Monday, 24 January 2011

Toy Story Review

Take yourself back 15 years, yes 15 years! And a ground breaking film was released on the unexpecting public.

That film: Toy Story.
Directed by John Lasseter
Costing $30M
Grossing $361M
80 minutes long
Winner of the Special Achievement Academy Award.

I saw it at the cinema, I have always loved the whole experience of the cinema and especially when it is a cartoon. I had heard that the whole world was going to see this film, and the runours were right, the queue for the Odeon Manchester was right around the block. But it was more than worth it.

I can still remember that feeling of whoooooaaaaaa, look at thatttttttt!
A cartoon that looks so real you forget it's a cartoon.
A cartoon that is so funny you laugh out loud.
A cartoon that is so sad that you shed a tear.
A cartoon that somehow breaks the rules of cartoons.

And so Pixar had; this was the start of a whole new breed of cartoons. From now on cartoons would be judged against this benchmark; beautifully made, fabulous story, brilliant script, wonderful voices and working on levels that both adults and kids could appreciate.

Two years ago I watched Toy Story for the umpteenth time, this time with my 3 year old. And this time I saw another magic, the magic of a cartoon through the eyes of a small child. She had those toys, she knew their secret lives, she felt their pain and she was completely absorbed for the whole 80 minutes. no small feat for a 3 year old!!!

"To infinity and beyond". I don't think there's been a single person who has heard "to infinity..." in the last 15 years who has not automatically said "...and beyond!"

above and beyond all else, that is the mark of a truly wonderful film. one that touched me 15 years ago and still does today.

watch it
rent it
borrow it
buy it

.........see this film!

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