Toy Story (1995)

digital video, Technicolor, 1.85:1
stereo, English

An American animated fantasy film directed by John Lasseter.

Plot Summary

Woody the cowboy doll is Andy's favourite toy – until brash spaceman Buzz Lightyear arrives.


Directed by: John Lasseter
Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures
Executive Producers: Edwin Catmull, Steve Jobs
Produced by: Bonnie Arnold, Ralph Guggenheim
Written by: Joss Whedon, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow
Original Story: John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, Joe Ranft
Editors: Robert Gordon, Lee Unkrich
Music by: Randy Newman
Sound Designer: Gary Rydstrom
Art Director: Ralph Eggleston

Tom Hanks (Woody)
Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear)
Don Rickles (Mr Potato Head)
Jim Varney (Slinky Dog)
Wallace Shawn (Rex)
John Ratzenberger (Hamm)
Annie Potts (Bo Peep)
John Morris (Andy)
Erik von Detten (Sid)
Laurie Metcalf (Mrs Davis)
R. Lee Ermey (sergeant)
Sarah Freeman (Hannah)
Penn Jillette (TV announcer)
Jack Angel (Shark)
Spencer Aste (wounded soldier)
Greg Berg (local announcer)
Lisa Bradley (kid)
Kendall Cunningham (kid)
Debi Derryberry (aliens/Pizza Planet announcer)
Cody Dorkin (kid)

Alternative Titles

Cau Chuyen Do Choi – Vietnam
Histoire de jouets – Canada (French)
I Istoria ton paihnidion – Greece
Leikfangasaga – Iceland
Lelulugu – Estonia
Oyuncak Hikayesi – Turkey
Prica o igrackama – Croatia
Prica o igrackama – Serbia
Prica o igrackama 3D – Croatia
Satamashoebis istoria – Georgia
Svet igrac – Slovenia
Toy story – Boj hraciek – Slovakia
Toy Story – Il mondo dei giocattoli – Italy
Toy story – Játékháború – Hungary
Toy story – leksaksliv – Finland (Sweden)
Toy Story – Leluelämää – Finland
Toy story – Príbeh hracek – Czechoslovakia
Toy Story (Juguetes) – Spain
Toy Story in 3-D – advertising title
Toy Story: Os Rivais – Portugal
Toy Story: Um Mundo de Aventuras – Brazil
Tzatzooa Shel Sippur – Israel
Zaislu istorija – Lithuania

Toy Story 2 (1999)
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Toy Story 4 (2019)
Lightyear (2022)

Hawaiian Vacation (2011)
Small Fry (2011)
Partysaurus Rex (2012)
Toy Story of Terror (2013)
Toy Story That Time Forgot (2014)

See also
Alien (1979)


Starburst no.211 (March 1996) p.43
With the human characters purposely stylized to look weirder than the , Toy Story is one of those remarkable movies made for children with a sophisticated edge for adults to enjoy. Within ten minutes you'll forget it's computer animation and you'll settle down to watch a cracking good tale superbly told in a way you've never seen before. Disney earn yet another well deserved pat on the back for recognising the potential of Pixar's digital know-how and putting it to the best possible use. An easy contender for the best movie of the year. – from an illustrated review by Alan Jones



