Toy Story Reviews
December 16, 2014
The revolutionary award-winning godfather of modern animation that started it all. Toy Story is a magnificent blend of groundbreaking animation mixed with with a timeless story and extremely lovable characters that you will grow up with for decades. A landmark of storytelling and humor that puts it on par with the best movies ever made. Now I don't talk about history and film production in a review, or talk technically but the history of Pixar and the film is quite fascinating. This is the only time I will do this, maybe another but thats it.
Marking it as the world's first motion picture made entirely with computers and CPUs, Pixar started as an obscure high-end computer hardware company which created hardware that simulates information and data through computer graphics for hospitals and business companies, and was founded and owned by Apple founder Steve Jobs in 1986. One of their first hardware products is the Pixar image computer. However after extremely poor sales due to unnecessary power and high cost, the graphics team decided to use their computer technology to create an animation department led by ex-disney animator John Lasseter to create cgi short films to help attract investor and interest in other computer companies. He started with Luxo Jr, and Red's Dream, both which received tremendous universal acclaim and massive success at SIGGRAPH, and would even receive oscar nominations. In 1988, Pixar created Tin Toy, the inspirational basis for Toy Story, which would win an oscar and created a brand new software called RenderMan, which is now the golden standard in CGI rendering. However the success of the 1988 short didn't attract business investors like they hoped, instead, it attracted filmmakers, one of them which was Disney. Disney asked John Lasseter to join them and become a hand-drawn animation director. He refuse and Disney decided to make a deal with Pixar to make one computer-animated feature for $26 million. In 1990, friends of John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Peter Doctor, Joe Ranft, and Lee Unkrich joined Pixar to help create a christmas special for Disney to convince whether they were ready for a film. The cancelled special that was "a tin toy christmas", about the story of the special's star Tinny, who's conceptually the descendant of Buzz lightyear. However the special was cancelled and the story was retooled for the feature film with John Lasseter set to direct. As the story evolves, Tinny was accompanied by a ventriloquist dummy who would evolve to a cowboy doll named Woody, and Tinny would be completely retooled and redesigned to resemble a more modern toy, into becoming a space ranger and eventually become Buzz Lightyear. In 1992, while all the other characters were being created, Pixar released character animation tests of Woody and Buzz, and a famous 30-second second test, which wowed Disney and gave the film the green-light. In 1993 Jeffery Katzenberg, demanded that the film would be Shrek-like, or be edgy and adult. However an edgy tone was fine, but what he wanted was the characters to be cynical and mean-spirited. Pixar released a story-boarded version to disney in late 1993, to disastrous results, which included Woody being the room's hate-able ruler who would abuse the toys. because of this Thomas Schumacher immediately demanded the film production would shut down. However Pixar hire new writers such as future Avengers director, Joss Whedon, to help rewrite the script, and bring back the lovability and charm of the characters, such as making Woody a likable character, and the film went back to production. When it released on November 22, 1995, it had revolutionize the entire film industry, establishing John Lasseter as one of the best filmmakers of all time, and Pixar's long run of groundbreaking films, generating itself on many critic's top films of 1995, and became the highest grossing film of 1995, with over $360 million, and would since then be called whats arguably the greatest animated film of all time. Lets see why:
The premise is nothing less than a genius work of beauty and creativity. No other animated film before it has ever been this brilliant of an idea. It is very simple, yet sophisticatedly thought-provoking and clever. It asks you the question What if toys come to life? It is something that has not been done on the big screen before, and thats why it got nominated for an oscar for best original screenplay. The title itself is also a work of art, Toy Story. Simple, and meaningful. 10/10
