In a world where toys are real, and pretend to be lifeless in the presence of humans, Woody, a pullstring cowboy doll is the leader of a group of toys that belong to Andy. Andy lives with his baby sister and mom, and are getting ready to move house. Before they move, Andy is having his birthday party, so Woody sends the Green Army Men on a re-con mission to find out what new toys may be entering the gang.
Andy receives a new spaceman action figure called Buzz Lightyear. Buzz believes that he is an actual space ranger, on a mission to save the world from the Galactic Alliance. Woody becomes jealous, as Andy begins to favour Buzz over Woody, and that Buzz also attracts the attention from the other toys.
Andy’s mom takes her children to Pizza Planet, but tells Andy that he can only bring one toy with him. Woody fears that Andy will choose Buzz, so he hatches a plan to trap Buzz behind the desk, but the plan goes terribly wrong, accidentally knocking Buzz out of the window. The toys turn against Woody, saying that he got rid of Buzz because he was jealous he was no longer Andy’s favourite toy. Andy reluctantly takes Woody to Pizza Planet with him, and Buzz, in the meantime, has run towards the family car and climbed in.
Buzz confronts Woody at a gas station, and a scuffle ensues between them… whilst Andy and his family drive off towards Pizza Planet. Buzz still does not believe he is a toy, and Woody is concerned that they are now really lost. The spot a Pizza Planet delivery car, and Woody convinces Buzz that it will take them to the space port, where Buzz can “continue his mission”.
Once at Pizza Planet, Woody searches for Andy, and Buzz climbs aboard a rocket-shaped grab machine game, thinking it is a spaceship. Woody follows him inside, where they are greeted by lots of little green Aliens who worship The Claw, who will take them to a better place.
Sid, Andy’s neighbour and rotten little kid who destroys toys for fun, plays the machine, and pulls up an Alien, with Buzz and Woody attached. He takes them home to “play”.
Back at Sid’s house, Buzz sees a tv commercial for Buzz Lightyear action figures, with mention of them not being a flying toy. He always believed he could fly, and tries to fly from the bannister to the window… but falls, breaks his arm, and becomes depressed. He’s picked up by Sid’s sister Hannah and she plays tea parties with him. Fortunately, Woody rescues him from his fate as “Mrs. Nesbitt” and they make it back into Sid’s room (escaping from his vicious dog, Scud). Woody climbs up to the window and shouts out across to Andy’s house. The toys don’t believe that Buzz is still alive, and so Woody realises he is on his own to save both Buzz and himself.
Sid’s toys fix Buzz, and when Sid’s plans of blowing up the space ranger toy is thwarted by a thunderstorm, Woody creates an escape plan…
Stats, Facts & Trivia
- The 1st Disney Pixar Movie
- Released in November 1995
- The highest-grossing movie of 1995.
- Grossed $370.6 million worldwide
- The film won and was nominated for various other awards including a Kids’ Choice Award, MTV Movie Award, and a British Academy Film Award, among others. John Lasseter received an Academy Special Achievement Award in 1996 “for the development and inspired application of techniques that have made possible the first feature-length computer-animated film.
- The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, two to Randy Newman for Best Music—Original Song, for “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”, and Best Music—Original Musical or Comedy Score. It was also nominated for Best Writing—Screenplay Written for the Screen for the work by Joel Cohen, Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Joe Ranft, Alec Sokolow, Andrew Stanton and Joss Whedon, making Toy Story the first animated film to be nominated for a writing award. Won eight Annie Awards, including “Best Animated Feature”
- Billy Crystal was originally offered the chance to voice Buzz Lightyear, but declined. After seeing the finished film, he said the decision was the biggest mistake of his career. Upon learning this, John Lasseter telephoned Billy’s house to offer him the role of Mike Wazowski in Monsters, Inc. (2001). Billy’s wife answered the telephone and said “John Lasseter wants to speak to you.” Billy took the telephone from his wife and said “Yes”.
- When Woody is sitting on the bed talking with Slinky, there is a drawing of him on the wall behind them. This is actually an early sketch of the Woody character.
- This is the only Pixar film to have full opening credits.
- John Lasseter always wanted Tom Hanks to play the character of Woody. Lasseter claimed Hanks had “the ability to take emotions and make them appealing. Even if the character is down-and-out and despicable.” Early test footage, using Hanks’ voice fromTurner & Hooch (1989), convinced Hanks to sign on to the film.
