Toy Story – Filtered

Theatrical Release: November 29, 1995
DVD Release: March 20, 2001


Question: What happens when the fun of Disney combines with the wizardry of computer animation? Answer: A family blockbuster called TOY STORY is born. It’s an amazing look at what toys will do behind closed doors when the owners are away. Young Andy’s favorite toy is a cowboy called Woody (voice of Tom Hanks). When Andy is asleep or gone from the room, Woody convenes meetings for the other toys and tries to reassure them whenever Andy gets new toys that they won’t be thrown away. But when Andy gets the high-tech spaceman Buzz Lightyear (voice of Tim Allen) for his birthday, Woody is temporarily tossed aside. Buzz doesn’t know he is a toy and goes about combating the evil plans of Emperor Zurg, winning the respect of the other toys and displacing Woody. Hurt and defiant, Woody engages Buzz in a comical battle of wills. The two soon find themselves lost out in the real world, captives of the evil neighbor boy who loves to destroy toys. The characters are engaging, the computer animation is astounding and TOY STORY is full of fun and laughs for the whole family.

Dove Review

As a kid, did you ever wonder what happened in your bedroom when you left the room? Take a look at “Toy Story” and you will find out! It all begins in Andy’s room where cowboy Woody is the favorite toy and the leader of the pack. All the other toys look up to him and Little Bo Peep is in love with him. But then the annual day of anxiety comes around- Andy’s birthday!! The toy soldiers position themselves downstairs to watch the action and report the newest presents to the rest of the gang via a baby monitor. This year, Andy’s last and most special present is a space cadet named Buzz Lightyear and the competition begins for Andy’s affections. Woody becomes jealous, and when he accidentally knocks Buzz out the window, the rest of the toys think he did it on purpose. Woody must now venture outside and rescue his rival to prove his innocence!

What a cute movie! PIXAR does a fantastic job with the animation and story line in “Toy Story.” It is definitely a family friendly movie that is full of fun and free of anything offensive. The only things to be aware of are: Woody says “stupid” a couple times, the boy next door destroys toys and makes mutated versions, the mutated toys come to life in the boy’s backyard and try to scare him into being nice to them. Woody is jealous of Buzz, but in the end realizes that every toy is special.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: Buzz falls out the window, and the neighbor boy mutates toys.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Buena Vista Home Video
Writer: John Lasseter and Peter Docter
Director: John Lasseter
Producer: Bonnie Arnold
Genre: Children
Runtime: 81 min.
Starring: Voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, Don Rickles and Annie Potts
Reviewer: Sarah Bennor