What You Need To Know:
(C, L, V, M) Christian worldview where friendship and forgiveness triumph over envy and adversity; one obscure scatological reference & some sarcastic innuendoes; and, action violence such as blowing up toys and a dog chewing toys & some scary toys who prove to be nice guys in the end.
The first totally computer animated movie is TOY STORY. It answers the question “What happens to my toys when I leave the room?” in a wonderful, moral, fantastic way that will capture the hearts of children of all ages. In the movie, Woody is a cowboy doll, voiced by Tom Hanks, the hero in the world of Andy’s toys — that is until Andy gets Buzz Lightyear, space ranger, voiced by Tim Allen. Woody comes down with a strong case of envy, and creates a situation which causes Buzz to fall out the window. When he can’t find Buzz, Andy grabs Woody to take to Planet Pizza. As Mom drives off, Buzz climbs onto the back of the car. At a gas station, Buzz and Woody are fighting so seriously that the car drives off without them. Thus, they have to start working together to get back home. On the way, however, they are commandeered by Sid, the neighborhood boy, who pulls the heads off dolls and blows up toys. The final chase is a masterpiece.
The movie is overflowing with heroism, virtues and moral messages, not the least of which is that while envy can only destroy, friendship can overcome. The double entendre in the film will make it just as appealing to teenagers and adults as it is to younger children. TOY STORY has a heart of gold. It is funny, clean, wholesome, and virtuous. It is a classic beginning to a new genre — a masterpiece which is sure to capture the imaginations of young and old alike.
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