- The presence of Bo Peep in Toy Story (1995) is a reference to the fairy tale “The Shepherdess and The Sweep” (1849) by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. His story was also about toys in a children’s room coming to life when no one is looking.
- When the film was re-released on DVD, it was found that almost 20% of the original animation files were corrupted, proving to the studio that digital storage was not as feasible as they thought it would be at the time the film was made.
- This is the only Film in the Toy Story trilogy to start in the Real World, unlike Toy Story 2 (1999) which started off in a Video Game setting, and Toy Story 3 (2010) which started in a Fantasy Setting in Andy’s Playtime.
- This is the only film in the Toy Story trilogy where the movie’s antagonist is not a toy, but rather a human.
To infinity, and beyond! – Buzz Lightyear
Woody: All right, that’s enough! Look, we’re all very impressed with Andy’s new toy.
Woody: T-O-Y, Toy!
Buzz: Excuse me, I think the word you’re searching for is “Space Ranger”.
Woody: The word I’m searching for I can’t say because there’s preschool toys present.
Woody: Hey, Buzz! You’re flying!
Buzz: This isn’t flying, this is falling with style!
Did you all take stupid pills this morning? Have you forgotten what he did to Buzz? – Mr. Potato Head
Alien #1: A stranger.
Alien #2: From the outside.
Buzz: Greetings, I am Buzz Lightyear. I come in piece.
[All the Alien Toys gather around him]
What if Andy gets another dinosaur? A mean one? I just don’t think I can take that kind of rejection! – Rex
Yes, sir, we’re next month’s garage sale fodder for sure. – Hamm
Buzz: [Woody, scared, walks backwards and he gets startled by Buzz. Buzz keeps talking to his “mission log”] And according to my navi-computer, the…
Woody: [whispers] SHUT UP! Just shut up, you idiot!
Buzz: Sheriff, this is no time to panic.
Woody: This is a perfect time to panic! I’m lost, Andy is gone, they’re gonna move to their new house in two days, and it’s all your fault!
Buzz: My… My fault? If you hadn’t pushed me out of the window in the first place…
Woody: Oh, yeah? Well, if *you* hadn’t shown up with your stupid little cardboard spaceship and taken away everything that was important to me…
Buzz: Don’t talk to me about importance! Because of *you*, the future of this entire universe is in jeopardy!
Woody: What? What are you talkin’ about?
Buzz: Right now, poised at the edge of the galaxy, Emperor Zurg has been secretly building a weapon with the destructive capacity to annihilate an entire planet! I alone have information that reveals this weapon’s only weakness. And *you*, my friend, are responsible for delaying my rendezvous with Star Command!
Woody: [pauses] YOU ARE A *TOY*! You aren’t the real Buzz Lightyear! You’re – you’re an action figure!
[holds hand up to eyes indicating something small]
Woody: You are a child’s play thing!
Buzz: You are a sad, strange little man, and you have my pity.
Buzz: [waves in military fashion] Farewell.
[starts to walk away]
Woody: Oh, yeah? Well, good riddance, ya loony!
Woody: [walks off grumbling] Rendezvous with Star Command.
- Tom Hanks as Sheriff Woody
- Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear
- Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head
- Jim Varney as Slinky Dog
- Wallace Shawn as Rex
- John Ratzenberger as Hamm
- Annie Potts as Bo Peep
- John Morris as Andy Davis
- Laurie Metcalf as Ms. Davis
- Erik von Detten as Sid Phillips
- R. Lee Ermey as Sarge
- Sarah Freeman as Hannah Phillips
- Joe Ranft as Lenny
Why I Love Toy Story…
- Toys are real – Come on, I bet you thought your toys came alive when you weren’t looking too?
- Voices – the cast is just brilliant, and Tom Hanks is one of my favourite actors of all time.
- Hamm – he doesn’t say too much, but what he does say always makes me smile or chuckle.
- Aliens – probably my favourite side-kick characters ever!
- Never been seen before – Toy Story was the first of its kind, and was ground breaking for all computer animated movies that followed.
- The sequels – I love that it spawned 2 sequels, with a 3rd in production.
After writing this out, I feel the need to go and watch Toy Story!
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