I cannot tell you how many times I’ve watched Toy Story as a kid. I was head over heels in love with it before I was even a mere one-year-old. And after this rewatch, I can reassure y’all, that I still love it.
Watching this from the lenses of a young adult now, it’s quite striking when you realize how much artistic (???) value this animated classic has. Disney is able to craft a movie that feels 50% like a flick that any kid can adore throughout all of their childhood and feels 50% like a rogue yet successful attempt at constructing a CGI arthouse film for peculiar hipsters.
It’s shocking to see just how many of Toy Story’s themes have remained pretty relevant to constructs that occur often in the real world. Being replaced by the “next big thing,” dreading the possibility of someone dear no longer loving you, it’s all written down there in secret codings, disguised by Disney’s cooperate “product” mask.
But seriously, the next time one of these movies gets me almost teary-eyed sentimental, I will have to force myself to grow a beard to compensate. Thanks, early Pixar!
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“Toy Story” is now available to rent and buy on YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu.