Saturday, October 16, 2010

Toy Story

The first Toy Story movie came out the year Roscoe was born. I remember taking baby Logan and toddler Roscoe to see Toy Story 2 in the little theater in downtown Logan. First we had a lame, soft-body Buzz. Then Levi was lucky enough to get an awesome new Woody and a Buzz whose buttons really worked. Each boy has gone through a long phase of watching (parts of) Toy Story every day and holding Buzz and Woody as their very favorite toys. Unlike all other toys in our household, Buzz and Woody never go out of rotation in the closet or furnace room. Buzz and Woody do not have to be shared.

Last night I took the kids to see Toy Story 3, including a big Roscoe who looks a lot like the grown-up Andy in the movie. Little Jess was enraptured. I kept poking Logan in the side so he'd turn and see Jesse with his smiling face turned up to the screen. Whenever someone in the movie would disparage the toys, Jesse would say, "My toys are not junk!" "Don't call my toys trash!" and (my favorite) "My toys are not plastic!"

I realize it's just a movie, but Pixar so gets what toys mean to children, and what childhood means to children and adults. Childhood doesn't last. Neither--no matter how hard they try--do the toys of childhood. We honor it and serve it while it lasts, then we put away the toys and let the children go.

5 comments:

  1. Love this post. What is it about Pixar that you can link moments to their movies? Marri's first theater movie was Monster's Inc., who then proceeded to love watching it for years afterward. Sophie's first theater movie was Finding Nemo. Somehow we skipped Cecily, but we bought Cars to watch as a family with me and brand new baby Scott in the hospital. And Wednesday night we stayed in the downtown Radisson with Rob as our only bit of Fall Break before he zoomed off with Mark to Philly. I planned on buying a movie off the hotel list, and was pleased that Toy Story 3 was offered since we hadn't seen it yet. And so we snuggled as a family on the hotel beds as Buzz and Woody concluded their adventures with Andy. Lovely!

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  2. We love Buzz and Woody, too, of course. And we love Aunt Angela's eloquence.

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  3. We saw it yesterday too! Go dollar theater! When Buzz climbed into the vending machine, Samuel shouted "No! Don't go in there!"

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  4. Roko loves Woody and Buzz, talks about them constantly and will be appearing as Woody this Halloween. We took him to see it when it first came out. He sat by himself the entire time cheering and yelling "Oh no, Buzz!" I cried like a baby. I don't ever want him to grow up.

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  5. I took Berkeley and his best friend the day that best friend's big brother left for college AND the day of our epic garage sale (in which I sold off Berk's childhood). We all cried at the movie. Catharctic. Also, the most brilliant toy-marketing engine of all time. :0)

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