Rated Greatest Toy Story Motion pictures and Quick Movies

2020 is a big year for them Toy story Franchise. It's the 25th anniversary of the first film and the 10th anniversary of Toy Story 3. These are films that not only changed the world of animation, but also the way viewers see and process computer generated characters. Up until Toy Story, CGI was mostly used for creatures – the metallic villain of T2 or the dinosaurs out Jurassic Park. Computer generated imagery was used to inspire awe or terror. Toy Story actually allowed you to understand how the computer-animated characters felt. The computer, that cold and calculating machine, was used specifically for emotions. And that cannot be overstated. Anytime you've choked on a Pixar movie or computer animated performance for the past 25 years, you can blame Toy Story.

With this spirit of reflection and warm memory, we look back at the entire Toy Story universe. Not only will we be reviewing and pondering the four Toy Story feature films, but also the animated spin-off pilot, the shorts, and the vacation specials. The Toy Story universe is big and expansive – and we celebrate it all.

12.Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins (2000)

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If you've never heard of it Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins, that's okay. It was a traditionally animated direct-to-video feature that also served as the extended pilot of the short-lived animated series Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. While Pixar wasn't involved in the television series, aside from creating the 30 second wordless intro, they were much more present to the film / pilot. They co-created a nearly three-minute opening sequence Tim Allen (who repeats his role for the rest of the film), R. Lee Ermey, Wallace Shawn, and Joe Ranft (as wheezy). Oddly enough Find Nemo director Andrew Stanton Voices Hamm and Mr. Potato Head are currently absent due to a dispute with Hasbro. (Tom Hanks Brothers, Jim(Woody voices.) Pixar also animated the logo and a graphics-intensive introduction to the characters in the film. The rest of the movie isn't bad. It is directed by Tad Stones, the driving force of the early days of Walt Disney Television Animation and the creator of Darkwing DuckThis is how the story is told competently. But it's more of an odd piece of Toy Story miscellaneous than a really compelling piece of the bigger story.

11. "Lamp life" (2020)

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Originally intended as a bonus feature for home video publishing Toy Story 4, "Lamp life”Got additional buzz when it became a Disney + exclusive. Unfortunately, the short film itself is pretty lackluster. "Lamp Life" was written and directed by Valerie LaPointe, a story artist in Toy Story 4 who was involved in the (re) development of the Bo character (here again from Annie Potts) so it's understandable why she would want to make a short film detailing the time between leaving the gang and reconnecting Bo and Woody. But there isn't a lot of history there. It's not that funny or interesting and feels like the equivalent of Toy Story fanfiction. There are definitely some nice moments, like a montage of Bo & # 39; s surroundings over the years, and it's great to be back in Toy Story 4's Irresistible Mardi Gras at the beginning and end of the short, but this short is kind of Resistance. And with Tom Hanks& # 39; Brothers Jim Fill it in as Woody (as he often does with theme park attractions, video games, and toys) doesn't help either.

10. "Partysaurus Rex" (2012)

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"What about fish?" The concept for "Partysaurus Rex, “A short film that represents the 3D re-release of Find Nemo (Do you remember when they did that?) Is pretty simple: the other toy label Rex (Wallace Shawn) a buzzkill after literally bursting a giant bubble. Referred to by Potato Head as "Party Cooper Rex", he takes Bonnie into the bathtub. When she gets out, the other bath toys force him to turn the water back on and get the party going. So Partypooper Rex is converted into Partysaurus Rex. The short, written and staged longtime Pixar artist Mark Walsh, is really, really funny, and the way Rex turns a suburban bathtub into a depraved rave is fascinating, with some of the most extreme and vibrant lights Pixar has ever made and some killer dance pieces performed by American electronic artists Were made available BT. But it's pretty monotonous in the end, and Rex's decision to ultimately flood the bathtub seems questionable. "Partysaurus Rex" is mainly characterized by the fact that it is mainly animated on the now closed Pixar Canada campus, is the last "Toy Story Toon" (for now) and an after-hour event with hard tickets in the Typhoon Lagoon water park inspired by Walt Disney World.

