1 Year, 100 Movies: #99 Toy Story (1995)


For 1 Year, 100 Movies, I will watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year- and will complete a goal on my 2013 Manifesto. Come along on the ride with me- oh, and please pass the popcorn!

Growing up I loved Toy Story- #99 on AFI’s  top 100 of the last 100 years list. This movie changed the scene of animated feature films forever- creating the market for 3D animation and raising the bar of technical innovation as well as the quality of the story. This movie is really great because of the characters and the lessons learned. The characters- Andy’s toys, are so real and learn throughout the movie how to deal with jealousy and adversity and also learn the value of friendship, loyalty and working together.  You can succeed when you put your heart into your goal.

Toy Story was the first film produced by PIXAR and was released by Disney- starting the duel-company takeover. It follows the story of Woody, a pull-string cowboy doll as the human boy Andy’s favorite toy with the competing Buzz Lightyear, the new space ranger action figure that Andy gets for his birthday. After an accident and a bit of a misunderstanding in which Andy’s other toys think Woody tried to kill Buzz, hijinks ensue in which Woody and Buzz have to learn to help each other find their way back to to Andy and clear up the misunderstanding with the other toys.

It was interesting to watch this movie after so many years, I found so much more humor in the movie. It really is a movie for children and adults. For some reason Woody’s announcement of “Tuesday night’s plastic corrosion awareness meeting” struck me as hilarious. It was neat to notice among the toy characters toys that I had when I was younger like the Tinker toys and the toy microphone. I enjoyed the aspect of the toys interacting with the environment they found themselves in- for example, knowing how to move around Andy’s family’s home, and how to find their way to ‘Pizza Shuttle’ when they are lost. It also has adult themes –  Buzz Lightyear’s existential crisis after he discovers he is “just” a toy and not a space ranger on a mission to save the galaxy. Also Woody’s fear of being a ‘lost toy’ and not having Andy to care for- and also loosing the position of being his favorite toy. Then there is also the toy’s fear of the next door neighbor Sid, and his love of blowing up toys- essentially killing them.

Despite the adult themes this movie successfully bridges that gap between children and adult movies- and was very enjoyable to re-watch.

Walt Disney would have loved this movie. To infinity and beyond! ;D

In my humble, non-professional, average movie-goer opinion this movie earns:



2 responses to “1 Year, 100 Movies: #99 Toy Story (1995)

  1. Fantastic Idea! I look forward to more!

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