"Toy Story is a
"Toys filled with Joys"
"A Disney / Pixar Timeless Classic"
A full-length computer-animated feature which
follows the story of toys who fall out with each other when a
space ranger threatens the leadership of an old wooden cowboy.
by John Lasseter with voices by Tom
Hanks and Tim Allen
There is greatness in film that can be discussed, dissected,
and talked about late into the night. Then there is genius that is right
in front of our faces - you smile at the spell it puts you into and are
refreshed, and not a word needs to be spoken. This kind of entertainment
is what they used to call "movie magic" and there is loads of it in this
irresistible computer animation feature. Just a picture of these bright
toys on the cover of Toy Story looks intriguing as it reawakens the
kid in us. Filmmaker John Lasseter's shorts (namely Knickknack and
Tin Toy, which can be found on the Pixar video Tiny Toy
Stories) illustrate not only a technical brilliance but also a great
sense of humour - one in which the pun is always intended. Lasseter thinks
of himself as a storyteller first and an animator second, much like
another film innovator, Walt Disney.
Lasseter's story is universal and magical: what do toys do when they're
not played with? Cowboy Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), Andy's favourite
bedroom toy, tries to calm the other toys (some original, some classic)
during a wrenching time of year - the birthday party, when newer toys may
replace them. Sure enough, Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) is the
new toy that takes over the throne. Buzz has a crucial flaw, though - he
believes he's the real Buzz Lightyear, not a toy. Lasseter further scores with
perfect voice casting, including Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head and
Wallace Shawn as a meek dinosaur. The movie is great.
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