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Toy Story

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Tookey's Rating
9 /10
Average Rating
8.75 /10
Woody ............. Tom Hanks, Buzz Lightyear .... Tim Allen, Mr. Potato Head ... Don Rickles
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Directed by: John Lasseter (AAW, for "special achievement")
Written by: Joss Whedon, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow . Based on a story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Joe Ranft.

Released: 1995
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 81

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"A visionary roller-coaster ride of a movie. For the kids in the audience, a movie like this will work because it tells a fun story, contains a lot of humor, and is exciting to watch. Older viewers may be even more absorbed because Toy Story, the first feature made entirely by computer, achieves a three-dimensional reality and freedom of movement that is liberating and new. The more you know about how the movie was made, the more you respect it.... Seeing Toy Story, I felt some of the same exhilaration I felt during Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Both movies take apart the universe of cinematic visuals and put it back together again, allowing us to see in a new way. Toy Story is not as inventive in its plotting or as clever in its wit as Rabbit or such Disney animated films as Beauty and the Beast; it's pretty much a buddy movie transplanted to new terrain. Its best pleasures are for the eyes. But what pleasures they are! Watching the film, I felt I was in at the dawn of a new era of movie animation."
(Roger Ebert)
"A movie of the first rank - a polished, shiny wonder to behold. And, thanks to a clever script, it's lots of fun too. I can't recall a dull spot in its 81 minutes... Computer animation, it turns out, is ideal for depicting the surface sheen of plastic toys, everything from little, pear-shaped space aliens (they're rubbery) to miniature Marines (waxy). Only the human characters are a bit odd - spongy instead of fleshy. And for some reason a dog comes out looking like a carpeted killer whale. Big deal. "
(Tom Gliatto, People Weekly)
"A captivating retake on the perennial theme of toys coming to life."
(Joseph Cunneen, National Catholic Reporter)
"Wonderful. Although it carries the Disney name, it is remarkably free of the saccharine additives and sexist baggage that make much of the studio's animated fare so banal. .. The movie's real genius is the way it marries the high-tech magic to the old-fashioned charm of low-tech toys - such legendary icons as Etch-A-Sketch, Slinky Dog and Mr. Potato Head. Toy Story is a treat for sophisticates of all ages."
(Brian D. Johnson, Maclean's)
"Here, recognizably and delightfully, are two weird dudes: a political figure stripped of his moral authority and taking it with a lack of good grace, and a hero who is deeply delusional... Like a Bosch painting or a Mad comic book, Toy Story creates a world bustling with strange creatures (check out the three-eyed alien-children toys in the Pizza Planet) and furtive, furry humor. When a genius like Lasseter sits at his computer, the machine becomes just a more supple paintbrush. Like the creatures in this wonderful zoo of a movie, it's alive!"
(Richard Corliss, Time)
"A magically witty and humane entertainment. It has the purity, the ecstatic freedom of imagination, that's the hallmark of the greatest children's films. It also has the kind of spring-loaded allusive prankishness that, at times, will tickle adults even more than it does kids. The moment Mr. Potato Head arranges his snap-on features into a Cubist mask and says, "I'm Picasso," it's clear that director John Lasseter and his team of writer-technicians have taken their most anarchic impulses and run with them... As a visual feat, Toy Story makes the "naturalism" of Disney's cartoon features look about as advanced as cave paintings. In its techno-cool photo-realist way, though, this movie, too, invites you to gaze upon the textures of the physical world with new eyes. What Bambi and Snow White did for nature, Toy Story, amazingly, does for plastic - for the synthetic gizmo culture of the modern mall brat."
(Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly)
"A grownup story masquerading as a kid's film."

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