Saturday, June 29, 2019

Toy Story (1995)

Starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen
Directed by John Lasseter

Woody (Hanks) is Andy's favorite toy until Andy gets Buzz Lightyear (Allen) for his birthday. Buzz, unlike Woody and Andy's other toys, thinks he is isn't a toy. Woody resents Buzz for taking his place as Andy's favorite.

Buzz and Woody, fall into the hands of Sid, a kid who likes to tear toys apart and mix and match their parts. Woody is determined to escape. Buzz still thinks he is a Space Ranger, until he sees a television commercial advertisement for himself. Buzz doesn't handle reality very well. Woody almost gets them out of Sid's home. He reaches out to Andy's toys for some help but when they turn their back on him he loses his will to live.

Sid is ready to blow Buzz up with a fireworks rocket. Woody teams up with Sid's freaky looking toys and scares him into running off, thus giving Woody and Buzz a chance to escape.


I have a problem with Woody's arc: he never seems to apologize for what he did. He was jealous, so jealous that he tried to kill Buzz. I don't see how he recovers from that. Sure, he rescues Buzz and I guess that makes up for it but the way it plays out still rubs me the wrong way. I would feel better if Woody had apologized, whether or not Buzz accepted his apology.

I also have a problem with the way he treats Sid's toys. At first he's scared of them and calls them freaks. They are different but he fails to see what they have in common, until he needs them. He changes his tune and works with them but it didn't feel like he ever apologized for the way he treated them at first.

This is a fun movie to watch, not withstanding the problems I have with the way Woody acts towards others. There is a lot of humor and it works both for adults and children.

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