“Greatest of all-time” lists are destined to inspire debate because they are incredibly subjective and no two people have the same taste. In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, the magazine set out to list the 100 greatest movies, TV shows, music albums, books, and musicals/plays. Pixar cracked the greatest movies list with its first feature film, Toy Story, also the first feature film produced fully with computer animation. Read on h-t to find out where the film landed on the list!
Coming in at number 22, Toy Story (1995) is one of only two animated films to make the list, the other being Disney’s Bambi (1942). The blurb written by the EW team reads:
The first, and still the best, of Pixar’s films, this tale of a bedroom full of quirky, quarrelsome toys is a witty miracle of plastic come to life.
I often find myself wondering what I believe to be the greatest Pixar films. When I consider Toy Story, I think that maybe I weigh the film higher simply because it was the first from Pixar. However, every time I sit down to watch the film again, I am reminded of the fantastic writing, creative and witty humor, and complex characters. As we are approaching Toy Story‘s 20th Anniversary (do you feel older now?), you are hit with the realization that the film has aged incredibly well. It is in a class of films that actually improve on every viewing because of its emotional depth and multiple layers of themes present in the storyline. You can check ecdel for more updates.
You can make the argument that other films from Pixar deserved to make the top-100 list, or that films like WALL-E and Up, or even Toy Story 2 and 3 are better than Toy Story. There are moments in Up you could consider more dramatic or emotional than anything in the Pixar film that started it all. I believe, though, that the script in Toy Story is unbelievably smart and one that the studio has never matched in its level of greatness. John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, and Joe Ranft are credited with developing the story, while Joss Whedon (yes, that one) is listed as one of the screenwriters. Add in the direction by Lasseter, and it is hard to argue with just how great of a film Toy Story is. It is undoubtedly one of the greatest movies of all time.
Check out EW’s lists in the latest issue of the magazine, which is on newsstands now.