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Toy Story

  • Rated G
  • HD and SD formats available

children & family

Experience a hilarious fantasy about the lives toys lead when they're left alone.

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common sense

ON for kids age 4
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5

Pixar classic is one of the best kids' movies of all time.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is separation in the movie -- toys are separated from one another and from their owner (but if your kid made it to preschool without an issue, this should be fine). All of the dynamics behind sibling rivalry are here as well, so if your kids are going through that, this is a perfect movie to have them watch together. Kids may be scared by Andy's next-door neighbor Sid, who has a mean laugh and mutilates toys for fun -- but he does get a mild comeuppance. Really young kids may be confused by the toys being "real" here, especially when Buzz really thinks he's a star commander. Note: The 3-D version of the movie includes a couple of brief scenes that might spook the youngest viewers, like dinosaur Rex roaring, but otherwise the digital effects are played for laughs (or, as the green squeeze-toy aliens would say, "Oooh ... aaah").

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about friendships, loyalty, and rivalry. Young kids are exploring all these issues, and the movie has great models.
  • Andy seems to spend more time playing with his beloved toys than watching TV or playing video games. Kids: What's great about playtime over TV time?
  • Kids: Do you really think that toys become "real" when humans leave the room? Why is imagination such an important part of playtime?

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4 stars

After finally seeing Toy Story all the way through (I worked at a video story when it came out, saw every part out of sequence through numerous shifts, eventually lost interest in seeing it as a whole then left it at that...) I can finally see what the big deal was. It was the blueprint for Pixar's success and paved the way for the CG-animated movies to come. Fifteen years later, Toy Story has lost very little to all of its successors, still offering just as much for the kids and the adults equally. Oh, and future generations.

- mjgildea, Sunday, September 12, 2010

5 stars

"To infinity and beyond!" If it wasn't because of the success of Pixar Animation Studios short film 'Tin Toy', winner of the best animated short film back in '88, there could be a chance that 'Toy Story' would've never got in to production. 'Tin Toy' inspired John Lasseter, the number one man in Pixar, to give birth to 'Toy Story', the first feature film to be made entirely with CGI. 'Toy Story' is an animated film about toys, which are alive. But people don't know that, of course. Woody is the leader of the toy gang, who's main purpose is to make Andy, a young boy, as happy as possible. Woody happens to be Andy's favourite toy, but that might change when Andy gets a Buzz Lightyear, THE toy every boy wants, on his birthday. Buzz believes that he is a Space Ranger on a mission to destroy the evil Zurg. Woody tries to make him realize that he is only a toy, but in the end, they just don't get along. The rest of the toys start to look up to Buzz. Accidently, Woody starts a chain reaction that causes Buzz to fall out the window. The rest of the gang believes that Woody did this on purpose. It is up to Woody to retrieve Buzz before it's too late... 'Toy Story' is a landmark in history of animated films. 1995 is the year when everything changed in the genre of animation. Before 'Toy Story', people were used to see their animated features in classic 2D. The success of 'Toy Story', and the fact that the costs of making a film with CGI instead of original methods weren't that different, launched an era of CGI animations. Despite the films success, it was close that 'Toy Story' would not have reached the theatres. Early versions of the film, which already included the original cast of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, weren't that successful in the eyes of the studio executives. Pixar was part of the Disney corporation at the time and we all now that Disney want their films filled with songs and easily lovable characters... Initial changes were made and a new beginning of 'Toy Story' started. When 'Toy Story' was released with a small budget of 30 million dollars, it was an immediate success. It became hugely popular with time and the quote that is at the beginning of this review, is known by many. As a curiosity, 'Toy Story' has the lowest worldwide box office success of all Pixar films... But times have changed since then and animated films are nowadays considerable contestants for best films of the year. Since I started giving out curios, here's another one. 'Toy Story' is the first animated film to be nominated for best screenplay written directly for the screen. And there lies the secret for the film. The screenplay. This could've been just another forgettable animation if it wasn't because of the amazing voice talent that brings the story to life. 'Toy Story' (including the whole franchise) is one of the best voiced animations ever made. The talent of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles etc give believability to the characters. Especially Tom Hanks gives a strong performance as Woody. Pixar's successful list of animations started with 'Toy Story' and 11 studio films later, there is one thing in common to every one of 'em. Top-notch overall result in every aspect. For instance the animation is still remarkable. I recently saw it on Blu and couldn't look any better, considering the fact that the film is 15 years old. If you compare this one to 'Toy Story 3', there is not as much detail in the characters and the environment. But nevertheless, 'Toy Story' looks amazing. The music by Randy Newman is also a winner. The song called 'You've got a friend in me' is... how'd you say... perfect. It's perfect for the story and for the film. It simply put tells the importance of the films higher meaning in a swinging way. Great song and overall score by Mr Newman. 'Toy Story' does something that most of animated films fail in. Pleasing the whole family. Most consider animated films to be for kids only but 'Toy Story' brings out the kid in you. I'm sure that the youngsters love the film because of all the fun and stuff but the older ones will surely take a trip back to the memory lane with this one. Mr Potato Head, Army soldiers, dinosaur toys, action figures... You name it. We've all played with toys and most of us have surely forgotten how much fun it was back then. 'Toy Story' delivers 80 minutes of unquestionable fun and sweet memories from the youth. That's all I need. By the way, my dogs "official" name is Bo Peep...

- TheMachinist, Thursday, September 2, 2010

4 stars

This classic Pixar film is a landmark of huge advance and innovation in animation. It plays like a fantastic roller-coaster that perfectly blends a lot of highly entertaining adventure and delightful humor, while its main strength certainly lies on the charisma of the characters.

- blacksheepboy, Sunday, July 25, 2010