen from the plot twists down to the animation. No one can hate this film.

OVERALL,an epic animated film with an excellently executed plot, some of the best voice casting, good Newman score, nostalgic animation, childhood whimsy, the feeling of everlasting freewill, and all the ingredients it needs to be a perfect film.

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