1995 • 81 MIN • GEN CERT

Although its computer-generated imagery is impressive, the major surprise of this bright foray into a new kind of animation is how much cleverness has been invested in story and dialogue. Usually when a film credits seven writers, it’s not a positive sign, but Toy Story turns out to be smart fun on a verbal as well as visual level. Echoing a concept at least as old as Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Toy Story showcases toys springing to life when people aren’t around. But rather than being idle playthings, these toys, the possessions of a small boy named Andy, turn out to be careworn adults, easily overwhelmed by worries and woes. (Review from Los Angeles Times)

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