Thursday, August 19, 2010

Pixar Animation Studios: Part 1: Toy Story

Series Intro: In my purposeful retrospective of WDAS I couldn’t ignore it’s younger sister: PIXAR. This is Part 1 in the retrospective of PIXAR

Official Title: Toy Story
Release: November 22, 1995
Running Time: 81 minutes
Estimated Cost: $30 million ($25 million less than Pocahontas which was released by WDAS earlier in ’95).
Estimated Revenue: $361.99 million
Overall Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Plot Summary
Andy is having a birthday, when he receives a new toy: Buzz. All of Andy’s other toys are happy about Buzz, except Woody. Woody is being replaced as Andy’s favorite and is not happy about it.

After Buzz and Woody are held hostage by a toy destroying creep – Sid – they become best friends and work together to make Andy happy (and the rest of the toys trust Woody again).


Unlike WDAS, PIXAR does not create musicals, so this section will no longer be used.

Plot Rating: 4 stars out of 5

What do toys do when you are not playing with them? Where do they go when you can’t find them? This movie “answers” all the questions children might have about the fabulous world of toys. It has heart breaking scenes and high comedy and sight gags in the tradition of hand drawn animation.

Animation Rating: 5 out of 5

Completely ground breaking, a fully computer animated movie! Walt himself would have been proud. With nothing before it to compare to, I must only compare to the use of CG in traditional animation. Of course this was obviously CG! In former WDAS endevours they would try to disguise the CG in a more traditional style, however it hasn’t worked yet. But Toy Story doesn’t try to mask the effects and just goes all out in an ubber cartoon style. The eyes and bright colors hearken back to Snow White.

The Test of Time:

A second sequel was released 15 years later to become the highest grossing animated feature of all time! Right there, it proves it’s test of time.

Toy Story has inspired theme park attractions (Toy Story Mania in WDW’s Hollywood Studio and Disneyland’s California Adventure; and many other) and entire lands (Toy Story Playland in Disneyland Paris and Disneyland Hong Kong). Buzz has even had his own TV series.

Final Thoughts
Toy Story was a huge success when it first came out, and truly opened the door to some great animation and animation techniques (although I know these words will bite me when WDAS starts creating CGI movies).

I saw this movie three times in theatres. It was the first of only 3 movies I seen that many times in theatres.

Next Up:
A Bug’s Life

No comments: