Written: May 2nd-5th, 2014
Year: 1995 | Developed by: Traveller's Tales and Psygnosis | Published by: Nintendo | Distributed by: Disney Interactive
Some of the image quality might be off due to a recent problem I've had with Windows Media Player, so I had to settle with Windows Movie Maker to obtain them. ...I know, bummer, but I had to work with something. Just a bit of heads up.
In the mid-80s there was a company that was formed by the name of PIXAR (initially called The Graphics Group) founded by John Lasseter, who had released a series of computer-animated shorts that received high acclaim such as The Adventures of André and Wally B, Luxo Jr., Red's Dream, and Knick Knack. With the success of their 1988 short Tin Toy, which was based on a toy's perspective, Disney had asked them to make a movie which revolved around toys, only bigger. After several rewrites and drafts, PIXAR would go on to create the first ever animated movie entirely made through CG: that movie was the 1995 classic Toy Story. =)
Toy Story impressed and enthralled critics and audiences since release, and for good reason. Not only was the 3D impressive for the time (still holds up for the most part), but it had a really good cast of actors, a memorable soundtrack led by Randy Newman, plus a really timeless and well-crafted story (with a lot of wit and heart too). The screenplay was written by four people, and one of them was Joss Whedon; yes, the same Joss Whedon that wrote and directed Marvel's The Avengers back in 2012, which is awesome! =D
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That movie was awesome too, and I cannot wait for Avengers: Age of Ultron to come out next May. He also helped create shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., produced and co-wrote for The Cabin in the Woods, et al. He even penned the script for
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eeheeuhhhhhhh, I don't think he wants to be reminded of this one. =| The point is that the man overall has an impressive resume and the movie was and is to this day a really well-deserved success. And being the success that it was it warranted two very good theatrical sequels, a series of shorts that take place after the third movie (spoilers?), a Halloween special that I have yet to see (maybe I'll catch it this October), and of course a string of video games. Some... better than others.
I didn't see the movie in theatres back when it first came out (I was four at the time, but I do recall having seen a trailer of it), but I did get introduced to it after it came out on VHS (unfortunately it wasn't letterbox formatted, which meant I had to sit through a pan-and-scan version; on the bright side the movie's not as wide as say 2.40:1, so not much was lost in the cropping, thank God... long story short, I loathe pan-and-scan with a passion and would rather watch a widescreen movie in widescreen as opposed to a 1.33:1 cropped up version of it). I've enjoyed the movie a lot since the first time I've seen it, and it wasn't until 2009 that I got to see it for the first time on the big screen back-to-back with Toy Story 2 (in 3D) in preparation for the then upcoming summer's Toy Story 3 (which I also saw in 3D). Good times! =)
There were many video games based on the movie (and its sequels), and like many kids at the time I got to experience them around the same time or shortly after that they came out. And for those that are wondering, yes, I did play all three video game adaptations that were made for the PC: the interactive novel, the... other interactive novel (I guess? I didn't play that one as much), and of course the PC port of the MegaDrive/Genesis game. And let's be honest, any platformer based on a license available on a PC was almost always available on the MegaDrive/Genesis first (though I speak from personal experience). That was the first time that I played Toy Story (which I first knew about in the promo that played after the credits ended in the VHS tape), and months later when I visited my relatives I was ecstatic when I found out that one of my cousins had it for the SNES. I was also surprised to see how... distinct both versions were, but I'll get to that later.
God, I miss that old Traveller's Tales logo... really takes me back =( Why did they have to change it to a bland one years ago?
|No radio is voiced by Jon Lovitz in this game,|
or in the movie for that matter =(
|Pop goes the "?" balloon|
|RC Car about to hit Buzz|
|Impressive for its time, this 3D segment looks|
a bit dated today
Some things might stand out, and while it doesn't look as great as it did way back when, Toy Story for the SNES does still look a tad bit decent, even if time has aged it a lot.
|Forget Woody's nightmare, I have a feeling|
this portion in particular gave most children
|"I'm sorry I couldn't stop them from selling|
you in the third movie, RC Car! Ahhhhhh!!!"
|Commander Peepers (c) Craig McCracken, Disney / Made by me via MS Paint|
This is aimed at the game, not the game's composers
|Wow, I never realized how terrible Pizza|
Planet's service was
|Must progress by rope|
|Woody, incapacitator of Potato Heads|
|Get the toys back in their place before Andy|
|Oh yeah, because that's clearly how claw|
machines work on the inside! <_ font="">
in the first area right next to where the Bank is (by the toy biplane on a string), bounce on the ball and land yourself on the bottom drawer. At this point crouch yourself until you see your health star spin left and right. Congratulations, now you're invulnerable to not only health loss but life loss as well! Unfortunately it'll make the difficulty even more underwhelming than it already was. =(
|Getting into gear|
|Gears, gears, everywhere!|
Just import this game if you don't believe me!
|A dark and grim story coupled with demanding high difficulty: because that's not going to upset anyone at all! Gosh-dammit it all, Namco!|
Did you say "worse"?
Oh, no! >_<
Because I just so happened to have found a diminutive version of this game
Y-You don't mean...
Oh yes! I am referring to that version: the Game Boy version
Game Boy version? You're telling me there's a Game Boy version of Toy Story? Have you seen the game I just reviewed?
Yes, but I'm afraid in that your time spent with this review you've forgotten that there was just such a version
You're lying! You don't know what you're talking abut! That is the most ill-advised thing I've ever heard in my life, for there could be no good coming from th---
*shakes head* I hate you...
TO BE CONTINUED...
( >'.')>TO EACH THEIR OWN<('.'< )
P.S.: Yes, the Game Boy version is real, and I can tell you right now that it's not up to par with the SNES version. At all!
P.S. 2: I like to pretend that Traveller's Tales never changed their logo; it was fine and endearing and charming and likable.
P.S. 3: I think that Disney's House of Mouse is okay. I liked it at the time that they showed it, but a part of me has always felt that it's just not great (and in retrospect, it's not, but the Disney ensemble was nice and clever). As flawed as Return to Never Land was, I personally don't think it's bad as for the most part it's a very decent sequel to Peter Pan. Captain Hook is a real highlight in both movies.
P.S. 4: And yes, I am aware that Corey Burton also voices Captain Hook in Jake and the Never Land Pirates. I just never watched that show, not a single episode; but the animation does look endearing and colorful from the promos I've seen of it, even one they actually showed in theatres believe it or not.
P.S. 5: And while we're still on the subject of Peter Pan, may Bob Hoskins rest in peace. He played a very fun and enjoyable Smee in Steven Spielberg's Hook, and all those other fun and enjoyable roles he's played in his career. It'll never be the same without him. ='(
P.S. 6: In irrelevant news, I just saw The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and I liked it, personally; but I'll never look at its predecessor the same way again. Not a bad movie to kick off 2014's summer, though I do understand why it's got middling reviews.
P.S. 7: Thank God the Toy Story trilogy came out in theatres way before very late 2013, otherwise we'd have had to put up with the annoying videos before and after the trailers played with the condescendingly obnoxious narrator and the red balls in AMC Theatres that they still play today. It may be cute the first time, but over half a dozen times later it's grating and you hope that it ends really quickly! >=( WHO OKAYED THIS?!?!?
Oh, Buzz, you showboat.
Thank you for reading my review, please leave a comment and I hope you have a great summer! Take care!