Toy Story (1995)

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

Pixar classic is one of the best kids' movies of all time.

G 1995 81 minutes

Parents say

age 5+

Based on 130 reviews

Kids say

age 5+

Based on 248 reviews

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age 7+

Not a little kids’ movie.

Lots of name-calling and the like (“shut up”; “you idiot”) and the only female character of note is Bo Peep who wanders through a couple of times as a kind of comedic femme fatale to make sultry side comments to the (white, male) main characters. Not what I want my 5 year old to imprint on.

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Too much violence
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age 8+

More dark and cynical than you may remember!

I remember seeing this movie in the theater as a young adult in the 90's and thinking it was lots of fun, and even heartwarming. Watching it with my almost-6-year-old, I felt differently. This movie is a lot more dark and negative than you may remember. The whole plot about Woody "murdering" Buzz, and how the other toys gang up and push him from the moving truck, the whole long sequence with Sid torturing and destroying toys... And the good guys are constantly bickering (lots and lots of times characters called each other "stupid" and "idiot") or making obnoxious adult-themed jokes ("laser envy", etc.). There's very little in the way of love and compassion, and LOTS in the way of 90's cynicism. Avoid this one for pre-elementary kids, and wait until they're older if you feel like you need to watch. Recommended alternative: "Monsters, Inc." -- a much sweeter story with good-hearted characters and a positive message.
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