When Toy Story was released in 1995, I was nine years old.
I insisted that it had been my idea because I wrote a story in school about my toys coming to life when I wasn’t around. I think the idea that their toys have a separate life when they aren’t looking is something a lot of children imagine. Disney and Pixar simply brought our imaginations to life with this classic story.
Toy Story is, and will likely remain, one of my favorite animated movies of all time. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen make an excellent team as Woody and Buzz Lightyear.
The story is about two toys who are initially enemies, becoming friends. Woody is happy in his place as his owner, Andy’s favorite toy – until Andy’s birthday when Woody is replaced by the latest, most popular toy, Buzz Lightyear. In his jealousy, Woody accidentally pushes Buzz out of a window and goes through great pains to save him and bring him home before Andy and his family move away.
For its time, the animation was groundbreaking, and as a child, I was mesmerized. Even now, almost twenty years later, it is still hugely popular. My daughter is in love with the story and the music, and since it is a childhood favorite, my husband and I gladly watch it with her again and again.