Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Believe Care Invest Blockbuster Week: Toy Story

Co-written by Joss Whedon and John Lasseter, America’s two most beloved men!

Young boy Andy plays with his toys, having cowboy Woody arrest Mr. Potato Head. Then he leaves his toys alone in his room and they come to life. The toys realize Andy is having a birthday party and worry they’ll be replaced. Sure enough, Andy gets a Buzz Lightyear and puts it in Woody’s place on his bed.

Why Woody might be hard to identify with: Not much reason yet. He’ll be a jerk to Buzz later.

  • His world has mundane details: “Tuesday’s night’s plastic corrosion awareness meeting was, I think, a big success.”
  • We see how each toy has a personality based on its use.
  • The toys are minutely detailed. The army men have little plastic seams on their heads.
  • Claims he’s not worried that he’ll be replaced, but we can tell that he is as he tries and fails to reassure everyone. One of them gives voice to his worries, “Yes, sir, we’re next summer’s garage sale fodder for sure.”
  • Andy gives his place on the bed to Buzz. Andy pushes Woody aside and Woody falls off the bed, unnoticed.
  • His love interest is impressed with Buzz: “He’s got more gadgets on him than a Swiss Army knife.”
  • He’s a good manager of everybody. “Woody has never steered us wrong before.” Has his own team of commandos following his orders to spy on the birthday party.
  • Desirable: Little Bo Peep seemingly wants to have sex with him. “What do you say I get someone else to watch the sheep tonight?”
Strength / Flaw: Leader / Selfish about keeping power.

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