Behind Toy Story lies the feeling that it has been made simply because it could be to satisfy the filmmakers sense of achievement ie. there is nothing in Toy Story, apart from the three-dimensionality of the animation, that could not have been conducted using traditional hand-drawn techniques. Certainly, the technical proficiency on display is dazzling the film moves kinetically, is able to pan about in three dimensions and does many other things that classically drawn animated films are unable to do from a technical standpoint. The faults of the process are the faults that computer animation as a whole has yet to find a means of rectifying the slightly too perfect geometric depth of atmosphere and the fact that its surfaces seem to be too flatly drawn. This flatness of surface serves well when it comes to creating the faces of Woody, Buzz et al; on the other hand, the human faces seem grotesque and plastic.
Nevertheless, Toy Story is a great deal more enjoyable than simply technical achievement for achievements sake. It moves at a fast pace and most of all it is plain good fun. The script, co-written by Joss Whedon, the godfather of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer phenomenon and creator of the muchly underrated tv series Firefly (2002-3) and director of The Avengers (2012), comes with an appealing sense of humour Toy Story is one of the rare animated films that found an audience as much with adults as kids. The basic premise is a variation on the Secret Life of Toys theme familiar in fairy-tales, given an update with contemporary toys (many of which are available on shelves. Pleasingly, as opposed to many other films with toy-related themes, Toy Story never gets all PC and stands up on a platform to remonstrate against war toys but simply includes them as part of the spectrum). The story is filled out with much more substantial characterisations than are common to animated features with the cowardly Woody and Buzz Lightyear, the hero who fails to see he is a toy, being particularly unique and original characters. Although, the most appealing characters in the film are a breed of identical three-eyed alien toys that live in a toy-grabbing coin slot game and anticipate the coming of the claw with religious reverence in gleeful high-pitched voices.
Pixar followed this up with the equally enjoyable Toy Story 2 (1999) and Toy Story 3 (2010). The character of Buzz Lightyear was spun out as the hero of a standard animated tv series Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000-1). The banal Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins (2000) was a film released to video as promo for the tv series.
Pixars other animated films are A Bugs Life (1998), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006), Ratatouille (2007), Wall-E (2008), Up (2009), Brave (2012), The Good Dinosaur (2015), Inside Out (2015) and Coco (2017).
(Winner in this sites Top 10 Films of 1995 list).