Movie Analysis : Toy Story

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Toy Story (Lasseter, 1995) was remarkable for its time by employing animation unlike ever before. Despite previous uses of CGI in other films such as Jurassic Park (Spielberg, 1993) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Cameron, 1991), Toy Story was the first fully computer animated feature-length film. The film’s phenomenal success and critical praise in reviews answered the question of whether or not a computer animated film could garner the attention of an audience and do so in a tasteful manner. Although animated films had been previously produced by Disney via cel animation, the extensive use of computer animation was not executed prior to Disney-Pixar’s release of Toy Story. The technology was simply not available at the time nor were…show more content…
Representative Bill McCollum stated “Sex offenders no longer need to hang out in parks or malls or school yards”; children were now “a mouse click away” from their prey (Glassner). The fear of cyberspace surmounted with other technological advances challenged the purpose of any new technology. The public perception of inventions was tinged with a notoriety of fear and doubt. For the idea of fully computer-animated film, this notion followed studio executives. The artistic merits and the extent of its capabilities were questioned. The potential of such a film was unclear. The studio incentives to invest in an unfamiliar and difficult technology rather than to continue a tried-and-true method were lacking. The question rested in the inherent novelty of the movie, “Would audiences who were accustomed to short-term computer-generated cartoons sit still for one that ran the length of a feature?” (Neuwirth). Audience reception for this type of movie was unclear, but the shifting public attitude towards technology helped answer some of the questions. Cultural acceptance of technology was understood to occur only if it was presented in a somewhat familiar way. Although fears against the new technology were rising, it was not the major public consensus. Animated television shows were already long present in the 1990s on many cable networks. The concept of animation on the big screen was not a new idea either. Disney
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