Toy Story‘s magic amazingly manages to hold decades after its 1995 release. Woody (Tom Hanks), a toy cowboy, is used to being king of the roost in owner Andy’s home. When a shiny new toy shows up by the name of Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), Buzz and Woody have to figure out a way to coexist in Andy’s room.
While the movie largely revolves around the big characters of Buzz and Woody, Toy Story would be nothing without the rest of its fun and lovable crew. My personal favorite was Rex (Wallace Shawn) a T-Rex scared of disappointing any and everyone. His numerous moments of distress keep the comedy level ramped up. He is the antithesis of a film that stresses living in the now as he is always worried about what’s going to happen next.
It’s an adventure that takes you all over the place while breaking animation barriers in the process. You’ll explore an exciting world through the eyes of tiny toys where everything is much bigger. From racing through Pizza Planet and escaping “The Claw” (Ohhhhhhh) to harrowing escapes from attack dogs and evil neighbor kids, you’re never bored from one moment to the next. Seriously, what’s not to like?
There are so many classic scenes, it’s hard to keep track. One scene in particular saw Woody trying to communicate with the other toys from neighbor Sid’s window. He’s trying to prove that Buzz is still alive but only has Buzz’s arm. All hell breaks loose when the other toys realize the truth. The scene is less than two minutes, but easily one of the most memorable.
I saw this film for the first time when I was eleven and the message was lost on me then. Years later, it’s staring me dead in the face: It’s about not trying to be something you aren’t but rather focusing on being the best YOU you can be. It’s a magical film that takes us back to a time before video games were everything. The first of one of the best trilogies ever done, I give it a solid 98.