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Toy Story & Toy Story 2

Released by Disney/Pixar in – 1995 & 1999

Directed by: John Lasseter
Written by: John Lasseter, Peter Docter, Andrew Stanton, Joe Ranft, Ash Brannon, Joss Whedon, Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow, Rita Hsiao, Doug Chamberlain & Chris Webb
Produced by: Bonnie Arnold, Ed Catmull, Ralph Guggenheim, Karen Robert Jackson, Helene Plotkin, Sarah McArthur & Steve Jobs

Tom Hanks .... Woody (voice)
Tim Allen .... Buzz Lightyear (voice)
Don Rickles .... Mr. Potato Head (voice)
Jim Varney .... Slinky Dog (voice)
Wallace Shawn .... Rex (voice)


Toy Story was the first completely computer-animated feature film in history. The film was so successful that an inevitable sequel followed 4 years later, and surprisingly surpassed the outstanding quality and popularity of the first film.

Buzz meets Woody.

In the first Toy Story we get introduced to Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, Rex, Hamm and many other toys in the room of six-year-old boy Andy.
The now classic story kicks off when Woody, favorite and practically the leader among the toys, gets introduced to the competition, Andy's latest birthday present Buzz Lightyear. Buzz is a space cadet toy who thinks he is a space ranger and not just a toy in a kid's bedroom. And it gets worse for Woody as Buzz also seems to become Andy's new favorite and very popular among the other toys as well. But when Woody is accused of knocking Buzz out of the window, he must go into the real world outside of Andy's safe bedroom and find Buzz.

Buzz rescuing Woody.

In Toy Story 2, the adventure continues when Andy goes off to summer camp and the toys are left alone. All safe and sound until an obsessive toy collector kidnaps Woody, who turns out to be a rare and highly valuable collectable. It is now up to Buzz Lightyear to redo Woody a favor, as Woody saved Buzz in their first adventure, and together with Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, Rex and Hamm he accepts the almost impossible mission to find and rescue Woody from winding up as a museum piece somewhere in Japan.

That these films contain plenty of references to Star Wars and Indiana Jones is interesting as Pixar's origins lie within George Lucas' special-effects computer group that was launched in 1979. But it would take until 1986, when the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm is purchased by Steve Jobs and gets established as an independent company, that the now legendary name Pixar was used.
For 10 years, Pixar produced numerous award winning 3D animated short films and commercials. It was only in 1995 that the public audience got introduced to Pixar with its first feature animated film, Toy Story.

If you are one of the few people left out there who has never heard of Toy Story and you are looking for a fun and original cliffhanger adventure, look no further!

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During an assassination attempt on Buzz Lightyear's "life", Woody sets a chain reaction of events in action starting from pins falling down around Buzz to a rolling globe. A great homage to Raiders' opening scene with those poisonous arrows and boulder!

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Getting closer to Evil Emperor Zurg, Buzz has to survive one last test; getting across a bridge made of floating discs. This little exciting scene brings back memories of the scene in Last Crusade where Indy has to cross a floor with loose tiles and the invisible bridge in order to get to the Holy Grail.

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Another great homage to Raiders' opening scene! Here Woody needs to get his arm back from out of the toy collector's pocket. But between Woody and his goal lie hundreds of crunchy chips spread all over the floor. If Woody steps on one chip he'll awaken the collector, which can be compared to stepping on a tile linked to a mechanism that shoots poisonous arrows at you.


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