Whats a great premise without a timeless story. Toy Story features the story of a cowboy doll named Woody, who feels threatened when a new space ranger toy named Buzz lightyear show up. The two become enemies, but when they get lost and are taken by a boy that destroys toys, Woody and Buzz must work together to get back to their original owner, and prove that even the worst of enemies can become the best of friends. The story is very simple, but theres a twist that no hollywood studio has ever done. Pixar took simplicity to an advantage. This adds more room for creativity and clever writing. What Pixar did was blend simplicity with sophistication. Many animated films would have a very childish script or "play it safe" because it was made for kids, but instead, this film featured the appealing fun of a kids film, and blend it with a script and story that is treated as if Pixar was making an adult film, with adult references, and complex and sophisticated forming of writing that helped give it huge love and appeal to adults. The script was adult, grown-up and extremely thought-provoking, but also told you a very entertaining, heartwarming and hilarious story that can be appreciated by anyone who has a heart. Another thing to consider is Pixar's passion of love, and effort put into the story and script. Like I said earlier, many animated films would "play it very safe". What I mean by that is that many hollywood studios would take a weird premise or story, and the saddest part is that either they are scared that it would flop despite the huge potential the story could have if they go wild and creative, or just don't care as they just want to make money. So instead of putting effort on the script, believing that the story would not bump up box office numbers, they focus on giving us cheap and juvenile, yet contrived comedy, with one-dimensional characters, a recycled unoriginal plot that's been taken from other films, and put in major celebrity stars and cheap pop music to use for marketing, thinking that it will get adults interested. And the truth is, it doesn't. Here, Pixar is aware of how hollywood makes movies, and they know, successful or not, that story and characters are just as important, and they took so many risk, and they succeeded because of all their hard work. And yes, Pixar films are blockbusters, but its because they are good and people know how much effort and creativity they put, and they appreciate that. Another revolutionary move Pixar made was that is was modern. Before Toy Story, all Disney animated films would be fairy tales, or would be based on books, or any form of literature. Toy Story features a completely new and original story with all new characters, and unlike the other films before it, the story took place in the modern world, with characterization and storytelling told as if it was taking place right now, like the Simpsons. And since then, many animated movies would become more modern and in a way more evolved. 10/10
The greatest achievement of the story is the simple, yet sophisticated wit and charms that makes the characters lovable and charming. First we have a spectacular cast led by Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as Woody and Buzz Lightyear, bringing you on screen one of most magnificent duos of all time, and a huge bunch of whats now many of our favorite characters, all distinctive, real, and unique, despite being a toy, such as Mr. Potato Head, Ham the Piggy Bank, Rex the dinosaur, and Slinky Dog, voiced by great actors such as Don Rickles, John Ratzenberger, Wallace Shawn, and the late Jim Varney. What makes them lovable and charming is their ability to express wit and humor in a very unique way, who's personalities based on who they are and their features. Its also fascinating for the fact they are children's toys, yet they are designed to be adults themselves. However what makes the characters revolutionary is their take on realism. Somehow even though they're moving fantasized plastic, they managed to feel both real and believable as if they actually are real people on screen. Their desires and perspective on life is both powerful and deep, making them more complex and sophisticated than they look. In the end, the characters are as appealing and funny enough for children, and realistically sophisticated and believable enough for adults. In fact, these plastic animated characters pulse more realism, humanity, and believability than what most live-action characters are even capable of doing. And that is saying a lot. 10/10
