Director: Lee Unkrich Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Don Rickles, Michael Keaton, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris, Javier Fernández-Peña, John Morris, Jodi Benson, Emily Hahn, Laurie Metcalf, Blake Clark, Teddy Newton, Bud Luckey, Bea Miller, Kristen Schall, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeff Garlin, Richard Kind
Academy Awards: Best Animated Film; Best Original Song (Randy Newman for “We Belong Together”)
Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Sound Editing; Best Adapted Screenplay
I First Saw In: 2010
Synopsis: The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it’s up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren’t abandoned and to return home.
Did You Know? An early version of Lotso can be seen in the original Toy Story, during the staff meeting. Woody asks if the toys up on the shelf can hear him, and there’s a shot of a big, pinkish bear. John Lasseter wanted to use Lotso in the original film, but Pixar had trouble getting the fur to look right at the time.
Quotables: BARBIE: Authority should derive from the consent of the governed, not from threat of force!
And now a Word from the Guise:
Pixar knows how to rip out your heart and set fire to it, and this is one that really gets you. I was 6 or 7 when the original Toy Story came out, and I remember almost every night thereafter pretending to be asleep so that I could catch my toys moving. But alas, they were all too quick for me. This movie came out at toward the end of my transition from adolescence into adulthood, so it sparked a great many emotions, mostly nostalgia and melancholy. I silently sobbed by myself in the theatre as the toys slowly hurtled toward certain death, hand-in-hand; I’m sure there were some kids afterward asking, “Mommy, why is that old man crying?”
“Because they’re about to DIE, little kid! But they’re going to die, together! You don’t understand! It’s like the very last bit of my childhood is going to burn up with them!!! Oh no wait, they’ve been saved by the Claw.”
Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233