It’s Popzara’s Movie Time! Podcast!, where our own movie nerds Ethan Brehm and Nate Evans take you on an unscripted journey yakking and chatting about some of their favorite movie moments and cinematic scenes, from past and present, presented without snark and snobbery for your listening pleasure.
On this episode we’re unboxing Pixar Animation Studios’ iconic 1995 classic Toy Story, directed by John Lasseter and starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as the iconic mix-matched plastic buddy duo Woody and Buzz Lightyear. Not only was it the first CGI animated feature film and a box-office blockbuster, but the making of Toy Story is also the story of Pixar itself, of how pure creativity, persistence, and leadership brought the impossible to life.
Our hosts take you along a critical part of Hollywood history, one that would save Disney from financial ruin, give castaways (including Apple’s Steve Jobs and Lasseter himself) second chances, and change the future of animation (and movies) forever. Learn how 1987’s The Brave Little Toaster would set the template for much of the studio’s future output, the surprising connections between R-rated actions films and family friendly entertainment, and the joys of sharing a perfect film with your children.
Also discussed, naturally, are the other Toy Story films, the first three constituting perhaps the greatest movie trilogy of all-time. While not as celebrated as the original films, the inclusion of 2019’s still-great Toy Story 4 makes the saga the best movie tetralogy by default.