Pixar Animation Studios review: Toy Story

Pixar Studio's 1st film.
Pixar Studio’s 1st film.

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My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that it is a great start for the CGI platform in animated films; emphasis on great start. I feel like this film is a bit too predictable for my liking, but what makes this film stand out for me is the dynamics between the characters, and how the execution of the story gives a warm feeling. I loke films with subtext, and remove the cheap humor and gimmicks for distractions.

Production

The production for this film is extremely lengthy, so I am going to try and shorten it without leaving out any of the good stuff. Back in the early 1980s, when Disney was working on Tron, and John Lasseter was just an animator, he brought up the idea to make a full-fledged CGI film, which was rejected, and he was fired. Pixar was created in 1986 after he went to work with Lucasfilm, and Pixar was purchased by Apple.

The initial script involved Woody being the main villain, as he was this horrible tyrant that everyone needed to overthrow, but the execs found it to be harsh, and demanded the film to be more of a buddy-buddy film. This demand was made in 1991. Many of the characters went through many different revisions and cuts before we got to the final versions of the characters that are in the film as we know it.

With the script being approved by Katzenberg in early 1993, casting was then the next step. Tom Hanks was always the intended voice actor for Woody in Lasseter’s eyes, though there was consideration from Paul Newman. Billy Crystal was approached to be cast for Buzz, but he turned down the role. Jim Carrey, Chevy Chase, and Bill Murray were also considered, before Tim Allen was finally given the role.

Every few weeks, Katzenberg and co. went to visit Pixar to check on the film and to take notes on the progress, and what has been deemed the “Black Friday Incident” took place on November 19, 1993, where the board ripped apart the film for being the most mean-spitired film they have ever seen, and demanded production to be stopped. Pixar begged them to give them two weeks to repair the film, which was granted. The film was waken under the hands of Walt Disney Animation Studios, but the issue was that the film was becoming too sanitized, and Pixar had no input, until they created another script 3 months later, which was approved.

Story

The film starts with a montage song called “You’ve Got A Friend In Me”, where a little boy named Andy (John Morris)  is playing with his favourite toy named Woody (Tom Hanks). We soon learn that the family is moving, and when Andy goes away, Woody wakes up like the rest of the toys around him, and we learn that they have their own little world. When humans come around, they go static and pretend like they have no sense of motion, thinking, or speaking ability. They take up the next 10-15 minutes just setting up the interactions between the toys, and to show how Woody is the leader of the toys.

He tells them that Andy’s mother (Laurie Metcalf) moved his birthday party to today because the move is next week, and wants to get the party done with before the move. It is a smart thing to not make the humans faces seen a lot for a few reasons. One is because it sets up the atmosphere for the toys better (like what was done with Lady and the Tramp), and the second is because the humans are fucking hideous to look at. They don’t look like humans.

A toy that was given to Andy at the party is Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), who thinks he is a real space hero instead of a toy. This leads to a bunch of weird moments, and everyone becomes impressed with him. What happens after this is a montage, where Andy and the toys prefer Buzz over Woody, who gets jealous that he is no longer the favourite. As you can tell, things are going to get very predictable from here on out. The montage song is called "Strange Things".
A toy that was given to Andy at the party is Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), who thinks he is a real space hero instead of a toy. This leads to a bunch of weird moments, and everyone becomes impressed with him.
What happens after this is a montage, where Andy and the toys prefer Buzz over Woody, who gets jealous that he is no longer the favourite. As you can tell, things are going to get very predictable from here on out. The montage song is called “Strange Things”.

Buzz is trying to build his ship before Woody starts to lash out at him in jealousy and annoyance about him believing he is a spaceman instead of a toy. They look through the goggle toy to see the crazy kid next door named Sid (Erik von Detten) torturing and blowing up toys as a clear foreshadow of one of the future plot points.  Woody overhears the humans talk about Andy going to a Pizza arcade, and to be chosen over Buzz, he tries to get him stuck in a crate, but it ended up with him getting knocked out the window. Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles) calls him out for what he did, and all of the toys turn on Woody, but before they could do anything, Andy takes Woody with him. Buzz follows him to the car, and they finally throw hands to get into a fight, as they fall out of the car.

We know that with both of them stranded, and focused on returning to their home, they will bond with one another/ They are at the arcade, and for some reason, Buzz ends up in one of the machines, which causes him and Woody to be taken by Sid.
We know that with both of them stranded, and focused on returning to their home, they will bond with one another/ They are at the arcade, and for some reason, Buzz ends up in one of the machines, which causes him and Woody to be taken by Sid.