  • Animation Journal vol.12 (2004) pp.72-95 – illustrated article (The importance of being plastic: the feel of Pixar by William Schaffer)
  • Cinefantastique vol.26/27 no.6/1 (October 1995) pp.8-9, 125 – illustrated article (Toy Story by Lawrence French)
  • Cinefantastique vol.27 no.2 (November 1995) pp.16-37 – illustrated article (Toy Story by Lawrence French)
  • Cinefex no.64 (December 1995) pp.76-91 – illustrated article (Toys Will Be Toys by Rita Street)
  • Cinema Business no.17 (September 2005) p.34 – illustrated article (Watch these kids!)
  • Comedy Review no.1 (March 1996) p.77 – illustrated review (Toy Story)
  • Empire no.80 (February 1996) p.13 – illustrated article (Front desk news: toys r us bonanza…)
  • Empire no.82 (April 1996) pp.40-41; 94-97 – illustrated review (New films by Caroline Westbrook); illustrated article (Look no hands by Caroline Westbrook)
  • Empire no.89 (November 1996) p.136 – illustrated review (video movies to buy by Neil Jeffries)
  • Empire no.117 (March 1999) p.146 – illustrated article (Classic scene)
  • Empire no.180 (June 2004) p.118 – illustrated article (The 15 most influential films of our lifetime by Ian Freer et al)
  • Empire no.198 (December 2005) pp.143-146, 149-151 – illustrated article (Decade Deathmatch: The 90s)
  • Empire no.199 (January 2006) p.182 – illustrated review (At Home/Movies: A brand apart by David Hughes)
  • Empire no.201 (March 2006) pp.77-88, 90-101 – illustrated article (201 Greatest movies of all time)
  • Empire no.204 (June 2006) pp.150-151 – illustrated article (At Home/All-Time 100: Month Eight: Family & Animation by Ian Nathan)
  • Empire no.225 (March 2008) pp.116-117 – illustrated article (Disney's all-time top 10 movies
  • Empire no.228 (June 2008) pp.94-101 – illustrated article (True originals by Simon Crook)
  • Empire no.231 (September 2008) pp.113-123 – illustrated article (10 years of DVD by Simon Crook, Nick De Semlyen, James Dyer et al)
  • Empire no.240 (June 2009) pp.105-134; 179-184 – illustrated article (Empire 20: The birthday portfolio); illustrated interview with Tom Hanks (In conversation with Tom Hanks by Ian Freer
  • Empire no.244 (October 2009) pp.96-105; 170-171 – illustrated article (Pixar on Pixar by Dan Jolin); illustrated article (The top 10: Creepy kids by Bob Mccabe)
  • Film and Video vol.12 no.10 (October 1995) pp.72-79, 121 – illustrated interview with John Lasseter (John Lasseter by Ellen Wolff)
  • Film Ireland no.52 (April/May 1996) p.46 – illustrated article (Toy Story by Darragh O'Connell)
  • Film Review no.601 (January 2001) p.87 – illustrated review (Toy story by David Richardson)
  • Film Review no.664 (December 2005) p.119 – illustrated review (Toy Story 1 & 2 Special Edition by Grant Kempster)
  • Film Score Monthly vol.6 no.2 (February 2001) pp.44-45 – illustrated review (The Laserphile: one last look by Andy Dursin)
  • Films in Review vol.47 no.3/4 (March/April 1996) pp.67-68 – illustrated review (Film reviews by Edward Summer)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.335 no.46 (7 February 1995) p.20 – illustrated credits, review
  • Interzone no.108 (June 1996) p.34 – review (by Nick Lowe)
  • Journal of Popular Film & Television vol.36 no.1 (Spring 2008) pp.2-8 – illustrated article (Post-Princess Models of Gender: The New Man in Disney/Pixar by Ken Gillam and Shannon R. Wooden)
  • Legend no.21 (Summer 1996) pp.39-40 – soundtrack review (CD Reviews by David A. Preston)
  • Metro Education no.10 (1997) pp.28-30; 57-60 – illustrated article (Toy Story: Half-Truths in the Toy-Box by Wendy Varney); illustrated article (Toy Story Study Guide)
  • Moving Pictures International no.14 (December 1995) pp.32-33 – illustrated article (Being digital by Bob Swain)
  • Positif no.422 (April 1996) pp.32-33 – illustrated review (Actualité, les films by Philippe Rouyer)
  • Premiere vol.4 no.1 (February 1996) p.28 – note (Barbie blows it)
  • Premiere vol.4 no.3 (April 1996) p.15 – illustrated review (by Angie Errigo)
  • Screen vol.43 no.3 (Autumn 2002) pp.293-314 – illustrated article (To infinity and beyond: assessing the technological imperative in computer animation by Julia Moszkowicz)
  • Screen vol.54 no.1 (Spring 2013) p.19 – illustrated article (Life driven by death: animation aesthetics and the comic uncanny by Paul Flaig
  • Screen International no.1036 (1 December 1995) p.16 – illustrated credits, review (Reviews by Ana Maria Bahania)
  • Screen International no.1045 (16 February 1996) p.12 – illustrated article (Toy Story redraws US retail landscape by Colin Brown)
  • Screen International no.1050 (22 March 1996) pp.14-20; 28 – illustrated article (3D Digital Technology: Mighty mouse by Quick on the draw by Celia Duncan); illustrated interview with Richard Williams (Executive suite by Celia Duncan)
  • Screen International no.1081 (25 October 1996) p.4 – note (News in Brief: Toy Story video set to break Disney record)
  • ScriptWriter no.20 (January 2005) pp.63-65 – illustrated article (Completely Generic Ideas? by Robert Mugleston)
  • Sight & Sound vol.6 no.3 (March 1996) pp.51-52 – illustrated review (reviews by Leslie Felperin)
  • Sight & Sound vol.9 no.1 (January 1999) pp.62-63 – illustrated interview with Rowan Woods (Video: Private view: To infinity… and beyond by Leslie Felperin)
  • Starburst no.211 (March 1996) p.43 – illustrated review (Preview by Alan Jones)
  • Starburst no.219 (November 1996) p.56 – illustrated review (Videofile)
  • Starlog no.221 (December 1995) pp.38-45 – illustrated article (Toy story by Darcy Sullivan)
  • Total Movie February/March 2001) p.94 – illustrated review (DVD reviews: Toy Story: The Ultimate Toy Box by Tony Hermosia)
  • TV Guide vol.43 no.46 (18 November 1995) pp.26-28 – illustrated article (Toon time Tim by Jeanne Wolf)
  • TV Guide vol.45 no.39 (27 September 1997) p.14 – illustrated review (Toys, tunes and Tom by Gene Siskel)
  • Variety 20 November 1995 p.48 – illustrated review (by Leonard Klady)