9. "Hawaiian Vacation" (2011)

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The first short film "Toy Story Toon", which was released a year later Toy Story 3 (and appended to Cars 2), "Hawaiian vacationIs a beautifully animated charmer. Set during Bonnie's winter vacation, Ken (Michael Keaton) and Barbie (Jodi Benson) think they will go with her. When they open Bonnie's backpack and discover that they are still in the house, the remaining toys collect and try to give them their dream vacation in Hawaii. (Keep an eye out for some of Barbie's iconic outfits, including her zebra print swimsuit.) One of the great additions to the Toy Story universe (his later disappearance from the franchise is confusing), Keaton was one of the great additions to the Share Center stage real enjoyment, especially in a short film that is so warm and loving. director Gary Rydstrom, a Pixar alum (he made the short film "CanceledAnd should do Newt) and Oscar winners know exactly what makes these characters so special, and after the traumatic conclusion of Toy Story 3, they gently remind us that the characters are still there as long as kids need them. The short film is the second Pixar production with live action photography (after) WALL-E), this time about fish and sharks, and for the return of Buzz & # 39; Spanish mode, first introduced in Toy Story 3.

8. Toy Story of Terror! (2013)

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Pixar's first half-hour Toy Story vacation special is a whimsical ode to classic horror films. Toy story of terror!Great, written and directed by Pixar Angus MacLanefollow the toys as they spend the rainy night in a creepy roadside motel. (Bonnie's mother has a flat tire.) During the night, the toys are picked up one by one by an invisible force. It's pretty scary for a Halloween special (apparently MacLane's original pitch was too intense for John Lasseter), with the animators getting a lot of miles out of Buzz & # 39; glow in the dark disguises as they scurry through crawlspaces with company Michael GiacchinoAtmospheric score. And it was nice that they gave Jesse (Joan Cusack) the spotlight here. She has a surprisingly emotional arc with her claustrophobia which adds a welcome psychological dimension to all the Halloween fun. The special is important to Combat Carl, the G.I. Joe-style toy that Sid destroyed in the first Toy Story, a voice (it's Carl Weathers!) and its tiny counterpart, Combat Carl Jr. Even an overly familiar villain plot (shades of Toy Story 2) can't dampen the fun, especially when it comes to introducing weird new characters (we love the Transformers-ish Transitron) who have favourited Toy Making Story of Terror is a new, not-so-scary Halloween classic for the whole family.

7. Toy Story 2 (1999)

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Originally intended as a cheap sequel to video, Toy Story 2 was rescued from the potential obscurity of bargain hunters by Disney executives who increased the running time from one hour to 90 minutes and planned a sparkling theatrical debut. But less than a year before it was due to hit theaters (shortly after the The life of a beetle) the sequel has been saved and dramatically revised by the original director John Lasseter. The resulting film was the rare sequel that many consider to be superior to the original. And it's true – Toy Story 2 is truly amazing, from its more refined graphics (human characters are still a nightmare at this point) to a really devastating emotional undercurrent, exemplified by Jesse's song (sung by Sarah McLaughlin) about being left behind. The sequel shows how unwilling Pixar was to simply repeat the formula that made the original film so great, break up the characters in interesting ways, give Woody a complicated and tragic backstory, and introduce a ton of brand new characters (some like Barbie, would prove essential). Woody's physiology even changes with his arm torn early and he ends the movie with a little more fluff in his biceps. It also turned out that the first film was about the joy of being loved by a child, but the main concerns of the franchise were much more melancholy.

