Toy Story has been ever since the day of its release a landmark of cinema that changed the face of entertainment itself! It is a film that has become a very big effect in the world of cinema and is one of the rare if not the only animated film ever whos target audience is for little kids, teenagers, adults and pensioners. It shows the beauty and innocence of little children and their toys. It has a lot of child humour but adult humour as well and most importantly the toys in the film are real life toys. In fact, everything in this film are real life things! I think the way the toys talk is cute especially to little children so they can imagine talking to them so they expand on their imagination and grow up with the toys and the film (like I did). Toy Story was my favourite film as a child and I have always loved it! There are moments in the film where a lot of lessons are taught to its viewers especially to little kids. I think the main reason why the film became so effective in film itself is because it was something that nobody had ever seen before and everything about it was perfect! The characters, story, the message, target audience, EVERYTHING!
It tells the story of an old-fashioned cowboy doll called Woody (Tom Hanks) is owner Andys favourite toy but when Andy gets spaceman action figure Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) for his birthday which leads to Woodys bitter jealousy and wanting to get rid of Buzz once and for all so he is Andys favourite toy again. Unfortunately, their rivalry leads them to a toys worst nightmare – Sid, the boy next door who destroys toys just for fun. Together, Woody and Buzz must work together to escape and get back to their real owner. Personally, I think Toy Story (after Forrest Gump) is what Tom Hanks is best known for despite it only being his voice. His voice acting was fantastic and was perfect for the Woody character! I think what I admire about Tom Hanks the most (hence why he is my favourite actor) is because he always thinks about what films to star in (not so much in the 00s but definitely in the 90s) to see if he could play that character well and, to be honest, he has in almost every film of his career. Tim Allen was awesome as Buzz Lightyear too. Think this and the other two Toy Story films are the only films where he has been in anything major. Ahh... he was in the Santa Clause trilogy but they arent exactly major films to be taken seriously. John Ratzenberger stars in his Pixar debut and from the first Pixar (this obviously) right up until the latest and 10th film Up, he has starred in every single one and he provides the voice of piggy bank Hamm and it is his most famous Pixar voice portrayal.
After years of making animated shorts, Pixar Animation Studios go on to create their first (and perhaps their best accomplished) feature film and what a fantastic debut it was! Most of the men who have directed Pixar films after Toy Story: John Lasseter (both Toy Storys, A Bugs Life, Cars), Pete Docter (Monsters Inc., Up) and Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E) all join together to see what they can do best before separately making their own films afterwards. It was like three men and Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) suddenly became world famous after only one film and still remain to this day after 15 years and hopefully always will be, the most successful animation film studio of all time. I would say John Lasseter is a director who loves making films that are mostly aimed at kids (same with Pete Docter) whereas Andrew Stanton and Brad Bird go more adult.
Overall, Toy Story is a very colourful classic that you will feel everything when watching it: entertained by its humour, edge of seat by intense moments, moved by its story and beautiful characters and would even feel quite scared due to the villain in the film. Toy Story is THE landmark of animation that will always have a place in my heart for the rest of my life!