A friendly gang of toys, led by Woody the cowboy, live happily in their owner, Andy’s room. When jazzed up spaceman, Buzz Lightyear, enters the mix Woody competes with him for Andy’s affection. However the two must form a truce when they become separated from their owner.
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"Toy Story" was an inescapable phenomenon in 1995—I'm fairly certain I saw it at least twice in theaters—so it was something of a surprise to return to the film and find it a bit rough around the edges. Both the writing and characterization here are coarser, less defined than the sequels; Woody in particular doesn't come off as particularly likable. Most memorable? Pizza Planet and that diabolical kid Sid.
A completely mind-blowing experience at the time, but has not been hindered by time. It will always remain a landmark of cinema, and never fails to impress me with its wit and consistent, truthful storytelling. 5/5.
The tech may have evolved since, but it's astonishing how the Pixar story ethos and maniacal attention to detail was already fully formed, to the point you forget how visually novel and groundbreaking it genuinely was at the time.
3.8 stars. As per 'Grim Fandango', it was a smart move using character models that look iconic rather than uncanny with mid-90s CGI. Of course, as an adult to enjoy it you have to look past the cynical marketing ploy to get to the earnest celebration of play. In a way the film's as much as a self-indictment as the works of Paul Verhoeven. Makes consumer-capitalism seem livable, though it makes toys out of all of us.