6. "Small Fry" (2011)

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Another mini masterpiece by Angus MacLane: "Small fish, “That played theatrically The Muppetsfollows what happens when Buzz (Tim Allen) is replaced with a kid-meal version of himself (Teddy Newton) while Bonnie visits a chicken fast food place called Poultry Palace. Buzz then finds himself part of a support group with a range of other discarded children's toys, including such adorable special balls as DJ Blue Jay, Lizard Wizard, and a toy based on the failed 1981 Disney live-action film Condorman. "Small Fry" is clever and snappy, animated by the Pixar Canada team with a lot of enthusiasm and attention to detail (like the cheap molded part in children's toys), but more importantly, the short film is so important because it shows another one, so far unseen corner of the Toy Story world: the lonely life of fast food toys. They're sometimes just as madly collected as regular toys, but they're much smaller and easier to dispose of (and forget). Melancholy and funny in a way that it only has to do with Toy Story, “Small Fry” is the best of the “Toy Story Toons” and proof of how elastic the core concept is. Pixar would be smart about assigning MacLane the next full-length Toy Story joint. His work on the short and vacation special proves that there is no one who is better suited for the job.

5. Forky Asks a Question (2019-2020)

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This line of shorts, which debuted along with the rest of Disney + in November 2019, was the breakout star of Toy Story 4, Forky (Tony Hale) ask a number of important questions – everything from "What is love?" to "What's ready?" But Forky asks a questionShaped like an educational program from the 1980s (but with no actual educational value), saw the figure dig deep into philosophical territory on its way. The result was arguably the silliest, yet deepest, short story toy story material Pixar had ever produced. Written and staged by the Pixar legend Bob Petersonthe installments managed to bring comedy legends together Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett, Carl Reiner and Betty White In a melodrama worthy of a soap opera ("What Is Love?"), Appreciate British syntax ("What is Computer?") And even introduce a character voiced from Toy Story 4 (Detective Rib Tickles from) was cut Aloma Wright) in "What is a Pet?" At the end of the last episode ("What is reading?") The entire series of short films took on an even wilder, more meta-textual dimension. An undeniable high point of the franchise (and the fledgling Disney + platform). With a bit of luck we will soon receive new episodes of Forky Asks a Question.

4. Toy Story That Time Forgot (2014)

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Pixar's second and, as of now, last Toy Story vacation special, Toy story that was forgotten thenis not a typical half hour on Christmas. Set right after Christmas when Bonnie goes on a playdate with her friend Mason. Bonnie brings her toys, of course, including Trixie (Kristen Schaal) who is tired of never being cast as a dinosaur when Bonnie is playing. The gang meets up with a group of dinosaur warrior action figures that Mason got for Christmas and things get very strange. Originally intended as a short film, John Lasseter He liked the idea so much that he expanded it into a half-hour special. With a nod to planet of monkeys and classic Star Trek, the world of Toy Story That Time Forgot is completely unique; The battle dinosaurs have a rich mythology perfect for a 1980s action figure, and like the special itself, their designs are streamlined and muscular (particularly Reptillus Maximus, who they are voiced by) Kevin McKidd). Written and directed by Brave Co-director Steve Purcellwhose sense of dynamic action set pieces is admirable (especially a gladiator game that Woody and Buzz are thrown into). Purcell fearlessly pushes animation and storytelling to new places while maintaining typical Toy Story sweetness (there's a great message about the imagination and the need to pull the plug). After seeing it, you'll want your own army of battle dinosaurs.

3. Toy Story 3 (2010)

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Please remember that at one point Toy Story 3 wasn't even a Pixar movie. With discussions between Pixars Steve Jobs and Disney Michael Eisner Disney quietly set about creating sequels to popular Pixar classics without Pixar's involvement. Circle 7 Animation was founded with the express aim of producing these sequels with work on a Monster Inc. Follow-up (Lost in Scaradise) and Toy Story 3 are officially underway. After Bob Iger He took control of Disney, quickly made a deal to buy Pixar, closed Circle 7, and canceled that brand new Toy Story 3.

