Details: There is greatness in film that can be discussed, dissected, and talked about late into the night. Then there is genius that is right in front of our faces--we smile at the spell it puts us into and are refreshed, and nary a word needs to be spoken. This kind of entertainment is what they used to call "movie magic," and there is loads of it in this irresistible computer animation feature. Just a picture of these bright toys reawaken the kid in us. Filmmaker John Lasseter thinks of himself as a storyteller first and an animator second, much like another film innovator, Walt Disney.
Lasseter's story is universal and magical: what do toys do when they're not played with? Cowboy Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), Andy's favorite bedroom toy, tries to calm the other toys (some original, some classic) during a wrenching time of year--the birthday party, when newer toys may replace them. Sure enough, Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) is the new toy that takes over the throne. Buzz has a crucial flaw, though--he believes he's the real Buzz Lightyear, not a toy. Lasseter further scores with perfect voice casting, including Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head and Wallace Shawn as a meek dinosaur. The director-animator won a special Oscar for "the development and inspired application of techniques that have made possible the first feature-length computer-animated film." In other words, the movie is great. --Doug Thomas
- Released in 1995, it's the first movie generated completely on computers.
- It took 300 networked Sun workstations approximately 800000 hours of computing time to complete this film.
- Each sixteenth of a second frame contains about 300 megabytes of information.
- Early in the movie, director John Lasseter's name is visible on the spine of the book "Tin Toy" on a bookshelf behind Woody.
- With worldwide box office receipts of $360 million, the film ranks as the third highest-grossing animated film of all time behind THE LION KING and ALADDIN.
Package Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches