It has always been a dream of mine to talk to my toys while playing with them, even as an adult. The dream stems from the magnificent work of John Lasseter who created an enthralling narrative and world in his animated feature film, ‘Toy Story’. ‘Toy Story’ is one of the defining films in the genre of animation. Directed by John Lasseter and co-written by Joss Whedon, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow, the film is set in a world where toys come to life when humans are not present.
The movie tells the story of Woody, an old-fashioned pull-string cowboy doll, whose position as Andy’s favourite toy comes into peril when a modern astronaut action figure, Buzz Light year, charms Andy with his evolved functions. It follows the journey of the two who, from being arch rivals gradually become good friends after some mishap leads the two being knocked off the house and get separated from Andy. ‘Toy Story’ boasts of legends Tom Hanks and Tim Allen voicing the characters of Woody and Buzz. The two actors use their voice to artistic brilliance which makes their vocal persona completely merge with the character.
The animated adventure comedy took birth from Pixar’s short film ‘Tin Toy’, which was also directed by John Lasseter. ‘Toy Story’ premiered at the El Capitan Theatre on November 19, 1995, and received a theatrical release three days later. The film received immensely positive reviews and was nominated for a couple of awards. At the Academy Awards, it bagged four nominations, winning the “Special Achievement” award. It swept the Annie Awards, winning eight of them. Through the years, ‘Toy Story’ has grown to be considered as one of the greatest animated films ever made. In 2005, it was selected for induction in the National Film Registry, which surmounted its legacy. The commercial success earned the film two sequels which were equally appreciated by critics and audiences, and a fourth one is up for release.
For this article, I have taken into account films that share similar tone and narrative structure as this animated classic. So, without further ado, here is the list of best movies similar to ‘Toy Story’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Toy Story’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
A prequel to the cultural phenomenon ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ saw Peter Jackson back at the directorial chair. Set in Middle Earth, around seventy-seven years before the events of ‘The Lord of the Rings’, the film follows Bilbo Baggins, a reluctant Hobbit, who sets out on an epic adventure to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug. An epic high fantasy adventure film, ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ stars Martin Freeman as the titular Hobbit and Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, who are the main characters. Although the movie is not even close to the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, it certainly is quite an entertaining watch, which also provides a microscopic view of the iconic character as a young man.