Running Time: 1 hr. 21 min.
Release Date: November 22th, 1995 (wide); October 2nd, 2009 (3-D re-release)
MPAA Rating: G
Distributors: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
Directed by: John Lasseter
JJ Rating: A+
Toys come to life when you leave your room. Yes-yes it’s true. Toy Story and Toy Story II.
I must have been crazed in the head when I agreed to go with people to see this in 3D no-less. With how hectic my work schedule has been it was no shock I fell asleep a little during the first one. I was mad that that happened, but I’ve been so tired and I have so much to do. I don’t like having my reviews done so late. I like to have them done by at least Tuesday, but I tend to pick relax and do nothing instead of writing. My job has to do with thinking and keeping track of many different things so I become so mentally exhausted. Movies are relaxing (for the most part) and enjoyable so they put me in a state that many people would feel after drinking. I’m weird.
I really love these two films. I think that if perfection existed in film that these two would surely be it. The characters all are unique. They stand alone, they have their own personalities and they make the film more than anything the simple story gives. These two films show that simple storylines can make millions if the characters are so well done that they just take a life of their own. I keep pointing out what those who work on Transformers need to realize and this is another pointing out moment. If they could just take a page out of the playbook of Toy Story and Toy Story II they’d totally make an awesome movie with awesome characters instead of an explosive movie with famous characters that are from people’s (now) raped 80’s childhood.
There is a ten minute break between the films. Get up and go pee and get more refreshments as soon as the credits pop up for Toy Story because during that ten minutes there is some trivia with a bit of help from a few of the characters. It’s funny. Before Toy Story they show a trailer for Toy Story III and it looks like another homerun. Andy goes off to college and he donates his toys to a preschool. After the first day, it seems, the toys are ready to leave. I would think that Mr. Potato Head was really ready to go after his accessories were shoved in every orifice on a child’s face in three seconds.
Watching these two films on the big screen and in 3D I was charmed all over again. I have quit playing with toys and left them to collect dust and never felt different about it until I saw Toy Story and it actually made me feel guilty for leaving inanimate objects alone. That makes me laugh. That’s a great job by the creators because they totally gave a concept of toys an emotional connection with the audience, so much so that there would be some guilt felt when we see scenes of the toys feeling bad for being left without someone to play with them.
If you have the time and energy to sit through three hours of two great films, then you won’t be disappointed you decided to do so. Even though I could watch them at home if I wanted, doing so in the theater just was a different feel. It feels more charming coming from a tall archaic screen more so than from a the future home theater flat screen with HD. That excited feeling I would get seeing the Disney Logo pop up on the screen is the same feeling I now get when I hear that lamp hop across the screen to squish that “I”. It’s the same feeling I get when I hear Marvel’s comic book flip logo. There’s not many logos that do that, so I think Pixar should be very proud that it’s part of that list.
I cannot wait for Toy Story III. Can they go three for three? There’s NOTHING standing in their way to accomplishing that. Not even Fox Animation or Dreamworks Animation. NOTHING.