Toy Story (1995)
Woody (Tom Hanks), a good-hearted cowboy doll who belongs to a young boy named Andy (John Morris), sees his position as Andy’s favorite toy jeopardized when his parents buy him that year’s hottest toy: a Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) action figure. Even worse, the arrogant Buzz thinks he’s a real spaceman on a mission to return to his home planet. When Andy’s family moves to a new house, Woody and Buzz must escape the clutches of maladjusted neighbor Sid Phillips (Erik von Detten) and reunite with their boy.
It’s hard to talk about the first Toy Story movie without talking about Pixar, Disney, the rise of computer-generated animation and the transmedia brand that it spawned. All worthy topics — so worthy, in fact, that Toy Story was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress in 2005 in recognition of it being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant,” one of just seven films that have entered that hallowed group in their first year of eligibility. But at its core, Toy Story is just a heartwarming yarn about a kid who loves his toys and how they love him back. The fact that it’s full of peak-of-their-career voice performances, innovated a whole new kind of filmmaking and make thirteen times its budget back at the box office is just icing on the cake.
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