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(1995), G [PG-G*] (1hr 16min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
Janaury 10, 2006
79 out of 100

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(2005), G [PG-G*] -- ..markedly more severe in violence and impudence/hate than Toy Story 2.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios
Distribution (US): Walt Disney Home Video
Director(s): John Lasseter
Producer(s): Bonnie Arnold, Ed Catmull, Ralph Guggenheim, Steve Jobs
Story: John Lasseter, Peter Docter, Andrew Stanton, Joe Ranft
Screenplay: Joss Whedon, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow
Music: Klaus Lage, Randy Newman
Film Editing: Robert Gordon, Lee Unkrich
Production Management: Patsy Bouge, Karen Robert Jackson
Art Direction: Ralph Eggleston
Viewed on: Disney Home Video VHS

This special request analysis of the 1995 Toy Story was sponsored by Gigi. Her concern was that we have this analysis to compliment our analysis of Toy Story 2. I am glad Gigi wanted the first Toy Story analyzed. Doing so has provided an interesting comparative.

Atypical of most original/sequel movie pairs, the sequel in this pair earned a higher score than the original version. While both versions earn a perfect score of 100 out of 100 in each of the investigation areas, Drugs/Alcohol (D), Offense to God (O) and Murder/Suicide, there is a dramatic difference between the content of the two films. The first Toy Story is markedly more severe in violence and impudence/hate than Toy Story 2. Following is the data display for each film in a comparative format.

Issues of violence include, for example, the presentation of the concept of using firearms to control others, exceedingly dangerous fireworks and matches in the hands of an adolescent, a threat to hang another character by the neck and extensive child meanness. One more item of a violent nature I would like to point out that is not likely noticed by most adult viewers but is by most kids with their hawk-like, light-speed attention to detail was the human silhouette firearm target with bullet holes in it in Sid's (voice of Erik von Detten) room. [Prov. 13:2]

Impudent and hateful matters include Potato Head (voice of Don Rickles) taking his lips off and kissing his own posterior with them to express his opinion of another, lots of name-calling, arguing, brat tactics, adolescent meanness and one veiled foul word. [Ps. 119:22, Prov. 18:3, Rom. 12:18]

The only sexually-oriented content of Toy Story was a quite suggestive character called "Legs" which is a pair of adult human female-looking legs attached to (I think) a yo-yo, making it a walking yo-yo. That would seem innocuous enough but the "bare skin" legs did not stop at what would be the hemline of, say, a pair of street shorts. Shading and shadowing was used a couple times to augment the gluteal musculature.

Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) is Andy's (voice of John Morris) favorite toy. Woody enjoys his position of leadership among all of Andy's toys. All toys look to Woody for cohesion and togetherness.

Andy's family is moving at the same time of Andy's birthday, so they move celebration of Andy's birthday a week earlier so moving would not interfere with Andy's birthday party.

New toys!? Woe and worry! More competition! Woody coordinates with the Sergeant of the plastic soldiers (voice of R. Lee Ermey, Mail Call) to conduct what appears to be a familiar maneuver of espionage to find out what toys Andy gets for his birthday. Not long after, Woody finds he has competition as Andy's favorite toy. Buzz Lightyear (voice of Tim Allen) slowly erodes Woody's place atop Andy's totem pole of toys.

Most of us are familiar with the story by now. The main purpose of this analysis was to prepare a comparison with the 1999 Toy Story 2.


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  • Prov. 13:2 From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things, but the unfaithful have a craving for violence.
  • Ps. 119:22 Remove from me scorn and contempt, for I keep your statutes.
  • Prov. 18:3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes disgrace.
  • (NIV) Rom. 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it].
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. ["Offend": skandalizo - to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
    Commentary section.

    Toy Story (1995) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • concept of using firearms to control
  • an adolescent playing with extreme fireworks and matches
  • threat to hang by the neck
  • fist fight
  • slapstick violence, repeatedly
  • reckless driving/speeding, pizza delivery teen
  • dog mauling of a personified character
  • somewhat graphic fall with no consequences
  • adolescent meanness, repeatedly
  • human silhouette target with bullet holes in it n a child's room
  • grotesque toy abuse, repeatedly, such as nail through its head and no head
  • animal attack of personified characters

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • character taking off its lips to kiss its own backside to express opinion of another
  • name-calling, repeatedly
  • arguing, repeatedly
  • tantrum and seeking of revenge
  • brat tactics, repeatedly
  • child alone in city after dark
  • lies
  • deceit of a child
  • veiled foul term
  • "Gonna have to break a few rules but if it works it'll help everybody"

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • one sexually suggestive character mainly of bare skin female legs

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • none noted

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • Christian Educators Association International



    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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