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Toy Story

The exciting collaboration of Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures has brought the world what is considered by some to be one of the best animated films ever made; Toy Story. Although I was born a year after its 1995 release, I remember the many times my sister and I sat enthralled in front of the TV/VCR, clutching our Woody dolls and getting lost in the film. My Woody doll, with his hard plastic hat and floppy, soft body, didn’t have a pull string to make him talk, but the film pulls on the heartstrings of everyone everywhere. It’s fun, amusing, stirring, and exciting for people of all ages. Susan Wloszczyna of USA Today summed the movie up perfectly when she said, “The first all computer-animated feature, which brings a bedroom of playthings to bouncy life, is yummy eye candy spiked with 3-D-style tactile treats.”

Children can definitely understand and connect to the movie in many ways. As in the movie, kids can also have a deep attachment to their toys, and this similarity helps children get in tune and really develop an emotional connection to the movie. Toys are usually stationary and voiceless until we move and play with them, so this movie really gives kids a humorous view on what toys would be doing when we are away or not looking if it was possible. Also, in most typical kids’ animated movies there’s a hero, but with this buddy comedy you get two. This movie is a great example to kids on how to use their imagination to play and reminds them that they don’t need electronic devices to be entertained or have fun.

Not only does Toy Story have great entertainment value and humor for children; it also resonates with adults. It is genius the way adults’ favorite childhood toys come to life with such comedic personalities such as when Woody uses Playskool walkie-talkies and a Bucket of Soldiers for reconnaissance twice in the film. Adults are also entertained by the countless references to people, places, and things that fly right over the tops of children’s heads, such as the time the Etch A Sketch, Mr. Spell types, “Hubba, Hubba!” to Mr. Potato Head when he finally gets his wish for a Mrs. Potato Head. Also, Legs, one of Sid’s malformed toys, has Barbie legs and a fishing pole upper body, representing a “hooker.” These references are just some of the reasons the film is so well received by adults.

I appreciate that this great movie also has universal moral lessons entwined into the story. The main lessons are the benefits of teamwork, not judging a “toy” by its “box,” and that jealousy makes people miserable.

In addition, the movie has the ability to spark memorable conversations between parents and their children and allow them to share a deeper connection than some animated movies. I remember when I watched it with my parents and they reminisced about their childhood toys. It was fun for me to make the connection and then also see the toys in the Wal-Mart toy aisle, some of which became popular again thanks to the movie.

Confident that Toy Story appeals to everyone, I took advantage of Google to assess if it can be watchable worldwide. Astonishingly, it is available on DVD in over sixteen different languages. The combination of the film and its two sequels, both highly acclaimed in their own right, is one of the most critically acclaimed trilogies of all time. As a dedicated theatre employee, I would be remiss not to recommend the whole trilogy as Toy Story 4 will be released on the big screen in June of 2019.

Toy Story is as timeless and classic as Mr. Potato Head and Etch A Sketch, and as Kevin McManus, a Washington Post Staff Writer, once said, “What the bright minds of Walt Disney have produced here is a must-see movie. Must-see, must-talk-about, must-plan-to-see-again.”

Toy Story; to infinity and beyond!

 

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