In the early 90s, Pixar began to make Toy Story and had to overcome more than a few challenges to get to the finish line. No one had ever made a feature film that was produced entirely using computers before. The finished product of the studio's hard work launched the careers of many of those working on the movie: John Lasseter (A Bug's Life, Cars), Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E), Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3, Coco) and Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Avengers).
Over the course of ten years, the late Steve Jobs invested 10 million dollars to launch Pixar. After the success of Toy Story, he raised 132 million dollars when Pixar went public on Wall Street. The American Film Institute rates this trailblazing movie on its list of the top 100 movies of all time, proving that Toy Story wasn't special just because of its computer animation. As further proof, the screenplay became the first in history from an animated film to be nominated for an Oscar. Now the show is 25 years old and here are a few more facts about this special movie from our childhoods.
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Nov 22, 2020, marks the 25th anniversary of Toy Story. Here are five facts that you may not have known about this film:
- John Lasseter, the director of Toy Story, had been trying to make a computer-animated film since the early 80s.
- "Woody" was a mean-spirited character at first.
- "Buzz Lightyear" was first envisioned to act more like "Dudley Do-Right".
- Billy Crystal was the actor first considered to play "Buzz".
- Several of the filmmakers behind Toy Story went on to make their own films at Pixar.
- To hear more about these five facts, watch the video above.