Toy Story movie poster

From Disney, the self-proclaimed First Fully Computer-Animated Feature Film: reason enough to disdain it on general principle. Reason in particular, and in plenty, is provided by the horrible forms of the figures -- closer to Puppetoons, Claymation, Gumby, Speedy Alka-Seltzer, and the Pillsbury Doughboy than to the Disney family of cartoon characters. (Must we now include this with Snow White, Pinocchio, and the rest, in the studio's animation library?) The premise -- the activities, the feelings, the rivalries of assorted toys when their owner is out of sight -- cannot bear much thinking about; the gags are rapid-fire and sophisticated; the few Randy Newman tunes do not bog things down; and the end is mercifully not far off. With the voices of Tom Hanks (as Woody the pull-string cowboy) and Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear, battery-operated Space Ranger); directed by John Lasseter. 1995.

Duncan Shepherd

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