Magazine article Anglican Journal

Toy Story

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Toy Story

Article excerpt

The first-ever entirely computer generated movie made its debut in Canadian theatres just in time for the Christmas movie-going rush. Toy Story, produced by Walt Disney productions is a stunning piece of filmmaking that tells a simple fable using brand name toys as the characters.

Films designed primarily for children need to be taken seriously by adults, to look at the themes and motifs they engage and to reflect on what kind of consciousness shaping is going on. From The Wizard of Oz to Pocahontas, this entertainment carries deeper social, theological and political messages that need to be decoded so that there is critical awareness of the messages underneath the story.

So this time out, Disney has given us a cute bit of fantasy - the toys of a young boy, once the human beings are out of the room, come to life and live in a kind of community led by a cowboy doll named Woody (voice of Tom Hanks).

Toy Story, once you peel off the technological wizardry, is a guy-story. It was written and produced by guys, and the only female character of substance is a Little Bo Peep doll who gushes all over Woody, and by the end has covered him with kisses.

It's too bad, but I guess, not surprising that the creators of the film did not give a more substantial role to female voices and persons in the film.

Beyond the gender issue, the film gives some simple and straightforward messages about being human and living in community. It tells a story about leadership. …

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