Toy Story (1995)

This original film was the first movie made by Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) for Pixar before Disney bought them out. Released on November 22nd, 1995 we are taken on an adventure about how toys really live and feel when humans aren’t around.

The movie begins with Sheriff Woody (Tom Hanks) organizing Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles), Slinky Dog (Jim Varney), Rex (Wallace Shawn), Hamm (John Ratzenberger), Bo Peep (Annie Potts) and the army men lead by Sarge (R. Lee Ermey) to recon what new presents their owner Andy (John Morris) is getting for his 6th birthday. The toys are released when none of them will be replaced until a surprise gift is given and placed in Woody’s spot on Andy’s bed. When Andy and friends leave the room, the toys go investigate the newcomer, Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen). The space ranger impresses all the toys but Woody, who fears of being replaced.

Woody’s fears begin to play out as Andy plays with Buzz more. When an unexpected trip to Pizza Planet, Andy’s Mom (Laurie Metcalf) allows And to take one toy. Using this opportunity, Woody attempts to trap Buzz behind the desk but ends up knocking him out the window. The other toys find out but before they can turn on Woody, Andy comes in and takes Woody with him. When Andy and his mom step out at the gas station, Buzz hops in after hitching a ride, to attempt to kill Woody as payback but they both roll out of the car. Before getting a chance to get back in the car heading to Pizza Planet.

Now stuck at the gas station, Buzz and Woody are forced to work together to get back to Andy. Hitching a ride on the Pizza Planet Truck, Buzz and Woody make it. However, Buzz gets distracted by a spaceship looking game thinking he can return home, Woody follows trying to convince him that it’s not real. But they get stuck inside the game with the little green aliens (Debi Derryberry, Jeff Pidgeon) when Sid Phillips (Erik von Detten), Andy’s neighbor wins Buzz and Woody.

Sid brings them home to torture them like his other toys but it’s late and raining so the toys have one night to escape, failing Sid traps Woody under a crate and straps a rocket to Buzz. In the morning, Buzz sees the moving truck arrive next door to take Andy and his mom to their new home. Gaining motivation, Buzz frees Woody who gets the help from Sid’s other toys to scare him, when Sid brings them outside.

Escaping Sid, they are now being chased by Sid’s dog while trying to catch up to the moving truck, which is driving away. With the help of Dune Buggy, Buzz and Woody make it into Andy’s car. Ending the movie with Christmas at the new house until the next adventure.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Toy Story is a fantastic movie that really launched Pixar to what it is now. This ends up being the first in a four part feature film series. It also had a tv series and multiple short films based off its characters. How can we not love Toy Story. It also set off the Pixar theory when it comes to the pizza planet truck and linking all the films. It’s a great movie for kids and adults alike.

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