AFI #99 – Toy Story

Toy Story PosterToy Story

1995

Directed by John Lasseter

Netflix says: Cowboy-toy Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) feels threatened when overblown space ranger Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) arrives with a suitcase full of bells and whistles. But both dolls are lost when the family moves–and finding their way home is only half the adventure. Director John Lasseter won a special Academy Award for this groundbreaking, computer-animated film that also earned Oscar nods for its music and screenplay.

This one takes me back to my childhood. Okay, not really. I was 15 when it came out. So I was somewhat past childhood when I first saw this one. I do remember how great I thought it was, and I still think it’s great. Having seen the stuff that Disney and Pixar have come out with in recent years, however, it’s kind of amazing to see how far they’ve come. To say that animation has advanced in the 20 years between this and Pixar’s latest, Inside Out, would be an understatement. And the fact that a sequel was made so long after the original (with a fourth installment in the works) speaks to how relevant the movie is. It had been a while since I’d watched the original Toy Story, and I’d forgotten how much fun it is and how many small jokes are thrown in that make it so great. Definitely worthy of the top 100. But 99? Come on, I think we can do better than that.Toy Story

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