Writer: Joss Whedon, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow (Screenplay) John Lasseter, Pete Doctor, Andrew Stanton, Joe Ranft (Story)
Starring: (Voice Talents) Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts
Plot: A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy’s room.
Verdict: They Got A Friend In Us
Story: We start by following our toys being played with like any child would. Things are going to change for one of our heroes Woody as he has all the toys scouting any potential replacements for them at Andy’s birthday party. Everything seems to be going well until Andy receives a Buzz Lightyear toy. Woody’s world is turned upside down because he is no longer the popular toy. As the jealous continues to grow Woody causes an accident leading to Buzz falling out the window. Woody must find Buzz and bring him back to show his friends he didn’t deliberately push him. The two have to go on an adventure through an arcade and past the psychotic neighbour.
It is hard to not over analysis this one, it has so many things going on without you really noticing them. We have the basic of jealously which people will get when they end up meeting new people, which leads to the fear of being replaced. This is easy to see, but I always like to look at how two different children have been raised to treat their possession properly. We have Andy who looks after everything he has and has a loving mother. With Sid we get a destructive child who is basically a serial killer in the making whose parents have let him get away with anything and also let him raise a dog to be a danger to the people. Saying this we all end up with one of the best animated stories everyone knows and loves. (10/10)
Woody: Our lead toy, a cowboy that is loved by Andy, he keeps all the toys united and arranges everything to keep them all safe. When Buzz turns up he gets jealous as he starts to be pushed aside for the new space based toy. Woody is a great character that will grow on everyone but let Buzz get the extra laughs. (10/10)
Buzz Lightyear: Spaceman sent to save humans, well that is what he thinks. He doesn’t know he is a toy and once he does he goes for a personal crisis. Buzz is easily the most iconic of all the characters in this film and will always been remember from Infinity and Beyond. (10/10)
Support Characters: All the supporting characters are brilliant, they all add extra laughs and if you watch carefully you will get some very good references.
Director Review: John Lasseter – Brilliant directing showing John knows how to make a top animated film. (10/10)
Comedy: Top comedy that will have plenty of clever reference and well played out jokes. (9/10)
Family: Even though this has a few dark moments it still works for the family to enjoy. (9/10)
Chemistry: Woody and Buzz have great chemistry even though they start out with their differences. (9/10)
Music: Great use of music and some of the best songs from Disney. (10/10)
Settings: Stunningly created settings to make everything look like a real home the toys are in. (10/10)
Suggestion: Simply put if you haven’t seen it, why haven’t you? (Watch)
Best Part: The great escape
Worst Part: Entering Sid’s home creates a horror moment most horror films would die for.
Lessons Learned: Treat your toys well, because they are real.
Action Scene Of The Film: Final Chase
Funniest Scene: The Claw
Believability: No (0/10)
Chances of Tears: No (0/10)
Chances of Sequel: Has two made sequels and had the fourth announced late 2014.
Post Credits Scene: No even though we are expected to see one from Pixar films.
Oscar Chances: Nominated for 3 Oscars
Box Office: $362 Million
Budget: $30 Million
Runtime: 1 Hour 21 Minutes
Tagline: Hand on for the comedy that does to infinity and beyond.
Trivia: 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”.
Overall: Instant Classic