Toy Story: An Epic Experience in Animation History
|"Toy Story" (1995).|
In the Universe, there was the Big Bang. In the field of exploration, there was Christopher Columbus stumbling upon an entire continent that had somehow gone unnoticed by the Europeans. In film history, there also are pivotal moments: the introduction of the Hays Code in 1934; the advent of talkies in 1928; technicolor in the 1930s; 3D in the 1950s; the "Disney Renaissance" of the 1990s; and "Toy Story."
|Buzz Lightyear and the aliens in the claw game.|
|Woody greets Buzz.|
|The special edition DVD case.|
|Woody and Buzz.|
|Woody in the hands of his new owner Sid.|
|Buzz about to take Woody for a ride.|
Sid's toys, who are all nice but mangled due to Sid's experiments with them, help out by reconnecting Buzz's arm, but Sid decides to have some fun and straps Buzz to a rocket to destroy him completely. Woody and Sid's toys rescue Buzz and Woody scares Sid off by coming to life and telling him off for hurting defenseless toys. Woody and Buzz leave through a hole in the fence, but find that Andy and his family are gone to their new home.
|Wood enjoying himself while flying.|
|The Toy Story cast.|
|Randy Newman and John Lasseter at the "Toy Story 3" premiere.|
“When we conceived the picture we didn’t think of it as a musical. When we started talking to Disney they were used to musicals and they felt we needed some songs. How would we fit them in? We didn’t want the characters to break out in song.
“With the help of Disney we came up with a really neat format, which is what we call ‘cohesive song score’. The notion is like Simon and Garfunkel’s music in “The Graduate” or Cat Stevens in “Harold and Maude” where the songs are more or less written about what’s going on in the movie, but they are sung by somebody else, not the characters. So that’s what we have. From the beginning, I wanted Randy Newman to do the music. His music has two things that I love; he has tremendous heart in his music and a sense of humor.”Lasseter's own expertise is especially evident in the expressiveness Pixar gives to everyone's face, particularly Woody's. This is what draws the viewer in and makes the toys friends and not just objects that can talk. Wisely, Pixar hired some of the most engaging actors in the industry, including Allen, Hanks, Wallace Shawn (Rex), Annie Potts (Bo Peep), Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head, John Ratzenberger as piggy bank Hamm, and the like to reinforce the human-ness of the toys. All this combined gives the ingredients for a smash hit. Which, of course, "Toy Story" was.
|Bo Peep turns traitor: "Buzz has more gadgets on him than a Swiss Army knife.”|
“You are a toy! You aren’t the real Buzz Lightyear! You’re an action figure. You are a child’s plaything!”
|While Mr. Potato Head is a fan favorite, Rex the cowardly dinosaur also provides lots of laughs.|
|Sid just delights in mangling and torturing his toys.|
|Woody feeling a bit left out.|