Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated family/buddy film, directed by John Lasseter and featuring the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. The film was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and was distributed by Buena Vista Distribution. It was written by Joss Whedon, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen, and Alec Sokolow, and featured music by Randy Newman. It was the first feature film released to use only computer-generated imagery.
The top-grossing film on its opening weekend, Toy Story went on to earn over $192 million in the United States and Canada during its initial theatrical release and took in more than $356 million worldwide. Reviews were mostly positive, praising both the technical innovation of the animation and the wit and sophistication of the screenplay.
In addition to DVD releases, Toy Story-inspired material has run the gamut from toys, video games, spin-offs, and merchandise. The film was so successful it prompted a sequel, Toy Story 2, which became an even bigger hit than the original. Toy Story is set for re-release in a double feature with Toy Story 2 in Disney Digital 3-D on October 2, 2009, and Toy Story 3, scheduled for release on June 18, 2010, is in development.
Old-fashioned cowboy doll Woody is coordinating a reconnaissance mission around his owner Andy's birthday party in the days before Andy's family move to their new house. To Woody's dismay, Andy receives a new action figure in the form of space ranger Buzz Lightyear, whose impressive features soon see Buzz replacing Woody as Andy's favorite toy. Woody, the former de facto leader of Andy's toys, is disappointed and resentful at his replacement. Meanwhile, Buzz does not understand that he is a toy, and believes himself to be an actual space ranger, seeing Woody as an interference in his 'mission' to return to his home planet.
Later, Woody wants to replace Buzz on a family outing. He intends to trap Buzz in a gap behind Andy's desk, but the plan goes disastrously wrong and Buzz is knocked out of the window. The other toys accuse Woody of attempting to murder Buzz out of jealousy, but are unable to punish him before Andy leaves the house with Woody for an outing at the space-themed Pizza Planet restaurant. Buzz sees Andy getting into his mother's car with Woody and manages to climb aboard, seeking revenge on Woody. At the gas station, while Andy's mother refuels the car, Woody ponders how he can return to Andy's room alone. Suddenly Buzz appears and confronts Woody, and the two end up fighting and accidentally land outside the car, which drives off and leaves the two stranded.
Woody spots a truck bound for Pizza Planet and plans to rendezvous with Andy there. Realizing that he will face the wrath of the other toys if he returns alone, Woody convinces Buzz that the truck will take them to a spaceship. Once at Pizza Planet, Buzz makes his way into a claw game machine shaped like a spaceship, thinking it to be the ship Woody promised him. While Woody clambers in to try and rescue him, Buzz and Woody are captured by Andy's next-door neighbor, the toy-destroying Sid Phillips.
The two desperately attempt to escape from Sid's house before Andy's family's moving day. There they encounter nightmarish mutant toys inhabiting his room, as well as Sid's vicious dog Scud. Buzz sees a commercial for Buzz Lightyear toys just like himself. Crestfallen and in denial that he is a toy, Buzz desperately attempts one last time to fly out of the window but falls and breaks his arm. Woody is unable to get a depressed Buzz to participate in his escape plan, even when the mutant toys show their true colors and repair Buzz's arm. Sid prepares to destroy Buzz with a firework rocket, but is delayed by a rainstorm. In the film's turning point, Woody admits that Buzz is a "cool toy", but despairs that he himself stands no chance of being Andy's favorite. Buzz changes his mind and decides that life is worth living even if he is not a space ranger, but Sid wakes up before they can escape and takes Buzz (still strapped to the rocket), to his backyard launchpad. In cooperation with Sid's mutant toys, Woody stages a rescue of Buzz and terrifies Sid into running away in fear of his own toys. But even after their efforts, the two miss Andy's car as it drives away to his new house.
Climbing onto the moving truck, they attract the attention of Scud. Buzz sacrifices himself to save Woody by tackling the dog. Woody attempts to rescue Buzz with Andy's RC. The other toys in the moving van mistakenly believe Woody is attempting to get rid of another toy, and toss Woody onto the road with Buzz. The toys spot Woody riding on RC with Buzz, realize their error, and try to help them back into the truck, but RC's batteries become depleted, and Woody and Buzz are left behind. Woody then realizes that he can ignite Buzz's rocket and manages to toss RC into the moving truck just as Woody and Buzz go soaring into the air. Buzz manages to free himself from the rocket, and he and Woody glide in the air until they land safely inside Andy's car.
On Christmas Day at the new house, a reconciled Buzz and Woody stage another reconnaissance mission to prepare for the new toy arrivals. As Woody wonders what gift may be worse than Buzz, a bark is heard downstairs—Andy has received a puppy. A surprised look and Woody and Buzz followed by an uneasy smile on both faces closes the film.
- Tom Hanks as Sheriff Woody, an old-fashioned pull-string cowboy doll who is Andy's favorite toy. Andy's other toys view him as their leader. He is one of the two protagonists of the film.
- Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear, a new and popular sci-fi action figure who begins to rival Woody as Andy's favorite toy and as the most popular toy in Andy's room. He is the film's second protagonist.
- Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head, a cynical toy, based on Playskool's popular Mr. Potato Head toy. He is comedically accident-prone where his removable parts are concerned.
- Jim Varney as Slinky Dog, one of Woody's closest friends and his slightly brown-nosing second in command.
- Wallace Shawn as Rex, an inept, insecure tyrannosaurus.
- John Ratzenberger as Hamm, a wisecracking piggy bank who gets involved in all of the other toys' affairs.
- Annie Potts as Bo Peep, a porcelain shepherdess, who is the voice of reason among Andy's toys and Woody's love interest.
- R. Lee Ermey as Sarge, the head of Andy's Army men and a model of military discipline and precision.
- John Morris as Andy Davis, the eight-year old owner of Woody and Buzz.
- Laurie Metcalf as Mrs. Davis, Andy's mother.
- Erik von Detten as Sid Phillips, Andy's crazed and sociopathic next-door neighbor who tortures toys for fun. He serves as the antagonist of the film.
- Sarah Freeman as Hannah Phillips, Sid's younger sis.