Today marks as Toy Story's 20th anniversary!
To celebrate this event, a very good friend of mine had written a review on why Toy Story became quite a success.
You can read it here.


To also mark this event, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about the first time we saw this film, how it impacted our lives and how it made us become Pixar fans.

For me, I saw this film when I was merely 3 years old when it was released in 1995.
As a young toddler, I didn't realize the impact this film had for the animation industry. All I knew was that it was a great film and I loved the characters.
Because of my love for the film, I began to go to every Pixar film that was released in theaters as the years passed and it wasn't until I was a bit older when I began to appreciate how much work and creativity the folks at Pixar placed in Toy Story that allowed them to create more wonderful films.
Toy Story was the film that allowed me to grow up with Pixar and I am very lucky to have that opportunity. ^^
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Thanks for sharing Oozma-Girl! We just wrapped up our post celebrating the 20th anniversary as well. We took a look back at 1995 and posted some fun facts about the year (i.e., 1995 was the year eBay started, or the cost of gas), some technical facts about the movie (i.e., the film was rendered using 300 processors) and our personal connection to the movie. That's great that you saw it in theaters on its original run (regardless of how young you were)! That's cool!

Here's my personal story copied from the post - read the full post here.

While I've talked about this many times on our podcast, I can't help but recount my tale of seeing Toy Story in theaters. I was a Junior in High School in 1995 and the teacher I had for my media arts class adored the film. He spent the entire hour talking about how amazing the story and direction was and broke the characters down, discussing how much love you start to feel for these animated figures even though they're, well, made up. He reiterated the power of a good story and urged anyone that hadn't seen it to see it that weekend. 


After I saw the film, I was so mesmerized by the story, animation and music that I immediately went to a music store to buy the soundtrack and listened to it over and over in the coming weeks. I went out of my way to talk to everyone I knew about the film and spent my afternoons dreaming of Rex, Buzz and the gang. I'm not sure if any other film had stuck with me so much - did my toys come alive when I wasn't there? Should I feel guilt for putting some of them in boxes? Let's just say that I unpacked a few and visited the ones that stayed packed away a little more often.

The bottom line is that it made me feel like a young kid again (although I was still a kid really at 17). It opened my imagination again and cemented my love of animation. Looking back, it laid the groundwork for so many other Pixar encounters. Julie's and my first movie date was Toy Story 2 and the first stock market purchase I ever made (after saving up) in 2003 was Pixar - my first purchase was a whopping 4 shares...it wasn't much, but it made me feel like I was even more a part of the company I loved so much. It led to Julie writing a detailed letter to Andrew Stanton after we saw WALL•E and his kindness in writing back ensured us that the people that worked at the studio were just as heartfelt as the films they produced. In the end, it ultimately led Julie and I to start this website and spread the news of Pixar — the company that captured my imagination in theaters in November 22, 1995.

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