Throwback Thursday – Toy Story

Toy Story - The GBY

Pixar changed the face of animation when Toy Story opened in 1995.  The film has the perfect balance of animation, wit, jokes and kid’s humor, this film was a joy for the whole family to watch.   It is also packed with topics to discuss with your children after the film.  Voiced by Tom Hanks (The Post), Tim Allen, Don Rickles, John Ratzenberger & Annie Potts to name a few.

With a $30,000,000 this movie made over $373 million, won an Academy Award for Special Achievement for the development and inspired application of techniques that have made possible the first feature-length computer-animated film.  It also received Oscar nominations for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen; Best Music, Original Song; Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score.

Toy Story 2 - The GBY

In 1999, Toy Story 2 was released.  With the added voices of Joan Cusack (Instant Family) & Kelsey Grammar this movie held up as a sequel to the original.  I read that originally this was supposed to go straight to video.  The trailers were so well received they revamped their script and made this feature film.  It received one Oscar nomination – Best Music, Original Song.  With a $90M budget, this film has grossed over $485M.

Toy Story 3 - The GBY

2010 brought us the much-anticipated Toy Story 3.  Ken (Michael Keaton) and Barbie (Jodie Benson (voice of Ariel) joined Andy’s toys for another adventure.  The wit, pop culture references for all ages and the heartwarming story continue the Toy Story legacy.  Winning two Oscars for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year (award originated in 2002) and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song.  It also received three nominations for Best Motion Picture of the Year (one of three animated films ever nominated), Best Achievement in Sound Editing, and Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay.

With an estimated budget of $200M, Toy Story 3 has grossed over $1 billion.

Toys Story 4 - The GBY

Toy Story 4 opens this weekend.  Keanu Reeves (John Wick 3), Christina Hendricks (American Woman), Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key & Tony Hale have joined our old friends for this blockbuster.

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