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Not just nostalgia
on 21 August 2016
Being a young boy who loved watching movies, 1995 was a magical time. Disney was red hot with some of their best releases ever, an array of great block buster movies had just been released or were on their way and we had the surprise hit Toy Story. A movie that has went on twenty years, has a fourth movie in development and has captured the imagination and stolen the hearts of every generation of kids since.
If you have never watched Toy Story you need to give yourself a slap and go give it a shot. In terms of great nostalgic movies, it is easily one of or my favourite movie (the sequels are great too). The simple plot of toys who come alive and go by their day to day lives is just a thing of genius, something every child wishes were true. Looking back on it as an adult though, there are plenty of innuendo jokes and even more dark humour then you'd get in a modern children's movie. Ah, to go back to the days when people were not complacent censored cowards.
The score was composed by Randy Newman and it really holds up as a musical album without any visual elements. The album features the majority of the music cues as well as three songs including the timeless You've Got A Friend In Me, Strange Things and I Will Go Sailing No More (poor Buzz!). Of course it probably helps that I have seen the movie so many times that I could likely quote every line in the film. But those familiar with Toy Story will recognise every track, they could very easily pin point which song goes where and that to me is a sign of a great soundtrack. It features all the up beat exciting moments and plenty of the much darker sombre moments. It is a great mixed bag.
Toy Story is an excellent accompanying album to the movie. Don't go buying this for your kids unless they enjoy classical music and big movie scores. There is only three songs on here that they can sing a long too. Aladdin or Lion King might be more their cup of tea. But if they like this kind of music then by all means, buy it. If you're an adult who enjoys this kind of thing (or the movie), I would also recommend it. I have had a great time with this album and I certainly have no hesitations putting it in with my ultimate Jungle Book CD.
Published by Steven Lornie