Toy Story 1 & 2
THE ULTIMATE TOY
BOX - 3-DISC COLLECTOR'S SET
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Don Rickles,
Wallace Shawn and Jim Varney
Director: John Lasseter
1: Toy Story
is a story about friendship, in this case about the relationship
between a young boy and his toys, most of all between him and
his favorite, a cowboy doll named Woody. Woody is possibly
Andy's best friend, being that he gets played with for hours
every day and sleeps in Andy's bed every night, while all of the
other toys are put on shelves, in toy boxes, or shoved under
Then, one day it's Andy's
birthday, and he gets a new toy. It is a flashy, expensive
bunch of plastic named "Buzz Lightyear." Buzz is
a bold yet conceited toy that is very withdrawn from reality. He actually believes he is really "THE" Buzz
Lightyear, which is really just a cartoon character. Very
soon, we find poor Woody being shoved under the bed, being
killed in games, and being replaced in all aspects of Andy's
life by Buzz Lightyear and Buzz Lightyear related merchandise. Jealousy sets in.
One day, Woody sets off a chain of
events meant to knock Buzz down behind a dresser, but
inadvertently hits the action figure through the window down to
the bushes below. The other toys, believing Woody has
murdered Buzz, prepare to strike. Then, Andy runs into the
room just in time to take Buzz to a restaurant with him, only to
find him missing. He takes Woody as a replacement, and the
cowboy soon finds himself confronting a vengeful Buzz in Andy's
Soon, things take a turn for the worse, and
the toys are stranded at a gas station, searching for Andy in a
crowded arcade, and being toy-napped (hehe...I'm so clever) by
Andy's sadistic, toy-torturing next door neighbor. They're also
in a race to get home without breaking the standard "don't let
humans see you alive" rule before Andy moves away and Woody and
Buzz get left behind. The movie has some really good suspenseful
scenes made all the better by the toys' sizes in proportion to
the rest of the world.
The first film was extremely
revolutionary and a lot of fun, though pretty flaky plot-wise. For a while, this was one of my favorite animated films,
until better computer animated ones started being made and blew
this film away. A great family film, however.
out of 10
Crystal clear. It's all computer animation, so it's sweet
out of 10
Crystal clear, great music provided by
Randy Newman, awesome Dolby Digital Surround Sound....all around
excellence. Plus, there are even more cool audio things in
out of 10
The main menu is the only one which displays video and sound,
but the rest are creative and fun to explore.
out of 10
This is just the 1st disc,
Oscar winning short, "Tin Toy"
When I first saw this (on this disc, even though it's been
shown in lots of places) I laughed out loud.
Audio Commentary by the Directors
Wow, a lot better than
I thought. John Lasseter and crew have a lot of fun and
explain a lot of stuff while still retaining a tremendous amount
of appeal. Lasseter is the boss everyone wishes they
The Making of Toy Story
Pretty cool, but it only manages
to scratch the surface of the creative process behind the film. Still, it's always fun to see Tom Hanks and Tim Allen
fooling around in and out of the recording booths.
Multi Language Reel
This is really unique and a great
idea. We start off watching a scene from the film in
English. Within moments, the spoken language switches
between everything from French to Portuguese to (insert random
Earth language here). Pretty durn funny.
On-Set Interviews with Buzz and Woody
One of the classic
gags where they animate little director's chairs for the
"stars" to sit in and have them bicker about who is
better in the movie. Pretty cute, and if it really is just
Allen and Hanks ad-libbing and bouncing stuff off each other
repeatedly (which is what it feels like), then it's funny!
Toy Story treats
As we all know, Disney owns ABC.
Story treats were done as little fillers between a Saturday
morning cartoon and its cut to commercial breaks, so it's
basically just characters saying "Stay tuned!", but
some of them are good little gems of added Toy Story-ness.
Seriously, though, there
are like 50 of these damn things. I started watching them
back to back, all at once (a nifty selectable feature), and
ended up watching nothing but these things for at least twenty
Sound Effects Only Track (!)
Who thought of this?
is the coolest thing on a DVD yet! It may sound kind of
boring, but it's great to listen to sounds you normally barely
hear buried behind music and dialogue. All big budget
movie DVDs (especially cartoons) should have this feature.
out of 10
for Disc 1:
(not an average)
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