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In this 3D computer animated feature, a pull-string cowboy doll is the leader of the toys until the latest, greatest action figure enters the picture. When the toy rivals are separated from thei rowner, they ultimately learn to put aside their differences and work as a team to get back home to the boy they love.
Bonus Features include: Toy Story 3 Sneak Peek: The Story, Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs Blast off, Paths to Pixar Artists, Studio Stories: John's Car, Baby AJ, Scooter Races, Buzz Takes Manhattan, Black Friday The Toy Story You Never Saw
There is greatness in film that can be discussed, dissected, and talked about late into the night. Then there is genius that is right in front of our faces--we smile at the spell it puts us into and are refreshed, and nary a word needs to be spoken. This kind of entertainment is what they used to call "movie magic," and there is loads of it in this irresistible computer animation feature. Just a picture of these bright toys reawaken the kid in us. Filmmaker John Lasseter thinks of himself as a storyteller first and an animator second, much like another film innovator, Walt Disney.
Lasseter's story is universal and magical: what do toys do when they're not played with? Cowboy Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), Andy's favorite bedroom toy, tries to calm the other toys (some original, some classic) during a wrenching time of year--the birthday party, when newer toys may replace them. Sure enough, Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) is the new toy that takes over the throne. Buzz has a crucial flaw, though--he believes he's the real Buzz Lightyear, not a toy. Lasseter further scores with perfect voice casting, including Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head and Wallace Shawn as a meek dinosaur. The director-animator won a special Oscar for "the development and inspired application of techniques that have made possible the first feature-length computer-animated film." In other words, the movie is great. --Doug Thomas
• Toy Story 3 Sneak Peek: “The Story”
• Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: Blast Off
• Paths to Pixar: Artists
• Studio Stories: John’s Car
• Studio Stories: Baby AJ
• Studio Stories: Scooter Races
• Buzz Takes Manhattan
• Black Friday: The Toy Story You Never Saw
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"No matter how many times I watch Toy Story, I love it more and more each time. The characters are like my friends. I wonder what it would be like to have a real toy as your best friend. The movie has lots of different emotions in each scene. Each time I get a new character, I think of what I'm going to play next.
I recommend this movie because you really understand what the characters are feeling. If you haven't seen this movie, I would recommend you watch it immediately.
Each time I pick up the remote I think of watching Toy Story. I would recommend this for anyone who has a good side and an imagination."
'Toy Story' made history by being the first fully computer-animated motion picture ever produced. That in and of itself would have been impressive, but it's also a great movie. When a pull-string cowboy doll meets a delusional spaceman action figure, sparks are sure to fly. But can these two unlikely friends stop bickering long enough to avoid being left behind when their young owner moves away?
(Not bad, huh? I should write blurbs like this for a living!)
We've all heard or read or seen dozens of stories about toys coming to life when their owners leave the room, from the beloved 'Velveteen Rabbit' to the tragically underrated Jim Henson special 'The Christmas Toy.' But never before has that concept seemed so...well, REAL, for want of a better word. The animation looks a little dated today (compare to the sequel and see how far the technology came in just four years) but the storytelling and performances are still wonderful as are the songs written by music legend Randy Newman. I know I'll be humming "You've Got a Friend In Me" for the rest of my life.