Question: What happens when the fun of Disney combines with the wizardry of computer animation? Answer: A family blockbuster called TOY STORY is born. It’s an amazing look at what toys will do behind closed doors when the owners are away. Young Andy’s favorite toy is a cowboy called Woody (voice of Tom Hanks). When Andy is asleep or gone from the room, Woody convenes meetings for the other toys and tries to reassure them whenever Andy gets new toys that they won’t be thrown away. But when Andy gets the high-tech spaceman Buzz Lightyear (voice of Tim Allen) for his birthday, Woody is temporarily tossed aside. Buzz doesn’t know he is a toy and goes about combating the evil plans of Emperor Zurg, winning the respect of the other toys and displacing Woody. Hurt and defiant, Woody engages Buzz in a comical battle of wills. The two soon find themselves lost out in the real world, captives of the evil neighbor boy who loves to destroy toys. The characters are engaging, the computer animation is astounding and TOY STORY is full of fun and laughs for the whole family.
But TOY STORY is also almost completely free of any distasteful elements. There is no crude language and the main characters, the cowboy and the space hero, are full of courage and moral values. A few veiled comments such as one about Woody’s laser envy of Buzz and some cartoon violence as the dolls venture out into the world are some of the small detractors from an otherwise squeaky clean show. Woody’s lovely girlfriend, Little Bo Peep, gives him some lipstick kisses off-screen at the end of the show. Also, some scary, mutated toys whose parts have been interchanged appear over at the mean boy’s house, but they turn out to be friendly. When the toys scare the mean boy into treating his toys with respect and love instead of abusing them, sensitive and very young children might be frightened. However, values of loyalty and friendship, as well as learning to trust someone, abound in this movie. Overall, TOY STORY is a holiday treat.