Shortly afterwards he announced that Toy Story 3 would be produced at Pixar with a longtime editor Lee Unkrich He made his directorial debut and was awarded an Oscar Michael Arndt Writing a script. And the results were just amazing. In the third episode, Andy went to college and the gang ended up in a daycare run by an evil teddy bear that smelled like strawberries (Ned Beatty). Toy Story 3 was sonically different from anything before it and felt more like a hardened prison break movie (for the first time there isn't one Randy Newman ditty to credits) and the introduction of a number of new characters that would become hugely important to the franchise, most notably Bonnie Anderson who would become the new owners of the toys. The final act, which combines the harrowing combustion sequence and the moment Andy gives Bonnie his toy, was one of the most emotionally stressful moments in any Pixar movie. And the results have been huge. It was the highest grossing animated film of all time and only the third animated film to be nominated for an Oscar for best picture. Damn right.

2. Toy Story (1995)

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That's it. In addition to being the first Toy Story film and the first Pixar film, it was also the first full-length computer-animated project. For a certain generation it was our Snow White and the seven dwarfs. Originally intended as a half-hour Christmas special, Toy Story was an ambitious project by Pixar, a Bay Area company that was once the in-house computer division of Industrial Light & Magic. They had previously worked with Disney and contributed to the groundbreaking CAPS system, which got rid of the old ink and color system, and added some guidance Tim BurtonSimilarly ambitious stop-motion project The nightmare before Christmas. But what they tried to do with Toy Story was the next level. They chose toys because their hard plastic texture matched the computer's processing systems well, but it took a while for the story to land and Disney dumped Hollywood veterans (such as Joss Whedon) into the mix with Pixar regulars and Disney Exec Jeffrey Katzenberg pushing forward a more edgy, cynical version of woody that almost derailed the entire project. But the movie they came to, which was obviously different from the animated tariff Disney was producing at the time (it had songs by Randy Newman but no musical numbers) blew audiences away. It was a cute, but not sugary, buddy movie that featured two iconic toys (Tim Allen and Tom Hanks) who just wanted to return home. And yet such a small concept has turned into one of the most exciting films of all time – one that still dazzles, even though the graphics are now pretty creaky. Toy Story was an inventive explosion. It still is.

1. Toy Story 4 (2019)

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The knee-jerk reaction to the announcement of Toy Story 4 was an almost unanimous why? Why compromise an undeniably perfect trilogy of films with an unnecessary fourth episode? And Toy Story 4 justified its existence from the start: with a largely wordless, incredibly visceral action sequence in which Woody saves RC Racer from the drain. What followed was one of the franchise's most tender moments, when Woody made the decision not to go with Bo (Annie Potts(for the first time since Toy Story 2, two decades earlier). These opening moments show the ambitions of the new director Josh Cooleydealing with a sometimes unwieldy narrative (by combining storylines with a toy Bonnie creates, a family road trip, a local carnival, and a dusty antique store) while propelling the imagery in some extremely new directions. (This is the first Toy Story to actually run in widescreen, and the way Cooley and his cameramen play with light and perspective is mind-boggling.) The introduction of new characters, in particular Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan PeeleDucky and Bunny and Keanu Reeves"Duke Caboom, alongside Hale & # 39; s Forky, are giving the franchise some fresh blood, and Forky gives Woody a better understanding of what it means to be a toy. The heart of Toy Story 4, however, lies in Woody's relationship." and Bo. The Toy Story films have always been based on the chemistry of the Buddy films between Woody and Buzz. It is a much bigger gamble to focus on a romantic relationship between two toys. But the characterization of Bo has been for years A lost toy is beautifully contoured; she is dynamic and empowered and brave. At the end of the film, when Woody says goodbye to the rest of the toy (a moment I found more emotionally devastating than the end of the third film) this is one Woody would be an idiot who would leave her behind. Toy Story 4 is a film in which the motivation and decisions of the toys are based almost entirely on what they put in place ll. It's not just based on their kids. The film itself feels similarly liberated and smart, at the end of the film the door isn't closed. Instead, this edition opens up a whole new galaxy of possibilities for some of your favorite characters. This franchise will no doubt … to infinity and beyond.

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