I am so excited to share with you a summer filled with positive, helpful movie reviews! My hope is that these will be the best family movies for your summer break.
I’m calling this series, “Amazing Summer Movies for Families to Enjoy.”
I’ve invited some of my favorite blogging friends to share movies they love with you. Each Wednesday morning, I’ll add a new review for you to enjoy.
You and your family can gain a whole slew of great movie suggestions from reading these weekly reviews. I hope these articles will lead to a fun summer of movie watching for you and your crew.
Today’s Movie Title: Toy Story
Who stars in the movie?
Tim Allen (Buzz)
Tom Hanks (Woody)
Other famous voices: Don Rickles, John Ratzenberger, Wallace Shawn, Jim Varney (and more)
Children’s fiction, humor
One week before Andy’s family is slated to move to a new home, his mom throws a birthday party for him. At this news, the toys – who come to life when Andy’s not around – freak out, fearing replacement. Desperate to be “in the know”, the green Army soldiers install a walkie talkie system so they can get the scoop. The soldiers describe each gift from undercover of a large, potted plant.
After receiving lame presents such as a lunch box, board game, and bed sheets (to which Hamm the Pig quips, “Who invited THAT kid?”), the toys celebrate, thinking they’re in the clear.
Until mom pulls out a last minute gift – the newest toy, complete with gadgets and laser lights – Buzz Lightyear.
When the egotistical Space Ranger appears on the scene, Woody (Andy’s favorite) attempts to dampen his spirits by explaining that he is “just a toy”. Buzz reassures Woody, Bo Peep, and the rest of the toys that he can fly, which he demonstrates with a great deal of luck. In so doing, he wins the admiration and respect of the toy citizens, which causes Woody to become jealous.
Buzz quickly earns the title of a favorite toy by sleeping with Andy, teaching the cowardly Rex to roar, and styling the massive pink locks of a troll. “Woody, have you been replaced?” Queries Slinky the dog.
Through a series of hilarious and unfortunate events, Buzz and Woody end up captives of Sid, the evil neighbor boy who tortures toys by decapitation and worse – blowing them up. After Sid straps a rocket to Buzz’s back, Woody realizes their only chance of escape is to make amends and work together.
Meanwhile, the loaded moving truck pulls out, heading for the new home, and Andy laments the unexplained loss of Buzz and Woody.
Will Buzz and Woody make it out of Sid’s prison alive? Will Sid’s disfigured toys and ferocious dog finish off Buzz and Woody first? Will Buzz find out he can’t really fly like Woody said?
Why my family likes it
My kids grew up with Toy Story since its 1995 debut. Even though our kids are now grown (ages 21-28), they still love this movie because of its colorful characters, witty one-liners, and satirical music. (Especially the music – we are a family of musicians!)
Toy favorites include Rex, the insecure dinosaur (who can’t seem to cultivate a fearsome roar), Slinky the Dog (voiced by Ernest of the “Ernest Saves Christmas”, etc. movies), and Mr. Potato Head with his ever rearranging facial accessories.
My rating: 5 stars!
Your whole family will enjoy this movie no matter the ages! As one critic succinctly explains, Just perfect. Script, character, animation….this manages to break free of the yoke of ‘children’s movie’ to simply be one of the best movies of the 90’s, full-stop.
Scenes to watch out for
Some of the toys Sid “rearranges” might seem a little scary to a 2-year old. 😉
Where to find it
Toy Story, Pixar’s first computer-animated movie, has been a favorite of our family since its creation in 1995. That year, Toy Story secured the title of the highest grossing movie. Starring Tim Allen and Tom Hanks as Buzz Lightyear and Cowboy Woody, the movie captures the idea of what toys might say if they could talk.
About the Reviewer:
Ruthie Gray is a wife, mom of four, Gigi, and caregiver, living in the sandwich generation and blogging to keep her sanity. When she’s not snacking on plastic drumsticks with The Tiny Tornado or snuggling Baby Cakes (her grandbabies), you can find her coaching young moms to capture the joy in parenting at RearReleaseRegroup.com.
Ruthie is the author of Count to Nine; 9 Liberating Steps for Mom Frustration and Anger. Click to download her Wife and Mommy Survival Kit here.
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