Disney's: toy story
The wizards at Pixar and Disney have created a film that is
unlikely to be forgotten in the next few years. Toy Story,
the first completely computer-animated movie ever, is fresh
and funny, and it takes the state of animation to a heretofore
Sheriff Woody (Tom Hanks) is the leader
of a group of toys who come alive when no one is watching.
Owned by young Andy (John Morris), they find new toy Buzz
Lightyear (Tim Allen) thrown into the mix, and when Woody's
insecurity causes him to try almost anything to get Buzz out
of the picture, he almost succeeds with catastrophic effects.
Soon, both Woody and Buzz find themselves captives in the
next-door home of toy molester Sid (Erik von Detten). Not
only must they get out of Sid's place, but the family's moving
day is nigh, and no one wants to be left behind.
Hanks brings the apprehensive Woody alive
better than most live characters are done. And a gaggle of
supporting toys round out the cast, including Don Rickles
as a sarcastic Mr. Potato Head, Wallace Shawn as a pacifist
Tyrannosaurus Rex, and Annie Potts as Woody's love interest
Bo Peep, all of whom add another twist to comic happenings.
Even questions of identity are brought up without being too
silly, as Buzz doesn't understand he's not a real spaceman.
Toy Story visually spectacular, but it's downright hilarious.
Nice touches make the film a true delight
to watch, with details like water droplets on windows, the
detailed underbelly of the moving van, and reflections of
the family in Christmas tree ornaments. I'd wager something
new could be found every time the movie is seen.
The only problems I had were the corny
songs and the fact that the animation, while it works spectacularly
well for the stiffly mechanical toys, doesn't translate so
easily to human movement. While people aren't the ultimate
subject of the piece, it is a bit of a distraction when they're
in the focus.
Nonetheless, Toy Story is a visual feast,
perfect for the holidays. Director John Lasseter ups the stakes
with every scene, the best of which is a nightmarish sequence
in Sid's room, whose toy experimentations look straight out
of Tim Burton's brain. Highly recommended "for kids of