They are now at his house, and witness him torture and dismantle toys. Once Sid leaves, all of his tortured toys start to wake up, scaring the crap out of Woody and Buzz. What they soon realize is that what they were doing is repair these broken toys to the best of their ability. Buzz Lightyear for some reason has Woody’s holler of him not being a real space champion kept on getting stuck in his head, so he tries to fly from the stairwell to the window, and is utterly shocked, hurt, and so much more when he falls to the floor, and his arm breaks. This is probably one of the only scenes in the film that really touched my heart and soul.

Buzz loses his damn mind, and Woody opens the window that is facing Andy’s room, to get everyone’s attention. They are thrilled to see him until Mr. Potato Head convinces them not to, even though Buzz is with them. He takes Buzz’s broken arm, which causes them to turn on him for good. Buzz is tied to a rocket, and is convinced to save Woody from a crate as he sees the moving truck.

To sum up the climax, the toys save Buzz, traumatize Sid to the point that he will leave the toys alone, attempt to get to the moving truck with some struggle, only until they light the rocket on Buzz to get to the truck. All is forgiven, and they move into the new house. It is Christmas, where Andy is given a Mrs. Potato Head, Woody gets some sugar from Betty Bo Peep (Annie Potts), and Buzz is getting freaked out about getting a new toy.

Toy Story
I feel like this film is a good start to Pixar, but I have to say that it is extremely predictable, and kind of overrated. Just because this film is the first of a franchise, or Pixar, it does not mean it’s the best. The characters are nice, and the world setup is great, but we knew exactly what would happen, and not a whole lot happens. Despite that, there is a lot of charm, with likable characters and intruiging music to kick things off for Pixar and CGI.

Characters

What I will say is that the main characters go through a lot of emotions, but they are not deep characters, because there honestly is not much to know about these toys; at least not in this film. They do the job just fine though. Since there are too many minor characters who have too little of a role, I will explain some of them here. Mr. Potato Head is just cranky all the time, Bo Peep likes to get it on and be romantic, Slinky (Jim Varney) is really loyal and optimistic, and Hamm (John Ratzenberger) just freaks out I guess.

Woody is sued to being in charge, and sued to having all of the attention. He isn't a bad guy, but someone who needs to feel like they are in control. He gets pretty nasty when Buzz shows up, but when everyone turns on him, he gains some humility.
Woody is used to being in charge, and sued to having all of the attention. He isn’t a bad guy, but someone who needs to feel like they are in control. He gets pretty nasty when Buzz shows up, but when everyone turns on him, he gains some humility.
When he is opened up, he believes that he is a real space ranger instead of a toy, which seems to be the cast for every single new toy. He has an epiphany that is pretty touchy. I like that he wasn't really cocky from everyone giving him attention.
When he is opened up, he believes that he is a real space ranger instead of a toy, which seems to be the cast for every single new toy. He has an epiphany that is pretty touchy. I like that he wasn’t really cocky from everyone giving him attention.
I only added him here because he is an antagonist to toys in general, and was referenced many times before he became a real plot point. I remember being his age, popping off my sister's doll's heads, and doing the most with toys. He has shown to be a bit teasing to his sister, but there isn't enough to say that he is a bad person.
I only added him here because he is an antagonist to toys in general, and was referenced many times before he became a real plot point. I remember being his age, popping off my sister’s doll’s heads, and doing the most with toys. He has shown to be a bit teasing to his sister, but there isn’t enough to say that he is a bad person.

Animation

I get it that this is the first full-fledged CGI film, so I should be a bit easy on the animation in that regard, so I have to take that into account when talking about how it has not aged well AT ALL. They were still trying to get familiar with using certain textures, and a lot of the animation is very blocky, so they used a lot of cut-corners to avoid furthering these issues. The colors are nice, and the overall animation does a decent enough job, especially for dealing with a lot of toys for the main foreground.

Music

The music is decent. It does a good job of narrating the scene and setting up the mood, but you are not going to be gong out of your way to sing or dance to anything in the movie. It kind of gives a neutral, but an out-of-this-world feeling, since it is a higher being singing about he unknown world of toys. It sets up a pattern for Pixar music for the next few films.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on November 22nd, 1995, it became a success, making $191 million domestically, and $181 million overseas, with a worldwide total of $373,554,033. No one from Disney or Pixar thought that the film would be as successful as it was, expecting it to make around $100-200 million at the very most. At the time, it  was the 17th highest grossing film domestically, and the 21st highest grossing film worldwide.

