Toy Story is a 1995 is a computer animated fantasy buddy comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures.
Woody (Tom Hanks), a good-hearted cowboy doll who belongs to a young boy named Andy (John Morris), sees his position as Andy's favorite toy jeopardized when his parents buy him a Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) action figure. Even worse, the arrogant Buzz thinks he's a real spaceman on a mission to return to his home planet. When Andy's family moves to a new house, Woody and Buzz must escape the clutches of maladjusted neighbor Sid Phillips (Erik von Detten) and reunite with their boy.
Why It Rocks
- It is the first-ever computer-animated feature film, as well as the start of Pixar's legacy.
- The animation is visually stunning for 1995 standards.
- Timeless theme song ("You've Got a Friend in Me").
- The characters are all unforgettable and likable.
- Excellent voice acting.
- Erik von Detten does a pretty good job voicing Sid Phillips.
- John Morris also does a pretty good job voicing Andy Davis.
- The movie has a great story with good morals.
- The scene where Buzz realizes that he's a toy and has a mental breakdown is both very funny and sad at the same time.
- The concept of the movie is quite creative as it takes advantage of the fact that most of us believed that our toys were alive when we were kids.
- "To infinity, and beyond!" is a line that will never get old.
- The animation (while great for its time, and while it still holds up to this day) isn't as good as the animation in the later Toy Story films.
- The human characters, such as Andy and Sid, are rendered pretty badly (even though this film came out in the 90s).
- Buzz Lightyear (before he finds out he is a toy) and Mr. Potato Head (whenever he gets angry at Woody for throwing Buzz out of the window or when he reminds the other toys about it) are somewhat unlikable at some points.
- The infamous "Black Friday Reel".
- The scene where Mr. Potato Head threatens to hang Woody is very disturbing for a children film.
- The scene where Woody and Buzz meets Sid's toys is very scary for younger viewers.
Toy Story was universally acclaimed by critics and audiences and is widely regarded as one of the best films ever made.
The film currently holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 79 reviews, with an average rating of 9/10. The site's critical consensus says "Entertaining as it is innovative, Toy Story reinvigorated animation while heralding the arrival of Pixar as a family-friendly force to be reckoned with.". On Metacritic, the film has a score of 95/100, based on 26 reviews, and an 8.3/10 on IMDb.