Director: John Lasseter
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger
Synopsis: The revolutionary first full length feature from Pixar, now one studio that consistently delivers the highest quality of film. Toys come to life and interact when their owners are not around to see it. Woody is Andy’s favourite toy, that is of course until his birthday, when he receives a Buzz Lightyear.
It almost seems ridiculous reviewing such a well-loved film, when who really needs to see it reviewed. Everyone I know who has seen it loves this film, and it was the shining standard to which all subsequent Pixar films were compared. I proceed however, and I am at a loss to determine whether it is due to my OCD requiring me to completely review entire franchises (see my Toy Story 3 review here), or whether I just want to wax lyrical about what is unquestionably a brilliant film.
Toy story redefined what a children’s movie could be. Disney has often made its films work on many levels, providing entertainment as well as education to young viewers, whether it be dealing with loss such as in the case of Bambi’s mother, or being true to ourselves and our own self-worth, as in Aladdin. Toy story continues this trend, providing subtle yet definite messages about the values of friendship and accepting others, even in the face of jealousy. Toy story went somewhat further though. It has a certain level of wit that not only speaks to the young, but also that speaks to the adults dragged along to the cinema with their kids. It is a true crowd pleaser, regardless of age. It is not wonder that Bride of Film Nerd is determined to own all Pixar in Blu-Ray quality.
Speaking of which, the Blu-ray transfer breathes new life into already well-established breath-taking images. In HD, it is even easier to forget you are watching an animation, leaving it possible to be just absorbed by the narrative. You may know every significant moment before it happens, but that really does not matter. Toy Story is as fresh today as it was 16 years ago, and just as relevant. How many films can be claimed to have had such success??
5 stars out of 5.