Spending Saturday night watching Toy Story.
My copy of this movie is on VHS and comes in that horrible clamshell packaging that all Disney movies used to come in back in the day. The previews include things like Hercules, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and the home video release of Bambi, as well as the SNES and SEGA Genesis Toy Story video game.
The movie is still delightfully funny/touching and has aged so well. (Yes, I know it’s only 15 years old. Work with me here.) I have no idea how many times I’ve seen it. All I know is I’m surprised my tape is still intact. I would think it’d be worn out by now.
“I think the word you’re searching for is ‘space ranger.’” “The word I’m searching for, I can’t say, because there’s preschool toys present.”
It’s an animated movie and the toys are still such great actors. When Woody shoves Buzz and opens his helmet, Buzz does the most overly dramatic gasping and choking ever, and the look on Woody’s face is priceless. And I love when Buzz is yelling at Woody, blaming him for being sent off-course and leaving the fate of the galaxy in the hands of the Evil Emperor Zurg, and after a beat, Woody screams, “YOU! ARE! A! TOY-EEEE!” And that face/hand gesture he does when he says, “You are a child’s plaything!”
“Buzz! You’re flying!” “This isn’t flying, this is falling with style!”
And who doesn’t love the soundtrack? I admit I’m a little overly emotional lately and miss my best friend rather a lot, but “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” had me in tears a couple of days ago, and I wasn’t even watching the movie. “Strange Things” is so funny and spot-on, and oh, my God, “I Will Go Sailing No More,” just kill me one more time, will you?
I saw Toy Story 3 in the theatre on opening weekend, and was lucky enough to see it with a great crowd. One thing I remember vividly is the scene where all the toys are going into the incinerator and think they’re about to be melted, and suddenly the giant claw swings around and the alien squeaky toys are controlling it and they say, naturally, “THE CLAW!” The entire theatre erupted into applause. If any of them are anything like me and my sister, they regularly recycle lines from the first movie, and “THE CLAW!” is one of them.
“A stranger!” “From the outside!” “OoooOOOOOoooo!”
It just never gets old. VHS tapes do, though, so I should probably get on that at some point. This is not the only Disney movie I have on tape that needs replacing — it’s just my favorite.