Toy Story Annalysis

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Toy Story Analysis

Toy Story is the groundbreaking 1995 motion picture developed by Disney and Pixar and directed by John Lasseter. The film was so revolutionary not only because it was the first feature length animation to be created completely by CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) but also, also the film was more rounded in all respects. The characters not only looked more sophisticated and three-dimensional but their personalities were also more human and fewer cartoons like. The film uses a constructed text in order to put across a theme of two very different characters learning to work together beyond their rivalries to rise above a common enemy and work towards a common goal. The film uses characters and imagery very cleverly to portray this theme. The music used in the film is also different to other Disney features. Rather than the characters bursting into song themselves as in Aladdin or Hercules, the songs are played and sung by an outside person (Randy Newman) and reflect the mood and emotions of the characters in a particular scene. For example, the title sequence song "Friend in Me", when Woody and Andy are playing together, and the scene where Andy's room has been made over to a Buzz Light Year theme, "Strange Things" where the song reflects Woody's confusion and fear not only about the change in his surroundings but also the change in his friends and his own character and self-confidence. The attention to the smallest detail for example the reflections in Buzz's visor give the film even more realism and depth. The use of unusual and imaginative camera angles, made possible by the use of CGI, also adds to the texture and pace of the film.

The film is then set against the background of toys. Woody voiced by Tom Hanks is the favourite toy of a little boy called Andy. However on Andy's birthday he receives a new toy: Buzz Light Year voiced by Tim Allen. This leads to a massive shift in roles with Woody being alienated not only by Andy but by the rest of his toys who once looked up to him as an authority figure and role model. However rather than them switching their allegiance from Woody to Buzz it is more a result of Woody's own insecurity turning him into a bully than Buzz's arrival which makes the other toys turn on him. However they both learn that when Woody pushes them into a difficult situation they aren't so different from each other after all and that working together they can get home.

Although it is blindingly obvious that Woody and Buzz are the heroes of the story they not the traditional Disney heroes. Woody quickly becomes jealous and insecure with the arrival of Buzz and this turns him into a bully. Not the characteristics expected of a Disney hero. This is shown in the way Woody constantly ridicules Buzz making fun of his name and teases him maliciously about the fact he thinks he actually is a space ranger. This brings us on to Buzz. He is super confidant and suffers from delusions of grandeur. However although he may be a little irritating he is still likeable, cheerful and helpful. He has too much confidence in own abilities. This is why when he sees the advertisement for Buzz Light Year Action figures he completely loses his will to live and is unable to do anything. This is another theme that self belief has a reflection in what you are able to do as they both find out at the end in that when they have confidence in themselves they are able to rise above seemingly insurmountable obstacles in rescuing Buzz and getting back to Andy. Another theme is that of appearances being deceptive. Woody and Buzz immediately consider the toys in Sid's room as evil. The audience also get this feeling. Not only do they look disturbing but also they are also associated with Sid who is the main evil character. Despite their initial fears, Woody and Buzz are soon convinced that Sid's warped creations are also prisoners and are in fact friends. It turns out that without the...
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