Obviously the highlight of the film is the animation. Toy Story is the first fully computer animated film, as it is the first of its kind. Before then, animated films were drawn by hand, this film revolutionize it, making three-dimensional animation on computers and CPU's like no other film has done before. It literally blew people away as no one has ever seen anything like it before, bringing you new visuals, textures, and techniques that no hand-drawn film is capable of doing. Of course from 1995 to today, CGI has evolved vastly, and it does look a bit dated now, but I will judge it for it's time, and for it's time, it's revolutionary. The animation is awesome in any way, from the character designs, and the structure of the settings, down to the individual scratches of the door the glossy reflections floors and metals. The plastic of the toys look realistic, and the character animation is fantastic, looking and feeling more natural and believable than 2D animated movies, Another advantage to the film than on drawings is the ability to redo and fix the mistakes. If you make a mistake on paper, you would have to redo it completely. With Toy Story, you can go back to the computer files and fix any error that was made. Although it looks dated compared to later films, especially when looking at organic models such as trees, grass, and grounds, and the humans do look a bit weird, but considered all that in the first CGI movie and that it was made 20 years ago, thats one groundbreaking achievement. 10/10
"Another" groundbreaking bit of the film was it's use of music. First, Pixar has brought in Grammy Winner Randy Newman to compose the score of the film, which is no less than spectacular. From the dramatic beats to the smallest details of the compositions, Newman has brought us an iconic score thats whimsical, powerful, dramatic, and epic in any way. It also brilliantly sets the mood of the scene and the tone of the characters depending on the situation, like a musical score should, and in a way, the music doesn't just do that, in fact, it could tell it's own story. The big noticeable thing to point out is the use of songs, there are 3 songs. In Disney films, the characters would stop all their action and burst into song, instead the songs just play, being sung by Newman himself while the characters continue on to the story, as the songs express the situation of the characters and scenes. It was a great idea for the characters not to sing, consider it is a "buddy film", as a musical would not fit the tone of the story. There are three song, "Strange Things", "I Will Go Sailing No More", and "You Got A Friend in Me". The last one being the most iconic song. The song itself is both beautifully written and thoughtfully deep. It has shaped up to be Pixar's most famous song, and one of the most iconic songs of all time, including oscar nominations for the score and the songs. 10/10
In the end, Toy Story is historically revolutionary magnum opus for the industry, and to those involved in it, establishing Pixar as an animation powerhouse, and kickstarting their record-breaking run of groundbreaking classics, and a treasure of filming that you should see. Toy Story has been loved and worshiped since it first triumphed in theaters, and will continue to do so for generations to come by and anyone who has a soul.
January 25, 2015
This film is more innovative than any other film because it sets the standard for computer-animated films. Not only was it the first computer-animated film, but it was an excellent one at that.
For being a movie of 1995 the animation is extraordinary and beyond anything of that time period. Not only this, but it has the best possible choice for music of a kid's film: Randy Newman. His most infamous song "You've got a friend in me" is gold and is known to all children who have good parents.
Also, the perfect voices have been chosen to bring these characters to life. Tom Hanks who's dramatic voice brings Woody's voice box to life and Tim Allen who gives Buzz Lightyear his heroic-sounding voice. All in all, this is a strong film, and a must-see for all kids!
January 5, 2015
A great animation.Well timed kids will love the idea of toys been alive makes the film such fun to watch, can't help liking these sorts of movies.
|A. R. Kirk||
January 20, 2015
The beginning of greatness. My stupid words will not do this and the sequels any justice. Just... god it is so good. So so good. Arghhh I'm putting it on now. Fall with Style Buzz. Fall with Style
January 19, 2015
Voice-acting - 9.5
Writing - 9.5
Dialogue - 9.5
Plot & Characterization - 9.5
Cinematography & Editing - 10
Soundtrack/Score & Set Design - 9.5
How much I enjoyed it personally - 9.5
January 18, 2015
Such a good animated film. Allen and Hanks are terrific.
January 4, 2015
Toy Story is Pixar's first masterpiece, having great story, memorable characters, top notch animation, a solid premise, and quality entertainment for kids.
December 16, 2014
Toy Story is one of the most powerful animation ever created.With amazement at every turn of this movie,this is a very smart and satisfying cinematic pleasure.
January 2, 2015
Love this movie, this was my first memory as a kid and even when I watch it now as an adult I still love this movie
July 28, 2014
10 out of 10:
I remember watching this as a kid. I loved it so much, I got a ton of merchandise. I loved this film and it's sequels and spin-offs.
May 21, 2008
Of course I am a little bias, having grown up with this film.
December 9, 2014
I grew up watching this!