It received a huge amount of widespread critical acclaim from critics and audiences alike, praising the voice cast, animation, story, characters, and music. People spoke on how it is the ultimate family picture, and will hold up in history.

In regards to accolades, it was nominated and won a lot of awards. It only won 1 of the 4 nominated categories in the Academy Awards, completely stole the show in the Annies (beating out Walt Disney Animated Studios Hunchback), and took over a bunch of other awards. It has won many awards since the 1996 awards season.

Reception Today

Since it is the first full CGI film, it has to have a huge legacy. With the franchise in itself, they started focusing on a sequel right after, and as of right now, they are working on a Toy Story 4. There has been many TV specials to come out of this film as well. In regards to CGI, it caused a lot of other companies to jump ship to try and compete with Pixar, where CGI has completely taken over animated films in the Americas. The film has only grown within the test of time.

Final Score

Story: 8/10

Characters: 8.5/10

Animation: 7/10

Music: 8/10

= 31.5/40 = 79%

Next time…

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Review: September 18th, 2016.
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23 thoughts on “Pixar Animation Studios review: Toy Story

  1. Ah, good to see you doing the Pixar films. I’m sure you’ll have an easier time with these than the DisneyToon films. It’s Nostalgia Critic’s turn to do those. He’s had that coming for a while now ever since he started Disneycember. And if his picture on his Facebook page is any indication, he’s not enjoying it, to say the least. I’m sure you know exactly what he’s going through. But I digress.

    For me, Toy Story will always be my favorite Pixar film. There’s just a certain charm to it and the way it’s executed and delivered that makes it so enjoyable to watch. Probably my favorite part of the movie is the interactions between the characters, particularly Woody and Buzz. I remember reading somewhere that John Lasseter picked Tom Hanks for this movie because “he has the ability to take emotions and make them appealing” and I think it shows. Yes the story is a bit predictable, and the animation doesn’t really hold up. But I’ll let the animation slide as it was the first full-length CGI film, and the performances and execution keep me invested even if the story is a little on the predictable side.

    Look forward to your review of A Bug’s Life, or as I like to call it, “Pixar’s Forgotten Movie”.

    1. I do know what he is going through, and it leaves a negative vibe on you. It takes a toll.

      Woody and Buzz’s interactions are definitely what made the movie, and made it stand out, especially with its predictable plot. The movie would really suffer without it. I wanted to be a bit more harsh on the animation, but I let it go for that reason. Thanks for the support.

      It definitely is the forgotten Pixar movie.

  2. This is a great film. There is not much I can say about this film that hasn’t already been said. But since we are talking about the first full-length CGI film, I would like to ask you a question. Do you think this film is responsible for the death of hand drawn animation?

    1. Brilliant question, and my answer is not really. The issues that came with the reception of Hunchback, Hercules, Mulan, and Tarzan had little to nothing to do with Pixar’s success, and Pocahontas was released before this film to have a leading impact on. The choices WDAS made in the 2000s with management, and the films they chose were generally horrible. People became more interested in CGI, but the stories Dreamworks and WDAS were telling and promoting were utter crap. DreamWorks had an unstable start, and Disney dug themselves in the hole. If this film had a part to do with it, it had a small role.

      Toy Story made around the same amount as Pocahontas and Hunchback, so it is not like Pixar completely wrecked WDAS financially in the late 90s.

      1. Interesting point of view. I agree that Toy Story barely had an impact when it came to the reception of those films. I think a lot of people like to put the blame on this film for the decline of hand drawn animation just because it was the first full-length CGI film. What people don’t realise is that the decline of hand drawn animation is a lot more complex than that. I have some of my own theories as to why hand drawn animation has been abandoned, but I will explain them in your Monsters, Inc. review.

      2. Yeah. People generally always paint this movie and/or Pocahontas to blame, while completely ignoring all of the factors and….. time. Interesting that you specifically pinpointed Monsters, Inc.

  3. My second favorite Pixar movie. I love seeing Woody deal with his envy and the wonderful script with moments like “you are a toy!”. I love Sid and his creations and the music and everything else. It has such heart like the scene when Buzz releases Woody has been right all along.

      1. I dont know if I’d say that’s the one thing they are good at but it is one of their strengths. I feel critiques of the humans fall flat for me on this because they are in the movie so briefly and the style is consistent. I’m not looking for realism in my animated films.

  4. Who born between November 22, 1995 and November 22, 1996 has never seen this movie? I am concerned because it isn’t safe to say everyone has seen the same thing because there is always an exception.

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