Toy Story Review
Woody: "YOU ARE A TOY!"
Beware: spoilers may follow.
There have been many CG and Pixar movies over the years. Pixar's first ever film was this movie. And despite there being several other phenomenal Pixar and CG movies, Toy Story still finds itself everlasting in the minds of many.
The story revolves around a toy cowboy named Woody who is the favorite toy of a young boy named Andy. When the people are not around, all the toys come to life and interact with each other. You have a dog named Slinky, a Mr. Potato Head, Bo Peep, a tyrannosaurus named Rex, and several others. All the toys are worried that because Andy's birthday is happening, there will be new toys to overshadow them. But Woody reassures them that will not be the case as he will look after them being Andy's favorite. However, a new space ranger toy named Buzz Lightyear enters the picture and has all sorts of gadgets and gizmos and he becomes Andy's new favorite. Woody eventually gets jealous and tries to fight Buzz for his spot as top dog. One day when a plan to get rid of Buzz goes too far, the two are knocked out of the house and wind up in the hands of the evil toy torturer neighbor named Sid. Thus the two have to put aside their differences to return home before Andy and his family move.
The movie's greatest strength lies in its writing. Neither Woody nor Buzz is the bad guy in this conflict. It's a simple form of jealousy. And the conflict itself leads to some very comedic, dramatic, and heartwarming moments throughout the movie. And the way the conflict is resolved is in no way forced and the realizations the two characters have about themselves and each other feels genuine.
Woody is a good character. He's somewhat of a control freak and his jealousy does eventually get the best of him but at the same time he knows how to be a pal to all the other toys and keep them from going completely out of hand in various matters.
Buzz Lightyear is also a very fun character. The majority of the movie is spent with him thinking that he is actually a space ranger. And the movie well executes the comedy with him doing so. And when he realizes the truth it is devastating.
The rest of the toys are a lot of fun. All of them have different personalities and have a variety of great scenes interacting with each other and our main leads. You have Rex the timid one, the cynical Mr. Potato Head, the friendly Slinky Dog, etc.
Sid is still a good villain in his own right albeit not a great one. He has a hilariously creepy executed defeat (I swear that scene creeps me out even to this day). But he doesn't have that much complexity to his character. He's just a guy who enjoys torturing toys for his own amusement. There's not much else to him. However like his defeat the movie does showcase well the scare factor in his torture experiments.
The animation is pretty well done. It isn't the greatest Pixar has had to offer but it would get better overtime. The toys are well animated given their plastic textures. However some of the humans and Sid's dog look a tad too CG. It's really difficult to be in the moment with them at certain points.
Toy Story is a behemoth of a movie that remains as such in the world of CG animated films even to this day. It's enjoyable for kids and adults alike and this would only be the start of what Pixar had to offer.