December 8, 2014
Maybe I just have really bad taste, but even as a kid, I had to be dragged to see this, when I really wanted to see Tom and Huck. Sure, it was great for Pixar and all that jazz, but I didn't care for it much at all. Maybe I'll watch it again and see if I'm being too harsh, but I didn't feel it was fun, funny, or engaging.
December 6, 2014
Being funny and touching at the same time, it's an animation masterpiece.
November 29, 2014
Woody, a traditional pull-string talking cowboy, has long enjoyed a place of honor as the favorite among six-year-old Andy's menagerie of toys. Quick to calm their anxieties about being replaced by newer arrivals, Woody finds his own confidence shaken, and his status as top toy in jeopardy, upon the arrival of Buzz Lightyear, simply the coolest space action figure ever made. Woody plots to get rid of Buzz, but things backfire and he finds himself lost in the outside world with Buzz as his only companion. Joining forces to find their way home, the two rivals set out on an adventure that lands them in the clutches of Sid, a sadistic neighborhood kid who is notorious for dismembering and reassembling "mutant" toys in his bedroom. As "guests" of Sid and his dog, Scud, the two fugitive toys forge a genuine friendship and learn that only through mutual trust and respect do they have any chance of survival.
October 10, 2009
It is just impossible for anybody to NOT like this absolutely enduring animated classic! "Toy Story", cinema's first computer-animated feature film, still holds up as one of the most clever, humorous, touching and downright amazing stories to be told on the silver screen. Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen) are one of cinema's greatest duos, and seeing them again on the big screen (in 3D no less!) has reminded me why this is one for the ages! Still one of Pixar's crowning achievement, the film perfectly jells a well-told comedic tale with (at the time) state-of-the-art technical wizardry (which still looks good even after all these years!). One of my all-time favorite movies!
November 26, 2014
Its Toy Story. Theres nothing else to say.
April 4, 2013
In terms of pure storytelling, I'm not sure Pixar has ever surpassed the casual brilliance on display in their first feature. "Toy Story" contains one of the most immaculate screenplays I can recall, and it's a wonder how Lasseter and his team were able to build such a propulsive, moving, thrilling, hilarious story around such a magically simple idea (What if toys were alive?) that resonates with young children just as easily and profoundly as it does for adults.
One of the most interesting and even boldest decisions (and one that establishes "Toy Story" and indeed Pixar's storytelling in contrast to the staunch, and often rote, Disney tradition) is the lack of any sort of villainous figure-- the closest we get is Sid, who really is more of a force of nature than anything; the toy equivalent of a hurricane-- and instead makes Woody both the protagonist and the antagonist of his own story.
That our hero is so incredibly, deeply flawed, and can act out in such a petty, desperate manner that results in the majority of his own personal crises is not only a testament to the deep character work on a scripting level (especially in regards to a perfect ending in which his redemption and reconciliation with Buzz Lightyear could not feel more earned), but also an example of what a knockout performance Hanks delivers, walking a tightrope of carefully crafted moments that could easily spill into being too mean, too silly, or too saccharine at a moment's notice. Tim Allen's Buzz is equally excellent, with each scene working to reveal or build something about their relationship, effortlessly weaving through the story with jealousies and lies and confessions and shifting emotions galore.
The film's only real flaw is that to a modern eye, the limiting CGI technology can feel overly apparent-- that Pixar hadn't yet mastered the art of atmospheric depth creates a lot of flat compositions, and the human characters look just as plastic as their toy counterparts (particularly Andy's sister, who looks infinitely more terrifying than any of the Frankenstein-monstrosities in Sid's bedroom)-- but these are minor issues. The fact that a young studio in setting out to make the first fully computer-animated film went ahead and delivered a flat-out masterpiece like "Toy Story" on their first try is nothing short of miraculous.
November 21, 2014
To infinity and beyond... Toy Story is AWESOME
November 13, 2014
omg i remember the first time i watched theses guys laughed all the way threw and have enjoyed it plenty of times sense then I highly recommend that you see this if you haven't already