In 1995, Pixar released Toy Story, and it couldn’t have dropped at a better time.
The Disney Renaissance had peaked the year prior with the Lion King, and although no one knew it yet, the Eisner era had already begun its slow decay and collapse. Toy Story had a hellish developmental cycle — the script went through several rewrites, Disney shut down the production at one point, and even late into its production cycle, there were several key Disney executives who were not on board. But it emerged, finally, as a groundbreaking, acclaimed film — it ushered in a new era of CGI animation and was proof that something other than a princess musical could be a crossover hit.
With the following Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3, the trilogy has become a beloved touchstone for a generation’s childhood — the same moviegoers who saw 1 as kids were the same moviegoers who cried as adults during 3. Those moviegoers saw their innocence thrive, and then die onscreen, in the most heart wrenching manner possible.
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