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Tin Toy (1988)

  Directed by: John Lasseter
Written by: John Lasseter
Links: Tin Toy on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video
Genre: Short

This movie gets: 6.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"That's the creepiest baby I've ever seen" - a review by pearly

Tin Toy was the inspiration for Toy Story (1995), however, I'm betting most people saw it after having seen Toy Story, especially as it's included on the box set DVD version. With the feature film, the tin toy was updated to more modern toys, as the Pixar folk thought that this would be more believable in today's gadgety world, but for a short film, I think the tin toy idea really works well - it has quite a charm to it.

The premise for the five minute film is that a tin toy, spying a drooling baby, does what he can to stay out of its grasp, fearing bad treatment at its hands. The good thing about animating things that are not human is that they end up looking more realistic; the tin toy itself is quite lifelike. The baby, on the other hand, is incredibly creepy, and I didn't like it. It's supposed to be a bit scary-looking, I suppose, as it's viewed from the toy's perspective, but it really did look extremely weird.

It's a cute idea for a film, though I'm not exactly sure what the message is supposed to be (if indeed there is one). Something about the progression of the story doesn't work too well for me. Not my favourite of the Pixar shorts, but still an interesting watch.

pearly gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 4 Oct 2004

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