Flicks in Five: Toy Story

by Lynne Warfel
April 1, 2014

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Still from the 1995 animated feature, 'Toy Story'. Tom Hanks voiced the character of Woody and Tim Allen voiced the character of Buzz Lightyear. (© 1995 Disney Pixar.)
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This week, we celebrate the work of Tom Hanks, and in particular, his work on the PIxar film, Toy Story.

Hanks started his career on an unlikely TV sitcom (Bosom Buddies) and has developed into one of the great American actors.

The studio that we know today as Pixar was originally founded in 1979 as The Graphics Group, part of Lucasfilm's Computer Division.

Pixar Animation Studios was officially born in 1986, when Steve Jobs purchased the Computer Graphics Division from Lucasfilm. In 2006, the studio's 20th anniversary year, Pixar was acquired by the Disney corporation at a value of 7.5 billion dollars.

The first of Pixar's full-length feature films was Toy Story, which came out in 1995. In the years since Pixar has produced 14 animated films, which have been nominated for an total of 27 Oscars, 7 Golden Globes, and 11 Grammy awards.

On today's Flicks in Five we're featuring Randy Newman's Academy Award-nominated score to that first big Pixar hit, Toy Story.

Toy Story official trailer #1 (1995)