Toy Story – Movie Review
When this movie first game out, it was considered to be ground breaking in computer animation. I watched it when I was a kid and was amazed at the quality. A bedroom full of toys belonging to a boy named Andy await the birthday gift opening and introduction of new toys (with the fear of being replaced or downgraded in some way). The popular new toy that many little boys were wanting was the Buzz Lightyear action figure, and Andy gets one for his birthday.
Andy’s favorite toy and leader of the other toys is Woody, a cowboy doll with a pull string that says a variety of things. This beloved toy gets tossed aside to make room for Buzz, a toy who doesn’t understand that he’s a toy and not an actual space ranger. Woody gets fed up with the neglect from Andy and decides that Buzz just has to go. He uses a remote controlled toy car to cause Buzz to fall out of an open window. The toys immediately learn that it was intentional, and decide now that Woody has to go.
Andy enters his room at that moment and, unable to locate Buzz, takes Woody with him as he and his mom head off to Pizza Planet.
Buzz and Woody reunite and end up on a long and difficult journey to return back to Andy’s room. They end up with Sid, Andy’s next door neighbor who likes to destroy toys and is eagerly awaiting some explosives for that very purpose.
The cute, funny, and suspenseful adventure that these toys go through is very entertaining. I will say, though, that a few lines early in the movie aren’t appropriate for children and I don’t believe should have been in the film at all. This is the first of multiple Toy Story movies and sets the stage for future adventures.